(Leperkahn once again steps up to the plate during my round-up hiatus with a collection of noteworthy news and new music.)
You can pretty much assume that a new Marduk record will kick ass 100% of the time. Their most recent full-length, Serpent Sermon, is certainly a better testament to that than most of their releases. Luckily for us, January 2015 will give us yet another dose of their feral, maniacal black metal, entitled Front Schwein. I literally don’t know anything else about the record, other than my hypothesis that it’ll be one of the better records January offers. Get psyched.
[Editor’s intrusion: “schwein” is German for pig, and “frontschwein” seems to be an expression for the grunts at the front in wartime.]
I’m pretty sure I have a promo for this Greek band’s third album Crypts of Ancient Wisdom, but, brilliant human that I am, I hadn’t made time to check out this band until Islander sent me a link to a song of theirs sometime yesterday. As the artwork may have hinted, these guys are pretty staunchly in the OSDM camp, which is just fine by me, especially when they do it so well, with such juggernaut riffs as the one that opens the song linked below, “Deadland Pt. 1”.
This song gave me quite a jolt of energy as I played and replayed it whilst suffering through a portion of The Iliad (sorry to any Classics majors out there), and worked probably as well as a shot of espresso or a punch to the face would’ve to keep me alert and focused on the reading. If you’re in the need of a jolt to get you motivated for those last minutes or hours of the workday, this puppy’ll do just fine.
Crypt of Ancient Wisdom will be released by Xtreem Music on October 15th.
MARE COGNITUM/INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS/TONGUES
The always-trustworthy I, Voidhanger Records put up three awesome records for streaming sometime yesterday afternoon. We’ve already premiered a song from the Inconcessus Lux Lucis and Tongues releases here and here and featured a teaser of the Mare Cognitum album here, but now you’ll get a chance to hear these three excellent releases in full before you buy. Check them out via the Bandcamp.