Holy fuck, it’s been a minute since I’ve updated this. Well I left the country for a while and now I’m back so here’s a HUGE round up of killer new metal from the past month or so.
Progenie Terrestre Pura – Starcross EP
This is supposed to be a companion piece to their previous album or something, I don’t know, but what I do know it it’s more space-centric, electronic black metal that Progenie does so well. I was surprised how affective the band is at a shorter length and the the constraints of an EP make them more focussed and have to better select where to put the electronics and soundscapes and surprisingly there’s more metal than on the last one. I dig this band and whatever they’re doing so this is another score for them.
Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
This is pretty much what I wanted from that new Watain album from earlier this year. Just some well written, well produced, furious as fuck and catchy as fuck, Swedish black metal. I know Arioch has a Marduk album coming out this year as well but this one is going to hard to top on the simply satisfying part.
A Sound of Thunder – It Was Metal
Ah, A Sound of Thunder. My favorite power metal band that I don’t keep up with. Again, a new album was a complete surprise to me, and to top that, there’s also an accompanying, original graphic novel based on every song from the new album. Seems fucking perfect for this band, and a long time coming considering they’re long history with comic books.
I fucking dig this band and their entire presence and packaging. They always have top notch art, a healthy love for comics, killer, empowering, tunes. They’re just fucking metal in the purest sense of the word and they fucking own it.
Cor Scorpii – Ruin
For those of you who don’t know, Cor Scorpii is one of the bands that spun off Windir after their demise, and if you don’t know Windir you need to go right this very fucking instant and get all of their albums and listen to them repeatedly. Like, fucking now. Ok, now that you’ve done that, here’s Cor Scorpii, a spiritual sibling to Windir. The new album only has one Windir player remaining, and after the 10 year wait between albums I’m not surprised some members left, but it’s very much in the vein of that folk inspired, nature oriented, melodic black metal that Windir so effortlessly mastered. Cor Scorpii’s modern production sound and a bit more “expanding” gives it it’s own flavor but it’s hard to deny the Windir presence that is so obvious on this album. Which is to say, it’s pretty fucking killer for a non Windir, Windir album.
Deletere – De Horae Leprae
Deletere are, in my mind, one of the bands at the forefront of that oh praised and cherished Quebec black metal scene. Less folk and nature oriented than their compatriots, Deletere mixes more orthodox stylings with that Quebec atmosphere and melody to make their medieval themed, dreary black metal. Fucking ear worm for sure.
Crystal Viper – At the Edge of Time EP
Just a quick dose of some of Crystal Vipers NWOBHM infused, battle ready power metal. Good for the band but wish it was a more realized full-length.
Vanhelga – Fredagsmys
Vangelga is a band I don’t spend much time with and have no real expectations of but I enjoy them when I listen to them so when the new album turned out to be really good it was a pleasant surprise. I can’t really comment on their developing sound because I don’t put much effort in to this band but the new one is highly emotional black metal without pouring over into the DSBM or atmospheric genres so much and keeps it’s own stark, yet melancholic approach firmly on the runway. Damn good for something I’ve invested very little in to.
Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
I’m not even going to get into all the drama that is Immortal over the past decade or so. Suffice to say Abbath left over legal shit and put out a crappy solo album. Demonaz came back to playing guitar and singing and put out this new Immortal album which is fucking killer and all the frosty, battle weary, riff heavy glory the band is known for. Super surprised how much this feels and sounds like Immortal. This fucking rules like Immortal used to. Fuck. Yes.
Hatchet – Dying to Exist
Hatchet doing their best to sound like a Bay Area thrash band, and succeeding, just there’s nothing really all that captivating about another re-thrash band sounding exactly like all the others. I swear this band once had promise but now it’s just middle of the road. Not terrible, certainly not great.
Marduk – Viktoria
I don’t think Marduk will ever top that early era but damn if they’re not continually consistent and continually endeavoring to be heavier and heavier with each new release. They still sound great and I’ll always welcome a new Marduk album because they never disappoint.
Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
Portuguese black metal that adds just enough originality to stand out amongst the hordes or throw back and cult worshippers. Undeniably black metal but with a unique and dismal take on some hardcore and sludge elements, Gaerea at least try to do something different, and succeed if you ask me, because this is a banger of an album.
Closet Witch – Closet Witch
Like a fucking gut punch of frenetic chaos, Closet Witch is a full on grind/punk attack of cacophony, though, expertly and emotionally well played. Killer.
Six Brew Bantha – Blight
Crazy furious, technical, crusted up and political, Canadian grind. Like a fucking kick to the head.
Frost Giant – The Harlot Star
A fairly adventurous mixing of death metal, folk metal, power metal, and some hardcore into a melodic, soaring, epic styled metal album. It’s a lot to mix and it may seem like it would be confusing but they’re pretty economical with the mixes and it never goes too far, which it could easily do. For my ears it’s more power metal and folk metal than anything but the heavier moments are there in the waiting. What it essentially is is fucking fun and infectious and a good summer album, despite the band name.
Septic Tank – Rotting Civilisation
So this is Lee Dorrian and essentially the line up of the 1994 version of Cathedral doing fucking rambunctious crust/punk/hardcore/crossover and it’s every bit as awesome as it sounds. The exact opposite of Cathedral’s doom swagger, Septic Tank crushes through a 40 minute punk/metal explosion. Similar in nature to this years Violation Wound, the awesome punk project from Autopsy’s main man Chris Reifert, it’s not something I was expecting, but it’s fucking killer in it’s stripped down, focussed blast.