After a notable six year absence, Predatory Light have returned. The second album from the black metal collective, Death And The Twilight Hours, is set for a May 20th release through 20 Buck Spin. Check out “To Plead Like Angels” here.
We’ll close out Monday with a new video from Swallow The Sun for “This House Has No Name”. That track, of course, is taken from Moonflowers, which dropped late last year through Century Media. Pick that album up here, if you haven’t already, and check out the new clip below.
The debut from Astral Tomb, titled Soulgazer, is set for a March 25th release through Blood Harvest Records. Check out the new track, “Traversing the Wandering Star”, right now. Pre-order it while you’re there as well, obviously.
We’ll end Tuesday with the new single and video from Greet Death for “Punishment Existence”. Worth noting, they also have a run of shows coming up in March and April which you should definitely check out.
Blasting into this week with a movie that if you’re a horror fan, is an absolute must: Mandy. You may have heard the hubbub over this thing but I’m here to tell you said hubbub is on point. I won’t spoil it but Nicolas Cage is a beast and there’s a nod to Celtic Frost. Grab it on your favorite VOD platform and get ready to come unhinged. Now, for what you came for: new metal and there’s a heaping platter of it this week so let’s jump in the fire…
Opening this week’s festivities is an album that dropped late last week but I’m including it here because it blew me away with its ferocious nod to the kings of heavy metal but one that we, as heavy metal fans, desperately need to remind us that staying grounded to our roots is extremely important so go immediately and grab a copy of Hexripper’s Demo 2018 – I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with five songs or the last time I felt such a joyous rush of nostalgia. Next up is Bonehunter with their third full length Children of the Atom and if speed metal laced with black and punk interests you then this is a no-brainer – kick the tires and light the fires folks, the band certainly did here. Ambient black metallers From the Bogs of Aughiska grace us with quite possibly their best, darkest and harshest effort yet with Mineral Bearing Veins which still has my jaw planted firmly on the floor, just sayin’. Closing out these top four with a bang is Valdrin who return with their second full length of occult mythology by way of blackened death metal, Two Carrion Talismans.
So, there’s a peek but this list is longer than we’ve had in recent weeks and all we got is time – I mean, what else are you going to do on a Monday that’s better than this?! Get in there and click those links. Continue reading →
Sometimes a band comes out of nowhere and slams you with an unexpected impact. That was Gloam for me last year with their debut full length Hex of Nine Heads, a fully charged battery of vicious dynamic black metal. I wasn’t expecting anything else for a while, so while it’s almost too brief a stay, I’m more than happy to put their new EP Death is the Beginning on repeat as many times as needed to get through the day. Continue reading →
Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever seen Bandcamp actually slower than a sack of turtles. But that just means that TONS of you showed up for a cause and did your thing. In case you missed out on what I’m referring to one of our own, Chris, has the details right here and with any luck some of today’s Initial Descent albums made the rounds in all the gifting. With that said, lets get on with it: Tomb Mold melt eardrums with their first full length Primordial Malignancy and what a sweet death metal sound it is, Iron Reagan are back with their crossover thrash on the aptly titled Crossover Ministry, re-issues don’t generally make top billing but The Mist‘s debut from way back in 1989, Phantasmagoria, has just done it and rightfully so — the album is a thrash masterpiece and will hopefully get the recognition it so deserves, and Dying Whale rounds out the top end with Last Moments of Misery — for reference points think about what it would sound like if sludge metal and hardcore fought in a razor wired cage with knives and hammers, yea blood everywhere. And just like that, this week is yet another stacked high with quality but we have so much more in store after the jump. Continue reading →