Shit That Comes Out Today: July 5th, 2019
A couple orders of business:
1. I hope all you USA readers had a great America day and took advantage of your free pass to blow shit up. Or at least binge watched the new season of Stranger Things.
2. While we’re talking about cool things to watch, if you dig unsettling, experimental thriller type stuff, check out the new Midsommar film. It’s very bizarre — disturbing, but also light-hearted and humorous. Occult themes coupled with stellar music and cinematography (with just the right amount of gore) made for an incredibly surreal experience, and I’m still not quite sure what to make of the whole thing. Def recommend.
Black Flags Over Brooklyn
Riffs for Reproductive Justice (N/A) (out 7/2)
Including Thou, Violet Cold, False, + more
Full Album Stream
Since this pro-choice compilation (organized by the amazing Kim Kelly) dropped this Tuesday, it’s already raked in over $10k for women’s reproductive rights. Fuck yeah! For everyone who’s already purchased it, you rock, and for everyone else, I promise it’s five bucks well spent. In addition to the artists mentioned above, the record also features tracks from Closet Witch, Elizabeth Color Wheel, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Immortal Bird (who are dropping a fantastic record of their own today!), among many others metal, hardcore, punk, and dark folk acts. 33 songs in total, including some exclusive tracks and demos. All proceeds are donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Yellowhammer Fund… soooooooo, it’s a damn good deal, if you ask me! I’ll leave you with this quote from Svalbard’s Serena Cherry, who says that Riffs for Reproductive Justice “shows how music can unite us to fight against the current regression in women’s women’s rights. But it also makes me sad, that in 2019, the need for a Reproductive Rights compilation even exists. How is women’s bodily autonomy still even up for debate?! How has the political climate taken such a giant leap back? A dismaying state of affairs it truly is, but uniting on a compilation like this gives me a sense of strength against this backwards pro-life bullshit. Together, we will fight against this misogyny. Together, we will use music to promote equal rights.”
Storm Mysticism + Shores of Avarice (Profound Lore)
FFO Sun Worship, Fell Voices
Listen “By The Breath of Victory”
Speaking of Brooklyn, Profound Lore’s latest masterwork is a new double album from Sanguine Eagle, which features members of multiple Brooklyn based black metal projects including Yellow Eyes, Vord, and Imperial Trumpet. Their music, described as “black metal of the purest essence”, definitely takes on aspects of other local bands as well, like Krallice and Ustalost. It’s quite beaitiful yet uncompromisingly raw, often tapping in to the classic, “chilly” black metal sound without becoming a gimmick. This is an impressive debut — I’ll definitely be looking forward to hearing what else this band has in store!
Outstrider (Season Of Mist)
After Abbath’s debut record, I was skeptical that maybe they couldn’t get any better. But, lo and behold, here we are in the presence of Outstrider, which is an absolute banger, simply put. The album merges tremelo picking and blastbeats of black metal with the catchy, high energy leads of classic heavy metal for “pounding fists and pounding beers in the parking lot, the basement and the metal bar”, as Metal Injection put it. Outstrider is extremely dynamic, polished, and well produced — you definitely don’t want to skip it!
Brand of Sacrifice
God Hand (Unique Leader)
FFO Humanity’s Last Breath, Vildjharta
I don’t know if God Hand falls nicely into any genre category, so I’m going to call it “wub-wub-chug-core”. Extreme technicality has finally found a way to mesh with the most sacred element of deathcore AND dubstep – the breakdown (or bass drop, same shit). Kind of like when you leave your check engine light unckecked for too long — it’s breakdown after breakdown, all day long. I have my doubts as to whether this can be sucessfully pulled off live, because it’s only two dudes and a big bucket of studio magick. But it fucking rips, so who cares?
An Isolated Mind
I’m Losing Myself (I, Voidhanger)
FFO Convulsing, Toby Driver
Full Album Stream
On the polar opposite end of the spectrum from the aforementioned album, if you’re looking to get your fix on siqq riffs and high-intensity chugging, look elsewhere. An Isolated Mind is a one man experimental project by Kameron Boggs that paints an intimate portrait of the human condition and the fight to establish autonomy. “This album was written and recorded after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spending a week in a psychiatric hospital,” Bogges explains. “I spent the following year walking the fine line between psychotic delusion and spiritual epiphany, systematically doubting and reconstructing my psyche to accommodate my newfound reality.” The final product is a progressive (dare I say “jazzy”?), stream-of-consciousness outporing of all sorts of emotions, residing in a vein similar to Convulsing’s work. Oh, and I should probably mention there’s clarinet. I know, I know — but before you rush off to tell all your friends about I’m Losing Myself (which was released independently in March before signing to I, Voidhanger), don’t forget to remind them that it’s NAME YOUR PRICE on Bandcamp!
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Mind Power – Q3 (N/A) listen
3Teeth – Exxxit (Century Media) listen
Bullet- Live (Steamhammer/SPV) listen
Celestial Grave – Secular Flesh (Iron Bonehead) listen
Chemtrail – Collider (Good FighT) listen
Drown This City – Alpha // Survivor UNFD) listen
Hex – God Has No Name (Transcending Obscurity) listen
Immortal Bird – Thrive On Neglect (20 Buck Spin) listen
The Take – The Take (Demons Run Amok) listen