Album Review: Erdve — “Savigaila”

Erdve - Savigaila

You already know I love music from around the globe.  I love listening to the way different countries shape the worldview of the people living in them and their own unique metal scene, and after some time of waiting, I can finally put a pin in Lithuania on my map of the world, thanks to Erdve and their stunning new stomper Savigaila.  I don’t often advertise my feelings on an album before the cut, but, then again, I also don’t tend to review albums I think I’m going to hate; this, however, surprised me in the best way possible.

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Initial Descent: July 18 – 24, 2021

Fulci
Fulci – photo courtesy of Salvatore Delle Femmine

Salty is fast becoming my summer word. But, honestly, I’m extremely grateful for all the killer metal released so far that has aided and abetted my quest to find the nastiest, angriest, speediest, best bourbon guzzling music around that helps chase the bullshit away. So, there’s the bright side. This week’s new release list is yet another example of a good freaking week as we’ve got death metal from both Fulci and Tombstoner and one of those has a synthy horror B side dedicated to an absolute legend of horror fame (guess which one), extreme black metal from Craven Idol, and sludgy-charred-hardcore from Erdve. But, as always, there’s a ton more hanging out below these top four. Get some.

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CANTO: Our Place of Worship is Silence, Mastodon, Erdve, and More

Alright, so there were a few more things going on today.

  • Mastodon greeted us with a new track this morning, and it (unsurprisingly) kicks ass. It’s titled “Forged by Neron”, and is featured on the DC Comics Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack. Give it a listen here, and feel free to pre-order the collection as well.
  • Blackened death duo Our Place of Worship is Silence is releasing a new full-length on August 27 through Translation Loss Records, titled Disavowed, and Left Hopeless. The title-track was also revealed today over at Decibel, and it is absolutely relentless. I’m looking forward to this one.
  • Old school death metallers Hexorcist have set July 26th as the release date for Evil Reaping Death. They’re partnering with Memento Mori for the CD release, Unholy Prophecies for the vinyl, and Goz of War for the cassette. Simply put, whatever your preferred media form is, they’ve got you covered. Check out “Exulting the Adversary”, the first new track, here.
  • Lithuanian experimental sludge collective Erdve have also announced a new album, Savigaila, set for a July 23rd release through Season of Mist. Pre-orders are up here, and check out the video for the new single “Lavondėmės” immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: The Ocean Collective, Lamb of God, Erdve, and More

The Ocean

This week tapered off in a very strange way.

  • Very exciting news emerging from my favorite band today. The Ocean have announced a live stream event in which they will be performing Phanerozoic I in it’s entirety. That event takes place on March 25th. Better news still? They have TWO new albums ready to be recorded.
  • H2O have teamed up with Liquid Death for a new streaming experience. Live At Toby’s House takes place on February 26th at 8:00 PM EST. That fact that this is taking place in the front man’s home is pretty freaking awesome/hilarious. Snag a ticket here if you’re intrigued by such a concept.
  • So there’s another unique streaming event I feel compelled to share today. Extreme hardcore crew Erdve will be sharing a virtual performance filmed at Lukiškės Prison in Vilnius, Lithuania. The footage was captured last September, and the premiere is scheduled for February 27th. Here is the event link. This should be a good one.
  • We’ll close with the new video from Lamb of God for “Ghost Shaped People”. That was a track taken from the upcoming deluxe version of their self-titled album. Give it a watch below, and scoop up the latest version of that record here… if you’re interested. It officially drops on March 26th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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