Relic Point – VIXI

Relic Point’s monstrous new LP VIXI is comprised of an hour of sludgy black metal, with elements of drone and doom thrown in for good measure. The Russian outfit proves itself to be adept at crafting downright monolithic pieces, the first two tracks nearing the 10 minute mark and the last track well breaching it. But the band thankfully offers some variety in that regard (mind you, not at all when it comes to aggression!), packing a huge punch as it mostly operates between the five and six minute range, also throwing in a couple of short droning interludes that also manage to come off abrasively. Check this nasty fucker out above!

Lord Mantis – “Body Choke”

Chicago metal outfit Lord Mantis is about to drop their third full-length on April 29th via Profound Lore, and this new track of theirs sets quite a tone.

I first heard of this band a year or so ago when they dropped Pervertor, which was a pretty intense set of blackened sludge songs. Intense, yes, but not all that memorable. However, I’m finding “Body Choke” to be much more gripping, abrasive, and heavy. Man, this track weighs a ton. It’s like slowly being crushed, and might give that new Indian album a run for it’s filthy, disgusting money.

To add to the insanity, this thing is almost nine minutes long, and pummels throughout. Enjoy!

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Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials

Sunn O))) & Ulver come together for a collaborative album whose recording process has been ongoing since 2008. Despite the short length of this thing, Terrestrials shows a balanced fusion of each artist’s sound.

Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation

New York’s Artificial Brain comes through with a galactic take on technical death metal on their debut album.

Dea Marica – Curse of the Haunted

A lot of death/doom heaviness packed into this debut album from London metal trio Dea Marica. Throughout Curse of the Haunted, frontman Riccardo Veronese’s voice is exceptionally powerful, whether it be clean and operatic or coarse and growled, and multi-instrumentalist Roberto Mura and drummer Marco craft some weighty, emotional arrangements. Give it a listen in full via the above widget through the group’s Bandcamp.

Bohren & Der Club of Gore – “Ganz Leise Kommt Die Nacht”

German gloom jazz quartet Bohren & Der Club of Gore have a new album out of some more of the moodiest “fahrstuhlmusik” (elevator music) you’re likely to ever hear. It’s called Piano Nights, and above you can check out the fittingly surreal and noir-style music video for cut “Ganz leise kommt die Nacht,” starring sax and keys player Christoph Clöser. Good night.

Calvaiire – Forceps

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USA out of Vietnam – Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes

Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, the latest project from hard-to-explain Montreal act USA out of Vietnam, is capable of scratching many musical itches at once. Here, the band combines elements of drone, doom, prog rock, and psych pop so seamlessly that the result is equally cohesive and bewildering. Press play on the widget above and let the droning psychedelic doom pop magic begin!

SubRosa – More Constant Than The Gods

More doom outfits should embrace the violin. That’s the lesson to be learned from More Constant than the Gods, the latest album from Salt Lake City experimental metal band SubRosa. The project is comprised of six hulking, behemoths of songs, nearly all breaching the ten minute mark and containing some massive doom metal grooves that nicely complement guitarist Rebecca’s and violinists Kim and Sarah’s forceful vocals. Check it!

If you dig on this, check out the band’s previous album, No Help For The Mighty Ones.

The Body – “To Attempt Openness”

Rhode Island sludge metal duo The Body have a new LP on the way in October via Thrill Jockey Records titled Christs, Redeemers, and the first track to drop from it is streaming above. Though The Body’s music still hangs within the realms of metal music, their sound feels noisier than ever with massive layers of fuzz caked onto the massive guitar riffs that drone throughout the track. However, The Body is no stranger to the more refined sounds in music, which is why there’s such a prominent choral group thrown atop the nearly unintelligible guitar phrasing in the first half of this thing. What the Body lacks in clarity is made up for in apocalypse. Enjoy!