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Also Drowning Pool. But give it a listen anyway!
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November 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
Seconding Doug, Carcass are a phenomenal live band, and if you're not all that familiar with their catalog, Heartwork and Necroticism are two of the best metal albums of the 90s, very much worth a deeper look. Inter Arma and Deafheaven are both great live bands, but Carcass is still probably the highlight of that lineup, and they're probably better live now than they ever were in the old days. Either way, that's a sick tour all around.
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November 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
I have to chime in re: that Madder Mortem joint above. Full disclosure: I spent at least a week making fun of the other guys for liking this thing only to have it come around and bite me in the ass—give it at least two listens before you write it off as nonsense. The full album has some of the most affecting, fully-realized melodies I've heard on a metal album in god knows how long. The complexity / insanity of the whole thing lends it additional depth; its a grower unlike anything else you'll hear this year.
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October 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
BONUS TRACKS, pt 3 Scorched - "Rot in Confinement" Awesome horror-themed 90s-style death from Delaware, courtesy of Unspeakable Axe / Dark Descent. Totally worthy of your dollars and/or attention. https://unspeakableaxerecords.bandcamp.com/album/echoes-of-dismemberment Antaeus - "Condemnation" 10 years after Blood Libels, french black metal act Antaeus are finally set to resurface with a new album. Expect atonal blasting and other unpleasantries; the production here isn't great, but it drastically improves once you dig in with the volume knob. Definitely leaves me eager to hear more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDu2zjVnrJI
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October 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
BONUS TRACKS, pt 2 Vultures Vengeance - full EP stream Musty, dusty heavy metal magic from Rome, of all places, recommended "FOR FANS OF EARLY OMEN,EARLY STEEL ASSASSIN AND EARLY LIEGE LORD." Can't argue with that. https://vulturesvengeance.bandcamp.com/ Anaal Nathrakh - Full album stream Doug linked to their 4th album in his opening intro; here's their 9th and latest, which is something of a return to form, at least to my ears. I haven't spent much time with it, the riffing and overall production seems sufficiently absurd. File under mechanistic black/death/prog/grind mayhem. https://anaalnathrakh.bandcamp.com/album/the-whole-of-the-law
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October 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
BONUS TRACKS, pt 1 Dark Tranquility - "Forward Momentum" and "Atoma" DT have always been solid if not quite spectacular, and their latest fits that description, even as they evolve into gloomy "mellow death" more akin to Katatonia than At the Gates, complete with clean singing, plinky keyboards, and downtempo rock drumming. Here's "Atoma" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_voh9WFbsM and "Forward Momentum" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suhuQlYZwtE Wormrot - full album stream Grindy grind from far far away (as in Singapore). Some folks didn't care for this one; I enjoyed it fine, though I'm not huge on grind anyway. The all-out blasting and blurred guitars seem a little more restrained compared to past efforts, but the trade-off is slightly more discernible hooks. I'm not complaining. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlPxgm0FSYw
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October 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
Eek, you're right--Mike covered it in July. Good memory!
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October 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
And one last chunk: DYSRHYTHMIA https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-veil-of-control Technically this isn’t a bonus track cuz we covered it back in July, but it came out last week, and it’s awesome, and you should buy it. Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston both also play in Gorguts (and a million other things, like Krallice, Withered, Vaura, Sabbath Assembly, and probably 20 more between them), but Dysrhythmia is special in its own right, as probably the best instrumental technical progressive collective going. Plus they used the hell out of a 12 string on this, which elevates them to the level of, uh, the Byrds or the Mission UK, which is to say RAREFIED AIR, folks. WALDGEFLUSTER https://nordvis.bandcamp.com/album/ruinen This is Wyatt metal, no question, meaning excellent atmospheric black metal with some strong pagan / woodsy vibes. We originally had this slated for the list but wound up bumping it for Saor or Tardigrada, both of which kill in similar but slightly different ways. For whatever reason, this is probably my favorite album in this style since Harakiri for the Sky, which is saying a lot. I also get some Woods of Desolation vibes. Killer lead guitars, melodies flying in every direction, surprisingly strong / never-bad clean singing, and lyrics in German, which never hurts. I give this the highest of heathen recommendations.
