ROUND-UP: BURIAL HORDES, DROWNED, REPTILIAN SHAPE SHIFTERS, CALIGULA’S HORSE, FALLUJAH, AND REPTILIAN DEATH
Your humble editor has had a busy weekend and this Sunday is going to be busy too, so this will probably be today’s only post. I did find a little time to browse e-mail and wade through the interhole in search of new things yesterday and this morning. As usual, I found many, and have collected a big group of them in this post. As you’ll see (and hear), it’s a diverse mix, including some not-metal. I’ll have to keep the verbiage brief because time is short. I know that will traumatize most of you, and I’m already grieving for your loss.
I first happened upon this Greek band in January after discovering their split release with Enshadowed, which is excellent (reviewed here). They have a new album on the way, entitled Incendium. I haven’t yet seen a release date, but the band have recently uploaded the opening track — “Unleash Havoc”. It’s a very cool song, raw and ravaging, bestial and atmospheric. Listen:
I found out about this three-man death metal band thanks to a recommendation yesterday from KevinP. They’re from Germany and have produced six demos and one EP since 1993, with the last demo coming in March of this year. It’s a live recording called Rehearsal demo 12/2012 and consists of two tracks — “Cast Into Negative Form” and “Black Projection”. They’re both really good — murky, occult death metal with grinding tremolo guitar riffs, acrobatic percussion, ghastly cavernous vocals, and a filthy production quality. When the music charges, it’s warlike, and when it crawls, it’s grisly as fuck. Loving it.
Both of the new tracks can be streamed below
REPTILIAN SHAPE SHIFTERS
Reptilian Shape Shifters are a two-man outfit from Oakland, California. In mid-July they released a 3-song EP on Bandcamp entitled Mass Hysteria US Tour 2013. It’s fucked-up, in a very good way — a combination of punk, math rock, experimental noise, and other injections of unexpected ingredients. I really enjoyed the drumming on these tracks, as well as the general atmosphere of creative mayhem.
You can test-drive the music in the Bandcamp player below, and I’ve also included a new video by (((unartig))) from the band’s show in Brooklyn last night (more videos from that performance can be found here).
I last wrote about this Australian band in October 2012 (here), providing a brief review of their 2011 debut album and more info about the band. Thanks to an e-mail from Welkin Records, I learned that Caligula’s Horse have recorded a second album, The Tide, The Thief & River’s End, which Welkin plans to release on October 1. I also discovered that they’ve released an official music video for one of the new songs, “Dark Hair Down”.
The song is more prog rock than metal, but it includes jolting rhythms in the flow of instrumental dynamism and memorable melodies. The vocals are entirely clean, but Jim Grey can really sing; there’s a smooth, velvet tone to his voice that I find appealing despite my usual preference for vocal destructiveness. The video, directed by Nils Nilsson is also really well done, as are the lyrics.
The song is available on Bandcamp as a free download (the link is below):
This is just a quick news tip, which I received from my NCS comrade DGR: Last night Fallujah made their Nomadic EP available for free download on Bandcamp — but it’s for a very limited time, so grab it while you can — HERE. We reviewed the EP at this location, and I’ll throw in the stream again:
Another quick news item: As you may remember from these posts, Reptilian Death began as a side project of Demonstealer, the frontman of India’s Demonic Resurrection, but it has filled out into a complete band who have recorded an album entitled The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence. The eye-catching cover art is by the talented Michal ‘Xaay’ Loranc, who has previously worked with bands such as Behemoth, Demonic Resurrection, Nile, and Vader.
The latest news is that Reptilian Death have now signed with a California-based label named Old School Metal Records for the worldwide release of the new album, and we also now have a release date: October 10, 2013. As for why I’m interested in this band, here (once again) is video of them performing at Domination: The Deathfest 2013:
Sorry Kevin P…I beat you to this site with Drowned by almost two-years (https://www.nocleansinging.com/2011/11/30/underground-metal-for-the-trve-curmudgeon-no-2/)…I think we all know who the trve Kvermudgeon is now
One of the reasons theyve been so sporadic is because they have a very hard time keeping vocalists around…Their last one was none other than Mors Dalos Ra, singer for Necros Christos
Ps..that Burial Hordes track is kickass
The name rang a faint bell — I should have searched the site to see if anyone had ever said anything about them before.
No worries..Im just being a dick 🙂
Either way theyre a great band and deserve the attention. Im really hoping they can put together an actual album at some point
great post, i’m really digging Burial Hordes, Drowned, Fallujah and Reptilian Death 🙂
Cool — thanks.
That Burial Hordes track really underscores how much I prefer typical black metal-style vocals to typical death metal vocals. As soon as he switches from growls to shrieks around 2:15, I go from liking what I’m hearing to loving it.
It’s not that I think one style is better than the other (it’s the same basic vocal technique, after all), but for whatever reason, howling flips a happy switch for me that growling can’t reach, even on tiptoes.
I’m sure I could train myself to enjoy growled vocals more if I tried, but that would just mean more music to buy and I can’t even keep up as it is. And luckily there are bands like Asphyx for when I’m in a DM mood.
Still, great track. I definitely want to hear more of their stuff.
I really like both vocal styles, and one of the reasons Burial Hordes appeals to me so much is that Cthonos is so good at both.
Out of curiosity, which style did you get into first?