NEW MUSIC: Indian, Angel Vivaldi

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1. Indian

Clearly this has nothing to do with anything from the subcontinent. Most of us here are blissfully oblivious to the existence of Sludge as a genre. Pitiable folks them. Indian’s second single titled Directional is a unipolar effort in dread. Everything here is singular. Just one riff, just one drum pattern and just one bassline goes to show how simplicity can work wonders in conjuring possibly, one of the heaviest songs of 2014. Coated in the most potent of acidic concoctions the vocals serve only to corrode flesh and evoke a curious sense of masochism. This leaves me obliged to be stoked.

The first single titled ‘Rhetoric of No‘ maybe streamed below as well.

Both tracks comes of the soon to be released record titled From All Purity released via Relapse Records.

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2. Angel Vivaldi

Djent has sort of become this oxymoron of progressive degeneracy. Indeed the genre remains stagnant due to an over reliance on unmemorable groove technicality ( not forgetting tech death), each one barely different from the other by a single note, which for obvious reasons fails to be discernible to the musically uneducated (like myself). Yet some one man artists like Tosin Abasi do spice it up a bit, making it enjoyable as opposed to being memorable. And that is ok in my book. Angel Vivaldi is another such one man band. His last EP Universal Language had the same effect  as Animals as Leaders’s self titled debut did. Melodic,fun,heavy. His new single and rather thoughtfully titled “._ _ _ _” is no different.

The track comes off the new album Away With Words – Part I.

 

NEW MUSIC : Solstafir, Lie in Ruins, Corpsessed, Skullfist

To all my religious and irreligious brethren, Merry Christmas!

But for metal there’s never been any holiday and a religious occasion is the last on the list of reasons to even imagine a break. Here are a few new tracks  that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed off late.

1. Solstafir

Now this is a band that is very close to heart, as they marry post rockish melodies with black metal and prog, and scale it up to epic lengths as expected. They do so with such finesse that not a moment sounds out of place. Ethereal melodies weave in and out of each song. They have done this with nary a dip in quality over their relatively short discography. The track here is in fact not new, and is really an unreleased track of their second full length ‘Masterpiece of Bitterness’. Devilmask is a sort of departure from their rather mellower sound, and is all the more great for it.

2. A Dark Descent Affair

I was a bit disappointed by Dark Descent this year, as releases from Lantern, Krypts, Imprecation and Craven Idol, the ones which i hoped to be great releases, was never fully realized. They were good releases nonetheless, but nothing exceeding that. Fortunately the two new tracks from Corpsessed and Lie in Ruins, seems to have got me stoked all over again. Below are two tracks, one each from 2014 releases from ‘Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds’ and ‘Lie in Ruins – Towards Divine Death’. The former being more Autopsy driven death metal, while the latter is much more doomier affair.

3. Skull Fist

New records from Enforcer and Lost Society, were good retro fun. That said, 2014 sees Skull Fist taking up that flag. Good old sped up heavy metal with a lot of cheese, which is the way i like it. ‘Hour to Live’ is catchy as hell.

Slugdge – Born of Slime

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While I’ve mentioned a few bands who give away their music for free, not most of all said bands that do so are well worth it. Most of them are much like a one night stand, just too ephemeral to give a second thought. But this particular band, Slugdge, seems anything but tasteless. Although as their name would suggest, they play a deeply multiple genre inflected brand of sludge, laced with so much dark humor that it would at the least elicit a bending of the lips.

Against the backdrop of something as pretentious as the taking over of the world by a band of evil slugs, this 2 man English band rolls out riffs that can effectively floor you. And yet it might leave you with a good laugh as the lyrics come in. With song titles such ‘Eyehatesalt’ and ‘Pod Hates Us All’ you’d probably get where this pun laced, dark humor is going. So much fun without sacrificing anything on the musicality and it all comes free of cost.

A landmark photograph and something interestingly similar…..

The first thing that pops up in the search list when you type in the words “Earthrise” is this..

That my friends is a very humbling photograph indeed, especially given the time at which it was taken. A time when technologically speaking, the mists over  the cosmos were just beginning to clear up. Space research was entering a hitherto new age, if you can forget who H G Wells was. This was taken off the Apollo 8 spacecraft by astronaut William Anders, way back in 1968. Despite the pic being the first of its kind, there was more to it. Earthrise as it is called, was to later on become the moniker of a global environment movement. From the setting up major organizations to the much established environment consciousness in all of us, this has indeed been on a large scale. Despite all that things are still more of the same.

Well what spurred me to look up all these? Well it was a band of the same name.
Earthrise from Minneapolis, US. They are very well within the strict confines of post metal, belting out slow,sludgy, ill foreboding gigariffs. But what’s got me into them further is the lyrics, which are great btw (hard to come by these days), picturing the sheer magnitude of the apocalypse that man is slowly carving out for himself. Storms, avalanches, sea surges all converging at the single most unifying matter to all life forms.. The music to me plays second fiddle, yet is accentuated by the stellar theme (not unique by subject matter but unique by presentation). Take for instance the latter half of the song ‘Eighteen  Hundred’ (post 2 : 30 mark). Screams bathed in anguish, spelling out our soon-to-be demise. Brilliant i say.

Once again this band deserves to be listened. And the whole album comes free. So go ahead and download it as well.

Borne out of Necessity… Death by Metal

Well this is going to be a rather one off blog, a sort of offshoot from the more subject oriented metal writing i do at a few other metal blogs. Finally i can rid myself off of all the anxiety that comes with in being a total slipshod and pen down whatever i like and whenever i want to. A bit of freedom can do no harm after all. But i will go out of my way to bring you new music and old music alike for there is nothing like helping a friend out to newer stuff.

So without wasting time let’s start with the good stuff. There is nothing better than some good old  death metal to start a post off with. Skinfather from Southern California will drub you down with their simple, stripped down to the bare bones death metal, served with a pinch of hardcore for good measure. Yes the band name does sound increasingly familiar, especially so if you’ve helped yourself to a bout of Dismember’s “Indecent and Obscene”. The music is not that different either. In no way am i referring to the Entombedcore tag line that bands such as Nails, Black Breath and Trap Them throw up. This is good ol Swedish death metal.. This is a “FREE” EP with just 3 songs, one of which is Unleashed’s Execute them all from their third full length “Across the open sea”.

P.S. Damn that cover art is pure ownage!