Sh*t That Comes Out Today: February 18, 2014
I love big songs. Big music. Big noises that come in waves. Jams that give you the sensation of floating helplessly in the ocean, gasping for air at its girth and depth. So how about big ol’ list of these big ol’ songs? How’d that make you feel. I mean, it’s so overwhelming, sitting there mouth-agape at the size and thoroughness and complexity of the list. The sexiness of it. And each of the links is a little treasure! Discovery is half the pleasure. And Shit That Comes Out Today pleasures you every week right in the naughty bits.
Junius has always been a heads-in-the-cloud band. The echo-chamber vocals, hypnotic choruses, and spiritual themes. But there is also something very core-metal about them. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but it might have something to do with the huge guitars in the background always going bloooommmmmmmm. Or maybe that listening to them on a country highway at night makes you feel, oh I don’t know, so fizzy in the stomach. This new EP is so gosh-dang pretty, might as well frame it on the wall! But all in all I don’t think Junius is niche and honest and pretty cool for it.
Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show CD/DVD (Century Media)
On a playlist with: Chelsea Grin, Oceano, The Devil Wears Prada
Watch “OCD” (here) “Unanswered” (here) some shit (here)
Don’t click any links on this one and don’t watch any of these videos! Wait, actually, do it! That way the next STCOT you’ll hear will serve as excellent ear bleach! Is it weird that I pollute my day with shitty music only to come home and spin, like, Revocation which then sounds even better?
Political content aside, City Of Dust is wicked nice trashy/thrashy sludge. And it’s not like politics in any way discolors the music. It just sits there as something to grab onto if you’re like into that kind of thing or something. It’s whatever, City Of Dust isn’t going to go on any top-10 lists or win any awards or anything. It’s unpretentious in that way, and even a bit disinterested. And so it’s effortless.
Kindly Bent To Free Us (Season Of Mist)
On a playlist with: High On Fire, Eyehategod, Down
Listen Kindly Bent To Free Us full stream (here)
Season Of Mist is like that record label which flies overhead the metal-loving men and women of the world in giant colorful biplanes dropping pamphlets with pictures of naked lizard people in weird sexual situations. And I love how Cynic is in their collection, because Kindly Bent To Free Us is very metal not-metal. I bet yer mum and pop would even agree with many bits of it — the gentle interludes, the crunchy hyper-post/prog riffage, and the gentle vocals. But only the dedicated and concerned brain will pick up on the obtuseness and nuanced weirdness that makes the album not just enjoyable, but memorable.
Labyrinth Constellation (Profound Lore)
On a playlist with: Ulcerate, Wormed, Gorguts
Listen “Absorbing Black Ignition” (here) “Worm Harvester” (here) “Labyrinth Constellation” (here)
Read Dave Mustein MetalSucks review (here)
Behold. Progressive death-sludge with balls and some of the best discordance. While our Dave Mustein already said Very Many Great Bits about Labyrinth Constellation, let me add: It’s almost perfect. Great albums need to be a set of balances. Simultaneous equilibrium on a number of levels means the music gains a humanistic, rational quality. A delicate balance evidences the involvement of a rational brain. A specific logic, but a pretty one. Artificial Brian is dead-center old/new school, death/prog, and ugly/sexy.
Engineering The Void (Unique Leader)
On a playlist with: Necrophagist, Rings Of Saturn, sad-face montage of guitarists who could never rip this hard
Listen “The Nature Of Blight” (here) “Breaking The Great Narcissist” (here) “Engineering The Void” (here)
Nobody, and I mean nobody, can riff like Soreption. I can’t tell you how spectacular Engineering the Void is, as if 2010’s Deterioration of Minds (here) wasn’t nuts enough with its fist-tight composure, grainy sawing, and explicit taco moments. Engineering is much more — so much more progressive, varied, and hyper. To a first-time listener, I’d call it the demon alpha lovechild of Rings Of Saturn and Necrophagist. Not one bad song, not one stale idea, and not one missed opportunity.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
» Aborted Fetus Private Judgment Day (Comatose) listen
Adrenaline Mob Men Of Honor (Century Media) listen listen listen
Agiel Dark Pantheons (Deepsend) listen
¤ Ass To Mouth Degenerate (Selfmadegod) listen listen listen
Benighted Carnivore Sublime (Season Of Mist) listen listen
Bodyfarm The Coming Scourge (Cyclone Empire/Metal Blade) listen
Coffin Dust This Cemetery, My Kingdom (Unholy Anarchy) listen listen
Cripple Bastards Nero In Metastasi (Relapse) listen win
Down Among The Dead Men Down Among The Dead Men (Cyclone Empire/Metal Blade) listen
Duskburn Atum EP (Cimmerian Shade) listen
» Embryonic Devourment Reptilian Agenda (Deepsend) listen listen
Empty Flowers The Air You Found remixes (Translation Loss) listen listen listen
Flotsam And Jetsam No Place For Disgrace — 2014 (Metal Blade) listen listen
Fuoco Fatuo The Viper Slithers In The Ashes Of What Remains (Iron Tyrant) listen listen
Gridlink Longhena (Handshake) listen
» Kamchatka The Search Goes On (Despotz) listen listen listen
I Killed The Prom Queen Beloved (Epitaph) listen
Issues Issues (Velocity/Rise) listen listen listen listen listen
Knowing2fly Here On My Feet (Bakerteam) listen
Lies Of Nazca Aleph (Rogue) listen
Lionize Jetpack Soundtrack (Weathermaker) listen
» March 15 Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre expanded (Svart) listen
Miserable The Halloween Dream EP (The Native Sound) listen listen
More Than A Thousand Vol. 5 Lost At Home (Good Fight) listen listen
Mystifier Wicca reissue (Greyhaze) listen
Nebelung Palingenesis (Temple of Torturous) listen listen listen
Omnivore Omnivore (Unspeakable Axe) listen listen ???
Omotai Fresh Hell (The Path Less Traveled) listen listen listen
One Machine The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth (Scarlet) listen
Pale Divine Cemetery Earth remastered (Shadow Kingdom) listen
Sahg Delusions Of Grandeur (Metal Blade) listen listen
Sammal No. 2 (Svart) listen listen
» Sarke Aruagint (Metal Blade) listen
Skindred Kill The Power (Red River) listen listen listen
Slough Feg Digital Resistance (Metal Blade) listen
Spewtilator Goathrower (Boris) listen
TrenchRot Necronomic Warfare (Unspeakable Axe) listen listen
Tyrants Blood Coven collection (Tridroid) listen
Vales Wilt And Rise (6131) listen
Zoax XIII EP (Siege Of Amida) listen