BLACK QUEEN - THE ANTHROPOCALYPSE (2000)
Black Queen was an obscure S.F. Death Metal band featuring Pete Jay (aka bZZrd) from Assuck on guitar and vocals. Formed in 1996, they released one demo and one EP, a buzzy, four song freakout called "The Anthropocalypse". Apparently obsessed with witches and biological specimens (especially crabs), Black Queen played a weird, off-kilter brand of lo-fi Metal, the kind of shit that would make Demilich or Gorguts proud.
Interspersed with bouts of atmospheric noise and strange samples, "The Anthropocalypse" is a tasty platter of brutal experi-metal, thank Odin that these fuckers managed to release something before they split up in 2001. In retrospect, I'm not even sure how I got ahold of this little nugget. Jumanji?
WORMWOOD - REQUIESCAT (2000)
Black Queen broke up as a result of Pete Jay moving up to Seattle. Upon his arrival there, he joined up with Wichita, KS, imports Wormwood, singing and playing drums (rather than guitar) for this oddly ambient Doom/Sludge outfit. Wormwood's back catalog is chock full of tripped-out goodness, featuring 4 EP's, 4 splits, and 2 full lengths over the course of 11 years. "Requiescat" is their first full-length, released the same year as "The Anthropocalypse".
Wormwood's unique lineup made for a crushing, singular listen, as they had no guitarist, but instead filled out their sound with 2 bass players, 3 singers, 2 drummers, a keyboardist, and a sampler. Unfortunately, they also called it quits in the Summer of 2008, putting an end to an awesome decade-plus run on the world of Trippy Metal.
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