“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the second edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. Three satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump.
Passage I: Boston/Lowell based hardcore punk group, Oblivionation, were bred in 2010 out of personal loss and as an outpour for disillusionment, anger, and pain, a sentiment eminent throughout the group’s punchy, groove laden sonic barrage. With a sound drawing to mind a grimier and filthier version of the NYHC Burn, Oblivionation’s 2012 demo assaults with a riff centered aural beating spanning three tracks and backed by pissed and piercing vocals echoing discontent from internal decay, worldwide mental rot, and fundamentalism. Stream and download for free one of the sickest demos of 2012 below and pick up the tape here.
Passage II: If Gridlink dropped 50 hits of LSD and somehow ended up permanently transfixed in a perception of reality where events mirrored Tim and Eric and the universal spoken language was blastbeats, you would have Orphan Donor. Orphan Donor play a distinct thread of grindcore that is heavily accented by trumpets. Yes. Motherfucking trumpets. The sound is utterly surreal and entirely brutal, the soundtrack to a schizophrenic’s 24/7 daymare. Stream Orphan Donor’s side of their split with Get To The Chopper and download it for free below, and pick up the vinyl through Square Of Opposition Records here.
Passage III: Sorcerer’s Pledge is the one man side project of Colin Young, best known as the frontman of metallic hardcore act, Twitching Tongues. Simply stated, Sorcerer’s Pledge is the musical equivalent of abject existential suffering, a malignant strain of crushing doom metal that is only leavened by the occasionally interlaced thin veil of haunting melody. Stream the debut EP/demo Behold… and pick up a digital download below for three dollars. The 200 never-to-be-repressed again tapes disappeared within minutes of purchase and are sure to adorn the decks of avid collector’s and eBay record flippers for years to come.