Anyone feel oppressed by the ridiculous heat blasting through the Northeast? It almost makes you want to take a month off of writing for a website. I kid, but in truth I needed some time because the amount of quality metal that has been coming out this year has been INSANE. Label faves like Season of Mist and Gilead have been routinely hitting it out of the park, but great music has been crawling out of every nook and cranny, and it’s dizzying to be caught up in the middle of it. I had a list of about 14 I wanted to throw on here, but in keeping with the nature of the column I stuck to nine, all released this year before 7/1, and all on Bandcamp, because dammit let’s support artists with dollars, not fractions of pennies (plus it makes the formatting nice).
So here’s a glimpse of where my head is currently at. We’ll see where these land come end of year, but right now they’re red hot and in constant rotation in my ears. Onward. Continue reading →
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Idle Hands’ Mana and Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Return of Sassy. Continue reading →
This is one of those weeks that could’ve easily seen double digit albums in the top slots. It’s. That. Good. This year just keeps on giving so let’s cut the chit-chat and get to it…
Following up on the STELLAR EP, Don’t Waste Your Time, is Idle Hands with their full length debut Mana and honestly you just don’t know how much this brand of goth metal is needed until you know so get acquainted with it, this is a freaking masterpiece of soaring anthems drowned in mellow sadness. Next up is the godfathers of death metal, Possessed, with their loooooong awaited third full length Revelations of Oblivion and if initial impressions hold true, this will be one for the ages and one that furthers the intimate brand that Seven Churches laid bare. And then, Spirit Adrift completely seal the deal of trad metal meets majestic doom on third full length Divided By Darkness and it’s a sweet ass album full of old soul metal energy. Last up top but certainly not least is Wisconsin’s melodic black metallers Uhtcearu with their third full length Madness & Creation which finds the band in a forward thinking, progressive frame of mind. Now, don’t get your panties in a bunch as this slight addition works EXTREMELY well so if you were a fan of the last two, this one will blow your mind but if you’re a newb then this is a great jump off point.
Welcome back readers. Saturday is upon us once more, and with it comes another of our world famous (ok, maybe not yet) mixtapes for you. The year is only one-third over and we’ve already been graced with a preposterous amount of good music lately, and this week in particular we got the first new track from the upcoming Yellow Eyes album, who are one of my favorite bands in existence, let alone in black metal. That one’s not on Youtube, so you can have that for free. We’ve tried to cram as much of it here as we can; here’s hoping it provides the soundtrack to a kick-ass day for you. Cheers!
What’s happening friends. Currently I am attempting to recover from the Los Angeles leg of the Decibel Magazine tour, a night of gargantuan death metal performances from acts both new and well-established. Blood Incantation ripped through the entire 20 minutes of their “Vitrification of Blood pts. 1 and 2” and, if my ears did not deceive me, closed their set with a brand new song, proving beyond doubt why they are my favorite death metal band going right now. Necrot got the circle pits going and put on a hell of a show, including beseeching the crowd to help them summon ‘the motherfuckin’ devil.’ Morbid Angel are nothing short of the godfathers of death metal, and one of my favorite acts in the genre, so to finally be able to see them was a real treat for me. Finally Cannibal Corpse closed out the night in fine form, with replacement guitarist Erik Rutan shredding in fine form. Quality evening with a quality soundtrack, but I’m dead on my feet today. So here’s hoping our little mix tape provides the kind of quality soundtrack to whatever evening you’ll be having.