Gruesome and abrasive, this new track from sludge metal hellions Indian is not for the faint of heart. “Rhetoric of No” is a dismal display of heaviness and aggression, offering no relief in terms of melody or even a catchy vocal. It’s an auditory beating that grows more intense as it continues. Uh, enjoy!
Some incredibly dense, layered, and technical death metal from the New York band Artificial Brain. “Absorbing Black Ignition” is the first song to drop from their forthcoming debut album, Labyrinth Constellation. The LP is currently looking at a February 18th release date on Profound Lore. I think there’s a lot to expect based on what’s being displayed on the track above. For one, the track is incredibly varied with guitars that crush, uplift, and wail with dissonance. There’s an interesting keyboard added to the last third of the song that breaks things up a bit, and the drums are absolutely insane. The percussion here is so fast, but the band has obviously opted for a more natural feel to their recording than some technical death metal bands out there these days. The atmospheric finish is a nice touch as well. Enjoy!
With the release of this new Behemoth song comes the announcement of the Polish black metal band’s next record, The Satanist. The album is currently looking at a February 3rd release date on Nuclear Blast, and the track that’s just been dropped has a symphonic quality to it. The band’s busy drums, grim riffs, and abrasive vocals show Behemoth sticking to their guns, but the added vocals, strings, and horns add a nice touch. While Behemoth isn’t the first and won’t the the last to incorporate lavish instrumentation into extreme metal, I thought this instance was well-executed. Enjoy!
Some punishing, atmospheric death metal from this new Geryon album. Some heavy production to boot from Colin Marston. Enjoy via the widget above!
Last month, Swedish metal outfit In Solitude put out its third studio album Sister, its most adventurous effort thus far. Case in point: The LP’s third track, “A Buried Sun;” a seven-minute-long piece of that exhibits band’s classic metal throwback sound, but with a welcome infusion of goth rock elements. Some of Hornper’s vocals actually smack of Michael Gira, and the song closes with almost a minute of solely vibraphone. With these elements alongside the classic metal riffs and twangy solos, In Solitude’s got an interesting thing going on. Stream it above and rock out!
Sister is out now via Metal Blade Records.
Chicago’s Weekend Nachos has never been a favorite of mine when it comes to the heavier side of modern music. I guess I’ve always felt their sound wasn’t that bold; however, it would be a shame not to share their new full-length of theirs, Still. After all, I was just violently bobbing my head to it’s heavy-as-all-hell grooves just yesterday. If you’re looking for a shot of aggression for aggression’s sake, fit into this thing. Enjoy!
Dallas metal duo Cara Neir has a slightly unorthodox combination of influences backed up with a hard-hitting sound. Sadly, their melody and riff writing could be a bit more adventurous.
Instrumental metal outfit Sannhet has a new, two-track EP out, which you can stream above and buy here. While not as atmospheric and thunderous as some of the tracks from the band’s Known Flood album earlier this year, I’m enjoying the anthemic melodies and purposeful drumming that flows throughout these two tracks–especially the second one. Putting out these tracks was definitely a nice move for Sannhet, keeping me interested in where their progression is moving in 2014.
While Toxic Holocaust’s latest album is a fast, hard-hitting combination of thrash metal and punk, I think I prefer their earlier releases due to a total lack of surprises and variety on this one.
While the third installment of Oranssi Pazuzu’s psychedelic approach to black metal isn’t bad, the band doesn’t venture into territory any more exciting than what they delivered on their debut album–even though some of the band’s longest material yet sits on this new LP.