Sh*t That Comes Out Today: April 8, 2016
Hello MetalSucks reader! Welcome to Sh*t 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.
Devoid Of Light (Eisenwald)
On a playlist with: False, Akhlys, Abyssal
Listen “Black Autumn, White Spring” (here)
Suffice it to say: Devoid Of Light strongly competes for this year’s best black metal album. Yes, we’ve many months (and many releases) to go, but holy shit. The ghastly album art, the disquieting and unsettling tunes, and the moments of pure sublimation when blastbeats and howling become Total Atmosphere. Uada have placed a complicated and angry piece of artwork at your feet, and it seeks complete mind control: do you jam?
Melencolia EP (Superstar Destroyer)
On a playlist with: Thomas Giles sans vocals, Animals As Leaders sans metal, The Ocean sans aquatic undertones
Listen Melencolia EP full stream (here) listen
A band named Poly-Math is bound only to be hokey-pokey as hell, right? Wrong, baby. For all the hip pretense and whathaveyou drawn out of our collective subconscious revulsion for instrumental math-prog, the Melencolia EP makes quite the show. There’s a childish innocence (like a kid playing with blocks in the sand) which overrides said aforementioned pretense, plus overall it kind of sounds, you know, simultaneously relaxing and stimulating?
Book Of Shadows II (eOne)
On a playlist with: Marshall Amplification + Gibson Les Paul + EMG Pickups
Listen “Sleeping Dogs” (here)
Love or hate: Mr. Wylde and his various musical pursuits. In one fist, there’s the sauciness his early work with Ozzy, e.g. No More Tears. In the other, those godawful last few BLS albums. Does this guy just willy-nilly all his shit? Who knows, though two facts remain: The original Book Of Shadows, already 20 years old, proved the efficacy of Mr. Wylde’s tough-guy-gone-soft sentiment and his killer songwriting. The new Book Of Shadows II demonstrates that he’s not lost it (thankfully).
Bog Of The Infidel
Asleep In The Arms Of Suicide (Eternal Death)
On a playlist with: One Master, Skáphe, Geryon
Listen “Coils Of The Noose” (here)
Making sense of Asleep In The Arms Of Suicide means stomaching its exacting discordance and the purposeful lo-fi, which can be boner-kills if not properly executed. Blackened-death/black metal fans will necessary decoding skills under belt, and probably an appetite to boot. Though if Bog’s 2013 release (very NSFW) is any indication, Asleep will attract the people-who-didn’t-know-they-were-fans-until-they-discovered-how-awesome-it-is kind of people, and that’s always a plus!
True talent can be faked, believe it or not. There are all manners of cover-up available: over-distortion, chaos structure, post-production, etc. Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas (ex-Made Out Of Babies) reject that whole fuckin’ lot. Whatever authenticity is, Mariner has it. It is it, a vast expanse of reflection and emotion in the folds and curvatures of post-metal. And Christmas has some serious pipes.
Prior Ihsahn albums have all been mysterious, powerful, and i-d-i-o-s-y-n-c-r-a-t-i-c. Fans can “pick and choose” as they please, depending on whether they seek rawness (After), prog (Das Seelenbrechen), etc. And now here comes Arktis, a more “traditional” output, with tidbits of extra showmanship and noodlage, but decisively and incomparably Ihsahn. You know what to expect, but you will elated and surprised.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
All Hail The Yeti Screams From A Black Wilderness (Minus Head) listen listen
Bloodthirst Glorious Sinners EP (Pagan) listen
Boss Keloid Herb Your Enthusiasm (BlackBow) listen
Cannibal Accident Ritual Paprika (Nailjar) listen
Conquest Under The Influence covers (Dark Star) listen
CreTura Fall Of The Seventh Golden Star (Wormholedeath) listen
Deftones Gore (Warner Bros) listen listen listen
Depicting Abysm Passage (Naturmacht) listen
Desaster The Oath Of An Iron Ritual (Metal Blade) listen
Doogie White & La Paz Shut Up And Rawk! (Metal Mind) listen
Double Experience Unsaved Progress (Colfax) listen
Erra Drift (Sumerian) listen
Geryon The Wound And The Bow (Profound Lore) listen
The Glorious Rebellion Euphoric (Magnetic Eye) listen
Inherit Disease Ephemeral (Unique Leader) listen listen
Left Behind Seeing Hell (Unbeaten) listen
Lock & Key Peaceless (Crooked Noise) listen
Mad Hatter’s Den Excelsior (Inverse) listen
Misteyes Creeping Time (Maple Metal) listen
Ommadon VI (Burning World) listen
Palace Of Worms The Ladder (Broken Limbs) listen listen
Ragehammer The Hammer Doctrine (Pagan) listen
Red Wizard Cosmosis (Ripple) listen
Sarvas The Throne EP (Inverse) listen
Sinistro Semente (Season Of Mist) listen
Sourvein Aquatic Occult (Metal Blade) listen listen
Throw The Fight Transmissions (Bullet Tooth) listen
Unnatural The Path To Ruin EP (HPGD) listen
Various Artists Metal Massacre 14 (Metal Blade) listen
Wode Wode (Broken Limbs) listen
Zhrine Unortheta (Season Of Mist) listen listen