XASTHUR

Depressive Black Metal / Atmospheric Black Metal • United States
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Xasthur is an American one-man ambient black metal band formed in the cold and frostbitten land of Alhambra, California in 1995 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.

The first album Nocturnal Poisoning (recorded April-September 2001) was jointly released by independent record labels Blood Fire Death and Red Stream in 2002. Southern Lord Records re-released a remastered double-LP version in 2005. In the next years, Xasthur's full-length albums were released through labels such as Displeased Records, Moribund Cult, Total Holocaust Records, Battle Kommand Records and Hydra Head Records. Apart from demo and EP recordings, Xasthur has released several split albums with other black metal acts such as Orosius, Acid Enema, Nachtmystium, Striborg, Angra Mainyu, Leviathan and Nortt.

Malefic has toured with Sunn O))) and has joined Nachtmystium on stage, but stated in an
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To Violate the ObliviousTo Violate the Oblivious
Moribund Records 2005
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A Gate Through Bloodstained Mi rrorsA Gate Through Bloodstained Mi rrors
Hydrahead Records 2009
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Nocturnal PoisoningNocturnal Poisoning
Season of Mist 2008
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Subliminal GenocideSubliminal Genocide
Hydrahead Records 2009
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All Reflections DrainedAll Reflections Drained
Hydrahead Records 2009
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Funeral of BeingFuneral of Being
Blood, Fire, Death 2008
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Telepathic with the DeceasedTelepathic with the Deceased
Moribund Records 2004
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Defective EpitaphDefective Epitaph
Hydrahead Records 2009
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XasthurXasthur
Moribund Records 2007
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Portal of SorrowPortal of Sorrow
Imports 2011
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XASTHUR Nocturnal Poisoning album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Nocturnal Poisoning
Atmospheric Black Metal 2002
XASTHUR The Funeral of Being album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
The Funeral of Being
Depressive Black Metal 2003
XASTHUR Telepathic With the Deceased album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Telepathic With the Deceased
Depressive Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR To Violate the Oblivious album cover 4.71 | 5 ratings
To Violate the Oblivious
Depressive Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Subliminal Genocide album cover 3.93 | 6 ratings
Subliminal Genocide
Depressive Black Metal 2006
XASTHUR Defective Epitaph album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Defective Epitaph
Depressive 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
Depressive Black Metal 2010

XASTHUR EPs & splits

XASTHUR A Darkened Winter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Darkened Winter
Depressive Black Metal 2001
XASTHUR Suicide in Dark Serenity album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Suicide in Dark Serenity
Depressive Black Metal 2003
XASTHUR Nortt / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nortt / Xasthur
Depressive Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Leviathan / Xasthur album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Leviathan / Xasthur
Depressive Black Metal 2004
XASTHUR Xasthur album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Xasthur
Depressive Black Metal 2006
XASTHUR Cryostasium / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cryostasium / Xasthur
Depressive Black Metal 2007
XASTHUR Striborg / Xasthur album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Striborg / Xasthur
Depressive Black Metal 2007
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2005 Demo
Depressive Black Metal 2010

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XASTHUR A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors
Depressive Black Metal 2001

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XASTHUR Subliminal Genocide

Album · 2006 · Depressive 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 · Depressive 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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