We’ve finally got some gig announcements in the pipeline, but in the meantime you can check out our usual wafflings about what we’ve been listening to of late, as well as a playlist of the tracks.
Nick – Guitar
Parkway Drive – Idols and Anchors
Recently found myself watching back live videos of Parkway Drive and blissfully recalled what an important band they were for me in my formative years. Whilst I certainly have a greater affinity for their pre-Ire discography, I still hold a great deal of respect for the arena-dominating direction they’ve taken in more recent years. Undoubtedly one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen and by all accounts a wholesome bunch of dudes.
And So I Watch You From Afar – Jettison (Full Score)
Listened to a couple of tracks whilst in the shower and thought it was kinda wack. Then realised it was mostly the sound of our extremely powerful shower (it’s like a jet engine). Listened to the album in full on good speakers with my eyes closed and laughed at my past self thinking it was anything less than magnificent.
Allegaeon – Vermin
Been consuming a lot of tech death recently and Allegaeon’s latest has definitely been the pick of the bunch. There’s something delightfully masochistic about listening to better musicians play riffs that I’m too garbage to play myself.
Party Cannon – The Dirty Bubble
Anything that features Dennis Reynolds is an automatic 10.
Ho99o9 – SKINHEAD ft. Saul Williams
Death Grips but with riffs. Death Griffs? Death Licks? Riff Riffs? Dick Legs? I don’t know, anyway it’s good shit.
Joe – Vocals
Coldworld – Horizons (not on Spotify so not in the playlist – check it out here: https://coldworldofficial.bandcamp.com/album/toteninsel)
Excellent atmospheric black metal band, this one from their split with Farsot managed to escape me until recently, but it’s more awesomeness with a nautical-esque mid section.
Wolvencrown – Infernal Throne
Been enjoying our labelmates Wolvencrown for some time now and was lucky enough to see them live recently. This is one of my favourite tracks.
Darkthrone – The Pagan Winter
Sometimes you just have to go old school…
Rolo Tomassi – Prescience
The latest album is solid, but taken a little bit of time to grow on me. This track has an eerieness to it throughout and the vocals verge on black metal. Top banana.
Artificial Brain – Estranged From Orbit
Science fiction themed tech death that sounds like a rusty junk yard floating into Uranus.
Richard – Bass
Kluizenaer – Verweigerung (not on Spotify so not in the playlist – check it out here: https://kluizenaer.bandcamp.com/album/ein-abbild-der-leere)
These guys are a great new discovery for me and are certainly in contention for my current album of the year. Nasty, ambient-soaked, noisy atmospheric black metal guaranteed to give you the willies and make you do the stank face.
Altar of Plagues – Twelve Was Ruin
Along similar musical lines, I’ve been revisiting these much-missed Irish black metal legends recently, with their swansong Teethed Glory and Injury finally really clicking with me after I didn’t really understand it when I first heard it many years ago. Ferocious, ominous and shot through with industrial weirdness, Altar of Plagues really went out with a bang.
Primitive Man – Loathe
I saw Primitive Man in Sheffield recently for the fourth time and it was, as it is always, one of the most oppressively horrible but immensely enjoyable times I’ve had at a gig in recent memory, further cementing them as my go-to nasty sludge/doom band, an all-time favourite act overall, and a high-water mark for nihilistic brutality. Though they’re notorious for abandoning their past material and only playing newer stuff, this track off their 2015 EP Home is Where the Hatred Is never fails to get me going.
Chali 2na – 4 Be Be
Breaking up the tirades of grim metal, here’s the smoothest voice in hip-hop – Jurassic 5’s baritone icon Chali 2na – in full reflective, sombre mode eulogizing a dead relative in rap form. His debut solo album Fish Outta Water is definitely a mixed bag, but this and a few other highlights are sublime, and its all worthwhile just to hear his silky tones over full songs, because any J5 fan is lying to themselves if they say his verses aren’t their favourite.
Dirge – Epicentre
Surprise surprise, we’re back in unpleasant waters. This time it’s in the form of the expansive, introspective and utterly crushing post metal from these oft-overlooked Frenchmen who called it quits in 2019 seemingly through frustration at never gaining any traction. Dirge are certainly not for the faint of heart or the short of attention span (the stellar title track of the album this song is on makes up half of the album’s two hour runtime on its own), but if you’re a fan of Neurosis and contemplating existence, then get stuck in.
Chris – Guitar
High Noon – Wolfhand
“Dark Cowboy ambient” is the best descriptor I have for this very enjoyable band/album. It has some weight and some riffiness but mostly it’s about the vibes of spending a cold night in the desert fending off coyotes!
Bad Luck – Otoboke Beaver
Shouty Japanese riot grrl punk isn’t my usual go-to genre, but I definitely have a soft spot for it. This is nothing more complex than a 2-minute chunk of shouty punk aggression, and sometimes that’s all you need.
ΛΔΛΜ – …And Then There Was Light
This band are impossible to Google (thanks to the funky symbols comprising their name) so I have been able to find out very little about them, but I’m very much a fan of this kind of chilled out atmosphere.
Amon Amarth – Valhall Awaits Me
Show me someone who doesn’t love the cheesy Viking melodeath of Amon Amarth and I’ll show you a liar. This track is on here because I greatly enjoyed Robert Egger’s new movie The Northman this month, and couldn’t get this song out of my head afterwards. Skøl!
Sylvaine – Mono No Aware
Atmo-black metal recommended to me by the erstwhile Gaz of Heel Turn Promotions – more big atmospheres and melancholic melody to really make you think about the inevitability of death. Cheerful thoughts for a Tuesday afternoon!