This Toilet Tuesday (3/9/21)


Toilet Tuesday means new music, and we’ve got it all here for you in one convenient package. Hans and Karhu have filtered out the chaff and grabbed a couple releases you might want to check out, but there’s certainly more this week offers. Give their recommendations a listen and hit that list below.

Varmia – Bal Lada (M-Theory Audio) [Black Metal]

From somewhere in Poland comes Varmia’s new record, and while I don’t usually go for all the esoteric stuff that black metal bands are wont to come up with for how they record, I think the approach of playing the songs live in an old manor house and partly recording the vocals out in the woods is somehow really cool. Musically, what’s available so far is maybe a bit slower than the previous record, but still full of the peculiar atmosphere created by the inclusion of traditional folk instruments and clean singing (and, no doubt, the location where the music was created, although that’s probably the kinda thing you only imagine noticing when you know about it). Moody, earthy, nature-inspired black metal. 3/12/21 (Hans)

Woe unto Me – Spiral-Shaped Hopewreck (Badmoodman Music) [Funeral Doom]
Listen to “Spiral-Shaped Hopewreck”

On the second half of their sophomore album Among the Lightened Skies the Voidness Flashed, Woe Unto Me experimented with somber sad boy metal, while this new EP seems to be reaching the distance between that and it’s first half, a more funeral death/doom affair. On the titular single-track, a very Renkse-inspired vocals meet acoustic guitars, piano, horns a drum performance that most clearly betrays the band’s metallic origin (as do the arrangements, really), these moments are interspersed with emotional solos and heavier moments, in which the riffs seem to recall the band’s past and further explore the Katatonia fascination. About halfway in, they guitars weave in more modern prog metal influences, and in the end lets the melodic death/doom aside take over. Woe Unto Me wears their influences on their sleeve, making it easy to dissect them, but is also very clear about their intent to take their sound elsewhere, and makes distinct use of dynamics said influences wouldn’t want to be caught with. 3/12/21 (KARHU)

Archangel – Third Warning (Independent) [lolbuttz]

The Architect of Nightmares – Fearing the Unknown (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Fearing the Unknown”

The Crown – Royal Destroyer (Metal Blade) [Death Thrash]
Listen to “Motordeath”

Cruel Life Inside – Eclipsis Vitae (Casus Belli Musica) [Post-Metal]
Listen to “Loricum”

Cruz de Ferro – Leão dos Mares (Rastilho Records) [Heavy Metal]

Demiser – Through the Gate Eternal (Boris Records) [Black Thrash]

Enforced – Kill Grid (Century Media) [Thrash]
Listen to “Curtain Fire”

Eyehategod – A History of Nomadic Behavior (Century Media) [Sludge/Doom]
Listen to “Fake What’s Yours”

Gruaim – Voyage of My Lamented Maiden (Independent) [Death Doom]

Incertus – Predestination to Damnation (Defense Records) [Death Metal]

Iron Jaw – Chain of Command (Independent) [Heavy Metal]

Lovebites – Glory, Glory, to the World (Victor Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Glory to the World”

Magma Rise – To Earth to Ashes to Dust (Independent) [Doom]
Listen to “From the Heights From the Ground”

Malist – Karst Relict (Independent) [Black Metal]

Mara – Djävulstoner (Wormholedeath) [Melodeath]

Marianas Rest – Fata Morgana (Napalm Records) [Death Doom]

Morvidhen – Morvidhen (Independent) [Speed Metal]
Listen to “Abandonado en el Infierno”

Navalm – Cursed Land (Careless Records) [Death Metal]

Necropanther – In Depths We Sleep (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Cheers to Seth Davey”

Orden Ogan – Final Days (AFM Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “In the Dawn of the AI”

Orecus – The Obliterationist (Independent) [Death Metal]

Pleasure of Mutilate – Mortal Divinity (CDN Records) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “The Eternal Return”

Rise to the Sky – Let Me Drown with You (GS Productions) [Funeral Doom]

Secret Chord – Aurora (Sleaszy Rider) [Symphonic Metal]
Listen to “Everything Repeats”

Secret Sphere – Lifeblood (Frontiers Music) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Lifeblood”

Skorbvstr – Hedensk (Snow Wolf) [Black Metal]

Snær – Frozen Alchemy (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Endless Suffering”

Stortregn – Impermanence (The Artisan Era) [Blackened Melo/Tech Death]

Sulpur – Embracing Hatred and Beckoning Darkness (Amor Fati Productions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “A Temple Draped in Shadow”

Sunstorm – Afterlife (Frontiers Music) [Heavy/Power Metal]
Listen to “Afterlife”

Thousand Year War – The Goddamned Lord (Sadist Records) [Black Metal]

Thunder Horse – Chosen One (Ripple Music) [Stoner Doom]
Listen to “Chosen One”

Turbulence – Frontal (Frontiers Music) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Ignite”

Twitch of the Death Nerve – Beset by False Prophets (Comatose Music) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “The Wages of Faith”

Wesenwille – II: A Material God (LADLO) [Black Metal]

Witchtit – Intoxicating Lethargy (Independent) [Doom]

Witchtrip – Sledmetal (Independent) [Groove Metal]

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