I just want off this fucking planet. And I’m taking the metal with me. Here’s some new stuff from the week. Do whatever you want with it.

NEW JAMS: (Click those title links)

Howls of Ebb/Khthoniik Cerviiks – With Gangreen Edges / Voiidwarp
Two of the most intriguing and interesting death metal bands of the past couple years have been Howls of Ebb and Khthoniik Cerviiks, at least for me. Both are exploring new grounds and experimenting with weird, chaotic, dark, and foreboding elements so a split release with both bands only seems natural, and, it comes of as such. Howls of Ebb’s side is more chaotic and avant-garde, as I was expecting, as the band itself is more experimental than most but they still keep it together to make two harrowing and captivating songs on their side. Khthoniik is a bit more forward, only in comparison to Howls, as their songs are a bit more structured with some technical riffing going on that builds up the bizarre and sinister atmosphere. Both bands are ahead of the game and making some of the more interesting metal around these days and this split showcases just how exceptional they are.

Attic – Sanctimonious
If Judas Priest and King Diamond had a love child, Attic would be it’s name. Traditional heavy metal with all the theatrics and flair of King Diamond with some of the more driven, faster parts of Judas Priest. Dude sounds just like King but not quite as good. Straight forward, nothing new. Just some good fun.

Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon
Eluveitie was one of the very first “extreme” metal bands I heard and for that I’ll always have a weak spot for them regardless of my waining interest in recent years. However, I do like the acoustic, folk only songs they do and this is the sequel to their original Evocation album and it’s every bit as worthy and fluid as that. Classically arranged and performed songs, all with that “renaissance fair” vibe (for lack of a better word). Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it’s relaxing and pretty and I like that every once in a while.

Rebel Wizard – The Warning of One EP
Rebel Wizard has become one of my latest musical obsessions over the past year. Their “negative metal” sound, which is essentially a fuzzed out mix of punk, black metal, thrash, and nwobhm sounds like no other band around today and the songs are just so fucking catchy and fun. Instantly infectious and this new EP is no different.

Rebirth of Nefast – Tabernaculum
Randomly stumbled on to this band and knowing they’re from Iceland I had to give them a shot. What I found was a sinister, complex, black metal record full of eerie, haunting, and devastating music and sounds. Definitely an album that requires some headphones and repeat listening but the challenge is well worth the reward.

OTHER JAMS:

Hell – Hell
Neurosis – Pain of Mind
Green Carnation – Journey to the End of the Night
Lor – In Forgotten Sleep
Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
Amorphis – Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Kthoniik Verviiks – SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia)
Portrait – Crossroads
Demona – Metal Through The Time
Cormorant – Diaspora
Falconer – Black Moon Rising
Dark Funeral – Vobiscum Satanas
Evoken – Embrace the Emptiness
Planes Mistaken for Stars – Prey
Darkenhold – Memoria Sylvarum
Foreseen – Grave Danger
Attic – Sanctimonious (NEW)
Audn – Audn

Until next time, make mine metal!

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