As explained in my last post, I’ve been diverted from metal over the last three days by activities relating to the old fuckin’ day job. However, I did manage to make a quick slog through the interhole in search of new music and found three diverse items worth sharing. Here they are:
I would venture to say that no one else sounds quite like Rudra. This Singapore band, whose last album I reviewed with lavish praise here, incorporate traditional Indian music, Sanskrit chants and mantras, and themes drawn from Sanskrit literature into a galvanizing combination of black and death metal, calling the result “Vedic Metal”. They’re now on the verge of releasing their seventh album, entitled RTA, through Sonic Blast Media, and today they began streaming the album’s second track, “Heartbreak”.
From its sublime meditative introduction to the jolting main section of the song (which features chants as well as strangling black metal vocals and a serpentine melodic guitar lead), this is an attractive tease for the new album.
RTA is due for release on October 14. Here’s “Heartbreak”:
Old Skin are based in Manchester, England. Their debut five-track EP, Mære, is due for release on October 31 by a triumvirate of labels — Church Of Fuck, Dry Cough, and Skin & Bones. I was offered the chance to hear the entire EP, but (stupidly) haven’t yet done it. Instead, I had to discover what I was missing when Terrorizer premiered a song from the EP today named “Moral/Panic”.
The grinding bass lead at the beginning of this song hooked me immediately, and from there it just gets better. “Moral/Panic” is as heavy as a two-ton sledgehammer and dark as a moonless night. But the melodic guitar work, which both slices and shimmers, turns it into something multi-dimensional — a splicing of post-metal with heavy-booted hardcore that’s very fuckin’ strong. And man, the powerful vocals are downright scary.
You can find Old Skin on Facebook. Here’s “Moral/Panic”:
For the third item, I bring you another episode of beauty and the beast.
Aphonic Threnody are a multinational funeral doom project composed of members of other bands from the UK, Hungary, and Italy (GallowGod, DeaMarica, Urna, Pantheist, and Leecher). Their debut album First Funeral is being released on CD this month by Avantgarde Music. Today I happened upon a post on the label’s Facebook page that included a link to a song on Soundcloud, and I gave it a shot. Sure am glad I did.
“Hollow” entwines ethereal melodies with anvil-heavy doom riffs, pulverizing percussion, and harrowing vocal power. It hints at cosmic mysteries while swallowing the listener whole in a volcanic pit of despair. Stupendous!
After hearing the song, I discovered that the album is available on Bandcamp, and so I’m including a stream of all the music below, along with “Hollow”. I’ve also learned that the band are recording a second album entitled When Death Comes that will include guest appearances by Greg Chandler (Esoteric) and Mike Meacham (Loss). I already want it.