Shit That Comes Out Today: December 14, 2018
We made it, folks. It’s the final STCOT of the year! The music industry crawls through December and most of January so shit won’t start picking back up until then. In the meantime, I don’t have much to say other than that if you need something to focus on for the new year, cut shitty people out of your life. Be cold, be a dick, just drop them and don’t look back on it. You’ll thank yourself, I promise. You weren’t expecting something wholesome were you? Other than that, drop your favorite album in the comments so we all have something to listen to over the holidays.
I Let The Devil In (SharpTone Records)
On a playlist with Architects, August Burns Red and Fit For A King
Listen: “Forever Marked”
Metalcore that isn’t shit? Wow. That brings the number of listenable metalcore albums this year to what, three? Regardless, this has all the staples of the genre, like good cop/bad cop vocals and the open note breakdowns, but Currents get a pass because it’s not generic or annoying. Hell, I might even go back and listen to more of this over the weekend if that tells you anything. Would recommend.
Toad King (Sludgelord Records)
On a playlist with anything sludgey, slow and stoned
Listen: “Time To Ride”
Something weird happened with formatting the album artwork for this one, but whatever, you can see enough to immediately identify Toad King as the sludgiest thing to drop this holiday season. I’ve personally never cared for slower and sludgier metal, but it’s always nice to have something filthy in your back pocket for when your toad king-sized bong hits are unable to drown out your visiting extended family members. Would recommend.
“Black Bear” (single) (Metal Blade)
On a playlist with nu metal masquerading as deathcore
Listen: “Black Bear”
Oh fuck yeah, a new Whitechapel single. Annnnnnndddddd… meh. This one’s pretty underwhelming. Although “Brimstone” was crushing and heavy, “Black Bear” is basically just two riffs on repeat for three minutes. Also, the lyrics seem a little weak from what I can make out, namely Phil Bozeman repeating the line “Six feet deep,” which is something he already did in “The Saw Is The Law.” I’m still excited for The Valley when it drops next March, but “Black Bear” is a dud.
Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)
On a playlist with Slipknot, Shadows Fall and Fear Factory
Listen: “Beyond The Pale”
I know you guys have been trying to get me to cover Catharsis all year, BUT DID YOU KNOW I ACTUALLY DID THAT BACK WHEN IT CAME OUT. You can read that here. You’re welcome, ya fucks.
SHIT THAT COMES OUT AGAIN TODAY
Goatwhore A Haunting Curse (Vinyl) (Metal Blade) listen
Josh Homme Silent Night (7″) (Rekords Rekords) listen
Mercyful Fate 9 (Picture Disc) (Metal Blade) listen
Mercyful Fate Dead Again (Picture Disc) (Metal Blade) listen
Mercyful Fate Into The Unknown (Picture Disc) (Metal Blade) listen
Opeth Ghost Reveries (Vinyl) (Music On Vinyl) listen
Primus Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People (Vinyl) (Interscope) listen
Primus Antipop (Vinyl) (Interscope) listen
Primus Rhinoplasty (Vinyl) (Interscope) listen
Silverstein The Afterglow/Aquamarine (7″) (Rise Records) listen
Venom Storm the Gates (Spinefarm) listen
Volbeat Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken (Vertigo) listen