Sh*t That Comes Out Today: February 12, 2016
Hello MetalSucks reader! Welcome to 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 usually stick ‘em in a fancy Spotify playlist too (below) — all for your jammage! Now crank this shit up.
Aeons In Sodom (Season Of Mist)
On a playlist with: Enzifer, 1349, Carpathian Forest
Listen Aeons In Sodom full stream (here)
When a new album borrow oodles from the past, the line between representation and interpretation grows indistinct! Urgehal’s Aeons In Sodom lands right on that line: just enough throwback, just enough throw-forward. So what does modern metal sound like these days, generally? Aeons In Sodom is a good starting point. Guest vocalists from Shining and Taake!
The Cycle Never Ends (Cruz del Sur)
On a playlist with: plastic viking helmets, foam swords, fearless death
Listen The Cycle Never Ends full stream (here)
Power/viking/war metal is tropy, repetitive, and predictable. But that’s not the point; fun is the point. Like sex though, “fun” does not preclude experimentation. Throughout The Cycle Never Ends, the former clears a path for the latter. Its unabashed, un-embarrassing take on a strict genre can be welcomed with open armor.
Villainy II: Dim (Listenable)
On a playlist with: Tribulation, Entombed, Kvelertak
Listen Villainy II: Dim full stream (here)
Ballsy moves: combining rock and metal. Cousins they are, but cousins aren’t supposed to marry. That’s how you get birth defects. Yet Villainy’s Villainy II: More Villainy is one of those rare inbred spawn that escapes with perfect health. Its rock/alternative is strong, but so is the metal! Is this a genetic mutation here, a more perfect beast?
Rituals (Season Of Mist)
On a playlist with: Septicflesh, Mayhem, Immortal
Listen Rituals full stream (here)
It’s hard to imagine a Rotting Christ album anything less than mediocre. Even among those familiar with their name, this band commands respect. And they deserve it, because Rituals is a respectably awesome “main”stream black metal album (the Cattle Decapitation of its genre). To that end, there isn’t much to say about Rituals — you can listen in comfort, or in a fit of rage. It’s versatile!
On a playlist with: doomy cousins of Dreadnought, Earth, and Isis
Listen “Hold My Breath” and “Hating” (here) Landless full stream (here)
For all their waviness, Eight Bells manages some powerful doom. The microdoses of psychedelics make all the difference. Landless should thereby be a winner among doom-heads and non-doom-heads. Digestible doom for the masses? No shame in Eight Bells stepping out there, even with too soft a touch.
On a playlist with: Cephalic Carnage, Psyopus, Barishi
Listen “Two Mountains” (here) “Le Silence Déraisonnable du Monde” (here)
You’d imagine the conversation started like this: “I have a kickass idea, let’s play messy, nonsensical progressive licks in-between long swaths of blackened grindbeats.” If that’s the case, then Plethora is spot-on. To fault it for slightly artificiality is to miss the point. It’s either from the future or just the madness of a quartet of guys who drink tons of coffee. (Not a solo act, as band name indicates.) Energizing, difficult, obnoxious, immensely powerful.
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OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Agathocles/Department Of Correction split EP (Give Praise) listen
Antropomorphia Necromantic Love Songs EP/demo reissue (Metal Blade) listen
Black Wizard New Waste (Listenable) listen
Crossing Rubicon No Less Than Everything (Pavement) listen
Department of Correction/Proletar split (Give Praise) listen
The Erkonauts I Did Something Bad (Kaotoxin) listen listen
Flummox Selcouth (Tridroid) listen
Gehennah Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die (Metal Blade) listen
Hatesphere New Hell (Massacre) listen
Heretic’s Dream Floating State Of Mind digital (Sliptrick) listen
Holy Grail Times Of Pride And Peril (Prosthetic) listen listen listen
Imperia Tears Of Silence (Massacre) listen
Lost Society Braindead (Nuclear Blast) listen listen
Low Flying Hawks Kofuku (Magnetic Eye) listen listen
Magrudergrind II (Relapse) listen
Manipulate Becoming Madness EP (Flatspot) listen
Myrath Legacy (Nightmare) listen
My Silent Wake An Unbroken Threnody 2005-2015 collection (Stone Groove) listen
Nine Inch Nails feat. David Bowie We Prick You: Radio Broadcast 1995 live (Video Music Inc.) listen
Pulling Punches The Old Colors Are Dead EP (Creep) listen
The Resistance Coup De Grace (earMusic) listen
Section A Wall Of Silence (Mausoleum) listen
Septagon Deadhead Syndicate (Cruz del Sur) listen
Sicada Requisition EP (2015) (Tridroid) listen
Throne Of Heresy Antioch (The Sign) listen
Thunder All You Can Eat live 2CD/DVD (earMusic) listen