Alkerdeel (b) spits out droney black doom metal with blown out practice space production, grinding guitars, blasting distorted drums, filthy super sick vocals, with bursts of sludge and stretches of loping minimal crunch, sort of mathy, all very very heavy, doomy and even psychedelic. Essential for fans of Darkthrone, Burning Witch, Winter, Blut aus Nord, Beherit and why not, Mount Eerie … as well as other practitioners of grim buzz and noise.
Originally raised as a three piece garage jam project (only guitar, drum and voice, no bass) in 2007, to satisfy a hunger for filthy and lousy music. All sessions were partly improvised and recorded on a tapedeck. Blesken, of Sylvester Anfang fame, got his hands on one of the recordings, recognized its rough value, baptised the bastard as 'Luizig' (lousy) and released the tape on a ridiculously yet logic amount of 66 tapes through his label, Funeral Folk. Ofcourse it sold out in no time and even before the thought of a re-release, Al from Scotland's At War With False Noise offered to give 'Luizig' a proper cd-release through his label. A repress followed shortly after due to increasing demand. By the time the band started to play live sporadically and on the brink of writing new songs, long time friend QW joined on bass. Not only his psychedelic drones elevated the music to untrodden fields of intoxication, the subterranean blasts from his speakers chopped many spectator's head clean off. To this day, stages are crushed with a.o. Wolves in The Throne Room, Jex Thoth, AmenRa, Aluk Todolo, Lugubrum, Urfaust, Monarch! ...
After the recording of 'The Bollaf!', an EP released by Universal Tongue which even contained an Ildjarn medley, Blesken from S.A. entered again. Famous for his analog and first take obsession, he captured the erupting volcano that is Alkerdeel live to tape, giving birth to 'The Speenzalvinge', the actual debut album which got Roadburn's 'Album of the day' approval stamp. The album opened doors to play at (in)famous festivals such as Ashes To Ashes Doom To Dust, Incubate, Aurora Infernalis, the amazing Roadburn Festival and now recently, Ieperfest. The difference between these different festivals marks Alkerdeel's schizophrenic and disturbing nature: whether to play a doom, indie or black metal audience, souls are captivated regardless.
2012 gave birth to 'Morinde', the new full-album released by Consouling Sounds (a.o. Amen Ra, Aderlating, Aidan Baker) from Ghent, the band's homeground. Four tracks fearlessly walking the valley of black, doom, sludge and even war metal. Recorded live, without overdubs, in one night with an honest mastering by Tom Kvalsvoll from Strype Audio (a.o. Dodheimsgard, 3th and the Mortal, Aura Noir, Darkthrone …), 'Morinde' confirms Alkerdeel's punk attitude to making music: what you hear is what you get!
Early 2013 saw the release of a split album (vinyl only) with A Den Of Robbers, sludge-crust friends from Ghent, titled 'CM Kamp 1996', featuring three unreleased tracks dating back from the 'Luizig' sessions. Recorded with a dictaphone and raw as fuck! During the spring of the same year, Alkerdeel hit the shores of the UK, playing in London with Moloch and the 'Kin Death Feast in Leeds with the amazing Palehorse and Rompeprop.
2014 offered two split albums, sort of. Firstly, 'Dyodyo Asema', a 19-minute long bastard, composed by Alkerdeel and Gnaw Their Tongues with the intention of celebrating the fifth anniversary of Consouling Sounds. Mind, it's not a split release, but a collaboration where both parties worked on one gloomy-drone-black-sludge-monolith of a song. Secondly, the split with Nihill - called 'The Abyss Stares Back' on Hypertension Records, as an ouverture to the new full lenght 'Lede', to be released in 2016 (Consouling Sounds). Gone are most sludge influences, old-school influences and almost kraut-like psychedelics are pushed to the front. More Winter and Von, less Neurosis or Burzum. Yet a touch of Aluk Todolo.
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