Shit That Comes Out Today: April 20, 2018
Despite the disgusting amount of hardcore dancing I saw at the Gramercy Theatre for the Chaos and Carnage tour earlier this week, I still had a blast hanging out with Shadow of Intent, Archspire and Oceano. If you haven’t heard of Shadow of Intent, get off your fucking ass and check them out. In all of metal, Shadow of Intent are the band that I am most excited about and I cannot wait to hear what’s next from these dudes after Reclaimer. Anyway, if you guys need me, you can probably find me at Lucky 13 Saloon wondering how the pole dancers keep getting all my $1 bills. Come say hi and see if you can drink a beer faster than I can. Spoiler alert: You can’t.
A Perfect Circle
Eat The Elephant (BMG)
On a playlist with tool, Puscifer and Nine Inch Nails
I never jumped on the APC hype train so rather than pretending to know what I’m talking about, here’s a bit from Axl: “Howerdel remains a talented writer of moody, catchy songs, and it goes without saying that frontman Maynard James Keenan knows how to do his job. Most of the material on Eat the Elephant is beautifully depressive, and the album is an easy listen, which I do not mean as faint praise (or a double-entendre, for that matter) — you will not have to struggle to get through Eat the Elephant in its entirety.” The final word, however, is that this is a good but not great album. For a more detailed analysis, read the full review here.
Revenant (The Artisan Era)
On a playlist with A Loathing Requiem, Spawn of Possession and First Fragment
Listen: Full album
Inferi are a band I feel do not get nearly enough credit for what they do. From guitar player Malcolm Pugh: “This album was long overdue, but are all very proud of how Revenant turned out as a whole. Our new lineup has really set the bar higher than we ever thought was possible for the sound we are trying to create, so this is by far the most mature album we have ever put together. Each song has its own character and as a whole, I think it will take listeners on a journey through some very interesting and energetic musical passages.” If you’ve never checked these guys out, then make sure you do. Definitely a band worth your time if you like anything even remotely melodic. Oh, and this technically comes out on 4/21. Whatever.
Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac Recordings)
On a playlist with Big Business, Harvey Milk and Torche
Listen: “Stop Moving to Florida”
Again, Melvins were never a band that I got that into, but from the sound of it our own Excretakano I’m not really missing much with this album: At some point in the near future, when some other record has finished playing and your apartment has gotten too quiet, you will look up and decide to reach for the next album you want to hear. You will flip through your mental index of cover art and personal connections you’ve made with various songs, and you will make an intentional choice, whatever will be the perfect soundtrack for the minutes ahead. Will you really choose Pinkus Abortion Technician?” For a more in-depth review, check out our official review here.
On a playlist with Periphery, Animals As Leaders and Skyharbor
I’m pretty sure that I’ve set a record for the least amount of original writing I’ve ever had to do for STCOT this week. From our official review: “My main criticism (constructive, of course) for Sonder is this: I would really like to hear TesseracT venture fully into new territory next time around. Whether that means they embrace their melodic side a bit more, go heavier, get weirder, shred proggier, go full-on grindcore… I don’t really care so long as they switch up the formula more than just a little.” Sonder is certainly not a bad album, but the main knock on the album is that TesseracT aren’t really pushing themselves into new territory. You know the drill by now: check out Vince’s full review here.
Desecration Complex (self-released)
On a playlist with The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless, Necrophagist
The bands listed as on a playlist with Necropia should tell you all you need to know about these guys. Imagine The Black Dahlia Murder with the more technical elements of The Faceless (without all of Michael Keene’s issues) and Necrophagist and that’s pretty much what we’re dealing with here. It’s one of the cool cases where the music itself is as kick-ass as the album artwork, and also one of those weird cases where I don’t end up completely trashing the fifth featured band on the column this week. Fuckin’ whack, I tell ya.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Ails The Unraveling (The Flenser) listen
Black Stone Cherry Family Tree (Mascot) listen
Bullet Dust To Gold (SPV/Steamhammer) listen
Dokken Return To The East Live 2016 (Frontiers Music Srl) listen
From Ashes To New The Future (Better Noise) listen
From Beyond The Band From Beyond (Spinefarm) listen
Ghastly Death Velour (20 Buck Spin) listen
Gus G. Fearless (AFM Records) listen
Pennywise Never Gonna Die (Epitaph) listen
Ross The Boss By Blood Sworn (AFM) listen
Stryper God Damn Evil (Frontiers) listen
Wiegedood De Doden Hebben Het Goed III (Century Media) listen
SHIT THAT COMES OUT AGAIN TODAY
Bison Earthbound (Reissue) (No List Records) listen
Machine Head The Burning Red (Vinyl) (Music On Vinyl) listen
Odin Don’t Take No For An Answer (Vinyl) (EMP Label Group) listen
Vision Of Disorder Vision Of Disorder (Vinyl) (Music On Vinyl) listen