Good fucking week for metal. Damn good fucking week. And hey, new Star Wars trailer to boot. Not metal but it makes the week all that sweeter. Not feeling very wordy so just enjoy some great music from this week.

NEW STUFF: (Best to click those titles, suckers)

Craven Idol – The Shackles of Mammon
Sometimes nasty, filthy, black trash is what I need and Craven Idol does a killer job of bringing that. Nothing amazing here or revolutionary, just furious black thrash done the nasty way.

Azelisassath – Total Desecration of Existence
This isn’t so much new as it is finally being made available other than on cassette. If you aren’t familiar with Azelisassath it’s one of the more prominent projects from the guys behind Bekëth Nexëhmü, Mystik, and Trolldom. This is the more hateful, rawer take on black metal than the other projects, but just as awesome. These guys are always producing something interesting worth taking note of.

Satan’s Hollow – Satan’s Hollow
Think Christian Mistress, but faster. More speed metal than NWOBHM and less cultish, which is interesting considering their name is Satan’s Hollow, but overall a great singer with a good riffs and good energy. Not Christian Mistress good but they’ve got potential here.

Cloud Rat / CREVASSE Split
Cloud Rat shoot out another split of new songs, this time getting much more back to the grind elements of their eclectic sound. They clock in with four songs on this split totaling just about 6  minutes of fury. If you like Cloud Rat you’ll like this split. The other band, Crevasse, sounds like old 80’s hardcore punk to me but with more noise added. Didn’t do much for me.

Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness
And I thought Craven Idol was going to take the black thrash/speed trophy. Holy fuck this one is a kick in the fucking teeth. Just unrelenting black thrash attack fury with a heaping dose of speed metal sensibilities. So fucking good.

Glacial Tomb – Cognitive Erosion
Fucking nasty mix up of crust, black, doom, grind, and death metal. It’s not as disjointed as all that sounds but it is a bit chaotic, which suits the music. Pretty darn good for a first EP. And from Denver!

Sale Freux – Vindilis
I have another album by this band but I don’t recall what it sounded like. This is some lo fi, dismal, despairing, black metal. There’s a sense of melancholy here though with some of the more melodic riffs and acoustic guitars but for the most part it’s repetitive tremolo picked riffing and pained shrieks. All the songs are exactly eleven minutes and eleven seconds long but since the album is all in French I’ll never figure out the theme their going for. Pretty good if you’re in the mood for this sort of black metal.

Autumn Silence – Echoes in the Garden
This is actually a reissue of the band hereto unknown demo releases from 1991 and 1994. Autumn Silence is most notable for producing the drummer who would later go on to be King Diamond’s drummer but Autumn Silence were killing it with their Euro styled, progressive, power metal. Defenitly for fans of those early Fates Warning albums or the bombastic progressive power metal of Crimson Glory. Excellent music unearthed to rock again.

Dynfari – The Four Days of the Mind
It’s been a while since the Icelandic black metal scene poked it’s head out from the cold but when they do Dynfari is sure to get my attention. The band does that sold, atmospheric, folk-ish black metal that the Icelanders do so well and while on their last album they flirted with post rock elements, this one they went whole hog in. They still retain a lot of the black metal but this album is a quieter, more meditative album then the last. Still good, still awesome, the band is spreading their wings.

Hellwell – Behind the Demon’s Eyes
What? The solo project of Mark “The Shark” Shelton, vocalist and guitarist from Manilla fucking Road, you say? Sign me the fuck up. Not surprisingly, this fucking rocks. It’s Shelton and company doing tradition metal with some doom and thrash thrown in. Shelton goes for a low, growling vocal approach but his Manilla tones do come out here and there and as unmistakable as they are, you kind of wish new Manilla Road was this good. But let’s not forget the other member of this band, the fucking organs that saturate this whole album and give it a grand theatrical dramatic appeal. Even saying that, the organs aren’t overpowering and are an fluid part of the music which keeps it from getting pretentious, as bands with organs are want to do. It’s just killer metal from a great metal contributor with some great presence to it. Fucking right on.

Nightbringer – Terra Damnata
Goddamn if Nightbringer still isn’t one of the most compelling yet sinister black metal bands currently going. They take their time making new albums but when they do, they fucking nail it. Going for more bombastic and furious approach this time as opposed to the more dark corners of your mind atmospheric style they’re so good at, but that’s there too. At times it even gets a little Emperor-ish with the vocals and the orchestration but Nightbringer do Nightbringer so well. I’m glad this band exists and still fucking kills it.

Oranssi Pazuzu – Kevat/Varimyrsky EP
Speaking of bands that can do no wrong, Oranssi Pazuzu’s new EP is so dark and sinister it probably escaped a black hole. Love this band and their cosmic, psychedelic black metal approach. Like I said, this one is a bit darker than their already complex and foreboding sound but about halfway through the final track it picks up with a fairly upbeat and (gasp) catchy riff. Killer fucking band.

Foreseen – Grave Danger
Foreseen just blew right out of Finland with their nasty thrash debut a couple years ago so my anticipation for this follow up was fairly high. And… it’s damn good, maybe not as balls to the wall surprising as the first one but still, fucking killer nasty thrash in that old Kreator, by the seat of your pants style. Love the chaotic nature of that.

Keres – Book of Desire
Speaking of Finland, you may know Keres’ main man from his other projects like the consistently prolific Circle of Ouroborus, or his misanthropic black metal project Vordr. Keres is his slightly melodic, super lo-fi, black metal band that’s higher on lighter, ethereal side of things. Still raw and nasty though, I kind of prefer his other works but this one is pretty damn solid.

The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
Folk music heavy punk rock. You can definitely tell this band is Frank Turner fans. Good heart sting pulling, nostalgia heavy, remember the good ol’ days kind of songwriting, which I’m such a sap for.

OTHER JAMS:

Katatonia – Viva Emptiness
Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial
Heol Telwen – An Deiz Ruz
Bran Barr – Sidh
Katatonia – The Great Cold Distance
Dynfari – Vegferd Timans
Ishtar – Krig
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Bloody Master – Bloody Master

Until next time, make mine metal!

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