Take Over and Destroy – “Deep End” (Premiere)

Previously enjoyed Take Over And Destroy, a.k.a. TOAD, have a new album on the way titled Vacant Face. Considering I love loud, rowdy, melodic sludge metal, I am looking forward to the release of this new record.

The band has seen fit to allow yours truly to premiere one of the tracks on this new album, and I even got to pick it. “Deep End” was my choice. The track’s heavy floor toms and harmonized guitar melodies really caught my ear. The band even manages to work in some cleanly sung vocals toward the middle of the track. Yeah, they’re a little campy, but they get the job done.

An altogether solid track from TOAD, and a reason to look forward to Vacant Face. From what I understand, there’s no solid release date on this new album yet, but I’ll get it to you as soon as the band tells me. Enjoy!

Sólstafir – “Ótta”

A new track from Icelandic rock outfit Sólstafir. Over the years, the band has built an international reputation off its long, expansive, and epic songs. At nine minutes, this new track is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. It’s got every from glacial walls of guitar to a plucky little lead melody that sounds like it’s coming out of a banjo.

It’s a massive track with a tense finish. From what I’ve heard, this album is dropping lat August. Stay alert!

Wreck and Reference – Want

The previously reviewed music duo known as Wreck and Reference has a new album out. In case you’re unfamiliar with these guys, I’d steer clear of this album unless you’re looking for something supremely dark, tortured, and depressing. Beyond the emotional aspects of the music is the seamless blend of influences that come together in the album streaming via the widget above. Noise, black metal, goth rock, and more are stirred into a hellish cauldron that I can’t wait to make a review about. Enjoy!

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun

Metal outfit Mastodon drops the significantly more likable sequel to 2011′s The Hunter.

Godflesh – Decline and Fall EP

Famed industrial metal outfit Godflesh is back with a new EP, which I understand is just a taster for an album that’s to come later this year titled A World Lit Only By Fire. It’ll be the band’s first record in over ten years, and they’re sounding heavier than ever on this new EP, so I’m seeing no reason to be disappointed so far! Enjoy!

Idre – Self-Titled

Try out this new, two-song album from Oklahoma rock outfit Idre. Yeah, the first song is 26 minutes, but it’s an entertaining combo of various rock styles: gothic, experimental, post. There’s even a bit of doom mixed in there for good measure. Vocalist Ryan Davis doesn’t sound too unlike a young Michael Gira as well.

Trap Them – Blissfucker

Trap Them’s latest record might be loud, but the flavorless production and forgettable riffs do these songs no favors.

Eyehategod – Self-Titled

Famed sludge metal outfit Eyehategod is back with their first album in 14 years.

Vallenfyre – Splinters

The UK’s Vallenfyre brings together a slew of different death metal styles on this sophomore record of theirs, and feeds them through some incredibly heavy, pummeling production.

Bongripper – “Endless”

Chicago doom metal outfit Bongripper has a new album on the way titled–wait for it–Miserable. Yes, Miserable. I don’t think I’ve ever been excited for misery, but there’s a first for everything. You can pre-order the album here.

On this track from the new album, Bongripper is sounding monstrously heavy, slow, and ambitious, too. They manage to string this particular song out for 17 minutes, which isn’t too surprising considering the expansive song lengths on the band’s last record, Satan Worshipping Doom. Enjoy!