With the release of this new Behemoth song comes the announcement of the Polish black metal band’s next record, The Satanist. The album is currently looking at a February 3rd release date on Nuclear Blast, and the track that’s just been dropped has a symphonic quality to it. The band’s busy drums, grim riffs, and abrasive vocals show Behemoth sticking to their guns, but the added vocals, strings, and horns add a nice touch. While Behemoth isn’t the first and won’t the the last to incorporate lavish instrumentation into extreme metal, I thought this instance was well-executed. Enjoy!
Dallas metal duo Cara Neir has a slightly unorthodox combination of influences backed up with a hard-hitting sound. Sadly, their melody and riff writing could be a bit more adventurous.
Instrumental metal outfit Sannhet has a new, two-track EP out, which you can stream above and buy here. While not as atmospheric and thunderous as some of the tracks from the band’s Known Flood album earlier this year, I’m enjoying the anthemic melodies and purposeful drumming that flows throughout these two tracks–especially the second one. Putting out these tracks was definitely a nice move for Sannhet, keeping me interested in where their progression is moving in 2014.
While the third installment of Oranssi Pazuzu’s psychedelic approach to black metal isn’t bad, the band doesn’t venture into territory any more exciting than what they delivered on their debut album–even though some of the band’s longest material yet sits on this new LP.
After ten years of being a band, Kayo Dot releases what might be it’s gaudiest album. However, I can’t help but be enamored with the strong playing, ambitious concept, and impressive mix of influences most of the time.
Stream: Oranssi Pazuzu – “Vino Verso”
Finnish black metal outfit Oranssi Pazuzu is known for incorporating elements of psychedelic and space rock into its music, resulting in a listening experience that is as colorful and vibrant as it is bonecrushing. This bold esthetic is in full-force on the opening track to the band’s upcoming album Valonielu, “Vino Verso,” which you can stream above. Enjoy!
Valonielu will drop in North America on October 15 via 20 Buck Spin.
The one-man Finnish metal project known as Dødkvlt has dropped a surprising new track, and I say “surprising,” because Dødkvlt’s music typically gives off a pretty strong black metal vibe. However, he seems to be embracing some of the tenants of death metal on “Of Dust and Bones.” It’s not a bad thing either since the track features some pretty evil death growls! On top of that, the track features a pretty progressive structure, building the song up to nine minutes of multifaceted mayhem. Enjoy!
Commissioned for Tromsø Kulturhus, Messe I.X-VI.X is an epic and eclectic collaboration between Norwegian black metal outfit Ulver, the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, and the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Give the whole piece a listen above!
Take Over And Destroy’s new LP has a heavy sound, and takes an occult approach to black, sludge, and death metal that’s both seamless and hellish.
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Here is some particularly demented black metal hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland. With The Feral Wisdom, Wormlust has created a swirling barrage of epic, extreme compositions that was presumably conceived and recorded during the most intense peyote trip ever undergone by a group of Icelandic black metalists. Enjoy!