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Shit That Comes Out Today: March 8th, 2019

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Sup, fools. I don’t have much to report today, besides life is boring up here in yee-haw country and I’m developing a gnarly case of cabin fever. However, due to an upheaval in life circumstances, I have actual free time for the first time in my life. I have no idea what the hell I’m gonna do with myself yet, but until I figure that out, I have a backlog of Steam games to keep me entertained, along with plenty of new metal releases for my (and your) listening pleasure:

Ataraxie
Résignés (Deadlight)
FFO Mournful Congregation, Ahab

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At a whopping 83 minutes long, the latest full-length from France’s Ataraxie is not for the faint of heart. Bludgeoning funeral doom pulls the listener into an endless black hole, stretching and reshaping the fabric of reality until it’s unrecognizable as anything of this world. The downtrodden tempos are broken up with spells of grinding death, giving Résignés a meticulous, thoughtfully-crafted air of intent. Never succumbing to monotony or repetition, it tends to the flames of the nihilistic inferno from start to finish.

Misery Index
Rituals Of Power (Season of Mist)
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I suppose I could say some stuff here about Misery Index’s latest politically-driven creation, but since Axl already gave Rituals of Power a glistening review, I’ll send you that way, instead. I’m sure you’d much rather read his commentary than mine, anyway.

Ringarë
Under Pale Moon (Iron Bonehead)
FFO Chaos Moon, Emperor

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In a genre where good bands are typically labeled with words like “disgusting”, “filthy”, and “pulverizing,” it’s a bold move to describe a band as simply “beautiful.” Under Pale Moon is cold, mysterious, and nostalgic, resurrecting a long-lost style of black metal rich with fuzzy, distant synths that shroud the music in a celestial mist. Key word: SYNTHS!!!

Equipoise
Demiurgus (The Artisan Era)
FFO Beyond Creation, Inferi, Alkaloid

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Apparently I’m dyslexic, because I’ve been reading this band’s name as “Epuiqoise” for months. Silly me. Anyway, the new album from the seven-piece (!) prog supergroup is quite a masterpiece. While that number of members may seem like overkill, it totally works — each of the three guitarists abuse their instruments in different ways, giving each riff and solo a distinct, individual style. Notably, the line-up also features one of my favorite bassists in metal, Hugo Doyon-Karout of Beyond Creation. His virtuosic work sets the foundation for the symphony happening above, often dancing with the other parts in counterpoint to give a very neoclassical feel. While Demiurgus probably won’t be converting those who are too kvlt for this kind of shreddery, tech-death devotees will agree that this is one of the genre’s greatest achievements to date.

OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY

0N0 – Cloaked Climax Concealed (Transcending Obscurity) listen
Iron Fire – Beyond The Void (Crime) listen
Mystifier – Protogoni Mavri Magiki Dynasteia (Season of Mist) listen
Bergraven – Det Framlidna Minnet (Nordvis) listen
The Raven Age – Conspiracy (Corvid) listen
Týr – Hel (Metal Blade) listen
Thormesis – The Sixth (MDD) listen
Tesla – Shock (Universal) listen
Misandr / White Phosphorus – This Can Not Continue (Trioid) listen
Meadows End – The Grand Antiquation (Black Lion) listen
Temple Of The Fuzz Witch – Temple Of The Fuzz Witch (Seeing Red) listen
Aseptic – Senses Decay (Redefining Darkness) listen
Doro – Backstage To Heaven [EP] (Nuclear Blast) listen   
Sinmara – Hvísl Stjarnanna (Ván) listen
Subway To Sally – Hey! (STS) listen
Fen – Stone And Sea [EP] (Eisenwald) listen
Mustan Kuun Lapset – Valo (Inverse) listen
Kings Destroy – Fantasma Nera (Svart) listen
Black Lung – Ancients (Ripple Music) listen
Black Anvil – Miles EP (STB) listen
Vircolac – Masque (Dark Descent) listen
Bewitcher – Too Fast For The Flames (Shadow Kingdom) listen
Hocrux – Loss & Grief (self-released?) listen
Leather Glove – Perpetual Animation (Sentient Ruin) listen
Malakhim – II (Iron Bonehead) listen
Children of Bodom – Hexed (Nuclear Blast)

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