Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. Rooted in the post-metal landscape that brought forth visionaries like Neurosis and Isis, with their latest opus, The Crash & The Draw, MINSK step out of the shadows of the giants of their genre to create a psychedelic blend of tuneful, trance-inducing heaviness.
Crypt Sermon started out as a four-piece Philadelphia-based Doom Metal group that has been gaining plenty of headway within the underground. The initial line-up consisted of Unrest colleagues Brooks Wilson (Trenchrot) on bass and Steve Jansson (Infiltrator( on guitar, as well as guitarist James Lipczynski (strong>Labyrinthine) and a man known as Reek or, in this case, EES (Ashenvult, ex-Coffin Dust) on drums. In 2013, the band issued Demo MMXIII digitally through their Bandcamp account, which was picked up for a cassette pressing by Dark Descent Records in early 2014, the same year that saw Brooks step down as bassist to helm vocals, thus introducing Will Mellor (Hivelords) to the mix. Officially signed to Dark Descent as a five-piece, we are given their debut full-length effort, Out of the Garden, for an early 2015 release. But is it one really worth checking out, or is it not even worth a second glance?
Within the surprising plethora of Metal re-recordings we find Gore Metal: A Necrospective (1998-2015) from San Jose, California’s Exhumed. Their story is pretty much cemented even within Pop culture, having taken the initial Goregrind concepts laid out on early Carcass albums and giving them a much more violent Death Metal presence that was unique at the time they broke through thanks to the support of Relapse Records’ handling of their debut full-length album, Gore Metal in 1998. Of course, prior to that, the band had unleashed eight different splits, not to mention six demos that pre-date it. After a number of wildly successful releases, Exhumed disbanded in 2005, only to reunite in 2010 and get right back to writing and recording new material, unleashing two brand new albums alongside some splits and singles. But, for 2015, the band took a step back and eyed up their debut outing once more. The end result is that very album re-recorded and re-tiitled Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015 through the very label that made it available on store shelves all those years. But is this new take a far better experience, or is it one that simply didn’t need to happen?
With Dissident Clone‘s brand new EP due shortly, Apoch’s Metal Review has teamed up with Dewar PR once again to bring you the debut stream of “Waiting to Collapse”! The first track from State of Dysphoria is brought to us by drummer Chad Brunsell and guitarist/vocalist Patrick Morris, both of which compatriots in the group Wraith. I was also given the chance to shoot some interview questions over to the band, which were answered by the latter of those two. Check out what Patrick had to say below as you bang your head to the release’s opening track!