This Toilet Tuesday (8/15/23)


O fecal fomenter, o intestinal inciter, thy shining rim dost call to mine own. This week we’ve got a dearth of creative album titles, some dungeon synth that I’m lichen a lot, and an ayy lmao slam split. Careful you don’t hit your noggin on the porcelain—it’s a shallow week, but those who dive may find hidden pearls.

Sargassus – King of the Sun (Inverse Records) [Prog Death]

There are only two styles a band named after seaweed can choose between: aquatic stoner doom or something beautiful that sways hypnotically in the sun—Thankfully, Sargassus plays the latter. Bright, post-metal riffing shines through fluid shifts in rhythm and genre; from blackened chords to reverb-soaked cleans reminiscent of The Grand Illusion-era StyxKing of the Sun promises to tangle listeners in its alluring web. Shout-out to bands doing blasts over clean guitars (and Matias Rokio in general, his drumming on this preview track is phenomenal). -Roldy

After Earth – The Rarity of Reason (Independent) [Melodeath]

Aggrieved/Cold Case – Split (Upstate Records) [Crossover Thrash]

Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree – Aion (Magnetic Eye Records) [Psych Doom]

Blacksheep – Bloodties (Loud Rage Music) [Death’n’Roll]

Borracho – Blurring the Lines of Reality (Kozmik Artifactz) [Stoner Rock]

Crown of Anguish – S/T (Independent) [Death]

Cyhra – The Vertigo Trigger (Nuclear Blast) [Prog/Power]

Damnation Plan – The New Horizon (Inverse Records) [Melodeath / Groove Metal]

Déhà – Averses II (Musical Excrements) [Meloblack]

Dismal Crux – The Hope of Things to Come (Independent) [Death/Doom / Rock]

Divinite Hive/Parasitic Infection/Vault – Extraterrestrial Warfare (Necrotic Meatgrinder Recordings) [Brutal Death / Slam]

Dripping Decay – Festering Grotesqueries (Satanik Royalty Records) [Death]

Elohims Sterne – Gott Allmächtig (Independent) [Industrial Black]

Father Figure – S/T (Independent) [Death]

Fetal Sewage – Dominated In Putrefaction (Independent) [Death]

Fetus Destruction – Biologic Organic Brutal (Independent) [Deathgrind]

Godthrymm – Distortions (Profound Lore Records) [Doom]

Gom Jabbar/Pissing Contest – Split (Morbid and Miserable Records) [Grindcore / Noise]

Hellcross – Altares en Llamas (LMDT REC) [Blackened Speed Metal]

Invultation – Feral Legion (Sentient Ruin Laboratories) [Blackened Death]

Kypck – Преступления против человечества (Ranka Kustannus) [Doom]

Lombolo – H​ä​r och d​ä​r (Independent) [Melodeath / Folk]

Marvel of Decay – Virulent Realms (Independent) [Death]

Milking the Goatmachine – Neue Platte (Reaper Entertainment) [Death]

Mortem Obscuram – The Wretched Divinity (Independent) [Symphonic Tech Death / Deathcore]

Murasaki – Timeless (Independent) [Prog Rock]

Nocte Obducta – Karwoche – Die Sonne der Toten pulsiert (Supreme Chaos Records) [Black]

Occult Blood – The Room in the Ground (Independent) [Black]

Orbit Culture – Descent (Seek & Strike) [Death / Groove Metal]

Pušča – S/T (Neformat Family) [Post-Black]

Questioning Reality – Immersed in Illusion (Independent) [Blackened Death]

Sanguine Glacialis – Maladaptive Daydreaming (Independent) [Prog Death]

Skálmöld – Ýdalir (Napalm Records) [Melodeath / Folk]

The Circle – Of Awakening (AOP Records) [Symphonic Blackened Death]

The River’s Source – Beasts of Its Creation (Independent) [Raw/Lo-Fi Black]

Unblessed Divine – Portal to Darkness (Massacre Records) [Death]

Valkeat – Fireborn (Reaper Entertainment) [Symphonic Power / Folk]

Warmen – Here for None (Reaper Entertainment) [Symphonic Melodeath]

Worm Shepherd – The Sleeping Sun (Unique Leader Records) [Symphonic Deathcore]

Ysbrydnos – Altar Of Moss Vol​.​1 – Amidst A Forgotten Glade (Deathstare Records) [Dungeon Synth]

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