Wow, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks over at the Creephouse and our horror comics with our Kickstarter launching, my attending the Mile High Horror Film Fest and of course, the unrelenting onslaught of new music coming out this month. We were promised some incredible albums for the last part of the year and metal is living up to that promise. There was a ton of great releases that came out these past few weeks and a couple that came out earlier in the year that I missed, so let’s get to it!
Annthennath and Quintessence released a killer spilt album Eram quod es, eris quod sum, Nidsang’s crushingly released their black metal fury on Into the Womb of Dissolving Flames, and Polish black metal-ers Srogość dropped their blasting album, W Szaleństwie. Ashes released some awesome, ambient black metal with Hrēow, Temple of Void’s of Terror and the Supernatural is a nice slab of nasty death metal, and Sanctuary returned after a lenghty hiatus with their interesting new album The Year the Sun Died. Kiwi black metal-ers Bulletbelt got done and nasty with their new album Rise of the Banshees helping to strengthen the fact that some killer music is coming from New Zealand, Rigor Mortis are also back with their first album in over 20 years with Slaves to the Grave, and the one man Iranian black metal band From the Vastland is back with a new album Temple of Daeves, though I believe he filled in the other instruments with band members for this album. Cold Blue Mountain adds another awesome doom metal album to an already healthy doom-y year of releases with Old Blood, Eternum’s amazing The Devouring Descent just might be one of the best black metal releases of the year, and Horrendous follow up their incredible previous album with an even more impressive death metal album Ecdysis. Rancid continue their march into mediocrity with Honor is All We Know, Posthum keep up the awesome black metal with The Black Northern Ritual and Revocation get back to a more simplified death metal approach on Deathless. Tribulation side project band Stench released a nasty, grimy death metal album with Venture, Exodus try to out thrash everybody with the return of old time singer Steve Zetro on Blood in Blood Out, and Usurpress released Ordained, a decent death metal album with better cover art.
Blut aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry
I wasn’t sure how to feel about Blut aus Nord’s last cycle of albums (the 777 trilogy) with the clanging and noise elements. The thing about Blut aux Nord is they’ll keep you on your toes. This new one however is so damn good it almost hurts. More “traditional” black metal than their previous albums but still wholly Blut aus Nord. I see this being a fixture in most of the year end lists.
Falls of Rauros – Believe in No Coming Shore
I have been chomping at the bit all year round to get at this album and while the split with Panopticon earlier this year was enough to satisfy me for awhile, the knowledge of a looming new full length soon took over. Finally, this week the band put up a live stream of the album, and it’s without a doubt one of the most impressive albums I’ve ever heard. 2014 has supplied me with a couple of those and Falls of Rauros, with their unique and beautiful take on black metal have a masterpiece on their hands.
Mare Cognitum – Phobos Monolith
This album came out of nowhere (for me) and completely floored me. Another amazing example of how this genre of music constantly surprises, amazes and inspires me. Fantastic atmospheric black metal here from this one man band.
Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial
I know these guys are pretty cheesy, but I find their utter gleefulness about Satan, coupled with their bluesy, folky, rock n’ roll sound comforting.
October 31 – Bury the Hatchet
I was only turned on to these guys a month or so ago so I was excited to see they have a new album out. Some straight up, no frills, nasty heavy metal and with members also in Twisted Tower Dire and Deceased, how can you go wrong?
At the Gates – At War With Reality
Probably one of the biggest and most anticipated releases of the year. At the Gates have returned with their first new material in almost 20 years and if you believe the hype machine, people are expecting another Slaughter of the Soul. I was skeptical that they could deliver anything like that and, in my opinion, they haven’t. Now that’s not to say this isn’t a good album. In fact it’s pretty damn good, but taking in to account all the bands that At the Gates have inspired, or all the bands that have ripped them off in the past 20 years, and you get something that is a little played out. I’m not sure given where At the Gates are in their career if we can expect a great deal of experimenting or a metamorphosis but as far as standard “Gothenburg” melodic death metal goes, the new At the Gates would have been an amazing album in 1996. No, it’s just pretty darn good for a band releasing new material 20 years since their last effort.
Devin Townsend – Z2
Any time Devin releases a new album it’s cause for celebration. I’m a gushy Devin fanboy though so my review of his work is biased. This is a two disc album consisting of the follow up to Ziltoid the Omniscient and another disc more inline with what he was doing on Epicloud, which I loved. I enjoy the Ziltoid storyline and the follow up is fun, proving just how talented the man is by being able to go from the craziness that is Z2 to the etherial, beautiful and lush sound of Sky Blue. Sky Blue is probably my favorite of the two. I’ve said it before but I think Devin is the real life Wyld Stallyns having the power to bring peace and harmony to the universe.
And the rest of my playlist from the past couple weeks:
Waldgefluster – Meine Fesseln
Noisem – Consumed 7”
Slugde – Gastronomicon
Cir Scorpii – Monument
Malevolent Creation – The Fine Art of Murder
Sir Lord Baltimore – Kingdom Come
Malignancy – Ignorance is Bliss
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
Necrophagia – Cannibal Holocaust
Primordial – Imrama
Hour of Penance – Regicide
Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuss
Darkened Nocturn Slaughercult – Nocturn March
Cnoc An Tursa – The Giants of Auld
While Heaven Wept – Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Satan – Life Sentence
Revenge – Infiltration.Downfall.Death
Primordial – A Journey’s End
Eyehategod – Eyehategod
Primordial – Spirit the Earth Aflame
Devin Townsend – Ziltoid the Omniscient
Primordial – Storm Before Calm
Until next time…
Stay Creepy My Friends!