It’s not today as I’m writing this. As such, I’ve got a new bottle of Private Barrel Select Russell’s Reserve to get into so there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing more on a select few of the albums in this new release list later this week. That’s how I roll. Sometimes. Anyway, new stuff, we got it and you need it. First up is the outstanding new album from Vokonis who have come a loooong way since their debut, next up is Herzschlager who share members with another bearded bunch of beasts and subsequently have a beast of their own on a new EP, then we’ve got some dirty speed metal from Poisöned Speed and, honestly, who doesn’t love dirty speed metal… and bringing up the rear of top slots is Osiah and whether you call them death metal, deathcore, or just Satan’s death car, it all fits. Go and do the thing.Continue reading
I got home from Detroit at 1:00 AM this morning… and turned around and left for Boston at 4:30 also this morning. Tired! Sad!
- Let’s start with the obvious stuff. The Metal Blade version of Batushka (see also: “Faketushka” or “Bartushka”) has canceled seemingly all international tour plans. The reason stated is the ongoing litigation regarding the band name, but the reason not stated is probably ticket sales and fans not falling for any of the drama. I was actually planning on shooting this show. Oh well.
- How about some good news? (I say that and am very much aware many consider the above also good news.) Dave Mustaine appears to have completed his throat cancer treatments. There is still very much a recovery process, but it seems like the outlook for both Dave, and Megadeth, are positive, and we can hope for a new album sometime next year.
- Updates from Moloken are things I like. The Swedes are taking their unique blend of black/doom/death metals to The Sign Records roster, and are preparing for a new album release on January 31st called Unveilance of Dark Matter.
- Alcest released Spiritual Instinct last Friday, and having listened to it a few times to this point, I can say with confidence that it’s a great album. If you want to learn a little bit more about the lyrical themes and artistic direction, check out this trailer they dropped today.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Last week was a week. Stuff happened or didn’t, things fell apart or didn’t, story of our lives. But, stuff is happening right here with new metal and we’ve a lot to cover so let’s do that.
On the heels of a debut that I said “has the power to split the extreme death metal genre wide open,” Vitriol is back with their debut full length and trust me when I say that the future of extreme death metal is in great hands. For all the well-earned coverage and pieces on Mizmor over the last few years, this week’s new offering might just be their best yet – syrupy black metal and emotionally draining doom combine to perfection here. Lochness burst onto the heavy as lead doom yet fuzzy and psychedelic scene with their debut 4-track EP and it’s a banger, be sure to get on that asap. Sewing up the top slots this week is Vokonis who are yet another band this week releasing their best effort to date, progressive and psychedelic rub shoulders with forward looking doom and heavy metal and it’s a sweet, sweet sound. So, the only thing left to do is get in there and grab some of this week’s blazing inferno. Continue reading
Progressive and psychedelic (hence progress-edelic), in metal, can mean varied results that most often lean towards too much effort and not enough payoff, but in the case of Vokonis’ third full length Grasping Time, it means a band that is forward thinking AND top of the class in these particular styles. The album effortlessly meanders between the sensibilities of Ufomammut and the heft of Khemmis without ever being a copy of either on this 45 minutes of sheer bliss – seriously, this album is great and the band finally has a clear and unique identity. On top of that, Grasping Time is their best and tightest effort yet; the songwriting is better and never falls flat, the riffs are huge, the melodies are addictive, and the vocals are pristine with exceptional range. Just ahead of the album’s release we reached out with our set of Profile questions to get the backstory and Simon Ohlsson (guitars, vocals) responded, so head directly below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss this opportunity to grab a copy for yourself – links contained within. Continue reading
That chill in the air signifies the landscape surrounding us has begun its slow progression towards death. It also means that you need to sharpen your fire making skills because seriously, there’s nothing better than a crisp night under the stars with thought provoking metal and a roaring fire. With that, let’s begin: grim, frostbitten, technical and majestic all describe the black metal found on Throne of Heresy’s third full length Decameron, the heavy metal freight train that is Sweden’s Ram continues to barrel mightily down the tracks on Rod, on third full length and Colin Marston produced IAO 269 death metallers Corpse Garden show a new, outstanding, experimental side we’ve yet to hear and putting the final squeeze on this Halloween season is Autumns Eyes with their Type O Negative vibed Ending Life Slowly — dark, gloomy, goth tinged with a pinch of melodic death metal equates to a ton of fun here. Cozy up with us by this amazing fire we started (with lighter fluid, shhh – our secret) and explore all that this week has to offer… Continue reading