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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
Ian and I are both really like that album, but we overlooked it during the deluge of fall releases. It definitely kicks ass though! The structure of the column means we miss things and sometimes don't get a chance to rectify it. C'est la vie
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January 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
The collective weight of bonus tracks this month is enough to crush a small city. I wanted to pitch probably 20 tracks all by myself, but limitations being what they are, the excess just has to spill down into the comments. One caveat: I'm not gonna link any of the big stuff we're definitely featuring next month (which Doug already mentioned in the intro, like Wormed, Inverloch, Aluk Todolo, etc.). Some of these might reappear next month, if they're eligible, or this might be the most love they get. Let's make the most of our time either way. RAVENSIRE - "Temple at the End of the World" Trad, sweet trad. These Portuguese lads (or old dudes, more likely) play heavy metal the olden way, with album art proudly emblazoned with the image of a warrior dwarf, or a viking or visigoth or someone fierce and hardy and solemn (who happens to resemble a dwarf). And the tunes sound pretty much how you'd expect. What makes it great are the lasting hooks, the excellent playing, and the shredded-larynx gravelly vocals, which give the whole affair some extra teeth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsd9uJryMh4 Ripper - "Neuronal Unity" Another perfectly titled band: ripping, thrashing, gnashing death/thrash from Chile, presented by the ever-impressive Dark Descent Records, featuring some of the best bass playing on a thrash record since you-know-who winked out of this world 30 years ago this September. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv9UbpFLuUw Miasmal - "Fear the New Flesh" One of my favorite of the newer crop of Swedish OSDM bands, Miasmal excel in the lead guitar department, drawing more from crust punk than most of their contemporaries. I'm hoping we get another crack at this next month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnb5ZHeHIOw Ecferus - "Creation of a New Planet" Stunning cosmic / atmospheric black metal from this one-man USBM "band". For fans of Spectral Lore, Mare Cognitum, and of course Krallice, who edged this one out by the thinnest of hairs (at least in my mind). The musicianship, melodicism, and overall execution here are pretty much mind-blowing, especially considering it's all the product of one dude. I would kill to be this good at guitar OR drums, never mind both. Featuring killer cover art to boot. https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/track/creation-of-a-planet Suspiral - "Poisonour Essence" Another exemplary release from I, Voidhanger Records. This Galician duo plays long-form black/death utterly drenched in wailing lead guitars. Haunting stuff. https://suspiral.bandcamp.com/track/poisonous-essence Borknagar - "Winter Thrice" I posted this back in November before they had a video up, and I'm reposting it again because the album has grown on me even more in intervening months. It's heavily progressive, bountifully-weird, clearly-Scandinavian metal with blackened edges, not unlike recent Enslaved. This track sees original vocalist Garm (of Ulver, Arcturus, and everything else) guesting for a few clean-sung verses alongside ICS Vortex and Vintersorg. This year has already seen an insane amount of top-flight progressive metal in only one month, which is not a sentence I ever thought I'd type, especially not on this site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDrrKv2wjvk Conan - "Revengeance" Somewhere smack dab between Electric Wizard and High on Fire, you'll find Conan hammering away at their instruments like the self-described cavemen that they are. This track is probably the fastest and shortest thing on the album, which means it sounds much more like High on Fire and much less the rest of the album, but it's perfectly solid and plenty destructive. I recommend listening to the whole thing—it came out today, and you can find it on Spotify right now. https://youtu.be/KT143oJUUKU Obscura - "Sermon of the Seven Sun" Again with the progressive metal. Obscura basically defines progressive death metal in the new millennium, at least to me—they build off the framework of Human-era Death, with nods to Atheist and Cynic (notice the robo-choir vocals at the beginning of this track, directly referencing Cynic's best album, Focus), but the intensity of the playing and the overall orchestration and arrangement of the songs tend to go much further than their progenitors were capable of. The other Black Market guys aren't especially fond of this, and I can understand why—jazz-fusion death prog isn't even an acquired taste, it's an abomination upon all of music, yet I love this record both for the ripping melodeath riffs and the quieter, ambient-acoustic sections that hold it all together. The fretless bass during the quiet parts reminds me of what Michael Manring was doing back on all those Windham Hill records (a label that released a slew of excellent, eclectic "new-age acoustic" records in the 80s and 90s; I'm sure I've already lost you), and when the band trots out the string section on the epic 15 minute closer, you'll either run to the hills or start taking notes. Hey, it's worth hearing once either way. I posted an earlier single way back in the November column's bonus tracks, and one of our regular readers left this comment, which hopefully inspires a listen in at least a few of you: "I think I might like that Obscura song better than anything that made the actual list, which surprises me because I'm not generally a big fan of overly technical death metal. I wouldn't have thought it possible for a tech-death song to be moody, melancholic and subdued, but they nailed it." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LSZMpxh80E
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January 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
Mickey Rourke's terrible rap on "Shining Star" counts as a cheesy duet, I think.
