Coming off last week’s release slate, we were bound for a correction toward the mean, and that’s exactly what we’ve got. While the shows go on (this is NYC, after all), things on the new music side of the metal spectrum are running a little lean, so take this as an opportunity to get caught up on some things you missed and get rested for next Tuesday’s resumption of insanity. For those of you who are currently experiencing symptoms including but not limited to excessive itching, eyelid spasms, cold sweats, and nausea, however, please follow me. For the right price, I may have just what you’re looking for.
WHAT TO HEAR: Gather round the crystal ball, everyone—no shoving, this is the internet, the view is good from everywhere—because today we are looking first to the future, where UK Doom cretins, Electric Wizard, are ready to unfurl riff after cemetery-soiled riff from their latest and much-hyped fuzz fest, Time To Die (Spinefarm). The eighth LP in the band’s sarcophagus-sealing discography and the follow-up to 2010’s insta-classic, Black Masses, Time To Die checks all the requisite Electric Wizard boxes—namely filthy riffs and occult imagery—and is streaming to us from the great beyond (by way of NPR) until next Tuesday’s release. Whether or not it unseats Pallbearer or YOB in your listening rotation depends on whether you prefer doom sky scraping or cellar dwelling, but if you’re the rabid, froth-mouthed metal fan your t-shirts and tape collection say you are, then you’re cranking this one into the ether all the same.
And as if that weren’t enough to get your giddy engines roaring to about 13,000 RPMs, Swedish detah metal legends At The Gates also returned yesterday with their first new song in 19 FUCKING YEARS. The title track to the long-dormant legends’ triumphant return/most-anticipated-extreme-album-of-2014, “At War With Reality” is a ripper in the truest of death metal tradition, conjuring sepia-tinged memories of last year’s Carcass and Exhumed renaissances, both of which set the killer-reunion bar pretty high up the gallows pole (or whatever). If At War With Reality (Century Media) comes even close to those levels—and industry-wide buzz suggests that it will—then we are all in for a treat come October 27th. If not? Well, then at least you will have this $100 pre-order package to pass down to your children as a cautionary tale about the hazards of impulsive online spending.
Watching these massive non-album news salvos detonate from afar are a few (probably-somewhat-bummed-out) bands dropping full lengths today, like Chicago post-metalheads Beak and their so-called “interpretation of the origins of the universe”, Let Time Begin (Someoddpilot), which, beyond its beautiful sprawl, seems mostly like what you’d expect from a couple of dudes who have been sneaking into Isis and Russian Circles shows every weekend since they were 17 (see also: Aeges’s Above & Down Below (The Mylene Sheath)). If you’re looking for something faster and nastier, Italian rethrashers Burning Nitrum have their full-length debut, Molotov (Punishment 18 Records), lobbed and blazing. There’s a rad blend of modern dexterity and old-school ethos pouring out of the Italian metal scene at the moment, so make sure to check this one out. And finally, keeping things totally non-track suit Euro are Belgian doom/drone dudes, Charnia, and their crushing LP Dageraad (ConSouling Sounds), which was mastered at Electric Blue Studios here in Brooklyn and means “dawn” in English, in case you wondering. File them alongside Belus and Wolvserpent and continue on your way.
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Also make sure you check out the video of Myrkur’s “Nattens Barn”—which we all now know stars Amalie Bruun, Danish model and one half of Brooklyn garage pop duo, Ex Cops; Obituary’s entry into the death metal resurrection game (see above); and the full stream of 1349’s latest batch of Nordic rippage, hilariously titled Massive Cauldron of Chaos (Season of Mist). Finally Brooklyn’s finest blackened art-core project (believe me, there’s more than one), Raspberry Bulbs, announced the follow up to last year’s stellar Deformed Worship yesterday with an awesome new single you can and should stream below. The album is titled Privacy (Blackest Ever Black), features the band’s trademark pink and black art, and is apparently out sometime in November. Tell your friends.
WHAT TO SEE: Unsurprisingly Saint Vitus leads the way this week with a trio of must-see shows between now and next Tuesday, including a pair of Earth-headlined dark-drone sets on Wednesday and Thursday (supported by King Dude and Cult of Youth, respectively) and a killer Saturday night rager courtesy of bubblegum metal titans, Torche.
If you’re looking for some non-Vitus goodness to fill in the gaps, then check out Gramercy Theater tonight, where After The Burial headlines a bill full of other likeminded metalcore acts and Bowery Ballroom on Friday for a rare set from A-list psych rockers, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. If you missed out on that one (its been sold out for months) then head over to The Acheron instead, where Fucking Invincible, Tiger Flowers, and Hivesmasher take over on Saturday, leaving only smoldering ruins for Inter Arma black metal side project and This One Goes To Eleven alums, Bastard Sapling, backed by local standouts Belus and Geryon, come Sunday night.
Finally, bookend your show week on Monday night with Belgium hardcore imports, Hessian, as well as The Golden Grass, Blood of Kings, and I Say Fuck, who take to Greenpoint’s House of the Falling Sun (i.e. Saint Vitus) for an eclectic throwdown.
WHAT THE FUCK: Between the Buried and Me‘s Live at Fidelitorium Blu-Ray is out September 30th…and just when you thought your band was getting good…