After a couple of slow weeks, the new releases came screeching back this week with some more of my highly anticipated albums and a couple of surprises. Let’s get into the new metal releases, shall we? Witch Mountain continues their cult like, 70’s throwback doom metal with Mobile of Angels just in time for fall, when this music sounds the best. Noisem’s Consumed 7” consists of one new track and 3 covers and is an awesome example of their no holds bar approach to thrash metal. Iceland continues to blow my mind with their black metal. This time it comes in the form of Sinmara’s Aphotic Womb, consisting of members from the equally as awesome Svartidaudi and Wormlust. I took a chance on Striker’s City of Gold and was pleasantly surprised by the classic/power metal sound. They aren’t breaking new ground but they songs are great. Jute Gyte is still at his bizarre, ecletic, experiment black metal style with Ressentiment.
Krieg – Transient
Given his tremendous output over the years, I’m fairly new to Krieg having only dabble in his catalog with The Black House and his various splits he’s been putting out recently, as well as his time in Twilight. I’ve enjoyed (minus the new Twilight) the work I’ve heard and his blog detailing the ins and outs of working in a record store day to day so I was eager to hear the new album. I’m not sure I had any expectation but the Transient is an awesome album. It’s a sobering, honest piece of USBM with tinges of post rock and crust thrown into the mix. Lightyears away from the new Twilight, this is Krieg’s moment this year.
Horned Almighty – World of Tombs
Another crushingly awesome album from the blasphemous Horned Almighty. These Danes sure know how to craft some evil, devastating and blistering black metal. It’s not so much straight forward black metal but merged with death metal, thrash metal and some of the primitive qualities of early black metal. Did not disappoint.
Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity
Another highly anticipated album for me this year. Winterfylleth deliver their awesome brand of English heritage, folk inspired black metal with great skill and passion. Both beautiful and brutal with incredible production. Add this to their already stellar catalog.
Sons of Crom – Conqueror EP
Sons of Crom – Victory EP
Some serious Bathory worship going on here, but unlike the other Bathory clones, they add enough to make it their own while still playing in the same sandbox as Bathory.
And the rest of this week’s playlist:
Blind Guardian – Follow the Blind
Discharge – Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing
October 32 – No Survivors
Cauldron – All or Nothing
Amebix – Sonic Mass
Cauldron – Burning Fortune
Skullview – Consequences of Failure
Crimson Shadows – Kings Among Men
Nekromantheon – Rise, Vulcan Spectre
Until next time…
Stay Creepy My Friends!