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.