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January 11, 2016 on R.I.P. David Bowie
Adversarial was literally #51! I think it was #17 on my personal list—such a killer fucking band live and on record.
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December 10, 2015 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2015
In addition to the Baroness recommendation, take a listen to Elder. It won't convert you to death metal or anything, but the guitar work is stunning and the album is approachable. It's more like epic and heavy psychedelic rock.
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December 10, 2015 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2015
There was so much we couldn't cover this month, goddamn. Here's the usual assortment of bonus tracks, in a pitiful attempt to make a dent in the mountain of material that didn't make the master list. Happy holidays, heathens. LYCUS - "Solar Chamber" One of my favorite American funeral doom bands is back for a victory lap. New LP in January; here's your first taste of the gloom. https://lycus.bandcamp.com/ OBSCURA - "Akroasis" One of the nerdier tech-death bands, but also one of the most expressive. This one is moody, melancholic, almost subdued in its virtuosity. There are wheedly-deedlies to be sure, but they never stray beyond the boundaries of good taste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNAqGrVrcMw FORN - Weltschmerz EP Gilead has a knack for finding bands like this: Forn play haunted, haunting sludge bordering on doom, and they do it better than anyone. I'm just now realizing how impressively depressing all these bonus tracks are. Tis the season, I suppose. https://forn.bandcamp.com/ BORKNAGAR - "The Rhymes of the Mountain" Like Arcturus, Borknagar has never quite been my thing, though I respect what they do. I'm not sure where this slots into their catalog, but I like it more than I thought I would. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoa9w7WB_Xo&feature=youtu.be KETZER - "Starless" Here's one from left field. Five years ago, these guys were the definitive Hells Headbangers black/thrash band, all Satan and bullet belts, the whole shebang. The new album drops all that and somehow lands in Tribulation territory (which is a very good thing), while drawing on a completely separate set of influences (black metal and angular post-punk). Definitely curious to hear the whole album. https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/ketzer-starless/s-eZDYD HEGEMON - "Rays of Lie: There Will Be a Time You Will Give Up" And here's one last paean from the abyss: muscular, melodic metal from a long-running but little-known French black metal act. Highly recommended. You can stream the full album at their bandcamp page; this is my favorite track. http://hegemon.bandcamp.com/track/rays-of-lie-there-will-be-a-time-you-will-give-up
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November 30, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2015
Good call! We snoozed on With the Dead until just after voting closed for the month. I finally heard it over the weekend and it is unquestionably rad. I know we ranked Bismuth quite high, but With the Dead is more my speed, personally.
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November 30, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2015
This month was obscenely overstuffed. My ballot had something like 30 tracks on it (less than half of which appear on the actual list). This month was also drowning in excellent trad metal: Magic Circle is excellent; the new Cauldron is killer, as Ian discusses above; and my favorite of the three, which just missed inclusion here, is this ridiculous slice of perfectly rendered cock rock from Striker: https://soundcloud.com/strikermetal/too-late-1
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November 30, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2015
I neglected to post the link for Lustre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8WPMEPOUY
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November 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2015
Only a handful of bonus tracks this month, but they're all stellar and worth your time. VENEFIXION - Defixio (cassette demo) Best demo I've heard in forever from our friends at Iron Bonehead, with great (non-demo sounding) production to boot. They're French, play a bastardized stew of proto death/black/thrash, but the riffs are melodic and hook-laden, and I think fans of Horrendous or even latter-day Tribulation will find something to love here. https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/venefixion-defixio RAM - "The Usurper" Best arena/trad I've heard in forever. These dudes are Swedish, and they've been doing the trad thing for a while, but I remember their older material being a lot faster (the change is not unwelcome). The last album, and their first for Metal Blade was something of a stumble, but they more than make up for it here. "The Usurper" is one of my favorite songs of recent months, with a perfectly classic chorus. https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/ram-the-usurper ANOMALIE - Refugium LP (including the single "Untouched Walls") Excellent 'post-black' metal from Austria, from one of the guys behind the similar Harakiri for the Sky project. Falls somewhere between black metal, epic melodic doom, and maybe a dash of hardcore/screamo/modern-crust, but it's doing its own thing. Either way, it's catchy as hell with glorious melodic lead guitars all over the place. https://artofpropaganda.bandcamp.com/track/untouched-walls LUSTRE - "Nestle Within" Here's a new standalone single from Lustre, from a forthcoming LP coming sometime next year. Lustre has been moving away from metal for years now with a greater focus on keyboard melody and atmospherics and less shrieking and guitar fuzz, but no matter—I love this stuff. Reminiscent of the quieter parts of other keyboard metal bands like Summoning, Midnight Odyssey, or Burzum's ambient records. P.S. Don't forget to pick up one of the absolute best albums of the year—the latest from Horrendous, which came out yesterday. https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/anareta
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October 31, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2015