Screamo quintet Knife Hits have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Eris, over at Impose Magazine. Unlike previously released tracks “Descent” and “Forgotten Vessels”, “Map Territory Relation” sees the band trading in their high octane, blistering screamo chops for some down-tuned, angular sludge mayhem. Check it out now.
Eris will be released on September 16 via Dead Tank Records/Hydrogen Man Records/Give Praise Records.
Norwegian blackened hardcore trio NAG have premiered their forthcoming self-titled album at New Noise. The record will officially be released this Friday, September 2, via Fysisk Format and can be purchased here. The band comments on their blistering debut release:
“We wanted the album to sound through and through primitive and aggressive. No beating around the bushes, just pure savagery. Hard and fast bands are dime a dozen nowadays, but few sound as mean as the old European hardcore and black metal bands from the ’80s and ’90s. So we generally tried to keep it simple and not overthink things. The result is the primitive punk/metal-hybrid that is NAG. UGH!”
Check it out now.
New Jersey metallic hardcore thrashers Robots and Monsters have premiered their forthcoming EP, Nothing to Fear Nothing to Fight, over at Metal Insider. The EP will officially be released this Friday, September 2, via the band themselves and can be purchased here. Those looking for a raw, high energy release to kick off their day will have to look no further than this seven-track barn burner. Check it out now.
Italian doom trio Ufomammut are currently in the studio recording their eight full-length studio album, and follow-up to 2015’s Ecate. The band are recording the currently untitled effort at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone with Ciccio and his associates of Femore Production. More info on this new album will be made available in the coming months. In the meantime, check out Ecate after the break along with the band’s forthcoming tour dates.
Kentucky black metallers Anagnorisis have released several details surrounding their forthcoming album, Peripeteia. The new full-length serves as both a prequel (tracks 1-5) and sequel (tracks 6-8) to their 2013 album, Beyond All Light. The record is reported to be autobiographical in nature, detailing frontman Zachary Kerr’s childhood. A press release elaborates:
After nearly 13 years of existence it seems that Withered have found their true sound. Though the Atlanta blackened death metallers have three full-lengths under their belt, none of which are bad in the slightest, they never quite carved their own niche within the subgenre. With Grief Relic, however, they have tapped into the special sweet spot between straightforward destruction and apocalyptic chaos. This nearly 40-minute onslaught of unyielding malevolence blows everything that came before it out of the water, and ushers in the next chapter for this band.
Experimental blackened death metallers Veilburner have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, The Obscene Rite, over at No Clean Singing. Titled “Eucharist of the Breathing Abyss”, the tumultuous, nearly seven-minute assaults unleashes disfigured, churning instrumentation that is enshrouded in a myriad of odd effects and soundscapes. It’s almost like a twisted mashup of Behemoth, Deathspell Omega and Pyrrhon. Check it out now.
The Obscene Rite will be released on September 30.
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Japanese post-rockers Mono have released a new track from their forthcoming ninth full-length album, Requiem for Hell, which is due out on October 14 via Temporary Residence Ltd (North America), Pelagic Records (Europe) and Magniph/Hostess Entertainment (Japan & Asia). Titled “Ely’s Heartbeat”, the serene eight-minute composition showcases the band doing what they do best; crafting captivating soundscapes that build from peaceful beginnings to immense walls of gorgeous sound. Check it out after the break.
At this point in their career, Russian Circles have become one of the most celebrate acts in the post-rock/post-metal/post-whatever scenes. They’ve landed tours with some very high profile acts and each of their releases has been met with an abundance of glowing, positive accolades. And for good reason. The band have been able to navigate the waters of post-rock and post-metal, among others, and defy their stylistic conventions. They’ve adopted the techniques of the genre’s progenitors and modified them to fit their progressive manner. Each record has stayed true to their core sound while simultaneously toying with various compositional techniques and moods. Listeners usually know what to expect going into a Russian Circles album, but always experience a surprise or two. Their sixth and newest full-length offering, Guidance, is like the albums that came before it – a solid edition to their discography, but also business as usual.