@@@ Venomous Concept: Eliminate (Venomous Concept, 2020) A pre release track from a record to be titled Politics versus the Erection. A little interwebz education reveals that these guys are a bit of a metal supergroup with a love for old Black Flag records. It’s a sticky blend of metal and hardcore punk and I dig it. A wall of bright guitar distortion, mostly thrash drumming and a pissed singer. This most definitely will make some anti-social types like myself want to go burn somebody’s house down. And the key to burning down somebody’s house and the karma attached involves picking the right house!! Hang around to watch it burn? Yeah looking at you little fucknut Tucker Carlson. I let the Apple Music player continue through to the second player track and it’s a celebration of fighting. This is most excellent for getting your blood pressure higher. I will check out more of this when it comes out. I got to this via the blog Metal Sucks, a trusted source for metal opinion.
@@@ Jupiterian: Mere Humans (Transcending Obscurity, 2020) Described as atmospheric sludge in their Invisible Oranges blurb, it’s a lot of guitars and a big drum sound a super caveman singer. The vibe here is both dark and light, I guess that’s why they refer to it as atmospheric sludge as it feels heavy and light simultaneously. I’m a big fan of the guitar playing/sounds most of all and the drummer after that.
@@@ Dynfari: Eg tortimdi sjalfum mer (N/A, 2020) A pre release sampler from a dark Icelandic metal band. These guys sport a super pleasantly sandblasted guitar sound, not too sludgy with a rolling distortion that fills the sound field. I’m grateful the singer is rocking it in a foreign language as I can listen to the tone of his voice and how he fits himself into the mix of sounds without having to grok the meaning of the lyrics. Moments of tasty thrash drumming but the focus here is on the guitars — an epic threedle in the background on top of the big field of crunch. Epic in its aspirations for sure.
@@@ The Thirteenth Sun: Universus (Aural Music, 2020) Progressive stellar metal argonauts — self described as such on their Facebook page and I got to this track via a click through for another metal track via Invisible Oranges. Think of a sweetened Tool type sound — hard rock mixed with other elements and moments of manicured crunch. The singer is a bit of crooner with long held notes and a soothing presence on the microphone. This is no disturbed white orc/ape to recoil from in horror, this is pretty hard rock designed to draw you in. You even get a little retro synth action.
YTD recordings listened to: 572
Good music, not list worthy: 290
Not good music: 253
Honorable Mentions: 0
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