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My favorite album of 2019 thus far! Okay, it's early...

Yatra
Death Ritual
(Grimoire Records)

http://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0253581787_10.jpg

https://open.spotify.com/album/3vmb7gXxJ63L7jhQmU6Raz?si=KHUgAOMdQKaludW_0jC1TA
https://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com/album/death-ritual

This Baltimore band reminds me if Matt Pike decided evolution was for nerds and kept on with the caveman doom of "The Art of Self Defense." Love the growlish vocals and guitars tuned to subterranean levels.

The band will be in Philly next month among other isolated northeast dates though they will evidently be playing SxSW in March.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 4 January 2019 14:17 (ten months ago) link

ayyyyy

we should be hearing about new Baroness and Moon Tooth soon

resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 4 January 2019 14:29 (ten months ago) link

The Yatra record is OK, but I wish it was a little faster and the rhythm section swung a little better.

The German power/prog metal band Eternity's End (featuring ex-members of Necrophagist, Obscura, Alkaloid, Symphony X, etc.) have released their second album in Japan and South Korea, with a European release coming later this year. I reviewed it for Burning Ambulance.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 4 January 2019 14:45 (ten months ago) link

The only article I've seen about this so far is on Breitbart, so no link, but the NSBM label Elegy Records (based out of my home state in NJ, shamefully) is closing its doors because they were kicked off Paypal.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:57 (ten months ago) link

late 2018 but i just noticed there's a new revenge single:
https://revengeofficial.bandcamp.com/album/deceiver-diseased-miasmic

sounds like revenge, riyl revenge

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:12 (ten months ago) link

Brooklyn Vegan has a roundup of stuff that should be coming out this year

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/13-metal-albums-were-anticipating-in-2019/

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 7 January 2019 16:02 (ten months ago) link

just in case you were wondering, Todd Jones from Nails is still determined to kill Metal Sucks for being mean to him

Folks, we are on the right track to taking these cowards down. And I have to say, we wouldn’t have come this far without your enthusiasm. This is not a “Nails” thing, this is not a “Todd Jones” thing. This all of us banding together and saying “no” and ending this shit.

— NAILS (@NAILStyranny) January 6, 2019

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 22:49 (ten months ago) link

another recent hit: threatening to beat up Slaves BC if they come to LA because they questioned his support of a USBM group accused of sexual assault.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 22:52 (ten months ago) link

He also seems to be part of the conspiracy that it was Magrudergrind instead, as far as I can tell.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 23:22 (ten months ago) link

oh i saw him mention them but didn't know the context.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:44 (ten months ago) link

Got an NSBM band kicked off Bandcamp today...I was going through "new arrivals" in metal and saw a couple of things by a band called Todesstrafe with extremely fashy cover art. I looked them up on metal-archives and sure enough their Lyrical Themes were "War, Europe, National Socialism." So I dropped Bandcamp support an email that said:

Hi! I just found this band when searching new metal releases:

h__ps://todesstrafe.bandcamp.com/

According to metal-archives.com, their lyrical themes are "War, Europe, National Socialism" and their art definitely has unsubtle fascist overtones. I don't know what Bandcamp's policy is on that kind of thing, but I thought you should know anyway.

Bandcamp just replied:

Thanks for letting us know. That account was indeed found in violation of our Terms of Use and has been removed from the site at this time.

They're on a Russian label called Barbatos Productions which puts out a bunch of other Nazi black metal acts. I'm idly curious how many more Barbatos acts have Bandcamp accounts, but I'm too busy to search right now.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:50 (ten months ago) link

Some old friends of mine put this out (mathy/thrashy/maybe kinda silly), idk sounds pretty sick to me: https://freighter.bandcamp.com/track/psychic-reading-94

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:18 (ten months ago) link

Todd Jones is so much fun to troll

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:35 (ten months ago) link

the name Todd Jones is so fuckin' metal

alpine static, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:15 (ten months ago) link

I like the newest Soilwork. they've continued to expand their sonic palette since The Ride Majestic, made up significantly for some of the dire shit they did on Figure Number Fire and afterwards.

