I had a couple beers at lunch so I’m feeling a bit foggy today. April has been a crushing month for new metal releases and there’s still quite a few that haven’t dropped yet. This week had a couple of bands that I was highly interested in hearing new stuff from and a couple of awesome new discoveries. Metal is the gift that keeps giving 24/7. Despite Star Wars best intentions to derail my listening habits this week, I still managed to get a good amount in. More so than previous weeks. There’s just so much great stuff out there. So let’s get to it!

New Releases:

Sigh – Graveward
You never know what to expect with Sigh. Sure, Japanese experimental black metal, but what that means to this band is anybody’s guess. This new one is for sure on the experimental side, mixing all sorts of styles, genres into their crazy presentation. It’s a bit more straight forward this time, relying a little heavily on keyboards, almost pushing it into an Alestorm sort of power metal area. It’s fun though, as they typically are

Shining – IX-Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
It’s almost impossible to separate main Shining man Niklas Kvarforth from the music. He’s gone out of his way to present his violent, misanthropic, suicidal personality in conjunction with the band. This new album, even though I’m sure lyrically is the same deep, dark, depression, dismal themes as before, seems a little brighter. I enjoyed this one musically more than the previous. Shining is always presenting something interesting, if you’re into that sort of thing, and this is a decent album, through and through.

Dehuman – Graveyard of Eden
Some meat and potatoes, Belgium death metal. Solid outing, if nothing spectacular. Some good riffs and heavy as hell.

Outre – Ghost Chants
The outskirts of Polish black metal are a thing to behold. Here we have Outre, taking a more rhythmic and swirling approach. This album is also produced by M. of the incredible MGLA and Kriegsmachine, so you know there’s something awesome happening here.

Black Witchery / Revenge – Holocaustic Death March to Humanity’s Doom
Pure. Fucking. Murder. A nonstop, satanic, war metal pummeling. I have to admit I’m not very familiar with Black Witchery and my interest in this split is mostly due to Revenge having a new song (and a Bathory cover) on it, and it doesn’t disappoint. When you need your face smashed in by awesome for twenty minutes.

Pioggia Nera – Danze dei Miserabili
I’m not well versed on the history of Italian hardcore punk or death rock. It seems Pioggia Nera are. This band is described as a throwback to the late 70’s and 80’s era of Italian “cemetery” punk. To my ears it sounds like a combination of The Misfits, The Damned, The Germs, early Anarcho stuff like Crass and some crust stuff like Amebix with some Killing Joke, filtered through a thin layer of early Norwegian black metal. It’s worth a listen just for that alone.

Infernal War – Axiom
Well this is a megaton bomb of fucking face smashing. Polish blackened death metal that just destroys. This has been in constant rotation since hearing it.

All the Other Jams:

Hamleypa – Im Morgen von Einst
Napalm Death – Apex Predator-Easy Meat
Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory
Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours
Ranger – Where Evil Dwells
Sorcerer – In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
Clover Hoof – A Sultan’s Ransom
Solstice – New Dark Age
Rapture – Futile
Endlichkeit – I-II
Endlichkeit – III-V
Endlichkeit – VI-VIII
Sun Worship – Elder Giants
King Dude – King Dude
Scott H. Biram – Nothin’ But Blood

Until next week…