Mesarthim is a cosmic atmospheric/trance like black metal act based out of Australia and out of all of the black metal bands who use the open void that is the universe as their main theme, Mesarthim is the best. I’ve been an avid fan of theirs since I first heard their debut release “Isolate” early last year. They capture the endless drifting feeling, isolation and capture just how small and insignificant we truly are on this floating rock we call Earth. The new album, “.- -… … . -. -.-. .”, (No I am not going to try to decode that Morse code) is another fine step in the right direction for this bands style and they add even more black metal moments to the writing to make it even more heavy.
Code Orange have premiered the official video to the title track of their highly-anticipated new record, Forever, at Rolling Stone. The groove-laden metallic bashing is set to a bizarre, ritualistic video directed by Max Moore. Check out the clip after the break.
Forever will be released on January 13, 2017 via Roadrunner Records. Pre-order here.
For 25 years, Meshuggah have constantly been at the forefront of forward-thinking metal and are generally regarded as one of extreme music’s most influential and celebrated acts. Each release from this Swedish outfit, especially from Destroy Erase Improve onward, has garnered overwhelmingly positive accolades and further solidified their place as one of the genre’s top boundary pushers. Their tasteful evolutions between full-length albums always kept them ahead of the curve, and gave the band’s they inadvertently spawned something to strive toward. But, arguably, the band hit a bit of a creative snag with the meandering sprawl of 2012’s Koloss. Though the band achieved their goal of wanting to present a more “organic” and “visceral” record, the album was marred by a plethora of unimaginative riffs and recycled song structures. Though the album had some pretty stellar moments, it paled in comparison to the rest of the band’s critically-lauded catalog Fast-forward to 2016 and the band have returned with their eighth studio album, The Violent Sleep of Reason. This 60-minute behemoth makes up for a lot of Koloss‘ pitfalls but, unfortunately, shows the band playing it a bit too safe.
Hello and good day to you black metal fans out there. I am bringing back “From The Void” on Svbterranean as a weekly column, sharing with you my favorite black metal albums I have found. Either on Bandcamp by accident or shared by a friend or maybe even a promo sent to me for review. These are my favorite releases found this past week. Click the link found on the bands name and album name to listen to the album!
Burlington Vermont has always had a strong and unique heavy music scene for a city on the smallish side. There’s lots of craft beer and a long winters to get the creative juices flowing maybe. A couple of years ago I found myself in that neck of the woods watching a really excellent band called Writhe destroy the stage at the infamous Nectar’s Metal Monday (which, if you ever have a chance to get there, do it, free admission and awesome poutine). Writhe pounded out jams with this awesome Coalesce meets Knut sonic assault that just mesmerized me. Fast forward a bit and Writhe, unfortunately appears to be no more. However, bassist TJ Maynard has stayed hard at work birthing a new project called Ghastly Sound, and we get to hear their first effort in full here today. Continue Reading
If Vermin Womb’s goal was to release the most vicious and disgusting album of the year, they’ve achieved it. The Colorado grind/death metal trio, formerly known as Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, offer up a frantic slab of intense, dissonant hostility on their debut LP, Decline, which is out tomorrow (October 28) through Translation Loss. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man, Withered), bassist Zach Harlan and drummer JP Damron, Vermin Womb follow up their 2014 EP, Permanence, with 10 chaotic tracks that are angrier, darker and even more despondent and nihilistic than their predecessors. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, McCarthy took some time out while on tour to discuss the band’s inception following the dissolution of CTTTOAFF, as well as Vermin Womb’s genre-defying sound, the personal lyrical themes on Decline, and more. Continue Reading
Atlanta noise rock trio Whores. have premiered their forthcoming full-length debut, Gold., at Noisey. The album will officially be out this Friday, October 28, via eOne Music and can be purchased here. The record follows up the band’s previous EP releases, Ruiner and Clean, and shows the band continuing to refine their potent blend of noise rock abrasiveness and hard rock swagger. Check out the album in full now.
Car Bomb have premiered their forthcoming third full-length album, Meta, over at Revolver. The record will be self-released by the band this Friday, October 28, and can be purchased here. The album shows the band refining and expanding upon their discombobulating blend of angular chaos and rhythmically complex, groove-heavy math metal. Check it out after the break.
Read our review of the record here.
New Jersey technical death metal extraordinaire act Ophidius are back with their new album: “The Way of the Voice“! Drawing inspiration from The Elder Scrolls world, specifically Skyrim, you get a sense of adventure and wonder while listening to their music. Ophidius is instrumental only, which is funny considering the name of the album, but the music displayed on The Way of the Voice paints a grand picture with each song. The compositions, solos, drumming and even the production is top tier work. Melodies that cast out like spells, tempo changes that mend back and forth like battle on the fields between Rorikstead and Whiterun, cascading musicianship of riffs and drum work that melt my face everytime I listen to it, as if Alduin flew by and roasted me as I listened to the enchanting tunes that I hear on The Way of the Voice….it’s all so perfect.
Australian black metallers Cancer (Deadspace, Inquinamentum) have released their debut five-track EP, Terminal, for public consumption. This release is full of icy, storming black metal goodness that drips with melody and melancholia. Check out the release in full after the break, along with the official video for the opening track “Distant Dreams”.