Speed's screams still irritate me though. That throaty, phlegm drenched yell belongs in the ash-heap. his clean vocals remind me of Human League a little tho.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:57 (ten months ago) link

a few days late to this but new Krallice ep is incredible

https://krallice.bandcamp.com/album/wolf-ep

gman59, Sunday, 13 January 2019 05:19 (ten months ago) link

new Moon Tooth out 03/29

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crux/1447822902

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:54 (ten months ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:01 (ten months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCmV5LM_smk xp

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:31 (ten months ago) link

fucking sick

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:37 (ten months ago) link

ahhh there are HORNS!!

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:42 (ten months ago) link

That horn section rules

jmm, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:43 (ten months ago) link

album of the year

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:45 (ten months ago) link

lol

then again I just listened to this six times

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 18:15 (ten months ago) link

Just got a press release that said that a musician who committed suicide "went to Hell by his own hands". Am I being too uptight thinking that was a pretty shitty way to put that?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 18 January 2019 13:28 (ten months ago) link

It may be a positive implication in this context tbh.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 13:32 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, in metalworld that's a humblebrag.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 January 2019 13:48 (ten months ago) link

love the solo piano interlude in the middle of this.

https://moynoq.bandcamp.com/album/dreaming-in-a-dead-language

summervillain, Friday, 18 January 2019 20:01 (ten months ago) link

So Erik Rutan is replacing Pat O'Brien for the Cannibal Corpse tour which is definitely trading up.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 18 January 2019 23:29 (ten months ago) link

Fuck yea

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 18 January 2019 23:47 (ten months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7zrHiqoJ6k

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:26 (nine months ago) link

I've heard decent things! Still wish we could've seen the Sion Sono vision, though

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:32 (nine months ago) link

For those into what Spite Extreme Wing did on Vltra:
https://imhatarikat.bandcamp.com/album/kara-ihlas

Nice loose, grainy punky black metal with straight-up-into-the-sky guitar leads. The pacing of each song reminds me of Mgla sometimes and, well, anything that conjures both them and SEW must be onto something.

Devilock, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:56 (nine months ago) link

I interviewed the lovely and talented Kim Kelly to preview the Black Flags Over Brooklyn Fest she is putting on in Brooklyn this weekend.

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/bfob2019-kim-kelly-interview

Anyone attending the fest? I wanted to but I can't with work.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:24 (nine months ago) link

I don’t go to Brooklyn (because relying on NJ Transit makes it impossible, not for snobbish reasons). Total respect to her for putting this thing on, though.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 18:01 (nine months ago) link

I was unaware that you made any decisions without at least one or two snobbish reasons.

:P

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:07 (nine months ago) link

RIP, Bruce Corbitt of Rigor Mortis.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 25 January 2019 21:36 (nine months ago) link

Some old friends of mine put this out (mathy/thrashy/maybe kinda silly), idk sounds pretty sick to me: https://freighter.bandcamp.com/track/psychic-reading-94

― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:18 (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is great!

tangenttangent, Sunday, 27 January 2019 14:52 (nine months ago) link

I'm enjoying the Krallice EP and Revenge single posted upthread too.

Some metal favourites from this year so far:

Quercus - Verferum: Funeral doom with massive walls of church organ. Manages to be forbidding, and yet somehow not take itself too seriously. Tracks undergo some lovely and unexpected transformations.
Veiled - In Blinding Presence: Lightly experimental bm that would not be out of place in gross underground club.
Bleach Birth - Caesarean Tapestries: Engaging, effects-laden and riff-heavy crust.
RASHŌMON - Pathogen X: Very solid and nicely grimy hardcore.
Griefloss - S/T: Quite lovely, Alcest-like, clean-vocalled blackgaze.

tangenttangent, Sunday, 27 January 2019 15:50 (nine months ago) link

I wish there was a way to open Bandcamp links in their app. Bleach Birth is sounding good today.

beard papa, Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:19 (nine months ago) link

Quercus has an ode to pu-erh tea so respect due

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 28 January 2019 06:00 (nine months ago) link

Voting is now available for metal poll. You got two weeks to draw up a ballot!

