This Toilet Tuesday (1/17/17)


Welcome, flushalos, to This Toilet Tuesday! This seemingly constipated January has finally pounded some Pepto and spread wide its resplendent posterior, a powerful wave of new music gushing forth in all its putrid glory. Karhu, W, and I saved a fistful of the chunkier bits for further examination, but you can be assured that we didn’t catch them all. Check out the full list below for more good stuff and share it with the group!


Endalok – Úr draumheimi viðurstyggðar (Signal Rex) [Cavernous Black Metal]
Listen to “Afskræming holds og sálar,” “Eldhaf”

I certainly didn’t expect Endalok to release new material so hot on the heels of their absolutely killer EP from last October, but here we are. I’m not complaining, mind you, because this fresh Icelandic band is already crafting top-tier cavernous death metal that draws deep from the bubbling pool of molten black metal spewing forth from the volcanic hot springs in their homeland. The key to Endalok’s appeal is their rather niche style. Although cavern-death is pretty in right now, Endalok utilize a black metal production and aesthetic within their hollow, reverberating percussive lines and monstrous growls to become the alpha predators in their subterranean food chain. If you like drums that sound like they’re clattering around within an echo chamber, big riffs that unfold like ancient beasts stretching after a millennium of sleep, and angry, swarming vocals, you’re going to love this. FFO: Qrixkuor, Skáphe, Grave Upheaval 1/20/17 (W.)


Need – Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom (Independent) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Rememory,” “Tilikum”

Need’s a Greek prog metal act. Very, very prog. That doesn’t mean that they’re doing anything particularly off-kilter and unexpected, on the contrary actually. From their nearly-ridiculous instrumental prowess down to the made-up-word-name of their album, they fill pretty much every trope of a prog metal band from the days of yore. Obviously, since you’re reading this, they’re doing something right. Yes, there is some moments that may count for wankery, but they aren’t overbearing, the basswork is groin-grabbingly fun and these Greeks happen to be excellent songwriters. Opener “Rememory” has flashes of Fates Warning, and even the vocalist manages to appear like rougher Ray Alder at times. What really sets Need apart though, and makes them a serious competitor for the best new prog act’s title isn’t their chops, or their songwritong skills – though very commendable, these aren’t a great rarity these days – it’s that they never forget about the riff. Hegaiamas is heavy through and through, and each song delivers memorable riffs a plenty. How many modern prog bands can honestly say that? FFO: Fates Warning, Symphony X, Redemption, any heavy prog band – I guess 1/17/17 (Karhu)


Helheim – LandawarijaR (Dark Essence Records) [Viking Metal]
Listen to “Baklengs mot intet”

If viking metal with an emphasis on the blacker side of things, and a bit of prog thrown in for good measure sounds like your thing, or you pine to know what Enslaved’s earliest records might have sounded like, had they been recorded today, landawarijaR is going to be in the ballpark you were looking for. “Baklengs Mot Intet” starts with some raw, blackened riffing, adds synth horns, veers into clean-duet chorus, spends some time with modern, rocking-er riffs and maneuvers back while delivering seven minutes worth of all the things I didn’t know I needed but can’t live without. 1/20/17 (Karhu)


Terrifier – Weapons of Thrash Destruction (Test Your Metal Records) [Thrash]
Listen to “Reanimator,” “Skitzoid Embolism”

I could sit here and try to come up with an eloquent description of this album, but sometimes the simplest way is the most effective: Weapons of Thrash Destruction kicks ass. The riffs are unrelenting, the shredding is glorious (and surprisingly complex), and the vocals are savage; this is everything you could want from a traditional thrash album. If Havok is more your speed than Vektor, then give this a listen. You won’t regret it. 1/20/17 (Spear)

A.V.D.L – Mourning Air (Independent) [Black Metal]

Abhorrent Flesh – Promo 2017 (Necrology Records) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Membusuk Di Neraka”

Ancestral – Master of Fate (Iron Shield/Soulfood) [Power Metal]

Apoclibbon Doshol – Nowhere Near Stars (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Imdali Nebula System,” “Binary Psi Zariah”

Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (Drakkar Productions) [Black Metal]

Bestial Whore – Pentagram Perversion (Behold Barbarity) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Semen Left to Rot” (NSFW)

Beyond the Dark Forest – Ealde (Blackened Death Records) [Black Metal/Dark Ambient]

Black Invocation – Chaos – Triumph – A New Beginning (Abrasax Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Chaos”

Blunt Shovel – Get in the Ground (Goatsound) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Destination Dog Food,” “Sewer Pipe Throat”

Brutal Unrest – Trinitas (Hammerheart Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Systematic Torture,” “Pandemic Wings”

Dopelord – Children of the Haze (Independent) [Doom]
Listen to “Navigator”

Emptiness – Not for Music (Season of Mist) [Blackened Goth Rock]

Enemy Remains – No Faith in Humanity (Independent) [lolbuttz]
Listen to “No Faith In Humanity”

Ethmebb – La quête du Saint Grind (Dooweet Agency) [Death Metal]

Ettenmoor – Brothers in Blood (Independent) [Melodeath]

Firewind – Immortals (Century Media Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Hands of Time,” “Ode to Leonidas,” “Back on the Throne”

The Flight of Sleipnir – Skadi (Eisenwald) [Black/Folk/Doom]
Listen to “Awaken”

Ghostmourn – Vocans Tenebris (Independent) [Black Metal]

Haggatha – V (Nerve Altar) [Sludge/Doom]

Heisenberg – The Empire Business (Amputated Vein Records) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “The Empire Business”

Impalers – Styx Demon: The Master of Death (Evil Eye Records) [Thrash/Heavy Metal]

Infernal Angels – Ars Goetia (My Kingdom Music) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Belial: The Deceiver”

Memoriam – The Hellfire Demos II (Nuclear Blast Records) [Death Metal]

Mosaic – Old Man’s Wyntar (Eisenwald) [Black Metal]

Nasty Surgeons – Exhumation Requiem (Xtreem Music) [Death Metal]

Ritual Spell/Urge – The Burial Oath (split- Satanic Records) [Black Metal]

Rude – Remnants… (FDA Rekotz/Soulfood) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Blood Sucker”

Sicada – Excursion (Independent) [Deathcore]
Listen to “Spirals”

Tenebree – Infinito honor de existencia (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Declaración Tenebris entre Robles y Herejes”

White Ward – Futility Report (Independent) [Post-Black Metal]
Listen to “Black Silent Piers”

Witchmaster/Voidhanger – Razing the Shrines of Optimism (split- Third Eye Temple) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Burnout Hearts Exhibition” (Voidhanger, NSFW or anywhere else)

Wound – Engrained (FDA Rekotz) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Engrained”

Wulkanaz – Paralys (Helter Skelter Productions) [Black Metal]

Yggdrassil – All Shall Burn (Art Gates Records) [Folk Metal]
Listen to “Yuletide”

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

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