Closing out, we have some fresh thrash punk out of Munich. Below is the music video from Straightline for “Earth Defenders”. That track is taken from Keep Your Cool, which is out through Lockjaw Records and Thousand Islands Records.
All you need to know about Engrossed in Decay, the sophomore full length from Joliet, Illinois band Molder can be found in that album font. No, not the band name – the album font. There is just something about seeing super-detailed, visceral artwork, a quasi-decipherable band logo and….the album name in Italicized Arial font. In quotes, no less. I see something like that and I grin ear to ear, because I know…I feel it in my bones. I’m about to get blasted with some old school groove in pocket death metal that’s going to carry my decomposed body and leave it on the curb, Obituary style. In other words, I’m all in.
Plenty to say here, but everyone that knows me has already heard it and you came here for new metal so, I’ll sum it up in three statements: Be quiet unless you truly have something to add. Be a rock. Don’t be a dick. Simple right? Ha, you’d think. Anywho, new metal Monday is upon us and hot damn we’ve got some treats in store this week starting with a couple of killer death metal albums from Inhuman Condition and Molder, next up is a long awaited grind return from Antigama, progressive metal from Anova Skyway, and a ton more in the list that follows. As usual, plenty here to hit anyone’s funny bone so dig in and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.
“But wait, Chris! What happened to Episode 236 of the Nine Circles Playlist?!”
Sometimes playlists are just too wild to be contained on the webpage of a humble music blog. Even now, if you listen closely between the high pitched whine of the street lamps you can hear the fading tremolo picking and blast beats of a runaway playlist, foraging on the remains of boy bands (rest in peace, BTS) and the tattered remnants of forgotten 00s dub step. If you love something, set it free…but if you simply forget to post something at least make the story fun.
Anyway, let’s talk about the much more present edition, which is literally below for you to relish with your favorite accoutrements. Josh is kicking it off with the latest from Megadeth…maybe the best song they’ve done in 15 years or more. And if that doesn’t rock your world, the new Krisiun is even more brutal. Followed with a hefty dose of Lorna Shore you should be off to a great start. Anton gleefully shoves some Antigama, Aenaon, and Xenoglyph to ensure you have 100% of your extreme intake complete. Vincent gets a massive track from Scarcity on and is slowly fulfilling an unspoken promise to feature every track from Bloc Party‘s debut in the playlist. Hera fuels my nightmares with something called AWS which I am assured is not Amazon Web Services…unless it is? She also has White Ward, Apocalyptica, Leprous, and a great collaboration between Trent Reznor and Danny Elfman. Ian brings in some great new music from the likes of Wake, Saor, and Russian Circles, as well as a classic banger from Alexisonfire to celebrate the release of their new album. Finally Angela returns as a voice of calm and serenity, giving us soothing lullabies from the likes of Deathwhite, Silent Majority, Stay Inside, and Aptera, which I’ve also been enjoying immensely.
As for me? I’ll end the playlist this week with a few tracks you can expect to see me review in the coming weeks.