Tue, 29 December 2015
Due to pushing a huge last set of the year, I forgo me talking between the songs. In a couple of weeks I will have two weeks of my “Best of 2015” shows.
[Releases January 2016] 2 piece experimental black metal band Spektr will be releasing their album in late January. It has the weirdness of early industrial, which is mainly experimentation + catchy headrolling stuff.
Through the Darkness of Future Past: Spektr (France)(0:28-5:30)
SOLO project Rebel Wizard is blistering heavy metal thrash, catchy to the extreme, groove-laden, and accompanied by screechingly-jolting vocals.
A place to rest the dead inside is never to be found: Rebel Wizard (Australia)(5:31-8:31)
Fórn and Yautja came out with the best EP, one song each, both of them addictive. Fórn is the filthy sludge song. Yautja had a Converge-esque noise hardcore song, which is fucking awesome too.
Ancient Tongues: Fórn (Boston)(8:32-13:58)
Freedom Hawk has a twinge of young Ozzy in it. Traditionally heavy rock, in the best classic way, surges through your blood, building up with fun hooks, rocking riffs, and those guitars harmonizing. Listen to on a warm couch with a cold beer in your hand.
Lost in Space: Freedom Hawk (VA)(13:59-19:37)
Large dreary bleak rotting landscape: noise noise noise assault.
A Sheep Among the Wolves: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (France)(19:38-26:56)
Psychedelic melody, large riffs strumming through the air, thick compositions, cascading vocals, all from three people from Wisconsin.
Beneath the Waves: Moon Curse (Milwaukee)(27:31-34:34)
French black metal spin-off band with members of Aosoth and Antaeus. This is a debut album from VI: relentlessly fast black metal, no nothing breaking this shit up. Raw, fast, tight, fist clenching brutality.
Il Est Trop Tard Pour Rendre Gloire: VI (Paris)(35:35-39:55)
The Black Wizards recorded this second album in a live setting in 24 hours. The female lead singer is gorgeous, fuzzy blues, and rocks out.
Waiting For A Train: The Black Wizards (Portugal)(39:56-46:49)
Young, fresh-faced Luthuanians bring forth innovative hallucination-creating black metal.
III: Au-Dessus (Luthuania)(47:20-53:51)
[Releases in January 2016] The first element I heard was darkwave/post-punk, and then epic, large dark-atmosphere metal.
Mirage: Lycus (Oakland)(53:52-1:01:06)
Led by female vocalist, warm and rich heavy hard rock psychedelic doom and stoner.
Green Queen: Disenchanter (Portland)(1:01:07-1:07:44)
Solo project Finnish bro's large chaotic compositions that somehow pulls together in a catchy way.
The Dreaming Tombs: Devouring Star (Finland)(1:07:45-1:13:08)
[Releases February 2016] Ocerco is described as post-black metal, but no one wants to be called that shit. What they are is ominous, tight and tense, creating a very dark atmosphere. I didn't hear any romance, which sort of hinders the post-black metal genre. I love me my romance, but I need it within dissonance.
O Colapso: Ocerco (Portugal)(1:13:09-1:18:53)
Wed, 23 December 2015
Psychedelic atmospheric soundtrack for Russian cosmonauts.
Oblivion: Yuri Gagarin (Sweden)(0:28-8:18)
Noise, folk, theatrical black metal from some Frenchies.
Absolution: Maieutiste (France)(9:42-17:39)
Creepy Detroit noise.
Catching the Rich Train: Wolf Eyes (Detroit)(18:12-24:51)
Egypt is the best at always adding the best guitar riffs, jams out at the end of every song. Wait for it.
Tres Madres: Egypt (Fargo)(25:45-31:21)
Rich blues crooning. Whole album is a trip.
Black Woman: Mammothwing (31:53-40:26)
Top-notch party stoner.
Great Awakening: Toke (North Carolina)(41:04-46:40)
Greek sludgey hardcore.
Clean Cop: Chronoboros (Greece)(47:37-50:42)
Fuzzy Polish groove.
