Happy Friday, kids! Q1 is officially over, and I’ve decided I hate metal.
…kidding. Because it’s April 1. Duh. But either way, we’ve got a sneaky busy week for new metal albums. Nowhere near as crazy as last week — how could it be??? — but still a nice mess of things to listen to. Moonsorrow, Graves at Sea… hell, even Babymetal has some new stuff out today, if that’s your thing. So let’s jump on in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 1:
After some lineup changes in the rhythm section and the addition of keyboard/synth player Fade Kainer, Brooklyn-based metal outfit Tombs return with a fresh batch of songs on their new EP, All Empires Fall. While the previous full-length, Savage Gold, was a cleanly produced and mechanically executed collection of black/death metal that had some tendencies toward death rock, post-punk, gothic rock, and industrial, All Empires Fall brings back the more atmospheric and visceral sound of 2011’s Path of Totality while removing the rough edges from that album and further honing the band’s pitch-black, brooding sound, while never sacrificing an iota of attack. Continue reading
Another Friday is here — a little lighter than last week’s, to be sure, but some definite highlights all the same. We’ve got Inverloch, we’ve got Wolvserpent, we’ve got a new split from Primitive Man and Northless…you name it. Plenty to satiate yourselves with. So forget about what I’m writing here and get yourselves started. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 4:
Hey kiddies. Another Friday is upon us. And unlike last week, I don’t have much to say about this one. That’s not to say that there isn’t some good stuff coming out — Rotting Christ, Eight Bells and Magrudergrind are all worth your attention, to name just a few — but rather that my main focus is on making it through the work day and getting into a long weekend. Can you blame me? Anyway, enough words — here’s what’s on tap for Friday, February 12:
It’s not everyday that a powerviolence band makes its way onto an HBO set and shares the screen with the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. OK. They weren’t actually on screen together, but Magrudergrind being featured on HBO’s VEEP was a great sign regarding their triumphant return to the grindy world of powerviolence. After six years of surprising silence, Magrudergrind have exploded back onto the scene with II recorded at God City Studios and mixed/mastered by Mr. Brad Boatright. And for fans of the best, there’s not much to dislike. Sure, the band is a bit more polished, perhaps even more melodic, but they are still the same old Magrudergrind. Just a bit older and more mature. Continue reading