Nothing gets the pissed off juices flowing quit like doing your taxes. Thankfully the wide world of metal has plenty of useful new anger management tools on offer this week, so exhale slowly, repeat your mantra, and dive right in.
WHAT TO HEAR: The first stop this week is With Inexorable Suffering (Translation Loss), the sophomore full-length from Cali avant-death duo Our Place of Worship is SIlence. A veritable fun house of twisted death metal-isms—pick scrapes, funeral bells, dissonant chords, and more mid-tempo chug than you can shake an HM-2 at—Inexorable Suffering is arty, crushing, and fun (well, if you find sensory punishment fun, which I assume you do) all at once. That’s quite the razor-wire tightrope to walk, but Our Place of Worship is Silence do a lot with a little, so make sure to check this one out via bandcamp today.
After that, we blacken things up considerably with Monumental Heresy (Debemur Morti), the latest, impossibly epic full length from Norwegian blast beat cult Wallachia. Soaked in symphonic synth and cloaked in seething, melodic tremolo-scapes, Monumental Heresy storms one forest castle after the next over the course of its eight unabashed epics. So come for the bombast and stay for the pastoral pagan posturing, but whatever you do, don’t miss it.
Switching gears now, we take our attentions to South Beach, where 90s-indebted noise rockers Wrong are slinging their brand new full length, Feel Great (Relapse), around like a tire iron. Forged in the caustic East Coast smelts of Helmet and Unsane before them, Feel Great is a straight-up, no-bullshit rock record for a post-happiness world, blasting through one serrated, cathartic dirge after the next. Put on your slam-dancing shoes and give it a listen here.
Meanwhile, French black/death squad Autokrator have their latest buzzsaw of a full length, Hammer of the Heretics (Krucyator Productions), revved up and ready. A mix of splattery subterranean grind and burning black metal, Hammer of the Heretics is chaotic, but rarely at the expense of form, leaning on sinister melodies to balance out the David Bailey’s gorey gurgle. Make sure your tetanus shots are up to date, and then begin your descent via Decibel.
Slowing things down are long-running Norwegian funeral doom outfit, Omit, and their follow up to 2014’s Medusa Truth, Part 1, titled, unsurprisingly, Medusa Truth, Part 2 (Secret Quarters). Toeing the line between symphonic slowcore and actual doom, this one pairs nicely fellow metal adjacent releases this week, such as Actual Existence (The Flenser)—the sophomore full-length from instrumental post-rock project RLYR (featuring current and former members of Locrian, Russian Circles, and Pelican)—and The Alone Rush (Thrill Jockey), the new LP from experimental doom/drone vets Wrekmeister Harmonies.
Finally, wrap up the week with Messe Noire: Live Satanist (Metal Blade), a new live DVD/blu-ray from Behemoth that chronicles the theatrically anthropological death metal vets’ years-long tour cycle for The Satanist. If you somehow didn’t catch them on the road—either purposefully or accidentally—over the last few years, then this is pretty much the next best thing.
WHAT THE FUCK: Another weekend of live metal collides with some decent weather at long fucking last, so get out there and enjoy it tonight with Birdflesh/Malignancy at Brooklyn Bazaar, Covenant at QXT’s, and War on Women at Vitus. On Saturday, meanwhile, make sure to check out ELEFANTKILLER at La Boom, Little Ozzy at Lucky 13 Saloon, Coke Bust at Brooklyn Bazaar (upstairs), Meek is Murder at Brooklyn Bazaar (downstairs), The Acacia Strain at House of Independents, Leeway at Blackthorn 51, IDES at Clash Bar, and Russian Circles/King Woman at White Eagle Hall.
On Sunday, The Convalescence hit Blackthorn 51, Artificial Brain take their space-skronk to The Kingsland, Martin Rev and Wolf Eyes team up at Elsewhere, and RLYR zone out at Vitus with a little help from Fotocrime and Kevin Hufnagel. On Monday, Haan, Pillars, and Sunrot all hit Vitus for a cool one, while Tuesday welcomes that Russian Circles tour to Elsewhere, Impiety to Pista Bandas Unidas Oficial, and Heavy Traffic to Vitus. Wednesday finds the mighty Morbid Angel in the Tri State for a Starland Ballroom rager, accompanied by Carnifex at Gramercy Theatre, Chocolate at Gold Sounds, Metalachi at Debonair Music Hall, and Life of Agony at Saint Vitus. After all of that, Thursday wraps things up with Within the Ruins at The Kingsland, Soulfly/Nile at Gramercy Theatre, a second evening of Life of Agony at Vitus, and Ministry/Chelsea Wolfe—one of the weirdest, coolest tour twosomes of the year—at The Paramount.
WHAT THE FUCK: I know we don’t always see eye to eye with our punk brethren, but the green haired turtle—an Australian sub-species of river turtle that sports a bright green mohawk and looks just like that one dude you used to always bump into at Agnostic Front shows—joined the endangered species list this week and needs your help. If you’re still not interested in lending a helping hand across the aisle, also consider the fact this turtle also breathes through its genitals, which, come to think of it, is probably why it’s going extinct.