For yours truly, it has been a great weekend for the discovery of song debuts from new and forthcoming metal releases. In this post I’ve collected five of them. With luck, I’ll write another post today with more of what I’ve found since Friday. Get ready for some old school slaughtering.
I have a tip from our brutish friend SurgicalBrute to thank for this first discovery. The band is Barbarian. They are located in Italy and they released their self-titled debut album in 2011. In late January, Doomentia released the band’s second album, Faith Extinguisher, with a kickass piece of cover art by Shagrat of Acid Witch. It’s available on CD now (at this location), with vinyl coming soon. Looks like it will be available digitally on Amazon mp3 later this month, and perhaps Doomentia will offer it on Bandcamp, too.
Two songs are now streaming on Bandcamp — “Inhale the Dead” and “We Are the Profane” — and they are sooooo damned good. It’s a glorious kickback to the primordial spawning ground of all sorts of extreme metal genres, binding together the undead spirits of bands like Celtic Frost, Bathory, Venom, and Motörhead. Vomit-spewing vocals, tremendous drumming, and black, thrashing riffs to kill for.
This next item is a real blast from the past. I checked, and the last time I mentioned Aurora Borealis was in July 2011. Maybe not so surprising, since 2011 was the last time we got a new album from this long-running Maryland band, but we’re about to get another one: On March 1 the Spanish label Xtreem Music will be discharging the band’s sixth album, Worldshapers. The taste of new music we now have is the title track, which is up on SoundCloud.
The mere intro to this song is cataclysmic — and that’s before the band really go to work. And when they do go to work, it’s a super-heated rush of flensing riffs and weapons-grade percussion, with utterly vile vocals and spine-shaking grooves. This is a top-shelf fusion of black and death metal, with a lethal attitude and fantastic production, too.
By the way, Aurora Borealis’ entire discography is available for free (but maybe not much longer) here. For more info about the band, visit their official page or their Facebook:
My NCS comrade TheMadIsraeli tipped me to this next band. Hellcannon are from Buffalo, NY. They have a couple of EPs to their name, plus a 2010 debut album entitled Infected By Violence. Their second album, Terminal, will be coming later this year via Vile Records. Last month the band released a song from the new album as a single (which is available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other digital retailers), along with an accompanying music video. The song is “Lost Cause” and it kicks a large amount of ass.
You may get faked out by the doomy, lumbering intro, but it doesn’t take long before Hellcannon start to thrash the living hell out of the joint in a hornet swarm of grinding riffs. The incendiary guitar solos will burn holes right through your skull, and the acid-spewing vocals are thoroughly vile. Rough, raw, and catchy as hell.
Here’s the music video for “Lost Cause”:
Adramelech are a seminal Finnish band who have been “on hold” since their last album (Terror of Thousand Faces) was released in 2005. Their 1992 7″, Spring of Recovery, was the subject of a 20th anniversary review on our site by William Smith (Artificial Brain), who described it as “a triumph of atmosphere and production… two songs of perfect old-school Finnish Death Metal that stays true to a low, guttural aesthetic, while allowing the songs to flourish with dark melodic passages and even occasional synth touches.”
Yesterday I discovered that on March 1 Xtreem Music will be reissuing a remastered edition of the band’s first album, Psychostasia (1996), on CD and LP, with three bonus tracks. Xtreem has also uploaded to SoundCloud a remastered version of the album’s opening track — “Heroes In Godly Blaze” — and you can listen to it below.
It’s a dark storm of technically impressive and thoroughly murderous riffs, alien-sounding guitar leads, and grotesque vocal excretions. Its heavy and malignant, yet wonderfully complex, and the tone is outstanding.
Psychostasia can be ordered here.