Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Succumb - Succumb (2017)

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Succumb's self-titled debut is as predictable and frantic as a schizophrenic wolverine fucked up on rabies, it's musical backbone mostly comprised of whirring grind with fragments of death, black, crust, d-beat and all else unsophisticated and crude. I'm taken to the vocals, I'm not sure it's anything I've heard before, so there is that unique grab to it, mostly sounding like someone howling desperately for help from the bottom of a well.

Succumb (bandcamp)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ricky Hamilton & The Voidboys - Hell is Real (2017)

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Ricky Hamilton & The Voidboys bring you slime punk drenched in fuzz and psych and other sonic oddities, with an acute hypnotic affectation and penchant for droning out in a state of inspired nonchalance with Ricky's vocal drippings that range from lugubrious and pasty to drowned out and poppy. Maybe if The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Joy Division melded sounds and mixed it with the psyched out nostalgia and glam passages of Crystal Stilts and played them faster and shorter you would get something quasi-similar to Hell is Real. Or not at all.

Hell is Real (bandcamp)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Unearthly Trance - Stalking The Ghost (2017)

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Stalking The Ghost
is an obstinate example of doom and sludge happily married at the core of its husk, but interspersed throughout its chest breathes an amalgamation of surrounding minutia to make up its entirety, which is just a nonsensical way of saying it's layered and boasts breadth and originality, all of which are qualities I look for when choosing the right head of lettuce when I'm making a salad. 

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Besides clicking the play button and forming your own opinion, I'll say this; Unearthly Trance have hit the nail on the hammer with this one, conjuring sequoia sized riffs with a whiff of THC emanating from each note, pummelling drums suitable for both a battlefield and a funeral dirge, and a varied vocal deluge that could curl the toes on a paraplegic cadaver. Heavy in full sway of the word, my brothers and sisters.

Stalking The Ghost (bandcamp)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Knelt Rote -Trespass (2017)

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Knelt Rote have succeeded in creating one of the most suffocatingly dismal and heavy records this year, rife with savagery and frenzied bestial belches against a impenetrable wall of crunchy guitar layering and perfectly mixed drums. It never wanes in its ferocity and despite its troglodytic plodding and pounding it manages to be nuanced and full-bodied with an adept attention to spacing and detail. I really can't point a poisonous finger to anything missing or lacking in this monster of a death metal album, Knelt Rote have seemingly diluted the animalistic barbarity of Revenge and attention to detail as Swallowed executed with aces on Lunaterial. 

Trespass (bandcamp)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Aosoth - V: The Inside Scriptures (2017)

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When Aosoth put forth IV: An Arrow In Heart in 2013 I only found out about it mid-way into the next year, which felt like I was late to the party and probably definitely (didn't) solemnly swear to arrive at the party on time the next time the Parisian trident of death/black metal put something new out. So here I am, fashionably late and still partying along.

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V: The Inside Scriptures is one part blistering death metal with a penchant for sporadic structuring and glimpses of surgical technicality and another part feral black metal with an unrelenting dizziness in the wake of its frantic atmosphere. I'm forlorn to know it will be the last album from Aosoth as they are (probably) sick of playing well beyond the comprehensional appreciation of dummy idiots who barely have two dimes to rub together and a predilection for death metal so long as the name is Gorguts or Bolt Thrower. What a shitty and pious assumption of me, I'm sure it's actually because Chipotle stopped giving out free tacos to dudes in black shirts.

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V: The Inside Scriptures underwent something like a three year long and arduous journey that saw itself staring down a steep slope of adversity that threatened to bury this release and all the recordings along with it and send it into the void. Thankfully this didn't happen because Aosoth have come out with something that is greater than the sum of all its (three) parts. Big ups to all the behind the scene components to making this happen as I can't find one negative thing about this album, from the masterful mastering and productive production down to the album covers painting. Another one fit for all our sanctimonious year end lists we are so hellbent on making. Good end, bon voyage and don't forget to rock and roll.

V: The Inside Scriptures (bandcamp)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hell - Hell (2017)

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Since I've heard Hell II in 2010 I don't know, or even care for that matter, whether or not the ambiguity surrounding the name of this band is intentional to dredge up confusion and mystique for brownie points with us grumpy metal stalwarts but I'll stick with referring to it by the name ov Hell instead of MSW (initials of sole member) because I hear Hell is pretty hot this time of year.

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A lot of great things going on in an overwhelming 50 minutes of fuzz drenched glacial doom with a heart full of ire and grime in it's cigarette smile. The bulk of it feels suffocatingly raw but the entirety of the mix isn't washed out or in anyway tinny, especially with those chunky riffs, beefier than a cow farm. Think of mashing something like Meth Drinker, Thou, Moloch and Bongripper together and running it through a meat-grinder. 

