This Toilet Tuesday (12/29/20)


This is it: the final Toilet Tuesday of the year. It’s going out on a quieter note, with the near-constant deluge of new music having dropped off quite a bit. Hans and I have picked a couple solid listens for you, though there are a few more down further that might warrant your attention as well.

Anna Pest – Dark Arms Reach Skyward with Bone White Fingers (Independent) [Prog/Tech Death]

There are a lot of solo projects on the list this week, and while I’d like to shout out Legacy of a Lost Aeon and Zac Leaser, it’s this one that stood out the most to me. It’s a very tight and competent mix of technical and brutal death metal welded onto an undercarriage of deathgrind. Fans of Jon Chang’s projects should find something to like here, both musically and thematically. “Heavy Lie the Mountains” surprises with a relatively laid-back, melodic part, which I’m hoping there will be more of on the full release. 1/1/21 (Hans)

Cartilage – Gore​-​met (Independent) [Deathgrind]

You like Exhumed? I’d wager the folks in Cartilage do as well, because this is remarkably similar stuff, from the riffs to the dual vocal attack to the cover art. Not that I’m complaining; this kind of violent, gore-drenched death metal is something I could stand to have more of in my life, and Gore-met is a fine little piece of it. Recommended if you like your shit grimy and fast. 12/29/20 (Spear)

Agonizing Torture – Chambers of Torture (Independent) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Tried for Blasphemous Witchcraft”

Antti Martikainen – Sonic Savior (Independent) [Symphonic Metal]

Coffins / Depression – split (Hells Headbangers) [Death Metal]

Craving for Chaos – Brink of Calamity (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Apophis”

Cruentus – Night Embrace Me (Independent) [Black Metal]

Downfall – Passive Regression (Independent) [Thrash]

Ebony Pendant – The Garden of Strangling Roots (Independent) [Black Metal]

Evanoth – Ravananugraha (Independent) [Blackened Doom]

Exit Bag – Exit Bag (Independent) [Sludge/Doom]
Listen to “Sycophant”

Fiur – Verse (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Von Fels, Wald und Sturm”

FØG – La niebla de las ánimas (Australis Records) [Melodeath/Doom]
Listen to “Destierro”

Gastrorrexis – Paradise of the Flies (Lord of the Sick Recordings) [Brutal Death Metal]

Gimli, Son of Glóin – At Last; Durin’s Mightiest Son Returns to the Field of Battle with Axe in Hand and Glory in His Heart! (Independent) [Dwarfgrind]
Listen to “My Body is Ill-Suited for this Pursuit Across the Plains of the Horselords”

Gridiron – The Other Side of Suffering (Independent) [Melodeath/Groove Metal]
Listen to “House of Serpents”

Hellbravior – Ingratos e Seus Abismos (Independent) [Black Thrash]

Helskov – Børnesange (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Et Barn Er Dødt I Betlehem”

Legacy of a Lost Aeon – The Pleistocene Empire (Independent) [Tech Death]

Modern Age Dying – The Sunless Empire (Independent) [Melodeath]

Nothing Is Real – Regeneration Through Self-devourment (Independent) [Doom]

Prime Mover – Under the Penumbra (Independent) [Proggy Melodeath]
Listen to “Thanaspherian”

Surrogate Prey / Et Mors – Split (Independent) [Sludge/Doom]

Svrm – Розпад (Vigor Deconstruct) [Black Metal]

Transilvania – Of Sleep and Death (Invictus Productions) [Black Metal]

Voltaic – Frail Existence (Independent) [Thrash]

Zac Leaser – Ostiarius (Independent) [Tech Death]
Listen to “Absentia”

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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