“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here…”
And that’s all there is to Delaware’s trio of crusty/post-black metal sounds of general misery and nastiness. I mean, I could go into detail and all the gory bits about just how downright disgusting Conqbine is? I’m sure you’re reading this JUST to be told to fucking die? Right? Ok, ok, I’ll get on with these rather misanthropic jamz that would make Mike Williams of Eyehategod cult it up by donning an Appalachian Noise Records t-shirt.
Conqbine (for the most part) seriously do not care about you as the listener. They want you to feel all the pain and suffering…their particular pain and suffering and they want you to suffer in anguish with them. There’s nothing fake or weird about that. I personally can’t think of a single artist that have completely made me a fan of them without massacring my mind and shattering my sanity along with it, therefore sending me into a padded room via-H.P. Lovecraft style. And this is the kind of music that unflinchingly doesn’t care to do the same again even after I’ve successfully completed my last inpatient therapy/treatment. With only two demos under their belt, Conqbine is a confirmed convicted felon that is ready to batter and assault the senses to send me and the listener back to therapy for possible PTSD flashbacks.
2015’s “Let Them Die” EP
Starting with their 2015 “Let Them Die” E.P., this is the heavyweight bruiser of the deadly duo of releases from Conqbine. 5 really professionally-mixed songs of out-right misanthropy. It’s not squeaky clean-sounding but it is beefy and audible enough to know that these guys are serious in their strong mixture of Crusty-Post-Black Metal. Imagine the likes of Tragedy, Krieg, with the bitterness of Thou and the effects of Neurosis and you wouldn’t be too far off from pinpointing the the lethal dosage of Conqbine’s sound even though they aren’t their direct influences(at least to my best guessing). With lyrics such as “If I were a god, I would kill you all,” off the song “Bastard” vocalist Erick Baker remind you of your insignificant existence and would swallow your fucking soul if he could. The song “Jettisoned” slows it it down to a funeral-like dirge but stays on the droning/chugging side rather than go at it and try to be another lame Sleep-worship clone that is currently clogging up the underground these days.
2015’s schizoid nightmare “Into A Void Ever flowing” EP
“Into A Void Ever flowing” EP is where the blackness just oozes right thru the fucking speakers. This is where the beefy and “good production” of the first demo goes right out the fucking window and now we are getting down to what sounds like a straight-up well-produced lo-fi black metal demo. Again, it’s the same band but the first song “The Spine Of A Giant” is nothing short of what one could possibly find off Xasthur’s “The Funeral Of Being” or possibly “Telepathic With The Deceased” LPs. There’s a weird vocal effect on Eric Baker’s that is present on this digital-only-available demo that gives this particular showcase of fucked-up blackened jamz a serious Thorns(Norway) vibe as well. And the second song “Personal Non Grata” it’s seriously enhanced and gives the music a massively schizoid quality and rather detached feeling from reality itself. “An Hourglass Vacant” is a look into the CPU brain of a robot with Alzheimer’s. Total and complete breakdown of an electronic brain into absolute dementia.
Conqubine just recently announced that they are going to re-release both of these EP on a compilation LP in the form of limited edition cassette tape via Appalachian Noise Records and are currently planning on putting out their first full length album. You can expect me to review it and be the first to read about it here first. In the meantime, pull out your debit cards and get on this band. It’s completely worth all the mental suffering that you will endure.