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ALBUM OF THE WEEK
We’re already knee deep in September releases in terms of coverage as we hit the first weekly cycle proper for this month. I’ve been listening to Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media‘s discography this week, most of the time stuck on ‘Head Rock‘ (1970), a very, very good recommendation from the fellow teaching me to play the drums at the moment. The Album of the Week for my own taste in terms of releases of the week is Polish death metal band TOUGHNESS‘ debut album ‘Prophetic Dawn‘ which, yeah, I guess I reviewed a month early? Great record, anyhow, if you like the weirding side of ‘old school’ death metal extrapolated and entertained without going full on Eldritch circus metal. Not your thing? Bones‘ ‘Sombre Opulence‘ is more of a pure ‘old school’ tuned-up kick with some Autopsy and Morbid Angel influenced riffing in hand. Black metal fans should check out Anzv ‘Gallas‘ if seek something moderately abstract and Lunar Spells ‘Demise of Heaven‘ for something more traditional and melodic.
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You might remember New Jersey-based ‘old school’ death metal band VIVISECT from their four way split with Oxalate, Perpetuated, and Blood Spore a while back and I guess at this point they’ve written about four songs between a single, a demo tape, and a self-titled EP so all of that lands on this ‘Barbaric Death‘ compilation tape from Nihilistic Holocaust. Solid set of songs, nice cover art, good lookin’ tape. Looking forward to whatever this band does next.
It took around a year or, several months at least, to get New Jersey/New York-based death metal band OXALATE‘s debut EP ‘Infatuating Sickness‘ out on CD (via Horror Pain Death Gore Productions) and now little over a year later Dawnbreed Records have the cassette tape version on lock for European territories. You might recognize them from their four way split with Vivisect, Perpetuated, and Blood Spore a while back. Worth checking out if you’ve not heard it, or if you’re a cassette hound.
Though Spanish death metal group UNBOUNDED TERROR were only around for a few years (’91-’92) their debut album ‘Nest of Affliction‘ (1992) remains a well-remembered oddity among the unique early scene who have been revived decades later alongside Necrophiliac, Obscure, Human Waste and Spontaneous Combustion to name just a few. They’d reformed in 2019 and so far they’ve released an LP in ’20, a compilation/re-recording in ’21, and now here in 2022 they’ve just released another full-length ‘Echoes of Despair‘ on September 6th again through longtime friends Xtreem Music. In most cases these bands have delivered ‘old school’ inspired death metal records which don’t really rely on their early 90’s sounds for inspiration, rather pulling from the death metal they’ve enjoyed over the years and what still fits the spirit of their interest. In this sense this band doesn’t attempt to recapture their infamous ’92 sound, which has held up really well for what its worth. Anyhow I figured I’d mention this one because I’d missed the promo for it and would have otherwise taken the time to review it.
‘Astral Fortress‘ is the title of the latest full-length album from Norwegian black metal duo DARKTHRONE and it is set to release via Peaceville Records soon enough, on October 28th this year. Fenriz comments “As usual, Ted makes music by playing himself and riffs just come to me. I think since 2016’s ARCTIC THUNDER, we have mostly been inspired by our own back catalogue. I can hear many of my riffs eventually sounding like a plethora of bands but this seldom seems to correlate with what others hear. As you’ll know by now I never talk about the lyrics or the inspiration behind them and I would never want any lyrics that I like of others to be explained to me but I will tell you this, it is darker than ever, it is seething with hell.” Expect synthesizers, mellotron and at least one ten minute song titled “The Sea Beneath The Seas Of The Sea”. The only comment on my part so far is that this is hands down their worst album cover to date.
On September 30th, Danish black metal band ORM will release their third album, ‘Intet • Altet‘ through Indisciplinarian. It’ll be a double album set to expand Orm’s epic and atmospheric black metal ideal as they explore a narrative concerning the four four life phases and unfolding over four large compositions. The 90+ record will be a lot to take in for sure but I’ve appreciated everything they’ve released thus far. They’d recently released a quieting instrumental piece but I figured I’d post one of the more black metal centric singles here since I’d not mentioned this record yet:
Iron Bonehead Productions have announced November 4th as the release date for Hungarian black/death metal act OS‘ second full-length album, ‘Tehom‘, on CD and vinyl LP formats. Their sound is suggested as landing “somewhere between the most primitive bestial metal and Naked Whipping deathgrind.” and the first preview track generally confirms that, a song which maybe leans into the cavernous death metal side of things more than other parts of the record. Check it out on SoundCloud.