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
Bonus tracks, pt 2: KRYPTS https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/remnants-of-expansion Lovely Finnish death/doom of the highly listenable variety, from our friends at Dark Descent. I’m glad we got Ruinous on the list this month cuz it fucking kills; this one is every bit as good, with a gloomy, oppressive vibe all its own. Highly recommended. OOZING WOUND https://oozingwound.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-forever I think I shout about this album monthly but eternally forget to pitch it for the list. This is ostensibly some kind of mutant thrash, but it comes off more like a sludgy, thrashy, crossover hybrid of unnameable origin. Excellent riffs, great vibes, good times.
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
All right, let's try posting BONUS TRACKS in several chunks: BOLZER https://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/bolzer-i-am-iii It’s borderline insane that we left this one out, but… new Bolzer is pretty weird. Like if Blut Aus Nord decided to be Mastodon with some crusty Amebix swirled in. The riffs still have all the angles and wonderful strangeness we long for, but the vocals… I’ll let you decide. This might reappear next month; there are definitely better tracks on the album than the first single. THY CATAFALQUE https://thycatafalqueuk.bandcamp.com/album/meta Brutal weirdness butts up against some melodious spacious bits, and it is good. I really wanted to cover this one but we can’t do em all, sadly. It’s only been a year since Sgùrr came out last October, but Thy Catafalque must be especially active. Meta is MUCH heavier than the last album but no less dope.
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
Ugh, i posted a lengthy bonus tracks post, but it got lost in the void somehow. I'll try to get it back soon - check back for more goodies in a little bit
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
As always, some bonus tracks for the insatiable ears out there: BOLZER https://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/bolzer-i-am-iii It’s borderline insane that we left this one out, but… new Bolzer is pretty weird. Like if Blut Aus Nord decided to be Mastodon with some crusty Amebix swirled in. The riffs still have all the angles and wonderful strangeness we long for, but the vocals… I’ll let you decide. This might reappear next month; there are definitely better tracks on the album than the first single. THY CATAFALQUE https://thycatafalqueuk.bandcamp.com/album/meta Brutal weirdness butts up against some melodious spacious bits, and it is good. I really wanted to cover this one but we can’t do em all, sadly. It’s only been a year since Sgùrr came out last October, but Thy Catafalque must be especially active. Meta is MUCH heavier than the last album but no less dope. KRYPTS https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/remnants-of-expansion Lovely Finnish death/doom of the highly listenable variety, from our friends at Dark Descent. I’m glad we got Ruinous on the list this month cuz it fucking kills; this one is every bit as good, with a gloomy, oppressive vibe all its own. Highly recommended. OOZING WOUND https://oozingwound.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-forever I think I shout about this album monthly but eternally forget to pitch it for the list. This is ostensibly some kind of mutant thrash, but it comes off more like a sludgy, thrashy, crossover hybrid of unnameable origin. Excellent riffs, great vibes, good times. DYSRHYTHMIA https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-veil-of-control Technically this isn’t a bonus track cuz we covered it back in July, but it came out last week, and it’s awesome, and you should buy it. Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston both also play in Gorguts (and a million other things, like Krallice, Withered, Vaura, Sabbath Assembly, and probably 20 more between them), but Dysrhythmia is special in its own right, as probably the best instrumental technical progressive collective going. Plus they used the hell out of a 12 string on this, which elevates them to the level of, uh, the Byrds or the Mission UK, which is to say RAREFIED AIR, folks. WALDGEFLUSTER https://nordvis.bandcamp.com/album/ruinen This is Wyatt metal, no question, meaning excellent atmospheric black metal with some strong pagan / woodsy vibes. We originally had this slated for the list but wound up bumping it for Saor or Tardigrada, both of which kill in similar but slightly different ways. For whatever reason, this is probably my favorite album in this style since Harakiri for the Sky, which is saying a lot. I also get some Woods of Desolation vibes. Killer lead guitars, melodies flying in every direction, surprisingly strong / never-bad clean singing, and lyrics in German, which never hurts. I give this the highest of heathen recommendations.
