Mother nature is threatening us with a foot or more of snow just to remind us we are powerless against her whims. Whether your town will be covered in snowy death or not, this weekend is the perfect weekend to get some new metal music in your ears. What are you waiting for?

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles)

Wode – Wode
Debut album from this English black metal band and it’s fucking killer. It’s intense, powerful, ferocious black metal. It’s mostly all drive with a blur of guitar and drums but it really shines in it’s slower, doomier moments. The band seems to be talking influence for all factions of black metal and really honing their own sound. It’s not something that sounds new, but it does sound fresh and invigorating. Especially some of the guitar work. Regardless, this one is awesome.

Vordr – In the Shadow of the Wolf
Straight forward, no frills, raw, nature oriented black metal. Just crushing riff after crushing riff with shrill vocals screeched out over top. Good stuff.

Schrei Aus Stein – Wanderwege
Moody, ambient, atmospheric, desolate, Colorado black metal. I’m not familiar with this bands previous work and apparently this is a departure from their typical sound, but whatever it is, I dig it.

Mantar – Ode to the Flame
Some slightly progressive, punked up, sludge. This band is German but they sound very American to me, especially the groovier parts. Good balance of heavy/slow/sludge/fast parts and some killer fucking riffs and vocals. Solid outing.

Barbarian – Cult of the Empty Grave
Barbarian is an Italian band that plays a traditional mix of speed/thrash metal with a dose of black metal for flavor. They’re pretty straight forward, and fun. If you heard their last album Faith Extinguisher then you know what you’re in for on this one. Just good fun. Not amazing, but solid.

Naðra – Form EP
Hot off the heals of their recently released debut LP, Naðra delivers this two song EP. It’s like a punctuated example of their awesome Icelandic black metal, dismal, melodic, and brutal.

SIG:AR:TYR – Northern
I just got in to this one-man black/folk/viking metal band this year and low and behold, there’s a new album out. This one seems to neglect more of the folkier elements in favor of an Immortal like chill and guitar sound. There’s some nice, quieter, acoustic, guitar driven passages with an almost Malmsteen like composure and shredding virtuosity, which for me, are the highlights of the album. Pretty solid overall.

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
I was expecting some down and dirty outlaw country like his first album, but instead Simpsons delivers a amalgam of country, soul, and rock n’ roll excesses the late era King would be proud of. Not that it’s bad, quite the contrary but I had to readjust my expectations a bit. There’s still his country charm though and it holds the whole thing together. The “In Bloom” cover is fucking horrendous, though. Good album.

OTHER JAMS:

Slidhr – Deluge
Falconer – Chapters From a Vale Forlorn
Falconer – The Sceptre of Death
Falconer – Grime vs. Grandeur
Uada – Devoid of Light
Cosmic Church – Vigilia
Abominor – Opus: Decay
Falconer – Northwind
Jag Panzer – Ample Destruction
Falconer – Among Beggars and Thieves
Rebaelliun – The Hell’s Decrees
Mithotyn – Gathered Around the Oaken Table
X Japan – Vanishing Vision
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Absu – Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
Absu – Abzu
Beketh Nexehmu – De Forna Sederna
Beketh Nexehmu – De Dunkla Herrarna
Drowning the Light – From the Abyss

Until Next Time…

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