Rolling Metal 2019

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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 (four months ago) Permalink


we should be hearing about new Baroness and Moon Tooth soon

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

Todd Jones is so much fun to troll

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

the name Todd Jones is so fuckin' metal

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

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

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

new Moon Tooth out 03/29

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

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

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

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

fucking sick

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

ahhh there are HORNS!!

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

That horn section rules

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

album of the year

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


then again I just listened to this six times

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

It may be a positive implication in this context tbh.

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

Yeah, in metalworld that's a humblebrag.

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

love the solo piano interlude in the middle of this.

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

Fuck yea

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

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

RIP, Bruce Corbitt of Rigor Mortis.

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

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

o. nate, Monday, 28 January 2019 14:19 (three months ago) Permalink

February 9th is the actual date

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

well the astronoid record kicks a lot of ass so far

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

ahhhh there's finally a new Immortal Bird album! First track is a ripper.

Simon H., Saturday, 4 May 2019 03:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Martyrdöd caught my attention. Thanks to the very ancient-Bob Mould guitar tone and some unorthodox and unexpected pop in some of the record, it sounds like Land Speed-era Husker Du gone crusty D-Beat and it's quite intriguing!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 4 May 2019 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i keep seeing that name but not checking it out because i just can't help but think "Marty Dude"

alpine static, Saturday, 4 May 2019 16:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Marty Dude died a Martyr's Death.

pomenitul, Saturday, 4 May 2019 16:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

New Tomb Mold single out:

Fuck yeah!

pomenitul, Monday, 6 May 2019 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh nice

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 6 May 2019 14:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Simon H., Monday, 6 May 2019 14:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

new Cult of Luna - I'd have loved more material w/ Julie Christmas but this sounds mighty fine regardless

Simon H., Monday, 6 May 2019 19:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Man, that Tomb Mold track is great. 20 Buck Spin is on one hell of a roll.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 04:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Speaking of 20 Buck Spin, I'm digging this sampler track from the upcoming Fetid album, seems like an apt title for this sort of queasy sludgy death metal:

o. nate, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

really digging this Herxheim demo (physical release on NWN soon), wondering how long it'll be until they're outed as white supremacists

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 10 May 2019 09:32 (one week ago) Permalink

An odd title, that. Sold.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 09:35 (one week ago) Permalink

It's pretty good and yeah bizarre title, sounds like something Demilich would use as a song title

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 10 May 2019 11:48 (one week ago) Permalink

not sure how well this'll go over but i had never heard of this band before and this song is pretty sick. def on the metalcore/nu-metal revival side of hardcore but a really excellent version of that

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Saw them a few years ago with no idea what to expect and loved them.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Zig Zags @randysezz
They'll Never Take Us Alive

Parallel universe. Cliff Burton (alive) is dissatisfied with band's direction. Fires therapist, throws this LP on table, says "we need to return to this." Metallica then makes best album ever. #TwitterLPReview

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) May 10, 2019

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 12 May 2019 00:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Gonna have to check that out, loved their first album but wasn't super-fond of the second

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 12 May 2019 07:48 (one week ago) Permalink

had never heard Zig Zags before but this is rad.

gman59, Monday, 13 May 2019 20:01 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah, ditto on first listen
also any band that has a track called Ms 45 is cool by me

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:04 (one week ago) Permalink

sounds good, also watch Ms .45

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 01:38 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm trying to decide whether to pay $42 to go see this:

Fauna (11:45 pm)
Yellow Eyes (10:35 pm)
Vanum (9:30 pm)
Sanguine Eagle (8:30 pm)
Zoloa (7:35 pm)
Endorphins Lost (6:40 pm)
Caustic Wound (5:55 pm)
Lunar Temple (4:55 pm)
Iron Scepter (4:00 pm)
Doors (3:30 pm)

I love Vanum. I like Yellow Eyes. Don't know anyone else.

Any great stuff here that'll edge me closer to "yup, this is worth it"?

alpine static, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Once again, one of the best metal show line-ups of the year in the Chicago area is taking place at a brewery special release even (Dark Lord Day @ Three Floyd's). No longer worth the $200 and standing in line all day for me, but the only twitch of FOMO I got was looking at the band line-up:






MINSK 2:15pm


soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:44 (one week ago) Permalink

even = event

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:45 (one week ago) Permalink

xxp - Caustic Wound is great! OSDM with grindy vocals. I'm a sucker for vocalists that can switch quickly between cookie monster and pig squeal. One of the guitarists is in Fetid who seem to be blowing up so which could mean less Caustic Wound activity.

Yelploaf, Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:04 (six days ago) Permalink

oh shit Herxheim is Howls of Ebb related. started to suspect it because of the vocals and some of the riff construction is similar... and song titles like "with glib fork i dialect" lol

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:48 (six days ago) Permalink

I was sure that had to be an anagram but the best I could find was "balk codifier twilight"

Simon H., Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:54 (six days ago) Permalink

makes sense to me

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:06 (six days ago) Permalink

Slipknot are Ghost fans, it seems.

