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.

The most harrowing of these buried - but never forgotten - creations have now been curated and assembled by the Helvetic Underground Committee to be unveiled in the form of a special release, entitled "Unearthing the Sinister". This collection of works ranges from a period of several years and contains creations from various individual members as well as obscure entities that, although discarded long ago, we deem to have produced audio that is worthy of being propagated. As such, the names of the entities and individuals who have created these works shall remain undisclosed, as these identities have lost any and all meaning for the material created. Rather, these works should be considered the organic creations of the Helvetic Underground Committee.
Certain titles for the individual tracks have been retained, insofar as the title must be viewed as a part of the work in order for it to retain cohesion. All other tracks remain untitled. You can stream the full compilation here:

These recordings are the raw creations of sinister minds, assembled and executed in conditions of varying duress and professionalism in the Crypt. They are to be experienced as such.
Available exclusively on tape through Temple Wolf Productions

Artwork by Tim Wey.
Visual embodiment of the sinister by Dungeoncinth.

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.

Lykhaeon is:

Kerberos - Throat and Doom
Meister T. - Tomb and Summoning
Session drums performed by: J

Recorded in late 2019/early 2020 in the Crypt

Mixed by Kerberos & Meister T

Mastered by VK

Artwork by Ikonostasis: Artwork of Elijah Tamu