Work, work, work. That’s me right now, though I would rather be blog, blog, blog. So this will be short.
You know Marduk. They’re from Sweden. They play tumultuous black war metal. They have a new album coming on May 28 called Serpent Sermon. The album cover is after the jump. So is the first song from the album, which premiered yesterday on Metal Hammer. It’s called “M.A.M.M.O.N.”
It’s not exactly what I was expecting from Marduk, which is not a bad thing at all. Yes, there are bile-vomiting vocals. Yes, there are weapon-like blast beats and double-bass. Yes, the guitars come in menacing waves. But there are changes of pace in which the guitars also ring out slow, chiming melodies while the bass audibly bounds along beneath them in a jazzy progression. Interesting.
Mitochondrion are from Canada. I wrote a long feature about them here. They play a style of apocalyptic, atmospheric death metal that some people call war metal. They performed at the RITES OF DARKNESS festival in San Antonio, Texas, last December. Their performance was recorded, and it can be downloaded for free via these links:
However, the audio was also re-mastered by Ferenc Teglas to make it clearer, and the re-mastered audio can also be downloaded here (be sure to click only the bottom-most download link on those Sendspace pages, or you’ll get some kind of software crap that you don’t want instead of the music). I’m giving you these links separately from the ones above, because these are .wav files, which means the files are BIG . . . but the sound quality is definitely better.
The music is . . . obliterating. Below the Sendspace links is a stream of the first 18 minutes. I converted the file from .wav to mp3 so it wouldn’t take forever to upload.
Mitochondrion Live at “Rites of Darkness”
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I found that new piece of cover art on Mitochondrion’s Facebook page. I haven’t had time to figure out what it’s for, but I sure as fuck like it.
Death Grips is not exactly a metal band. They’re not exactly anything else either. We last wrote about them here. Epic Records plans to release two new Death Grips albums this year. The first of the new albums is called The Money Store. It will be out on April 24. A couple of songs have already surfaced. Yesterday, a third one appeared.
The song is called “The Fever (Aye Aye)”. You can download it for free via the Soundcloud player you’ll find on this page. Death Grips also simultaneously released a video for the song, which you can watch below.
I don’t much like rap music, but I like Death Grips. It’s like rap music from Aldebaran, trying to pull your head apart so alien spawn can move in and live there and use your brain for a squeeze toy.