SRiHKAL 2015 – Short Releases I Have Known And Loved (Part Four)


There was a veritable glut of intoxicating short-releases that made their way into my bloodstream during the past year, and I’m going to take some time to share a few of them with you. Carrying on in the tradition of Alexander & Ann Shulgin’s ground-breaking work with PiHKAL and TiHKAL, I bring you SRiHKAL (Short Releases I Have Known And Loved, 2015).

In addition to the numerous other EPs, demos and various other small offerings from other bands I’ve covered throughout the year (Sewercide (OSDM), Sanzu (death/groove), Skullreader (dissonant black/death), Thrall (crusty BM), Makavrah (doom), Caecus (grindy death), Sequestered Keep (dungeon synth), Acherontas/Horna (ritualistic BM), etc.), I realised there were still a plethora of great little recordings like these from 2015 that shouldn’t go unmentioned. Here in the final installment, I have some instrumental atmospheric BM, crossover HC, weird proggy death, and some killer psychedelic BM. As always, ingest these at your own risk.



IUPAC Name: A Diadem Of Dead Stars

Class: Hallucinogen

Synthesis: One man from Greece refined his breakthrough method from 2014 to create a stereoisomer of the unsaturated black metallium he dubbed “The Mist Bearer”.

Dosage: 2ml

Duration: 18 minutes.

Symptoms: Increased tactile sensation, closed-eye visuals, ego softening & increased spiritual ideation.

Similar Compounds: Mesarthim, Panopticon, Skaur.

IUPAC Name: Expander

Class: Depressant

Synthesis: A crew of four from Austin, Texas crossed over molecules from metallium and hardcoreate on July 18th 2015.

Dosage: 6kg

Duration: 16 minutes.

Symptoms: Bleeding, reduced appetite, tachycardia.

Similar Compounds: Black Breath, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge.


IUPAC Name: Barús

Class: Unknown.

Synthesis: A biologically-derived compound which was obtained from a bacterial pathogen found in France that is known to mutate readily. Over subsequent generations during testing, the species excreted the compound in progressively more potent concentrations.

Dosage: 4µg.

Duration: 23 minutes.

Symptoms: Temporal and spatial distortions, fluctuating moods, insomnia.

Similar Compounds: Meshuggah, Gorod (early).


IUPAC Name: Predatory Light

Class: Opiate

Synthesis: A group of four created this compound following a move from New Mexico to Seattle. Taking an indole tryptamine and merging it with an alkaloid opiate yielded this potent black intoxicant.

Dosage: 2mg

Duration: 17 minutes.

Symptoms: Nystagmus, paranoia, severe dissociation at higher doses.

Similar Compounds: Gloam, Vanum (chiral enantiomer), Ash Borer (chiral enantiomer).

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