WHAT TO BUY: We get things rolling today with the most seasonally appropriate record imaginable in Kauan‘s Sorni Nai (Blood Music). The latest slab of post-metal-enforced funeral doom from the lauded Russian and Ukrainian contingent, Sorni Nai tells the story of the Djatlov Pass Incident, in which the Soviet Government declared the death’s nine hikers in the Ural Mountains—who were found a mile from their campsite with fractured skulls, caved-in chests, and, in one case, a missing tongue—a result of “compelling natural forces” before promptly closing the case. Despite the gruesome subject matter, Sorni Nai, is more interested in telling a tale of loss than horror, so if you prefer your doom placid and mournful (and if the tale above sent you running for Reddit) then this one is a must hear by way of the free stream (below), physical copies, or both.
Next up is the offering from metal’s resident collab masters, The Body, who have teamed up with Chicago black metal vets Krieg for a twisted new full length, titled, as you’ve probably guessed, The Body & Krieg (At A Loss). An unforgiving lament on life and all of its daily horrors, this one—unlike The Body’s recent collaboration with Thou, which conjured a sound entirely its own—essentially sounds like The Body fronted by Neill Jameson because, for all intents and purposes, that’s precisely what it is. What that formula lacks in sonic surprises, however, it more than makes up for in conviction and execution, turning in one of the year’s most gnarled, yet listenable, extreme records in the process. If you’re a fan of either one of The Body & Krieg’s constituent parts, then file this one (and it’s constituent stream) under “essential” and keep moving onward into the dark.
And as long we are on the subject of crazy, ear-shredding mash ups, it also serves to mention the new split from Gnaw Their Tongues and Dragged Into Sunlight (Prosthetic). Fans of the Danish dungeon masters are surely still reeling from the band’s recent full length, Abyss of Longing Throats, but if you’re looking for some hideous, Hannibal-esque dessert, then this one is totally worth checking out. After that, strap on those combat boots and check Canadian “war metal” generals, Revenge, and their latest full length, Behold.Total.Rejection (Season of Mist). A truly blistering blend of black and death metal varietals, this one totally stands on its own, but also feel free to use it as a stretching exercise for boundary-nuking Greek black metal contingent, Awe, and their experimental three-part triathlon, Providentia (Pulverised Records). If you’re face is still on after that one, well, lucky you.
Continuing a massive overseas metal week is The Hierarch (Season of Mist), the latest transmission from star-gazing French black metallers, Hegemon. A little more early Alcest than Blut Aus Nord—with a penchant for drone neither demonstrated over the course of their shape-shifting runs—this one definitely deserves a speculative listen, at the very least. If you’re not an early adopter, however, perhaps Swedish slow-and-low vets Swallow the Sun‘s new triple LP, Songs From The North I, II, & III (Century Media), will do the trick.
Finally, end things on a lighthearted note today with Guilty As Sin (UDR), the 13th studio album from femme-fronted UK hair metallers, Girlschool. The British Isles were not a huge exporter of leopard spandex during the 80s, but Girlschool were by far the best (sorry Def Leppard fans, no one is listening because you’re Def Leppard fans) so make sure to give it an anthropological listen at the very least.
WHAT TO SEE: Looking to celebrate Voorhes day tonight? Well, then you’re in luck, with killer shows like Act of Defiance at Saint Vitus, Moon Tooth at Lucky 13 Saloon, Maniac Rise at Lit Lounge, and Britny Fox at Blackthorn 51 leading the way. After that, Saturday ups the ante considerably, with seemingly every major venue hosting something worth seeing, including Deceased’s 30th Anniversary show at Saint Vitus, Malthusian at Lucky 13 Saloon, Cage at Blackthorn 51, Hardcore Stomps Out Diabetes III at The Grand Victory, Parkway Drive at Irving Plaza, and Venom INC. Webster Hall’s Marlin Room.
The reward for surviving that onslaught is a face full of fake blood, courtesy of GWAR, who hit Webster Hall with Born of Osiris on Sunday. If you’re not feeling like dealing with that inevitable shit show, then The Saddest Landscape/Vattnet Viskar in the Studio downstairs and Godmaker at Saint Vitus provide worthwhile alternatives. After those, make sure to check out a killer stoner metal one-two from Castle and Danava, who hit The Acheron and Saint Vitus on Monday, respectively.
Tuesday and Wednesday finally slow down a bit, with Puberty Wounds playing The Acheron on the former and Old Bones rattling into Vitus on the latter, so make sure to get out there check them out. After that’s all said and done, wrap up the show week with a proper Thursday night lineup spearheaded by King Diamond/Exodus at the Playstation Theater, The Faceless in the aforementioned Marlin Room, and the one and only Scott Kelly at The Funhouse in Jersey City.
WHAT THE FUCK: I know we’ve all probably seen this by now, but man, it’s just too perfect. Slayer rulez.