This Toilet Tuesday (11/27/18)


It’s once again Toilet Tuesday, and there’s a pile of new music here for your perusal. Not much of it caught my interest (save for Cosmic Atrophy, which will receive the full review treatment in a day or two), but Hans and Karhu found a couple they dig. And you might too! Check them out, then hit that list for more.

Horehound – Holocene (Doom Stew Records) [Stew Doom]
Listen to “L’appel du Vide”

This band injected many pots and now they’re floating in space, looking for their W. It’s no musical revelation, but I don’t think one is expected with stoner doom. The riffs are certainly decent, and the vocals venture off the beaten path enough to make it interesting. 11/30/18 (Hans)

Carbon Colossal – Celestial Eels (Independent) [Weird Black Metal]

There seemed to be a slew of space-themed black metal (i.e. two or three bands playing it) some time ago, and I think none of it sufficiently explored the notion that space, while awesome, is also absolutely god damn terrifying. Carbon Colossal have some of the atmospheric grandeur of e.g. Mesarthim, but this is frequently messed up by music that sounds like Jute Gyte writing the soundtrack to the final third of Richter’s novel – discordant and inhospitable sounds that put a fear of the cosmos in you. Would be more effective with a less murky sound though. 12/1/18 (Hans)

Voodus – Into the Wild (Helter Skelter Productions) [Black Metal]

Voodus is another Swedish black metal band, this time a debutante. And if you’re going to only check out one (black metal) album this week, let it be this. Voodus’ songs are lengthier than many of their peers could rightfully manage, but each goes through several riffs, moods, tempos, styles and transitions with such passion and cohesion that carrying their lengths seems like child’s play. Into The Wild is not a particularly experimental album, though in a way it could be described as ‘adventurous’, and very much excitable one. 11/26/18 (Karhu)

Valkyrja – Throne Ablaze (WTC Productions) [Black Metal]

Fast, nasty, melodic, somewhat modern sounding second wave black metal with a particularly nasty habit of being Swedish. Nothing could sum up Valkyrja better. Their crude beginnings saw them pursue a sound so original, they were compared most often to Watain (the originality of whose ideas is rather questionable as well) but by their third record, Valkyrja had working songs, and genuinely memorable riffs to offer. Thrones Ablaze would seem to continue this trajectory with added consistency – names like Dissection, Dark Funeral, and Marduk still loom on the horizon, but songs are no longer reliant on a singular motif, each riff working towards a better whole. Valkyrja could do with a killer riff or two more, but this is some of the better quality working man’s black metal released this year. 11/26/18 (Karhu)

Cantique Lépreux – Paysages polaires (Eisenwald) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Paysages polaires III”

Atmospheric black metal that’s still abundantly melodic and rich in riffs, or rather reliant on said features. Cantique Lepreux doesn’t cram their songs full of ideas, rather building lengthier pieces from a few central motifs. Largely a Chasse-Galerie / Melee des Aurores members’ side-project, their riffs are as cold and wintry as are their lyrics, the melodies carry a hint similar to Forteresse (with whom they share live-membership as well), but where the latter’s atmospheric inclinations were directed towards ambiance, Cantique Lepreux has more direction, momentum and movement. 11/30/18 (Karhu)

44 Magnum – 1977-2018 Prisoner (LMF) [Heavy Metal]

Alone in the Mist – See Them Dying (Narcoleptica Productions) [Black Doom]

Arrayan Path – Archegonoi (Pitch Black Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Sins of Pandora”

Atomic Death Squad – Brain Dead (Independent) [Crossover Thrash]

Ayyur – The Lunatic Creature (Sentient Ruin) [Black Metal]

Bane – Esoteric Formulae (Black Market Metal Label) [Melodic Black Metal]
Listen to “Bringer of Pandimensional Discord”

Battalions – Forever Marching Backwards (APF Records) [Sludge]
Listen to “Forever Marching Backwards”

Battlegrave – Relics of a Dead Earth (Independent) [Thrash]
Listen to “Betray Your Beliefs”

Blaine Rohmer – The World in Between (Independent) [Gothic/Doom]

Blasphemer – Lust of the Goat (Grindscene Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Child Catcher”

Blut auf dem Eis – The Betrayal of Fenrir (Independent) [Black Metal]

