It’s been a hot damn minute since LA’s Black Sheep Wall released new stuff, but thank the sludge gods Songs for the Enamel Queen will be released this week. Seven tracks of devastating sludge, emotionally heavy post-metal, and earwrecking hardcore is just what the doctor ordered for an hour break to hang all your anger, suffering, insecurities, and just bullshit of the world in general on. And it is a BEAST. I can’t turn away from it, the heaviness, nastiness, delicate intricacies, and deeper dive into what their last album “I’m Going To Kill Myself” eluded to in the experimentation department. I had the chance to ask the band about the new album and the looooong silence between albums, how Covid affected them, their love of longer songs, record labels, upcoming plans for the rest of 2021, and so much more. The band was so amazing with their answers and you can tell they really love what they’re doing and absolutely take it as serious as possible, I’ve got nothing but love for them. Seriously folks, please do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this album from the links contained within. This thing is so damn therapeutic and so damn heavy. GET SOME. NOW. At the same time, read on to see how this all went down.Continue reading
Initial Descent: February 21 – 27, 2021
Last week was a good week. Finally. Lots of reasons and none of which matter to anyone but me. I mention it because it was an anomaly as of late and demanded mentioning. And, I’m all out of witty one liners—even though last week was full of crappy but funny movie quotes—so you got that for an opening statement. Yay you. Anyway, new week means new releases and we got a ton of them to get to and from all corners of the vast metal and metalish landscape. Looking for some incredible sludge that bites back? Black Sheep Wall has your back. How about some shamanic doom? Sunnata saves the day. Or maybe some filthy doom/sludge is calling? 16 and Grime do it and do it well on a split so you’re covered there. Or maybe some exceptionally low end driven, crazy, avant-metal fits the bill? You guessed it, Timo Ellis is looking out for you—just sayin’, I’ll die on the hill of Timo Ellis and Netherlands so there’s that to entice you. All that and a very long list to follow so GET AFTER IT, folks.Continue reading
CANTO: Botanist, Vreid, Asphyx, and More
Day 2: Shenandoah is an area that does not suck. Can confirm.
- Botanist has a new concept album out on October 30th through The Flenser called Photosynthesis, with eight tracks exploring different aspects of the photosynthesis process. Check out a new track, called “Oxygen”, right now.
- Vreid have shared the entire “In the Mountains of Sognametal” performance, which was a live streamed event held back in June. If you’re going to check out one performance video today, make it this one. I can’t get over how visually stunning this is.
- Asphyx have announced a new studio album scheduled for a January 22nd release through Century Media Records. It will be titled Necroceros and it looks like new music and/or pre-order details are coming next week-ish.
- Lastly, we have a new video from portrayal of guilt, which features two tracks in the form of a short horror film. We Are Always Alone will be out on January 29th through Closed Casket Activities in North America, Evil Greed in the UK, and Deathwish everywhere else. Check out the video below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”