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.
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.
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.
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.
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.