WSOU Picks of the Week: Testament, Oathbreaker, Starkill
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Testament – “The Pale King” (Dylan G.)
Halloween was a great day for thrash metal: new Metallica AND new Testament! On the surface, the “The Pale King” comes off with your usual fantasy-laden lyrics, because what’s more metal than sword fights and shit, right? Apparently it’s aliens, and they are taking over the world in Testament’s latest music video.
Oathbreaker – “Second Son of R.” (Mike C)
2016 has had its ups and downs, but the music sure has been great. Belgium’s Oathbreaker are no exception; their new album Rheia completely caught me off guard with singer Caro Tanghe’s extremely emotional and dynamic vocal delivery. They also just put up an Audiotree live session that you should totally check out. Easily one of my favorite albums that came out this year.
Starkill – “Shadow Sleep” (Garren L.)
There’s an internet meme that likens melodic death metal to being brutal power metal, and if there is one band that proves the meme has some validity it’s Starkill and their new track “Shadow Sleep.” Although there are still hints of power metal influence here, they are much more subdued then they were on some of the band’s previous material. I can also hear influences that directly harken back to mid-2000’s Children of Bodom. This is definitely a band that any fan of melodic death metal should check out.