Pyre – “Merciless Disease”

Get your teeth gnashed and fists clenched! You might wanna light up a torch as well for this new Pyre track titled “Merciless Disease.” These guys are a metal outfit that hails from Russia, and their new LP, Human Hecatomb, will be out this month via Chaos Records.

Sonically, this track is a pretty standard portrayal of death metal and crust punk, but the songwriting and performance are just too awesome to disregard. The band has guts; there’s no debating that! It’s like they’ve somehow managed to indulge in some musical nostalgia while actually conjuring the excitement I get from listening to bands that were kingpins in the era of music that so obviously influences Pyre.

Bölzer – Soma

Swiss death metal outfit Bölzer drop another EP of grimy, blood-caked, old school death metal.

KARST – “Kistérségi / Regional”

Try out this track from the forthcoming KARST album. These guys fuse black metal and punk, and do a helluva job! The production is rawer than a skinned knee, the the vocals are absolutely ferocious. The black metal influences provide just enough melody to keep things interesting, and the performance on this particular track is especially ferocious.

This track comes off the band’s new album titled Lime Veins Bleed Rust. It’s self-released out available via the band’s Bandcamp page.

Panopticon – Roads to the North

The latest album from Panopticon not only combines black metal with bluegrass and American folk music, but it’s a bonafide musical epic as well.

Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestite

Wolves In the Throne Room come through with an electronic and ambient change of pace on this new record of theirs.

The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do The Heathen Rage?

Drew Daniel of Matmos embarks upon some truly unforseen black metal covers on this latest album of his under the Soft Pink Truth name.

Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare

Mayhem returns with a new record and an old school black metal sound.

Black Anvil – “Until the End”

New York black metal outfit Black Anvil has dropped a new single from its upcoming third full-length effort Hail Death. “Until the End” is the project’s third single and effectively confirms this new record to be the band’s most ambitious yet. Like the previous two singles, it clocks in at around seven minutes, longer than any song on their first two LPs; moreover, it contains beautifully harmonized guitar leads like  those within the disc’s nine-minute-long opener “Still Reborn.”

Give the track a listen above and look forward to Hail Death arriving on May 27 via Relapse Records.

Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere ft. Elliot Quinn

With fellow reviewer Elliot Quinn, I talk about the fifth full-length album from Portland blackened folk outfit Agalloch.

Mayhem – “VI.Sec.”

Next month, previously mentioned Norwegian black metal titan Mayhem will return with its first album in seven years, Esoteric Warfare. And as their label observes, they are indeed “back with a vengeance!” This latest track “VI.Sec.” goes through a number of brutal phases, whether the band be at semi-melodic crawl or amid a flurry of tremolo guitar and blast beats. The wretched vocals a little after the minute mark are particularly intense. I’d describe them as akin to the squawk of a velociraptor – abrasive stuff. Happy listening!

Esoteric Warfare is due out June 10 via Season of Mist. Stream another track “Trinity” here via Metal Insider.