The 2018 ILX Metal n' Heavy Rock Poll VOTING + CAMPAIGNING thread! Ballots due Saturday, Feb. 2nd!

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 28 January 2019 08:08 (nine months ago) link

Not to nitpick but isn’t that 1 week (actually less now)?

o. nate, Monday, 28 January 2019 14:19 (nine months ago) link

February 9th is the actual date

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 28 January 2019 20:04 (nine months ago) link

Rolling Stone's Hank Shteamer reviewed last weekend's Black Flags Over Brooklyn Fest and much to my surprise quoted from and linked to the interview I did with Kim Kelly to preview the festival. That was a cool surprise, though it's a really solid review from a guy who seemed to really get the Fest and the bands that played it.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-live-reviews/black-flags-over-brooklyn-kim-kelly-anti-fascist-metal-fest-785088/

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:14 (nine months ago) link

well the astronoid record kicks a lot of ass so far

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:21 (nine months ago) link

I'm not feeling the new Astronoid as much as Air - I'm sure I just need a few more listens.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:25 (nine months ago) link

it's gonna suffer a bit simply from the fact that we've now heard what they do ... there's less surprise factor with this one. and i think that first album carried a fair amount of surprise with it, i.e. "whoa, look how this band is putting this and that and this together"

which isn't to say the new one isn't great ... i think it is. but it'll be hard to capture that same feeling again.

alpine static, Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:29 (nine months ago) link

I feel like the new one is even more dream-pop and less metal than the last one, but maybe my memories of Air have faded. I do know that I'm having a pretty viscerally negative response to the vocals.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:54 (nine months ago) link

It practically sounds like it came out in 82

When I am afraid, I put my toast in you (Neanderthal), Friday, 1 November 2019 17:25 (two weeks ago) link

I thought As Above, So Below was forgettable but this one has hooks everywhere

When I am afraid, I put my toast in you (Neanderthal), Friday, 1 November 2019 17:27 (two weeks ago) link

I liked the last one so looking forward to this

Vote (with a bullet) (Oor Neechy), Friday, 1 November 2019 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

On second listen, this might make my year end list.

This is as good as the last three Satan albums

When I am afraid, I put my toast in you (Neanderthal), Saturday, 2 November 2019 01:04 (two weeks ago) link

As far as trad doom goes, the new Orodruin is mighty fine. I should check out their first album.

pomenitul, Saturday, 2 November 2019 10:00 (two weeks ago) link

This Vastum is my kind of death metal.

o. nate, Sunday, 3 November 2019 01:37 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah it's really evil

When I am afraid, I put my toast in you (Neanderthal), Sunday, 3 November 2019 01:43 (two weeks ago) link

Dave Davidson from Revocation is an Anthony Braxton fan:

Went to the #BerlinJazzFestival last night and got to meet living legend Anthony Braxton. His performance was completely awe inspiring, truly one of the most forward thinking musicians and composers of our time #AnthonyBraxton pic.twitter.com/6UIcjuqhJK

— David Davidson (@Dave_Revocation) November 4, 2019

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 4 November 2019 14:46 (two weeks ago) link

Three new things I'm particular enjoying:

