With the holiday upon us and big releases just ahead and right behind, this week is a bit slower than most. So get caught up on what you missed in the past few months (there has to be something) or plow blindly forward alongside me. The choice is yours, but I’ll be here all the same.
WHAT TO HEAR:We get going this week with a particularly limbering warm-up from Brazilian war metal vets, Grave Desecrator, and their new shovel/spray can combo, Dust to Lust (Season of Mist). While not quite in the same legendary category of Sepultura, Grave Desecrator have been at this for six LPs nonetheless, hammering away in the underground with all the brutality and dexterity of their highly esteemed countrymen. If you’re not yet over the whole “war metal” thing—or never gave a shit about genre tags in the first—give this one a couple of minutes.
After that, let’s slow things down with the self-titled debut from UK amplifier cult, Monoliths (Crown & Throne Ltd). Somewhere between the cauldron bubble of Electric Wizard and the exhibition space drone of Sunn O))) is where Monoliths reside and are all the better for it, sounding wonderfully self-assured for a band that formed just last year. This is the first—and perhaps only—necessary stop for doom nuts this week, but I encourage all of you to give it a go when you find yourselves in the proper headspace (i.e. faded as fuck). Turn off your mind, relax, and float down stream, as some little known band once sang.
Of course, if you’re looking some wholesome metal for the whole family this week, look no further than Anal Blasphemy‘s Western Decadence (Iron Bonehead). The 4th release from Molestor Kadutos under that one-man moniker, this one is more than just click bait, strapping on a breed of black metal just as defiled and depraved as its cock-and-Baphomet-littered album art. I totally get it if you want to give this one a pass, but if you can steel yourself and check it out, you’re sure to fine one of the heaviest, nastiest, and most nihilistic metal releases of the summer waiting on the other side.
Finally, in polarizing release news this week is Self Inflicted (Rise), the latest batch of chugga chugga from Salt Lake deathcore outfit, Chelsea Grin, and Theories of Flight, the 12th full length from prog/power vets, Fates Warning (InsideOut). Don’t like these? Great, keep it to yourself. It’s a slow week and this is what we’re working with here.
WHAT TO SEE: For a weekend that pretty much has anything-but-NYC written all over it, there’s still a strong crop of metal shows out there beginning tonight with a Orlando Victims Fundraiser at The Meatlocker and a Funebrarum/Scorched/Putrisect throwdown at Vitus. After that Saturday rolls around with The Threads headlining a matinee at The Grand Victory, Suppression and Geryon carrying on The Acheron’s send-off, Spectral Voices hitting Shakers Pub, and Silent Majority making their vote count up at Vitus.
On Sunday, Silent Majority return for a re-count while Satan’s Satyrs and Close to the Edge headline two doomed venues in The Acheron and The Grand Victory, before Independence Day comes goes out with a bang thanks to Bare Metal Burlesque at Saint Vitus. Tuesday is a much-needed night off, but Wednesday gets right back to the ol’ grindstone with letlive at Irving Plaza, La Otracina at The Acheron, and Big Business at Saint Vitus. Finally wrap things up with a rad death metal rager at Lucky 13 Saloon—headlined by Copenhagen sewer monsters, Undergang—as well as shows like Night Rite and Prostitution at Saint Vitus, He Is Legend at Black Bear Bar, and the almighty Black Tusk at The Acheron.
WHAT THE FUCK: Because nothing says thrash like bespoke Italian linen…