Fall will officially be upon us this Sunday! The weather is changing, the leaves are dying and the metal is roaring! A sense of nostalgia and exuberance always fills me this time of year and while I am not much of a seasonal person, I find that music of all things sounds different and really compliments the change of seasons. I have standbys that I always listen tot this time of year and it’s about time I bust them out. I haven’t gotten to much of it going yet but a couple that set the mood this week were Dimmu Borgir’s Death Cult Armageddon and Bathory’s Twilight of the Gods.
New awesome music continues to march on with one of my favorite bands, Gwar, releasing their new album. Gwar is great all year but I have strong memories associated with them and cold weather, particularly the Fall so this album is just right to kick of the season. This week I also found some great newer releases I missed form this year like the new Tribulation record The Formulas of Death, and Csejthe’s Réminiscence. I’m also horribly addicted to that new The Ruins of Beverast. It’s a monumental album . Ok on to the list.
What do you get when you cross Candlemass and viking era Bathory with a pinch of Power Metal. You get Atlantean Kodex. I keep reading awesome reviews of their newest album so I thought I would check out their only other album before the new one came out. It’s as epic as you imagine the love child of Candlemass and Bathory would be. Definitely will be picking up their newest one when it’s out.
I’m an unabashed Darkthrone fanboy so an unbiased look at their work is probably impossible. I’ve been a fan of their recent work and turn towards a more crusty speed metal sort of style. Circle the Wagons was great and I thought the follow up, Underground Resistance was just as awesome. Long, riff driven speed metal in that Darkthrone style. I think this one is getting buried under the awesome weight of amazing releases this year but it’s definitely worth a spin.
This may be a new Fall favorite. I gave their last album a spin last week, Moving Crosscurrent of Time (a concept album based on the book Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury) and enjoyed it but was informed this album was better so I thought I would give it a try. No fooling it’s better. They have a very atmospheric Opeth-ian doomy side to them with some great vocals. Seems like music that should be on while the leaves change and die.
A new discovery this week. They’re playing on the same bill as Watain when they come through Denver. Since they were the only band on that list I hadn’t heard (In Solitude being the other) I figured I should familiarize myself with them. All three bands are Swedish and while In Solitude has it’s own sort of Mercyful Fate, doomy, Candlemass thing going, you can hear a Watain influence in Tribulation. The Formulas of Death is their most recent album and while their last album The Horror is a very solid slab of Death Metal, this album is a departure form that. Delving more into melodic fused Death and Black Metal this album expands on their previous song writing abilities and takes the concept of Death Metal to a different place. More melodic, more elaborate, more narrative this album is phenomenal. A line up consisting of them, Watain and In Solitude is going to be something amazing to witness.
Sometimes what you need is a full frontal black metal assault. Just a barrage of instruments, tortured screams and blast beat drumming beyond human comprehension. If that sounds like something you would enjoy may I suggest Abigor’s Opus IV. Great band all around but this album is particularly ferocious.
Bathory is the perfect compliment to the Fall weather. Well they’re the perfect compliment to any time of year but in the Fall, with a slight chill in the air this music is transportive. Hail Bathory!
The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer
Averse Sefira – Advent Parrallax
Gwar – Battle Maximus
Kreator – Coma of Souls
Sael – The Sixth Extinction
Dimmu Borgir – Death Cult Armageddon
Nasum – Shift
Tribulation – The Horror
Vorum – Poisoned Void
Csejthe – Réminiscence
Vattnet Viskar – Sky Swallower
Vinterland – Welcome My Last Chapter
Monster Magnet – Mastermind
Stay Creepy My Friends!