Currently overhyped and soon to be flavour of the month Finnish band Lantern release an insipid seven minute song titled “Strange Nebula”. Atmospheric hipster Black segments meet stolen riffs from Purtenance in a musically cohesive but thematically disparate mess that is held together due to the harmonic poverty found here. Vocals attempt the Finnish bellow but end up sounding like NYHC pseudo-rapping. The formula has now fully shifted to a combination of lazy atmospheric passages mixed with stolen riffs from a forgotten “gem” which is in reality any middling band from the 90s.
French Death metal stalwarts Catacomb return with an underwhelming single after a twenty year break. Hoping to capitalize on the fading “OSDM revival” trend but only managing to catch it during its dying days. “The Great Dreamer” features obvious riffs taken from more recent bands, simple cyclic arrangements and a weird synth lead break.
Innovators of California thrash Cryptic Slaughter return with a cover of their classic song “Nation of Hate” featuring its newest lineup, a twin-guitar attack featuring longtime guitarist Les Evans teamed up with Repulsion shredder Matt Olivo.
The big three of French Death metal were Massacra, Agressor and Loudblast. Behind them and unfairly discarded were Mercyless. The band’s early output featured Death metal of a spontaneous nature that took the high octane elements of Pestilence and Morbid Angel and pushed them against dissonant chords that culminated into soaring melodies. Their late 90s material saw the band experiment with various sounds in a confused Post rock derived mess. The band has somehow managed to return to form and continues to release a slow stream of enjoyable yet confused albums.
Musicians in the 1960s thought a lot about getting beyond scales, chords, and key, and making pure music, but the results usually ended in chaos because they were still thinking about music. K.K. Null creates dynamic sonic textures that convey a poetic sense of contrast and evolution, and uses that to create beauty from ugliness.
We liked Discord, but then Discord started doxing anyone who did not toe the politically-correct line. Since we tend to advocate evil, bloodlust, Nietzschean realism, and heavy metal, this places us on their hit list, and we cannot use their servers in good faith.
Hippie intellectual poseurs The Guardian are like a broken compass: whatever direction it indicates is North can be safely assumed not to be North. Their foaming vat of slime mold and anal yeast that manages the music section produced a shrill complaint about tribalism in music:
For the first time since its inception in 1992, the Atrocity album Todessehnsucht will be available on vinyl LP. According to the release schedule at Massacre Records,Todessehnsucht is slated to be re-released on July 24th of this year.
This album will make waves because it is going to divide audiences based on who will give it a chance and who will categorically ignore it; this, like trolling, is the pure provocation that forms a necessary part of Art as opposed to Entertainment. The album possesses a fatal flaw, but makes up for it with some of the more interesting experiments within the notion of doom — dark, melancholic, sentimental, but not self-pitying — sounds, going beyond metal and rock in composition.