This Toilet Tuesday (8/4/15)


Alas, Toilet Tuesday is upon me. You had best brace yourselves, dear flushalos, for I have foreseen many a weeping wallet in the near future. The month of August will be relentless, with more quality releases than any of us can keep up with. Your ever-faithful music scouts have weathered the initial onslaught and presented to you what they managed to catch, because screw food and lodging; there’s metal to be had.


Gnaw Their Tongues – Abyss of Longing Throats (Crucial Blast Records) [Black/Noise/Industrial]
Listen to “From the Black Mouth of Spite”

Ahh, it does my dead, rotting heart good to see new material from Mories. Abyss of Longing Throats is Gnaw Their Tongues’ first full-length in three years, and based on the three tracks I’ve heard, it’s well set to live up to the darkly twisted expectations we all have. “Through Flesh” is a disorienting ride through a hellish soundscape, but the whole song retains an almost grand, cinematic scope due to Mories’ affinity for orchestral flavorings. While the title track, “Abyss of Longing Throats,” contains less twists and turns, it is no less unsettling at its furious, insistent pace. Layers of fuzzy guitars, mechanical groanings, and unrelenting drums are permeated with his signature background shriek, pausing only for a haunted spoken word section. “From the Black Mouth of Spite” may be the most menacing of the three; cold, unmistakably industrial drums march on, while Mories’ knack for painting unsettling auditory landscapes is on full display. Preorder here, and remember this one for your end-of-year lists. 8/7/15 (Stockhausen)


Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon (Nordvis) [Folk/Black Metal]
Listen to “Lost on the Trail of the Setting Sun”

I was unfamiliar with West Virginia’s Nechochwen before this week, and as of writing, I’ve only heard one song by the band. However, as of writing, I’ve heard that song four or five times, and I’m not stopping anytime soon. The driving elements of black metal mixed with folk tinged harmonic ideas are positively infectious, and I can’t stop pressing play again and again. Additionally, the band is dedicated to themes of Native American heritage, a topic I wish was explored further in metal. I may be hearing things, but I’m hearing an anthemic quality to this tune that’s almost power metal-esque, and man it is addictive. Power metal nerds are either going to revolt or call me on their own now, including me on discussions about leather pants and the most effective acne treatment. Either way, I’m ready to jam this Nechochwen album. 8/4/15 (Stockhausen)

mysterious priestess

Mysterious Priestess – Yumeguni no Gishi (Kickstart) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Mangan no Yoake,” “Kusanagi no Tsurugi”

This is one of those bands that I wasn’t really sure what to make of at first. “Mangan no Yoake” has a weird major-key black metal feel (which I’m sure is going to draw a deafheaven comparison), but the synth chords on top of everything give it an almost uncomfortable layer of tension. The latter half of the song has a jazzy vibe to it, a vibe that is shared on the somewhat more straightforward “Kusanagi no Tsurugi.” I imagine this is what a happy Opeth would have played in their pre-Heritage days, but I might just be crazy. Give it a listen and decide for yourself. 8/5/15 (Spear)


Krisiun – Forged in Fury (Century Media) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Scars of Hatred”

Have you encountered any reviews of Krisiun’s latest? I have, and all of them seemed to agree that Forged In Fury was not… well, forged in fury, but rather one of Krisiun’s less brilliant releases. Hearing “Scars of The Hatred” had unfortunately led me to the same conclusion. Playing less to their melodic capabilities and strongly to the chug (plus having overall less interesting ideas on both sides) wasn’t maybe their best idea. Why am I lifting this album from all the new releases then? Krisiun is one of those bands who don’t seem to be capable of making an outright bad album so if chuggy death metal is what you seek Krisiun has you covered (again) with FIF. It’s only mediocre when compared to the standards set by the band themselves. 8/7/15 (Karhu)


Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade) [Death Metal]

Many of you know of my beef with this band. But it seems to me that I have achieved a relative peace with them. Their older releases no longer excite me at all (whereas they used, hence the disappointment) but The Anthropocene Extinction is different. Pretty much all songs feature Travis Ryan showing his vocal-capabilities (via “Gollum”-screeches or cleans of varying degrees) and the songwriting feels more focused than on earlier efforts. Despite never lacking speed, Anthropocene Extinction never feels grnding, more like extreme speed metal. All in all an excellent release and the bands only one I enjoy as a whole. 8/7/15 (Karh Bear)


Hivelords – Tapered Limbs of a Human Star (Anthropic Records) [Blackened Sludge]
Listen to “Vessel”

Start your morning off right with some human sacrifice courtesy of Hivelords. The Filthydelphia (I’m sorry) quintet play a sinewy blend of sludge and black metal that, much like the quartered fellow on the cover of Tapered Limbs of a Human Star, manages to transcend its corporeal constituent parts. At times psychedelic, at other times disorienting, but always heavy, “Vessel” is a track that requires multiple spins to comprehend. I look forward to jamming the rest of this. FFO: The Atlas Moth, Sadgiqacea, Tombs 8/4/15 (W.)

