Dense, dynamic, highly complex and insurmountably heavy; Coma Cluster Void’s uniquely terrifying brand of technical death metal is something to behold. From their 2016 opus Mind Cemeteries, to their recently-released EP Thoughts From a Stone, it is clear that the sextet are on a path towards death metal greatness, refusing to sacrifice their singular artistic vision. Their music is meticulously constructed yet devastatingly chaotic, bringing together the best that technical and experimental metal has to offer.
Svbterranean recently caught up with five-sixths of the band to discuss their approach to their music, their new recording and more.
Ulver have always been an interesting band. Starting in the early ’90s, amid the rise of Norwegian black metal, they eventually expanded their sound into an avant-garde, electronic project. Still making insanely good music, the band has unveiled a new EP titled Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, which is available now. Check out a stream of the release below and find out more here. Continue Reading
Photo by Nick Shellenberger
Philadelphia avant-garde metal quartet Cleric have announced the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, and follow-up to 2010’s Regressions. The new record will be titled Retrocausal and will see a release through Web of Mimicry on December 8. The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston and will feature nine new tracks. The album will also feature guest appearances from John Zorn, Mick Barr (Krallice) and Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3). Vocalist/keyboardist Nick Shellenberger offered the following statement regarding the record’s conceptual nature:
Contrarian is probably one of the more prolific “super group…but not a super group” bands within modern death metal. Several artists hailing from internationally known and loved bands come together to jam some of the coolest progressive death metal songs I’ve ever heard. The bands last album, “Polemic“, was one of my favorite albums to exist in 2015. Their brutal death vocal style by Cody McConnell (Goemagot) over progressive death metal with legendary guitarist Leon Macey (Mithras, Sarpanitum) doing lead guitar stuff just SLAYED. Coming into their new album we have a slightly different sound with To Perceive Is To Suffer, as Macey and McConnell are not on this album. Taking vocal duty is legendary drummer George Kollias (Nile) and he also returns to destroy us on the kit as well. Jim Tasikas’ glorious song writing ambitions return with full energy as well, Brian Mason takes control of the soloing this time around and Ed Paulsen’s delicious bass tones are back with a vengeance. Contrarian may have changed up some things in the lineup department but the enriched song experience is still the same.
Coma Cluster Void descend further down the technical death metal rabbit hole on their new EP, Thoughts From a Stone.
By combining discombobulating rhythms and grooves with Gorgutsian angularity and dissonance, Coma Cluster Void present the auditory representation of pure chaos through their outre tunes. Their music is dense and claustrophobic, confining listeners to tight spaces to be tortured by ever-shifting, disfigured instrumentation. “Technical death metal” is merely a jumping-off point for this band as they transcend typical genre tropes and carve out a particular niche for themselves within the scene, as made evident by 2016’s monstrous Mind Cemeteries. It’s ugly and unique, frightening and enthralling. Coma Cluster Void shine like a diamond in a sea of dull death metal. Continue Reading
Legendary Philadelphia metal outfit Starkweather have announced the release of a new split release with Portuguese experimental death metallers Concealment (artwork above). The forthcoming split is due out sometime in 2018 via Translation Loss Records and Sky Valley Records. No other information regarding the release has been unveiled thus far. Check out a brief audio/visual trailer for the split after the break. Continue Reading
When Blut Aus Nord debuted with Ultima Thulee in the mid nineties after various demos, they were an incredibly talented, albeit fairly typical atmospheric black metal band, in the vein of Burzum and other similar bands. No one, perhaps not even the mastermind behind the band, Vindsval, himself, could have predicted that 20 years later, Blut Aus Nord, would have set the benchmark for experimental black metal. On his latest opus, Deus Salutis Meae, Vindsval has taken the dissonant, industrial laden blueprint that began on 2001’s The Mythical Beast of Rebellion and pushed it even further. In doing so, he has released his darkest and most oppressive sounding album in the last decade.
You have entered the centre of the second edition of Stay Trve. I and we would like to thank you for being here. You may recall me mentioning previously that the particular effect for this column wasn’t necessarily to wow you with cutting-edge analysis, but rather to point the spotlight towards recordings and topics that may have discovered their media lifecycle acutely topical, non-existent, come to a grinding halt, or other. – Cotton
In the past, I have more often than not discussed artists and works that are of a Canadian origin. This piece is an extension of that ideology.
On November 3, Cimmerian Shade Recordings will release the debut full-length recording from avant-metal duo Until the Sky Dies, The Year Zero Blueprint.
Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Clint Listing (Grizzle, Long Winters Stare, et al) and Ryan Michalski (Cosmic Punch), Until the Sky Dies is an interesting project that draws influence from doom metal, post-hardcore and the avant-garde scenes and possesses it’s own odd and unique sonic character, which is self-evident in the group’s forthcoming debut. Continue Reading
Vancouver, BC, Canada, Noise Rock outfit MESS have launched their debut album, Silver Kidney. MESS is the latest project from Johnny Matter. Matter spent time in the well-regarded Anion and Bog, among others in the past. In addition to being a writer/performer, Matter also runs Apocalypse Sunrise Productions which is responsible for the long-running Diecember Fest Metal Festival and Taco Fest as well. Silver Kidney was recorded at Noise Floor Studios on picturesque Gabriola island by Jordan Koop.