Sh*t That Comes Out Today: July 22, 2014
You know that week you look forward to for, well, weeks? It creeps ever so closer, but always seems out of reach! But when you’ve almost forgot your stubborn, insolent impatience, the big day arrives. Deep breaths, slow down, tune in — there are some monstrous releases this week. The time has come, summer has peaked!
The Pursuit (Universal Warning)
On a playlist with: Explosions In The Sky, Isis, Dredg
Listen The Pursuit full stream (here)
Postmetal can have positive vibes! The Pursuit is rock-based mood noise with plenty of unsurprising huge choruses and drawn-out, single-note bends. Echoes forewent the genre-typical “let’s melt your head with noise” shtick, and I respect that; in its place are softer pretenses, much of it found in the ow-in-the-feels vocals and the occasional noodly interludes. A worthwhile and solid release, only if you need some inspirational pick-me-up.
Deathscapes Of The Subconscious (Unique Leader)
On a playlist with: Orphalis, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus
Listen “Molecular Resurrection” (here)
Lol just look at that sound spectrum for “Molecular Resurrection” (above). It’s a solid bar that shrinks just a bit toward the end. Besides, Deathscapes Of The Subconscious isn’t great death metal. It’s muddled, simplistic and repetitive, and tropey. While we can give props for the whole “sonic assault” noise thing, we might need variation.
Osculum Infame (Season Of Mist)
On a playlist with: Miserable Failure, Hexis, a boner lasting more than four hours
Listen Osculum Infame full stream (here)
Read Dave Mustein MetalSucks review (here)
Here’s an idea for a hit reality TV show: When Metal Bands Go Nuts. This new Bastard Feast album would be the first episode! It feels like foie gras force-fed to death and then cooked to perfection. There is so much going on in Osculum Infame that you get lost trying to keep track of it. But that’s a wonderful feeling, as it takes over your brain and bombards your neurons with more shared stimulation than a porn shoot.
Within The Ruins
On a playlist with: Elitist, Glass Cloud, After The Burial
Listen Phenomena full stream (here)
Within The Ruins is one of my favorite tech/deathcore band. I like their hugely post-processed sound and their unstoppable hyperspace groove. They’re also consistent to a fault: Phenomena doesn’t push the boundaries marked by 2010’s Invade or 2013’s Elite. Their debut release Creature is still their epitome — still. It had all the same fast-paced silliness as the later releases, but it sounded much more natural, original, and raunchy.
Elddop (Southern Lord)
On a playlist with: Disfear, Wolfpack, Tragedy
Listen Elddop full stream (here)
You ever sit down to your favorite hardcore album and hope for a bit more melody and death? Or what about down to your favorite melodic/death album and wished it had more spunk? Fuck yeah for Elddop, then, because genres be fusing up in here. Turns out “Martyrdöd” means “martyrdom” and “elddop” means “baptism of fire,” and that’s kind what this album feels like!
Black Storm Of Violence (Season Of Mist)
On a playlist with: Cryptopsy, Nader Sadek, Aeon
Listen Black Storm Of Violence full stream (here)
Black Storm Of Violence is the perfect party piece for Season of Mist’s already epic lineup. In other words, it’s the deliciously blackened char on their tuna! The “all-out” feel of the drums and the silly little song openers make this album fun, but then the crow-like vocals really dirty it up. Imagine it like a defective toy — you give it to a child thinking it’s safe, but then you hear on the news that it’s prone to spontaneous combustion!
The Flesh Prevails (Unique Leader)
On a playlist with: Rivers Of Nihil, Archspire, Deafheaven
Listen “Sapphire” (here) “Carved From Stone” (here) “Levitation” (here)
Read David Lee Rothmund MetalSucks review (here)
The Flesh Prevails is delightful in every way imaginable. It ups the game for everyone, but also represents a Fallujah-progression from their Nomadic EP and freshman album, The Harvest Wombs. Both of these releases were magical, but this new album is so much (about 120%) more Fallujah. It sounds like a breakthrough and maturation — a coming into a new mode of self — and that’s one of the most pleasurable sounds a listener can enjoy.
Ancient Altar Ancient Altar EP (Midnite Collective) listen
» Boneyard Fear Of A Zombie Planet (HPGD) listen
Bowl Ethereal Bowl Ethereal 7″ (Southern Lord) listen
» Corrupt Moral Altar Mechanical Tides (Season Of Mist) listen
Crown The Empire The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways (Rise) listen
The Dagger The Dagger (Century Media) listen listen
Dog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings (Razor To Wrist) listen
Electric Funeral Total Funeral (Southern Lord) listen
» Empyrium The Turn Of The Tides (Prophecy) listen
Entrails Resurrected From The Grave: Demo Collection (Metal Blade) listen
» Exxxekutioner Fear The Priest (Ulthar) listen
Forevermore Telos (Solid State) listen
Fozzy Do You Wanna Start A War (Century Media) listen
Four Year Strong Go Down In History (Pure Noise) listen
(Hed) p.e. Evolution (Pavement) listen
Ill Nino Till Death, La Familia (Victory) listen
¤ Keitzer The Last Defence (FDA Rekotz) listen
King Of Asgard Karg (Metal Blade) listen
Mamaleek He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word (Flenser) listen
Monarch Sabbracadaver (Profound Lore) listen
Monolithe Zero reissue (Debemur Morti) listen
Monolithe II reissue (Debemur Morti) listen
Mutilation Rites Harbinger (Prosthetic) listen read
Nidsang Into The Womb Of Dissolving Flames (Pulverised) listen
Overkill White Devil Armory (eOne) listen
Provoke, Destroy Vulture (Indianola) listen
Schammasch Contradiction (Prosthetic) listen
Silent Screams Hope For Now (Artery) listen listen
Spina Bifida Ziyadah reissue (Memento Mori) listen
Test Of Time By Design (Bridge Nine) listen
To The Wind Block Out The Sun & Sleep (Pure Noise) listen
Varga Return Of The Metal (Vargantuan) listen listen
Vices New Breed (Melotov) listen
» War Of Ages Supreme Chaos (Facedown) listen listen