Finnish punk/rock/metal by IKINÄ: https://open.spotify.com/album/2UCiGRnp35IZR8ttel3RdX?si=VbVkUmqYQtS4MvRzqkWXvQ
Hungarian symphonic power metal by Tales of Evening: https://open.spotify.com/album/7neSlMMIKmqeV7ZaGcJbLL?si=Ex4ZK-PAR9-ZBLmc1eUxGg
A chaotic splatter of Norwegian solo-black-metal "albums" and EPs and whatever by Massemord: https://open.spotify.com/artist/018gIUaP08hROTOiVdiEQ3?si=NqADV275TDKOLBxezH6CEw

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:30 (one week ago) link

seeing Exhumed, Gatecreeper, Necrot tonight and I have just about zero gas left in the tank having gone to (and gotten drunk at) Slayer and King Diamond in the last four days. probably gonna just not drink, but really wanna see Necrot again, and Exhumed (don't really care about the rest).

album wise, digging the newest Angel Witch (like a fucking ton), Nile I haven't really played all the awy as I wasn't in the mood yet for it, the new November's Doom is sufficient bleak as well.

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:35 (one week ago) link

new Wilderun is a serious, major upgrade

― Simon H., Friday, November 1, 2019 1:50 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is sounding great

imago, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:11 (one week ago) link

make that 'amazing'

imago, Thursday, 7 November 2019 11:53 (one week ago) link

happy new Esoteric day

Simon H., Friday, 8 November 2019 06:32 (one week ago) link

There's a new King Diamond song and it rules:

https://youtu.be/im0l-QeHJw0

Devilock, Friday, 8 November 2019 07:18 (one week ago) link

Yeah, liking this. How does his voice still sound so good?

beard papa, Friday, 8 November 2019 21:17 (one week ago) link

stopped smoking after his heart attack, I'd imagine. boots I heard from the 90s weren't as kind.

live he sounded ridiculous the other night. this was one of the songs he played.

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 November 2019 21:21 (one week ago) link

ridiculous as in bad?

beard papa, Friday, 8 November 2019 21:44 (one week ago) link

no, as in "unbelievably awesome for a 63 year old man"

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 November 2019 21:44 (one week ago) link

He sounds great these days, the 3-tiered stage & the theatrics are pretty cool too.

Siegbran, Friday, 8 November 2019 21:45 (one week ago) link

New Esoteric sounds great on first listen. One hell of a dark trip.

gman59, Saturday, 9 November 2019 08:06 (one week ago) link

really enjoyed it on headphones yesterday

Brad C., Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:05 (one week ago) link

It’s a lot to digest, but I’ve been enjoying it as well. I can’t tell if the first song is my favorite or if I just can’t absorb much more in one sitting.

beard papa, Sunday, 10 November 2019 01:14 (one week ago) link

listened to it all. would say good but not amazing, think i liked 'consuming lies' the best.

the wilderun, i must clarify, is one of the best prog-metal albums i've ever heard

imago, Sunday, 10 November 2019 16:17 (one week ago) link

the last track on the Esoteric is amazing

Vote (with a bullet) (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 10 November 2019 16:28 (one week ago) link

yeah that was good too. surprisingly major-key?

imago, Sunday, 10 November 2019 16:29 (one week ago) link

Unsurprisingly the Esoteric is sounding incredible so far. I listened to half of a Wilderun track and regret that I persisted past the two minute mark (sorry, lj).

pomenitul, Sunday, 10 November 2019 17:06 (one week ago) link

lol that recommendation certainly wasn't for you!

imago, Sunday, 10 November 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

so uhhh, the 70000 tons of metal bookings have gotten a lil more lackluster, but still, there's 10 bands I'm interested in (Emperor, Ihsahn, Candlemass, Kampfar, Aborted, At the Gates, Origin, Devin Townsend, Venom, Flotsam and Jetsam), two, maybe three of whom are bucket listers.

the extreme metallers are whining (loudly and obnoxiously) that there's next to no death/grind and asking for some shit band (literally) called Gutalax, the power metallers are whining that there's no power metal, and I'm kinda wondering if I can tolerate four days on a boat with these guys. Buuuut, already made half the payments, sooo....

