Heavy metal powerhouse Bison will make their comeback in July with You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient. The band has unleashed a crushing new track titled “Tantrum” and it’s pretty damn rad. It’s extremely catchy and heavy and I dig it. Check out the track after the jump if you know whats good for you. Do it. Continue Reading
Omega Massif was a genuinely massive band. Throughout their roughly nine year existence, the German post-metal quartet crafted a short, but undeniably solid, string of releases and possessed a tremendous sound whose immense volume even caught the attention of Neurosis‘ Scott Kelly.
Though the band unfortunately parted ways in 2014, members of the outfit went on to form three equally enormous sounding bands. The bands in question are Blacksmoker, Phantom Winter and Cranial; the latter of which has released one of the most colossal records of the year.
Virginian “swamp metal” outfit Lord have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Blacklisted, via The Independent Voice. Titled “They Lied”, the bludgeoning, gritty tune weaves together elements of sludge and stoner metal into a massive, fuzz-laden stomp. Check out the track after the break.
Blacklisted will be released on May 26. Pre-order here.
Denver sludge/post-hardcore hybrids, Abrams, have announced the release of their sophomore full-length record, and follow-up to 2015’s Lust.Love.Loss. The new record will be titled Mourning and will be released on June 9 via Sailor Records. The record was was recorded by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Cult Leader) and Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cattle Decapitation), and was mixed and mastered by Otero. Bassist Taylor Iversen said the following of the album:
Coming nearly four years after their first full-length, Keys to the Abyss, Montezuma’s Revenge follow-up the promising debut with eight new tracks of pulverizing, forward-thinking sludge on Them.
This Moscow trio embraces the conventions of sludge and doom, but sidesteps them as well, creating an eclectic sound that is both unique and familiar. Lumbering guitars, bludgeoning groove, thunderous percussion and gruff vocals collide with dissonant angularity, jarring rhythmic shifts and walls of noise on this multifaceted release. It’s fitting that the album contain themes of schizophrenia, as its songs seem to be plagued by multiple musical voices.
In 2011 I was browsing Last.fm for Post Metal and Post Hardcore album recommendations as it’s an exceptional place to discover obscure yet memorable bands. For example, say you were in the mood to hear something similar to Chicago’s Russian Circles, you could easily and instantly find a list of a hundred similar artists and contemporaries. For music seeker types like myself, it’s a virtual sonic goldmine.
Burlington Vermont has always had a strong and unique heavy music scene for a city on the smallish side. There’s lots of craft beer and a long winters to get the creative juices flowing maybe. A couple of years ago I found myself in that neck of the woods watching a really excellent band called Writhe destroy the stage at the infamous Nectar’s Metal Monday (which, if you ever have a chance to get there, do it, free admission and awesome poutine). Writhe pounded out jams with this awesome Coalesce meets Knut sonic assault that just mesmerized me. Fast forward a bit and Writhe, unfortunately appears to be no more. However, bassist TJ Maynard has stayed hard at work birthing a new project called Ghastly Sound, and we get to hear their first effort in full here today. Continue Reading
The forthcoming split between Baltimore’s Thought Eater and West Virginia’s Iron Jawed Guru, Vortex 6, can now be steamed at Decibel. The album will officially be released on October 21 via Grimoire Records can be purchased at this location. Thought Eater‘s side of the split is comprised of abrasive, angular sludge that calls Keelhaul to mind, while Iron Jawed Guru‘s compositions are full of hazy-eyed stoner adjacent groove. Check out the record now.
Los Angeles’ Colombian Necktie have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, All Paths Lead to Nowhere, at Lambgoat. Titled “Linestepper”, the rambunctious new tune combines the band’s newfound penchant for stoner groove with their more chaotic, angular roots. Check out the tune now.
All Paths Lead to Nowhere will be released on September 30 via Black Voodoo Records. Pre-order here.
Instrumental sludge acts Thought Eater and Iron Jawed Guru have premiered a track each from their upcoming split album, Vortex 6, at The Obelisk. Both Thought Eater‘s “Crystal Maze” and Iron Jawed Guru‘s Emerald Seer” are chock full of stoner adjacent grooves, interesting rhythmic shifts and all of low-end sludge riffs one can handle. Check out both tracks now.
Vortex 6 will be released on October 21 via Grimoire Records.