SH*T THAT COMES OUT TODAY: MAY 15, 2012
Happy New Release Tuesday everybody! Today’s Shit That Comes Out Today profiles three new releases familiar enough to get into immediately; another trio of this week’s jamz are more dynamic and stretch genre boundaries to their breaking point. Thrilling, right? Shit yeah! So peep them. Feel them. Go inside them. Repeat. You’ll be happy you did.
On a playlist with: Ufomammut, Tulus, Enthroned
Listen Spyhorelandet full stream (here)
Though Spyhorelandet is leagues away from the traditional interpretation of black metal, Formloff’s second album is built on raspy vocals, dissonant riffage, and mad drum assaults. It’s the spacious melodic guitar work, subdued drumming, and mushy keyboards that stretch the genre’s confines. Subtly groundbreaking.
On a playlist with: Blut Aus Nord, Austere, DJs playing dance club music
Listen “An Overdose On Cosmic Galaxy” (here)
Whoa. By far today’s most dynamic, out-there release comes from Australia: Germ. Helmed by pop music producer Tim Yatras (Austere), Germ joins electronic dance grooves with washes of guitar and steady, simple beats. Vocals are clean, with a sprinkling of anguished screams. You can’t really consider Wish metal: This is art rock. Look past the fact that these keyboard melodies are undeniably catchy — they’re basically akin to what a shitty club DJ spins — and it’s easy to really behold the combined power of Germ’s weapons. That sum of the parts is what surprises a listener. Music needs to do that sometimes.
Into The Abyss (Bakerteam)
On a playlist with: Dark Tranquillity, Stormlord, (old) In Flames
Listen “Into The Abyss” (here)
Italy’s Lahmia’s refined style of death metal borrows from heavy metal and lends it excellent melodic guitar leads on Into The Abyss, their debut. Its title track shows us punishing drums and a great driving rhythm section that keep the faster parts awesome, and the quintet only slows down to allow max enjoyment of their awesome guitaring. A great mix of different styles makes for an excellent result.
On a playlist with: Filter, MonstrO, Karma To Burn
Listen Harmonic full stream (here)
We know and love Dave Lombardo for his drumming for Slayer, but his new Philm project doesn’t exactly aim to poach from the Slayer fan pool. Instead, Harmonic is raw, taut, and perfect both for nu-metalists and for devotees to the quirky fare of its label, Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records. What does that mean? Frantic drumming and some heavy riffage, hooky vocals and earwormy licks. Imagine the blunt bulge of Join The Army, the flat economy of Deftones demos, and System Of A Down’s spastic pace. Or don’t imagine those, just jam!
All Things Metal (Perris)
On a playlist with: King Diamond, Accept, Saxon
Listen “All Things Metal” (here)
A genre like heavy metal has so many purveyors and so much history that it’s hard to find a band that really sticks out from the pack. Serpent Saints do not stick out from the pack. However, they excel at a dual-lead heavy metal style for delivering heavy metal anthems — the likes of which we’ve known for decades. But fuck it: To anyone who genuinely loves their heavy metal heavy, Serpent Saints are a must-listen.
Fire From The Sky (Razor & Tie)
On a playlist with: Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed
Listen Fire From The Sky full stream (here)
Shadows Fall, one of the main bands of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, forge a slight progression on their seventh album while keeping their roots in the music they helped popularize. Fire From The Sky rolls with equal parts of thrash, melodic metal, hardcore-inspired gallop, and even a few gang vocals. Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz’s production raises levels of awesomeness significantly. (He helmed their other record with “sky” in its title, 1998 debut Somber Eyes To The Sky). Via Fire From The Sky, it’s great to hear that they are still relevant.
MORE SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Alaric & Atriarch Split 12″ (20 Buck Spin) listen
Aldebaran Embracing The Lightless Depths (Profound Lore)
Bullet Treatment Designated Vol. 2 (Think Fast!) listen
Furze Psych Minus Space Control (Fysisk Format) listen
Godsmack Live & Inspired (Universal Republic)
Grigori 3 On Your 6 (Dark Star) listen
I, Omega The Ravenous EP (Bullet Tooth)
Marauder Elegy Of Blood (Pitch Black) listen
Nachtvorst Silence (right, Code 666) listen
Never To Arise Hacked To Perfection (right, BadGod) listen
Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power deluxe (Rhino) listen
Royal Hunt In The Heart Of The City: Best of 1992-1999 (Scarlet)
Syn Ze Sase Tri Sub Semnul Lupului (Code 666) listen
Tenacious D Rize Of The Fenix (Columbia) listen