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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 (one year ago) link

ayyyyy

we should be hearing about new Baroness and Moon Tooth soon

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

Todd Jones is so much fun to troll

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

the name Todd Jones is so fuckin' metal

alpine static, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:15 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

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

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

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

fucking sick

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

ahhh there are HORNS!!

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

That horn section rules

jmm, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:43 (one year ago) link

album of the year

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

lol

then again I just listened to this six times

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

It may be a positive implication in this context tbh.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 January 2019 13:32 (one year ago) link

Yeah, in metalworld that's a humblebrag.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 January 2019 13:48 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Fuck yea

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

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

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:26 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

RIP, Bruce Corbitt of Rigor Mortis.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 25 January 2019 21:36 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

o. nate, Monday, 28 January 2019 14:19 (one year ago) link

February 9th is the actual date

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

well the astronoid record kicks a lot of ass so far

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

In the spirit of the earlier posts about losing track of new releases, I just remembered how much I love the new Cattle Decapitation

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 6 December 2019 21:52 (two months ago) link

ok so i don't actually listen to a lot of metal and i am broadly ignorant of it but i guess i will share the stuff that's grabbed me from this year:

Apparatus - Yonder Yawns the Universe
Disentomb - The Decaying Light
Jucifer - Futility
Liturgy - HAQQ
Oranssi Pazuzu - Live at Roadburn 2017
Sankara - Total Liberation of the Human Race
Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi - Marynistyka suchego lądu
White Ward - Love Exchange Failure
Xoth - Interdimensional Invocations
Zeal & Ardor - Live in London

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 7 December 2019 02:50 (two months ago) link

You should definitely nom those (assuming glenn hasn't already!).

pomenitul, Saturday, 7 December 2019 08:20 (two months ago) link

yeah it looks like that thread has already been taken over as a Spotify Thread, my "i've listened to ten metal albums i like this year" ass is staying far far away from that morass

big data! quantity over quality! throw enough shit at the wall and some of it will stick

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 7 December 2019 15:31 (two months ago) link

I hear you. It's been partly rectified (I hope).

pomenitul, Saturday, 7 December 2019 15:33 (two months ago) link

Dude, I was trying to make it so people could vote in the poll and find the albums they wanted to vote for on the ballot. I've voted in ILM polls for years with that usually not being true.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 7 December 2019 21:42 (two months ago) link

we can add it at the end but unperson usually complains there are too many nominations to sort through and wont vote so poll runners are damned either way

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:07 (two months ago) link

I'm not voting this year either so do whatever you like and don't drag me into it.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:39 (two months ago) link

wasn't dragging you into anything. And its a pity you wont vote.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 8 December 2019 00:42 (two months ago) link

Why don't you want to vote, unperson? I'd be curious to see your ballot.

pomenitul, Sunday, 8 December 2019 10:25 (two months ago) link

If I voted it would be for the following 15 acts/albums: Amon Amarth, Baroness, Beastwars, Destruction, Distant, Ecstatic Vision, Grand Magus, Memoriam, Misery Index, Opeth, Organectomy, Saint Vitus, Splattered, Sunn O))) (Life Metal, yes; Pyroclasts, no), and Tanith.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 8 December 2019 12:47 (two months ago) link

Then you should nom those that haven't been nommed yet and vote. A 15 album ballot is perfectly fine.

pomenitul, Sunday, 8 December 2019 12:50 (two months ago) link

As a side note, I wonder if anyone here seriously prefers Pyroclasts to Life Metal. Challop of the year if that's the case.

pomenitul, Sunday, 8 December 2019 12:57 (two months ago) link

I didn't know there was a new Ecstatic Vision until unperson mentioned it!

alpine static, Monday, 9 December 2019 07:38 (two months ago) link

Hey rusho you mind if I c+p yr list in the noms thread (I'll edit out duplicates, don't worry ON)...there's some stuff on there I'll prob vote for and some stuff I want to check out

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 9 December 2019 08:06 (two months ago) link

as long as rushomancy votes. Also I'd really like unperson to nominate and vote.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 9 December 2019 16:12 (two months ago) link

I'd like it if everyone on this thread voted actually.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 9 December 2019 16:13 (two months ago) link

help pomenitul out by nominating & voting. He's doing a stellar job.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 9 December 2019 16:13 (two months ago) link

I'd like it if everyone on this thread voted actually.

cosign

pomenitul, Monday, 9 December 2019 16:17 (two months ago) link

I will nominate and vote, although like many I haven't listened much to new metal.

Siegbran, Monday, 9 December 2019 16:17 (two months ago) link

So you say, but I'm sure you'll nominate some stuff that hasn't made it onto the spreadsheet yet. I look forward to it.

And yeah, unperson, rushomancy, Brad, imago, Sund4r and everyone else should participate.

pomenitul, Monday, 9 December 2019 16:21 (two months ago) link

I've really not gone that far out left field this year I think.

