For those of us here in the U.S., today is the beginning of a long weekend in which we celebrate the nation’s independence from another country, which recently declared its own “independence” from Europe and now can’t seem to figure out what to do next. But since we have a couple of presidential candidates here in this country that most people don’t like, I guess we’re having some trouble figuring out what to do next, too.
I nearly decided to take the day off from blogging, not because I’m feeling very “patriotic” but because I’m feeling really lazy. I decided instead to make a feeble compromise with myself: I have a ton of new music I think is worth hearing, but I’m just going to spread a lot of it out for your perusal without any commentary. I feel kind of shitty for doing that, not because you really need my commentary but because I think I owe it to the bands to explain why I think the music is worth hearing. But I guess this is better than doing nothing at all.
Tomorrow we’ll be bringing you an EP premiere and something else, probably another Shades of Black post and/or the first “That’s Metal!” post in months. Unless I continue to indulge my feelings of laziness.
AMPHISBAENA: “Chthonic Macrophagi”
From the MMXVI 12″ MLP/MCD, to be released by Iron Bonehead Productions on September 9 (originally self-released digitally at the end of last year, with Graceless Recordings then releasing it on tape this spring).
ASPHALT GRAVES: “The New Primitive”
A band featuring Jason Netherton (Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus), Brent Purgason (GWAR), and Shannon Lucas (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder). From the debut album The New Primitive, which comes out July 8 via Vitriol Records.
BETRAEUS: “The Drought”
Three-track 2016 demo from this UK band.
DROWNING THE LIGHT: “Tenth Region of the Night”
Four-track EP by this Australian black metal band, released on June 17.
DRUDKH and GRIFT
Excerpts from a new split album named Betrayed By The Sun / Hägringar by these two excellent bands, to be released by Season of Mist and Nordvis on September 16.
GRAVE DESECRATOR: “SxSxSx”
From Musica de Nuestra Muerte, a split release by Grave Desecrator and Slaughtbbath, coming on August 12 via Hells Headbangers.
HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE: “Sea of Heroes”
From the album Dead Revolution, due for release by Metal Blade on July 22.
IN OBSCURITY REVEALED: “Spell of the Seeker”
Recently discovered, a four-track EP released in 2015 by this Mexico City band.
A single from an album called Laniakea, projected for release on October 1.
MIZMOR: “Woe Regains My Substance”
From the album Yodh by this one-man blackened doom band from Oregon, set for release on August 12 (double-vinyl and CD) by Gilead Media.
NECROURGICA: “Gates of Gnosis”
From the debut full-length Further from the Grey, which comes out on July 29.
NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST: “Overkill Commando”
Full stream of the debut album by this Polish band, released on June 27.
SURGEON: “Forest of Ghosts”
Video for a song from this Philadelphia band’s third album, Beast of Light, coming out on August 30 via Anthropic Records.
TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE: “Within the Arms of Nothingness”
Another track from The Hecatomb, due for release on August 5 by Iron Bonehead Productions.
A track from the self-titled debut album of this Mexican band, due for release by Via Nocturna on CD and digitally on July 29.