March is officially upon us and winter has deceptively quitted here in Colorado. I’m sure we are not yet out of it’s icy clutches yet but for now winter is cutting us a break. Good thing the new metal is not as March promises to be an unwieldy beast of new releases. This week started to onslaught…
Krater – Urere
A black metal bulldozer that would appeal equally to the death metal crowd. This album is relentless in it’s drive and leverages death metal parts to further emphasize the brutality and crush your skull in. Not as rigid and mechanized as other German black metal, nor as atmospheric, it’s just a crusher. Awesome.
Sorcier Des Glaces – North
You know I have a love for Canadian, especially Quebec-area, black metal. Socier go for a straight forward, uncomplicated style of icy cold, frigid, windblown black metal that is equally parts early Norwegian style and Swedish style. The songwriting is so invigorating that it doesn’t bother me that they’re just keeping it simple, creating an atmosphere and doing some nice, freezing black metal.
Spheron – A Clockwork Universe
Some technically proficient and engaging death metal. There’s a sense of melancholy to the guitar leads, that play a bit with a progressive nature, that also reach levels of etherial wonder. This isn’t tech death for technicalities sake, and I appreciate that. Some of it is half baked and a bit repetitive but there’s a nice flow to the whole thing and it’s unique enough to stand out a bit from the crowd.
Savage Remains – Resistance is Futile!
Some straight up, kick ass horror themed punk. It reminds me of early 90’s punk and while the songs are all about horror, the horror doesn’t take over the music and they manage to find their own voice instead of ripping of the Misfits like so many of these bands do. Good fun.
Inverloch – Distance | Collapsed
Crushingly heavy and menacing doom. The weight of this one can’t be overstated. I imagine this is what it’s like to be at the bottom of the ocean, but what do you expect from former members of Disembowelment? Fucking rad.
Miasmal – Tides of Omniscience
Miasmal have another hard hitting death metal album on their hands here. They take the classic Swedish sound and run with it, not copying it, more like polishing it off with a new rag. Big, fat riffs, blazing solos and crushing vocals, this one is a hell of a lot of fun.
Sacrilegium – Anima Lucifera
A mere twenty years later, Sacrilegium is ready to release their sophomore record. A lot has happened in Polish black metal in two decades but Sacrilegium pick up right where they left off and feel right at place. Their slightly avant-garde take on black metal is played at breakneck speeds with adventurous riffs, drumming, and vocals that are tortured, crazy, and just perfect for this album. It’s good to know these guys still have the chops and that truly great black metal is indeed timeless. Fucking killer.
Satan – Life Sentence
Incursus – Eternal Funeral Trance
Angel Dust – Enlighten the Darkness
Dawnbringer – XX
Petrychor – Apocalyptic Witchcraft
Angel Dust – To Dust You Will Decay
Gorguts – Obscura
Cyclone Temple – I Hate Therefore I Am
Candlemass – King of the Grey Islands
Gorgoroth – Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
Marduk – Plague Angel
Exciter – Violence and Force
Rhapsody – Dawn of Victory
Until Next Time…