This Toilet Tuesday (9/12/17)


It is once again Toilet Tuesday and we once again have an insurmountable pile of new music for you to peruse. Picking highlights proved difficult this week, too, as a lot of this is pretty good. Despite that, Hans, Karhu, and I have picked out a couple for you to check out; hit the list afterwards for some more solid jams.

Demoniac – Intemperance (Witches Brew) [Thrash]
Listen to “Intemperance,” “Dimorphic Feelings”

Demoniac bear quite some resemblance to Sadus, both in the vocal approach and in the often ludicrous speed of their songs – it frequently seems like everything is close to overturning and going up in flames. Yet the rather intricately wrought intro to “Intemperance” already makes it clear that they go about things with a greater level of finesse and can get on a somewhat proggy level at times. They’re equally at home in lower tempos, and the singer is totally cool with shutting up for a few minutes at a time to just let things run its course. This makes for moments where sweet sweet melodies – not to mention face-melting, heartfelt solos – are given room to unfold. Never descending into navel-gazing and wankery, this makes for a neat contrast to the sheer brutality. Genuinely sounds like it was recorded in the 80s, too. 17/9/15 (Hans)

Belphegor – Totenritual (Nuclear Blast Records) [Blackened Death Metal]
Listen to “Baphomet”

At first glance, Totenritual is Belphegor through and through. Blastbeats ’til oblivion, breathless production, monotonous growl barely ever reaching for a higher register. Their modern death metal with a side of black hasn’t gone anywhere, but Totenritual is a far more lively presentation than Conjuring the Dead or the like were. Guitars have more depth and riffs lean on the blackened side stronger than before; songs like “Apophis – Black Dragon” feature both chanted cleans and flashes of a melodic side so often restrained to death – making Totenritual quite a bit more pleasant than any of it’s predecessor I can recall. Any fan of modern Behemoth should find something to enjoy here. 9/15/17 (Karhu)

Dyscarnate – With All Their Might (Unique Leader Records) [Death Metal]

From their album title to its cover, Dyscarnate are very upfront about what they’re giving you. With All Their Might is a workhorse of an album, packed end to end with meaty, mid-tempo death metal. Flagship song “Iron Strengthens Iron” represents their sound in its purest form; no flash, nothing fancy, just headbanging riffs. They have a couple tricks up their sleeves- “This Is Fire!” has a bit of a Nevermore feel to it, and “Traitors in the Palace” and “Nothing Seems Right” offer slower tunes with more nuance- but they deviate very little from their core. It’s hard to complain when it’s written this well, though; it felt like it was over in a flash, but it’s a very satisfying listen when you just need something heavy and tough. 9/15/17 (Spear)

A Hill to Die Upon – Via Artis Via Mortis (Luxor Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Jubal and Syrinx”

Alltheniko – Italian History VI (Pure Steel Records) [Unironic Edgy Skeleton Memes Metal]
Listen to “Man on the Edge”

Bad Mechanics – Precious Moments in the USA (Stonewalled) [Punk]
Listen to “You Drink LaCroix,” “Vote Jaffray”

Battle Dagorath – II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness (Avantgarde Music) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Death Ov Aeons”

Blackfinger – When Colors Fade Away (M-Theory Audio) [Doom]
Listen to “When Colors Fade Away”

Blood Tyrant/Departure Chandelier – Blood Tyrant/Departure Chandelier (split- Nuclear War Now!) [Black Metal]

Caligula’s Horse – In Contact (InsideOut Music) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Will’s Song,” “Songs for No One”

Cripper – Follow Me: Kill! (Metal Blade Records) [Death/Thrash]
Listen to “Pressure”

Devouring Humanity – Eradication of Living Human Shit (Lord of the Sick Recordings) [Brutal Death]

Ensiferum – Two Paths (Metal Blade Records) [Folk Metal]
Listen to “For Those About to Fight for Metal,” “Way of the Warrior”

Expain – Pinching Nerves (Independent) [Progressive Melodeath]
Listen to “Corridors of the Mind”

Exulansis – Cyclical Sentient Struggle (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Sentience”

Gigan – Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence (Willowtip Records) [Weird Tech Death]
Listen to “Plume of Ink Within a Vacuum”

