And, we shall march forward. Forward to an unknown future. Forward to an unknown new norm. Forward to some more bullshit. How about forward to some new metal? That’s my jam, so let’s roll. Aversio Humanitatis grace us with their second full length and I say grace us because it’s an epic level outing of black metal that cracks skulls as easy as it mesmerizes with grandiose skill and songcraft; dark, atmospheric, and sharp as an axe so, do the thing. Then we’ve got Zebadiah Crowe with an excellent name, excellent album cover, and equally as excellent blackened thrash with an industrial tinge, do this one too. Moving along, Ritual Mass offer up a quick ass kicker of death metal and honestly since it’s on Caligari that should tell you all you need to know about its quality. Last but far from least is a vinyl issue of one of the filthiest death metal names in the game, Cryptworm. No excuse to not have this on your turntable. And there you have it, the top four this week but there’s so much more below that awaits your hard earned dollar. Keep your heads on straight and keep trudging, we’re all in the same stinking ass boat. Continue reading
“Cold embrace is the savior in disguise. Through old age, only danger never dies.”
- Amorphis has announced a live stream event in celebration of their 30th anniversary. There will be two performances, on July 3rd and July 4th, and ticket buyers will be able to watch the performance over a 48 hour window.
- Septicflesh will be releasing a DVD of “Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX”. That footage is from a performance in Mexico City back in February of 2019. It will be available on July 31st through Season of Mist.
- If you appreciate photography, this auction hosted by Nathaniel Shannon, in cooperation with MetalSucks, is worth exploring. It will benefit For The Nomads, a charity organized for touring crews hit hard recently. Definitely an excuse to snag a print of King Diamond, Every Time I Die, or The Black Dahlia Murder.
- Ulcerate have dropped one of the best albums in 2020 so far with Stare Into Death And Be Still, so let’s check out this awesome video for “Dissolved Orders” taken from that album (out now on Debemur Morti Productions).
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Sometimes you play an album and immediately know that this one is different. I almost didn’t write this review because I wasn’t sure I could even put words to my thoughts and feelings. Despite listening to Stare Into Death and Be Still by Ulcerate more times than I can count in the past weeks, I am left awestruck by this marvel of technical and progressive death metal. Yet even those words seem meaningless in the face of this revelation of heavy music.
We all can use a pick-me-up at this point. And, this week we’ve absolutely got you covered with a multitude of stellar metal. What, you ask? Hang in there soldier… Katatonia return with another stone cold stunner that furthers their adventurous efforts into the ether, Cirith Ungol effectively silence a 29 year gap with an explosive fifth full length of high brow heavy metal, Ulcerate kick the death metal doors down and demand the spotlight, Vølus show us how dangerous death metal can be in the right hands, and Elder enlightens us with their algebraic approach to doom. A fantastic start for sure but we’re only getting warmed up to the plethora of amazing albums that await the adventurous. So, get to it. Continue reading
Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one. I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing. I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available. After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai. Continue reading