WSOU Picks of the Week: Death to Rot, Ross the Boss, Crematory
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and has 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:
Death to Rot – “Overcome” (Nick P.)
This week, NJ locals Death To Rot dropped their first-ever single, “Overcome,” into the scene like a cowboy riding the Tsar Bomba. I have seen, heard, and even played my own fair share of “first original songs,” but most of them amount to a headache for those listening. These guys, on the other hand, sound like veterans on their fourth album without signs of stopping. This is the song, and maybe eventually the album, I blast driving with the windows down to scare the neighborhood children.
Ross the Boss – “By Blood Sworn” (Katie W.)
Ross the Boss breaks through with yet another screamer. The most fitting words to sum up the subject of his most recent single are “Honor,” “Viking,” and “War.” Surprised? I thought not. Other than the anticipated valiant battle-themed lyrics, Ross pulls out all the stops with a handful of blistering solos that one might expect from the guitar-extraordinaire. “By Blood Sworn” is absolutely worth the listen. Next stop, Scandinavia.
Crematory – “Salvation” (Dylan G.)
My favorite part of gothic metal is the variety: these bands pull from everything from Darkwave to industrial to death metal. Crematory in particular takes that stew and adds their own flavor to the mix: adding over-the-top clean choruses supported by growls. They flow together so well that they avoid the dull “Call and Answer” pit many bands end up falling into, and their new album, Oblivion is full of it! On an unrelated note: man… look at the glorious ‘chops on their lead singer!