This Toilet Tuesday (4/25/23)


At long last, spring is here: black metal bands are returning to their bedrooms for hibernation, and symphonic fare wafts on the wind in all its Gorgonzolan glory. Lift up that lid and pop a squat—there’s something for everyone in this bowl.

Kaal Akuma – Turiya (Nuclear Winter Records) [Blackened Death]

Kaal Akuma is a relatively young act, but they project the sound of an entity that’s been imprisoned in dirt for millennia. This style of longform blackened death usually comes swathed in a shroud of reverb, but thankfully, every minute of Turiya‘s tremolo riffs and blasts reaches listeners undiluted. Even in the relative calm at the preview track’s midpoint, a sense of dread and lurking pain pervades; the band is all too willing to make good on this promise. -Roldy

Aleister – Nightmare (M & O Music) [Thrash]

Andy James – Fury From Above (AJR Productions LTD) [Groove / Instrumental]

Basalto – Purga (Independent) [Sludge / Death]

Bastard Cröss – Beasts of the Night (Unchained Tapes) [Blackened Thrash]

Black & Damned – Servants of the Devil (Rock of Angels Records) [Heavy / Power]

Black Mass Pervertor – Dionysian Rite (Independent) [Black ‘n Roll]

Burial Extraction – A Shadow Of Things To Come (The Charon Collective) [Melodeath]

Cadaveric Crematorium – Zombology (Punishment 18 Records) [Tech Death]

Carpe Diem – In Nomine Honoris (Independent) [Symphonic Power]

Chrome Waves – Earth Will Shed Its Skin (M-Theory Audio) [Post-Black]

Clarion Knell – Abyss of Fear (Independent) [Black]

Contaminated/Fistula – Apex C.h.u.d. / Nigromancer (Blood Harvest) [Death / Doom]

Crimson Dawn – It Came from the Stars (Punishment 18 Records) [Symphonic Power]

Danava – Nothing But Nothing (Tee Pee Records) [Heavy / Speed]

Electric Cult / Weedevil – Cult of Devil Sounds (Smolder Brains Records) [Stoner Doom]

Elohims Sterne – Finster (Independent) [Industrial Black]

Elvenking – Reader of the Runes – Rapture (AFM Records) [Folk]

Enchantya – Cerberus (Inverse Records) [Symphonic Melodeath]

Enforced – War Remains (Century Media Records) [Crossover Thrash / Death]

Exit Catacomb – No Escape From the Catacomb (Independent) [Blackened Thrash]

Extinction (Italy)Cryogenesis (Punishment 18 Records) [Death]

Fardeaux – The Den Has Become An Abyss (Drowning in Chaos Records) [Dissonant Blackened Death]

Fiat Nox – Opium to Insidious Slumber (Crawling Chaos) [Blackened Death]

Fimbulvet – Portale (Einheit Produktionen) [Melodeath / Folk]

Fires in the Distance – Air Not Meant For Us (Prosthetic Records) [Symphonic Melodeath]

Flitcraft – House at the Centre of the Universe (Pitch Black Records) [Prog / Heavy]

Graveworm – Killing Innocence (AFM Records) [Symphonic Melodeath]

Hypnos – Deathbirth (Einheit Produktionen) [Blackened Death]

IER – 物の怪 (Independent) [DSBM]

Ignea – Dreams of Lands Unseen (Napalm Records) [Symphonic Melodeath]

Ironmaster – Weapons of Spiritual Carnage (Black Lion Records) [Brutal Death]

Jaded Black – Vitriolic Awakening (Independent) [Death]

King Potenaz – Goat Rider (Argonauta Records) [Psychedelic Doom]

Lucifuge – Monoliths of Wrath (Dying Victims Productions) [Blackened Thrash]

Majesty – Back to Attack (Reaper Entertainment) [Power / Heavy]

Marxthrone – Total Dialectics (Independent) [Raw Black / Memes]

Miasis – Consumación humana (The Slaughterhouse Records) [Brutal Death]

Mismatched – Imperium/Plaga (Independent) [Blackened Death]

Mistral – In the Throes of Losing Love (Onism Productions) [Post-Black]

Nadir – Possessed By Grandeur (Independent) [Melodeath / Thrash]

Necronomicon – Constant to Death (El Puerto Records) [Thrash]

NekroChaparro – The Hanging Gardens of Piazalle Loreto (Independent) [Raw Black]

Nova Skellis – Life Amongst the Damned (Metalloscope Music) [Heavy]

Oblivion FL – The Executioner (Independent) [Thrash / Lolbuttz]

Ocular Trauma – The Dissection of Tragedy (WormHoleDeath) [Prog Death]

Ondfødt – Det Österbottniska M​ö​rkret (Black Lion Records) [Black]

Orphans of Dusk – Spleen (Hypnotic Dirge Records) [Gothic Doom]

Pustilence – Beliefs of Dead Stargazers and Soothsayers (Memento Mori) [Death]

Sanctuarium – Into the Mephitic Abyss (BlackSeed Productions) [Death/Doom]

Shattered Vessels – Exile (Independent) [Symphonic Power]

Sinedeus – No God Where I Am (Independent) [Black]

Storm Seeker – Nautic Force (NoCut Entertainment) [Folk (Pirate (BMP-Core))]

Tarchon Fist – The Flame Still Burns (Underground Symphony) [Power / Thrash]

Terranoct – Icon of Ruin (Independent) [Deathrash]

The Medea Project – Reflections (Trepanation Recordings) [Doom / Sludge]

Vadiat – Spear of Creation (Redefining Darkness Records) [Death]

Valgrind – Millennium of Night Bliss (Memento Mori) [Death]

Vantablack Warship – Last of Hardmouthed Poets (Bam&Co-Heavy) [Crossover Thrash / Groove]

Walhalla – Release the Beast (Great Dane Records) [Blackened Death]

Wallowing – Earth Reaper (Church Road Records) [Death/Doom]

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