Iron Bonehead Productions have announced October 28th as the release date for MYSTERIA MYSTICA AETERNA‘s second album, ‘The Temple of Eosphoros‘, on CD and vinyl LP. Mysteria Mystica Aeterna is comprised of members of labelmates Lunar Chalice, prolific fellowes who take their main inspiration for this project from 90’s French and Greek black metal, following up their debut with an even more eerie blend of doomed black metal sauntering and fluid melodic estrangement. Check out the first preview track over on SoundCloud:
Swedish retro-thrashers ETERNAL EVIL have signed a multi album deal with Listenable Records and will release their second full-length album in 2023. “Influenced by Thrash Metal Royalties Slayer, Kreator, Destruction and Exodus ‘ earlier works, ETERNAL EVIL was formed in Stockholm – Sweden in 2019. The band has intended to carry on the legacy of early High energy early Classic Thrash insanity.” Very early Slayer kinda gig, young folks with an absolutely righteous cause in mind. Haven’t heard of ’em? Here’s a song:
Osmose Productions have announced October 28th as the release date for French symphonic black/doom metal band ABYSSIC‘s third album, ‘Brought Forth in Iniquity‘, on compact disc. The vinyl LP version will follow later this year. I’ve been waiting to hear what these guys were up to next as I’d appreciated their previous record. It is encouraging to hear the emphasis on the idea that “The music is much more violent, faster, and the lyrics are even more haunting than on the last two albums. The orchestration is beyond everything they have done so far and is even more beautiful than ever.” No preview track yet but I listened to this one today and have to admit it is one of the better first impressions made within the pool of upcoming October releases.
Japanese 70’s inspired heavy blues rock band SONIC FLOWER have released the first single (“Black Sheep”) from their new album ‘Me and My Bellbottom Blues‘ out September 30th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Sonic Flower are a side project of past-and-present Church of Misery members which’d formed back in 2001. Bluesy and instrumental heavy rock isn’t for everyone but these guys certainly have a vibe. You can hear the song over on It’s Psychedelic Baby website, or just go wishlist the record on Bandcamp:
Primitive Reaction have announced November 25th as the release date for the second album from Finnish black metal band BLACK BEAST. ‘Arctic Darkness‘ has a bit of a different feeling so far, the production sound has more of an echo into the abyss sense of space and that turns out to be the exact right sound design for their attack, which is rooted in early speed/heavy metal to some degree. You’ll get what I mean when you check out the first preview song “Black Magic and Witchcraft” over on YouTube:
Austin, Texas-based industrial/punk duo STREET SECTS have released a new single and something a bit different with “X Amount”, a dancepunk feeling groove overlaid with their 90’s industrial push applied. The idea here on this song, and I assume on the subsequent album/recording, is to convey the live show on tape. “We’ve always felt that our recordings just aren’t on par with our live sound. While this song is certainly no substitute for the live experience, the movement and energy of the track puts you a bit closer to that feeling.” Interesting song, not necessarily my thing but a catchy enough song to warrant checking ’em out on tour with Health:
This new DISILLISION record seems like it’ll be a good one, certainly holding their bookmark as an interesting progressive metal band with an unexpectedly melodic, almost gothic metal hook at the heart of their latest single/music video for the track “Tormento”, the second single from ‘Ayam‘. The band explain the piece: “We always do our best to make every song as unique as possible, of course, but this one just kind just happened along the way. We had no specific plan for it in the beginning, but while working on it, the sheer intensity and cathartic feeling of the music pushed us to new extremes. As for any track on this record that have all been written during the confused early stages of the pandemic, they capture our feelings at the time quite well.” The album arrives November 4th through Prophecy Productions.
ISAFJØRD “fjord of ice” is a new ethereal post-rock band from Iceland featuring the vocal talents of Aðalbjörn Addi Tryggvason (Sólstafir) and Ragnar Zolberg (Sign/ex-Pain of Salvation) whom harmonize quite well on “Falin Skemmd” the first single from their recently announced debut full-length ‘Hjartastjaki‘. Though the first impression is quite sensitive, desolate and dream-pop influenced to a certain degree, the song itself becomes quite involved and well, I’d found its resolve charming and poignant. ‘Hjartastjaki‘ releases on double LP and CD via Svart Records this coming December 2nd.
“Violate Consensus Reality” is the first single/title track from PSYCHONAUT‘s latest full-length of the same name. Featuring Colin H. Van Eeckhout from Amenra and Stefanie Mannaerts from Brutus on vocals this meditation-guided psychedelic metal group present a surreal yet entirely sensitive approach which is unique and well worth a few listens. We find a mantra, a mission statement, and some encouragement of mind-body connectivity all wrapped into this heady 9+ minute introduction. ‘Violate Consensus Reality‘ will release October 28th by way of Pelagic Records.
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