Sh*t That Comes Out Today: March 4, 2021
Time Marches on. Here are the latest new releases.
Caravan (Heavy Psych Sounds)
It’s a little-known fact that elephants invented space travel. You might think that their size and weight might preclude the pachyderms from leaving earth’s orbit, but the mastodons marching across the moon on the cover of Caravan provide incontrovertible scientific proof as to their mastery of the space race. Just as Acid Mammoth prove their mastery of the heaviest psych here. Their zero gravity doom blasts them past the stratosphere.
Necro Sapiens (Century Media)
Hard to really say anything about Baest that the music doesn’t — this old-school death metal band hails from modern Denmark but their musical stylings originate a couple hundred kilometers to the northeast and about three decades in the past. They approach their HM-2 abuse with undisguised glee. With symphonies of sickness titled things like “Purification through Mutilation” and “Goregasm,” you already know if you like this.
Take Me Away From All This Death (Self-released)
Trapped in the same coffin as the rest of us, Andrew Curtis-Brignell turned to an apt metaphor: the empty vampiric eternities represented in Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Castlevania‘s angsty bisexual bishounen Alucard. He tries to Cure his curse with a hefty dose of post-punk, and while it doesn’t purge his system of the post-black metal plasma, it mutates it into a more powerful monster. If anything, TMAFATD‘s psychic bloodletting proves there’s no escaping the reaper’s reach when it’s within you the entire time.
[Note: this actually comes out Monday but it’s available for pre-order now.]
Curse of Autumn (Century Media)
I wonder if they’re gonna have to strip the producer‘s name from this album like they had to do with the director of Bohemian Rhapsody? You can understand why guitarist Jake Dreyer was tapped for that band (and why Witherfall hired his former boss to produce this). Their brand of progressive power metal has a granite-hard edge to it — more Amerithrash than Eurocheese. The emotional core remains intact even as the runtime pushes the hour mark. It definitely hearkens back to Century Media’s mid-90s glory days.
The Path of Wrath (Prosthetic)
Wolf King probably attract the kind of pit where you’re in danger of choking on someone’s beard hair. This blackened hardcore quartet conjures the kind of bleak urban decay that could come from the lovely dystopia of the Bay Area. Fans of Tragedy and Trap Them should find plenty of knuckle-sharpening grooves perfect for punching concrete.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Brand of Sacrifice – Lifeblood (Blood Blast) Listen
Demon Hunter – Songs of Death and Resurrection (Solid State) Listen
Mork – Katedralen (Peaceville) Listen
Nightfall – At Night We Prey (SoM) Listen
SOM – Awake EP (Blood Blast) Listen
Terror – Trapped in a World (Self) Listen
Thron – Pilgrim (Listenable) Listen
Wolfheart – Skull Soldiers EP (Napalm) Listen