Unsigned and Unholy: Tethered to a Dying Animal, Konkeror, Amiensus
With a band name like Tethered to a Dying Animal you might expect something thrashy and grindy, like being trapped in a cave and tied up with a voracious wolverine. Whatever animal is dying here is probably a lot more like an elephant (that used to be marching, natch), and that elephant is in its final death throes.
Konkeror remind me a ton of Sylosis, and that’s a good thing; there really aren’t enough bands these days playing this style of straight-forward METAL. These guys also have a Gojira / Morbid Angel streak in ’em; dig those pick scrapes in “Towers,” the second track of The Abysmal Horizons, streamable in full below.
The cover of Amiensus‘ new album Restoration features a snowed-over road with black, frost-bitten, barren trees leaning over it from both sides, and that tells you pretty much all you need to know about what kind of music the band plays. Fortunately, the band executes their blackened metal with an atmospheric tint not often found elsewhere, and the attention to detail on the production and mixing (courtesy Abigail William’s Ken Sorceron, believe it or not!) is impressive. Stream Restoration below: