Vaureen – Extraterra
From the icy indie-meets-noise infused grunge of “Sixty Shades of Cray”, to the sprawling ethereal doom of the title track, Vaureen‘s Extraterra is an atmospheric trip through the fuzz and fervor of the mid-90s and the modern scene influenced by that era. The debut record from this Brooklyn trio operates on equal parts of gloom and brightness, delivering songs that are both brooding and full of pop sensibility. Tracks like “Stare Into the Sun” fall into both of the aforementioned categories with its hazy alternative rock feel that converges with walls of shoegaze fuzz, complete with infectious vocal performances. Tracks such as “Dig a Hole” is more straightforward in its brooding slow-burn, conjuring dreary doom rock that calls early Chelsea Wolfe material to mind. Layers of effect-laden guitars and buzzing melodies collide in a swirl of kaleidoscopic colors on “Apocalypse II”, while “Forms Beyond My Own” behaves like desert rock through the lens of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Vaureen proudly wear their influences on their sleeves, but have no issue deviating from the tired-and-true formula, as well as meld influences. Vaureen are clearly one of the better modern practitioners of the style.
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Label: Rising Pulse Records
Favorite Tracks: “Mercury Flood”, “Dig a Hole”, “Apocalypse II” and “Extraterra”
For Fans Of: Nothing, Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, The Breeders and Fugazi
Inertia – Teratoma
Inertia defy technical metal conventions and proudly stray from the path on their diverse and devastating debut, Teratoma. While the Buffalo, New York-based trio deliver their fair share of off-kilter rhythms, arpeggiated riffs and slamming breakdowns, the band push past typical tech death tropes on the whole. The dreamy, atmospheric post-rock inspired “Ditention” immediately lets the listener know to leave expectations at the door. Songs such as “Monkey’s Paw” feature a back-and-forth struggle between spiraling, flaying licks and disfigured deathcore grooves throughout, which are eventually accompanied by eccentric, dissonant finger-tapped sections à la Psyopus. “Welcome Back” begins with a slew of throttling beatdowns before transitions into slow-burning melodies that build into an anthemic climax that rivals the likes of Explosions of the Sky or Mono. More post-rock-meets-jazz moments can be found in “Cotention” and the very math rock inspired “Relax”, while tracks like “The Sacred Deer” rip listeners limb from limb with an endless array of violent, discombobulating instrumentation. Inertia have one foot firmly rooted in the genre, and the other exploring territories technical death metal rarely explores. Teratoma demands listeners’ attentions right from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end.
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Ditention”, “Monkey’s Paw”, “Welcome Back”, “The Sacred Deer” and “Lamb’s Breath”
For Fans Of: Ion Dissonance, Psyopus, Cephalic Carnage and Crowpath