June continues it’s unrelenting march as it’s pummels us with it’s desire to be the longest fucking month ever. At least that means more opportunities for killer fucking metal. This week so some killer releases and a couple that I was highly anticipating. Another solid week in the land of metal.

On a side note, tomorrow night I’ll be attending the TRVE Brewing Third Anniversary show. There’s a slew of bands playing. Horrendous, Wayfarer, Noisem, Bell Witch and Khemmis are the bands I’m most interested in seeing. Here’s to metal!


Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields
Beautiful, mournful, crushing funeral doom. My only previous experience with this band is their 2001 album Angels of Distress album which I was a fan of. My buddy said this one was awesome so I gave it a shot. It’s awesome.

False – Untitled
I think there was a fair amount of anticipation for this album based on their previous EP, split album and performance at last year’s Gilead Fest. I loved their first EP and yes, my expectations were high for this and it didn’t disappoint. Blistering, seething, beautiful black metal. The name of the game is intensity and this album delivers that for damn near an hour. Creative songs, great vocals. Another example of how American black metal is taking charge. Well played, False.

Öxxö Xööx – Nämïdäë
Weird, experimental doom/goth? I’m not exactly where this one falls. It’s got a slight Arcturus bend to it, but not so black metal. The songs are interesting and creative and the lyrics are partially sung in English and a made up language. Leave it to the French. Good album, if not an everyday sort of listen.

A Pregnant Light – Neon White
I’ve been captivated by every release from this one man band. He’s found a perfect mixture of black metal, punk, and (Satan forbid) Morrissy. It’s more post or goth, in the vein of later era Killing Joke but less harsh, with more cheer, if you could say that. His cover of Nick Cave’s “Abattoir Blues” is superb and that’s saying a lot as the only other musician I can think of that has handled a Nick Cave cover well is Johnny Cash.

Secrets of the Sky – Pathway
Some fun, by the books, death/doom. Heavy on the doom side with a healthy serving of Paradise Lost.

Doomed – Wrath Monolith
It’s pretty on the nose to name your doom band “Doomed.” This one didn’t really click with me.

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Prometheus-Symphonia Ignis Divinus
This is chalk-full of all the bombastic, over the top, cheesetastic, symphony ladened, Italian power metal one would expect from Luca Turill and an album named like such. I love it, it’s so crazy ridiculous, and to top it all off, they cover Riot’s “Thundersteel.” Radness.

Vanum – Realm of Sacrifice
What happens when you mix members of Ash Borer, Fells Voices and Vorde? You get all the awesome qualities of those bands, mashed up and spat out as Vanum. Beautiful American black metal. A bit of a Wolves in the Throne Room vibe to it. I dig it. I dig it a lot. Also, you should probably check out these dudes other bands. If you like awesome.

Watain – Tonight We Raise Our Cups and Toast in Angels Blood – A Tribute to Bathory
This is more of a curiosity for me as I don’t typically like live albums. If you listen to Watain you can tell they are highly influenced by Bathory so I was curious to see how they handle an entire set of killer Bathory tracks. No surprise, they kill it, even if the recording is a bit subpar. Mostly just for fun but if you want to hear a great band cover an even greater band, this is the album for you.


Feral – Where Dead Dreams Dwell
Horn – Jahreszeiten
Horn – Die Kraft der Szenarien
Melechesh – Enki
A Forest of Stars – Beware the Sword You Cannot See
Bolt Thrower – Realm of Chaos
Verge – Sex & Violence
Vintersemestre – Kirkkokyrpa
Necrophobic – Darkside
Horrendous – Ecdysis
Entrails – Obliteration

Until Next Week…