My head is still reeling from seeing Falls of Rauros live last night. Fucking blew my little mind right out of my skull. They were part of a bill with some amazing local Denver bands Khemmis, Dreadnought, and Wayfarer, who’s new album is fucking excellent. It was a killer time and all the bands fucking destroyed.

None of them, however, had new albums this week, and that’s what these posts are all about. ANOTHER excellent week for new metal. This week was mostly full of new discoveries for me. That seems to be the trend for this year, new bands just crushing it. Got the new Inter Arma and Sivyj Yar. One I liked. You’ll see:

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles, fucking click them)

Sheidim – Shrines of the Void
Dark Descent is a label that’ll I almost always check out whatever new they’ve got. Sheidim sort of slipped by my radar on the release front but I caught up with it. It would be hard to talk about this album without Watain comparisons, so I’m not going to. This sounds like Watain. Older Watain to be exact, with a bit more tribal aspect to it. Particularly the drums. I love Watain so I’m not saying this is a bad thing but it’s damn close. Tons of bands start off worshipping at the feet of their inspirations and given this is Sheidim’s first album, it’s a damn good effort. I hope they find more of their own path on the follow up as I think it could be something really killer.

Arete – Demo
This has been on my list for a while and I just got around to checking it out. I forgot why it was on my list but after a little research I’m certain it was because the band is (from what I can tell) from Colorado and is some killer, atmospheric as fuck black metal. Highly folky, highly atmospheric, highly nature oriented, this is a solid two song demo. I’ll be looking forward to a full-length from this band.

Countess – Fires of Destiny
Another long-running black metal band that I’ve just now discovered. I can’t comment on they’re fast catalog but this new one is like a traditional rock and roll approach to black metal, synth/keyboard heavy, and catchy as fuck. They seem to have a lot of negative reviews from their past couple albums but I dig this one. Good fun.

Insane Vesper – Layil
A French band that sounds like the love child of old Mayhem and MGLA, but not as good as either. It’s still a good listen though and has some interesting and catchy songs but it’s just ok. Nothing wrong with that.

Hermodr – The Darkness of December
A lo-fi, minimalistic, Burzum-ish, atmospheric, Swedish black metal, one man band. My buddy sent this to me as I was checking the band out so I took that as a sign. Some beautiful passages and I dig the tinny, lo-fi approach on this one as it doesn’t really sound like bad production but intentional to match the feeling of the album. Probably not an everyday listen but good for when I’m in the mood for this kind of black metal.

Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows
I keep trying to like this band but it’s just not quite there for me. I mean, I don’t dislike them but I don’t get excited about them as a lot of people seem to. There are some good, doom heavy moments on this album but it just drags on for me. Oh well.

Void Omnia – Dying Light
Holy fuck this one is a ripper. Like atmospheric/ethereal black metal on speed. Highly furious, melodic and fucking killer!

Sivyj Yar – The Unmourned Past EP
This band just gets better and better with each release. Even though this is just an EP, it’s 20 minutes of significant atmospheric black metal beauty. The final part in a series of releases called “The Peasant Trilogy” these two songs are full of heart-swelling melodies, utter despair, but a sense of peace. Fucking amazing band.

OTHER JAMS:

Vex – Sky Exile
Bal-Sagoth – Starfire Burning Upon the Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule
Vemod – Venter pa stormene
Dismember – Massive Killing Capacity
Woman is the Earth – Torch of Our Final Night
Hail – Frozen Grave
Savage Master – With Whips and Chains
Bathory – Twilight of the Gods
Denner / Shermann – Masters of Evil
Deceased – Fearless Undead Machines
October 31 – The Fire Awaits You
Wayfarer – Old Souls

Until Next Time…

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