Markabah – Moloch

Noise, progressive rock, and jazz come together on this new Merkabah album, Moloch. I’m just starting to listen to this thing, and am pretty stunned by how tight, twisted, and volatile these songs are. There’s some serious excitement in these tracks. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

Gridlink – Longhena

I’ll say it again: I’ve never been a huge fan of incredibly dense, cleanly produced metal. But I’m always ready to make exceptions for the right album, though. I think this new Gridlink LP is one of those moments. Man, is this thing brutal. The drums and vocals are absolutely relentless. This record brings Grindcore to a new level of shrillness and intensity.

While I know there are people–or goats–that’ll totally get off on how loud, extreme this record is, what I’m attracted to the most are the rich, melodic guitars. They’re complex, dizzying, and bring a lot of personality to the table. They really enhance the incredible rhythm section this album has backing it. Enjoy!

IDYLLS – Prayer for Terrene

Previously mentioned noise metal terrorists IDYLLS come through with a new record that actually rivals the hellish sonic pallet of their last release. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I mean, this thing even scratches some of the same itches the latest Indian record did, but a lot more violently, I think.

Get ready for some shrieking guitars, unrelenting blast beats, and some absolutely hideous vocals. Enjoy!

The Body – “To Carry the Seeds of Death within Me”

Well, here’s a video that’ll surely give you nightmares. As if their compositions weren’t terror-inducing enough, Portland avant-garde, experimental metal duo The Body have enlisted the demented talents of London musician The Haxan Cloak just to make sure their new album I Shall Die Here is even more fucked up than its predecessor, last year’s Christs, Redeemers.

“To Carry the Seeds of Death within Me” is a horrific piece by itself – The Haxan Cloak’s rumbling bass has certainly enhanced this quality of The Body’s music. But  then there’s the Richard Rankin-shot visuals that are attached to it, which depict a man staring into a mirror, preparing to perform some kind of invasive procedure on his head, and going on to cut in. Thanks a lot, The Body, Haxan Cloak, and Richard Rankin; I dedicate my loss of sleep and consequent delirium to you.

I Shall Die Here is due out April 1 via RVNG. It is currently streaming on Pitchfork. By the way, we’re masochists and loved The Haxan Cloak’s Excavation, which dropped last year:

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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Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation

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

Mantar – Death By Burning

The latest full-length album from the previously mentioned Mantar is now available for streaming via the widget embedded above.

Various shades of metal play into this ten tracks on this record: death, black, sludge, doom. And some of the riffs here have a faint rock ‘n’ roll vibe as well. Mantar certainly shows off a lot of diversity for a “band” that’s only got two members. Their exclusion of bass guitar doesn’t stop this record from sounding heavy as hell either.

While there isn’t exactly a lot of subtlety or layering going on here because of the stripped back instrumentation, Mantar’s infectious grooves and manic vocals still bring a lot to the table. Enjoy!

The Body – “Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain”

While I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the experimental metal duo The Body, I have to admit I admire their will to wildly experiment with each new release they put out. With previous releases incorporating choral groups and massive riffs, it would seem electronics are now a logical direction to move in, and the band has brought on music producer Bobby Krlic to make this happen. Assuming the darker side of underground music is your forte, you might already be familiar with Bob’s work under the name The Haxan Cloak. In my opinion, he dropped one of the more terrifying dark ambient records of last year, and he’s bringing a lot of those industrially tinged aesthetics to this new body song as well, “Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain.” Stream it via the widget above, and look out for this new Body album on April 1st via RVNG Intl. The Title: I Shall Die Herer, of course!

YUNOREVIEW: JANUARY 2014

A series of brief reviews dealing in records I didn’t get a chance to do a full review over the past month. Here, I touch down on the latest records from Dum Dum Girls, Warpaint, Cities Aviv, Alcest, Young The Giant, and more! Thank you for watching!

Mantar – “White Nights”

Metal duo Mantar drops the crushing and raw “White Nights,” which is a track from the duo’s forthcoming debut album on Svart Records. The title: Death By Burning. Charming, eh?

The LP is dropping next month, and features some heavy production showcasing a seamless blend of doom, sludge, black metal, and more. The music is dark, the vocals are raw, and the riffs are ferocious. Stream “White Nights” above, and twiddle your thumbs while this album gets ready to drop.