If you want br00tal, you got it, starting with…
WHAT TO HEAR: THE RETURN OF MOTHERFUCKING DEVOURMENT GETINTHEPIT. That’s right, the brutal death metal pioneers and trailblazers for everyone from Skinless to Primitive Man are back with their punishing new full-length, Obscene Majesty (Relapse). More than just another batch of brutality, however, Obscene Majesty also sees the return of drummer Brad Fincher and vocalist Ruben Rosas for the first time since 1999’s Molesting the Decapitated. Speaking of which, go get your head torn off via Decibel right freaking now.
That isn’t the end of the suffering though. Not even close. Because next up is Odious Descent Into Decay (20 Buck Spin), the debut LP by decomposition-obsessed Seattle death metallers Cerebral Rot. New-school-old-school death metal acts are a dime a dozen these days, and Cerebral Rot even share members with one or two that don’t quite work for me (cough Fetid cough). But Cerebral Rot elevate themselves above the pack with drippy, dank atmosphere AND sinister frothing riffs. Tight production, while not a requisite with this kind of stuff, is used to good effect here, ensuring every breakdown churns with the vigor of a freshly charged bonesaw. Check it out if you dare.
Like Devourment, cult Kiwi war metal outfit Diocletian are also celebrating something of a family reunion today, getting dragged out of the mothballs after five long years for their latest offering of chaos, Amongst the Flames of a Burning God (Profound Lore). Frapping elements of death metal, hardcore, and black metal into one cacophonous sludge, Diocletian clearly haven’t lost a step, so make sure to give it a listen via bandcamp.
Once you’re done there, turn up the noize with the boyz from Uniform and The Body, who join forces for their second collaborative LP, Everything That Dies Some Day Comes Back (Sacred Bones). While that is indeed a Springsteen lyric, don’t expecting the comforting sounds of The Boss. Everything That Dies finds both The Body (noise) and Uniform (hardcore) meeting in the middle of their Venn diagram—scathing, crumbling, pulsing industrial—for a nightmare-inducing sound experiment. Pair that one with Animated Violence Mild (Sacred Bones), the latest schizophrenic, dancy blast of power electronics from Blanck Mass, and you have on one hell of a funky stew going.
Finally, wrap up the week with Atonement (Metal Blade), the 8th studio LP from Killswitch Engage. The lead single “Unleashed” sounds a little too close to “The End of Heartache” for comfort, but I honestly haven’t had the chance to dig much deeper than that, so go ahead check it out for yourself if Killswitch’s blend of off-kilter riffage and syrupy hooks is still doing it for you.
WHAT TO SEE: On the live fronts across the city, the shows fire up tonight with Wild Fest IV featuring Kill Your Idols at Amityville Music Hall, No Zodiac at Gold Sounds, The Cynics at Gran Torino, and Zakk Sabbath at the Warsaw. Saturday keeps the gravy train rolling with Pathology at Saint Vitus, Dead Roses at Joe’s Garage Bar, and an absolutely insane bill at Brooklyn Bazaar featuring Harm’s Way, Jesus Piece, Portrayal of Guilt, and Fuming Mouth, while Sunday closes the weekend curtains with Warwound at the Bazaar, AfterBirth at Rams American Pub, and a Cinema Cinema matinee at Vitus followed by The Acacia Strain at 8 p.m.
Monday is predictably sleepy before Tuesday picks things back up with Abysmal Lord/Vimur at Lucky 13 Saloon, Death Valley Girls at Vitus, and Kiss at Barclays Center. On Wednesday, get the ball rolling downhill again with The Mob at Saint Vitus and Master at The Kingsland, before things Thursday brings us back around to Friday with No/Mas at Lucky 13 Saloon, Automb at Ram’s American Pub, Vatican at Gold Sounds, Backstreet Abortions at The Kingsland, Crobot at Vitus, Grim Reaper at Debonair Music Hall, and Haram/Blu Anxiety at Brooklyn Bazaar.
WHAT THE FUCK: “Woman fends off cougar with heavy metal music.” I have not read the story behind that headline, never will, and do not need to.