Pyre – “Merciless Disease”

Get your teeth gnashed and fists clenched! You might wanna light up a torch as well for this new Pyre track titled “Merciless Disease.” These guys are a metal outfit that hails from Russia, and their new LP, Human Hecatomb, will be out this month via Chaos Records.

Sonically, this track is a pretty standard portrayal of death metal and crust punk, but the songwriting and performance are just too awesome to disregard. The band has guts; there’s no debating that! It’s like they’ve somehow managed to indulge in some musical nostalgia while actually conjuring the excitement I get from listening to bands that were kingpins in the era of music that so obviously influences Pyre.

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.

Save Us From The Archon – Thereafter

INSTRUMENTAL ROCK TIME!!! Pittsburgh’s Save Us From The Archon delivers some of the most intense and frighteningly tight math rock I’ve heard in a long time. The guitars and drums are absolutely dizzying on a lot of these tracks from their new LP, Thereafter.

These guys can really play their asses off, but the compositions on this album are also capable of serenity as well. Some gentle and beautiful guitar passages pour out of these songs when things settle down.

The music really fits the wintery setting displayed on the cover of this album. Sometimes music portrays a harsh blizzard, other times we’re getting a gorgeous, quiet landscape blanketed in white powder. Enjoy!

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.