Supercluster: Major Kong (Poland)(50:58-57:12)
Christmas song (to end)
Behind My Vocals: Darth Vader, The Smiths, Christopher Cross, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Sisters, The The
Wed, 16 December 2015
Polish anonymous band is part monastery, part pummeling, part melodic, part black metal.
Yekteniya 3: Batushka (Poland)(0:28-5:08)
New Fell Voices/Vanum/Vorde drummer in Yellow Eyes. American black metal at its best: clean dense pretty.
The Mangrove, The Preserver: Yellow Eyes (NY)(6:32-12:34)
[Releases in February] Heavy gaze with a heavy hand of doom. Guest Dale Crover.
Wolves Within Wolves: Low Flying Hawks (Mexico City/nomads)(13:28-19:06)
Female-led Cloud Rat is filthy grind.
Rusting Belt: Cloud Rat (Michigan)(19:33-21:48)
[Releases in January] Tight thrash from 30-year-old band.
The raging tides: Exumer (Germany)(22:13-26:18)
Technical death metal, but they do a great job of breaking up the density in fun ways. Catchy.
I Defy For I Am Free: Sarpanitum (UK/Japan)(27:33-32:05)
[Releases in 2016] Blues-rock at its best. This band was runner-up in 2014’s Best 70’s Revitalist.
Black Magic: Brimstone Coven (W. VA)(32:35-37:41)
Triumvir Foul is Ash Borer’s death metal side. Fast and filthy.
Pathways to Decay: Triumvir Foul (Portland)(38:06-42:51)
[Releases March 2016] Fantastic dark post-punk gorgeousness.
Silk Ribbon: Moth (Denmark)(43:18-47:25)
Greeks do it right. Aggressive GREEK black metal.
Fucking Your Creation: Dodsferd (Greece)(48:44-55:07)
Un’s guitarist and vocalist is bassist of Samothrace. If you like funeral doom, this is one of the best this year.
Forgotten Path: Un (Seattle)(55:52-END)
Behind My Vocals: Flash Arnold, Vector Sector, NightStop, BloodDragon, Dynatron, Nightcrawler, Pertubator, Grooveworthy, Vincenzo Salvia
Wed, 9 December 2015
It doesn’t surprise me that Cloak of Altering and Gnaw Their Tongues are connected. They both came out with some of the most dense, bizarre, horror, avante-garde-infused-assault metal this year. You know, the usual.
-3.003486962(6)+ 10-66: Cloak of Altering (Netherlands)(0:28-7:19)
Hot sweaty, I mean, Swedish doom.
Fornjot: Mammoth Storm (Sweden)(8:47-16:58)
Evil Australian-bleached death metal in a shot glass of prog.
Fertile Crescent: Ur Draugr (Australia)(17:37-24:58)
Scorpion Child is finally coming out with their second album early next year. This is their first release which makes ya salivate fo’mo’. They are all-American rockers.
She Sings, I Kill: Scorpion Child (Austin)(26:01-31:01)
Luminous Vault started off as anonymous. My guess was that they were doing a study on how reputation affects record sales. They are members of Artificial Brain and Castevet, mixing up a blend of romantic death metal.
Deliver the Wound: Luminous Vault (NY)(32:14-37:01)
LA!! Sonic Medusa is SO frigging LA, boasting of celebrities and glam. I am waiting for the full album, this is the LA-mix of NWOBHM, done so well by some cute old guys who know how to sing and play guitar. This ain’t some kids and it shows.
Cold Wind: Sonic Medusa (LA)(37:48-44:16)
Female vocalist shines in this filthy band from Toronto.
Rejection Is Agony: Antibody (Toronto)(44:44-50:35)
Dopelord went to see UFOMAMMUT live, is my theory. They have pulled elements of space and stoner bliss into their swampy sludge.
Distant Lights: Dopelord (Poland)(51:00-57:59)
Italian angular dissonance from Lamantide.
Immortalis Lapis: Lamantide (Italy)(58:16-1:02:01)
Relentless fucking drone from the drone gods themselves.
Kannon 2: Sunn O))) (Seattle)(1:02:42-END)
Behind My Vocals: CRYSEHD, Kid Machine, BALevolent Virtue, Lowghos, Time Travel, Cryocon, VHS Dreams