Happy early Independence Day, everyone. If you’re looking for a fireworks factory worth of new metal to help get you from here to wherever it is you’ll be watching Randy Quaid fly a fighter jet into the g-spot of an alien space station this weekend, then we have just what you need. Crack something domestic and give it a spin.
WHAT TO BUY: The latest spawn from the minds behind Cave In and Converge, Mutoid Man are storming the holiday beach today with their debut full length, Bleeder (Sargent House). A kaleidoscopic array of technicolor sludge and huge hooks, Bleeder is the summer metal record your non-metal friends have been begging you to find, infused with just enough legacy status and manic, octave pedal-enhanced shredding to keep the TRVE heshers from complaining…too much (you can’t fight nature, after all). But in the immortal words of LeVar Burton, don’t take our word for it. Let the free stream grab you by the cardiovascular system and squeeze.
Next up are Vegas doom outfit Demon Lung and their sophomore LP, A Dracula (Candlelight Records). Loosely based on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 cult horror classic, Alucarda, A Dracula stews up a bubbling, frog-laden froth spiked by frontwoman Shanda Fredrick’s bewitching croon and the expert touch of producer-to-the-doom-stars, Billy Anderson. If you just can’t wait for that new Windhand record this fall, this one, currently haunting Revolver’s halls, should help to ease the pain.
In caught-me-totally-off-guard news, the brand new full length from Philly psych trio Ecstatic Vision, Sonic Praise (Relapse), also drops today, taking listeners on a swirling, LSD-soaked trip to the center of Mars and back again. The best Relapse release of the 2015 by a wide margin, Sonic Praise combines throbbing world beats with the cosmic 70s space rock of their most heavily cited influence, Hawkwind, to craft a sound that feels simultaneously lived in and fresh out of the dryer. Nothing else on this list conjures quite the same energy and, nothing (save for a new Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats record) is likely to all year, so if you’re tired of the same old grind, gloom, death, and doom, make sure to check it out via Spin.
Italian psych legends Goblin also get in on the trippy action this week with the first record under their new Goblin Rebirth moniker, Goblin Rebirth (Relapse). Employing the same touring lineup that has hit the states over the last couple of years (including the band’s original rhythm section), this one is not only a must-hear for fans, but also a pretty solid conversion tool, so make sure to check it out. If that’s not working for you, then get in the pit with Pathetic Scum (Bloody Mountain), the latest bone-collection from rural California death metal squad, Valdur.
Meanwhile in the world of prog, Between the Buried and Me continue the crusade to become Radiohead, King Crimson, and Gorguts all at once on their 7th slab of hybridized metal mania, The Coma Eliptic (Metal Blade). Per usual, they come much closer to achieving that goal than they have any right to, but if you’re not feeling that, taste test Rosetta’s emo-tinged post hardcore with their new LP, Quintessential Ephemera (War Crimes), which, following its digital release last week, drops on physical formats today.
Finally, let’s wrap it up overseas, with Polish headbangers, Blaze of Perdition, who just dropped the year’s finest blast of black n’ roll, Near Death Revelations (Agonia Records), and German black metal duo, Azavatar, who are ready to launch their new self-titled scorcher (Art of Propaganda) into the stratosphere. One listen to these bad boys and you will see that the underground is as alive and well as it will ever be.
WHAT TO SEE: Your week in metal pilgrimages begins on Wednesday when “cosmic folk metal” outfit Yonder Realm hit Saint Vitus alongside Windfaerer and more, while two rivers to the west, Die Choking, DUTCHGUTS, and Sunrot land at Montclair’s Metalocker for Sludge For Suicide Prevention II. Thursday continues in similar fashion, with Beast Modulus, Fashion Week, and Moon Tooth set for a Union Pool throwdown while Insect Ark—the avant noise project of Michael Gira collaborator, Dana Schechter—prepares her Vitus infestation. If neither of those are plucking the right rotten heartstrings, then perhaps Force of Darkness, Hades Archer, and Sacrocurse at The Acheron will do the trick.
The Acheron follows that up with another good one on Friday, featuring InAeona, Abrams, Huldra, and Blackest, which gets a run for its money from LI hardcore heathens Crime In Stereo, who will be kicking in skulls over at Vitus alongside Incendiary and Royal Pslams. With the exception of Embalmer, Bleach Eater, and Lucid Terror at The Acheron, things more or less quiet down on the 4th, but—as is always the case around these parts—don’t stay that way for long, with Brooklyn black metallers Prostitution firing things back up for a Sunday night Saint Vitus special with Binary Code and Angmar.
If you’re Queens based, then The Fallen Prodigy’s EP release show at Blackthorn 51, which comes with a free copy of said EP, is perhaps the Sunday choice for you. Otherwise, just hold out until Monday, with Goatwhore, Ringworm, Black Breath, and Theories headlining the show of the week at Vitus and Mudhoney oozing into Bowery Ballroom for a rare NYC appearance.
WHAT THE FUCK: P.S. Black metal is dead.