Brahdr’uhz – Sublimez Secte (Independent) [Black Metal]

Cosmic Atrophy – The Void Engineers (Independent) [Freaky Space Death Metal]
Listen to “Disgorged from Within the X-Zone”

Degredo – A Noite dos Tempos (Signal Rex) [Vaguely Black Metal-Sounding Noises]

Energema – The Magic Wardrobe (Sublimity Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “The Four Kings”

Faršas / Cut To Fit – split (No Bread Records) [Grindcore]
Listen to “Metų mama” (Faršas)“No More Thoughts” (Cut To Fit)

Felis Catus – Answers to Human Hypocrisy (Southern Hell Records) [Black Metal]

Illusoria – King (7hard Records) [Power Metal]

Incinerator – Concept of Cruelty (Raw Skull Recordz) [Death Metal]
Listen to “My Darkest Needs”

In Crucem Agere – Graveyard of Liars (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “A Fatal Rotation”

Inoculated Life – Exist to Decay (Redefining Darkness) [Death Metal]

Kenosis – Consecrationem (Prosthetic Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Abraham’s Dagger”

Lividity – Perverseverance (Metal Age Productions) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Perverseverance”

Lord of Solitude / Thronehammer – Vol. 1 – Vampire Bites (split- Church Within) [Doom]

Lunae Ortus – White​-​Night​-​Wropt (Independent) [Symphonic Death/Black Metal]
Listen to “The Woesome Famine”

Marasme – Malsons (Odio Sonoro) [Proggy Sludge]
Listen to “Malboci”

Marius Danielsen’s Legend of Valley Doom – Marius Danielsen’s Legend of Valley Doom Part 2 (Crime Records) [Marius Danielsen Metal]
Listen to Marius Danielson’s “Temple of the Ancient God” ft. Marius Danielson

Master – Vindictive Miscreant (Transcending Obscurity) [Death Metal]

The Monolith Deathcult – V2 – Vergelding (Independent) [Industrialish Death Metal]

Morbosidad / Kill – Santaurio del Diablo (split- Hells Headbangers) [Black/Death Metal]

Mørknatt – Victorious Satan (Abyssal Sound Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “I Have Sinned”

Мужчины в Металле – Пусть душа расправит крылья (Independent) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Настало время”

Nachtmystium – Resilient (Prophecy Productions) [Black Metal]

Necroart – Caino (The Goatmancer) [Death Metal]

Old Man Lizard – True Misery (Wasted State Records) [Stoner Metal]
Listen to “Cursed Ocean, Relentless Sea”

Overpower – One Mind, One Prison (Independent) [Thrash/Melodeath]
Listen to “Alien”

Sacrosanct – Necropolis (Rock of Angels Records) [Off-Thrash]
Listen to the unholy lovechild of James Hetfield and Zac Brown

Sex Machineguns – Iron Soul (Kanameishi Records) [Power Metal]

Shadows Ground / Sale Freux – L’Envolée de Circé / The Age of Ignorance (split- Shattenkult Produktionen) [Black Metal]

Stilla – Synviljor (Nordvis) [Black Metal]
Listen to “En närvaro av då”

Thirdmoon – Terrarum Exuviae (Independent) [Melodeath]

Vaginal Addiction – Orgy of Depravity (CDN Records) [Not Googling This At Work Metal]

Valhalore – Solace & Solitude (Independent) [Folk]
Listen to “Solace”

Vane – Black Vengeance (Independent) [Melodeath]

Veonity – Legend of the Starborn (Sliptrick Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Outcast of Eden”

Virgin Black – Requiem – Pianissimo (Independent) [Opera?]

Viscera/// – City of Dope and Violence (Third I Rex/Toten Schwan) [Post-Metal]
Listen to “Marauders”

Vitriol – Pain Will Define Their Death (semi-reissue- Everlasting Spew) [Death Metal]

Voices from Beyond – Black Cathedral (Volcano Records) [Heavy Metal/Thrash]
Listen to “The Black Cathedral”

Whoredom Rife – Nid – Hymner av hat (Terratvr Possessions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Hyllest”

Wolves of Odin – Laid to Waste (Independent) [Black/Speed Metal]
Listen to “Triumph of Satan”

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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