Wednesday, October 27, 2021
New Release: Dakhma - Blessings of Amurdad
Monday, May 24, 2021
New Release: Unearthing the Sinister
Throughout the existence of the Helvetic Underground Committee, the Crypt has served as a haven for a plethora of creative endeavors of individual members and affiliated entities. Some of these creations have taken shape and developed into individual entities affiliated with the Helvetic Underground Committee, whereas other, perhaps more opaque creations, have remained concealed, buried by time and dust and hidden from all not involved in the inner workings of our Crypt.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
New Release: Lykhaeon - Opprobrium
A new era has dawned for Lykhaeon, necessitating some announcements. Most significantly, their next full-length album "Opprobrium" is set for release through Repose Records on July 21st. Some information on the concepts explored below:
On “Opprobrium”, Lykhaeon presents a stirring interpretation of a classic tale from Greek mythology, providing a musical and lyrical underpinning that allow this compelling story of desire, deception and the arrogance of immortals to sear through the listeners speakers and grasp them with an urgency rarely seen when delving into the selected source material. The musical scope of Opprobrium exceeds what is commonly exercised in modern extreme music to include unorthodox acoustic instrumentation and choir vocalisations that, albeit grand in presentation, are wholly necessary to appropriately convey the unfolding narrative.
“Chorus: Born of the light and the earth, pure succulent flesh, white limbs of desire, unsuspecting and gay, beware the temptation that groweth from the earth below thine feet. For he is coming and his hunger is ravenous, his cunning great and his desire unshackled.”
When the lust of immortals becomes insatiable, it is frequently the realm of mortals that serves as the spring from which all desire can be quenched and any thirst satiated. Such is the fate of Persephone, who is - according to some tellings - the victim of a cruel ploy, a conspiracy incarnate, whereby her flesh is beset by the desire of the deity Hades. In his arrogance, appearing before her on a gilded chariot, treachery allows Hades to abduct the seed.
“Hades: My hands are the shrines of desolation, my breath reeks of ancient foul flesh, souls devoured by my ruinous splendor, abducting the seed!”
Lyrically, the tale of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and her eventual liberation, partially hindered by Hades’ final temptation, is composed in the form of a play, where the Chorus serves as an expository narrator alongside the characters of Hades, Zeus and Persephone. Each of the seven tracks on the album encompasses a short act, or rather a significant sequence of events driving the plot.
“Chorus: The whorish arrogance of immortals feeds the corruption of their flesh; For they know naught but desire and the pursuit of all indulgence.”
Lykhaeon was exhumed from its vermin infested crypt in 2013 and is affiliated with the Helvetic Underground Committee. This is the first - and thus far only - release that sounds how Lykhaeon should sound.
Recorded in late 2019/early 2020 in the Crypt
Mixed by Kerberos & Meister T
Mastered by VK
Artwork by Ikonostasis: Artwork of Elijah Tamu
Saturday, February 27, 2021
New Release: Ungfell - Es grauet
Rejoice, followers of alpine audio torment! The time has come to announce the details of the third Ungfell album. This concept album is called "Es grauet" and will be released on April 30th in various formats via Eisenwald. The glorious cover and the illustrations contained in the release were painted by the great Robbie C. Ward.
On their third full-length album, "Es grauet", Ungfell abducts the listeners on a sonic journey detailing moral ambivalence and treachery. Set in a seemingly idyllic rural village in pre-modern times, all is not as it seems. Tragedy strikes the town in the form of a horrific, grisly murder. Unfounded accusations lead the town further astray, while these occurrences of debauchery exceed the comprehension of the local inhabitants. Alas, evil lurks where you may least expect it... The story unfolds, accompanied by ravaging riffs and gripping songwriting that appropriately underline the complex, yet harrowing narrative. "Es grauet" shows Ungfell at their most ambitious and most audacious, featuring incredibly dynamic and warm production values, emphasizing atmosphere even more than previous releases and managing to compliment the story being told.
Follow Ungfell and "Es grauet" here. Information on pre-sale for LP and CD versions will be shared closer to the release date.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
New Release: Urgeist - Weltenflucht
We are eager to present the latest creation by the forsaken woodland dwellers Urgeist, an image and audio amalgamation entitled "Weltenflucht". "Weltenflucht" was previously exhibited in Vienna for the event "Der Berg ruft zurück - zwischen Weltenflucht, Nationalerotik und politischem Aktivismus" on March 21st 2019.
"Urgeist will in seiner Emanation die Essenz des Urtums beschwören. Dem unmittelbaren Wesen, der Naturgewalt, dem Tod, wie auch dem skurrilen Geiste, Witz und Elend Gestalt verleihen. Keine Ideale. Keine Wahrheit.
Ewige Wiederkehr im Wandel der Gezeiten."
Monday, October 5, 2020
New Release: Knüppelknecht - Whoretex of Darkness
Raging lunatics of true speed chaos gather! Excavated from the ruins of a drunken, filthy zombie punk riff orgy come the hideous sounds of Knüppelknecht. Fusing the furious fire of true speed metal with the unbridled, malicious chaos of corpse infested tomb punk, Knüppelknecht unleashes sounds that are sure to enthral any headbanging maniac who enjoys a serious dose of gore soaked riff slaughter when blowing their speakers.
"Whoretex of Darkness", three tracks of pure audio filth to be unleashed in digital and cassette formats soon through Hexenkult.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Urgeist - Ade Pöstli Stubete
Thursday, January 30, 2020
New Release: Death. Void. Terror. - To The Great Monolith II
For the past few days, the glorious rays of total audio devastation emanating from Death. Void. Terror.'s sophomore full-length release have had the desired effect and contaminated plenty who have basked in the Great Monolith's purity. For those eager to delve into the heinous craft of these practitioners, "To The Great Monolith II" is still available from Repose Records, order here.
Additionally, official H.U.C. pins as well as DVT sigil pins are available here, produced by Repose Records.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Cower in fear! A new decade of Helvetic Audio Torment.
In a time when too many have strayed from making worthwhile music and prioritize the portrayal of some lame self-image, we continue to set quality above any pretense of aggrandizement and categorically reject any notion of compromise in our pursuits. Our sounds will ring true to those who have ears to hear and shall speak for themselves.
Friday, December 20, 2019
New Release: Urgeist/Taifl Split
It should be noted that this release was created to commemorate the live performance of both Urgeist and Taifl at the "Pöstli Stubete" in Äugstertal, Switzerland, on December 7th, 2019.
Limited to 93 pieces and sent along with three exclusive stickers. Four tracks by Urgeist, three tracks by Taifl, seven tracks of forlorn folk misery.