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September 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
just a tip of the hat to Wyatt for covering Mare Cognitum, which is easily one of my favorite albums of the year. there are tracks on this album that annihilate this first single, and this first single is already pretty damn wonderful. definitely seek this one out, guys.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
god, this month was just utterly fucking stacked. the list of shit we didn't include is way longer than what we actually did. here's a slice of some of the fun stuff that didn't make the cut for one reason or another: SUMERLANDS https://sumerlands.bandcamp.com/track/the-guardian-3 Probably my favorite trad metal of the year thus far. Riffs that border on Dokken or Van Halen, vocals in the Ozzy zone, but an excellent sense of seriousness that makes me think of unsilly and awesome bands like Dawnbringer. Still hoping to cover this next month, but here's a track to keep you warm at night for the time being. BLACK TABLE https://blacktable.bandcamp.com/track/obtuse Another one that might come back for next month: black metal + sludge + crust combine for something that sounds a bit like especially gnarly screamo. Billy Anderson production pushes this one over the edge. DECOMPOSED https://chaos-records.bandcamp.com/track/submerged Wonderful Swedish death with no HM2's in sight. The groove riffs owe a major debt to Grave, which is obviously awesome, and a hint of dark atmospherics suggest they have broader influences than just Sweden (think Disincarnate). I'm kicking myself for not covering this one for August. WRETCH (stream the full album) https://badomenrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wretch This is the closest we'll ever get to another Gates of Slumber record, and hell, it's pretty great. After that band broke up a few years back, bassist Jason McCash overdosed on heroin; his best friend and former bandmate Karl Simon eventually put together another band and wrote an album detailing just how miserable it's been in the wake of that tragedy. The worst part: just as Wretch was releasing this a few weeks back, another former member of Gates of Slumber, J. Clyde Paradis, passed away as well. These guys all lived hard as hell, so I hope we can all reflect on our collective mortality as we enjoy the leaden and grungy street-doom on display here. SODOM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI6GXnBPDuQ A German thrash band far past their prime, but still one of my favorites, Sodom are not expected to put out good records anymore. I wound up liking this much more than expected, though lead single "Caligula" is a wee bit goofy. Either way, there's fun to be had. MESHUGGAH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtO3VCu5wv4 New Meshuggah is always cause to celebrate. We considered covering this for August but decided to hold off, figuring we'll get another chance and we might get an even more exciting song in the meantime. I like this plenty, but our resident Meshuggah experts (Doug and Ian) need to hear more of the record before delivering a final verdict. ASPHYX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYNkQh6VDNk I adore Asphyx. Always. My adoration includes every album of their career, even those without Martin van Drunen on vocals. This track... is solid, if not actually exciting. They function better at midtempo death or drop-tempo death/doom, however, not this punkish, thrashy stuff that they occasionally dabble with. Rest assured, we will properly cover the new Asphyx album when we get a better single in our hands, but I wasn't about to blow my word count on this one. MITHRAS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr9HExEYcYc ANOTHER fucking killer death metal band dropped new material this month. (there was also new shit from Obituary, which was abominably shitty, and Vader, which was meh but bearable; none rise to the level of bonus track-worthy, so let's cut back to Mithras.) Cosmic Morbid Angel worship never sounded so good (well, besides Blood Incantation, but they play a different take on a similar theme)--Mithras shares members with Sarpanitum, another Black Market favorite, and I expect we'll give this some love when we get our hands on another single. This one fades out really abruptly, apparently because the track segues into another song, and it makes for a jarring end to an otherwise insane track. WINTERFYLLETH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kt_a1hfAg0 Yep, there's a new Winterfylleth album coming next month, and this is the first track to surface. This got very little attention somehow, perhaps because it wasn't fully pushed out as a single. It's also not quite up to the level of the last couple albums, so here's hoping the rest of the record is a step up from here. I love this band in general, but I demand more! Or hope for more, is more accurate. Here's hoping. ION DISSONANCE https://soundcloud.com/goodfightent/ion-dissonance-treading-on-thin-ice Who here remembers these guys? Early to mid-2000's technical mathcore/deathcore hybrid insanity, these guys were playing waaaay before deathcore devolved into dreck like Oceano and Whitechapel. And this new track... rules. We came damn close to covering it here, and we still might next time around (like everything else in this list). CANDIRIA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTXbtL1Kor8 Ok ok, now who remembers THIS band? I won't pretend this is great, but it's fun to hear these guys still playing their batshit hybrid of hardcore, prog, hip hop, and jazz. Here we get a legit scat-bebop section during the middle 8 right before Carley Coma belts out the longest scream ever. Still insane after all these years.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
