To say this week has been crazy for Americans and the world alike is an understatement. There is so much hate, vitriol and venom all over society now and it’s a rather dark time. So much in fact that what better to do than drift away to music that preaches and discusses this very thing? Here are the best black metal releases I listened to this past week! Remember to click on the band/album name to listen to the band I am talking about.
Toronto, ON metallic hardcore band Ancress (members of Vilipend, Titan, Homolka, The Isosceles Project) have premiered a new music video for their track “Force-Fed” via CVLT Nation. The video is a disturbing minute-and-a-half of sonic and visual torment, featuring vocalist Chris Gramlich actually being waterboarded and trampled, as well as force swallowing and regurgitation of pills. You’ve been warned. Continue Reading
Canadian mathcore heavyweights Ion Dissonance have premiered the official video for their track “To Lift the Dead Hand of the Past” at Metal Injection. The chaotic tune, which appears on the forthcoming Cast the First Stone LP, is set to JP Charlebois-directed clip that splices together shots of the band performing and dramatic scenes of a man forced to dig his own grave. Check out the video after the break.
Cast the First Stone will be released on November 18 via Good Fight Music.
Michigan’s Hollow Earth have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Dead Planet, at Echoes and Dust. Titled “The Harbinger of Existence”, the new track unleashes massive, sludgy grooves that are rife with post-apocalyptic atmosphere and impeccable sense of melody. Check out the interstellar tune after the break.
Dead Planet will be released on December 2 via Good Fight Music.
Ohioan hardcore-infused death metallers Crypt Rot (Homewrecker, etc) have released a new track from their forthcoming Embryonic Devils debut. The new track is titled “Chapters of Torment” and it weaves together Swedish death metal’s buzzsaw riffs with hardcore aggression and heart. Check out the jam right here.
Embryonic Devils is due out sometime in February or March of 2017 via Southern Lord.
Malta brutal death metal outfit Beheaded have announced the release of their fifth full-length album and follow-up to 2012’s Never to Dawn. The new album will be titled Beast Incarnate and will be released on January 27 via Unique Leader Records. The album was recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden. The band issued the following comments regarding the release: