Today the Wisconsin black metal troop released their “final album” and left it raw and uncut, like good hardcore porn. Shroud of Despondency released the album known as “Family Tomb” today on their Bandcamp page. I jammed it and was pleasantly greeted with all good things black metal including ominous guitar writing and keyboard driven atmospheric synth.
Dead In The Manger made an interesting entrance last year with the release of their debut, six-track EP, Transience. The band, who remain shrouded in anonymity, combined blistering black metal instrumentation with the ferocity and hyper-speed rhythms of grindcore. The six-movement record was immediate and dismal, as one would expect from a grind/black metal hybrid. To follow up that release, Dead In The Manger have crafted another six-track album that will, once again, drag you into the deepest depths of a blackened abyss.
When California sludge/doom outfit Black Sheep Wall announce the title of their third full length to be I’m Going to Kill Myself, my curiosity was piqued. When the doomsayers revealed the record’s cartoonish cover art, my anticipation grew further. This playfulness is something to be expected out of the same band who have songs by the names of “Lamb…Gayyyy” and “Ancient Fvck”. But the black comedy angle is merely a facade to lure the unexpected into a full 63 minutes of oppressive sludge that is no laughing matter. Colossal riffs unleash a relentlessly sadistic, repetitious beating that never seems to stop. It’s almost akin to be stricken with mental illness in which unhealthy thoughts constantly batter your psyche until you reach the point where committing suicide is the only thing that will bring you relief.
Born in the Year of Our Lord 2007 in the town of Idaho Falls melodic metallic hardcore quintet Outlet prepare to bequeath to the world the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 EP “Broken Is The Man, Vital Are The Missing Parts”. Consisting of 6 songs and spanning over 30 minutes the new EP “Memento Mori” contains in it just as emotion as it does math or heaviness, though it has plenty of all three. Slated for a Spring ’15 release in digital and physical formats on Glory Kid Ltd. “Memento Mori” marks a milestone in the development of Outlet as such innovations as the conservative use of clean, melodic, vocals and a light math influence are incorporated by the band, always in a subtle way.
Continue on after the break for a sample of Outlet’s maturation as a band in the form of their new song “Mortal Coil”. Streaming right now over at New Noise Magazine.
Blackened grindcore heathens Dead In The Manger will unleash their immensely vicious Cessation next Tuesday and if you cannot wait to get some of that sickeningly unholy grind, you can now stream the album in full! The good folks at Steel for Brains has unleashed all of Cessation. This album is soooo incredible. You’ve got to hear it. Check it out after the jump, thanks to SfB. Continue reading
Wovenwar, which is basically As I Lay Dying minus Tim Lambesis, add Oh, Sleeper guitarist as vocalist and mix well with a Metal Blade, released a really rad album last year and the band has now released a new music video. This video is for their track “Death To Rights” The video is quite cool, with a kaleidoscopic feel to it. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up the bands self-titled debut album, if you haven’t already. Continue reading
Hardcore titans Rotting Out will be releasing a new EP in early March and, like all of the bands material, it is sure to be grand. The band has recorded three new tracks and two Circle Jerks covers. I can’t wait to see what Rotting Out can do when tasked with covering Circle Jerks. Click on after the jump to check out the track list and a blurb from Rotting Out vocalist Walter Delgado. Continue reading
Chicagoan progressive post-metal quintet Taken By The Sun have announced the release of their self-titled debut album. The new album was tracked live at Electrical Audio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Yob, etc) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian). The self-titled effort will feature eight new tracks that fans of Neurosis, Mouth of the Architect, Rosetta and the like will surely salivate over. The album follows their 2013 debut EP, which can be streamed after the break. Taken By The Sun‘s artwork and track listing can be found below as well.
Taken By The Sun will be released independently on February 24.
Portuguese grind/crust outfit Simbiose have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Trapped, over at Ponto Alternativo. The track is entitled “Ignorância Colectiva” and it is full of thrashing, galloping crust that fans of Doom and the like will adore. Vocalist Jonhie says the new track “talks about the kind of people that just likes to criticise and say bad things about the others, but in reality don’t do nothing for anyone or to change anything!” Feel free to stream the new jam after the break.
Trapped will be released on March 15 via Anticorpos Records.
German deathgrinders Mörser have premiered the official video for their track “All to Suffer” from their upcoming album, V. The vile, face-melting grind anthem is set to clips of Russian scientist Sergei Brukhonenko’s experiments on a deceased dog’s severed head from the 1940’s film “Experiments in the Revival of Organisms”. The track and the film complement each other quite nicely, to say the least. Check out the video after the break.
V will be released on February 27.
Philadelphia/Brooklyn based grindcore outfit Unrest (Woe, Trenchrot, etc) have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, the aptly titled Grindcore, over at Apochs Metal Review. The track is titled “Quit” and features plenty of gore-splattered riffs and thrash grooves in the Nasum/Napalm Death vein. Stream the new track at this location and stream another track from the record, “Anything To Shock”, after the break.
Grindcore will be released on March 24 via Unspeakable Axe Records.
Hollow Earth have premiered the official video for their track “The Reclamation” over at Metal Injection. The track, which comes from the group’s 2014 debut Silent Graves, is set to a Nick Holland-directed (Diamond Dead Media) clip depicting a post-apocalyptic landscape. According to Hollow Earth frontman Steve Muczynski, the video “reflects the lyrics of the song and paints a picture of the post-apocalyptic world we’re currently headed toward with the decisions we make as a society.” Check out the video after the break as well as a stream of Silent Graves.
Portuguese post/sludge metal trio Wells Valley have premiered their debut full length, Matter as Regent, over at Decibel. The album features six lumbering tracks of elephantine proportions that are full of tremendous low-end sludge assaults and haunting atmospheres that envelop you in its deadly abyss. The album officially releases on February 7 via Bleak Recordings, but feel free to stream the record over at Decibel now.
photo by Christian Martin Weiss
Alkaloid, the new death metal behemoth spawned from the minds of ex-Necrophagist and Obscura members, have premiered a new track over at Metal Sucks. The sprawling, complex track is entitled “Cthulhu” and will appear on the group’s crowdfunded debut The Malkuth Grimoire, which will be self-released by the band this March. Stream the track for yourself here and stream the previously released track, “Carbon Phrases”, after the break.
Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) – Vocals, Guitars
Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, Ex-Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist) - Guitars
Danny Tunker (Aborted, Ex-God Dethroned) - Guitars
Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) - Bass
Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, Ex-Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist) - Drums
I fell in love with Dephosphorus a while back and have yet to let this band go. I absolutely love all of their music and their drive and integrity make them infinitely interesting. Haapoja are a band that I am not really familiar with, but plan to become that way. Dephosphorus‘s style is a crushing crusty black metal while Haapoja are more straight forward blackened madness. The bands will unleash a split LP and you can hear a track from each below. OH MY GOD. Continue reading