Sunday, January 15, 2023

Full Length Review: Rampancy "The Sublime Conquest of Nothing" (Iron Front Productions, Witchcult Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Rampancy
Location: London, Ontario
Country: Canada
Genre: Black metal, death metal, grindcore
Format: Digital album, pro-cassette
Label: Iron Front Productions, Witchcult Records
Release date: June 9, 2017
Yet again another tape I got from Death by Digital was “The Sublime Conquest of Nothing” by Rampancy! First and foremost I need to throw it out there that Death by Digital is a label that focuses mainly on grindcore and other forms of music from that line—but Rampancy definitely has a “black metal” feel. This came as a welcomed surprise as I do love music of the blackened variety and I have been finding it hard to find labels in Canada that deal with that kind of music—and it’s even harder to find it at a fair price.
The production on this is cold and the vocals are raspy—and I am reminded of early Mayhem and acts similar. With 11 tracks this one is not as long as a lot of black metal full-lengths but it provides enough tuneage to make for a great listen. Sometimes the music is not pin tight but it is all brought together nicely and has a great “lo-fi” quality that I love within this genre.
A co-release between Witch Cult and Iron Front I’d be intrigued to hear more from this band and these labels. I will also throw it out there that I got this cassette for five dollars Canadian so at that price I would suggest looking into snagging a copy for yourself and as always—try to find it online and give it a listen!
Note: I also have a release from this band called “Toxic Identity”. It includes very lo-fi recordings that are entirely improvised. There are only 9 tapes in existence. The Sublime Conquest of Nothing is by far the superior release…but I’d suggest checking this out as well if you are a lover of “noisecore-esque” stuff. What could it hurt? -Devin J. Meaney

Oculus Tød: Vocals, guitars, drums, songwriting, lyrics

Track list:
1. Blood For Blood
2. Failure In The Eyes of Jehova
3. Schadenfreude
4. Choose Your Side
5. Thy Kingdom
6. Besieged
7. Solitary March Under A Black Flag
8. Hanger 96 (Two Forces In Balance)
9. Dawn Of The New Order
10. Insurrectionary Extremist
11. A.F.D.T.D

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