I’ve been remiss in posting round-ups of news and new music lately, and I’ve collected quite a large batch of items worth spreading around. As a consequence, I’ve divided the collection into multiple parts that I’m going to dribble out over the course of the day, because what else am I going to do with all this drool? One thing the four items in this Part 1 have in common: Killer cover art. You’ll see.
This UK band’s self-titled 2012 album was one of my favorite releases of that year, and I included the song “Godless” in my list of 2012’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. Needless to say, I’ve been eager for the band’s follow-up. They funded its production through a Kickstarter campaign in four days, and yesterday the band revealed a lot more info about it, to wit:
Its name is Demons and it will be released in the UK on October 26. It was was mixed and mastered by Danish engineer Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Amaranthe, Volbeat, Destruction, Epica, Pestilence). It features guest appearances by Sven De Caluwé (Aborted, System Divide), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue), and Chris Amott (Armageddon, ex-Arch Enemy). And as you can see, it features a gob-smacking album cover by the talented Pär Olofsson (click that sucker to make it bigger). I’ll be waiting, eagerly and drooling, for the first advance track…
Disentomb are from Brisbane, Australia. They play thinking person’s metal, and by “thinking person” I mean the kind of person who thinks it would be a good idea to get some lumbar adjustment with a jackhammer. I first came across them exactly two years ago and featured them in a post I cleverly entitled “Sonic Thuggery”. At that point they were talking about releasing a new album in 2013. That didn’t happen, but they did start dribbling out enticing pieces of Nick Keller artwork that will appear in the booklet for the album… and time passed.
Finally, Misery is upon us. That’s the name of the new album, and as you can see it’s adorned by a hellishly good piece of cover art by Mr. Keller (click that sucker to make it bigger). It’s now due for release on October 13, and yesterday the band started streaming one of the new songs, “An Edifice of Archbestial Impurity”, which you may hear below.
Prepare for lumbar adjustment. This is bone-rattling, hyper-speed brutality that inflicts its punishment with considerable technical flair (and massive groove) while also creating an atmosphere of ravening menace. Very nice.
Misery can be pre-ordered from New Standard Elite here.
Here’s another band who’ve made us wait a long time for new music. Their debut album, the impeccably destructive Deathwomb Catechesis, was delivered more than two years ago. Finally, we have something new — sort of.
Yesterday these Russian beasts announced that Deathangle Absolution Records will be releasing a 7″ EP entitled The Pharynxes Of Hell later this year. It will contain two old tracks previously released on the Four Wings Of Blasphemy And Abomination split CD from 2010, plus a cover of “Blood War III” by Antaeus. As you can see, the 7″ will feature lovely cover art by Antichrist Kramer.
Pseudogod have started streaming the two older songs on Bandcamp, where you can also buy them in digital form right now. Be aware that at the moment the cover song is not included in the download. Here are those two older tracks:
And now, to complete our collection of new releases with eye-catching cover art, here’s one that is adorned by one of the creepiest paintings ever created by the late, great Zdzisław Beksiński (yes, you can click that sucker to make it bigger). The album is Heptaedrone, which is the debut demo tape by Germany’s Khthoniik Cerviiks that’s being released by Iron Bonehead. We had the pleasure of premiering a song from the demo here, and we’ve also featured other music from it.
I’m very, very high on this album, and now you’ll have the chance to discover all of it for yourselves, because yesterday Iron Bonehead unexpectedly began streaming all of it on Bandcamp — where you can now download it digitally and/or order it on tape. Here’s the link:
And here’s the music: