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If I remember correctly, our array of metal shirts was beyond SICK
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
agh, yeah—that was in my next tier down, which includes another 10-15 bands I just couldn't summon the energy to write about. How do you like this one compared to their prior work? I know it's a bit of a departure (seems kinda tribal, less overtly "metal," almost world-music-ish? I dunno). I listened once or twice and moved on, but I should probably give it another spin.
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January 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
Here we go—two whole months worth of bonus tracks. Sorry (not sorry) for the length of this one: GOREPHILIA: https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/severed-monolith Killer Finnish death from the ever-trusty Dark Descent. The "gore" name is deceptive; this has more of an old-school + cosmic death vibe. IMMOLATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUh2ctYZFE Immo's been in a holding pattern for a few records now, but cmon, they're still a personal favorite. Angular but immediate, this reminds me of a much more straightforward Ulcerate (as in: Ulcerate with songs), and even if it's not mindblowing, it's still plenty great. ANOMALIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWJzbMoYGTo If you like Harakiri for the Sky, you'll like this. Another Austrian band composed of two guys from Harakiri, the overall effect is pretty similar: post-black, atmospheric, you know the drill. Maybe a little heavier / less-emo than Harakiri. MIDNIGHT: https://midnight-ohio.bandcamp.com/album/shox-of-violence Black, speed, proto-thrash, whatever: it's fucking Midnight, and it's exactly as dumb as you think it's gonna be, and exactly as much fun. The new "album" is a monstrously huge compilation of stuff from EPs and splits released since the prior Midnight comp, Complete and Total Fucking Midnight. This one has 4 new songs and an awful lot of sweet covers included. Always a joy. MEMORIAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmucoieg2Lc First non-demo offering from Karl Willets' (of Bolt Thrower fame) new band, also featuring dudes from two dudes from Benediction and the original drummer of Bolt Thrower. Musically it sounds like you'd expect from a Bolt Thrower/Benediction hybrid, though Karl's doing a borderline weird speak/sing thing which is noticeably less awesome than his Bolt Thrower work. Still awesome; I'm nitpicking cuz I'm a BT stan. EMPTINESS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCnK3jKeX0A For months I've been dreading this thing—prior Emptiness records were some kind of insane fusion experimental black and death, and they were thoroughly amazing. Hearing bits and pieces of the new one, it sounded like an awkward hybrid of 90s mall goth and murky black metal, which, it turns out, is exactly what this is; somehow in the context of the full album, I really like it. And yes, Twiggy Ramirez produced this thing, so the Marilyn Manson textures are legit. I realize this is one of those blurbs that actively repels most folks, but that's probably for the best anyway. NIGHTBRINGER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaalrhlvPAE Easily one of the best American black metal BANDS (as in: not one-man USBM), the new Nightbringer seems like it will rule hard. I've only heard the first single, and it sounds as strong as everything else they've done, which is to say it's, uh, very strong. Dig the squirrelly upper-fret tremolo mastery. LORN: https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/arrayed-claws Technical, grinding avant-garde black metal from… Italy, I presume? Another one of the great bands from I, Voidhanger; wholly unpleasant to listen to, still awesome. BATHSHEBA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5kQjOu_mIc&feature=youtu.be And a second track (maybe even better): http://www.cvltnation.com/premiere-streaming-bathsheba-end-everything-review/ Mammoth, monolithic, wonderful doom from a newer band made up of members of Death Penalty. You get female vocals, but unlike the bluesy wail we’re used to: instead we get a little of that, plus a death-rock wail, weird possessed harsh witchy vox, and some schizophrenic voices that somehow don’t suck. The album is wonderful, and it came very close to making this month’s list. PALLBEARER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmfKPB7AGDc New Pallbearer, but you already knew that. This dropped after we had already assigned blurbs, but I’ll probably cover it properly next month. Proggier, less explicitly doom, better vocals than ever before, and one hell of a closing riff. Excellent stuff. AU CHAMP DES MORTS: https://dmp666.bandcamp.com/album/dans-la-joie Phenomenal atmospheric black metal from a French scene veteran known for playing in one of the classic symphonic black metal bands of the late 90s, early 2000s: Anorexia Nervosa. Very weird to see such a contemporary rebirth, but the album is an incredibly strong example of the style. REBEL WIZARD: https://rebelwizard.bandcamp.com/album/triumph-of-gloom Man, this one’s weird. Some kind of bastard fusion of bedroom NWOBHM + occasional black metal + noise(?), yeah, I don’t know what the hell this is. I think it was self-released last summer and Prosthetic picked it up for a proper release next month. The traditional metal leads sell this one. LUMINOUS VAULT: https://soundcloud.com/profoundlorerecords/luminous-vault-charismata Here’s another strange hybrid: obvious drum machines, synths, frantic melodic riffing, on top of something approximating primitive death or black metal. Kinda sounds like a weirdly gothic version of Godflesh. Coming your way from Profound Lore this March.
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January 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
Just popping in to comment on that wonderful Kairon; IRSE! record. Ian and I had a running joke in the Black Market locker room that this is already 2017 AOTY: technically we were joking, but only kinda sorta. It's hard to make sense of what you're hearing by only hearing a single track, so I would urge anyone interested to pick it up. They also share members with Oranssi Pazuzu, sort of—I think one or two of the OP dudes plays live with K;I!—and both bands apparently share the same producer. You can kind of hear it, too. Anyway. You guys want some bonus tracks? I've got a pile to sift through
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January 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
my mother in law is a New Zealand native--I'll spring it on her and see what happens.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
i don't know what "sook" or "sooky" means (google says sook means female crab, which can't be right), but that's a great word nonetheless
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Two fun facts: the main dude from Blood Incantation previously played in Merkstave, and one of the main women from Worm Ouroboros previously played in The Gault. (all of these bands obviously rule). And I completely agree re: Khemmis. The riffs are strong and the production kills, but something about the vocals undoes the whole thing for me. It's not awful, I just get nothing out of it.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
In honor of the bonus track posts I usually cobble together each month, I thought I'd dump everything I thought was worthy into one final megapost to close out the year. My initial list of year-end considerations was just absurdly long, and like Adrien, I tend to think this diversity is a sign of just how strong metal's up-and-comers really are. We might be a fractured little subculture, but the individual components are stronger than they've ever been. So here's an unsorted pile of stuff worth checking out, if you're keen to go on a treasure hunt. Apologies for the lack of links or descriptions, but my masochistic tendencies only go so far. One last note: Blizaro originally clocked in at either #41 or 42 on this list, so it seems criminal not to mention how incredible that record is. Spiritus Mortis rules too, but for my money I'll take Blizaro for the long haul. All right, here's the deluge in alphabetical order. Some of these are phenomenal, and just missed my top 10 list; most of the rest fall somewhere between good and great. 2016 was a wild and terrible year, but certainly not a quiet one. Abbath, Abnormality, AMSG, Anaal Nathrakh, Anicon, Ash Borer, Ashbringer, Asphyx, Auroch, Barbarian, Bat, Battle Dagorath, Be'lakor, Begrime Exemious, Behexen, Bestial Raids, Bethlehem, Black Funeral, Black Table, Bloodiest, Blut Aus Nord/Aevangelist (split), Bombs of Hades, Borknagar, Brutally Deceased, Caina, Camel of Doom, Cantique Lepreux, Car Bomb, Cara Neir, Cauchemar, Chthe'ilist, Conan, Conclave, Cultes Des Ghoules, Dark Forest, Dark Funeral, Deathspell Omega, Death Fetishist (featuring DOUG MOORE), Decomposed, Denouncement Pyre, Departe, Desaster, Destroyer 666, Draugnim, Dysrhythmia, Ecferus, Eight Bells, Eternal Champion, Fates Warning, Forteresse, Gevurah, Ghoul, Ghoulgotha, Grave Miasma, Graves at Sea, Gruesome, Heavydeath, Helcaraxe, Hierophant, Hobbs' Angel of Death, Howls of Ebb, Ihsahn, Imperium Dekadenz, In Mourning, In the Woods, Inquisition, Insomnium, Interment, Inthyflesh, Inverloch, Ion Dissonance, Irkallian Oracle, Iskra, Katatonia, Krallice, Krater, Krypts, Latitudes, Lycus, Madder Mortem, Marsh Dweller, Messa, Mithras, Mizmor, Monolithe, Moonsorrow, Morrow, Nadra, Neurosis, Nucleus, Obscura, Oozing Wound, Nox Formulae, Numenorean, Panzerfaust, Phobocosm, Piss Vortex, Predatory Light, Profanatica, Ranger, Ravensire, Reptilian, Ringworm, Ripper, Ritual Chamber, Rotor, Ruinous, Russian Circles, Saor, Sarke, Schammasch, Scorched, Self-hatred, Seputus (featuring even MORE DOUG MOORE), Setentia, Sewercide, Skaphe, Sodom, Striker, SubRosa, Summit, Suspiral, Thrawsunblat, Thy Catafalque, Tombs, Torture Chain, Toska, Trap Them, Triumvir Foul, Tyfon's Doom, Ulcerate, Vanhelgd, Vukari, Vultures Vengeance, Waldgefluster, Winterfylleth, Witchery, Withered, Wounded Kings, Wretch, Zealotry, Zhrine, 16. Good luck to anyone brave enough to wade through that mess.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
I tend to view 2016 a bit more in a positive light (talking about music ONLY) than Mike did, but I completely agree with his Metallica take, and he articulated it 1000x better than I could have done. In the leadup to the release, I was getting increasingly pumped with the release of each single, especially since it seemed like Metallica had finally uncovered their original love of NWOBHM, which has basically been entirely absent since And Justice For All (and even there it was pretty subdued). The album as a whole isn't terrible, I think, and it probably marks a general improvement (the singles are strong and Spit Out the Bone rules, dumb title aside). But the timing of its release absolutely highlighted just how vacuous, intellectually hollow, and ultimately soulless this thing is beyond its handful of good riffs. Had it come out earlier in the year we might pretended enthusiasm for a few weeks before the shine wore off. The band had to recognize that releasing an album one week after the election was incredibly risky (no matter the outcome, half the country would have been deeply wounded and/or furious); like so many late-period Metallica decisions, this one proved especially dumb. Even still, I've listened to it a fair amount out of a tired sense of duty to the genre and its former gods; I'm glad the band is showing signs of life, if nothing else. Maybe they'll get it together for the next album, in time for the next election. Assuming we still have those going forward.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
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)