Lighteater – Autoscopy
Lighteater balance glossy atmospherics with big, heavy grooves on their new record, Autoscopy. From the propulsive shoegaze of “Arbiter”, to the slow-burning brood of “Riven”, these Brooklyn instrumentalists navigate the realms of post-rock, post-metal, and everything in between with ease on this recording. For roughly 32 minutes the band combine extremes of shimmering, atmospheric melody and metallic fierceness across the album’s five tracks. The album’s third track, “Summoner”, is a perfect example of this marriage between light and dark, showcasing massive sludge instrumentation engulfed by ethereal soundscapes. The penultimate title track also touches upon this dichotomy, but features more aggressive, hammering guitar work. Other times, such is the case with “Steam”, the music switches to full-on beatdown mode with galloping grooves and noisy, siren-like leads. All-in-all Autoscopy is a solid, engaging release that effortlessly blends polish and edge.
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Arbiter” and “Autoscopy”
For Fans Of: Russian Circles, Junius and Spotlights
Ossuarium – Living Tomb
Ossuarium‘s churning, titanic death/doom sound buries listeners alive on the band’s debut full-length, Living Tomb. While it is not a groundbreaking entry to the death/doom canon, Living Tomb still delivers all of the colossal, bludgeoning malevolence the genre has to offer and sets this Portland act off on the right foot. Once the steamrolling percussion and the fetid, disemboweling riffs of “Blaze of Bodies” take hold, listeners will know exactly the kind of punishment they are in for. The songs across this 40-minute release are sprawling, elephantine, and excessively brooding and vile. The instrumentation marches with total destruction in its eyes and transitions back and forth between lumbering doom and face rearranging, tremolo-picked hell. The record also has its fair share of galloping beatdowns of putrid sludge (“Malicious Equivalence”), as well as somber funereal dirges (“Corrosive Hallucinations”) and dreary psychedelia (“End of Life Dreams and Visions Pt. 2”). In short, Living Tomb has all of the crushing moments death/doom fans crave, simple as that.
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Favorite Tracks: “Vomiting Black Death”, “Corrosive Hallucinations” and “Writhing in Emptiness”
For Fans Of: Spectral Voice, Mournful Congregation, Vastum and Lycus
Endorphins Lost – Seclusions
Endorphins Lost‘s newest full-length, Seclusions, is a 20-minute whirlwind of face-ripping, grinding hardcore fury. The 14 tracks housed within this blistering record feature all of the throttling, breakneck powerviolence the band has become known for, and then some. With Seclusions, the Seattle band seem to have become more volatile and unhinged for the benefit of listeners who love to be battered and bruised. Hyper-speed bursts of power chords and hellacious drumming are employed extensively throughout the record, but their intensity is amplified by throttling changes in rhythm and angular flourishes. Off-kilter crust gives way to nauseating grind on tracks like “Shell”, while frenetic d-beat assaults comprise the entirety of tunes like “Nothing Beyond the Fire”. The band also employ massive, palm-muted, dissonant sludge on longer tracks like “Seclusions” and “Two Minutes Hate”, which march seamlessly into stampeding hardcore insanity and back again. Seclusions is simply a glorious, ultra-pissed hardcore record that sets the tone for 2019 just right.
Release Date: February 16, 2019
Label: The Head of Zeus
Favorite Tracks: “Shell”, “Easy Skin”, “Seclusions”, “Worm”, “At a Crawl”, “Stone Man” and “Two Minutes Hate”
For Fans Of: Sex Prisoner, Iron Lung, Thetan, Magrudergrind and Hummingbird of Death