Shit That Comes Out Today: July 7, 2017
Apparently I need to address something that many of you seem to be confused about, and that’s the fact that when I write about the five albums I highlight each week, it’s not an official in-depth review. When I write these, I listen to a single or two off the album and then write my first impressions. Even if I didn’t have a day job (MetalSucks is not my full-time occupation), it wouldn’t be practical to write five album reviews every week because there’s more that goes into a good album review than just listening to the record for a week. If you don’t like that, tough shit. Anyway, it’s a slow week but we have a few good releases so let’s get down to it.
Bathos (Digital) (Century Media)
On a playlist with Decapitated, Dying Fetus and Aborted Fetus
Time for a new Aborted record already? Man, it feels like only yesterday I was getting my face ripped off by Retrogore. Time flies when you’re being brutialized, doesn’t it? Aborted don’t appear to have missed a step with their newest EP, and that’s something that we can all be thankful for, because new material from Aborted is always a blessing. Bathos seems slightly more tame than Retrogore did at first listen, but that’s not necessarily bad because the title track has some pretty groovy riffs.
Anticult (Nuclear Blast)
On a playlist with Aborted, Suffocation and Nile
Listen: “One Eyed Nation”
Heavy. As. Fuck. What else did you expect from Decapitated? With album artwork that I suspect was a picture taken from the rehearsal of Jesus’ crucifixion, this record is shaping up to be one hell of a ride. If Aborted’s new EP didn’t make you happy for some reason, then rest assured that Decapitated will stir some life into that cold, dead heart of yours. It’ll probably tie you up, cut your eyes out and then force feed them to you too, but whatever. Beggars can’t be choosers. But if for some reason this album leaves you wanting, then it might be a good idea to just re-evaluate your taste in death metal instead.
Spectre Abysm (Candlelight/Spinefarm)
On a playlist with Dimmu Borgir, Marduk and Darkthrone
Listen: “Ethereal Traveller”
I’ve said it time and time again, but man, does melodic black metal get me hot and bothered. I hadn’t heard of these guys before now and from what I’ve read, Limbonic Art have gone through some line-up drama that changed their sound a bit. So whether this is worse/better/on-par with their last release or not, I can’t really say. All I know is that I like this stuff and if you like the melodic spectrum of black metal, then you will too.
On a playlist with Burnt By The Sun, Municipal Waste and Revocation
I’m not sure quite how to describe River Black, so I’ll just let the press release do it for me! River Black are “a diamond-tipped drill to bore breathing-holes into the crusty rusted armour-plating of the metal-genre in order to let some fresh air into the all too often stale scene.” They have a tough guy, slow-thrash feel to them, so if you need new tunes to lift weights to, River Black are going to be your new jam.
On a playlist with Buried Inside, General Lee and Breach
Listen: “Great Falls Beyond Death”
This is also a band that has been soldiering on since 1996 and is easily the most upbeat sounding record I’ve featured on STCOT since I took over it. I’m sure Radiation is not actually an upbeat record as I haven’t had time to analyze any lyrics, but hey, first impressions. If you need something to break up the regular grind of doom and gloom in your week, then give this record a shot. It’s some easy listening for when the Aborteds and Decapitateds of the world leave your ears raw from blast beats gutturals.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Apothesary Accept Loss Forever (M-Theory Audio) listen
Blind Guardian Live Beyond The Spheres (Nuclear Blast) listen
Contaminated Final Man (Blood Harvest) listen
Discipline Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea (Laser’s Edge) listen
Ether There Is Nothing Left For Me Here (N/A) listen
Evoken Embrace The Emptiness (Vinyl) listen
Grieve/No Gods Split (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) listen
Heaven In Her Arms White Halo (Translation Loss) listen
Heresiarch Death Ordinance (Dark Descent) listen
Loyalty Until Death Remain Defiant (1732 Records) listen
M.O.D. Busted, Broke & American (Megaforce) listen
The Melvins A Walk With Love And Death (Ipecac Recordings) listen
Next To None Phases (EMP Label Group) listen
Party Cannon Perverse Party Platter (Gore House Productions) listen
Rotting Christ Theogonia (Vinyl) listen
Riverdogs California (Frontiers) listen
Story Of The Year Page Avenue (Vinyl) (SRCvinyl) listen
Virus Carheart (Reissue) (Nuclear War Now) listen
Virus The Agent That Shapes The Desert (Reissue) (Nuclear War Now) listen
Virus The Black Flux (Reissue) (Nuclear War Now) listen