Album Review: Unendlich — “Paradox of a Broken World”

There are a lot of geographic regions that have become synonymous with black metal and the black metal aesthetics.  Scandinavia, obviously, the Pacific Northwest, Iceland, each have their own distinctive take on the genre.  There is one place, though, where the scene burns brightly but doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and that is the American northeast.  They might not be household names, but the bands that call New England home have developed a style that seamlessly blends the raw fury of their northern brethren with the swirling, textural components of their western counterparts into something that is all their own.  Unendlich carry on this tradition with their newest release Paradox of a Broken World, which sees the project hone its already keen musical edges.

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Initial Descent: July 4 – 10, 2021

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More and more it seems the more you give, the more they want, and the less they do for themselves. The “they” here is cloudy, but I know I’m not the only one that relates to this statement. If you’re a grown person and rely on everyone and everything else to figure the entire world out for you, stop that shit and grow a spine. It’s annoying for the rest of us. Yes, I’m salty and what comes up comes out so there it is. Anywho, new metal this week in the form of death metal from Qrixkor and Domination Campaign, sludgy doom from 71TONMAN, black metal from Unendlich, and a whole heap more hiding out in the list below. There’s medicine for what ails in these lists and I’ve found so much solace in this violent, doomy, brutal, charred, slamming, sludgy, angry music we love that it fights back the negativity. Or, at least, most of it. Find your golden unicorn below and love it like no other.

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Initial Descent: January 27 – February 2, 2019

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Botflies. Old Scratch’s botflies. Shiver me timbers that was a rough one to get away from and all of a sudden I’m a pirate. Last week I was a bit predisposed but I’m back basically because Old Scratch wants his music on display. And that, we do and do well. Exactly what you might be wondering…read on, dear reader…

In Gladiator, Russel Crowe asked ‘are you not entertained?’ and because of Plague from the UK’s Mastiff I will now ask ‘are you not entertained by the heaviness?’. Seriously, this band finds new ways to make sludge, hardcore and grind heavier than a really heavy thing. Ossuarium continues the heavy theme but in an old school nasty death metal vein on Living Tomb, Tennessee’s Thetan bring the power and the violence and the hardcore on sophomore effort Abysmal, and Unendlich hit the right combination of melodicism and second wave black metal on Thanatophobia.

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Profile: Michael Connors of Black Metallers Unendlich

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Baltimore’s black metal entity known as Unendlich return next month with their latest full length Thanataphobia which comes quickly on the heels of last year’s EP Misanthropic Sedition. Unendlich, in German, means infinite / without end and that would certainly make sense with their quantity of output since forming nearly five years ago but in this context it would seem it’s a descriptor of mastermind Michael Connors plentiful creativity. He has found unique ways to meld Scandinavian and US black metal into a melodic force with philosophical lyrics and ideals in lieu of your standard satanic fare. And with Thanataphobia, the sound is pristine and clear which is a welcome progression from their previous outings. Ahead of the album’s release, we had the chance to mull over our Profile questions with Connors and he was more than gracious in giving us the details. Head directly below to see what he had to say and if you like what you hear from the embed, throw him some support. Continue reading