Shit That Comes Out Today: January 11, 2019
Hello again everyone, hope your holidays were at least somewhat not shitty and that if you are someone who struggles with mental illness, you made it through! We’re all glad you’re still here with us.
This week’s STCOT will be my last. After two years of perusing through new releases every week, I feel it’s time to hand the column over to someone who can bring a little bit of freshness to it. Don’t cry, I know you’ll all miss me, but I’ll still be doing album reviews and shit-posting on the MS Instagram. Other than that, I’m currently getting wrecked by the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had so hopefully I can get this done while shitting myself a minimal amount of times.
Namaste or some shit. See ya’ guys on the other side.
On a playlist with Deafheaven, Void Ritual and Alcest
Aprilmist are a band that I covered in my 2017 EOTY list as a local act from Kansas City / Lawrence who have become good friends of mine. The hauntingly melodic black metal group has returned once again with another single off their first true full-length record that’s due out sometime late 2019. Any fan of Deafheaven or dreamier, transient music will feel right at home with these guys, especially if you like songs that appeal to the atmosphere of the mind as much as they do your ears. It’s not all aggression with these guys; the blast beats and tremolo picking in “Aimless” take a break around the six-minute mark before rearing up for one final crescendo at the end of the song. Listen. Now. And then go check out the rest of the catalog on their Bandcamp.
Verkligheten (Nuclear Blast)
On a playlist with Mors Principium Est, Scar Symmetry and Dark Tranquility
I’m not sure what band I was thinking of but for some reason I thought I never liked Soilwork. I don’t know. I’m dumb. I admit it. Axl described the new album better than I possibly could, so I’m just going to ape him here: “a mix of European melodeath, black metal, power metal, and (dare I say it?) pop, all of which, when amalgamated, convey a bittersweet mix of melancholy and triumph that will make you wanna strap on a suit of armor, mount a mighty steed, and ride off to fight, and maybe die, for something in which you believe.” Sound good? Exactly. So get your armor on and charge your ass straight into battle.
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Machina Non Grata (N/A)
On a playlist with The Bloodline, Sleepwave and Conquer Divide
Remember that movie Teeth? Every time I see this album title I think it says vagina dentata because my brain clearly never developed beyond the age of 14. Regardless, TLTSOL are heavy as fuck and will be particularly appealing to the slam/deathcore crowd. In terms of the food poisoning I am currently dealing with while I write this, it’s the equivalent of projectile vomiting and shitting at the same time, but in a good way. And if you didn’t have to shit already, then these breakdowns will knock it right out of you.
Sower Of Wind (N/A) (Released 1/4)
On a playlist with: Full of Hell, Less Art and Kenoma
Listen: “Sower of Wind”
Rosetta dropped this EP during our holiday break, but I wanted to make sure it didn’t get passed up. Rosetta’s sound is constantly evolving so it should come as no surprise that Sower of Wind is different from anything else you’ve heard from the band. From the horse’s mouth: “Rosetta returned in 2017 with Utopioid, their sixth full-length album and most concept-driven work to date, an intersection of heaviness and beauty. Sower of Wind is a new EP built on soundscapes buried inside Utopioid – elements which the band thought deserved a fuller treatment. ‘Those soundscapes developed with a concept and a story in mind, but we decided to step back from them and see where they could lead when considered on their own terms,’ guitarist Matt Weed explains.”
On a playlist with: Children of Bodom, Torture Pulse and The Aeon
This is actually a reissue, but fuck it, I missed it when it first came out. If you’re a former World of Warcraft player, then you probably saw this band title and thought it said frostitute because I sure as shit did. Fucking frost mages! The best way to describe Frosttide would be as a much, much less cheesy version of Children of Bodom. If you aren’t into metal with keyboards and synths, then this won’t be the band for you, but if you’ve always wondered what CoB would sound like without the ego, then check these guys out because their symphonies make for an incredibly catchy song.
SHIT THAT CAME OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Beaten To Death Agronomicon (Mas-Kina Recordings) listen
Festerday Iihtallan listen
John Garcia John Garcia And The Band Of Gold (Napalm Records) listen
Melvins Houdini (Vinyl) (Music On Vinyl) listen
Nekrofilth Worm Ritual (Hells Headbangers) listen
Stranguliatorius Rope, Soap, Tabouret (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) listen
Swallow The Sun Lumina Aurea (Century Media) listen
The Disaster Healing Process (N/A) listen
Yatra Death Ritual (Grimoire Records) listen