I hear we’re calling this stuff the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal. I’m always eager to embrace yet another nonsensical label, and await the inevitable usage of NWOTHM or whatever. Point is, you can label Fresno, CA band Haunt whatever you want if it helps you get through the night. Me? The band, their sound, and their killer debut fell length Burst Into Flame is simple heavy metal, and the world is better for its honesty in simply wanting to rock you hard and sweet. Continue reading →
A lot of things cross my mind when looking at and exploring a list of upcoming metal releases. Most of which no one will ever care about but the one paramount thing is: how many of said albums will make an impression and how many of those will have the kind of staying power that in a year’s time, or longer, will still be in rotation or have me singing/growling/screaming at the top of my lungs in a traffic jam or in the shower like a boss? To be sure, the only way to find out is to explore all possibilities which is why I love doing these. What will be our collective next gem? Read on…
Japan’s Abigail, who have a ridiculous amount of work out there, return with the Far East Black Metal Onslaught EP and it rides high on this list due to its thrashing mad black metal attack that I find to be grin inducing. US old school heavy metallers Haunt offer up their debut of NWOBHM inspired goodness on Burst Into Flame and Lurk find a way to pack doom, black, death and sludge metal into one atmospherically haunting release on Fringe – a mouthful but, a tasty one.
There’s more to the death/doom hybrid than just slowing your roll every once in a while. Taking that level of ferociousness and consistently landing in the pocket of groove (which I envision as being made of leather and studded, and capable of holding multiple invisible oranges) is essntial. It’s something bands like High on Fire excel at, being able to stay loose and dirty even as guitars, bass, and drums lock seamlessly to pummel you to the ground, and with their second album Lords of Death it’s safe to say Temple of Void are on their way to those same hallowed heights. Continue reading →
Here we are at the dawn of October. One of the finest months of the year, obviously. What better way to kick it off than with a stacked list of metal that is as varied as the many horror movies you need to watch over the next 31 days. Anyway, Initial Descent knows you need it so, this week we have the amazing new album The Dark Hereafter from Winterfylleth, a jazzy avant-garde self titled debut from Brain Tentacles, Okkultokrati‘s Raspberry Dawn that is satan rock at it’s finest and of course Sorceress from everyone’s favorite target Opeth. For everyone still mad about the whole no death metal thing, news flash, they’re still great. Also Veilburner returns with their third full length of inherently evil and challenging black/death/experimental The Obscene Rite and Halshug cracks the earth in half with their brutal new album Sort Sind. Plenty here for you to enjoy so without further delay, get busy after the jump. Continue reading →
Excuse are yet another great example of how the words Finland and quality metal are synonymous on their second EP, Goddess Injustice. Speed and thrash metal make a hell of a racket but in the right hands this pairing can be so satisfying that a mere 18 minutes just isn’t enough. Such is the issue with this insanely addictive EP. It may be short but it certainly shreds from start to finish. Continue reading →