Mar 062021


As forecast last weekend, I’m not able to write my usual NCS weekend posts today or tomorrow. The project for my fucking day job has indeed been consuming me. I haven’t listened to any new metal over the last 4 or 5 days other than what I had agreed to premiere. I didn’t even have time to pay close attention to our in-box or use my other typical ways of ferreting out new music so as to add to my list of what to check out later.

However, a few things did jump out at me yesterday — a surprise new album by Krallice (they do love surprising people), a new 20-minute song off the new Majestic Downfall album, and a video for a new track by Grave Miasma from their next album. I would listen to and watch all of that today if I had time, which I don’t. But because I detest letting a day go by without having new music up on the site, I’m installing the streams of these three things below, even though I haven’t checked them out myself. But it’s a good bet they will be worth your time.

By the way, even though I can’t do more than this today, it would be great if you used the Comments to flag any other new music that would be good uses of listening time. And of course, feel free to let us know what you think about the following streams if you get a chance to hear them.



(Krallice is working with P2 for the physical and merch releases, and with Gilead Media on the vinyl.)
















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  1. Stay strong! If you get a chance, the new album from Belarus’ downcross is pretty cool. Catchy black metal tunes with quality vocals. Also, Old Nick has a new release of their batshit blend of dungeon synth and raw BM, if you are into their whole thing. I hope the workload lightens very soon!

  2. Still waiting for that Stygian Dark

  3. There’s a Venezuelan blackened death metal act named Cthonica that’s just put out their second LP (I think it’s their second?), The Lesser Incantations Of Chthonic Lore. It’s fairly simple but has a very raw tone that’s different from Vassafor, and to my ears at least, is really unique. Despite it being nothing innovative in terms of primitive blackened death metal, there’s just something about it. Don’t know if it will keep me going for lots of listens as it’s not a complex beast, but it sort of reminds me of a deathened and primitive version of early Skaphe, only the musicians aren’t on the same level and it’s not as dissonant. If that makes sense at all!

    Ehnahre’s latest is being released, called Jacob, a collaboration with an experimental noise musician, that takes their improvisational approach to new corners of creative chaos. An intense listen in terms of doom-noise-avant-guard-experimental metal. Although not post-rock (far too heavy and multi-faceted for post-rock), the way they seem to put their music together reminds me of how the British synthpop turned post-rock act (the first true post-rock act?) Talk Talk (rest in peace, Mark Hollis) did their last couple of CDs, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. Layers of improvisational music where the musicians are given free license to improvise and jam on particular themes, with some of this ultimately spliced together to form the discordant yet controlled ensemble of sounds contained within some fairly rudimentary parameters, that somehow works and feels coherent.

    For something not very metal but released by a band that includes at least one musician that plays in metal acts, Ionophore’s latest LP Knells could be a good thing to wind down to if you have any time Islander after an intense day at your day job. It stirs up too many atmospheres and emotions to be labelled simply as ‘ambient’, it avoids many of the usual dark ambient tropes through some diverse organic instrumentation, and can take the listener (or me at least) through some powerful journeys.

    Not new releases, and focusing largely on Indian politics, but the blackened grindcore rage of Heathen Beast’s back catalogue is just the fillip when needing to re-connect with our rage against the system that locks us into needing to do frigging day jobs that take us away from what we love.

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