We may be speeding headlong into the groupthink purgatory that is list season, but don’t worry, because there’s still plenty of fresh produce to go around…for now.
WHAT TO HEAR: The release week kicks off in fitting fashion with the return of funeral doom legends Evoken. Authors and orators of their new World War I epic, Hypnagogia (Profound Lore), Evoken re-establish themselves at the vanguard of sad, miserable music, albeit in a new way. The band’s first-ever concept album, Hypnagogia brings the trenches of the Western Front to horrible life with an achingly slow, unrelentingly melodic approach that drummer/lyrcist Vince Verkay says is custom built to be “emotionally exhausting.” If you want to have your insides pulled out through your earholes, get over to Kerrang! and check it out.
After that, dig into SLC’s hardcore crew Cult Leader and their caustic, Kurt Ballou-engineered sophomore LP, A Patient Man (Deathwish Inc.). Not content to simply churn out the same punishing post-Converge of their debut, however, A Patient Man finds Cult Leader, well, exercising a little more patience, typified by a quartet of largely clean, mid-tempo long-plays that eschew the band’s typical pit parties for something considerably more ambitious. Whether or not it totally comes off is another question, but you have to applaud the effort. Give it a listen via bandcamp and see if it works for you.
After that, turn your attention toward the frozen hellscapes of, um, later this month, where Wald Krypta’s full-length debut Nature Enigma (Death Eternal) is already howling into the winter void. The US/Canadian duo specialize in raw, stripped-down black metal that lives and dies by the almighty riff, and Nature Enigma is no exception, coursing through nine godless, lightless tracks in just over 40 minutes. If you prefer to keep your MBV and Darkthrone separate, then this one is for you.
After that, keep the pedal to the proverbial metal with Ulthar’s Cosmovore (20 Buck Spin), a frothing batch of new school black/death from members of Vastum, Void Omina, and more. If that doesn’t do the trick, then La Fine Cresce Da Dentro (Relapse), the seventh full-length from (and 30th anniversary celebration of) legendary Italian grinders Cripple Bastards definitely will. If you still have the itch after that, thrashy Finnish death dealers Vuohi can definitely scratch it with their new record, Witchcraft Warfare (Saturnal), as can Deathrite’s Nightmares Reign (Century Media), a little slice of vaguely proggy death/grind from the heart of the Rhineland.
Looking for a bit of breather after all that? Then check out two new slow burns in Vouna’s self-titled debut (Artemesia) and Myopic’s new, also eponymous LP (Grimoire). The former is a mossy, blackened brooder on Wolves in the Throne Room’s label and recorded at Wolves at the Throne Room’s Washington HQ while the latter—over three years in the making—can best be described as blackened post-doom, among a great deal many other things. Given them a listen and see if you make it out the other side.
Finally, wraps things up with Norrøne Spor (Indie Recordings), another solid offering of Viking metal from the solid Viking metal kings Einherjer and All That Remains’ Victim of the New Disease (Razor & Tie), which arrives just weeks after death of founding guitarist Oli Herbert. Even if it’s not your thing, go and pay your respects.
WHAT TO SEE: The shows go on tonight, starting with a sold-out Horrendous/Tomb Mold rager at Saint Vitus before careening through Cannibal Corpse/Hate Eternal at White Eagle Hall, Pummel at the Windjammer, Conforza at Lucky 13 Saloon, Swanky Tiger at The Footlight, Shackled at Shakers Pub, Single Mothers at The Kingsland, and a Ty Segall acoustic set at The Warsaw. On Saturday, check out Anaka at The Hideout, Winds Lord at Blackthorn 51, Vixen at the Westbury Theatre, Multiple Partners at Gussy’s, Headwound at Stanhope House, Assuming We Survive at Sunnyvale, Ingested at The Kingsland, Amigo the Devil at Vitus, and Skid Row at the Paramount, before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday with Hangman at Copa de Oro, ACxDC at Vitus, Anahata at Knitting Factory, Strife at The Kingsland, UN at Lucky 13 Saloon, and Municipal Waste/Nuclear Assault/Toxic Holocaust at the Warsaw.
Take the night off on Monday and then get back out there on Tuesday for Stimulant at Vitus and Wednesday for Saves the Day at the Warsaw and No/Mas at the Meatlocker. Finally, complete the weekly ouroboros with Spite at (le) Poisson Rouge, MC Lars at Sunnyvale, Obey the Brave at The Kingsland, and Bask at Saint Vitus.
WHAT THE FUCK: Have $10K just lying around? Waiting on the rare collision of metal and a good cause to drop it on? Well then hoo boy, do we have news for you. Anal Trump, the anti-Trump grind project of Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan and Pinback’s Rob Crow dropped their debut full-length, The First 100 Songs, not coincidentally on Tuesday, with all proceeds going to organizations—Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, et. al—that benefit mankind and piss off Donald Trump. Elevating this to WTF status, however, is the one-off, $10,000 deluxe version that comes with packaged with 100 separate 1” vinyls and a special miniature record player to spin them on. This is simultaneously the best and dumbest thing you can buy this week and we are all for it. In fact, let’s Crowdfund for it. Who’s with me?