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

Death Ritual
(Grimoire Records)

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 (two months ago) Permalink


we should be hearing about new Baroness and Moon Tooth soon

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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

late 2018 but i just noticed there's a new revenge single:

sounds like revenge, riyl revenge

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

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

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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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:


According to, 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 (two months ago) Permalink

Some old friends of mine put this out (mathy/thrashy/maybe kinda silly), idk sounds pretty sick to me:

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Todd Jones is so much fun to troll

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

the name Todd Jones is so fuckin' metal

alpine static, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:15 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

gman59, Sunday, 13 January 2019 05:19 (two months ago) Permalink

new Moon Tooth out 03/29

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

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink xp

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

fucking sick

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

ahhh there are HORNS!!

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

That horn section rules

jmm, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:43 (two months ago) Permalink

album of the year

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


then again I just listened to this six times

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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

It may be a positive implication in this context tbh.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 13:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, in metalworld that's a humblebrag.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 January 2019 13:48 (two months ago) Permalink

love the solo piano interlude in the middle of this.

summervillain, Friday, 18 January 2019 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

Fuck yea

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

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

For those into what Spite Extreme Wing did on Vltra:

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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


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

RIP, Bruce Corbitt of Rigor Mortis.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 25 January 2019 21:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Some old friends of mine put this out (mathy/thrashy/maybe kinda silly), idk sounds pretty sick to me:

― 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

o. nate, Monday, 28 January 2019 14:19 (one month ago) Permalink

February 9th is the actual date

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 28 January 2019 20:04 (one month ago) Permalink

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.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:14 (one month ago) Permalink

well the astronoid record kicks a lot of ass so far

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:21 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

by a few days i mean nearly a month tbf

would be honoured to hang out w/ pomenitul tho so consider it yes!

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Likewise, imago. I'll see what I can do!

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I actually saw Author & Punisher open for The Body not too long ago. Was cool. Builds his own "instruments". Pretty interesting to watch him use his gear and figure out whats going on. I dig his homegrown mic a lot.

Yeah the Ignota show I saw last year was quite emotional as well. Played in the middle of the crowd.

gman59, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think I'd like to see Author & Punisher live just to watch him play with his machines, but the actual music is pretty basic industrial that anybody could make with a laptop. He's challenging himself to find hard ways to do things that can be - and is - done much more easily.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What about black metal?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:54 (one week ago) Permalink

xp yeah that is my exact feeling about A&P pretty much. also "steampunk"

Terry Major-Ball Will Tell You (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:59 (one week ago) Permalink

2019 Metal albums I like to varying degrees (in alphabetical order)

Asthma Castle - Mount Crushmore
Astronoid - Astronoid
Bellrope - You Must Relax
Die Klute - Planet Fear
Dunkelnacht - Empires Of Mediocracy
Endon - Boy Meets Girl
Gorgon - Veil of Darkness
Insanity Alert - 666-Pack
Laceration - Remnants
Overkill - The Wings of War
Tyr - Hel
Venom Prison – Samsara
Yatra - Death Ritual
Great Falls / Great Sabatini - Split LP

This doesn't include stuff on the BriPod that I like which is coming out later. That list includes Eugenic Death, Hot Lunch, Noisem, Shabti, Ultra Silvam, Falaise, Magic Circle, Ultar, L' Acéphalem, Sabbath Assembly, BAT and Full of Hell.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:46 (one week ago) Permalink

I interviewed Venom prison for Invisible Oranges:

This one will probably wind up high on my AOY lists. Just a wonderful, angry as shit record.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:49 (one week ago) Permalink

John Baizley confirmed the title and art for the new Baroness on Instagram

Simon H., Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:28 (one week ago) Permalink

New Abbath album coming out this year.

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:42 (one week ago) Permalink

The new Vircolac album is sounding pretty good to me right now:

o. nate, Friday, 15 March 2019 01:11 (one week ago) Permalink

With a name like that, I expected a proper Romanian band. Turns out it's more cultural appropriation by the Irish, as though Bram Stoker weren't enough.

(Just kidding, of course. I'll listen to a band called Vîrcolac no matter where they're from.)

pomenitul, Friday, 15 March 2019 09:15 (one week ago) Permalink

sounding cool!

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Friday, 15 March 2019 09:28 (one week ago) Permalink

'so i hang from a wretched tree' exists magnificently at the nexus of black, death and punk

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Friday, 15 March 2019 09:38 (one week ago) Permalink

The new album was recorded after my friend JG left the band and I haven't got around to hearing if they've changed much since. They were a deadly live band before, though.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Friday, 15 March 2019 10:26 (one week ago) Permalink

new Oozing Wound out today if you needed some thrashy misanthropic garbage to match the news

Simon H., Friday, 15 March 2019 13:29 (one week ago) Permalink

that is v cool

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Saturday, 16 March 2019 08:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Here's a couple of Twitter-length reviews of albums that came out this week that I like...

