Rotting Forms is the first full length offering from Pacific Northwest industrial/metal unit At the Heart of the World, released in January 2018 via Glory Kid Ltd. The group is composed of guitarist/programmer Danny Porter and vocalist Joshua Greene, who come together to assault the listener with walls of distortion, mechanized beats, and sneers of static and rage on every track. Continue Reading
It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.
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.
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
The forthcoming collaborative album between Jesu and Sun Kil Moon, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth, can now be streamed via Sun Kil Moon‘s official website. The album, which follows their 2016 self-titled collaboration, will officially be released on June 2 via Caldo Verde and can be purchased here. Compared to their previous offering, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth features more emphasis on electronic, ambient and folk instrumentation, propelled by Mark Kozelek’s lengthy spoken word prose. Stream the album in full right here.
Lament Cityscape and Theologian have premiered their cover of Godflesh‘s “Merciless” at Heathen Harvest. The track appears as a digital-only B-side on their recently released collaborative album, Soft Tissue, which can be found here. The track is a faithful yet cacophonous re-imagining of the classic industrial tune, which may prove to be more intense than the original to some. Check it out now.