Blood Incantation has a full album stream up at Decibel as of today. Last month I wrote about one of the more "pedestrian" tracks, which is still insanely good. I highly recommend you spin this thing straight through, then go out and buy it. Excellent shit. http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/7/29/full-album-stream-blood-incantations-starspawn-might-be-the-death-metal-album-of-the-year
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July 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2016
Chiming in to say save some excitement for these as well: - Inquisition - the album is very much on par with the last two, even if the single was just a ripping bruiser. - SubRosa - I've barely heard it, but the last one was incredible and this sounds very much on par if not weirder and better. - Oozing Wound - kind of an indescribable genre hybrid, somehow blending crossover thrash and atmospheric sludge and going all in on the instrumental freakouts, with riffs galore, this thing slays. - Vanhelgd - excellent gloomy Swedish death, seemingly even stronger than prior releases, and they were already great. - Be'lakor - weird, melancholic Australian melodeath, kind of in the vein of In Mourning - Profanatica - insanely bass heavy production makes this the gnarliest sounding black/death record I've heard in ages. Catchy riffs and generally blasphemous vibes make for the best record I've heard from them til now. - Thrawsunblat - former Woods of Ypres peeps playing pagan/folkish black metal. Sounds a bit like Agalloch with a melodeath vibe, which you have to hear to believe. The vocals took me a minute to acclimate to, but they grew on me quickly.
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June 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2016
Related note, these dudes are reaponsible for the most hideous long sleeve t-shirt design of all time. Cosmic ketchup and mustard. I want it so bad https://www.facebook.com/dark.descent.5/posts/1153994911298561
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June 29, 2016 on Blood Incantation – “Chaoplasm”
MDF thoughts: I missed most of Friday and all of Thursday, so there are some obvious highlights missing, such as Crypt Sermon, Paradise Lost, Goblin, and Wormed (and probably more). That said, in the time I had, I saw more than my fair share of incredible shit. My favorites include Hail of Bullets, General Surgery, Dragged Into Sunlight, Demolition Hammer, Satan, and Zhrine. Hail of Bullets felt particularly poignant since it was their first show without Martin van Drunen, and their first with Dave Ingram (of Benediction and Bolt Thrower fame). Apparently it was a test run to see how Ingram would fit in with the band--he sounded better than perfect, as good or better than MvD, and it was clear the band was feeling it too. Halfway through the set, guitarist Stephan Gebedi turns to him and smiles before grabbing the mic, saying, "Allow me to introduce our new permanent lead singer." Ingram lit up like a Christmas tree; the crowd started chanting his name. That was easily one of my favorite heartwarming MDF moments, up there with Nocturno Culto's MDF appearance (and first American appearance ever) back in 2014. On a completely different tip, in the least feel-good way possible, Dragged Into Sunlight were unbelievable. No other band over the weekend held a candle to their set, and I'm having a hard time thinking of any other shows I can even compare in terms of intensity. Maybe seeing Isis back in 1999, around the time of the Red Sea EP; or maybe Cobalt at MDF in 2013. This was absolutely at that level, but it felt much more destructive, much more punishing; for once it felt like we were watching something truly extreme. There were television screens playing sporadic clips of the serial killer interviews the band is so fond of sprinkling through their recordings; that was paired with a strobe light that served to nauseate more than entrance. But the sound... even with earplugs it was way too loud. This was the stuff of nightmares, reminiscent of Portal's set last year, with so much more power and focus. Towards the end of the set I had to walk away and sit down just to collect myself; it was too much noise and flashing light, too much of everything, just an overwhelming surge of negativity—what extreme music always promises but rarely delivers. I kept thinking back to an old urban legend about the earliest Swans shows, where the band supposedly played so loud the audience would start to convulse and