For the uninitiated, first exposure to the bizarre avant death metal of Australia’s Portal is probably like getting sucked into a literal portal to some interdimensional elsewhere that exists sandwiched between a sense of abject terror and crippling existential dread. As a live band, their presence is a singular experience that is somehow dramatic and theatrical without the cringe-inducing antics that those descriptors imply in the metal world, while also being strangely unsettling. On their 2013 opus Vexovoid, they created a massive churning maelstrom of brooding darkness that overtakes the listener with wave upon wave of unease. With the release of their new record ION, they retain their penchant for gloom and actual doom, but crank the chaos up to 100. Continue Reading
New Jersey trio Zero for Conduct are poised to release their eclectic sophomore full-length, CTRL+Z, in just a few short days. The forthcoming effort is a pop-fueled rock record full of deceptive complexity, indie rock quirkiness, earworm hooks, and a bit of Touch and Go angularity. Fans of Dinosaur Jr., fIREHOSE, Hüsker Dü, and the like, will want to keep an eye out for it. Continue Reading
Norwegian black/thrash metal outfit The Konsortium (Mayhem, ex-Enslaved, et al) have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album. The upcoming effort, which follows the band’s 2011 self-titled debut, will be titled Rogaland and will be released on June 1 (Europe) and June 8 (North America) via Agonia Records. Mixed and mastered by Gomez at Orgone Studios (Paradise Lost, Ulver, Grave Pleasures, Primordial) and produced by F.G. Fugelli, the new record will feature eight new tracks and special guest appearances by Cpt. Estrella Grasa (Nidingr) on the tracks “Skogen” and “Arv”. Founder and mastermind Fredrik G. Fugell said the following of the new record: Continue Reading
This edition of quick reviews is some raunchy, dirty and damn good death metal from Faceless Burial based out of Australia and some nasty thrash from The Crown, based out of Sweden.