This Toilet Thursday? (2/23/23)

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Farken eh, that’s a lot of music. In stark contrast to last week, there’s a hefty amount of good shit down there as well (though there was almost as much fash garbage as last time too, which sucks). As always, let us know if there’s anything we missed or anything of particular note that you want folks to hear.


Sarcoptes – Prayers to Oblivion (Transcending Obscurity) [Black Metal]

Everyone’s favorite “thrash” band is back and arguably better than ever. They definitely sound better than ever, with a sharp and clean production job that’s miles ahead of the somewhat squashed sound of the debut and the slightly too crispy tone on the last EP. I like how much it brings out the vocals; they have a raw bite that serves to make the spooky synths and intricate riffs feel more grounded. The music is replete with harmonies and counterpoints, always in motion be it through aggressive headbanging parts or the atmospheric tremolo-and-blast combo endemic to black metal. Guitar aficionados will find a lot to love here especially, with some cool interplay between the instruments and some excellent lead work. 2/24/23 (Spear)


7 H.Target – Yantra Creating (Willowtip) [Brutal/Tech Death]

Air Raid – Fatal Encounter (High Roller Records) [Heavy Metal]

Bodyfarm – Ultimate Abomination (Edged Circle Productions) [Death Metal]

Bræ – Av vålnader bortom allt (Amor Fati Productions) [Black Metal]

Ciemra – The Tread of Darkness (Avantgarde Music) [Black Metal]

Coffinborn – Cadaveric Retribution (Xtreem Music) [Deth Metal]

Crown of Madness – Elemental Binding (Independent) [Tech Death]

Dark Embrace – Dark Heavy Metal (Massacre Records) [Heavy Metal]

Defunto/Putrefacta – A Face dos Defuntos Putrefactos (split- Maximum Violence Productions) [Death/Goregrind]

The Design Abstract – Transhuman Ascendant (Sliptrick Records) [Symphonic Melodeath]

Divine Wind – Divine Strike Force (Unlimited Record) [Speed/Power Metal]

Eldkling – The End of Eternity (Independent) [Power Metal]

Enemy of Reality – Where Truth May Lie (Vinylstore.gr) [Symphonic Metal]

Faron – World Beyond Grief (Grime Stone Records) [Black Metal]

FesterDecay – Reality Rotten to the Core (Everlasting Spew) [Goregrind]

Furnace – The Casca Trilogy (Obelisk Polaris Productions) [Death Metal]

Heidevolk – Wederkeer (Napalm Records) [Folk Metal]

The Ineffable/Lutto – Split (Independent) [Black Metal]

Insomnium – Anno 1696 (Century Media) [Melodeath]

Iron Curtain – Metal Gladiator (Dying Victims Productions) [Speed Metal]

Jirfiya – – W – (Independent) [Heavy Metal]

Lovebites – Judgement Day (Victor) [Power Metal]

Megaton Sword – Might & Power (Dying Victims Productions) [Heavy Metal]

Merlock – Onward Strides Colossus (Independent) [Stoner Doom]

Methchrist – Pestilential Warfare of the Black Flame (Landmine Records) [Black Metal]

Mortalus – We Are Human (Independent) [Heavy Metal]

The Mountain King/Gate to Xibalba – Split (Cursed Monk Records) [Drone/Doom]

Necrovation – Storm the Void / Starving Grave (Blood Harvest) [Death Metal]

Necro Weasel – Obey, Suffer & Die (Independent) [Thrash]

Oblique Visions – Out of Darkness (Independent) [Death Doom]

Oerheks – Landschapsanachronismen (Amor Fati Productions) [Black Metal]

Old Audrey’s Funeral – Old Audrey’s Funeral (Independent) [Doom/Heavy Metal]

Ontborg – Following the Steps of Damnation (Black Lion Records) [Melodeath]

Pist – The Bleak Unrest (Independent) [Thrash/Groove Metal/Doom]

Slakter – Warmageddon (Delusive Records) [Thrash]

Svraoz – Sacraments of Evil (Delusive Records) [Black/Thrash/Speed Metal]

They Grieve – To Which I Bore Witness (Silent Pendulum Records) [Sludge/Doom]

Total Hate – Marching Towards Humanicide (Eisenwald) [Black Metal]

Ultra Void – Mother of Doom (Independent) [Stoner Doom]

Venomous Concept – The Good Ship Lollipop (Decibel/Graphite) [Hardcore]

Vrani Volosa – Woods Mountains Skies (Independent) [Pagan Black Metal]

Wretched Fate – Carnal Heresy (Redefining Darkness) [Death Metal]

Zeke Deux – Lux en Athena (Starwave Records) [Power Metal]

Did we forget a new release? Is there a way we could improve this list? Let us know in the comments!

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