Yep. Way late with this but life, folks. So, we’ll make it a ‘stuff that comes out today or already out’ kinda thing and we’ll hit the highlights to make it quick. Good chance if you happen to be out of the loop so here we go… Scarab hits all the right marks for astonishingly good Egyptian death metal. I mean, if Nile actually were from Egypt, I imagine this is what they’d sound like but all comparisons aside, Scarab stand firmly and violently on their own – go get this NOW. My Dying Bride make a return and it’s a splendidly beautiful, doomy return, Swedeath demons Wombbath are back in the Swesaddle and it hurts so good at high volume, and Pure Wrath offer up another beautiful album in the form of atmospherically epic black metal. Go find all the stuff you missed out on. See you back here in a few days. Continue reading
What goodies do we got today?
- Harakiri For The Sky have announced their first North American tour, and they’ll be on the road with Numenorean and Eneferens. The dates are in May and June, so we’re still a few months out, but this should be one to put on the calendar.
- But in even bigger tour news, it looks like Rammstein may be headed back to North America in the near future. The specific locations and dates haven’t been revealed yet, but if this graphic is any indication… I will be fully prepared to throw my money at this thing.
- A whole bunch of stuff from Igorrr today. The next album, Spirituality And Distortion, will be out on March 27th through Metal Blade Records. A new single titled “Very Noise” is available now, as well as some killer pre-order packages.
- Wombbath, who always strike a nostalgic chord with me because of their performance at my last MDF probably ever, are preparing for the release of their fourth full-length album. It will be called Choirs Of The Fallen, and is scheduled for a March 6th release via Soulseller Records. You can check out a new track, “A Vulgar Declaration”, immediately below. Enjoy.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
It’s Friday! And I’d like to talk about Ghoul for a second. You see, Ghoul are releasing their fifth full-length, Dungeon Bastards, today. The vinyl edition of the album comes with a gatefold jacket that opens into a board game, which they described as follows in the August 2016 edition of Decibel:
“Essentially, it’s a board game in the style of Candyland or the traditional Creepsylvanian game, ‘Ivan Must Escape from the Pederast.’ It can truly be said that when playing this game no one gains anything and there are no winners. The only thing you will gain is a drinking problem, and you will certainly lose friends.”
Welp, sign me the fuck up. If you don’t love this band after reading that, you’re doing it wrong. That’s all there is to it. Anyway, there’s some other stuff out this week, too! Like A.M.S.G. and Ringworm! And also Descendents, even though, okay, they’re not metal. So let’s dig into it. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
The guys are back from MDF 2016 and ready to recap all of their shenanigans on this special Maryland Deathcast! To do that, they walk through all four days of the festival and highlight their favorite sets (including Dragged Into Sunlight, Horrendous, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin and more), then share some field recordings they gathered with Corey’s fancy new mic on Sunday. Plus, as always, a Heaven and Hell portion.
All that and…not all that much more in Episode 44, but check it out anyway!
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My, my, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Swedish death metallers Wombbath. A full 22 years after their last full length, the band’s come back from the dead with their second full-length, Downfall Rising. While the album has its moments, it’s mainly textbook Swedeath. The immediately noticeable crunchy guitar sound and traces of doom in some of the songs are nice, but ultimately don’t prop this thing up enough to compare to the work of some of their countrymen. Continue reading