Here’s part two of a round-up post I began earlier today. Collected here are the best of the new songs and videos that I saw and heard over the last 24 hours.
We reported last month that after the passage of four years since Sweden’s The Crown released their comeback album Doomsday King, which Andy Synn praised in one of his earliest posts for our site as “a masterpiece of wild fury and calculated aggression, blurring the lines between razor-sharp thrash and full-speed death metal”, they will be returning in January with their eighth album, Death Is Not Dead.
Century Media has also just released a 7″ vinyl single from the band that includes one of the new songs — “Headhunter” — plus the band’s cover of “Unfit Earth” by Napalm Death. And yesterday the band unveiled a music video for “Headhunter”.
The song is a complete ass-kicker, a venomous blast of death/thrash that punches like a price-fighter, with a delicious guitar solo and convincingly flesh-eating vocals. Cool video, too.
The “Headhunter” single can be ordered here.
Vassafor, the two-man entity from Auckland, New Zealand, have finally released for streaming one of the tracks from their long-awaited Iron Bonehead split LP with Australia’s Temple Nightside (both bands include the talented VK in their ranks). The track is an unmastered mix of a song named “Crowned In Irradiated Ashes”, but that doesn’t stop it from being a force of nature.
Or more precisely, it’s a supernatural force: a corrosive maelstrom of thick, grinding riffs, riveting snare blasts, and bestial vocal ferocity. I listen to this track and I think of a phalanx of monstrous battle tanks rumbling at full speed over a wasteland paved with skulls.
Earlier this year Temple Nightside began streaming a song named “Knell”, which also appears destined for this split. As I wrote last April:
“At almost nine minutes, it has enough time to cast a potent spell, one that drags your mind through a wall of thorns and down into a murky abyss. The vibrating tremolo riffs radiate illness, the lumbering distorted chords are blood-draining, the wordless echoing howls send chills down the spine. This is blackened death metal that relishes life (or anti-life) in the low and slow lane, but is convincingly bone-grinding and flesh-reaping when it turns warlike, too. A really excellent track.”
I first discovered Dire Omen from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, more than three and a half years ago in a MISCELLANY excursion. At that time I had only heard a 2011 promo and thought that it showed a lot of promise. Now, the band have recorded a debut album — Wresting the Revelation of Futility — which will be released by Dark Descent on November 12. Today BraveWords began streaming one of the new tracks, a song named “Onward With Wounds of Disillusion”, and goddamn is this a big step up from what I remember of that early demo.
It’s also a change in style from what I remember. “Onward” is titanically heavy and saturated with an ichor of doom. It’s an unmitigated blackened death metal assault of whirring riff ferocity, pavement-splitting bass dominance, and snare-heavy percussion. The eerie lead guitar melody gives it an otherworldly ambience, and the reverberating vocal excretions are thoroughly heartless.
Yesterday South Africa’s Bloodbeast released a new single named “Truth By Torture” from the forthcoming album Out For Blood. Its available on Bandcamp, and Bloodbeast have also released a lyric video for the track.
If you’re in the mood for ravenous, high-speed death metal with a strong old-school flavor and enough groove to crack ribs (plus a couple of electrifying guitar solos), you’ll dig this mightily. It’s a megawatt charge delivered straight to the brain stem.
I should have begun this post with a question: What’s the one thing in this post different from everything else? And the answer is this next song and video.
The last and only time we’ve mentioned Pennsylvania’s Circa Survive at this site was in late 2010, when BadWolf named their album Blue Sky Noise to his list of The 10 Most Metal Non-Metal Albums of 2010. He called them one of the few “bands that carry the flame of everything good about metalcore now that the genre’s become a commercialized cesspool of terrible bands”.
They have a new album named Descensus coming out on November 24 (it can be ordered here), and yesterday they released a music video for a track named “Schema”. Against my expectations, I’m enjoying the song, but the video (directed by Frankie Nasso) is the main attraction, because there is so much truth in the metaphor it vividly depicts.