I’ve heard it spread around these here metal parts that post-metal is over. That the time of slow, mood-driven and spacious metal that mixes emotive, crooned vocals and oodles of atmosphere is for the birds. To argue the contrary may I present Kindred Spirits, the latest album from Arctic Sleep as evidence that – rather than post-metal being a dead genre – it is in fact insincere and pigeonholed music of any kind that is (and should be) on its way out to the door, the better to make way for the kind of forward thinking and expansive music this band have been traversing since their debut over a decade ago. Continue reading →
PA based Botis will be independently releasing their debut full length, Grand Abominations, on July 26 and it’s a beast of an album full of thrashy attitude, frenetic black metal, and some truly wicked guitar work. Definitely one you’ll want to get your hands, and ears, on. As you’ll read below, the membership here shares with progressive power metallers Lör which makes it all the more interesting to hear this vicious twist. Just ahead of this barnburner hitting the general public, we had the opportunity to ask them our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it all went down. Be sure and grab a copy while you’re at it, links are contained within.Continue reading →
After a few lineup changes, Seraph In Travail arrived with their second full length, Lest They Feed Upon Your Soul, back in April and July 12 will see this same album released in CD format. Simply meaning, there’s no excuse not to get your hands around this symphonic death metal offering that bobs and weaves between bombastically operatic and melodic death metal with vocal performances literally all over the map. It’s catchy and addictive so be prepared to spend some time with it. In the midst of this album cycle we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see how it all went down.Continue reading →
The fact that Fugazi, Converge and Refused were catharsis to Burial Party’s Dan Kinnaley isn’t lost on upcoming debut EP Please, Electric Move Slow. It’s loose yet chaotic, dissonant yet bears melodic fruit, noisey of the old AMRep ilk while playing with pop-punk lightheartedness. Basically, a ton of stuff packed into four tracks that’ll get you up, moving and singing along after a couple of spins. Who doesn’t need to feel good every once in awhile? Anyway, we recently had the chance to ask Kinnaley our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into Burial Party so stick around to see how it went down. Don’t forget to visit the embedded links to grab your own copy.Continue reading →
By the time this goes to press, I’ll be having my morning coffee sitting on the sand and near the waves for the first time since last year. Needless to say, I’ll be in my happy place and will be enjoying every second of it. Luckily, I will have brought along some of this week’s new metal which will, of course, only enhance the week ahead. A trio of heavy metallers get this edition of new releases under way; one that leans towards the goth side: Lunar Shadow, one that leans towards the fantasy side: Gygax, and one that leans towards the thrash side: Kryptos, and all of which kick some major heavy metal ass. Which leads us to the last top slot with newcomers Murk Rider who weave long, epic and twisting black metal tales to add the just the right amount of darkness to my current playlist.