Just like its cover implies, listeners will drown in the cold, dark sonic waters of Cold Fell‘s menacing, blackened debut, Irwell.
Hailing from Manchester, Cold Fell deliver a truly malevolent work of black metal that is as sprawling and abrasive as the mountain their name is derived from, as well as the environment of which they are a product of. With its tinges of death and doom metal, Irwell crafts a suffocating aural atmosphere in which listeners are enveloped by its encompassing darkness.
Tremendous low-end, muscular grooves, potent melodies, dissonance and angularity all blend seamlessly on The Ditch and the Delta‘s first full-length recording, Hives in Decline.
Picking up where 2015’s We Rust left off, Hives in Decline shows the Salt Lake City trio continuing to refine and expand upon their unique, concussive sound. The seven-track, 35-minute release flirts with a myriad of different styles while remaining firmly rooted in sludge. Listeners will expect hammering grooves and sprawling gloom, but be taken aback by the band’s utilization of noise rock abrasiveness, off-time rhythms, jagged guitar riffs and the subtle progressive flair. With its singular, eclectic sound and its defiance of genre convention, Hives in Decline shapes up to be one of the more memorable sludge releases in recent memory.
Ledge – the solo project of former Weekend Nachos frontman John Hoffman – has premiered a new track from its upcoming full-length, Cold Hard Concrete, via Invisible Oranges. The new track is the concusive “Blacked Out”, which expertly weaves together the sludgiest bits of its sister band’s discography into one, three-minute stormer. Hoffman had the following to say about the new single:
Austin-based noise-infused metallers BLK OPS (ex-Kill the Client) and San Diego deathgrinders Cave Bastard (ex-Cattle Decapitation) are currently streaming new tracks from their upcoming split. BLK OPS have premiered the lurching “Hallucinogenic Bomb Vest”, while Cave Bastard have unleashed the ripping “Violent Perpetuator”. BLK OPS offered the following comments regarding their track:
Oakland metallic hardcore outfit Wilderness Dream are currently streaming their forthcoming EP, Paralysis Rise. The seven-track EP will officially be released tomorrow via Creator Destructor Records and can be purchased here. These seven tracks are full of blistering, thrashing hardcore that will help the nine-to-fivers get through this grueling Thursday. Stream the EP after the break.
Progressive blackened death metal outfit Cormorant have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Diaspora, via Brooklyn Vegan/Invisible Oranges. Titled “The Devourer”, the track weaves in-and-out between disemboweling, gutter-spawned death metal to flashy proggy flair complete with memorable vocal refrains. The band said the following of the new single:
With its orchestrated cacophonies and unorthodox song structures, Comity’s A Long, Eternal Fall proves to be quite the endurance test.
For nearly 20 years, Comity has continually broken musical boundaries within France’s underground scene as one of the country’s best kept secrets. Their chaotic brand of mathcore takes a page from the progenitors of the genre, such as Botch and Coalesce, while being unafraid to test the limitations of the genre and incorporate other eclectic elements as well. Their discography shows a band in continual evolution, with A Long, Eternal Fall being the apex of almost two decades of meticulous sonic refinement.