Apr 122014

This has been one of those weeks where my blog time was severely constricted by both personal and job-related demands. You might have guessed that, based on the complete absence of any “seen and heard” posts since Monday. I didn’t have time to do much more than quickly scan through the interhole each day looking for new song and video premieres and make lists of what I’d like to hear and see when time would permit. This morning, I finally crawled through that list, and found a shitload of new things I really liked.

Because I’m behind, and because I don’t want to fall further behind, I’m taking the wimp’s way out in this post. I’m just going to stitch together a bunch of recommended song and video streams (11 of them) with almost no commentary. It’s a stream dump, and I will bet money you’ll find something to like, almost regardless of your tastes. It’s spring, and metal is in bloom.

Salted within this list are a couple of news items that perked my interest, even though there’s nothing available to hear… yet.

I present this box of chocolates in alphabetical order. There will be another similar collection either later today or tomorrow. Tell me what you like. Leave comments!

 

AVATAR

Song: “Bloody Angel”
From: Hail the Apocalypse
Release info: May 13, 2014, via eOne
https://www.facebook.com/avatarmetal

I shouldn’t like this (a bit too much cheese and sugar content for my taste), but damn, that central riff is soooo catchy…

 

 

DIABOLICAL

Song: “Oracles”
From: Neogenesis
Release info: The album was released in September 2013
https://www.facebook.com/diabolicalofficial

This is a new official video for the song, which premiered a few days ago. Dark melodic death metal dragging chains behind it.

 

 

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN

Song: “Happiness Is A Smile”
From: It’s a single
Release info: apparently, this is only available as a 7″ or cassette on the band’s current US tour
https://www.facebook.com/dillingerescapeplan

Heavy and acidic, and hooky (official video below)

 

 

HOUR OF PENANCE

Song: “Desecrated Souls”
From: Regicide
Release info: May 13, 2014, via Prosthetic
https://www.facebook.com/hourofpenance

Blistering, swarming, hammering death metal and a cool playthrough video, too. There are ants in my pants and hornets around my head. That snare drum!

 

 

HUMAN COLLAPSE

Song: “Novembersmile”
From: Darkness To Fall
Release info: April 5, 2014 (name your price on Bandcamp)
http://humancollapse.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/hncband

Melodic death/doom from Russia — atmospheric bleakness with some mesmerizing guitar solos

 

 

 

IN FLAMES

There will be a new In Flames album coming in September 2014. The name, announced yesterday, is Siren Charms. A snippet of music can be heard here.

https://www.facebook.com/inflames

 

 

LUSTRE

Song: “Neath Rock and Stone”
From: Blossom
Release info: I don’t know the album release date; the song is a single now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
http://nordvis.bandcamp.com/album/neath-rock-and-stone-single
https://www.facebook.com/lustresweden

Entrancing, as usual.

 

 

 

 

NAPALM DEATH

Song: “Dear Slum Landlord”
From: No idea. This is a new song performed live at the Roadburn festival, with animation by Costin Chioreanu
Release info: I have no release info.
https://www.facebook.com/officialnapalmdeath

Quirky. Not your typical Napalm Death, but it’s Napalm Death, so I’m going with it.

 

 

NECROS CHRISTOS

Song: This is just a teaser
From: Nine Graves (EP)
Release info: May 2014, through Sepulchral Voice and Ván Records
https://www.facebook.com/darknessdamnationdeath

Just a tease, but I’m very stoked for this new release.

Necros Christos – Nine Graves – Teaser from Necros Christos on Vimeo.

 

 

TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE

Song: “Knell”
From: Call of the Maelstrom (forthcoming 12″ vinyl split with Vassafor)
Release info: sometime later this year, by Iron Bonehead
https://templenightside.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Temple-Nightside/430054170409936

Horrifying blackened death/doom — slow, morbid, otherworldly, crushing. Your blood will freeze.

 

 

 

 

TESTIMONY

Song: “Suffer For Salvation”
From: The Beast That Prays (EP)
Release info:  Sometime later this year
https://www.facebook.com/testimony1

Head-spinning technical thrash from Indiana — fans of Atheist and Revocation should eat this up

 

 

TRAP THEM

Song: “Salted Crypts”
From: Blissfucker
Release info: June 10, 2014, by Prosthetic
https://www.facebook.com/TrapThem

D-beat crust punks from hell — a combination of vicious meat-grinding and tarry slogging

 

 

TWILIGHT’S EMBRACE

Song: “Ego Trip”
From: By Darkness Undone
Release info: April 28, 2014
http://twilightsembrace.bandcamp.com/album/by-darkness-undone
https://www.facebook.com/twilightsembrace

Melodic death metal drenched in melancholy (you may think you’re in Finland) — but heads will also bang hard. Our own Andy Synn turns in a killer tripartite vocal performance on this, too.

 

 

15 Responses to “SEEN AND HEARD: A STREAM DUMP (PART 1)”

  1. Lascaille's Shroud says:

    God I love Diabolical.

  2. SurgicalBrute says:

    New Necros Christos and new Temple Nightside this year….I think I need a moment to process this

  3. Pazuzu87 says:

    There will be a 3rd Necros Christos album

  4. Leperkahn says:

    That Twilight’s Embrace is pretty damn awesome.

  5. djneibarger says:

    Testimony sounds pretty badass! I’m pretty excited for the new In Flames, i know a lot of people haven’t been pleased with their recent output but i actually really loved the last three albums. my son an i saw them with Lamb of God late last year and they were fantastic.

  6. deckard cain says:

    This is a way better song than their first one. (Regarding Hour of Penance). And Twilight’s Embrace have me interested.

  7. […] I collected 11 (!) new songs and videos, plus a couple of tantalizing news items, and today I’ve got […]

  8. DGR says:

    Human Collapse and Twilight’s Embrace both appeal to me mightily.

  9. […] was caught napping. In an April round-up of new music, I included just a snippet of a song from the then-forthcoming EP Nine Graves by […]

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