WSOU Picks of the Week: Immolation, Lorna Shorne, Xibalba
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:
Immolation – “Destructive Currents” (Mike C.)
Going 30 years strong, New York’s Immolation released their latest album Atonement today. Out on Nuclear Blast Records, Atonement is one solid old school death metal record! They know exactly what they’re doing and they’re damn good at it. You can catch them on the Return to Roots Tour with the Cavalera brothers and Full of Hell. I personally can’t wait to see them at the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest this year! If interested, you can check out my interview with their vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan here.
Lorna Shore – “FVNERAL MOON” (Bobby B.)
With the feud between Suicide Silence and Thy Art Is Murder over deathcore, New Jersey’s Lorna Shore have come in to save the genre with their latest album. Building on their 2015 debut, they improved their songwriting, song structure, and consistency this time around. “FVNERAL MOON” is a perfect example of what they bring to the genre, utilizing creepy atmospheric music in the background and incorporating some major groove and technicality into the typical deathcore template. There are two crushing breakdowns, but they’re utilized in bursts with a solo or a riff pulling the song back into the speed realm of their style. This is a really impressive release and “FVNERAL MOON” is a song you’ll be playing on repeat all week long.
Xibalba “Aidos” (Garren L.)
Xibalba are a peculiar band with its unique mix of death metal and hardcore, but with their new track “Aidos” they seem to have brought something else to that mix, a hint of sludge. This track is a unique mix of death metal brutality, thrash metal riffage, and a sludge metal vibe all rolled into one. Although it may seem like Xibalba have minimized their hardcore sound on this track, the delivery of the song’s vocals does maintain a hardcore vibe. The result of Xibalba’s genre-melding efforts is a heavy track that will leave you unable to decide if headbanging or two-stepping is more appropriate.