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Thursday, September 9, 2010

S.D.I.




An interesting Thrash/Speed Metal band from Germany, these guys arrived with their debut during the peak of the scene and were probably not the most well-remembered German act simply because they had such stiff competition from other periods acts like Destruction, Sodom, Kreator, Assassin, Deathrow, and many others. Formed mostly by former members of Black Jack Co. (Reiner Kruse, Ralph Maunert, and Frank Tiesing). After the first two records, they would recruit future Enola Gay guitarist "Rainer Rage" in place of their original axe-slinger, and release a third, before finally folding in the early 90's. They did start a fourth record that was abandoned, and it's tracks are included as bonuses on the re-issue of "Mistreated", but that's been all the output they've had since. The first album, "Satan's Defloration Incorporated" was fairly cut-n-dry Thrash; with the second album, "Sign of the Wicked" being much-improved in terms of melody and variety of songwriting. They had become stronger musicians up until "Rainer Rage" became lead guitar player, which shifted their direction more towards Speed Metal than all-out Thrash by the time of "Mistreated". At this point, the over-crowded scene and the emergence of new alternative music styles may or may not have had something to do with their demise, but like so many acts blooming in the late 80's, they didn't make it far into the next decade. Hear for yourself below.
S.D.I. "Satan's Defloration Incorporated" 1986
S.D.I.: "Sign of he Wicked" 1987
S.D.I. "Mistreated" 1989 (With bonus tracks from unfinished fourth album)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Come see the Forums!


I've seen a few metal forums that were either bloated and too complicated, or not comprehensive or relevant enough to keep my interest. I also saw too many forums bogged down in the immature drama of their own moronic members. Thus, i set out a few years back to create a simple, easy-to-navigate forum of my own, that was organized and open enough for members to feel like it was partly their own as well. With the help of my friends, I put together the place and regularly update it with content vintage and new, but never seem to attract enough people with the interest to visit it regularly, as many in the past have been either obsessed with something else, self-absorbed, or just plain lazy. This is where all of you come in. As I and my dedicated team spend much more time in the forums than we do in the blog itself, I encourage everyone to visit there for more topics, more music, more videos, and well, more everything. You can be a part of the community there and even post your own content, whether it is simply embedding your own playlists and YouTube videos or posting links to downloads you have uploaded to any number of media sharing sites. Help us make this place even more exciting and relevant, or just enjoy what's here and place your feedback. If you like what you see, then get your friends to join. The link to the UNFATHOMED TOWER FORUMS is right next to the main body of the blog itself, at the top of the links list. Or, you can just click here instead: THE UNFATHOMED TOWER FORUMS

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Before The Dawn







I like to think of this band as a happy marriage between ethereal Euro Pop Rock like Poets of the Fall with Melodic Death Metal such as Dark Tranquility, into something maybe not as distinct as either, but a good harmonious balance nonetheless and a damned good listen. Just a caveat: The first two albums have entirely different personnel than the rest, because the band leader/vocalist/guitarist fired them all for lack of work ethic, or so he says. Either way, everything from "The Ghost" and onward is slightly heavier, sharper, and less atmospheric, but catchier and more immediate. Fans of bands mentioned above, plus bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Arch Enemy Mercenary, Raunchy, and maybe even Sentenced should like this at least to a degree. I haven't posted anything in a while, so I figured I'd dump all of this on you people at once to make up for it, which is all fine and well since it will hopefully get the band the kind of recognition they truly deserve. I for one would like to see more of this in America, so we need to support them with awareness and petition for them and bands like them to bring their shows in our direction. Hell, even grab a t-Shirt if you can... as you can see, they have this cool minimalist/Art Deco thing going on with their album art and logo.
My Darkness - 2003
4:17 - 2004
The Ghost - 2006
Deadlight (Limited Edition) - 2007
Deadsong (Single) - 2007
Soundscape of Silence - 2008

