What follows is a collection of new songs and videos that different people messaged me about today, plus a few I had noticed in preceding days. With apologies to anyone who might care, I unfortunately don’t have the time to provide as many
stumbling brilliant verbal descriptions of the music as I usually do, but nevertheless hope you enjoy all the sounds, as I have.
“Born For One Thing“: feverish tumult with slightly industrialized grooves, trademark atonal pounding, and gripping rhythmic interplay, plus eerie melodic accents… definitely in their comfort zone, and very good….
THE CROWN (Sweden)
“We Drift On“: mainly mid-paced and menacing, with moody and mysterious melodic interludes that prove to be enthralling, in juxtaposition with jackhammer jolts and seething savagery….
“Wild North West“: We get a gothic organ intro, but it’s more than just an intro, as its haunting mood re-surfaces in the midst of this diabolical rocking jam, along with buzzing and flickering chords that add to the song’s sinister atmosphere… this one gets its fiendish claws in your head, and the conjunction of singing and growling along with that glimmering melody makes for a real high point…
ALBUM: Wild North West
RELEASE DATE: April 30
LABEL: Season of Mist
“Desferecat“: The opening percussive patterns, united with gigantic booms and wailing voices, makes for an attention-seizing intro…. and the song doesn’t release its hold, revealing dark, momentous chords and demonic snarls as well as jabbing and writhing riffage that builds to a crescendo of madness….
“The Pandemic Sessions“: In this two-track EP, Kollaps\e draw upon inspirations from the likes of Breach, Cult of Luna, and Neurosis to create music that’s unnerving and punishing in equal measure. The rhythmic power and ferocity threatens to rupture spleens, and the vocals are rabid.
The riffing and the shrill, squirming leads in “Radiant / Static” will put your teeth on edge with their dissonant, seething, tension-filled sounds — and yet there indeed is a kind of magnificent radiance that shines through as well. The tumbling, booming drumwork and scratchy bass torture at the outset of “Murrain” keeps the band’s teeth in your neck, and as the song slugs and slithers, whines and blares, it becomes more and more fearsome. There’s a frightening, hallucinatory interlude before a further dose of pile-driving brutality, and then an utterly deranged crescendo that threatens to overwhelm the senses.
One listen isn’t enough, because this EP won’t leave you alone. If it doesn’t put you in a hospital for long-term orthopedic treatment, it will send you to a mental institution. (Thanks to Rennie (starkweather) for giving this one a strong push in my direction.)
“Kom, Bestig Vaare Fjell“: The lilting acoustic intro is entrancing; the crack and thunder of the drums that follow, and the raw, frantic fretwork will break the trance, but that’s just the first of many changes to come, which include folk choral singing as well as cracked croaks and wild cries, and turn-on-a-dime variations in the hard-hitting drumwork. What an interesting piece of audio witchery… right up through the beguiling instrumental interlude and devilish chants near the end, and the whirling riffage that brings it to a close.
RELEASE DATE: February 26th
LABEL: Soulseller Records
DECLINE OF THE I (France)
“The Veil of Splendid Lies“: Soaring choral voices and ominous detonations give way to grieving solitary melody and then the power of titanic bass, skull-cracking drums, demented guitars, and scorching screams. A mountainously heavy and mind-mauling experience — theatrical in its frightening grandeur, multiply textured in its vocals, tormented (and sometimes dreamlike) in its melodies, and earthquaking in its low-end impact.