XASTHUR

Atmospheric Black Metal • United States
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Xasthur is a one-man ambient / atmospheric / depressive black metal band from Alhambra in California, formed in 1995.

Xasthur was created by Scott Conner, who goes by the pseudonym "Malefic". Musically and lyrically Xasthur's focus centers around astral projection, darkness, despair, suicide, hate and death.

Xasthur was ended in 2010 due to Malefic's lack of motivation in the project.

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XASTHUR albums / top albums

XASTHUR A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors
Atmospheric Black Metal 2001
XASTHUR Nocturnal Poisoning album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Nocturnal Poisoning
Atmospheric Black Metal 2002
XASTHUR Suicide In Dark Serenity album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Suicide In Dark Serenity
Atmospheric Black Metal 2003
XASTHUR The Funeral of Being album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
The Funeral of Being
Atmospheric Black Metal 2003
XASTHUR Telepathic With The Deceased album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Telepathic With The Deceased
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR To Violate The Oblivious album cover 4.71 | 5 ratings
To Violate The Oblivious
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Subliminal Genocide album cover 3.93 | 6 ratings
Subliminal Genocide
Atmospheric Black Metal 2006
XASTHUR Defective Epitaph album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Defective Epitaph
Atmospheric Black Metal 2007
XASTHUR All Reflections Drained album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
All Reflections Drained
Atmospheric Black Metal 2009
XASTHUR Portal of Sorrow album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Portal of Sorrow
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
XASTHUR Nightmares At Dawn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightmares At Dawn
Atmospheric Black Metal 2012
XASTHUR Sigils Made Of Flesh And Trees album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sigils Made Of Flesh And Trees
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

XASTHUR EPs & splits

XASTHUR Xasthur / Orosius album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xasthur / Orosius
Atmospheric Black Metal 1999
XASTHUR A Darkened Winter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Darkened Winter
Atmospheric Black Metal 2001
XASTHUR Xasthur / Acid Enema album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xasthur / Acid Enema
Atmospheric Black Metal 2002
XASTHUR Xasthur / Angra Mainyu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xasthur / Angra Mainyu
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Nachtmystium / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nachtmystium / Xasthur
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Leviathan / Xasthur album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Leviathan / Xasthur
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Nortt / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nortt / Xasthur
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Xasthur album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Xasthur
Atmospheric Black Metal 2006
XASTHUR Striborg / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Striborg / Xasthur
Atmospheric Black Metal 2007
XASTHUR Cryostasium / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cryostasium / Xasthur
Atmospheric Black Metal 2007
XASTHUR A Living Hell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Living Hell
Atmospheric Black Metal 2008

XASTHUR live albums

XASTHUR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

XASTHUR Rehearsal 2002 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal 2002
Atmospheric Black Metal 2002
XASTHUR A Sermon In The Name Of Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Sermon In The Name Of Death
Atmospheric Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR 2005 Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2005 Demo
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
XASTHUR 1997-1999 Rehearsal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1997-1999 Rehearsal
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013

XASTHUR re-issues & compilations

XASTHUR Wooden Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wooden Box
Atmospheric Black Metal 2018

XASTHUR singles (0)

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XASTHUR Nocturnal Poisoning

Album · 2002 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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siLLy puPPy
Starting out as a band in the not so black metal city of Alhambra in the Los Angeles region of sunny California, XASTHUR began as a band project in 1996 but due to clashes in personality and musical differences would soon become the solo project of Scott “Malefic” Conner who proved that you don’t have to emerge from the frigid northern regions of the planet to create some of the darkest and chilling sounds in musical form. The moniker came from a combination of “Hastur” and “Xenaoth” which ultimately came form a Necrononicon book and refers to a demoness who kills people in their sleep. And that pretty much is what this debut album NOCTURNAL POISONING is all about!

By the turn of the millennium the second wave of black metal had fully splintered into myriad directions with some bands taking a more symphonic approach while others going the direction of taking things even further into the darkness where lo-fi rawness was retained and subdued rage was turned inward into self-hatred and depression. Following in the footsteps of other depressive black metal bands like Bethlehem, Deinonychus and I Shalt Become, XASTHUR carried the torch of nurturing depressive themes, nihilism, hatred and self-mutilation while keeping an atmospheric otherworldly storm of gloom and doom humming along behind the distorted tremolo picking and raspy vocal angst.

