The Spanish band Insulters named their new album Metal Still Means Danger. It includes songs named “Bang Your Fucking Skull”, “Here Falls the Hammer”, and of course “Metal Still Means Danger”. When you openly brandish so many over-the-top heavy metal tropes, you run some risks — and you’d better be able to back it up with something more than bullet belts, pentagrams, and even the right kind of spirit. Insulters definitely back it up, as you’re about to find out.
Metal Still Means Danger was officially released on January 1, 2017, by Unholy Prophecies and Equinox Discos, and we’re helping spread the word through the premiere of a full album stream. It’s a nasty nine-track hellride that will punch a lot of primal metalhead buttons, and yes, it is likely to cause an orgy of headbanging.
In genre terms, the core of Insulters‘ sound is black thrash, but they rely more on the rhythms of d-beat punk than you might be expecting; you don’t get a burst of blast-beats until the third track, and they’re used sparingly after that. And while the tempo runs high and hot for the most part, Insulters do ease off the throttle here and there, to change the atmosphere from fiendishly alive and dangerous to ghoulishly dead and dangerous, like reanimated corpses.
The riffs, of course, are the critical ingredient in this kind of music, and Insulters have packed the album with highly addictive ones — and they also give the music a poisonous, morbid, satanic air. This is definitely the devil’s rock ‘n’ roll. And in addition to arming themselves with a big array of filthy riffs, Insulters also pull the trigger on some very tasty solos, some of them slithering and serpentine, some of them psychedelic, some of them fiery enough to melt the frets.
The music is damned fun. Even if you go into the album with a jaded perspective, it really has a way of getting its hooks in, and it sinks them more and more deeply into the skull as the album races along.
But as much fun as the songs are, they’re still undeniably vicious, and a lot of their barbaric mien is attributable to the vocals — which are a scalding mix of high goblin snarls and shrieks, raw yells, volcanic spews of vomit, visceral grunts, and in general the kind of bestiality that wants to rip open your jugular vein with its teeth, just for the pleasure of being bathed in a warm blood spray.
So yeah, Insulters can get away with calling their album Metal Still Means Danger. You’ll get a good sense of where Insulters are coming from regardless of which song you might pick as a test, but my own favorites are “Icons & Symbols”, “Forged In Hell’s Fire”, “Burn With the Witch”, and the title track.
Metal Still Means Danger was mixed and mastered by Javi Felez (Graveyard, Körgull) at his Moontower Studios. It was officially released by Unholy Prophecies and Equinox Discos on January 1, 2017, and you can pick it up in a large 7″ four-panel digipack format here. A gatefold vinyl edition will follow later this year.