This week provided a fairly reasonable of impressive new releases. I spent most of the week delving into these until Rolling Stone started streaming the new Chuck Ragan album Till Midnight which as expected, took over the later half of the week. Aside from the new Chuck Ragan I got my hands on Teitanblood’s Death, Sargeist’s Feeding the Crawling Shadows, Fluisteraars’s Dromers, Dodsferd’s The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race, Barbarian’s Faith Extinguisher, and Cara Neir’s The Overwatch EP.
Spring is upon us now and my listening habits will probably shift a bit. I have seasonal favorites for each season. I’m not sure why but I just seem to equate some albums with different times of the year. The first one of those season albums is I’s Between Two Worlds. Despite it’s cold and icy overtone I always associate that album with the spring. On to the list!
It’s no surprise that I’m completely taken with the new album. I’ve been a fan of Chuck’s work for years now and the man never disappoints. As much as I loved his last album, I feel his backing band really takes center stage on this album. That’s not to diminish their role any on the previous, but on Till Midnight they seem to gel more as a complete band as opposed to Chuck’s back up. This album is one of those rare experiences where you know it’s coming out, love the band, know their stuff is solid, and know the new album is going to be simply amazing and it is. I love when my expectations are not only met but far exceeded. That’s Chuck Ragan to a T.
It’s probably fairly appropriate that Teitanblood named their new album death, because that’s what it sounds like. It is an hour of skull pounding, frenzied, death metal chaos with tortured vocals hatefully spewed out. There is no slowing down, no low point, no calm before the storm, it just blasts out of the speakers until it stops. I found all this enjoyable, much more so then their last effort, Purging Tongues.
This is a pretty fun little dose of heavily punked up black metal, emphasis on the punk. 30 minutes including a Misfits cover of “We Are 1138.”
Cara Neir came out of nowhere this week with an awesome 12 minute EP. It’s a quick dose of blackened crust good for rattling the cobwebs out of your ears or in place of one of those 5 hour energy drinks. Best of all, it’s a pay what you want on Bandcamp.
Paradox – Tales of the Weird
Absu – The Sun of Tiphareth
Cara Neir – Portals to a Better, Dead World
Darkest Era – the Last Caress of Light
Primordial – To the Nameless Dead
Altar of Plagues – White Tomb
Sargeist – Feeding the Crawling Shadows
Fluisteraars – Dromers
Månegarm – Havets Vargar
Demons & Wizards – Demons & Wizards
Barbarian – Faith Extinguisher
Gravecode Nebula – Sempiternal Void
Tribulation – The Formulas of Death
Krigsgrav – Lux Capta Est
Woods of Ypres – Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Thrawsunblat – Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings
I – Between Two Worlds
Until next week…
Stay Creepy My Friends!