Sh*t That Comes Out Today: March 12, 2013
HEY–YOU! YOU STINK—but you have a lot of redeeming qualities and are a really nice person deep down—BUT YOU ALSO SMELL LIKE POOPY—but have a great smile—That’s right folk’s we’ve got lotsa those killa good cop/bad cop jamz u love and all kinds of bipolar fawesomeness on this STCOT.
FUCK YOU-and enjoy!
The Wakening (Coroner)
On a playlist with: Sylosis, Nevermore, Children of Bodom
Listen “Blindsighted” (here)
Damnation Plan is modern, melodic thrash metal that’s pleasantly different from the perfectly predictable melodeath of their native Finland. In other words, the DP four aren’t purists and that’s in their favor. Nevermore’s proggy power thrash surfaces via clean singer Asim Searah’s operatic refrains, while their speedy riffage, taut guitar harmonies, and harsh vocalist Tommy Tuovinen’s raspy roars recall Sylosis. And the upfront presence of electronics and keyboard textures even allow an occasional Children of Bodom comparison. Solid stuff.
The Saint James Society
Bab(a/y)lon Rising (Tee Pee)
On a playlist with: Queens of the Stone Age, Graveyard, Black Sabbath
Listen “Bab(a/y)lon Rising” (here)
The murky vintage sounds of The Saint James Society will grab the ears of stoner doom fans, but the rest of ours will love that the “Pentecostal Desert Glam” unit is more interesting than their generic genre mates. Vocalist/bassist Brandon Burkat’s detached Josh Homme croon plays nicely off the whispy, no-fux-given backing vokillz of the group’s two absolutely essential “percussion” ladies, Candice Bertalen and Elza Burkat. The darker alternative feel of many of the songs on Bab(a/y)lon Rising also makes the SJS feel a little more relevant that average fuzz abusers.
May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All (Kaotoxin)
On a playlist with: Blockheads, Clinging to the Trees of a Forrest Fire, Cortez
Listen May The Hand … full stream (here)
Back in January, you read on STCOT about a pretty fricken brutal record by French grindcore band Blockheads. If their holy-fuck heavy grind gave you sunshine on a cloudy day, then their fellow countrymen in Nolentia — and their awesome album with the lengthy album title I’m never again typing out — will too. Built on wicked riffs, Nolenti’s songs are surprisingly cohesive in spite of their chaotic nature. Sure, diversity isn’t one of their many strengths, but in MTHTHTMTWSTWOFBBAA‘s breakneck 29 minutes, there’s a hardly an chance for boredom.
Fit For A King
Creation/Destruction (Solid State)
On a playlist with: Oh Sleeper, Impending Doom, Of Mice and Men
Listen “Warpath” (here)
On paper, new Solid State signees Fit For A King are puke-worthy. For one thing, they’re pretty by-the-books chug-along deathcore with those out-of-nowhere clean choruses. For another, they’re fervently Christian. But Fit For A King definitely makes mean lemonade from rotten lemons. Think the st00pid-heavy of Acacia Strain plus shockingly decent hooks, and occasional ABR-flavored leads for spice. “Warpath” is a pretty mean track; check it out.
4 Shades Of Me (Pitch Black)
On a playlist with: Satyricon, Emperor, Arch Enemy
Listen 4 Shades Of Me full stream (here)
I remember being humorously tickled by a recent Illnath album’s lyrical silliness, herniac screams, and ’80s keyboard cheese. 4 Shades Of Me sounds nothing like the that. It’s aggressive blackened metal with solid production and lots of feel-good chugs, unique riffs, and shreds to nicely compliment new vocalist Mona Beck’s glass shard snarl. Color me somewhat impressed.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Adrenaline Mob Coverta (Elm City) listen
Arkona Decade Of Glory live 2CD (Napalm) listen
Atlantic Chronicles Ten Miles Underwater (Coroner) listen
Bleed The Man Ashes From The Past (Coroner) listen
Cenotaph Saga Belica reissue (Chaos) listen
Cenotaph The Gloomy Reflections Of Our Hidden Sorrows reissue (Chaos) listen
Domination Reality Is Hell (Westcoast Worldwide) listen
»Egonaut Mount Egonaut (1-2-3-4-Go!) listen
Godyva Alien Heart (Southern Brigade) listen
Heavatar Opus I – All My Kingdoms (Napalm) listen
Hills Of Kings Neurotic Circuit (Mausoleum) listen
Hot Lunch Hot Lunch (Tee Pee) listen
Infected Society Get Infected (Kaotoxin) listen
»Mortillery Origin Of Extinction (Napalm) listen
Napalm Death Enemy Of The Music Business/Leaders Not Followers reissue (Secret) listen
»Necrocurse Grip Of The Dead (Pulverised) listen
NeroArgento Underworld (Coroner) listen
Orange Goblin A Eulogy For the Fans … Orange Goblin Live 2012 CD/DVD (Candlelight) listen
Patria Nihil Est Monastica (Drakkar) listen
Rammstein Videos 1995-2012 DVD (Density)
¤Raped Ape Land Of Broken Promises reissue collection 2CD (Divebomb) listen
Savage Annihilation Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries (Kaotoxin) listen
Sound City Real-To-Reel Sound City Real-To-Reel soundtrack (RCA) listen
Taranaga God’s Gift deluxe reissue (Divebomb) listen
An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Vanna’s The Few And The Far Between as coming out today. It has since been removed.