Sh*t That Comes out Today: October 8, 2021
Here’s some crowd-pleasing music for your Halloween party.
The Edge Of Existence EP (eOne)
There’s a lot of death metal out there. Not much of it makes me want to smash my head through a plate glass window (in a good way). I don’t know where Creeping Death found their stash of riffs but this is some insanely high quality stuff – the six songs on this EP have more ideas than some bands’ entire discographies. They don’t even try to do anything new with the sound. They just perfect it.
Quantum Leap (AFM)
Yeah, it’s shred, but it’s shred from one of the finest shredders in the business. There’s a reason Ozzy tapped him as his touring guitarist (and a reason it’s a shame that he never asked for his writing input). Like his obvious inspiration Joe Satriani, Gus G excels at finding the emotional throughline in the guitar pyrotechnics. His first all-instrumental solo album not only shows off his technical wizardry but his ability to write compelling tunes, even when nobody’s singing over them.
Kowloon Walled City
It’s been six years since Kowloon Walled City last emerged with a batch of cheerfulness and hope for us all. A lot has happened in that interim, and boy do we need some uplifting music. This Oakland-based noise rock band delivers feel-good hits here with titles like “Oxygen Tent” and “When We Fall through the Floor.” They’ve been sorely missed; hopefully they stick around to help get us through these trying times.
In The Court Of The Dragon (Roadrunner)
I’m on record as not being too big of a fan of Trivium’s last record, What the Dead Men Say, so it’s high praise when I say that their 10th album is shockingly good! In the Court of the Dragon contains everything I love from them, in spades: epic thrash riffs, infectious choruses, and pit-pleasing breakdowns. Don’t know why this one clicks for me when the last few haven’t (maybe I just love album covers with dragons on them) but this feels like the band firing on all cylinders. Probably their best since Ascendancy.
OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Alda – A Distant Fire (Eisenwald) Listen
Antichrist Siege Machine – Purifying Blade (Profound Lore) Listen
Atræ Bilis – Apexapien (20 Buck Spin) Listen
Blood Red Throne – Imperial Congregation (NB) Listen
Manimal – Armageddon (AFM) Listen
Nothing – The Great Dismal B-Sides EP (Relapse) Listen
Shy, Low – Snake Behind The Sun (Pelagic) Listen
Untamed Land – Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms (Napalm) Listen