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Visceral Decay – Implosion Psychosis (Gutteral Brutality) [Brutal Death]

2015 has seen some great brutal death metal. Visceral Decay bring the slams and blasts and groove that your filthy heart craves. The band is a little less cerebral than some of the other groups making this kind of ruckus, but judging from these three tracks, you’re certainly going to be slamming. FFO: Embodied Torment, Dying Fetus, Iniquitous Deeds 8/6/15 (W.)

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Dead to a Dying World – Litany (Gilead Media/Tofu Carnage/Alerta Antifascista) [Black Metal]

A few weeks ago I went to see False and noticed that local band Dead to a Dying World was opening. I had heard the name but hadn’t listened to them and once they hit the stage I realized that was a grave mistake. Dead to a Dying World mixes black metal and doom like so many bands these days, but they do it with a sense of emotional weight that few other bands match. If peaks and valleys in music is your thing, it’s going to be hard to find an album that satisfies your soul quite like Litany does. 8/4/15 (‘Stachebear)

Bankeray – Liar (EB Records) [Thrash]
Listen to “Jalur Tengkorak”

Barbatos – Straight Metal War (Hell’s Headbangers) [Black/Thrash]

Bestial Whore – Perverts Return (Behold Barbarity) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Corpse Lust” (NSFW)

Black Fast – Terms of Surrender (eOne Heavy) [Thrash]
Listen to “To Propagate the Void,” “The Coming Storm”

Castillos de Cristal – Fantastic Tales (Independent) [Full-Force Dragonfuckery]
Listen to “Luz de Luna”

Chemical Burn – Raining Anvils (MegaSonic) [Groove Metal]
Listen to “I Rise I Fly”

Crimson Sun – Towards the Light (Maple Metal Records) [Melodic Metal]
Listen to “The Storm”

Deiphago – Into the Eye of Satan (Hell’s Headbangers) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Serpentine Anti-world,” “Red Dragon of Chaos”

Enabler – Fail To Feel Safe (Century Media) [Domestic Abusecore]

Fallen Angels – World in Decay (Cyberdyne Records) [Thrash]
Listen to “Nightmare”

False Flag – Nest of Vipers (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Nest of Vipers”

Fear Factory – Genexus (Nuclear Blast) [Industrial/Groove Metal]
Listen to “Soul Hacker”

Forced Order – Vanished Crusade (Revelation Records) [Hardcore]
Listen to “New Forms”

Hibria – Hibria (King/Test Your Metal Records) [Speed Metal]
Listen to “Pain”

inAeona – Force Rise the Sun (Prosthetic Records) [Post Metal]
Listen to “Leader,” “Sun Moon”

Istapp – Frostbiten (Trollzorn Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Frostbiten”

Kraków – Genesis (Dark Essence Records) [Post Metal]

Maligno – Mundo Ciego (Independent) [Doom/Rock]
Listen to “Sobreviviendo”

Messerschmitt – No Dread To Kill (Independent) [Thrash]
Listen to “Strike the Sin”

Miss May I – Deathless (Rise Records) [Revocation’s Was Better]

Nachtgeschrei – Staub und Schatten (Massacre Records) [Folk Metal]
Listen to “Das Nichts”

Nefaria/Cryptic Heresy/Sylvan Frost/Spectral Manifestation – Premonition of Perplexing Prehistory (Walpurgisfeuer Productions) [Black Metal]

Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria (Profound Lore) [Death Metal]

Radogost – Dziedzictwo gór (Art of the Night Productions) [Folk Metal]

Religion Malediction – The Rituals of Invocation Remains Child (Mornahok Records) [Obnoxiously Long Titles Metal]
Listen to “Black Magic Spells Permeating the Clay Corpse Body”

Rokugen Alice – Secret Twilight Theater (Toranoana Records) [Symphonic Metal]

Sapthuran – Hildegicel (Vanguard Productions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Separation I”

Scarnival – The Art of Suffering (Kernkraftritter Records) [Melodeath]
Listen to “The Art of Suffering”

Seraph in Travail – Bring Forth Death (Independent) [Symphonic Death Metal]

Skeletal Remains – Condemned To Misery (FDA Rekotz) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Viral Hemorrhagic Pyrexia”

Stormzone – Seven Sins (Metal Nation Records) [Heavy Metal]

Synapses – Devoutness (Cimmerian Shade Recordings) [Death Metal]

Terror – The 25th Hour (Victory Records) [Hardcore]
Listen to “The Solution”

Throaat – Black Speed (Invictus Records) [Black Metal]

A Trust Unclean – Reality Relinquished (Independent) [Deathcore]
Listen to “Feckless Traditions”

Valthus – Remains of Memory (Walküre Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Red Sea”

Witchsorrow – No Light, Only Fire (Candlelight Records) [Doom]
Listen to “The Gallows”

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