The weekend is nearly upon us. Almost time for the revels to begin. In addition to reveling in my own preferred way after a tough week (i.e., sleeping like a dead man), I hope to catch up on my metal listening. But before diving into a big batch of album-length goodies that are high on my list, I thought I’d close out the week with one more grab-bag of song-length sounds.
Two fresh tracks caught my ears this morning, one from a French band named Wormfood and one from a Brooklyn outfit, Call of the Wild. I also have ant noise. I also have this photo from Mars, beamed back to the mother ship by the Curiosity rover. What look like hills in the distance are the rim of the Gale Crater, where Curiosity is now located.
There’s a better photo of the crater rim after the jump, though it’s in black and white.
Let’s see now, where was I?
Oh yeah, that French band . . .
The name of this band rings a faint bell, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard their music. They’ve released four albums since 2003, and on September 24 Apathia Records is going to add a fifth one to the list. Entitled Décade(nt), it’s a remastered reissue of Wormfood’s first album, Eponym, which the band originally self-released, and it also includes six live recordings and two cover songs (one of them being “Christian Woman” by Type O Negative).
Today I got word that Apathia had begun streaming a track from the album by the name of “The Dead Bury the Dead”. Not having any idea what it would sound like, I decided to listen — and I’ll tell you, this isn’t easy to classify, but I sure like it. Maybe avant garde black metal? I don’t know. It rocks infectiously with cutting guitars and strange keyboard atmospherics, it pauses and drifts ethereally, it mixes cavernous harsh vocals and spoken words. Probably better heard than described:
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Pre-orders of the new album can be placed here: http://www.apathiarecords.com/shop/fr/16-wormfood-decadent.html
This isn’t a band, but it’s still metal. I found it via a FB post by one of our faithful readers, Prog Geo-Cofo. This is a recording of the inside of a large ant hill, with the recorder buried within the ants. The dude who made it (Daniel Menche) swears that, “Absolutely no effects were used and all sounds [were] captured straight to a H2 ZOOM recorder.”
I mean, I can’t say that I’d have been quite so taken with this if I hadn’t known what it was, but knowing what it is makes it sound amazing.
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If you’d like to carry this around with you and listen to it at other odd times, you can download it here.
CALL OF THE WILD
This band consists of drummer Allison Busch (ex-Awesome Color), guitarist Johnny Coolati, and bassist Max Peebles. They’ve recorded a debut album named Leave Your Leather On, which is scheduled for release on August 21 by Kemado Records.
I know nothing else about the band at this moment, except I’ve heard one song from the new album, and I dig it mightily. It’s called “Choked Out”, and Alternative Press premiered it today.
This fucker will turn your engine on and gun it hard right from the go. It’s built around a gassed-up riff, some head-whipping clean solo’s, hard-driving percussion, and scraped-raw vocals. It’s closer to punk rock and Motorhead than the kind of extreme metal we usually cover here, but I’m finding the song irresistibly infectious.