ENDTYMER | September 15th, 2022

ENDTYMER is the inevitable weekly “music blog” series I’ve been working to avoid for some time. It hits at the end of every week with the intent of covering notable new releases, sharing news of new releases, and musing over various personal listening habits. It is a largely informal blog, has opinions, etc. so chill out a bit. I do my best to cover as much of everything I receive in some form regardless of genre or representation, don’t hesitate to send anything and everything my way: grizzlybutts@hotmail.com


ALBUM OF THE WEEK

The well-anticipated September release frenzy has produced some of the year’s best at the mid-month point and this made the choice this week pretty damned difficult but ARES KINGDOM‘s fifth full-length album ‘In Darkness at Last‘ (released today) ultimately shook all the blood out my brains this week, thrashing as if Hell were cracking open under ’em for a better listen but Innumerable Forms‘ second album ‘Philosophical Collapse‘ has generated equal spastic fandom on my end. You should likewise check out Wyrms‘ record if you like melodic black metal and the split 7″ between Spell / Wytch Hazel if you’re looking for traditional heavy metal/hard rock. No “blog” element this week, unless you’d like a good chili recipe or thoughts on early English Dogs? Nah.

ARES KINGDOMIn Darkness at Last (September 15th, NWN! Productions)

THESE RULE TOO

  • Innumerable FormsPhilosophical Collapse (Profound Lore Records) — 90/100
  • Dead VoidVolatile Forms (Dark Descent/Me Saco Un Ojo) — 90/100
  • Altars AblazeLife Desecration (Lavadome Productions)
  • Morbus GraveLurking Into Absurdity (Chaos Records) — 78/100
  • AlgebraChiroptera (Unspeakable Axe Records) — 79/100
  • MortuousUpon Desolation (Carbonized Records) — 80/100

Thank you, ahead of time, for reading. I am eternally grateful for the support of readers and appreciate friendly and positive interactions. Think my opinions are trash and that I suck? Want to totally tell me off, bro? Click away and let’s all live more sensible lives full of meaningful interactions. — If you’re interested in some short reviews and music news, you’ll have to wade through a few dumb quips first, scroll down ’til you see a Bandcamp embed.


“NEWS”

DREAM UNENDINGSong of Salvation (November 11th, 20 Buck Spin)

DREAM UNENDING have announced ‘Song of Salvation‘, the somnambulant atmospheric death/doom metal duo’s well-anticipated second full-length will release on November 11th via 20 Buck Spin. Guitarist/bassist Derrick Vella (Tomb Mold) comments: “‘Secret Grief’ feels like the most direct song on the album. It’s still got this otherworldly feel, or slightly out of a different time. Its got this hotel bar ballad feel, very plaintive. Phil really came through with his vocal offering, almost a wail at times. Leila’s trumpet is like a siren, it came out greater than I could have ever imagined.” Well you probably got this news last Friday but I do this thing every Thursday so, here you go then, listen to the album’s first single “Secret Grief” (with Phil Swanson, Leila Abdul-Rauf) over on Bandcamp:

Memento Mori and Me Saco Un Ojo Records have announced they will release the second album from Finnish death metal trio MORBIFIC this coming October 24th. I’ve listened to ‘Squirm Beyond the Mortal Realm‘ a few times now and it is scum, in the best way possible. Memento Mori will handle the CD version while Me Saco Un Ojo will handle the vinyl version. Old rotten death metal stuff with a sort of Impetigo meets early Autopsy and Finndeath kinda grind to it all, bruised and buzzing madness made to sound like a destroyed demo tape. Huge fan, can’t wait. “Bind, Torture, Snuff” is the first preview track:

Dark Essence Records has announced the fourth full-length album from Bergen-based black metal band BLODHEMN will release this coming October 7th. ‘Sverger Hemn‘ is not only a stunning article in terms of its compelling artwork but also as a new high in the progression of sole member Invisus who manages all of the instrumentations, vocals and such. I enjoyed ‘Mot Ein Evig Ruin‘ back in 2019 when doing a short review so I am looking forward to its follow up, so far it seems to retains that distinct Norwegian black metal sound, a bit of thrashing and maniac rocking, in the midst of these two majestic singles they’ve put out thus far, check them both out:

THUNDERING HOOVES will release their second album ‘Radiance’ on Mercenary Press this coming October 7th. They’re promising a “step up” for the blackened speed/heavy metal band, suggesting they’re “indulging in more ambitious and dynamic song writing. From the use of guitar harmonies and recurring melodies to sudden blasts of pure speed, this album is an unashamed celebration of all things heavy metal.” Two tracks from the album are available to stream on Bandcamp for now:

