Hello there, readers. Lane and I came up with the idea to do a Bandcamp Spotlight to highlight some of the bands that we have trouble dedicating entire posts to. Nothing against the bands, it’s just a time issue. So, let us proceed into the first edition of SVB’s Bandcamp Spotlight series. Continue Reading
In my opinion, there are bands you love, and then there are legitimately important bands. Often times, the two will not meet. You can enjoy a band, and if you’re a reasonable person, admit that they’re not genre luminaries or trendsetters. Most bands aren’t. There’s nothing wrong with that. For example; I love Mgla, but to argue that they’re much more than just another really proficient black metal band seems silly to me. They’re not. They’re just good at relying on tropes that others have created to great effect. Godflesh, on the other hand, is not just a band I love, but a band who actually shaped heavy music in the late 80s and early 90s. And now, they’ve returned, yet again, after the stellar “reunion record” 2014’s A World Lit Only By Fire. And with this return, made the most varied album of their career.
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.
Pioneers of industrial metal, Godflesh will unleash their new album Post Self this Friday and it’s going to be a doozy. The band has unveiled a new track titled “Be God” and I’m digging it hardcore. You can check out the track for yourself below and prepare your body. The Broadrick train is coming. Enoy. Continue Reading
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:
Sacramento noise metal outfit Will Haven have revealed the official track listing to their forthcoming sixth full-length album, Muerte. The record is due out next year according to the band and will feature guest contributions from Deftones‘ Stephen Carpenter and Yob’s Mike Scheidt. The band also stated that music videos for the tracks “Hewed With the Brand” and “El Sol” are slated to come out soon.
Check out the track listing and teaser trailers after the break.
One-man black metal outfit Nekrasov has premiered his forthcoming eighth full-length album, The Mirror Void, via Decibel Magazine. The album will officially be released this Friday, November 10, via Prosthetic Records, and can be purchased here. The record is a cacophonous blend of noise, industrial and the rawest of black metal that fans of Gnaw Their Tongues and the like will be enamored with. Check it out after the break.
New Zealand post-metallers Spook the Horses have premiered their forthcoming full-length, People Used to Live Here, via No Clean Singing. The album will officially be released this Friday, November 10, via Pelagic Records and can be purchased here. Compared to the swelling post-rock compositions found on 2011’s Brighter, and the sludgy dirges of 2015’s Rainmaker, People Used to Live Here show the band making yet another stylistic shift, opting for a more minimal and atmospheric approach. Check it out in full after the break.
With its fuzz-ridden, crushing guitars, seismic rhythms and anthemic vocals, Australia’s King Zog and their self-titled debut are must-listens for stoner doom enthusiasts. Though originally released back in May, the 10-track riff monster will be getting the vinyl treatment on December 1. In preparation for its wax debut, we at Svbterranean bring you the official video for one of the release’s catchiest tracks, “Temple’s Temple”. The band offered the following statement regarding the clip:
Doom music is known to be the music that was either fueled by drugs (Sleep) or pain with drugs as a form of coping (Neurosis). It was the music of the long haired, jean jacket and battle vest wearing stoners who had an outlet that allowed them to see the music, feel the music and its intricate message, or both. Slowly but surely, as every genre of music does, it started to encompass other genres, becoming a bastardized version of what was considered pure and old school doom (Black Sabbath in my opinion) to something completely different (first band that comes to mind is Torche with pop, followed by later Neurosis and their inclusion of country), taking what it could, creating something new and exciting, much like black metal nowadays. Doom is a genre with many sub genres, and each one is different, with a hit-or-miss, trial-and-error catalog.