Originally Posted by BLACKENEDPLAGUE
No it is still acoustic, he just decided to scrap the NP moniker. Then again maybe he is cooking up something
You mean Xasthur is going to be acoustic music from now on?
(I'm sure it'll still be creepy as hell, though!)
Originally Posted by bavinck
Never heard Xasthur, which album do I want?
Xasthur is my favorite depressive black metal band. Be prepared to be disturbed. (Or perhaps bored out of your mind if you're not into DSBM.)
I would not recommend listening through just one album to judge any band.
Here are some highlight Xasthur tracks to check out. (Don't abandon a track just because not much is happening at the moment.)
"The Prison Of Mirrors" from Subliminal Genocide
"Telepathic With The Deceased" from Telepathic With The Deceased
"Xastur Within" from To Violate The Oblivious
"Karma/Death" from Portal Of Sorrow
"Dwelling Beneath The Woods" from A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors
"Doomed By Howling Winds" from A Darkened Winter
"Doomed By Howling Winds" from Xasthur
"The Awakening To The Unknown Perception Of Evil" from The Funeral Of Being
"The Eerie Bliss And Torture (Of Solitude)" from Xasthur / Leviathan
"Soul Abduction Ceremony" from Xasthur / Angra Mainyu
"In The Hate Of Battle" from Nocturnal Poisoning
"Purgatory Spiral" from Defective Epitaph
"All Reflections Drained" from All Reflections Drained
"A Curse For The Lifeless" from Nortt / Xasthur
"Nocturnal Poisoning [rehearsal]" from Suicide In Dark Serenity
Here is a link to Xasthur's Metal Archives page.
Speaking of the Leviathan split with Xasthur, my favorite Leviathan track "Unfailing Fall Into Naught" is from that. Much more depressive than most Leviathan material.
By the way, if anyone hasn't heard Death - Pierce Me by Silencer, listen to it nowww! The insane vocals (as well as much more manic instrumentation than Xasthur) are what makes that band interesting. The vocalist was institutionalized after recording the album. He later had an industrial / dark ambient project called Diagnose: Lebensgefahr and released one album entitled Transformalin. Amusingly, the artwork consists of stuff related to mental institutions. XD
More people are familiar with Shining, partially because they mix the depressive BM with flashy rock influences and other styles -- even folk and blues!