Sh*t That Comes Out Today: March 25, 2014
Like, whatever your taste, man, it’s here among this Shit That Comes Out Today. I’m a hot sauce kinda guy, so my eyes/ears are on Ancient Ascendant and Darkentries. I suppose if you like flowers, fluff, butterfly wings you’ll get by with Animals As Leaders (still love). Honor Dave Brockie by keeping it metal.
Into the Unfathomable Abyss (Candlelight)
On a playlist with: Crypt Lurker, Malthusian, Ninkharsag
Listen “Beneath Black Skies” (here)
If you have 14 minutes to spare I suggest checking out “Beneath Black Skies.” Have we moved past the stigma of lengthy songs? I know everybody can name a ton of albums with ten-minute tracks, but I feel they’re still too few. Especially considering all this post-this and post-that art-school inspirational doom, I wanna hear big, long, unabashed, sexy epics worthy of the time they take out of your day (or night)! “Beneath Black Skies” works for me.
Thank our friend Axl Rosenberg for the lovely “on a playlist with” description! (You can find more of what he thinks after the link for “Patterns Of Bane,” a killer piece of meh-tal muh-sic.) As if the cover art wasn’t sexy enough, it’s like, wow, Ancient Ascendant really does cover so many bases and with such poise. You get little threads of southern rock, groove metal, black metal, the whole fucking lot and crew and kitchen sick and whatever-the-fuck-else.
The Make Believe (Retro Futurist)
On a playlist with: Deafheaven, Altar Of Plagues, Indian
Listen “I’m Tired Of Being Awake” (here)
Fans of atmosphere, gloom, and fuzz rejoice — here’s a freshman release that’s a hell of a knockout. Where lots of similar bands go into long drawn-out noise sessions, Darkentries keeps it shifty and mixed with nice sexy rock-influenced interludes and some of the grittiest vocals I’ve heard in a while. Also you get the feeling these dudes would destroy a venue live, and it comes across on the recording. Good feels.
Sockweb is a band with a child. Like, an actual girl aged in the single digits. And immediately you wish that a) your parent(s) were cool enough to support this kind of artistry, and b) that you could scream like this little kid. But Warewolf is more than a joke, though, thanks to its tongue-in-cheek style, plenty of ripping solos, and riffage to make up for what it lacks in production. Props to whoever named one of the songs “Spoon,” I think we know who it was. Stay in school, though!
Far Beyond Driven 20th Anniversary Edition (Rhino)
On a playlist with: Pantera, Pantera, Pantera
Listen “Strength Beyond Strength (live)” (here)
Crazy that Far Beyond Driven is now 20 years old. And as a wicked follow-up to one of the greatest metal albums ever written, it stands strong in the face of every other Pantera release. Fuck, Pantera still maintains metal’s collective boner for what we now call “fucking heavy.” And I’ll forever want to wreck and ruin shit to the sweet sounds of “Slaughtered” and “5 Minutes Alone.”
Animals As Leaders
The Joy Of Motion (Sumerian)
On a playlist with: T.R.A.M., Scale The Summit, Intervals
Listen The Joy Of Motion full stream (here)
I’ll say it right away that The Joy Of Motion is not as good as Weightless. I don’t know, there’s just something less special and nuanced about it — like the songs were written too hastily. Maybe they even get repetitive. But it’s hard for me to really dwell on this because there’s no denying that Animals As Leaders’ mastermind Tosin Abasi has a truly sexual touch on the guitar. Even though this new album doesn’t raise the bar over the previous doesn’t mean it isn’t about as solid as instrumental metal gets these days.
15 Reasons The Art Of Commitment (Graviton) listen
Barren Harvest Subtle Cruelties (Handmade Birds) listen listen listen
Die Choking Die Choking 7″ (The Compound) listen
Discipline X Wasted In Hollywood (Inverse) listen
» Dread Sovereign All Hell’s Martyrs (Ván) listen listen listen listen
Finch What It Is To Burn X live (Tragic Hero) listen
¤ Geryon Geryon EP (Gilead) listen
Hundredth Resist EP (Mediaskare) listen
Kosmos Le Vecteur Transcendantal reissue (Mulligore) listen
Loath Total Peace (Inverse) listen
Memphis May Fire Unconditional (Rise) listen listen
» Negative Voice Infinite Dissonance (Inverse) listen
Noble Beast Noble Beast (Tridroid) listen
Pretty Maids Louder Than Ever CD/DVD (Frontiers) listen listen
Restless Oblivion Sands Of Time (Solitude) listen
Rorcal Világvége CD (Lost Pilgrim) listen read
» Shores of Null Quiescence (Candlelight) listen listen listen
Thou Heathen (Gilead) listen