Veil of Sound vs. The Devil's Mouth vol. IV: Under The Sign Of The Southern Mark
Everything went South!
Hey, we’re starting to get a sense of history here! Our collaboration with our beloved partners Veil of Sound has now yielded four x 2 playlists (so eight, if you’re severely mathematically challenged - no judging!), a great many hours of thematically-oriented listening of some of the best, wildest music our two little collective headspaces could come up with. After staring with a bunch of short outbursts for the initial presentation and a whole pile of nasty hatred on the second volume, we went a little quiet and intimate on the third one.
Now, it’s time to get really specific.
Yeah, as promised in the initial sketching out of the idea, we can go as crazy as we want, like, all the best songs that have referenced sheep from Italian bands in September 1974, stuff like that. With that mentality present, I thought I’d go sort of local, and decided to focus on the Southern European black(ish) metal scene of the 90s, where so much often uncelebrated brilliance came from, enough to rival the more universally celebrated legends of the icy North. As described in the usual conversation between me and Thorsten that you can watch up there, I picked fifteen songs from Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Greek bands that left a mark in the glorious underground of the 90s. Unfortunately Spotify forced some choices to be reissues, rerecordings or even a song of two that are already from this century, but hey, the spirit is there and all these bands are kickass. As always, TDM’s playlist is up at Veil of Sound, go check it out!
And if you’re feeling great after that, don’t worry, because our VoS mates will bum you out instantly. Thorsten went with the Southern theme, but steered it all the way to doom, or to be more precise, doooooooom, and for once his playlist is way longer than mine, with twenty songs in 2h30 hours as opposed to my economic fifteen songs in 1h25. All in all, almost four hours in total of the best Southern European heavy music. Enjoy!
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