Sh*t That Comes Out Today: February 11, 2014
It’s tough to capture how gloomy, doomy, and sludgy are this week’s new releases. It’s like 95% of Shit That Comes Out Today is straight from the sewer. Not that they stink — plenty might make it onto your “omg favorite band ever of this year” list. Or not. But either way, fucking close your eyeballs and drown in the wave of noise. The links below shall bring you happiness.
Reading about † † † makes you think they’re a lot different than they actually are, but there’s nothing wrong with an album of Deftones-style ballads. Yet my expectations for Crosses were kind of, well, shitted upon. Especially coming from Sumerian Records, the album seemed destined to depart from the post/alt-metal jams with Very Emotional Singing. Worse, this is grasping-in-the-dark electronic and lacks any significant variation. Background musak. I dig Chino Moreno as much as the next dude, so where are his magic fizzy goosebumps?
U.S. Rock reissue (Ripple)
On a playlist with: showers of glitter on warm Sunday morning
Listen “Out Of You” (here)
Mmmmm, the good old days. Okay, a lot of us were around for them, but bands like Poobah and reissues like U.S. Rock paint a rather silly picture. Like, was everyone sitting around on musty carpets strumming guitars and sucking lollipops? But hey, you gotta have at least an ounce of love for their psychedelic glam. They really put the “bah!” into Poobah.
At first you might say, “Oh man, Mantar’s vocals really leave much to be desired.” I thought so, too, and my opinion wasn’t revised until after a few more spins: There’s something fitting and inspiring about the hoarse, ow-my-balls straining of Mantar’s vocalist-guitarist Hanno. Underneath, the music is slow-moving and cinematic, always right on the edge of the climax. That rasp takes Death By Burning full circle; a pretty damn resolute statement.
Fear Of Domination
Distorted Delusions (Inverse)
On a playlist with: Children Of Bodom, Turmion Kätilöt, Black Light Discipline
Listen “Legion” (here)
Keytars, mohawks, and face paint. Distorted Delusions is unwittingly catchy yet unabashedly trendy, and brings me a smile when on every listen. Also, the first seconds of the music video for “Legion” are wonderful, cause like the band actually introduces themselves beforehand? Also, badass accents and fire. Also, don’t interrupt their show (see: here at 2:55).
Love at first listen. I love how everything is just elephants marching. I love how the vocalist sounds like he’s shouting from the other end of the fucking Sistine Chapel. I love how there are random harmonics, dark groovy bits, and snare-heavy drum fills. But most of all, I love how it sounds post without being post. Or maybe that’s the most post thing of all time…
On a playlist with: early Mastodon, Baroness, Torche
Listen Drawers full stream (here)
Every week on STCOT we shine a light on gems in the rough for your dry, crusty, thirsty eyeballs. This week’s easily-missed-classic award goes to Drawers and their new album, Drawers. And I’m like, wow. Thick like molasses, progressive like young Mastodon, and rambunctious and schizophrenic and kinda outta control like the Church of Scientology and whoever the fuck does their PR. A ton of bands can maintain an upbeat feel atop their dark, sludgy tunes, Drawers is the perfect expression of that balance. Oh, and that crunch. Try “Bleak” on for size.
Abandon All Ships Malocchio (Rise) listen listen
The Bellicose Minds The Buzz Or Howl Sessions reissue (A389) listen
Bloodlet “Embrace” (A389) listen
Def Leppard Slang deluxe edition (Mailboat)
Derek Sherinian Black Utopia reissue (Armoury) listen
Derek Sherinian Blood Of The Snake reissue (Armoury) listen
Derek Sherinian Intertia reissue (Armoury) listen
Derek Sherinian Molecular Heinosity reissue (Armoury) listen
Derek Sherinian Mythlogy reissue (Armoury) listen
Gholas Litanies (Dullest) listen listen
» Lay Down Rotten Deathspell Catharsis (Apostasy) listen
» Shin To Shin Shin To Shin (A389) listen
Shroud Of Despondency Tied To A Dying Animal listen
Solstice Death’s Crown Is Victory (Into The Void) listen
¤ Stilla Ensamhetens Andar (Nordvis) listen
3 Years Hollow The Cracks (Imagen) listen listen
Towers II (Eolian) listen
» The Unguided Fragile Immortality (Napalm) listen
Van Canto Dawn Of The Brave (Napalm) listen
Whores / Rabbits split 7″ (Brutal Panda) listen