Sh*t That Comes Out Today – September 8, 2023
Another day, another prayer that an asteroid kills us before I have to hear about Ronnie Radke’s latest Twitter antics…
As Gomorrah Burns (Nuclear Blast)
Brutal death metal OGs Cryptopsy have had a rocky road since releasing None So Vile in 1996, with a series of questionable releases following the the indisputable classic. As Gomorrah Burns is an enjoyable offering, keeping things lean (eight songs, 33 minutes) and brutal. In addition to the concise songwriting, As Gomorrah Burns features beefy production, technical-but-not-annoyingly-flashy musicianship and a slew of jackhammering riffs.
Make Them Beg for Death (Relapse)
That new Cryptopsy album is pretty damn good but the new Dying Fetus album is really fucking good. The formula hasn’t really changed here and be honest: you didn’t want it to. Over the course of ten songs, Dying Fetus marry crazy technicality with caveman riffs and zero-IQ slams. My one complaint with 2017’s Wrong One to Fuck With is that the songs felt a bit stitched together, like the band was just slapping together parts of their expected sound. That’s not the case on Make Them Beg for Death, which is as gnarly a brutal death metal album as you’ll hear all year. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait six years for the next one.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we were wondering if Kvelertak might be the next Metallica or something like that. While they didn’t reach those heights, their black-n-roll-and-punk sound was really catchy and fun despite the lyrics being sung in Norwegian. Releasing last album Splid right before that shitty, world-changing event in March 2020, Kvelertak soldiered on and gave us Endling. Like Splid before it, Endling is far closer to rock and punk than it is to black metal but it works; the songs on Endling are both melodic and abrasive and vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen, who joined for the last album, can yowl with the best of ’em just like he can sing pleasantly. Don’t miss this one.
A Sign of Things to Come (Nuclear Blast)
Expectations were understandably high for A Sign of Things to Come. Coming only three years after 2020’s Cycle of Suffering, Sylosis bandleader Josh Middleton publicly left UK metalcore giants Architects in order to focus on the new album from his former one-man band. A Sign of Things to Come combines melodic death metal and metalcore in a way that feels like the early ’00s New Wave of American Heavy Metal with updated production.
Crepuscule Natura (Eisenwald)
After a pair of phenomenal albums, 2020’s Djinn felt like a bit of a letdown from Pacific Northwest melodic black metal staple Uada. Originally slated to be released in 2022, the band pushed it back after unhappiness with the final sound and took additional time to fine tune it, which seems to have worked to their benefit. Crepuscule Natura features five songs and a 40-minute runtime and most of it is good; the melodic guitars are still at the forefront of Uada’s sound and sole OG member Jake Superchi’s vocals sound as good as they ever did. Nothing will hit as hard for this writer as Devoid of Light, but Crepuscule Natura is a step back on the right path.
Other Shit That Comes Out Today:
ANGEL DU$T, Brand New Soul (Pop Wig) Listen
Conquer Divide, Slow Burn (Mascot) Listen
Domkraft, Sonic Moons (Magnetic Eye) Listen
Fire Down Below, Low Desert Surf Club (Ripple) Listen
Motionless in White, Scoring The End Of The World (Deluxe Edition) (Roadrunner) Listen
Pain of Truth, Not Through Blood (Daze) Listen
Peeling Flesh, Slamaholics Vol. 2 (Unique Leader) Listen
Puddle of Mudd, Ubiquitous (Pavement) Listen
Saliva, Revelations (Megaforce) Listen
UnityTX, Ferality (Pure Noise) Listen
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