You’re probably at least thirty years old if you remember SCEPTIC‘s distinctly Polish take on technical death metal back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s as they cranked out several albums between 1994 and 2005 or so. Seventeen years later and they’ve got a new studio album in the pipeline. ‘Nailed to Ignorance‘ will be released this coming September 30th through Szataniec Records and will feature their original vocalist Marcin Urbaś. No preview tracks yet but you can pre-order:

https://www.szataniec.pl/pl/p/SCEPTIC-Nailed-To-Ignorance-CD-jewelcase-2022/1042

Chaos Records have announced October 21st as the release date for ‘Faustian Hallucinations‘, a special split CD EP between Midwest black/death metal monsters PREZIR and BEASTLURKER. The split will feature two songs exclusive to this release from each band and the cover art is pretty cool. Both bands are great here, Prezir are true killers and I recall liking Beastlurker’s most recent record a lot, having premiered it upon release. One song from each band is up for preview over on Bandcamp:

Maryland-based blackened death metal legion AURORA BOREALIS are top shelf amongst the more underrated and consistent bands still kicking hard since the early 90’s death metal side of things began to incorporate second wave black metal insight and… they’ve never faltered or fallen victim to trendy bullshit. Their latest album ‘Prophecy is the Mold in Which History is Poured‘ will release on Hammerheart Records this coming November 4th on CD/LP/Digital. The first single “The House of Nimrod” comes with a music video and plenty of riffs:

Warchest, 2022

So where are all the riff heavy, merciless thrash metal bands in 2022? Chilean thrash seems to be the only place where the fire still burns and WARCHEST have a bonfire on the way with their upcoming EP ‘Impending Corrosion‘ which will release via Suicide Records (Chile) later this year. To celebrate the announcement they’ve released a music video for the song “Fatal Delusion”. No more info just yet, check their label’s social media to keep up:

Houston heavy/stoner rock band WARLUNG have shared a music video for “Return Of The Warlords” the first single from their upcoming album “Vulture’s Paradise” which releases this November 4th on Heavy Psych Sounds. Not sure why they put animal masks on, not comfortable with it, but I really enjoyed this song “Return of the Warlords”, took me a minute but I got on board:

Spastic grindviolence, Gene Simmons’ old knob, Muppet moshing, and a potential Tupperware reference — DEAF CLUB (‘Bad Songs Forever‘ 7″ is out on Three One G Records, members of: The Locust, ACxDC, etc.) have got you covered in terms of the weekly freak-out quota, and if you want to experience all that in person they’re touring up the west coast United States with Melt-Banana in October tour poster upwards, puppets below:

ASTROSAUR are a primarily instrumental post-rock band who take heavy influence from desert rock, heavy psych, and post-metal for their sound, they’ve just shared a new single & video for “Black Hole Earth“, which highlights their latest album ‘Portals‘ (out November 18th on Pelagic Records.) Astrosaur features former Leprous and Ihsahn members and plays a modern, somewhat progressive style of ‘stoner’ music. Check out the song over on YouTube:

Italian brutal technical death metal group ANTROPOFAGUS have premiered the first song from their recently announced release ‘Origin‘, which is set for release on October 28th through Agonia Records. The first single is “Hymns of Acrimony” and it is a beast which arrives along with some nostalgia for the late 90’s Morbid Angel side of things. A pretty solid exploration of that arena with a unmercifully heavy sound. Sold on listening to this record up front. Check out “Hymns of Acrimony” over on YouTube:

SPELLTragic Magic (Bad Omen, October 28th)

Vancouver, British Colombia-based mystic metal/heavy rock duo SPELL have announced their third full-length album ‘Tragic Magic‘ will release on October 28th via Bad Omen Records. I didn’t get a press release or anything, recently looked them up while listening to ‘Opulent Decay‘ earlier this week, petting the vinyl. The last couple of years haven’t plainly worn on these folks, instead they’ve sought insight and strengthened their sense of self: “These strange times have encouraged us to look up from the doldrums of our daily lives and reflect more critically on what we’re doing and why,” / “For us, this involved stripping away a lot of bullshit to reach a more essential, distilled and purer version of what Spell is.” and I love the description they’ve given it as music for an “ascetic age”. You can check out the first single/video “Ultraviolent” over on Bandcamp:


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