It’s weeks like this I love music more than usual. There is no slowing down the awesome new releases and I’m starting to get my hopes high for a groundbreaking new year of metal. The big one this week was obviously Behemoth’s new album The Satanist. I’m not a huge Behemoth fan but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. More below. Other new releases I got my hands on this week were Graveborne’s Through the Window of Night, Corpsessed’s Abysmal Thresholds, Avichi’s Catharsis Absolute, Skull Fist’s Chasing the Dream and Cloud Rat’s – Blind River, which is really just a collection of splits and eps but awesome nonetheless. Also I kept to my promise to listen to an album I neglect once a day. This week’s crop included At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease, Impaled Nazarene’s Suomi Finland Perkele, Woods of Desolation’s Toward the Depths, Watain’s Rabid Death Curse and Agrimonia’s self titled debut. The metal is strong…
I’ve never been much of a Behemoth fan. I can say I’ve enjoyed some of their work but don’t put much of my effort into them. I was curious about this new album of theirs so I gave it a shot this week. I think my problem with them is they were so overhyped and their songs were just sort of sloppy and all over the place. The Satanist finds their songs much more focussed and refined, they dip their toes back into the black metal roots of theirs from years ago and the production is a massive improvement giving some ground for them calling themselves Behemoth. If there is any full length album of theirs I enjoy all the way through, it’s this one.
Some awesome crust/doom in the same vein as Agrimonia. Not quit as dense or inspired but heading that direction. I hear they have a new one coming out which inspired me to check them out. They were compared to Agrimonia in the article so I had to hear it.
Dark Descent Records hits way more than it misses and continues to put out some of the most punishing death metal. Corpsessed may be a cheesy name but the music is intense, forceful and dirty black metal, just the way I like it.
Black metal may be going in all directions currently as purveyors of the genre are gaining more and more recognition. Some seem set on expanding what black metal can be and what it can mean while others relish in the past. A Darkenhold seem to revel in the older imagery of black metal. Corpse paint, spikes, trying to look ominous in a frosted forest, castles, torches, are all part of the fantastical imagery I enjoy about black metal and Darkenhold, whose music seems to focus on battling giant beasts and castles, paint that picture in vivid grim black and white.
Galdr – Ancient Lights From the Stars
So Hideous – Last Poem/First Light
Impaled Nazarene – Suomi Finland Perkele
Grand Magus – Triumph and Power
Woods of Desolation – As The Stars
Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
DGM – Momentum
At the Gates – Terminal Spirit Disease
Graveborne – Through the Window of the Night
Yellow Eyes – The Desert Mourns
Avichi – Catharsis Absolute
Skull Fist – Chasing the Dream
Cloud Rat – Moksha
Cloud Rat – Blind River
Blaze of Sorrow – Echi
Agrimonia – Agrimonia
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates Split
Watain – Rabid Death Curse
Iskald – Nedom og Nord
Woods of Desolation – Towards the Depths
Stay Creepy My Friends!