Winter decided to remind us that it wasn’t quite through us yet as snow engulfed our city at week’s end. It was a good day to hunker down and listen to the shit storm of awesome new metal releases that also blasted us this week.

There was some amazing new music this week from older and new bands alike as well as a long promised, highly anticipated release so no more fucking around, let’s get to it…

NEW STUFF (Links in titles) 

Wyrd – Death of the Sun
Wyrd is a Finnish band I’m always kind of curious about. I don’t have all their albums and I listen to them when I’m in the mood but they aren’t a staple in my playlists. However news of a new album intrigued me so I gave this a go and was pretty much pleased with what it is, which is to say, tight, slightly atmospheric, nature oriented black metal with some slight doom flairs and maybe a touch of depressive black metal. There’s some really striking passages and some interesting vocal decisions as well as some killer vocal performances. Solid through and through if nothing else.

Cantique Lépreux – Cendres Célestes
I have a mighty addiction to black metal from Quebec. I think that region of Canada is producing some of the most interesting and compelling black metal around. The land is already home to many great bands and the “Quebecois” sound and Cantique fit right in with them. The album is gorgeous, bleak, dark, majestic, and chaotic. There’s not much focus on any one particular instrument as the music is focused into a single stream of otherworldliness and sheer beauty. Get on this one.

Solothus – No King Reigns Eternal
Some bass thumping, crushing, doom/death from Finland. I’m not sure what they did to that bass tone but with my headphones on it’s rattling all my guts. Crazy heavy, and good to boot.

Toska – Toska
I’m convinced Iceland can do no wrong, particularly when it comes to black metal. I read that Eihwaz is going to release the bands EP so I had to check this out. Yeah, fucking killing black metal with that unique, creative Icelandic flair. All the Icelandic black metal bands manage to produce crushing black metal and all of them sound different from one another. It’s amazing and this band is another killer addition to the countries already devastating output.

Horrified – Of Despair
This England based death metal band is mixing old school American style death metal with slightly melodic Swedish style with a bit of post soundscapes and newer, genre pushing sounds that bands like Horrendous and Tribulation are doing so well. It’s still a bit unfocussed but they’re trying something new and it’s working. Good stuff.

The Wakedead Gathering – Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre
Wakedead has a great take on death metal. Their overly dark and eerie sound is what I imagine hell might sound like, or at least the soundtrack of the lands you would traverse to get there. It’s not completely abstract like say Portal, as it utilizes some classic American death metal trappings but it is a bleak and foreboding journey, crushingly heavy and wickedly evil. Fucking awesome.

Sviatibor – Le Havre Du Seigneur Céleste (Haven Of The Celestial God)
Sviatibor is a one-man black metal band from France that since it’s 2013 inception has been consistently releasing music racking up six full-length releases and a slew of EP’s and singles. He has a beautiful, ambient approach to black metal that is highly keyboard and soundscape based that is rather transcendent. This is another example of that “beautiful” black metal I’ve discussed before, though there is a sense of foreboding or despair that permiants most of the album. Killer stuff here. NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ON BANDCAMP!

MODOK – Demo
This is my buddies band and their awesome. They call themselves powerslop but I’m not to familiar with the genre. It seems like a mix between death/doom and crust. Whatever it is, this band is awesome. NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ON BANDCAMP!

Paroxsihzem – Abyss of Excruciating Vexes EP
Some disgustingly gross and dirty black/death metal from Canada. Frantic and crushing, like a death metal Revenge or other war metal. 20 minutes is a good length for this EP.

Cobalt – Slow Forever
Finally the new Cobalt album sees the light of day. I feel like this has been on the “coming soon” list for five years at least and the anticipation has been building this whole time given how good their last album Gin was. Through some band turmoil and a new member Slow Forever is now released to the world and… it’s ok. The new vocalist is killer and the mixture of folk/country interludes with the heavier, blackened parts is nice and some of the songs are killer but it’s bloated (hour and a half) run time wears a bit. Maybe no band can live up to hype or maybe they just needed some editing because they accomplished way more with 30 minutes less on Gin. Maybe this requires some repeated listens but this isn’t the masterpiece it was expected to be, or will be hailed as.

OTHER JAMS:

Forefather – Deep into Time
Sacrilegium – Anima Lucifera
Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
Mgla – Excercises in Futility
Estuary of Calamity – The Sentencing
Khemmis – Absolution
Fuath – I
Torchbearer – Yersinia Pestis
Torchbearer – Warnaments
Night Demon – Curse of the Damned

Until Next Time…

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