Apr 242023

This is one of those times when it feels right to just dive headlong into the song we’re premiering, and then come back to fill in the details after you’ve had a chance to extricate yourself from those giant talons on the album cover and attempt to catch your breath.

It takes almost no time at all for “Hologram” to create a mood of feral, lusting exultation. The drumming is loose and raucous. The high-toned riffing writhes, jolts, and rises up in manifestations of diabolical glory. The bass tones feel like bubbling madness. When the vocals finally arrive, they sound like a big rabid beast that can’t be brought to heel.

The song rocks damned hard but it also takes off like a scampering devil-punk careening off the walls as the guitar screams, and the band also launch into a bracing gallop as the foundation for a delirious guitar solo that kicks the music’s diabolical energy further into the blood-spraying red zone.

Now for the details.

That head-hooking, ass-kicking romp you just heard is off the forthcoming second album by the German band Speedwhore. Entitled Visions of a Parallel World, it will be released on May 26th by Dying Victims Productions (on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats).

And if perchance you’re encountering Speedwhore‘s music for the first time, the band was first formed in Munich by Tim Kuntze and Johannes Mikulits in 2006 as an alcohol-induced joke (like countless good ideas and countless calamities), but it turned into something lasting, and for good reason.

Sure, it’s still quite easy to imagine yourselves thrown into an alcohol-charged party when you hear the new record, but there’s also something magical about the way Speedwhore loop together traditions of thrash, black metal, and varying elements of traditional heavy metal to make music that’s rebellious in spirit, primal in its reflexive appeal, and infernal in its setting.

The band have also hit a sweet spot in the production quality, as you’ll figure out damned fast from the song we’ve just premiered. The music sounds organic and old-school — not too cleaned-up or pretty, but not so filthy that you can’t make out what all the performers are getting up to.

The album is up for pre-order now, and you can check the links below for all the options.

And after the links, you’ll find a stream of the album’s opening track “Matriarch“, which premiered previously. After a creepy and corrosive opening that clearly sets the stage in another world, where risks of inhuman predation and visions of hideous magnificence quickly present themselves, the song flies like a blazing bat horde that’s just blasted through the gates of Hell. Even more maniacal than the song we’ve presented today, it’s a sure-fire adrenaline trigger — and a gloriously crazed anthem to all that’s unholy.



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