Godcursed – The Demon Wax (CShiver Productions) [Death Metal]

Hell in the Club – See You on the Dark Side (Frontiers Music) [Glam Metal]

Hell Is Other People – Embrace (CDN Records) [Post-Black Metal]
Listen to “Embrace”

Hexx – Wrath of the Reaper (High Roller Records) [Thrash/Speed Metal]
Listen to “Screaming Sacrifice”

Highrider – Roll for Initiative (The Sign Records) [Heavy Metal]

Hourswill – Harm Full Embrace (Ethereal Sound Works) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Blinding Light,” “Abyss Syndrome”

Human Mycosis – Pile Pillow Pinkeye (UKEM Records) [Deathgrind]

Inferno Requiem – Nüwa (Pest Production) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Nefarious Moaning”

Krossfyre – Burning Torches (Hell’s Headbangers) [Blackened Thrash]
Listen to “Fire Solution”, “Burning Torches”

Lihhamon – Iron Hands of Domination (Independent) [War Metal]

Lucid Dreaming – The Chronicles, Pt. II (STF Records) [Power Metal]

Mascharat – Mascharat (Seance Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Iniziazione”

Menin – Lord of Pain (Doom Stew Records) [Stoner Doom]

Mesmur – S (Solitude Productions) [Funeral Doom]
Listen to “Singularity”

Midnite Hellion – Condemned to Hell (Witches Brew) [Thrash/Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Cross the Line,” “Enter the Nightmare”

Morbid Art – The Cult of Flesh (Invasion of Solitude Records) [Death Metal]

Morphosys – The Saw Is Family (Witches Brew) [Death Metal]
Listen to “The Walking Dead,” “You Shall Bleed”

Myrkur – Mareridt (Relapse Records) [Black Metal]

Neck of the Woods – The Passenger (Basick Records) [Death Metal]

Necrophile – Awakening Those Oppressed (Unholy Prophecies) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Hysteria Siberiana,” “Irrepressible Discharge”

Nightstryke – Power Shall Prevail (Steel Thunder Records) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Neon Killer”

Nocturnes Mist – Diabolical Baptism (Seance Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Shadow of the Flame”

Oraculum – Always Higher (Invictus Productions) [Death Metal]

Overwrought – Disorder (Independent) [DSBM]

Persona – Metamorphosis (Independent) [Symphonic Metal]
Listen to “The Seeress of Triumph”

The Prophecy – Origins (Ascension Music) [Doom]
Listen to “Origins”

Purefilth – Unhuman Forms Prevail (Smelly Pieces) [Slam]
Listen to “Parasitic Coitus”

Purtenance – Paradox of Existence (Xtreem Music) [Death Metal]
Listen to “In the End Only Death Will Remain”

Sheidim – Infamata (I, Voidhanger) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Sister of Sleep”

Squalus – The Great Fish (Translation Loss Records) [Sludge/Sea Shanty]
Listen to “The Orca”

Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition – Raping Angels in Hell (Animate Records) [Death Metal]

Sunwalter – Alien Hazard (Sliptrick Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Drilling the Ice of Europa”

Task Force Beer – Meaning of Life (Narcoleptica Productions) [Death Metal]
Listen to “TFB,” “Last Kiss”

Three Eyes Left – The Cult of Astaroth (Argonauta Records) [Stoner Doom]
Listen to “You Suffer… I, the Evil Dead”

Tidal Dreams – Previsor (Underground Symphony) [Power Metal]
Listen to “A Place in the Sun”

Tri Mebius – Counterclockwise (ReStrophe Records) [Melodic Metal]

Undercroft – The Seventh Hex (Morbid Skull Records) [Death/Thrash]
Listen to “Sing the Die Song”

Unreal Terror – The New Chapter (Jolly Roger Records) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Time Bomb”

Varang Nord – Call of Battle (SoundAge Productions) [Folk Metal]

Vattnet – Vattnet (New Damage Records) [Post-Metal/Prog]

Verge – The Process of Self-Becoming (Avantgarde Music) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Moral I – The Decision Beyond Calculation”

Zornheym – Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns (Non Serviam Records) [Symphonic Blackened Death]

Zud – A Wilderness Left Untamed (Independent) [Black Metal]

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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