As explained in Part 1 of this gigantic mid-week round-up, I’m trying to catch up on the flood of new videos and songs that were released on Halloween and the few days leading up to it (although a few of the items I’ve selected are a bit older than that).
Because there are so many things I want to throw at your eyes and ears, I alphabetized everything by band name, beginning with Apophis and ending with Watain, and divided the list into three parts. I’m posting them as fast as I can get them ready to go. And because there are so many songs and videos, I’m resorting to a tactic I’ve used occasionally in the past: Although I may dribble a few words here and there, I’m mainly presenting everything with just basic release info and no reviews. Onward to Part 2:
Cattle Decap put up a video for “Prophets Of Loss” last week, mostly a live performance video using a bunch of tour footage from the group’s recent European run. Great song from a great album. Random comment by my comrade DGR: “It looks like their bassist has cut his glorious mane of hair…. This is most unfortunate. RIP really tall bassist guy’s hair.”
Album: The Anthropocene Extinction
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Label: Metal Blade
This band’s members are spread all over the place — Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Manchester (England). The geographic separation hasn’t hindered their ability to kick like a country mule. This next song, “Bygones“, loosened my molars. Also, I hear you can get by on one kidney — and after hearing this, I guess I’ll find out if that’s true.
Album: The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Label: Southern Lord
CREST OF DARKNESS
This Norwegian black metal band chose to celebrate Halloween with the release of a lyric video for the track “The Noble Art” off their last album. Really good song. Also, the video features zombie foetus sculptures created by the Italian artist Andrea Falaschi. I know you’ll like that.
Album: Welcome the Dead
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Label: My Kingdom Music
Andy Synn tells me he’s nearly finished writing a review of the new The Faceless the album. (Sorry, got carried away with the definite article.) I myself had grown lukewarm about this band, but I must say that I’ve really been digging what I’ve heard from this new album, including this latest single, “Digging the Grave“.
Album: In Becoming A Ghost
Release Date: December 1
Label: Sumerian Records
Godflesh also chose Halloween to release a new song, and this one is the title track to their next album, Post Self. According to the press releases, the album “explores a different side of Godflesh, taking in their formative influences to conjure something informed by late 70’s/early 80’s post-punk and industrial music.” Haven’t heard the whole album, but I’m a sucker for this new single.
Album: Post Self
Release Date: November 17
Label: Avalanche Recordings
I overlooked this French band’s album when it was released in March, but did pay attention to the video they released a couple days ago, which is for a track called “When the Light Dies Down“. And I guess that’s one good reason for music videos — to remind you about things you overlooked. Based on this song, I’m going over to Bandcamp to explore the album further.
Album: The Resilience
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Label: Apathia Records