Sh*t That Comes Out Today – April 29th, 2022
Today is legendary Belgian harmonicist Toots Thielemans birthday, and I can’t help but wonder what he would think about this weeks new releases…
Few things are as disturbing and enticing as a new Rammstein album. There’s something about listening to lyrics in another language that you know are saying messed-up stuff about life, but not being able to understand them, that seems so much more insidious than just knowing what someone is saying. Zeit begins with delicate ballads on piano and low crooning vocals before leading us head-first into the distinctive stomping and chugging of the industrial beast that is Rammstein. This is followed by a flourishing of sonic layers that create a cinematic spectacle even for those who haven’t seen one of the band’s stunning and over the top music videos. As always, strap in for an auditory experience of epic proportions.
Automaton (Crusader Records)
As far as sleaze, glam, and hair-metal bands go, Crashdïet is one of the best. Their latest album Automaton is chock-full of powerful soaring vocals, supported by dense driving bass, strong guitar riffs, and some solid drumming. While there’s plenty of heartfelt tracks to go around, make no mistake, these guys have still got what it takes to deliver a heavy hitting album. Finger guns.
Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night (Relapse)
Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night will Disembody Through Unparalleled Pleasure you. No wait, Disembody Through Unparalleled Pleasure’s vocals will excite you. Yea, I think that’s right. With monikers like that you know you’re getting into some life-affirming blasphemy and existential musical dread. Combining influences from across the underground gamut, including post-punk, black metal, d-beat, Devil Master serve up a superb new album full of their iconic and masterful madness. Recorded live to analog tape and ready to kick off a weekend of debauchery, this one is a must listen.
Beautiful Distortion (Psychonaut Records)
Ambient trip-rock band The Gathering return after a decade with their 11th full-length studio album, Beautiful Distortion. Dynamic and melodious, this is a light-hearted and wistful change from our regularly-scheduled metal leanings. While it’s a simple album to get into, there are times when a bit more energy or vigor would have been welcomed.
The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain (Nuclear Blast)
Watain’s seventh full-length album, The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain, breathes new life into their classic black metal formula by incorporating some exploration into more melodic and dynamic aspects not entirely seen from the band before. Still abrasive and delivering in all the right ways, Watain serves up a visceral and satisfying dose of distorted dissonance every devil-worshipping deviant is sure to enjoy.
Other Sh*t That Comes Out Today
Al-Namrood – Worship the Degenerate (Shaytan Productions) Listen
Ann Wilson – Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining) Listen
Helms Alee – Keep This Be The Way (Sargent House) Listen
Kaipa – Urskog (InsideOut) Listen
Lament Cityscape – A Darker Discharge (Lifeforce) Listen
No/Mas – Consume/Deny/Repent (Closed Casket Activities) Listen
Robin Trower – No More Worlds To Conquer (Provogue/Mascot) Listen
Speckmann Project – Fiends Of Emptiness (Emanzipation) Listen
Ted Nugent – Detroit Muscle (Pavement) Listen
Thunder – Dopamine (BMG) Listen
Velcrocranes – What If I Die (InsideOut) Listen