Sh*t That Comes Out Today: December 4, 2015
Hello MetalSucks reader! Welcome to the new Shit That Comes Out Today, your satanic bible of this week’s heavy new releases. We list ‘em, we spotlight ‘em, we link you to their preview jams and full streams — and we stick ‘em in a fancy Spotify playlist too (below) — all for your jammage! Now crank this shit up!
The Beginning Of The End (Xtreem)
On a playlist with: Horrendous, Abhorrent
Listen The Beginning Of The End full stream (here)
It’s cool when you wait 18 years to release your next album. Think about it: the babies born the year of Reincarnation’s last release are already smoking cigarettes and driving cars and being assholes. One could say that Reincarnation has reincarnated, and one could suck ass at making jokes. Whatever the case, The Beginning Of The End is a solid-as-fuck death metal album. If 18 years ago wasn’t the beginning of the end, then when is? Expect another Reincarnation release in 2033?
Gnosis (I, Voidhanger)
On a playlist with: Nachtreich, Mare Cognitum, Obsequiae
Listen Gnosis full stream (here)
So the new Spectral Lore doesn’t release until Monday, but screw it — it’s already streaming in full! As you may recall, Spectral Lore topped my top-15 last year, and also made Sammy O’Hagar cream his jeans. Don’t expect a true follow-up to last year’s golden black metal child, though. Think more along the lines of experimental. Gnosis is focused, soft, and beautiful. Spectral Lore is Kubrick-esque in scope, fastidiousness, and quality.
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Noeth Ac Anoeth (New Heavy Sounds)
On a playlist with: Elephant Amphetamine Witch Bitch
Listen “Les Paradis Artificiels” (here)
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Credit where it’s due, that’s a saucy name for a band. But let’s not focus on the meaningless details, no sir. Yes, definitely stoner doom here. And yes, definitely a bit mystical, as you’d expect. But the super-subdued crunch tones and cathedral female vocals really sell. At a time when doom bands are a buck o’ five, it’s a blast of fresh air to hear some, uh, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard.
The Shape Of Colour
On a playlist with: Rectangles, Scale The Summit, Animals As Leaders
Listen The Shape Of Colour full stream (here)
Musically, you can’t say anything bad about The Shape Of Colour. Musically, it burns like a red hot nickel ball! Musically, it’s a particularly enjoyable listen, with jazzy solos and prog-beat rhythms and max production quality. Also, Intervals lacks some of the pretense/scene reserved for more djenty bands. Intervals’ spirit animal is the majestic swan. If Intervals was a breakfast cereal, it would be Special K®. Some of us want Cookie Crisp, though. No cookies here. Dig?
Cloak Of Altering
Manifestation (Crucial Blast)
On a playlist with: ??
Listen “Cave Systems Of The Outer Moon” (here) “Parasitic Altering Sickness” (here)
Experimental black metal is hit or miss. Either the experiment works, and people gather to rejoice and squirt fluids all over the place, or the experiment fails, and we poke fun at somebody’s passionate and hard work. Luckily — and despite all the weirdness — we don’t have to write awful things about Cloak Of Altering. Manifestation is chock full of detail and nuance. It also takes you around a new blind corner every few minutes. Leave it at that… the rest is for you to discover/experience/snort!
Secrets Of The Moon
On a playlist with: A Forest Of Stars, Akercocke, evil postmodern brother of Alice In Chains
Listen “No More Colours” (here)
Those who aren’t tickled by Secrets Of The Moon must retain some appreciation: by all objective accounts, Sun is a challenging and upending album. You may find yourself searching for “those moments” when album’s vibes vibe with your vibes. It will take time, but once you locate those moments, you can “plan” your listening experience, dipping in and out of climaxes and relaxing interludes with ease. Then suddenly, Sun becomes less of an album of interesting music and more of a road map for an hour’s meditation. Cool, no?
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Abominator Barbarian War Worship collection (Nuclear War Now!) listen
Amber Asylum Sin Eater (Prophecy) listen
Blood Red Saints Speedway (Frontiers) listen
Conflicted Under Bio-lence (Sick Bangers) listen
Confrontation Aggregat 4 (Chaos) listen
Dystrophy Wretched Host (Selfmadegod) listen
Europe War Of Kings Special Edition (UDR) listen
Extreme Cold Winter Paradise Ends Here (Vic) listen
Find Me Dark Angel (Frontiers) listen
Jess And The Ancient Ones Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes (Svart) listen
Just Before Dawn The Dead And Those About To Die (Chaos) listen
Khymera The Grand Design (Frontiers) listen
Kvltist Cathechesis (W.T.C.) listen
Ice Nine Kills Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) listen listen
Machinae Clockwork (Concorde) listen
Malrun Oblivion Awaits (Vicisolum) listen
Muscle Beach Muscle Beach (Sailor) listen
Night Viper Night Viper (Svart) listen
An Ocean Of Void The Great Escape (Inverse) listen
Pestilence The Dystentry Penance collection (Vic) listen
Pyriphlegethon Night Of Consecration (Iron Bonehead) listen
Sadism Alliance (Toxic/Mechanix) listen
SikTh Opacities EP (Peaceville) listen listen
Slow Season Slow Season reissue (Riding Easy) listen
Some Skeletons Vigils (Mountains Of Records) listen
Standing Ovation Gravity Beats Nuclear EP (Inverse) listen
Stielas Storhett Drownwards (Wormholedeath) listen
Sunn O))) Kannon (Southern Lord) listen
Tombstones Vargariis (Soulseller) listen
Un The Tomb Of All Things (Black Bow) listen
Void Ceremony Cyclical Descent Of Causality EP (Blood Harvest) listen
Voodoo Circle Whisky Fingers (AFM) listen
Vorna Ei Valo Minua Seuraa (Inverse) listen
Withered Bones The Ones I Love (Blood & Ink) listen
Yuppicide Revenge Regret Repeat (Dead City) listen