(I might add a track or two, anyway. Prerogative of the writer, and all that)
Lots of good stuff on tap this week, including a new track from masters of metalcore Botch, new music from Tribal Gaze, The Halo Effect, Russian Circles, Devil’s Witches and Guapa (one to definitely watch out for). There’s also plenty of classics if that’s more your taste, including killer cuts from Twisted Sister, Running Wild, and Praying Mantis, a band I haven’t heard in FOREVER so thanks, Buke! All that and more…plus some Mastodon, of course.
In the ever-expanding world of metal, new bands seem to constantly be emerging and stepping up to the plate. DEATHCAVE is here to take a big swing with their debut full-length release, Smoking Mountain. Their is, at times, as haunting as its namesake (the Apache death cave in Winslow, Arizona) with lyrics to match. The general theme here focuses on the inexorable concept of the decay, demise, and death of humans and nature. While the lyrics are enough to sink into a depression, the music is a delightful combination of thrash, doom, and psychedelic metal. While at times haunting and dark, it has some lively high-energy moments mixed into the doomy haze. The trio formed in 2018 and released a three-song, self-titled demo last year. Their music is a captivating combination of metal sub-genres performed by just three skilled musicians. Smoking Mountain is an enticing introduction to DEATHCAVE and their experimental sound. Continue reading →