Yes, it’s that time again. The point when I plunge into the depths of Bandcamp and hope I come back with something engaging. Instead of a top suggestions list, I opted to randomly choose from the releases of the past few days, and what caught my eye was Chop ! Hack ! Snap ! Crunch ! by the french goregrind outfit Pulsating Cerebral Slime. The black and white artwork with red font heralded an indie comic book look that immediately grabbed me into sampling what they bring to the table, which just happened to be an incredibly brief three song EP. So short, in fact, that reading this paragraph alone will probably take longer than to hear the entire release.
Well, it has certainly been a while since I was actually able to definitively contribute anything to a best of monthly round-up list over at TOMetal.com. This month I actually found two contributions worthy of making this list. So if you wetre burdened by the slew of new recordings issued, then check out two of my picks, as well as the rest of the writing staff’s top choices for the month of July at THIS LOCATION!
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.
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.
When it comes to Candlemass, I’m all for pretty much dropping everything I’m doing and slapping their latest on at maximum volume the very first chance I get. So was the case with their brand new four song EP Death Thy Lover, which is due out next week through Napalm Records. An unexpected random promo in the ol’ inbox, I quickly grabbed the files, loaded up my MP3 player, and hit the road to complete some chores to one of my favorite metal groups that I shamefully admit to owning very little by beyond their recent material dating back to the recent reformation. And, much like their more recent album Psalms for the Dead, I found myself merely coasting from one location to the next with the same perplexed look on my face the entire twenty-six minutes this release was on.
Well, looks like it’s time to unveil some kick ass music from the quickly growing digital source known as Bandcamp. From new offerings to some that have been sitting on the back-burner you possibly overlooked, here’s a few recommendations for you to check out currently available on that very site. And, as always, if you know something I don’t, feel free to shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “BANDCAMP BREAKDOWN” for consideration in the next round!