As I type this my fair city has fallen under fog, rain and gloom and I love it. Metal is the perfect soundtrack for the season. Again, the awesome metal chain keeps rolling with some incredible new releases. This week brought us the much anticipated new Inquisition album Obscure Verses for the Multiverse and it didn’t disappoint. That band is incredible every outing and yes the “croakles” are awesome. Also this week saw the release of Twilight of the Gods new album Fire on the Mountain. Classic Bathory worship from some amazing players like Alan Averill (Primordial), Patrik Lindgren (Thyrfing) and Nick Barker (ex-Cradle Of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Testament, ex-Exodus) just killing it on drums like usual. I think this trend will probably keep up through the end of the year. Maybe I’m just not discriminating enough but there is just so much incredible music out there I feel like I’m missing out.
The Fall favorites started making their way into the playlist this week. Standards like Wolves in the Throne Room, Mercyful Fate, Satyricon and Root popped up and even some more recent favorites like Red Fang’s Murder the Mountains. I’m sure more of these newer awesome albums will make it into my season listening from now on. On to the list!
I tried this album out on a whim based on the cover art and a review. I have a soft spot for well done classic cheesy metal and this rubs that spot in just the right way. This sort of metal comes off very easily as cheesy (and it kind of is) but the musicianship is stunning. Good stuff here.
This was another of my highly anticipated new releases of the year. A couple of years ago when Inquisition released their incredible album Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm it generated a ton of buzz but it came with a warning about lead singer Dagon’s deadpan “croaking” vocals. The vocals make for a unique experience with this band and compliment the frenzied music they accompany. Obscure Verses for the Multiverse is no doubt an Inquisition album but when you band is so good at what you do you don’t need to make leaps and bounds. Inquisition is firing on all keys all the time and the new album did not disappoint.
How can you not listen to Mercyful Fate in the Fall? And that Metallica cover doesn’t count. Get in the spirit of the season with some wailing courtesy of King Diamond and some absolutely incredible guitar shredding courtesy of Hank Shermann and Michael Denner. Let the evil possess you!
An absolute perennial favorite. To me Wolves in the Throne Room’s music perfectly personifies the fall season. It’s hard not to be aware of nature this time of year as the weather drastically changes and everything starts to change color and die. Wolves music is extremely nature focused and while to the unaccustomed ear may sound like nothing more than shrieking and shrill guitar, there is a sublime beauty to the music and a calming affect a equate with this time of year.
I was watching some Black Metal documentaries on YouTube this week and Gorgoroth is featured in almost everyone of them. Not sure why they are the go to band for these sorts of things but what the heck. I’m not the biggest Gorgoroth fan but I enjoy their straight forward, blasting, satanic brand of black metal. Good stuff for the season.
There’s nothing particularly seasonal about this album but for some reason it sounds good in the fall. Not usually my type of music but these guys right some great songs and have a soft spoken sense of humor about them I dig. I’m anxious for the new album.
This album is amazing. Amebix is a band that changes and progresses like no other band and leaves lesser bands in their wake scratching their heads wondering how they got schooled by a bunch of old british guys. In a just world Amebix would be one of the best bands of all time. A fall favorite for sure but anything Amebix is good all year round.
Tribulation – The Horror
While Heaven Wept – Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Adverse Sefira – Advent Parallax
Gwar – Battle Maximus
Shining – 8 1/2 Feberdrommar I Vaket Tillstan
Abigor – Supreme Immortal Art
Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain
Old Man Charlie – The Absent King of the Earth
Russian Red – I Love Your Glasses
Posthum – Lights Out
Grave Miasma – Odori Sepulcrorum
Abigor – Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
Prosanctus Inferi – Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
Burzum – Filosofem
Death – Scream Bloody Gore
Windir – Arntor
Root – The Book
Tsjuder – Desert Northern Hell
Satyricon – Nemesis Divina
Urfaust – Der freiwillige Bettler
Stay Creepy My Friends!