New album We Are Not Your Kind in August. "All Out Life" was a standalone single, apparently.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:09 (six days ago) Permalink

According to an announcement on FB, Chaos Echoes have called it quits. They were supposed to be releasing something this year - I've reached out to the label to see where that stands.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:33 (six days ago) Permalink

I really...really...really like the new Possessed!

It's not perfect - by now, so many new bands are emulating the 80s death metal sound that it doesn't sound ahead of the curve. And yea, lots of songs at the same tempo.

But it's pretty inspired overall.

Got your butt drank (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:22 (six days ago) Permalink

The new Phobia album - out in August from Willowtip - is called Generation Coward, and has songs called "Internet Tough Guy" and "PC Fascist Fuck Off," the latter of which opens with a sample of the "dicks, pussies and assholes" speech from Team America. This is the cover art:

Since their last album had a caricature of Donald Trump being dismembered on the cover, it seems like someone must have said something mean to them on Facebook between 2017 and now.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 17 May 2019 21:01 (five days ago) Permalink

New Lingua Ignota album coming out in July. Here's the single:

So fucking hyped.

pomenitul, Monday, 20 May 2019 14:20 (two days ago) Permalink


Simon H., Monday, 20 May 2019 14:42 (two days ago) Permalink

Hyped because the extra letter of psyched is just too much work.

On a completely different note, I'm surprised no one's commenting the latest Rammstein.

pomenitul, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:42 (two days ago) Permalink

I'm a fan, but I haven't listened to it all the way through yet. Maybe I will today. Their 2010 show at Madison Square Garden was one of the greatest things I've ever seen in my life. They should do a Vegas residency.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 20 May 2019 16:47 (two days ago) Permalink

Since I brought up Lingua Ignota itt, Uboa's The Origin of My Depression also goes a long way towards scratching that twisted itch for me at the moment:

RYM files it under 'death industrial' aka 'dark noise' – I was not aware either of these appellations had any currency.

pomenitul, Monday, 20 May 2019 19:13 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh right, that's the Clockwork Orange intro music in the Lingua Ignota track.

jmm, Monday, 20 May 2019 22:39 (two days ago) Permalink

I absolutely love the new Rammstein. Really tight, some good variety, and great vocal performances by Till.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:56 (yesterday) Permalink

I give you… Troll: trad/stoner doom from Portland, OR that flirts with prog structures and doesn't skimp on the vocals, for once:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 16:22 (yesterday) Permalink

Another Troll? There are like four of em, not even counting the Swedish disco act.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:08 (yesterday) Permalink

The glut is such now that it's almost impossible to come up with an original metal band name, so it might as well be blindingly obvious. Although the other day a friend and I were talking about how 'Traumatic Insemination' is still up for grabs.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:17 (yesterday) Permalink

I used to write a fanzine with another bloke and he used to give any old death metal shit a good review. Two mates and I went as far as recording a tape of us hitting biscuit tins and shrieking and burping and sent it in for review. We were called Impaled Rats Cunt (no apostrophe); as far as I'm aware, the name is still available.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:11 (yesterday) Permalink

A subtle reference to Impaled Northern Moonforest?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:30 (yesterday) Permalink

This was '94, man. Way before those pretenders had even heard of a blast beat.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:33 (yesterday) Permalink

Subrosa calling it a day

To all of our beautiful, supportive fans and friends, After a magical 13-year run, SubRosa is calling it quits (for now). Rebecca decided she wanted to focus on her solo project, The Keening, and Kim, Sarah, Levi and Andy have all been able to focus their creative energies on other musical ventures. We would never have experienced our dreams as reality without you, and we cannot thank you enough.

omar little, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:53 (twenty-two hours ago) Permalink

Can't say I much care at this point but a new Opeth is reportedly on the way.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 13:53 (nine hours ago) Permalink

Subrosa were a great band and they're going out with an unblemished discography. Nothing wrong with that.

Simon H., Wednesday, 22 May 2019 13:54 (nine hours ago) Permalink

I'm intrigued by the new Opeth, not just because I'm a fan, but because the album will be released in two versions - one in English and one in Swedish, and the track titles aren't exact translations from one language to the other. Sometimes they're close, but other times they're pretty different, as you'll see below.

Unless there's a 2CD bundled version, which I'm sure there will be, I'll definitely be buying both.

In Cauda Venenum Tracklisting:

1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights (Intro) ("Livets Trädgård" = "Life's Garden")
2. Svekets Prins / Dignity ("Svekets Prins" = "Betrayal's Prince")
3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand ("Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" = "The Heart Knows What The Hand Does")
4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin
5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime ("Minnets Yta" = "The Memory's Surface")
6. Charlatan
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth ("Ingen Sanning Är Allas" = "No Truth Is Everyone's")
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:01 (eight hours ago) Permalink

That does sound interesting tbh.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:04 (eight hours ago) Permalink

Sabaton did that first :)

Siegbran, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:48 (seven hours ago) Permalink

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