This has been one of those weeks where my blog time was severely constricted by both personal and job-related demands. You might have guessed that, based on the complete absence of any “seen and heard” posts since Monday. I didn’t have time to do much more than quickly scan through the interhole each day looking for new song and video premieres and make lists of what I’d like to hear and see when time would permit. This morning, I finally crawled through that list, and found a shitload of new things I really liked.
Because I’m behind, and because I don’t want to fall further behind, I’m taking the wimp’s way out in this post. I’m just going to stitch together a bunch of recommended song and video streams (11 of them) with almost no commentary. It’s a stream dump, and I will bet money you’ll find something to like, almost regardless of your tastes. It’s spring, and metal is in bloom.
Salted within this list are a couple of news items that perked my interest, even though there’s nothing available to hear… yet.
I present this box of chocolates in alphabetical order. There will be another similar collection either later today or tomorrow. Tell me what you like. Leave comments!
Song: “Bloody Angel”
From: Hail the Apocalypse
Release info: May 13, 2014, via eOne
I shouldn’t like this (a bit too much cheese and sugar content for my taste), but damn, that central riff is soooo catchy…
Release info: The album was released in September 2013
This is a new official video for the song, which premiered a few days ago. Dark melodic death metal dragging chains behind it.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
Song: “Happiness Is A Smile”
From: It’s a single
Release info: apparently, this is only available as a 7″ or cassette on the band’s current US tour
Heavy and acidic, and hooky (official video below)
HOUR OF PENANCE
Song: “Desecrated Souls”
Release info: May 13, 2014, via Prosthetic
Blistering, swarming, hammering death metal and a cool playthrough video, too. There are ants in my pants and hornets around my head. That snare drum!
Melodic death/doom from Russia — atmospheric bleakness with some mesmerizing guitar solos
There will be a new In Flames album coming in September 2014. The name, announced yesterday, is Siren Charms. A snippet of music can be heard here.
Song: “Neath Rock and Stone”
Release info: I don’t know the album release date; the song is a single now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
Entrancing, as usual.
Song: “Dear Slum Landlord”
From: No idea. This is a new song performed live at the Roadburn festival, with animation by Costin Chioreanu
Release info: I have no release info.
Quirky. Not your typical Napalm Death, but it’s Napalm Death, so I’m going with it.
Song: This is just a teaser
From: Nine Graves (EP)
Release info: May 2014, through Sepulchral Voice and Ván Records
Just a tease, but I’m very stoked for this new release.
From: Call of the Maelstrom (forthcoming 12″ vinyl split with Vassafor)
Release info: sometime later this year, by Iron Bonehead
Horrifying blackened death/doom — slow, morbid, otherworldly, crushing. Your blood will freeze.
Song: “Suffer For Salvation”
From: The Beast That Prays (EP)
Release info: Sometime later this year
Head-spinning technical thrash from Indiana — fans of Atheist and Revocation should eat this up
Song: “Salted Crypts”
Release info: June 10, 2014, by Prosthetic
D-beat crust punks from hell — a combination of vicious meat-grinding and tarry slogging
Song: “Ego Trip”
From: By Darkness Undone
Release info: April 28, 2014
Melodic death metal drenched in melancholy (you may think you’re in Finland) — but heads will also bang hard. Our own Andy Synn turns in a killer tripartite vocal performance on this, too.