Siegbran, Monday, 9 December 2019 16:53 (two months ago) link

I'll vote this year. And I resolve not to make comments regarding non-metal records that place.

BlackIronPrison, Monday, 9 December 2019 17:11 (two months ago) link

brad,imago and sund4r usually vote

xps

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 9 December 2019 17:28 (two months ago) link

He's doing a stellar job.

This is OTM

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 04:12 (two months ago) link

Calling GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ to the nominations thread. Every year there's always at least a dozen incredible albums that I wouldn't have discovered without him.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:09 (two months ago) link

Hey thanks! I've had kind of a slow year wrt music so there's only a few that weren't up already but I posted them.

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:58 (two months ago) link

new Reveal album is monstrous

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:23 (two months ago) link

It's on my list.

Also, looks like a new Turia will be coming out in February. Here's a foretaste:

https://montturia.bandcamp.com/album/degen-van-licht

pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:48 (two months ago) link

Hey rusho you mind if I c+p yr list in the noms thread (I'll edit out duplicates, don't worry ON)...there's some stuff on there I'll prob vote for and some stuff I want to check out

― the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money)

yeah please go for it, i'd do it myself but i can't figure out what's a duplicate and what isn't

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:50 (two months ago) link

rush, all you need to do is check the spreadsheet at the top of noms thread. Ctrl + f is the surest method.

(No pressure, though.)

pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 18:14 (two months ago) link

the disentomb record is brilliant, glad i have this in my life

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:01 (two months ago) link

like a song-by-song confirmation that they're as special as i thought they were

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:05 (two months ago) link

this is making me feel better about ultimately not loving the tomb mold record as much as i wanted to

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:16 (two months ago) link

How do we rate the year in metal out of 10?

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:05 (two months ago) link

11

Siegbran, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:06 (two months ago) link

the teitanblood, abonormality, and facelift deformation records were my disappointments of 2019. spun previous records way more than these. all three just go in one ear and out the other.

liked the pissgrave (sick live btw) and blut aus nord but haven't gone back to either much. new darkthrone was cool I think but I barely remember it. tomb mold was OK (fun live tho).

need to hear the mgla. and a million more, I suppose. but I keep just playing the first convulse record instead. which works too.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:36 (two months ago) link

good death metal that maybe leans on the synths for padding, but i love a beholder on an album cover

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/altered-state

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 13 December 2019 15:57 (two months ago) link

i like the teitanblood album a lot.

also thank you for the Disentomb rec, this is incredible.

gman59, Friday, 13 December 2019 20:31 (two months ago) link

Was just reminded on Twitter that Chuck Schuldiner died 18 years ago today. Wasn't planning on listening to Human and Individual Thought Patterns tonight, but now I guess I will.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 13 December 2019 21:09 (two months ago) link

I wish when the two Entombed factions split, they had naned themselves Disentombed and Datentombed

100 Percent That Grinch (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 December 2019 23:15 (two months ago) link

Yeah always a good time for Death. Think ill throw Human on

100 Percent That Grinch (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 December 2019 23:16 (two months ago) link

I've already been going through a Death revival over here because I watched that documentary about Chuck but any excuse to put on any of their records tbh

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 13 December 2019 23:30 (two months ago) link

Ran into one of my exes a few weeks ago and she was with a friend. He saw how I was dressed and asked me if I knew who Chuck Schuldiner was.

On seeing my face light up, he starts telling me he went to high school with Chuck. Not shocking, he grew up within five miles of the building we were in. He recalled where his house was, all that.

But this guy wasn't a metalhead. He just said he knew him growing up, said he was a very quiet guy, and that he didn't even know he was a musician.

He talked about hearing about Chuck being sick, and eventually dying, and saw the outpouring of sadness from the metal community for Evil Chuck...he was stunned. He had no idea dude was a musician, much less a legend of an entire scene.

Kinda the amazing thing about the scene at the time. A casual friend of yours could have secretly been a metal god and you had no idea the dude even played music.

100 Percent That Grinch (Neanderthal), Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:11 (two months ago) link

I... like? this new Ihsahn tune? I like that it features a horn section too.

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 15 December 2019 06:31 (two months ago) link

After Turia, Fluisteraars have also announced a new album, to be released in February:

https://fluisteraars.bandcamp.com/album/bloem

pomenitul, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:36 (two months ago) link

this is probably the right/wrong place to point out that the white ward album is imo kind of boring, and as ever, if you wanted abstract BM with saxophones, head to the last dodheimsgard album

imago, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:34 (two months ago) link

Def the right place (otm btw).

pomenitul, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 22:07 (two months ago) link

I for one will fire up Dodheimsgard asap.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 22:15 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

in the last week, the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise added:

Toxik
Brujeria
Whiplash
Exodus
Vio-lence
Possessed

this is gonna be a fun cruise.

looking for Mon in Alderaan places (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 21:13 (one month ago) link


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