This Toilet Tuesday (12/15/15)


Sometimes, the metal gods see fit to give us a slow week for new music. Sometimes- especially this time of year, when we’ve been highlighting all the other great things that you’ve probably missed- that can be a good thing. I only just got around to listening to Exercises In Futility in full a couple days ago (and will be doing twenty “Hail Satans” as penance for sleeping on it so long). In any case, we’ve grabbed a couple gems from the list and presented them below; feel free to find something we have missed and share it with the class.

ashen horde

Ashen Horde – Nine Plagues (Mandol Records) [Progressive Black Metal]
Listen to “Feral”

The progressive elements used by Ashen Horde may not seem obvious at first, but as “Feral” unwinds, the atypical bits rise from their graves like bloodthirsty zombies. If you want to hear a black metal band straying from the beaten path (and indulging in more crisp production), fast forward to 2:28. FFO: Keep of Kalessin, Bite Wound, Ihsahn 12/15/15 (W.)


Batushka – Litourgiya (Witching Hour Productions) [Black Metal]

Holy crap. If this album had dropped earlier in the year, I guarantee we would be seeing this on more year-end lists. It’s huge, boasting one of the heaviest-sounding rhythm sections I’ve heard all year. It’s unconventional, melding orthodoxy with Gothic chanting and clever interplay. It’s catchy, with the whirring riffs mesmerizing and drawing you into a state of rapture. In short, it’s amazing and likely the best thing you’ll hear all day. FFO: Mourning Dawn, Cult of Fire, Balmog 12/15/15 (W.)

Acid Enema – Misanthropic Visions (Independent) [Clipping]

Against the Plagues – Purified Through Devastation (Non Serviam Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Man’s Modern World”

Akem Manah – The Twisted Rites (Freak Metal Records) [Sludge]
Listen to “March of the Damned”

Ass – Speed Krusher/Work Sucks (PRC Music) [Crossover/Thrash]

Barbora – Enigma (Independent) [Instrumental/Prog]

Baroness – Purple (Abraxan Hymns) [Post-Metal]
Listen to “Chlorine & Wine”

Behemoth – Live At The BBC (live album- New Aeon Musick) [Blackened Death Metal]

Black Kirin – 哀郢 (Independent) [Folk Metal]

Black Whispers – Shades of Bleakness (Symbol of Domination) [DSBM]

Burn the Empire – The Iconoclast (Independent) [Death Metal]
Listen to “The Traitor”

Burn the Mankind – To Beyond (Mighty Music Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “To Beyond”

Calamity – Imminent Disaster (Independent) [Thrash]
Listen to “Imminent Disaster”

Carthaun – Staub und Schatten (Northern Fog Records) [Black Metal]

Common Grave – Dust of My Existence (Vacula Productions) [Black Metal]

Cruz de Ferro – Morreremos de Pé (Non Nobis Productions) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “O Decepado”

Cyanosis – Perpetuation of Eradication (Pathologically Explicit) [Brutal Death Metal]

Dakhma – Astiwihad-Zohr (Iron Bonehead Productions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Libation (Unto the Blessed Flame)

Dr. Shrinker – Contorted Dioramic Palette (Dread Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Repulsive Habits”

Endless Reign – Buried and Forgotten (Independent) [Metalcore]

Enfarce – Superhero Diaries – Part II (Suur-Helsingin Iskelmätehdas Oy) [Power Metal]

Эпоха – Бес фанатизма (Metalism Records) [Heavy Metal]

Fall – The Insatiable Weakness (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Harvester,” “Soul Ignition”

Hooded Eagle – Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane (Swamp Metal Records) [Blackened Doom]

Horror Necros – The Bite of a Hornet (Narcoleptica Productions) [Death Metal]

Jack Frost – Mélaina Cholé (Gloom Rock Enterprises) [Sad Rock]

Jennifer Christensen/Twilight Fauna – Jennifer Christensen/Twilight Fauna (split- Red River Family Records) [Classical/Black Metal]

Kombur – I Am Alpha (Imminence Records) [Deathcore]

L’Endeví – Don’t Go Back (Art Gates Records) [Gothic Metal]

Lifestream – Post Ecstatic Experience (Emanations) [Black Metal]

The Maledict – Dread (Independent) [Death/Doom]
Listen to “Tenebrae”

Mork – I sluket av myra (HSP Productions) [Black Metal]

Morna – Nuisance (Independent) [Progressive Melodeath]
Listen to “To Think Alone”

Morokh – The Unholy Masquerade (Zero Hero Recordings) [Hardcore]
Listen to “The Unholy Masquerade”

Morth – Towards The Endless Path (Symbol of Domination/Acclaim Records) [lolbuttz]
Listen to “Shadows From Ancient Battles”

The Murder Cult – Mortem Mortis (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “The Old Dark House on the Hill,” “Dear Terrified Girl”

Nadja – Tabernanthe (Envelope Collective) [Drone/Doom]

Neuronia – Under the Same Sky (Independent) [Thrash/Groove Metal]
Listen to “Under the Same Sky”

Octaviagrace – Recollect Storia (Walkure Records) [Powerpop?]

Old Pagan – Ogdrun Jarhar (Symbol of Domination/Narbentage) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Amon Ramah”

Opera Magna – Del amor y otros demonios – Acto II (Independent) [Power Metal]

Orthodox – Axis (Alone Records) [Doom]
Listen to “Crown for a Mole”

Phobos Preacher – Asfixia (Art Gates Records) [Death/Thrash]

Phobonoid – Phobonoid (Dusktone) [Industrial/Black Metal]
Listen to “Alpha Centauri,” “Fuga nel vuoto”

Raze – Mankind’s Heritage (Suspiria Records) [Thrash]

Sator Marte – Engulfed by Firestorm (Independent) [Black Metal]

Stygmata – A Test of Faith (Tate Music Group) [Hard Rock]

Troglodyte – Anthropological Curiosities and Unearthed Archaeological Relics (Independent) [Death Metal]

Vader – Before The Age of Chaos – Live 2015 (live album- Witching Hour Productions) [Death/Thrash]
Listen to “Final Massacre”

Volahn/Shataan/Arizmenda/Kallathon – Desert Dances and Serpent Sermons (split- Crepusculo Negro) [Western Black Metal]

Vulto Abissal – Obedience and Sadism (Independent) [Black Thrash]

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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