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.
Progressive/technical death metal unit Inanimate Existence have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Underneath a Melting Sky, via Toilet ov Hell. Titled “In Moonlight I Am Reborn”, the new track features a seamless blend between Inanimate Existence new and old; weaving together their newfound affinity for progressive flair with bludgeoning grooves and tech death virtuosity. Check out the track after the break.
Underneath a Melting Sky will be released on August 25 via The Artisan Era. Pre-order here.
Photo by Scott Evans
Post-hardcore outfit Less Art (Kowloon Walled City, Curl Up and Die, Thrice) have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Strangled Light, via NPR. Titled “Diana the Huntress”, the storming track unleashes violent angular vitriol across three raging minutes. Super Unison and ex-Punch vocalist Meghan O’Neill-Pennie lends her vicious scream to the track as well. Check out the tune after the break.
Strangled Light will be released on July 28 via Gilead Media.
Read our review of the record here.
Black Metal mixes with everything and anything these days, and mixed results will happen. It is like part of the color wheel, it can be add to anything, but the results vary depending on what it is mixed with. You have blackened crust punk (Young and In The Way), Post-Black Metal (or Black Shoegaze as I called it, with Deafheaven), traditional black metal (if I don’t love me some Emperor) and black metal meets arena rock ( the new Black Anvil I can NOT get enough of and is in my top 3 for record of the year).
Let me tell you young’ins something you will learn actually fairly quick, and Coalesce said it best with an album title: There is nothing new under the sun. Let me repeat that for those skimming through my shitty, ADHD, virally infected writing and say it louder, since reading may be too good for you: THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN! This has been true for a while, but goddamn, you can at least do a good job at making the music and kicking ass. Those bands I mentioned above do very well with what they have and their ideas and their mixture of genres.
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Georgian metallic hardcore act Vatican have announced the release of a new EP. The forthcoming five-track effort will be titled Ache of Eternity and will be released on August 25 with Sorrow Carrier Records. Ache Of Eternity was recorded by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business (Advent, Torch Runner, Red Death, Joy) in May of 2017, after which it was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Xibalba) and completed with artwork by Spencer Guerrero.
The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break along with the band’s upcoming touring schedule.
The band’s previous releases can be heard here.
Japanese screamo/post-hardcore outfit Heaven in Her Arms recently debuted the official video for their track “Glare of the End”. The intricate and emotionally potent track, which comes from their new White Halo LP, is set to a collage of live performance clips directed by by Tamezawa Wataru. Check out the clip after the break.
Read our review of White Halo here.
Photo by Orion Landau
Portland doom quartet Usnea have announced the release of their third full-length album and follow-up to 2014’s Random Cosmic Violence. The new record will be titled Portals Into Futility and will be released on September 8 via Relapse Records. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, OR and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio. The official artwork and track listing can be found after the break.
The record will feature five new tracks inspired by the dystopian science fiction of Carl Sagan, Margaret Atwood and more. The album’s second track, “Lathe of Heaven”, can be streamed below. The band offered the following comments on the new tune:
Philadelphia’s God Root have premiered their forthcoming full-length album, Salt and Rot, via No Clean Singing. The record will officially be released tomorrow, July 11, via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions and can be purchased here. The album features four sprawling tracks and over 30 minutes of gloomy, psychedelic and cerebral doom. Drummer Fred Grabosky offered No Clean Singing the following statement regarding the record:
Nashville technical blackened death metal act Enfold Darkness is finally releasing a follow up to 2009’s debut album. I don’t what exactly took them so long but I assume that it was nearly 8 years of fine song writing, so I dive head first into “Adversary Omnipotent” with unrealistically high expectations, wanting to hear what could possibly be one of the best albums of the year. Will Enfold Darkness let me down? I seriously doubt it. At least I hope not…