Megaton Leviathan – Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell

On their latest record, Megaton Leviathan fuses doom metal with post-rock.

YUNOREVIEW: NOVEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

These are the albums I touch down on:
Killjoy Club – Reindeer Games
Grouper – Ruins
Wiley – Snakes & Ladders
This Will Destroy You – Another Language
Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Twin Peaks – Wild Onion
Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind
At The Gates – At War With Reality
The Contortionist – Language
Jessie Ware – Tough Love

Kijinoise – Kijinoise XIV

Here’s something that caught my ears while wading through Bandcamp earlier today. Kijinoise is a Chinese musician who has been uploading projects quite prolifically since late last month, using solely a guitar to deliver a fuzzy fusion of drone, noise, progressive rock, doom, and free improvisational elements. The results haven’t been totally mind-blowing thus far, but I must say the textures of this self-titled debut are actually quite nice, almost achieving a Sunn O)))-level heaviness at points. Find this guy a label! In the meantime, I’ll just wait a few more days for another release.

Update: It appears as though all the above linked projects have been consolidated into this first one, since renamed Kijinoise XIV.

Megaton Leviathan – Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell

Megaton Leviathan is the Portland-based musical project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Andrew James Costa. Back in September, the act put out its sophomore full-length Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell, which consists of three lumbering pieces that smack of Godspeed You! Black Emperor with stoner rock and doom metal infusions. With this album, Megaton Leviathan comes off kind of like a bolder and more extravagant Pallbearer, so if you have the same reservations about that band as we’ve had, you may well come away from this project very satisfied.

Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell is out now via Seventh Rule.

Orbweaver – Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon

Try out this new EP from Florida technical death metal band Orbweater. The title certainly is a mouthful: Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon. You’re in for some fast, dizzying, interstellar guitars on this one. The playing is consistently flashy, but it usually only adds up into making these songs weirder and weirder. Orbweaver’s music may be grim, but also sounds like it takes place in the deepest recesses of space. Imagine the bloodiest slasher flick taking place on a stranded spaceship, and you’ll be most of the way there.

Stream Neuralnomicon above, and grab a vinyl copy of it here.

NehruvianDOOM – Self-Titled

DOOM and Bishop Nehru drop a collaborative album that’s disappointingly short on stand-out material and chemistry.

Earth – Primitive and Deadly

With some additional vocals from Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi, Earth embarks on another gloomy, psychedelic, guitar-led journey.

Stream Earth’s Primitive and Deadly

One of my favorite metal bands ever has seen fit to put its latest full-length album up on Bandcamp for all to hear and purchase. YES! AMAZING! GREAT! WOW! FANTASTIC! YES! YES! YES!

The music is right there, so I’ll just allow this gloomy, psychedelic monster speak for itself. If this album grips you, make sure to head back into Earth’s discography and check out releases like Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull, Hex, and Earth 2. Enjoy!

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer’s latest full-length draw out a lot of the same sounds and themes that played through the band’s debut album.

NehruvianDOOM – “OM”

For months, there’s been talk of an full-length collab between DOOM and Bishop Nehru, and we’re getting the first taste of it with the song embedded above, “OM.”

DOOM is a seasoned underground vet that’s known for his eccentric rhymes, classic output, and ominous mask. However, Nehru is a relative unknown in the hip hop world. The young New York MC hasn’t dropped many projects thus far, but DOOM has obviously heard some serious potential in Nehru–enough to risk collaborating on a project of this magnitude, anyway.

I think I’m hearing what DOOM’s hearing as well. Nehru comes off confident and charismatic on “OM,” and he’s got flow and some clever rhymes, too. Even though he doesn’t have the most distinctive voice in the game, I’ll chalk it up to being young for now, and excitedly wait for him to come into his own.

Favorite line: “Am I being idolized, or am I a pair of idol eyes?”