This Toilet Tuesday (10/17/23)


O great ceramic seat below, thou who hungers for plungers, assuage our sins that we might proceed without blockage. This week we’ve got by-the-(spell)book blackthrash, apologetic DSBM, and songs from a sunken sacrum. Dive deep, for hidden treasures surely await the intrepid.

Sylvatica – Cadaver Synod (Target Group) [Symphonic Death / Folk Metal]

As Halloween approaches, my resistance to kitsch is quickly eroded: give me the siren calls of theremin; distorted orchestra hits; production as dry as a mummy’s chapped lips. Sylvatica’s sound is a shambling patchwork of Fleshgod Apocalypse pomp and dungeon synth ambience—melodeath draped in crumbling ornaments that carry the faint smell of mildew and incense. The available track “Titivillus” is overwhelming at first, but underneath the chaos, the structure is relatively simple, allowing the energetic riffing to support the host of auxiliary instruments. It’s hard to imagine what lies in store in the rest of these tracks, but whether they’re sweets or buried razorblades, I’m in. -Roldy

Afterbirth – In But Not Of (Willowtip Records) [Proggy Brutal Death]

Aldaaron – Majestic Heights, Melancholic Depths (Paragon Records) [Black]

Alto Voltaje – Manifiesto (Iged Records) [Thrash]

Angelus Apatrida – Aftermath (Century Media Records) [Crossover Thrash]

Askesis – Beyond the Fate of Death (Time to Kill Records) [Blackened Death]

Baring Teeth – The Path Narrows (I, Voidhanger Records) [Proggy Tech Death / Dissodeath]

Battlemaster – Greedgripped & Spellspoilt (Vinyl Conflict) [Blackened Death / Thrash]

Black Void Cult – .​.​.​Even The Stars Have To Die (Independent) [Symphonic Black]

Black Wasteland – Time Devours All (Barbarian Wrath) [Doom / Heavy Metal]

Blood Lightning – S/T (Ripple Music) [Doom / Heavy Metal]

Bloodred Hourglass – How’s The Heart? (Out of Line Music) [Melodeath / Alt Metal]

Caos ov Doom – Magnum Opus Tenebrarum (Leçons des Ténèbres Productions) [Death/Doom]

Cherokee – III (Demons Records) [Heavy Metal]

Cirith Ungol – Dark Parade (Metal Blade Records) [Heavy Metal / Doom]

Count Witchfinder – Witch Trial (Chaos Caravan Records) [Heavy Metal / Doom / Psych Rock]

Cryfemal – La Gran Victoria Del Mal (Immortal Frost Productions) [Blackened Death]

Derdian – New Era Part IV – Resurgence (Independent) [Symphonic Power]

Diabolic Night – Beneath The Crimson Prophecy (High Roller Records) [Blackthrash / Speed Metal]

Display of Decay – Vitriol (Gore House Productions) [Death]

Dream Unending/Worm – Starpath (20 Buck Spin) [Death/Doom]

Edgeflame – In Vaulted Halls Entombed (Wrath Vault) [Death]

Elegy of Madness – XI (Scarlet Records) [Symphonic Groove Metal / Gothic Metal]

Enigma Ex Machina – Blurring Thoughts, Flawless Lies (Independent) [Prog Metal]

Entierro – The Gates of Hell (Independent) [Heavy Metal / Thrash]

Frakasm – And So the Blood Was Shed (Great Dane Records) [Death]

Gallóglaigh – Realms Unknown (Independent) [Blackened Death]

Game Over – Hellframes (Scarlet Records) [Thrash / Heavy Metal]

Go Ahead and Die – Unhealthy Mechanisms (Nuclear Blast) [Death]

Hippie Death Cult – Helichrysum (Heavy Psych Sounds) [Doom / Psych Rock]

Hounskull – The Faces of Evil (Independent) [Psych Heavy Metal]

I Miss You, C… – Those Who Met God (Independent) [DSBM / Post-Black]

Kalmo – Dominus Meus (Independent) [Doom]

Knowing the Future – Damned Miracles (Independent) [Proggy Tech Death (Instrumental)]

Lady Beltham – Premi​è​re S​é​ance (Independent) [Heavy Metal (Instrumental)]

Lalu – The Fish Who Wanted to Be King (Frontiers Records) [Prog Metal]

Living Metal – Viviendo el metal (Metal Relics) [Heavy Metal]

Lunacy – Disconnection (Independent) [Death / Groove Metal]

Lycania – My Kingdom Come (Independent) [Symphonic Power]

Marthe – Further In Evil (Southern Lord Recordings) [Blackened Doom]

Mortajas – Mortajas II (Sun & Moon Records) [Doom]

Nemoreus – Orcunadoras – Chapter Three: Rogue (Running Wild Productions) [Folk Metal]

Olymp – S/T (Independent) [Heavy Metal]

Onize Ayanami – SYZYGY (Independent) [Melodeath]

Plaguestorm – Empty Eyes (Noble Demon) [Melodeath]

Poseydon – Through the Gate of Hatred and Aversion (Necktwister) [Deathrash]

Putrid Torso – Trails Of Hypnotized Human Veins (Pathologically Explicit Recordings) [Brutal Death / Slam]

Rage of Light – Opaque (Independent) [Symphonic Melodeath / Electronica]

Reginn – S/T (Independent) [Death]

Rozario – To the Gods We Swear (Pride & Joy Music) [Heavy Metal]

Sangdragon – Hierophant (Wake Up Dead Records) [Symphonic Death]

Savage – Glory Riders (Dying Victims Productions) [Heavy Metal]

Sentenced 2 Die – Parasitic Infection (Maggot Stomp) [Death]

Slowburn – Fire Starter (Fighter Records) [Heavy Metal]

Solemn Vision – Despite The Rise Of The Sun (Black Lion Records) [Prog Melodeath]

Sorry… – Self Inflicted Razor Cutting (Tragedy Productions) [DSBM]

Stagewar – Interlude to Self-Destruction (Bacillus Records) [Thrash]

Steel Rhino – In Rhino We Trust (GMR Music Group) [Symphonic Heavy Metal]

Temperance – Hermitage – Daruma’s Eyes Pt. 2 (Napalm Records) [Symphonic Prog/Power]

Unverkalt – A Lump of Death: A Chaos of Dead Lovers (Argonauta Records) [Post-Metal]

Upon Shadows – Poetica (Independent) [Blackened Gothic Metal]

Vertebra Atlantis – A Dialogue With The Eeriest Sublime (I, Voidhanger Records) [Disso Blackened Death]

War Curse – Confession (Independent) [Groove Metal]

Warpit – S/T (The Triad Rec) [Groove Metal]

Without the Sky – Everything Is Fine (Rotting Sun Records) [DSBM]

Wratheon – Becoming Nil (Seek and Strike) [Blackthrash]

冷 – Riluo 日落 (Independent) [Symphonic Black]

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