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sabbat Remasters



I was introduced to Sabbat as a teen when my friend gave me an old cassette of their debut, "History of a Time To Come", from a collection of tapes his father had. At that point in my life, I thought nothing could sound more evil than this band, and played this poor old cassette until it was no longer serviceable. In the times since, I have hunted down original issues of the three compact discs this band produced during their short life span, and bought the remasters for the first two albums - the only ones of any real importance - when they came out. My first impression is still holds true for the most part, and even though I have heard things much more evil than this band since, I still think there is no finer Thrash band to come from Britain thus far, and that this group inspired an entire scene of Occult and Pagan metal, ranging from Black Metal to Death Metal. Take these two albums for a spin yourself, and be the judge.
History Of A Time To Come - 1988
Dreamweaver (Reflections of Our Yesterdays) - 1989

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hydra Vein Remasters


I present something that I doubt you will find in any other blog site: Digitally remastered versions of both proper Hydra Vein albums. With these comes a short story. A long time a go a friend of mine named Gene Cook offered to rip an LP by a band named Hydra Vein, citing that "this shit is too rare for CD", and that he thought it would be up my alley, so to speak. Well, I lost contact with him shortly after that, but the name stuck with me until some five years later when I would see the same album appear as a vinyl rip available for download at a blog I frequently visit called "A Reasonable Guide To Horrible Noise". Later I happened upon the second LP that I didn't know existed at another blog site called "Lockjaw". In both cases, the rips were excellent and I had no complaints, but then something happened... They were digitally remastered and re-released onto one CD. I love the sound of a nice clean LP, but there is something about a good remaster done with love and care by engineers whom love the source material that is equally attractive. Many corporate remaster CDs released are lifeless and dull, with just the treble jacked up, the bass neglected, and the tape hiss filtered out to add a false "crispness", but that's not the case here. Like with good band-approved re-issues, these sound close to the production of the analog originals, with enhanced digital clarity, but with one caveat: the cymbals on the debut album sound weird in almost a lossy way similar to 128mp3 (but not that bad). This is hard to believe because these are 320kbps mp3 conversions from original wav files taken from CD. Maybe they were recorded that way all along, but the static found on LPs as you approach the end of a side's playback may have masked it from me on the analog rips I have. Another possibility is that the remastering process may have used a digital noise reduction that accidentally filtered out some of the desired audible frequencies, in a similar fashion to the amateur use of the program "Audacity". Additionally, there are some signs that the original master tapes have decayed, as there are some places where the sound fades or drops out completely in one channel or another during playback, and is most noticeable with headphones. None of these problems apply to the remastered versions of the tracks comprising the second LP. Taken for what it is, it is still a vast improvement to having no re-issue at all. Either way, enjoy these rare Thrash treasures and judge this anomaly for yourself. Here are the links to the first and second album, in that order.
Rather Death Than False of Faith - 1988
After The Dream - 1989

Monday, March 15, 2010

Self Promoting


Why hello boys and girls, guys and gals. Charu here, the person who no one knows about except for a few, with a random message in all it's glory. So I'm going to self promote myself right now and say I have a stream that I do periodically.

You can do so here.

I stream things of the random nature, mostly video game related. I apologize if the stream gets boring since I know it's very hard to entertain people who are just watching me play video games and commentate.

It can also be watched on the forums in this here topic.

Likewise it can be watched from this very blog on this page.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Work in progress...


I'm still in the process of properly skinning the blog, and uploading some goodies for dispersal amongst those brave or curious enough to wander here. Please hold fast, as I am simultaneously updating the forums as well. Once things are rolling, You should see some things worth coming here for, like the ultimate question to the ultimate answer for life, the universe, and everything (which is still 42). PS: I decided to use a pre-fab skin instead of trying to code because: 1) I'm rusty at HTML and quite lazy 2)the forum is still my main concern and this is just a cover page for that and 3)who has time for crap like custom skins anyway? I got a family and job to upkeep people! Gosh!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

An Introduction to the Tower


Welcome friends and newcomers! This is a blogspot that will mirror the functions of the likewise named forum I and my friends manage. It is place that will be of interest only to those whom share an interest in Heavy Metal, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Gaming, Cinema, Literature and other related topics. Sometimes there will be links to content, and sometimes just posted opinions about whatever seems relevant at the time. For more interaction on said topics plus many more, visit my forum and join it's community. You'll be glad you did, and we are always looking to meet new people there!! Enjoy!!!