NOCTURNAL POISONING emerged after a series of demos and splits and showcases a lengthy sprawling run of hideously grotesque black metal assaults that implement rhythmic marches that meander on with atmospheric mood setting keyboards that linger in the lugubrious zone. The album is a lengthy one and squeaks just over the 69 minute mark which makes this one a bit long to take in but in many ways the steady stream of depressive caustic guitars, blastbeats and atmospheric gloom and doom offer a hypnotic respite into a cathartic purging of demons from the soul. With aggressive assaults teased out into rampaging streams of consciousness, XASTHUR mastered the art of steadily injecting this sonic venom into your psyche and pushing all the dopamine buttons as it is literally addictive.

Black metal may all sound the same to the uninitiated but true believers know it’s all about the subtle differences beneath the bantering bombast and distorted din. XASTHUR is in the same field as bands like Leviathan, Stirborg, I Shalt Become and France’s Mutilation in that is remains true to the original second wave stylistic approach of early Darkthrone, Mayhem and Emperor but slows the tempos down a bit and adds keyboard delivered atmospheres for the sake of creating a frigidly horrific sonicscape that amplifies the depressive nature of this beast. Melefic is the god of this blackened universe and plays all instruments, rasps all vocals and pens all lyrics. This is a really decent black metal release if you want the darkest, bleakest examples of the genre where all hope is extinguished and the underworld is your eternal sentencing. Perhaps a bit too long for its own good as many tracks meander aimlessly but a perfect album for a cold bleak day when the right mood hits.

XASTHUR Subliminal Genocide

Album · 2006 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Continuing and intensifying the approach of To Violate the Oblivious (even the cover art looks similar), Subliminal Genocide finds Xasthur main man Malefic continuing his project of applying atmospheric black metal techniques to depressive black metal mood and subject matter. Oppressively doomy and refreshingly experimental by turns, the album feels like a sort of weird opposite of psychedelia - whilst psychedelic music tries to open up your mind to wild vistas, Xasthur's music is more numbing, yielding an anaesthetic haze in which everything winds down until only the music is left. Maybe it's not a wild divergence the from the rest of his black metal material, but it's a decent entry in his discography.

XASTHUR To Violate The Oblivious

Album · 2004 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Xasthur has long stood as an example of a one-musician black metal project Doing It Right, chasing Malefic's particular aesthetic vision without compromise and wherever it may lead (even if that's out of black metal altogether, as on his recent dark folk and gothic country releases). To Violate the Oblivious is a remarkable black metal release combining the raw emotional catharsis of the best depressive black metal with the all-encompassing immersive moods of the best atmospheric black metal. Goodness knows what the lad is so upset about, but he's intent on the whole world knowing about it. Bedroom black metal never sounded so good.

XASTHUR Nocturnal Poisoning

Album · 2002 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Nocturnal Poisoning is the first proper full-length album by Xasthur, and it shows in the album’s innovative power. After this album there has been a few Xasthur releases that have lacked of this certain enthusiasm still present on Nocturnal Poisoning.

All the usual elements of Xasthur are here: twisted guitar melodies, weird synths, programmed drums, vocal effects and an overall eerie atmosphere. Nocturnal Poisoning is indeed a ghostly experience. It is not Satanic or downright anti-Christian, but it reeks of death and horror. The first two songs, ”In the Hate of Battle” and ”Soul Abduction Ceremony” are good examples of Xasthur’s eerie compositional style, and they belong to the standout tracks of the album.

”A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors” is presented on Nocturnal Poisoning too, originally appearing on the demo with the same name. I can not compare these versions much because I’m not really acquainted with the demo, but at least I can say that this new version is a bit more distorted so that the synths and guitars are now more blurred together. ”Black Imperial Blood” is a cover song of Mütiilation, and although it’s a cover, it sounds very Xasthur.

The latter half of Nocturnal Poisoning is not as interesting as the first half, but this is mostly due to the length of the songs. ”Legion of Sin and Necromancy” is almost 12 minutes long and the title track over 15 minutes, which means that my mind always goes elsewhere at some point and I can’t sit through this 70-minute album without losing concentration. And as a background music this kind of music loses its meaning. Hence I think that Nocturnal Poisoning could do better with some length reduction. Otherwise, it’s still a very good release and one of the better Xasthur albums.

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