Well, after a couple of slow weeks, the new metal music train came roaring back this week mostly consisting of some great new doom albums. To be fair, BRAND new albums were a little light this week but I got some great recommendations for some new albums that had come out earlier this year, so I’m throwing them into the mix for this week’s new releases. Shall we? Endlichkeit’s Endlichkeit III-V and Vaiya’s Remnant Light got grim with some icy awesome, nature oriented black metal. Keeping the black metal ball rolling, we got some amazing, super atmospheric and super melodic albums in the form of Veldes’ Skyward, Eternal Valley’s Screams of Eternal Emptiness, Ad Infinitum’s Woven Within and the split release from Old Graves and Paths. These four are all killer albums and all examples of try as I may, I still miss some great stuff. Glad I found these. The doom was heavy this week, as you’ll see in the reviews but the most popular of the doom releases this week was probably Pallbearer’s Foundations of Burden. I thought their previous album was okay, but I’m not really sure why these guys are getting so much attention, especially considering the strength of some of the other doom albums coming out this year. Example A and B:
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
I wasn’t much into doom when Yob’s previous album came out and I think I neglected it a little to much because I’m really digging on their new one. I’m still not a HUGE doom fan but I’ve been trying to get into it more and sometimes I just want to listen to soon good, slow jam, epic doom. Yob fits the bill.
Cardinal Wyrm – Black Hole Gods
A lot of new doom metal this week. This one is more in line with the doom I really enjoy. IE Candlemass sort of cheesy, theatrical doom. This is a bit faster then the Yob album and I’m digging on the vocals and the fuzzed out guitars on this one. Not sure why Pallbearer keeps getting hailed as the saviors of doom.
Botanist – VI: Flora
I’m not sure what I was expecting from the new Botanist album. That’s kind of what I enjoy about this band. It’s hard to label them as they are all over the place musically with black metal maybe being the anchor. It’s definitely experimental and not music to casually listen to. The microtonal effect is back, which is kind of what Botanist has based their sound around, but the blackened parts have seemed to been reduced. There are beautifully haunting passages on Flora as Botanist dives deeper into the “post rock” side of the pool. It’s a crazy sound, both chaotic and serene at the same time so if you haven’t heard them before I would give them a try.
Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever
Another album on my highly anticipated list for the year. I really enjoyed their previous album Dragged From out Restless Trance but thought there was room for improvement. On Instinct, they stretched out the running time with some great songs, giving the music some breathing room and allowing them explore their sound some more. A swirl of classic black metal, post rock and atmospheric “cascadian” black metal makes for a good album. I think some other bands are crushing it this year that touch on similar ground, but this is a decent follow up though it may get lost in the mix this year.
Lucero – Live in Atlanta
I don’t really get into live albums. I can only think of two I really enjoy off the top of my head, Social Distortion’s Live at the Roxy and Mayhem’s Live in Leipzig, so I don’t really pay attention to live album releases. It takes a band I really love in order to get me to drop down some cash for a live album. Enter Lucero. Lucero are one of the best bands I’ve seen live, and I’ve seen them quite a few times. Each time they manage to out do themselves. They’ve been touring with a horn section the past couple years and adding them (and piano) into the old, bare bones classics, which I actually prefer to the recorded versions. Lucero is one of those bands that I think are better live and this live album perfectly captures one of their shows.
And the rest of this week’s jams:
Enthroned – Sovereigns
Obtained Enslavement – Witchcraft
Nasheim – Solens Vemod
Merkaba – Bones of the Sacred Forest
Winter of Sin – Violence Reigns Supreme
Sorgeldom – Inner Receivings
Mgla – With Hearts Toward None
Saiva – Finnmarkens Folk
Endlichkeit – Endlichkeit I-II
Ulvegr – The Call of Glacial Emptiness
Witherscape – The Inheritance
Perished – Seid
Nightwork – Diabolical Masquerade
So Hideous – Last Poem/First Light
Perished – Kark
Avichi – Catharsis Absolute
Der Weg einer Freiheit – Der Weg einer Freiheit
Hypocrisy – A Taste of Extreme Divinity
Hypocrisy – Penetralia
Until next time…
Stay Creepy My Friends!