Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone. Nothing says despair like a frozen raspberry lime-a-rita, so pour one of those puppies and join us as we clank through a bone pile of new releases, face-melting shows, and crazy headlines until there’s nothing left.
WHAT TO BUY: We begin this week’s release rundown by heading east, where Japanese blackened spacecore pioneers Sigh have readied their 10th full length, Graveward (Candleight), for mass mind-erasure. Packing over 100 recording tracks into each schizophrenic tune, Sigh push their more-is-more philosophy to the breaking point, ricocheting from thrash-indebted ragers, power prog pomp, and horror movie atmospherics like an ultra-sonic pinball. Guest spots from mainstream metal outfits like Trivium and Dragonforce only add to the avant metal insanity, so head over to Invisible Oranges and beam this one straight into your cortex while you still can.
Orthodox-oriented listeners, meanwhile, should turn their gaze to Ukraine black metallists Drudkh who are set to unveil their first full-length in three years, the sweeping, smoking waste that is A Furrow Cut Short (Season of Mist). Drudkh, however essential they were at the height of their powers, have always dwelt in shadows, political ambiguity, and other more outwardly bigoted projects, and Ukraine’s current cultural landscape—stained by Crimea’s Russian-orchestrated civil war—has done nothing to simplify their motivations. With that said, out of conflict comes uncompromising art, and A Furrow Cut Short certainly feels reinvigorated, marking a return to brooding blackened excellence for a band who haven’t touched it in quite some time. Whether you’re a black metal newcomer looking to dig into some bedrock or a jaded vet hoping to conjure some forgotten ghosts, this one is a must hear.
Taking a u-turn now, Lousiville post-hardcore outfit Coliseum bring us back to the land of sledgehammer riffs and Budweiser tallboys with their latest LP, Anxiety’s Kiss (Deathwish Inc.). Fans of 2013’s Sister Faith, of which there were many, should find plenty to like here, but the band also exhibits plenty of musical growth as well, pushing their melodic—and, at times, shoegaze-inflected—hooks to the foreground while resigning their angular punk roots to the task of landscape building. The result, blooming with chorus-throated guitars and reverb-soaked crescendos, is the band’s most accessible work yet, but don’t let that give you cold feet: Stereogum has the full stream and it is totally worth a spin.
In Brooklyn news, self-professed whatevercore heathens, Meek is Murder, have a new double EP, Onward/Into the Sun (Rising Pulse), on the way while local sludgers Kings Destroy drop their new self-titled LP (War Crime Recordings) like an Acme anvil. If you’re into technical, tantrum-throwing hardcore, then the former—which will make you want to slam your forehead off of someone else’s forehead—should be your focus, while the latter has the rest of you fuzzed-out riff-addicts covered.
In an absolutely twisted odds and ends sections this week, mysterious San Fran sewer dwellers Sect Pig spew their new four-part EP, Self-Reversed (Nuclear War Now!), onto the blood-smeared pavement today. Warring blasts of death and noise, force-fed hallucinogens and then burned at the stake until charred, are juxtaposed against interviews with serial killers and other assorted of psychopaths throughout, making this one of the most disturbing (and consequently compelling) metal releases this year. If that’s not sick enough for you, then pick up a copy Anal Vomit’s (I know, I know) fourth LP, Peste Nuegra Muerte Negra (Gates of Hell), which features such insanely NSFW album art that it would make Cannibal Corpse blush.
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Finally, make sure to check out brutal Finnish black metal outfit Funerary Bell’s latest EP, Graveyard Séance (Saturnal). It won’t help lift the veil of horror and doom cast by those previously mentioned aspersions to humanity, but it is a thrilling blend of black and death varietals nonetheless.
WHAT TO SEE: Things get started at Vitus tonight with a set from Providence stoner metal mystics, Elder, who dropped one of the best of LPs of 2015 thus far in Lore. Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude, and Clamfight open, so definitely make sure to stop by. The runaway helltrain keeps rolling on Wednesday night with Beneath Oblivion at The Acheron and an appearance from legendary industrial dabblers Ministry at Irving Plaza while Thursday welcomes Master, Solstice, and Dismemberment to the aforementioned Anchored Inn anchor and In Flames, All That Remains, and Periphery to Jersey’s Starland Ballroom.
After a quiet Friday night, the weekend kicks off for real on Saturday (my birthday, as a useless anecdotal aside) with Necromancer Productions’s May Malicious Mayhem throwdown featuring Splattered Entrails, Torturous Inception, and many more at Gussy’s in Astoria; a sludge spectacular with Godmaker, Mountain God, and Huldra at Montclair’s Meatlocker; and an Acheron-hosted hardcore rager headlined by Creeping Dose and Mommy. If that’s not enough, then head up to Vitus where Fit For an Autopsy, Aborted, Archspire, and more are set to tear your demons a new one.
Finally, in case you need an excuse to duck out of those Mother’s Day festivities early (sorry, mom), Saint Vitus hosts what is probably the NYC metal show of the week—An Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff-presented release bash for Morpheus Descends’ 25-Year Anthology Box Set featuring some serious face meltage from Malignancy, Canadian avant black metal rulers Thantifaxath, Imperial Triumphant, and Ramlord. Seriously, that lineup is so sick they are testing it for tuberculosis.
WHAT THE FUCK: I’m a pretty big Giants fan and my love for Metallica runs cave-deep, so obviously this footage of Hetfield and Hammett shredding through “The Star-Spangled Banner” at AT&T Park’s third-annual “Metallica Day” was going to be wedged, ratcheted, squeezed, or squished into this week’s proceedings no matter what. Maybe it sucks, maybe it doesn’t (I’m not really able to see this one objectively), but I’m going to make you sit through it anyway.