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 November 2019 21:31 (one week ago) link

sometimes I wonder how I ever got into this scene considering how much most metalheads aggravate me (when I'm sober). but then I'm also an amateur actor and I hate actors.

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 November 2019 21:31 (one week ago) link

Metal is mostly interesting (and got to where it is) because of the unhinged crazies that make up the scene, not despite them.

Siegbran, Monday, 11 November 2019 08:37 (one week ago) link

Happy Birthday, Neanderthal!

Vote (with a bullet) (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:33 (four days ago) link

Metal is mostly interesting (and got to where it is) because of the unhinged crazies that make up the scene, not despite them.

I would push back on this a bit! It seems to me most of the good metal being made lately is by earnest and disciplined regular folks/enthusiasts, not unhinged outsiders or whatever. They might have taken some of their cues from the crazies, but these days most of the actual crazies are just tiresome and reactionary.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:42 (four days ago) link

yep!

although when the crazies are really crazy, like Forgotten Spell, the results can still be great

imago, Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:52 (four days ago) link

I mean even ppl like the Jute Gyte guy are really just mildly eccentric nerds/bookworms

Simon H., Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:54 (four days ago) link

As far as I can tell, openly 'problematic' bands only make up a tiny percentage of my favourite metal this year. Not by design, mind you.

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:56 (four days ago) link

Sanks buddy! Xxxxposts

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:58 (four days ago) link

At Electric Wizard/Midnight.

I have liked Midnight for a while but man they blew the roof off today.

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Saturday, 16 November 2019 02:12 (two days ago) link

Orphaned Land, Suffocation, and Cattle Decapitation added to 70000Tons cruise

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Saturday, 16 November 2019 16:48 (two days ago) link

really enjoying the Casket Huffer album

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 November 2019 15:54 (yesterday) link

Listening to the full Wilderun album in case I missed something and, sure enough, I did. LJ-purveyed rumours according to which this is 'not for pom' turned out to be greatly exaggerated. Based on the excerpt I initially heard, I expected straight-up folk metal from beginning to end (a subgenre I enjoy… when it's more than a mishmash of hearsay) but this is in fact esoteric fantasy symphonic prog metal, and It Is Good.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:06 (forty-six minutes ago) link

Excellent! Incidentally, they did a Discord q&a yesterday and I got it out of Evan (the songwriter) that he thinks Tim Smith is probably the best living songwriter, so there

imago, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:10 (forty-two minutes ago) link

whoa

anyway I'm glad to hear you came around, it's one of my most-listened-to this year

Simon H., Monday, 18 November 2019 10:13 (thirty-nine minutes ago) link

An hour flies by on the strength of the songwriting. It really is a user's guide on how to make prog metal not-boring

imago, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:21 (thirty-one minutes ago) link

Btw next week's classical decade poll will feature Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, without which much of the music you worship would be unthinkable, lj, so you better vote! In exchange I'll stop postponing my intention to hear a Cardiacs record and dive into On Land and in the Sea forthwith.

You should vote too, Simon, as well as everyone else!

pomenitul, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:22 (twenty-nine minutes ago) link

I know jack shit about classical but I will use it as an opportunity to acquint myself better :)

Simon H., Monday, 18 November 2019 10:26 (twenty-five minutes ago) link

*acquaint, not acquit lol

Simon H., Monday, 18 November 2019 10:27 (twenty-five minutes ago) link

It sounds like a fantastic symphony. I'll check in

imago, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:28 (twenty-four minutes ago) link

That's the spirit! The aim of these polls is neither exhaustiveness nor chichi-ness, it's just an excuse to listen and discover music you might like.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:28 (twenty-three minutes ago) link

Oh and as far as the current (1820s) poll is concerned, Beethoven's Missa solemnis and the Große Fuge in particular are your tickets to pre-prog bewilderment.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 November 2019 10:33 (nineteen minutes ago) link


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