(I guess it’s obvious that neither I nor my NCS cronies wrote this. Just like the first installment back in January, NCS guest contributor KevinP did this.)
IGORRR – Hallelujah
I was gonna save the best for last, but I was too excited and figured we’d start off with a huge mindfuck. This is also my new favorite thing of all time (for this week anyways). I’m even willing to give partial credit to our CEO for posting the Apathia Records Comp recently, which featured ÖXXÖ XÖÖX. IGORR is the main solo project of Gautier Serre (of ÖXXÖ XÖÖX fame). While listening to the prior band, I stumbled across this gem.
I’m not going to spoil it for ya, just listen and keep listening, it has a little bit of everything (even chicken clucks). The French have officially cornered the market on weird shit. “Vegetable Soup” makes me feel like I’m walking around EPCOT (yeah Walt Disney World), then a techno opera, a farm, a techno farm dance club, whatever. (It also has plenty of metal parts, don’t be scared.)
PETROL PATROL – Domestic Warfare
I’ll admit to being friends with these Swiss bastards (the singer, Alex, actually. Don’t hold it against him). Some Sepultura/Exodus/Slayer-inspired thrash with a Terror/Biohazard vocal style. They have this EP available at their Facebook page. I was told that new/future material will keep the same vocal style but will be musically inspired by At the Gates/The Haunted /Forbidden.
OWL – You are the Moon, I Am the Night
This one I found just by browsing through Metal Bandcamp last week. German death/doom, their 2nd album. All physical copies of the CD (a whopping 111 were pressed) have sold out, but you can still nab this beauty for the digital price of 7 Euros. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up in some of your Top 10 Lists by the end of the year. Vocally (at times) this reminds me of a tortured Tom G Warrior.
SEAN VAN DOMINIC – The Beautiful Canvas of Envy
Remember that South African death/thrash band, Warthane, posted here almost 2 years ago? I never cared for what I heard, but one of my ‘mates (thanks Alicia) turned me onto this. I guess it’s a future solo project that Warthane’s vocalist/guitarist is doing, as it sounds nothing like his other band. Mid-paced death metal, high quality stuff, a free download at Soundcloud, definitely has me eager to hear what else he has up his sleeve (now if he would just respond to my damn friend request, I could ask him. LOL)