Between global economic collapse, whispers of war in Korea, and other assorted chaos and destruction, this week began like it might just be the last. And although it now looks we will live to see another one, below lies a fitting soundtrack to apocalypse, should you want to keep one on hand. Plug in and enjoy.
WHAT TO BUY: While discussing Hate Eternal last week, I happened to mention Karl Sanders, and, as like a carrion call in the halls of some forsaken pyramid, Nile came running with their 7th full length, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast), in tow. Although precious little has been heard off the record, Sanders has called Unearthed a response to 2012’s “surgically clean” and “musicianship oriented” At The Gates of Sehu, saying it’s “aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting”. Whether that’s simply PR speak or something more remains to be seen, but needless to say, if you’re fan of the Nile sound (Egyptian-infused classic death metal), this one is an absolute must-hear.
That’s just the tip of the classics iceberg this week, however, with the return of Motörhead for their 22nd LP (not a typo), Bad Magic (UDR), looming like some unkillable slasher flick specter. Lemmy’s health problems over the few years have been both well documented and concerning, but The Guardian’s 5-song album preview happily finds the sex/drugs/rock HoFer in top form, grumbling and rumbling through a series rollicking bruisers that, in their ability to sound at once modern and familiar, further reinforce the importance of Motörhead in today’s metal climate. Battle cry or no, this one proves “born to lose” was never part of Lemmy’s vocabulary after all.
Finally, the last “dad band” you’ll have to listen to me blab on about this week is Pentagram, who are set to drop their new full length, Curious Volume (Peaceville), today. Spearheaded by the Bobby Liebling documentary, Last Days Here, the legendary doom pilgrims have enjoyed a late-career blast of relevancy over the last several years, and this salvo is certainly designed to capitalize on the favorable market conditions. That shouldn’t suggest that Pentagram are simply reading the tablature off the back of their pay checks (do bands still get those?), of course, but if you’re the skeptical type, give the full stream a listen and then get out there and catch their two-night Vitus stand in October. Something tells me that will convince you.
Want to know what the kids are listening to instead? Then check out A Means By Which To Break The Surface of the Real (Nothing Under The Sun), the latest sonic torture apparatus from local power electronics technician, Theologian. Featuring contributions from White Widows Pact frontman (and Saint Vitus mastermind) David Castillo, and Whorid’s Daniel Suffering, this one—along with recent output from the likes of Prurient and Alberich—feels like a harbinger of Brooklyn heavy to come, so make sure to check it out.
After that, keep the march of destruction rolling with Italian slam band Putridity‘s heinous, Eraserhead-themed concept LP, Ignomious Atonement (Willowtip Records). A head-on collision of Cannibal Corpse and Exhumed’s metaphorical tour vans, this one pukes up some of the most vile pit material I’ve heard all year, so come get splattered. If that doesn’t sound like a good time to you (pssh, weirdos), then perhaps Cavern‘s brooding, Baroness-inflected post rock—in fine form on their new record, Outsiders (Grimoire)—is the trip you’re looking for. If not, then, in the immortal words of Flava Flav, I can do nothing for ya, man.
WHAT TO SEE: My parents are in town this weekend, so get out there and party for me, starting tonight with Raven’s NWOHBM reprise at the Nihil Gallery and Silent Fest at Saint Vitus, which is sure to be anything but thanks to sets from So Hideous, Set and Setting, Bereft, and more. After that, Saturday comes in swinging with more shows than we can even begin to list, but Immortal Suffering at Even Flow, Steven Adler at Blackthorn 51, Geezer at Lucky 13 Saloon, and a free Eye of the Destroyer throwdown at Saint Vitus provide the highlights. Finally, beat your impending Monday melancholia into a pulp with a Hardcore Matinee at Lucky 13 Saloon featuring Urban Waste, Caught In A Trip, and Reason Enough.
The work week kicks into high gear on Monday night with Doomsday Mourning and Fire From the Gods at Nihil Gallery (big couple of days for you Gowanus metalheads), while Tuesday keeps the crazy train going with Cult of Luna and Kylesa at Gramercy Theatre and Youthquake at The Grand Victory. If you’re still alive after those, wrap things up with a Wednesday doom special featuring Drouth, Papacy, Sangharsha, and Mountain God at The Acheron or the much-anticipated arrival of Old Man Gloom at Saint Vitus on Thursday evening.
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