Shit That Comes Out Today: October 4th, 2019
It is Friday, my dudes. Whatever that means to you — whether it’s an excuse to get hammered, maybe the start of a much-needed weekend getaway, or even if it’s just another day of benign existence — we’ve got a compendium of the latest heavy tunes to keep you going.
Babel (A Thousand Arms) (out 9/30)
FFO Russian Circles, Mono
We may not have much for metal out here in yee-haw country, but luckily, the bands that do call this place home tend to be outrageously talented. Bozeman locals Ranges offer expansive, emotionally charged instrumental post-metal, 100% DIY on their own label, A Thousand Arms. If you dig atmospheric stuff along the lines of Russian Circles, Babel will strike all the right chords as it rises and falls within a massive, awe-inspiring sonosphere.
Terra Sola (self-released) (out 10/1)
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Surprise, mothafuckas! After months of ultra-intense touring, Rosetta caught us all off guard with a a three song follow up to Utopioid. “After so much time on the road, we just wanted to get together and write one big, panoramic piece of music; but as sometimes happens, the material took on a life of its own and the scope of the release expanded dramatically. . . In a sense, we’re signing off on an era, and welcoming a new creative environment for the next cycle,” per an official statement from the band. As always, Terra Sola is independently released and pay-what-you-want, so get on it!
Primal Future: 2019 (eOne)
Listen “Chemical Warlords“
Did somebody say “RIFFS”?! Here’s a whoooole lot of ‘em — so many that your brain will be a pile of mush by the end. Primal Future is exhausting (in the best way possible), bursting with energy, and downright maniacal. While the record is thrash at heart, Joel Grind’s creative approach brings a freshness that should keep the “throwback” descriptor from being thrown around willy-nilly. His vocal performance in particular is a departure from his previous sound, choosing to go with a more punk-y delivery over his former blackened rasp. There’s a fuckton of additude to be found within… but mostly, riffs.
LφVE & EVφL (Third Man)
Japanese trend-smashing trio Boris have just unleashed a new baffling double LP, LφVE & EVφL, presented as two independent works “encapsulating conflicting connotations that interweave and become intricately entangled with one another, gradually eroding before becoming utterly singular.” Not having the slightest idea what to expect, I’m thrilled to announce that this album does indeed rip. I hesitate to say it’s “atmospheric”, lest it be construed that the music is easy-going and heady, but Boris have certainly used texture to their advantage on this one. Plodding drone/doom is met with ghoulish vocals and other unidentified sounds to create an experience that’s simultaneously meditative and distressing, hypnotic, yet spine-chillingly creepy.
“Deserted feels like the musicians just trying to have fun and make a great death metal record. It sounds the part . . . The tight songwriting also helps set them apart. None of the songs outstay their welcome, and the musicians always have something going on that catches the ear (helped by a mix from Kurt Ballou that highlights the Stygian depths). Deserted is an OSDM throwback record, no doubt, but it’s also an incredibly well-done one. Don’t leave it festering in its grave.”
Valediction (Century Media)
Listen “Wrapped in Wax“
Any day with new GosT is destined to be a great day in my book! Squeezing all of the best things about heavy music into one convenient, concise package, GosT’s trademark blackened synthwave was the first to evoke my massive crush on the genre. However, if last year’s Possessor was Daft Punk meets Satan, Valediction is more of a sinister Depeche Mode. It’s about as goth as it gets, just in time for your retro Halloween spooktacular!
Listen “Naked, Screaming, and Covered in Blood“
Guts! Brains! Chainsaws! That’s Exhumed for ya. With most tracks clocking in at around two minutes, their new record Horror will have you convulsing in hysteric, blood-soaked terror in less than a half an hour. Bludgeoning death/grind dives into every gore trope imaginable, maintaining a raw, old-school vibe polished up with modern production. While their last couple releases were arguably more “mature”, this is a return to their balls-to-the-wall youthful belligerence — not quite their strongest work, but still a disgustingly killer album.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Algebra – Pulse? (Unspeakable Axe) listen
The Darkness – Easter Is Cancelled (Cooking Vinyl) listen
Dysrhythmia – Terminal Threshold (Translation Loss) listen
Ehlder – Nordabetraktelse (Nordvis) listen
Esogenesi – s/t (Transcending Obscurity) listen
Gevaudan – Iter (Self) listen
Hellhorse – Paradise Lost (Creator Destructor) listen
Helloween – United Alive in Madrid (Blu-ray/DVD) (Nuclear Blast) listen
In Mourning – Garden Of Storms (Agonia) listen
Insomnium – Heart Like A Grave (Century Media) listen
Issues – Beautiful Oblivion (Rise) listen
Kublai Khan – Absolute (Rise) listen
Masvidal – Human (Paul Masvidal) listen
Myronath – Into the Qliphoth (Non Serviam) listen
Nightstalker – Great Hallucinations (Heavy Psych Sounds) listen
Ramallah – The Last Gasp of Street Rock N’ Roll (Sailor’s Grave) listen
Ripper – Sensory Stagnation EP (Unspeakable Axe) listen
Sibiir – Ropes (Fysisk Format) listen
Spite – The Root Of All Evil (Stay Sick) listen
Syberia – Seeds Of Change (Blacklight Media/Metal Blade) listen
Vex Red – Give Me The Dark (Say Something) listen
Vukari – Aevum (Vendetta) listen
William DuVall – One Alone (DVL) listen