Hell (bandcamp)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Saiva - Markerna Bortom (2017)

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Markerna Bortom is the debut from Saiva and it's been an ear worm for me the last few weeks and will likely continue to be until I inevitably go back to the dire portent monolith that is the new Amenra. Something like atmospheric folk metal with hues of occult rock and druid rock. Listen to the second track'Nordmarkens älvar', it is riff worship and flourishes of beautiful melodies and hums and proves Petterson's ability to write infectious hooks... to deny this album is to refuse the riff. Having guest features of Austin Lunn of Panopticon and Gärdefors of Grift is only the cherry on top of a Abba themed angel cake, buds.

Markerna Bortom (bandcamp)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

ARSE - Primitive Species (2017)

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Here's a raucous and rompin' broth of punk from ARSE of Sydney, Australia yuh fuckin' good ol' cunt aye... Primitive Species hearkens to Ceremony's magnum opus Rohnert Park, albeit with it's own personality crisis of it's own. Maybe it's just the song 'NRVSNRG' that reminds me a lot of Rohnert Park's opening track 'Sick'... Doesn't matter man it's a good listen, so throw a shrimp on the barbie and shoot yourself in the foot yuh slogger.

Primitive Species (bandcamp)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Grift - Arvet (2017)

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Grift's Arvet is an almost perfectly executed example of a sonic language that will resonate with those who are moved by affections of the wilderness, flora and fauna, the smell of burning spruce resin in cold mountain air to that of minimalistic atavism. Erik is the sole cog in the neo-folk imbued atmospheric black metal of Grift, which is a breath of fresh air in a genre that has been pulled in every direction with great to dismal results by those teeming with an affinity to nature and tradition.  

It's sound is poignant and raw and Erik seems to have a cerebral intention by every detail, with the incorporation of a old Swedish instrument known as the Psalmodikon, which retains an undeniable eerie sound, as well as recordings Erik took in the nature around his home in Sweden; the screaming of a fox, the hooting of a tawny owl and a variety of ambiguous earthly sounds. But like Henry David Thoreau said about owls in the 'Sounds' section of his magnum opus, Walden (and something that I definitely dog-eared when reading);

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"When other birds are still, the screech owls take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu. Their dismal scream is truly Ben Jonsonian. Wise midnight hags! It is no honest and blunt "tu-whit tu-who" of the poets, but, without jesting, a most solemn graveyard ditty, the mutual consolations of suicide lovers remembering the pangs and the delights of supernal love in the infernal groves. Yet I love to hear their wailing, their doleful responses, trilled along the woodside; reminding me sometimes of music and singing birds; as if it were the dark and tearful side of music, the regrets and sighs that would fain be sung. They are the spirits, the low spirits and melancholy forebodings, of fallen souls that once in human shape night-walked the earth and did the deeds of darkness, now expiating their sins with their wailing hymns or threnodies in the scenery of their transgressions."    – Walden

Arvet (Bandcamp)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Incendiary - Thousand Mile Stare (2017)

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Incendiary man. I've been listening to this album at least a couple times a week since it came out, which is impressive, I think, because I have spent the last couple of months listening almost solely to podcasts and The Velvet Underground. Thousand Mile Stare isn't your cookie cutter one-two punch hardcore album for kids in BANE gym shorts to two-step to, but it can be that too, with a few huge No Warning windmills for good measure. Remember Buffalo's Wrong Answer? probably not, but it's like them meets Foundation. Bust it.

Thousand Mile Stare (bandcamp)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Vulture - The Guillotine (2017)

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Man, it will be no doubt, when all is said and done and the hammer of blasphemy strikes 2018 that Vulture's The Guillone won't be in the venerable echelon of my top ten most played and most digged.  Every serving purpose of imagery associated with Vulture points a finger to the past as does the entirety of the sonic scope; Speed, heavy, thrash, black, whatever man. Mercyful Fate playing like Deathhammer covering Agent Steel. Nostalgia will never go out of style, and neither will thrash, so frig off if you ain't havin' it.

The Guillotine (Zippyshare)
The Guillotine (support) * No Bandcamp because this is the 80's (just pretend)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gatecreeper - Sweltering Madness (2017)

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Here's a good example of an EP that forces the appreciator to be patient for a new full-length, with all the promise of heavier than thou hardcore for something like thirty minutes but feels like one hour of chest pounding neanderthal hardcore that sounds like dudes who like Bolt Thrower but want to play Buried Alive songs. The production is mirky as a swamp and the entire mix is meaty as a butcher shop in Utah, which is, I think, what makes it better than the release Gatecreeper put out on Relapse in 2016. I'm hoping they stick with Closed Casket Activities for the next release.
Move like a troglodyte, listen to Sweltering Madness.

Sweltering Madness (bandcamp)