QUICK HITS: THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT, TAMERLAN EMPIRE, SECOND TO SUN
With a bit of spare time left to me this morning before having to turn to more mundane tasks, I picked the following four new songs from three forthcoming albums to share with you. All of them are dramatic, all have a kind of larger-than-life scale of intensity, and the first two come with lyric videos that are based on history, and slaughter. From a larger group of new tracks I heard this morning, they stuck together in my head, and so I’m sticking them together here. Because I’m hurrying, I’ll keep the words brief.
THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT
These long-running Dutch favorites of our site have a new album entitled V2 – Vergelding (“Retaliation”) scheduled for release on November 30th. It’s described as the follow-up to the band’s 2017 album Versvs and the second instalment of the V-Trilogy, dealing “with the aftermath of the events that formed the theme of the first part”. It also includes two live performances from Graspop Metal Meeting 2017.
Thematically, the lyric video for the first song off the album, “Fist of Stalin“, focuses on the violent repression visited by Stalin upon the peoples of Soviet-occupied lands near the close of World War II. Musically, TMDC’s Michiel Dekker describes it as “a deadly hybrid between the finest Metal of Death and the nastiest Industrial from the Psalm 69-era” — and that sounds right to me. As a trained medical professional (specializing in musical trauma to the head and neck), I urge you to get your neck muscles nice and loose before listening to this.
Does not need more cowbell.
As the name of this Australian band suggests, they’ve based the lyrics of their songs on the life and actions of the 14th-century emperor Tamerlan, and in their music have created a fusion of symphonic black metal with Middle Eastern and Central Asian melodies and rhythms, drawing in part on the traditions of drummer Khan’s native homeland, Uzbekistan. As you can see, they look the part, too.
The band’s debut album is Age Of Ascendancy, and it includes traditional Uzbek instruments such as Dutar, Tanbour, Karnay, and Uzbek drums, as well as Uzbek and Turkish drumming and Arabic strings patterns. It was released by Metal Hell Records on February 1st of this year — but the lyric video below is a new one, with a track called “Battle of Tyrants” as its centerpiece.
SECOND TO SUN
This prolific Russian band, which has grown from a solo instrumental project of Vladimir Lehtinen into a fully formed group, has been the subject of numerous posts at our site over the years. It has been fun listening to the music evolve, and the next step in that evolution is a new album named The Walk, which will be released on November 25th.
Two songs from the album have been released for streaming so far, “Black Lines” and “To Live“. The former combines brooding, pitch-black, heavyweight power, incinerating vocals, and a whirling folk-like melody, while the latter uses bright, darting keyboard reverberations to accent an equally dark song that stomps, ravages, and jackhammers with no regard for the orthopedic integrity of your skull.
I listened to that Monolith Death Cult song, and just barely managed to not smash everything in my apartment out of pure, reckless joy.
And boy do I want to punch a Nazi right now.
You’ll be glad to know that The Monolith Deathcult are offering the special TMDC V-1 Home Protector insurance policy that covers self-inflicted damage to furniture and sheetrock for the low, low price of $666/year.
I love Second To Sun’s “The First Chapter”. Somehow I missed their previous release. Interesting to hear the direction they have now – I’ve never heard them with vocals before. The newer tracks are more ‘stable’ than the more jumping-around, slightly demented approach on The First Chapter – and I say demented as a compliment 😉 I’d be interested to hear the full album when it’s out.