Under The Knife

Unexpected Krishna-core, powerfully guttural vocals, and an abundance of circle pit-inducing riffs & double bass that merge Violence and "How Will I Laugh" ST separates these Tarheel thrashers from other revivalists. #TwitterLPReview

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) March 16, 2019

Stream "Under The Knife" by @EugenicDeath via @Bandcamp

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) March 16, 2019

Under The Knife

Not sure about the scatological moniker (Google it at your own peril) but when you crank like a Motor City V8 with a touch of psychedelia befitting a San Francisco zip code, you can call yourself anything you want. #TwitterLPReview

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) March 17, 2019

Stream "Under the Knife" by @HotLunch_SF via @Spotify

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) March 17, 2019

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 17 March 2019 05:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Drastus make a mean De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas impression, and more besides:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:10 (one week ago) Permalink

holy fuck new Drastus???

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Beastmaker put out another four-track EP last month:

New logo, too!

Seems like Beastmaker is back to being a full band. The 10 EPs were Trevor Church doing everything, but all three members are credited on the new one.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 13:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Man I have to catch up on all of that Beastmaker stuff. I liked the first two albums but I missed the EPs until there were so many I felt way behind.

Surprised by how much I like the Devil Master album. They'd had such corny promo photos that I didn't really think I'd like it, but that breakneck punk death metal really scratches an itch for me. I haven't been really wowed by much new metal yet this year, even the new Overkill, while fine, felt like a step backwards.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Phil Anselmo was supposed to play two shows in New Zealand next week; in the wake of the Christchurch shootings, both have been cancelled by the venues, because of the video of him shouting "White power!" and throwing a Nazi salute onstage in 2016. Whoops!

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 13:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Huh funny how that works out.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 13:50 (one week ago) Permalink

also new dreadnought album out may 10. last album was excellent and new song kicks ass

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:57 (one week ago) Permalink

ok I'm ready for the Moon Tooth slbum now

Simon H., Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I keep getting Moon Tooth confused with Moon Hooch and wondering why they're mentioned in this thread.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:10 (one week ago) Permalink

(Moon Hooch are amazing)
(I don't know Moon Tooth)

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Their first album placed on that year's metal poll. It's excellent.

Simon H., Tuesday, 19 March 2019 19:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah - really looking forward to Moon Toon - that last record was awesome, and they're great live.

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 19:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Moon Tooth - oops

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink

They really are, and I'm sad they're not doing a headline gig here. Their tour with Astronoid was a peak ILXmetal experience

Simon H., Tuesday, 19 March 2019 19:27 (one week ago) Permalink

The new Brutus album comes out 3/29. I'm listening to it now, and it's fantastic. They're only kinda metal-adjacent, but they fucking rule.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:15 (one week ago) Permalink

oh wow, do unperson and I agree on something? :)

I love both advance tracks, very much looking forward to the album. sounds like a bold step up from the debut, which I already liked.

Simon H., Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:21 (one week ago) Permalink

The forthcoming Inter Arma record is really great based on my first play through the entire thing.
Lots of interesting ideas the second half of the album, especially.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 17:00 (six days ago) Permalink

The new Amon Amarth video is...something I'd expect from a band on Napalm or AFM. There was a time I'd pre-order an Amon Amarth album the day it was announced. Not this time. I can't even remember the last time I listened to their previous album. Twilight of the Thunder God and Surtur Rising are the last ones I have real fondness for.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 17:43 (six days ago) Permalink

oh shit brutus kicks ass! i'm glad they have another record coming out already

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 17:56 (six days ago) Permalink

New Darkthrone in May:

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:48 (six days ago) Permalink

New Darkthrone, new Dreadnought, new Dead to a Dying World. Lots to look forward to, particularly in the 'D' section of my metal shelf.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:20 (six days ago) Permalink

i was feeling like a new darkthrone was coming!!!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:22 (six days ago) Permalink

the advance track of that DtaDW album is immense

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 March 2019 21:19 (six days ago) Permalink

Quench your thirst for old school Finnish death/doom with Asphodelus's Stygian Dreams:

pomenitul, Thursday, 21 March 2019 10:31 (five days ago) Permalink

The new Mike Browning & friends d/b/a Nocturnus AD is pretty much everything I could've wanted from a follow-up to The Key (though I do love both Thresholds and Ethereal Tomb):

And the demo version of the other song, released a year ago. Recommended especially for the baffling video:

Devilock, Thursday, 21 March 2019 20:43 (five days ago) Permalink

awesome. I loved the new one they did live, and their live show is fantastic, hearing all the old The Key classics played flawlessly. half the time I've seen them play for $7 or less too.

early to board the Buttigieg train (Neanderthal), Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:32 (five days ago) Permalink

Jon Chang and Rob Marton of Discordance Axis have a new band called No One Knows What The Dead Think; they'll be releasing an album later this year. It sounds about how you think it will.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:15 (five days ago) Permalink

I reviewed The Dirt for Stereogum.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 22 March 2019 14:36 (four days ago) Permalink

I have heard the new Sunn O))) album. It's very good, mostly due to Hildur Guðnadóttir, who plays cello (acoustic and electric) and halldorophone, and adds vocals to the first track. It's gonna sound really, really good through big-ass speakers.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:00 (five hours ago) Permalink


Simon H., Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:49 (four hours ago) Permalink

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