vomit. I never thought I'd enjoy that sensation, but I was wrong. Absolutely seek them out when they tour. I could blather on about the others, but there's less to say so I'll keep it short. Satan is one of my favorite traditional metal bands and the band fucking slays live, despite their collective age. I have a couple of videos shot from the front row that I need to upload to youtube; I'll tag this thread when they're up (hopefully soon). General Surgery was the best of the Soundstage bands I saw (admittedly I didn’t watch many), a perfect mix of Swedish death and goregrind (which is to say: they're one of the many Carcass tribute bands out there, but they do it better than anyone). The singer looked a lot like Andrew WK and captured the same vibe somehow, despite the brutal tunes. I already mentioned Demolition Hammer, but they were the clear winner of the "best reunited band" award (not counting Satan, who have been back together for a while now). Probably the biggest surprise of the weekend was Zhrine, who brought out an electric upright bass and wore clean-cut button-up shirts and short hair (they basically looked like uniqlo models), more preppy than Deafheaven but every bit as intense, with a bit more of a Deathspell/Ulcerate vibe in the guitars. They tore the roof of the Rams Head, and that bass sounded incredible. I'm going to revisit that album often. All in all it was a glorious heavy metal weekend, as always. Next year you all should go, for real.
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June 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016
From Mars to Sirius absolutely kills. I'd start there.
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May 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016
Demolition Hammer were insanely good. Tight as fuck, heavier than half the death metal bands (true to their classic albums), and just a blast to behold. The singer probably won best metal banter of the weekend (tho I didn't stick around to watch Cronos do his Venom shtick) through continual and unnecessary repetition of the word "fuck" every third or fourth word. The crowd were "fuckers"; the new drummer was a "motherfucker"; and any reaction to the music, no matter how slight, was clearly us "fucking shit up." I love heavy metal. I'll chime in later with some more MDF highlights.
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May 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016
Goddamn, STILL the best underrated Swedish death metal band of all time. These guys just don't stop.
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May 3, 2016 on Sorcery – “The New Armageddon” (Stereogum Premiere)
I just found these on Spotify; looking forward to diving in. Industrial was my first exposure to heavier music too. Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, Chemlab... that all eventually led me to metal, but the old tastes survive.
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May 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
Another one I forgot to mention, and one of my favorites: MESSA Yet ANOTHER female fronted doom band that transcends the stereotype by a mile. This thing is a marvel of execution: spacious arrangements drift from clean guitars drenched in a reverb bath to wailing vox over churning guitars... then the riffs drop in for real and doom reigns. They take it further by adding weird shit like clarinet solos and weird middle eastern-tinged lead guitars over the bridge. The entire album is amazing. https://soundcloud.com/aural-music-937888921/messa-blood And here's a much more thorough review from someone who gets it: http://www.angrymetalguy.com/messa-belfry-review/
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
Bonus tracks: NAILS Not all of TBM crew likes Nails, but I always have. Hopefully I'll get to cover them next month, as I would have if life (and exams) hadn't gotten in the way this time around. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGGGh03jN4w ABNORMALITY New England death metal done absolutely right. The compression is a little wonky on this youtube stream, but trust me that the album sounds incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq-LEKXXWuI GOJIRA Probably the only groove metal you can convince me to listen to in 2016, the latest Gojira single sounds like Pantera, Muse, and Killing Joke rolled into something that perfectly straddles the line between terrible and amazing. Can't fuck with that chorus either way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNdC_3LR2AI CAUCHEMAR Excellent Canadian doom from Nuclear War Now Records. It's easy to write these guys off as another female fronted retro doom act, but for two things: (1) the vocals aren't even remotely bluesy (thankfully), and (2) the music is cast in more of a melancholy light than most of their peers. They haven't released any tracks to the internet yet, so this bandcamp link is just a placeholder for the moment. Check this out when it comes out on 6/5. http://cauchemar.bandcamp.com/ DARK FUNERAL If you've ever heard Dark Funeral you know exactly what this sounds like. Fortunately the new album sounds about as strong as they ever have. Raging, blasting, vaguely melodic Swedish black metal. I've been indifferent about these guys in the past, but the new one is a lot of fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kemwGeWNFA DESASTER Ripping black thrash from the masters. The production didn't grab me at first, but spending time with the album has made all the difference. Excellent stuff here, very much in line with the similarly excellent Destroyer 666 album (which we also snoozed on here at TBM!