Again, apologies for the intermittent nature of this section for the next month or two. I’m here this week and so are a few new records, however, so let’s not waste any more time on pleasantries (or lack thereof.)
WHAT TO HEAR: First up this week is Old Star (Peaceville Records), the new LP from black metal legends Darkthrone. Continuing in the vein of 2016’s Arctic Thunder, Old Star finds Fenriz mining 80s metal for inspiration, bouncing Ratt riffs off Saint Vitus dirges while burying everything under a layer of underground grime as only Darkthrone can. It’s fascinating, pretty well executed, and maybe not exactly what people who have only heard A Blaze in the Northern Sky might expect, but when you’ve been at it for over 30 years, change is a necessary ingredient. Pay your respects here.
Meanwhile, on the death metal frontier, Finnish quartet Krypts are dealing the goods this week with their churning, dissonant third full-length, Cadaver Circulation (Dark Descent). Get in the, uh, crypt and check it out. If that one doesn’t have enough splatter for you, then check out Pound’s •• (Silent Pendulum), which sounds approximately like fast forwarding robot porn. The instrumental duo is comprised of nine-string guitar and dual drum kits, resulting in a sound not dissimilar to an avant-death metal version of Battles. If you want to get weird, be our guest.
The progressive nature of that one segues nicely into Pure, the latest LP from boundary agnostic Spanish doom outfit, Adrift (Temple of Torturous). Fire that one up via Invisible Oranges and give into the slow-burn gloom or give Humanicide, the lively ninth LP from Bay Area thrash vets Death Angel (Nuclear Blast), a test drive. They couldn’t be more different, and therein lies the genius of metal.
After that check out Vortex of End’s Ardens Fvror (Osmose Productions), a slab of vicious French death metal that doesn’t sound like Deathspell. Go figure. Finally wrap things up on a melancholic note with a new split from Nechochwen and Bhleg (Bindrune Recordings), two of the world’s foremost purveyors of downcast blackened folk (or folkened black metal, idk). Needless to say, if these are the songs they’re donating to a split, we can’t wait to see what their upcoming full lengths have in store.
WHAT TO SEE: If you want blood and/or shows, baby you got em, starting tonight with Sin City at 89 North, Screamin’ Rebel Angels at Our Wicked Lady, Haram at El Cortez, Raskshuele at The Kingsland, Led Zeppelin 2’s John Bonham Birthday Bash at Gramercy Theatre, and the lovely trad sounds of Slough Feg, Sanhedrin, and Eternal Black at Saint Vitus. On Saturday, check out Wading Nine/Sweet Magma at Gussy’s, Elefantkiller at Lucky 13 Saloon, Mortuary at Pistas Bandas Unidas, Deicide at Gramercy Theatre, Silence Equals Death at The Loft, King Buffalo at Vitus, Texas Hippie Coalition at Knitting Factory, Circles Around the Sun at Brooklyn Bowl, and Face Without Fear at QXT’s, followed on Sunday by Punk With a Camera at The Meatlocker, Chelsea Grin at Revolution, Yngwie at Starland Ballroom, and Dark Funeral/Belphegor at Brooklyn Bazaar.
Monday goes down with Keith Fullerton Whitman at Vitus and Duff McKagan at Irving Plaza, while Tuesday brings you Gloryhammer at Knitting Factory, FACS at Vitus, and Coheed and Cambria/Mastodon at the Stone Pony Summerstage (possibly the most Stone Pony Summerstage bill ever, for whatever that’s worth.) On Wednesday, check out Kadawa at Saint Vitus before closing out another beautiful week here in the Matrix with Dysrhythmia at The Kingsland and Geezer at Saint Vitus.
WHAT THE FUCK: According to a new and probably bullshit study, listening to metal behind the wheel negatively impacts driver behavior. Maybe that’s why I live in New York. Any news on how it affects subway etiquette, doc?