Current Kayo Dot guitarist and former guitarist/vocalist for So is the Tongue, Ron Varod, creates sprawling and haunting compositions for his solo endeavor, Zvi. The Brooklyn musician’s first foray into this dark, guitar-centered realm was the project’s self-titled debut, which was released back in 2014. The album featured eight, dense tracks that were sonically arresting and defied categorization. Varod’s skill as a songwriter and his unique utilization of his six-string instrument made Zvi‘s very basic setup multifaceted and enthralling. Despite being involved in a multitude of acts, Varod returned earlier this year with the faithful follow-up to that imaginative first full-length. Zvi II: Death Stops Us All shows the project becoming more massive, dismal and experimental. With only three tracks, this record plummets listeners into a cold aural abyss of which there is no escape.
Two eclectic Pittsburgh acts, T-Tops and Cyrus Gold, come together to deliver a brief but bludgeoning split release that is sure to garner new potential fans. T-Tops is a three-piece powerhouse that collects former members of The Fitt and influential math rock group Don Caballero. The band’s sound is a dirty, Amphetamine Reptile-inspired noise rock sound with a bit of early grunge thrown into the mix. Cyrus Gold is an erratic quartet whose only release besides this split is a three-track, 2013 demo that clearly paved the way for their sound now. The band play a sort of frenzied, angular post-hardcore style with a bit of noise rock added in for good measure. Both bands deal out three tracks on this 23-minute release, and both of their respective sides are hard-hitting and infectiously heavy.
Syracuse, NY’s Bleak are set to release their new album, No Light, No Tunnel, this summer and are offering up a taste with a stream of the first single, “Teeth.” Following several releases over the past year alone, No Light, No Tunnel marks the band’s second full-length and sees Bleak delving into more chaotic territories. The band still maintains their dark and overtly harsh, sludge-filled aggression while incorporating even more distressing visceral intensity, as displayed on the exceptionally frantic and angular “Teeth.” Continue Reading
Swedish death metal unit Cenitex have premiered a new track (with lyric video) from their upcoming album, Doomsday Rituals, at Terrorizer. Tilted “Sentenced to Suffer”, the new track barrels forth with body-slamming rhythms and bone-crushing guitar riffs fans of death metal of all shapes and sizes can get into. Check out the track after the break.
Doomsday Rituals will be released on July 8 via Agonia Records. Pre-order here.
Norwegian “Sogna metal” outfit Mistur (Vreid, Windir, etc) have premiered their new album, In Memoriam, at Decibel. The album is officially out today via Dark Essence Records and can be purchased here. The album is a lengthy, grandiose opus full of symphonic, progressive black metal instrumentation that fans of Windir, Insomnium and the like will enjoy. Check it out at this location.
Dutch solo black metal act Verwoed will unleash its newest three-track recording through Argento Records this summer. The project, which is the brainchild of one Erik B and was formerly known as Woudloper, will release Bodemloos on July 8 on CD, vinyl and digital formats via the aforementioned label. Bodemloos was recorded, mixed, and mastered by John Bart Van Der Wal (Aborted, Herder) and will feature artwork by Joost Vervoost (Terzij De Horde). The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.
After the release of Bodemloos, Verwoed will expand from a solo outing to a five-piece lineup and will begin performing live in the near future.
Psychedelic rock outfit It’s Not Night: It’s Space have premiered a new track from their upcoming LP, Our Birth is But a Sleep and a Forgetting, at The Obelisk. Titled “The Beard Of Macroprosopus”, the new hypnotic jam spans nearly nine minutes and length and features engaging, exploratory instrumentation that is hard not to get lost in. From start to finish, the track is a constant barrage of swelling, effect-drenched rock that is the auditory equivalent of an acid trip. Check it out now.
Our Birth is But a Sleep and a Forgetting will be released on June 24 via Small Stone Recordings.
Brutal death metal quartet Internal Suffering have premiered the title track to their upcoming record, Cyclonic Void of Power, at Heavy Blog is Heavy. “Cyclonic Void of Power”, like its name suggests, unleashes a cyclone of bone-grinding, slamming death metal instrumentation with a technical edge. It’s furious, complex and just plain mean. Check it out after the jump.
Cyclonic Void of Power will be released on June 24 via Unique Leader Records.
Massachusetts doom outfit Conclave have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Sins of the Elders, at Decibel. Titled “Cut It Off”, the seven-minute behemoth unleashes stomping, hazy-eyed doom and gloom in abundance. The band commented on the new track:
“Both musically and lyrically, ‘Cut It Off’ is punching yourself out of a box,… “When you’ve had enough of the shit and nothing seems to matter or hold value anymore, you reach the point where you’re willing and ready to destroy everything, starting with yourself. Scorched. Fucking. Earth.”
Check out the track after the break along with visual accompaniment.
Sins of the Elders will be released on June 10 via PATAC Records and Lost Apparition Records.