Album Review: Gaerea — “Mirage”

Gaerea - Mirage

I still think that one of my favorite, if not my actual favorite, moments on the Audio Thing is the episode we did way back in 2018 (back when I was just a fan as opposed to a contributor), where Vince made everyone listen to Gaerea’s Unsettling Whispers, and everyone else on the call ruthlessly clowned him for it.  Okay, maybe my memory is exaggerating it a bit, but I still think about that episode for a lot of reasons.  Not least of which is, despite the fact that I like to see Vince get clowned on, it prompted me to check out Gaerea for the first time, and I was actually quite impressed.  Needless to say, this is a band that has only gotten better with time, and Mirage proves that unquestioningly.

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CANTO: Serj Tankian, Black Lava, Nytt Land, and More

Three more work days…

  • Looks like we have new material from Serj Tankian on the horizon. A new EP, titled Perplex Cities, will be out on October 21st through Serjical Strike. You can hear “Pop Imperialism” through an immersive AR experience here. And if you get confused, here’s a demo.
  • Italy’s Abhor are streaming Sex Sex Sex (Ceremonia Daemonis Antichristi) a few days ahead of the release date. Since this was one of my favorite black metal projects out of Italy for awhile, I’m taking a moment to share it. Here you go. It’s officially out on the 23rd through Iron Bonehead.
  • If you need a little dark folk in your Monday, check out Nytt Land. Ritual: Blood of the West, the new EP, will be out on November 18th through Napalm Records. “Dark Country. Ritual” is available for streaming here.
  • We’ll close out Monday with some blackened death metal in the form of Black Lava. The music video for “Eye of the Moon” is below, a track taken from Soul Furnace. That album is out on November 25th through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2022

Miscreance

This week’s list of new metal might just be the longest list so far this year. I mean, if you can’t find something here just quit. Kidding…or not. Anyway, super bloated list which is always a great thing as there’s something for every discerning taste. We kick things off with an incredible death metal debut from Miscreance (no shit, this thing is great), then we’ve got black metal from Gaerea which is yet again great, KEN Mode returns to flip noise metal on its ear, ritualistic metal gets an upgrade from Frayle, and as you already know, there’s a TON more that follows. Dig in, turn up, and do your thing. We’ll see you here throughout the week.

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CANTO: In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Defleshed, and More

In a complete RKO outta nowhere, the album I most anticipate this year might be Lorna Shore’s Pain Remains? Anyway…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: The Black Dahlia Murder, Lorna Shore, Woods of Desolation, and More

Routine chaos is basically my perpetual state of existence at this point.

  • The Black Dahlia Murder are forging ahead, following the passing of Trevor Strnad. On October 28th they’ll be performing at Saint Andrew’s Hall as a celebration of the life and legacy of the beloved vocalist, with Brian Eschbach behind the microphone. Joining them will be Plague Years and Darkest Hour, making for what will be a truly memorable event.
  • Atmospheric black metal project Woods of Desolation revealed that a new full-length, The Falling Tide, is set for a December 9th release through Season of Mist, their debut with the label. Give the title-track for that effort a listen here.
  • And then a couple Century Media happenings to round things out. Technical thrash group Vektor have signed on to a worldwide deal with the label, where they’ll release their fourth studio album at some point next year. We’ll stay tuned as that all unfolds.
  • And then a month out of the release date for Pain Remains, Lorna Shore revealed a video for “Pain Remains I: Dancing Like Flames”, and that’s how we’re going to end the day. As a reminder, that album will be available through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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