A recurring theme with this site anymore is a focus on death and black metal releases. Truthfully, these styles are what mostly grace my inbox on any given day. While I do love the two, I love me some solid trash as well, which my diet has been sorely lacking as of late. So, whenever one creeps in as an unread promo invitation I typically gravitate towards it without much hesitation. With a little time to spare before family comes to visit I happened on The Art of a Maniac by Tymo waiting to be accepted. You clearly know what happened next…
FIRST – Sepulchral: From Beyond The Burial Mound
After two demos and an EP, Spain’s trio known as Sepulchral have signed a deal with Soulseller Records to unleash their debut full-length album. Which just so happened to cross my inbox from the awesome folks at ClawHammer PR. Intrigued by the black and white artwork supplied by Jaime P.S, I hit play expecting just another underground or “cavernous” black/death metal group to cast into the pile. My expectations, thankfully, were greatly mistaken.
FIRST – Lord Mantis: Universal Death Trip
The underground sensation Lord Mantis was regarded as one of the more important new acts in the sludge community. The blackened touch they brought to their performances stuck out like a sore thumb in all the right ways until the band split in 2017. Fast forward about two years and differences have been mended, a new line-up forged, and the fire re-lit to reform and remind everyone who they are with a long overdue new album that sadly does not include founding member and former drummer Bill Bumgardner. It’s evident there is honor to his contributions, but what Universal Death Church lacks in his presence it more than makes up for with the inclusion of the turbulent history that brought the beast down to its knees once before. All of this takes little time to pick up on within just the first few minutes of your first spin, but those first impressions can be a bit deceiving. I know this due to multiple impressions in one sitting…
First – Opeth: Sorceress
A few minutes ago a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of a new Opeth track streaming on Youtube, which happens to be the title track from the group’s forthcoming album Sorceress, or so it claims to be. Assuming this was from Nuclear Blast Records or a member of the group itself, I opted to check it out and write a piece up on it so the metal could be spread around properly. However, it turns out this was just a leak from a random user (or so it would appear given said user has only uploaded this video to that channel and it surprisingly has yet to be taken down) with a link to download said song. Due to that, I won’t be including the video and you guys can go find it for yourselves if it still exists. That said, this song was not quite what I was expecting.
First – Revocation: Great Is Our Sin
Revocation. I’m not gonna lie, this is one of those bands that I keep forgetting I actually like thanks to mixing them up with other death/thrash bands out there, or just because of a common misconception of Revocations such as my constantly thinking these guys are Allegaeon or Lazarus A.D. for some reason, both being groups that are very hit or miss for me. No, these guys rock, and I don’t give them enough love both on this site, as well as in my life. So, with a little time to kill, I decided to throw their latest effort, Great is Our Sin, right into the media player and give it a quick sample.