Portland band R.I.P. are about to release their debut album on RidingEasy Records. The album will be out on December 9th and will be called In The Wind, have a listen to “Black Leather” for Pacific Northwest refreshment.
Out on September 23rd will be a new album from Sweden’s death metal monarchs Usurpress. Okay, maybe not monarchs but they are a great band and The Regal Tribe (Agonia) will be a continuation of what they have been doing to fans, and that is be supplies of brutal progressive death metal with a hint of crust and a touch of doom. For a taste of the ugliness, have a listen to “Across The Dying Plains”.
Winged Waltz is the title Sweden’s October Tide have chosen for their forthcoming album on Agonia Records. The melodic doom/death metal band are ready to bust it out to everyone but they want to do it in a subtle manner. Here’s the song “Swarm” but judging from the title, it is sure to attack your senses in a not-so-nice way. You may stream the song below via Bandcamp while the album can be pre-ordered through the website as well or from Amazon.com by clicking the cover below.
A Polish trio by the name of Major Kong… let’s face it, it couldn’t be any more appropriate. They are a doom metal band who throw in nice slivers of fat and sludge to their sound, which they demonstrate on their new EP released today called Galactic Cannibalism. Stream it in full here, free of charge but consider using the “Name Your Price” option.
If death metal is your thing, you’ll definitely want to listen to this new “band” out of Belgium. I say “band” in quotes because Gateway is a one-man project and after releasing a demo last year, he has come up with a self-titled full length debut album, which you’re also able to purchase on CD if need be, featuring a bonus song not made available in the digital version. you can stream it in full through Bandcamp.
The name may sound sinister but perhaps they are, in their own way, ministers. They’re called Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and they’re happy with that distinction. This band out of Wales are going to release a debut album soon and while it’s great to remember semi-lengthy names, you may also choose to call them MWWB, although doing that means adding an additional syllable. No matter, you’ll get to know the band and you remember them however you’re comfortable with, but I’ll share with you a song from it called “Les Paradis Artificiels”. That may be somewhat difficult for some but if Alex Trebek would be able to say it with ease, then you’ll have to learn to make it flow from your mouth nicely.
As for the album, it will be titled Noeth Ac Anoeth (New Heavy Sounds) and it only consists of three songs, with an edited version of “Les Paradis Artificiels” being posted for convenience. They’re into this for the long haul and they’re not bothering to take risks, take it or leave it. It may be wise to take it and tell the world about it. The album will be out on December 4th.
British Doom/sludge band Limb have been locked up in the dungeons of their mind to write and record some music and now they’re ready to throw it out to people. New Heavy Sounds will be releasing Terminal on the 11th of September and they’re so impatient (not really, but it’s a way to sound dramatic), they want to throw out just one song to you right now. It’s called “Dawn Raiders” so if you’ve been waiting for their dirge into the mind, here it is.
A new split 7″ single has been released by Thou and Great Falls, and this one is an interesting project. The record has been released by Hell Comes Home and each band covers a Shellac song. To order the record, head over to ErodingWinds.com. You can also stream both sides and order it digitally below via Bandcamp.
Sweden’s October Tide have been getting praise from fans of death and melodic doom metal after the release of their Tunnel Of No Light album in 2013 and they’re not only planning on recording a follow up, but they’ll be doing it with help from Agonia Records. They are now signed to the label and are currently in the pre-production stage, which may mean they are doing a few demos here and there and sketching out what they’ll be doing once they get into a proper studio. The goal is to have the album finished before the end of the year and have it release in early 2016.
Europeans will have a chance to see them this fall when they have two scheduled shows in October:
October 22-23… Pilsen, Czech Republic (Phantoms of Pilzen)
October 24… Erfurt, Germany (Höllenfeur Fest)
If your favorite style of metal leans towards the extreme, you’ll want to check out a Swedish band who call themselves Killed In Public. Vistas Of Hate is their new EP that is out on cassette but also available digitally. It’s a bit of sludge and doom mixed in with occasional bursts of punk and equally hectic brutality. It has the quality of a demo tape but just as powerful as a project with a bigger budget. Only 40 cassettes of this EP has been made, snag one while you can.