If any of you were lucky enough to get to Roadburn or Decibel’s inaugural Metal & Beer festival, I hope your hangovers are progressing nicely. For everyone else, well, here’s a little something to ease the pain.
WHAT TO HEAR: We are going to start this week with something a little different for TOGTE: Industrial. Whether through obliviousness or just a lack of genre-wide indifference, I haven’t seen a lot of full-on industrial come across the entirely proverbial desk in the two and a half years I’ve been writing this thing, but thankfully that changed a bit this week with Statiqbloom‘s Blue Moon Blood (Translation Loss Records). Hailing from right here in New York, Fade Kainer—Statiqbloom’s creative engine—has done stints in Tombs, Theologian, and more, but Blue Moon Blood is his first full-length offering under this sheet metal veil, echoing Godflesh, Ministry, and Broken-era NIN with equal and groovy aplomb. I can’t recommend this one enough, so get over to the Statiqbloom bandcamp and grab a copy.
After that, we take a hard turn north, where Swedish death metal myth, Sarcasm, are set to release just their second LP in 23 years, Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds (Dark Descent). To say this thing almost never came to be is an understatement—the band hadn’t been together since ’97, and once reforming in 2015, endured its fair share of deaths and walk-outs. One listen to Ethereal Minds, however, and it becomes clear that uncertainty is Sarcasm’s muse. Relentless and relentlessly catchy, this one, while not Gothenburg by trade, certainly retains a lot of that spirit, making it a must hear in a melodically agnostic modern death metal world. Check it out via bandcamp.
Keeping things Swedish now are Stockholm crust heathens Wolfbrigade and their latest flaming whip of Motörhead worship, Run With the Hunted (Southern Lord). If you like d-beats, beer, and more contemporary projects like Martyrdod and Kvelertak, then there’s no reason to keep this one off your Friday night playlist. If you’re looking for a slightly (ok, dramatically) more subdued affair, then check out Veldes‘s The Bitterness Prophecy (Razed Soul Productions), an atmospheric wash of black metal from the heart of Slovenia. That one is a little more winter than spring, but hey, you’re not going to find me turning down this stuff down no matter what time of the year it is.
If that doesn’t fully satisfy that black metal snowcone craving, then check out Havukruunnu‘s Kelle Surat Soi (Naturmacht Productions), a Finnish varietal with some serious pagan lineage. Oh, and All That Remains have a new album, Madness (Razor & Tie), that you probably shouldn’t listen to. It exists though, and that’s something.
Finally, in both old bands making new music and new bands making music that sounds old news, Finnish black metal stalwarts Barathrum have Fanatiko (Saturnal Records), their first record since 2005, ready to go, while new school Greek practitioners Cult of Eibon are set to unleash Lycan Twilight Sorcery (Iron Bonehead Records), a new EP of throwback gothic black metal that holds up with the best in the business. If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the European underground, these are a hell of a lot cheaper than plane tickets.
WHAT TO SEE: Showtime, what time is it?! The weekend kicks off tonight with Scattered Helmet at Blackthorn 51, Life of Agony at Irving Plaza, Cabinet at Gramercy Theatre, and a two-fer at Vitus headlined by Cellular Chaos at 8 and Kontravoid/Statiqbloom at 11. After that, Saturday keeps the wrecking ball rolling with Gorgatron at The Meatlocker, HVDEZ at Blackthorn 51, Shonen Knife at Sunnyvale, and ’90s noise rockers Cherubs at Saint Vitus, before Sunday rattles to a close with Hangover Fest at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Throw the Goat at Lucky 13 Saloon, and The Browning at Saint Vitus.
Once you crawl out of that smoking wreckage, check out Dad/A Deer A Horse at Vitus on Monday and Astronoid at Knitting Factory on Tuesday, which also features Stimulant, Kids Having Kids, and more at Saint Vitus. Wednesday, meanwhile, welcomes Super Snake to Vitus before Thursday wraps things up with Midnight Crisis at The Delancey, Debauched Beauty at Hunter College, and Dysrhythmia/Sabbath Assembly at Saint Vitus (because, where else would it be?)
WHAT THE FUCK: Sigh.