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Sh*t That Comes Out Today – July 22, 2022

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Thank God the summer is half-over, so we can start focusing on Halloween. Anyway, here are your last pre-spook metal records:

Witchery

Nightside (Century Media)

FUCK YES TO THIS. We’ve been more than clear about our feelings on Witchery, and on the singles from Nightside specifically. But man, re-listening to the record in full, the sheer power of this all-fangs rager continues to blow our minds. This is exactly the kind of overenthusiastic witching thrash that makes us want to slip on a leather jacket, down a chalice of strong brew, and kick in the door of the Vatican before windmilling our hair until we’re escorted out by security. HAIL.


Oceans of Slumber

Starlight and Ash (Century Media)

We hope you like your metal melancholy, because Oceans of Slumber are here to rip your heart out. Every song on Starlight and Ash feels like the most emotional part of a power metal song expanded into an entire track. The sonic journeys present here usually have big crashes, and aren’t devoid of energy or anything, just, man, this is album feels like a rainy day. A really compelling, artistically-sound, beautifully-crafted rainy day, yes, but a rainy day none the less.


Imperial Triumphant

Spirit of Ecstasy (Century Media)

Hey, man, you wanna listen to a metal album that sounds like the last 30 seconds before you violently throw up? Because that’s what Imperial Triumphant have for you here — Seasickness: The Album. Spirit of Ecstasy continues the band’s tradition of mixing experimental black metal with various theatrical influences to create an artsy noise that mostly makes us think of the sweat on our brows as we careen towards the bathroom, cheeks ballooning. We wonder if they’ve ever yakked inside those masks.


Karl Sanders

Saurian Apocalypse (Napalm Records)

On the one hand, if you’re wandering blind into the latest solo album by Nile mastermind Karl Sanders, and you’r expecting death metal, you’re gonna be puzzled. On the other hand, if you know what you’re in for, and love cinematic darkness a la Hexentanz, this might be your album of the year. Saurian Apocalypse is a beautiful trip to an ancient world that never was, and acts as awesome soundtrack music to those of us who consider ourselves undying revenants watching the world pass us by. Worth a listen, but heshers, beware.


Other Shit That Comes Out Today:

Fame On Fire, Welcome To The Chaos (Hopeless) Listen
Hatriot, The Vale Of Shadows (Massacre) Listen
Lessmann Voss, Rock Is Our Religion (Atomic Fire) Listen
Nebula, Transmissions From Mothership Earth (Heavy Psych Sounds) Listen
Nicolas Cage Fighter, The Bones That Grew From Pain (Blacklight) Listen
Palisades, Reaching Hypercritical (Rise) Listen
Spite, Dedication To Flesh EP (Rise) Listen
Teethgrinder, Dystopia (Lifeforce) Listen
Wake, Thought Form Descent (Metal Blade) Listen

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