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzciAjWA9hc IN MOURNING Melodic/gothy/deathy/doomy/modern metal has never been a huge genre (in fact, most people assume it starts and ends with Katatonia), but 2016 has all the bands in this scene dropping albums at the same time. Katatonia has one coming in June (it's great, and hopefully we'll be covering that next month); Novembre released the excellent Ursa earlier this month; and October Tide (featuring ex-Katatonia peeps in a much heavier death/doom mode) released one just last week. Meanwhile, In Mourning is ANOTHER band made up of Katatonia alumni; it skews a bit heavier than Katatonia (closer to the mid-period Opeth end of the spectrum I guess), but it's no less gorgeous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE3jZxGiDPg KATATONIA Guess I'll share this too, while we're here. Won't say much now since I'll probably write up a different single next month. They're definitely embracing the more recent progressive turn they took on Dead End Kings; which means this is significantly less metal. Jonas sounds more like Maynard than ever, and that's not a bad thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIGBNc2nFZA And here are the other two bands, for comparison sake: NOVEMBRE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPxsFvABsqE OCTOBER TIDE (official full album stream) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdKe_gjHu80 BAT Black thrashing speed demons BAT are finally dropping their debut LP, and I looooove this thing. Featuring dudes from Municipal Waste, Volture, and D.R.I., I actually enjoy this a whole lot more than any of those bands, for what it's worth. Good shit. https://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/album/wings-of-chains SWANS And closing things out, a snippet of Swans' latest, THE GLOWING MAN. The album is hilariously long, just like the last two, though the slowness is even more up front and aggressive to my ears (the first three tracks clock in at an hour on their own). Still, Swans are an essential act, and this is essential stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka_hKb7dSiY
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
Eh, it was a dumb point to begin with; I actually waffled between "purest" or "foulest", which obviously changes the meaning, but I just meant death metal is generally more extreme than black metal, more of a true antithesis to "normal" music (like, nobody's sitting down to write a shoegaze/brutal death metal mashup album whereas black metal is just an ingredient to combine with every other genre at this point). Again, it wasn't a completely coherent thought as much as a line I liked the sound of.
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April 26, 2016 on Stream Zealotry The Last Witness
guys, just stopping by to make sure everyone listens to the ENTIRE pyrrhon EP... Ian didn't mention it, presumably because SPOILERS but i don't care: the last track is a fucking perfect cover of Death's "Crystal Mountain". listen loud!
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March 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2016
When the Sky Turns Black (album two) is very much on par with the first one—both forgotten classics. I was never able to track down In Mourning so I can't really comment on that one. The album art looks appropriately bad-90s though, like a perfect companion to Grave's Hating Life. Whoa, just checked spotify and all three albums are available! I know what I'm doing this weekend.
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February 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
For anyone interested, the entire Obscura album is now streaming over at Guitar World. If nothing else, check out the insane closing track, "Weltseele". http://www.guitarworld.com/news-premieres/obscura-premiere-new-album-akr%C3%B3asis/28620
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February 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
I remember stumbling onto these guys a few years back and having the exact same awestruck reaction. They have some of my favorite lead guitar parts ever. Another great and occasionally overlooked band from that era is Disincarnate. Their one and only LP, "Dreams of the Carrion Kind," features excellent cover art from Dave McKean, which pairs perfectly with lyrics that occasionally drawn from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics (see "Monarch of the Sleeping Marches"). Along with Brutality, these are two of my favorite death metal bands ever.
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February 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016