There wasn’t much on my radar this week so I spent most of the time checking out new recommendations and new things I’ve stumbled on that I haven’t given enough time to. Also put some non-metal stuff in my ears this week. GASP! Calm down, it’ll be ok. Speaking of, going to check out Mutoid Man live this weekend. Looking forward to that. Otherwise, here’s some music to jam…

NEW STUFF: (Click those title links, suckers)

Skyeater – The Maw of Time
Pretty typical ominous black metal with a nice doom element thrown in. Not much to say really. Just pretty ok.

Jute Gyte – Oviri
Jute Gyte is making some of the most unique, complicated, challenging, and captivating metal out there. If you’re familiar with Jute Gyte and his microtonal, layered architecture of sound you’ll know that this new album builds on that style. I found this one to be slightly more aggressive than usual, with more straight forward riffing actually. While this one runs the longest of his full-lengths it doesn’t really feel long but more of an exploration of sound. It’s a heady album, like the rest of his, and a worthwhile challenge to delve into but you need to really focus on it.

Ever Circling Wolves – Of Woe
Some slightly eclectic death/doom, but not so straight forward. It’s got a nasty, vaguely sleazy, slightly progressive and post bend to it that makes it more intriguing than most death doom. It’s a bit meandering at times but overall it’s fairly solid with some unique punctuations.

Ragana – You Take Nothing
Emotional two piece black metal band oozing with crust angst and post black metal atmosphere. Fairly decent. Particularly enjoy the angry clean vocals that sound so desperate when contrasted with the black metal screaming.

Amiensus – All Paths Lead to Death EP
Not sure why they didn’t take a little extra time with this and make it a full-length, but what the hell, it’s still a fairly solid EP. Amiensus are relying more on their death metal side, with slightly hardcore-ish tendencies, which I don’t care for, but when they’re firing on the progressive, black metal side of things, it’s fucking awesome.

Samsara – When the Soul Leaves the Body
It’s gonna be a tough trick to top that new Loss album in the funeral doom department but Slovakia’s Samsara sure is giving them a run for it’s money. While the band is rooted in funeral doom and that’s its overall force, they conjure a majestic, atmospheric, melodic, slightly gothic/theatrical sound as well, which works well nestled in the darker and crunchier side of their funeral doom. It’s more uplifting for a funeral doom album, I’d say, only because of the warmth of the album. Pretty fucking good and may be the solid second best funeral doom album of the year.

Selbst – Selbst
I read a review where one part describes this album as “achieving heights of bombastic yet apocalyptic grandeur, the songs boiling over over into volcanic surges of sweeping majesty…” That perfectly encompasses this album and I can’t think of words that do it more justice. This album fucking slays. Coming seemingly out of nowhere, it’s chillingly ominous, perilously dark, unendingly captivating, and soaringly beautiful.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Sidelong
Boozy, twangy, miserable country music. Satan even makes an appearance! Good stuff here.

Colter Wall – Colter Wall
I can’t believe that voice is coming out of a 21 year old. His voice is a heavy and soulful that’ll make your heart weep like you skinned your knee. Incredible song writer and sad bastard country music if ever there was any.

Blind Guardian – Live Beyond the Spheres
What can I really say? It’s Blind Guardian playing some of their best songs for damn near three hours. I’m not much of a live album kind of guy and this really doesn’t change that, but I’m a goofy Blind Guardian fanboy so I needed to hear this, and yeah, they sound great, and it’s full of songs I wished they played both times I saw them live, and it’s fucking Blind Guardian. It makes me want to see them again.

OTHER JAMS:

Avenger – Fall of Devotion, Wrath and Blasphemy
Weaponizer – Lawless Age
Vestige of Virtue – Sophia
Argus – Beyond the Martyrs
Procession – To Reap Heavens Apart
Weaponizer – Lawless Age
Kreator – Gods of Violence
Blind Guardian – Battalions of Fear
Blind Guardian – Follow the Blind
Panphage – Drengskapr
Sons of Crom – Riddle of Steel
Sons of Crom – Conqueror EP
Paradise Lost – One Second 20th Anniversary Remaster
Blind Guardian – Tales From the Twilight World
Blind Guardian – Somewhere Far Beyond

Until next time, make mine metal!

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