It’s finally here! German tech death masters Obscura recently announced a new album with a teaser, and now they’ve come out with a new single, which happens to be the title track of the upcoming album Akroasis. And, well, it’s interesting to say the least. Let’s check it out.
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Say what you will about John Dyer Baizley’s artistry, either aural or visual, but it’s undeniable that the man has a very specific style that has remained consistent across his career. His visual work carries a very particular weight to it, courtesy of the thick, curvy linework and oily, saturated colors that define the album covers he’s done for bands across the years, including Skeletonwitch and Kvelertak, and his music, which takes the form of the sludge-metal-meets-alt-rock act Baroness, has a similarly weighty, melancholy, and deeply rich vibe to it.
Their new album, Purple, continuing in the “albums named for colors” trend they’ve had since their first record, Red, is going to be their most detailed album yet, if the new single, “Shock Me”, is any indication. Coming two and a half months after the first track from the upcoming full length, “Chlorine & Wine”, it displays a band that is locked in, comfortable in their identity and capabilities. The first song was very much a slow build into a soft, if energetic, conclusion; “Shock Me” starts out strong and maintains a consistent level of energy throughout, almost anthemic in nature and easy to nod along with.
When Brighton, UK post-metal act The Mire released their initial offerings Vol. I and Vol. II in 2009 and 2010 respectively, they earned the fandom of not just the Heavy Blog is Heavy staff, but they turned heads among fans of the genre and made waves in the British metal underground thanks in part to the band’s succinct style of songwriting and haunting sense of melody and atmosphere.
“When we first started out, one of our early mission statements was to try and trim the fat, song length-wise,” explains frontman Robin Urbino. “As a fan of post metal, I sometimes found myself becoming impatient with the slower, more repetitive aspects of the style. I think from the outset, the goal was try and do something a little different via traditional song structure and a more groove-based feel.”
The Mire’s formula for making post-metal more accessible was critically successful. Building upon the hype generated by their first round of EPs, the band’s first proper full-length Glass Cathedrals finally came in 2014 after much delay. Its independent release via Bandcamp was a bittersweet solution; internet circles buzzed with positive criticism, but behind the scenes, failed record label backing set in motion a series of events that would ultimately lead to The Mire’s disbandment.
I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to go see Immortal back in 2011, a gig that has since stood the test of the time as one of the grimmest and most sickeningly-entertaining 90 minutes of my life. It really sucked to hear that the band couldn’t get over their managerial and financial concerns recently and decided to end things on sour terms, but it was still somewhat relieving that Abbath would continue on by himself. It really stings knowing that Immortal was planning on getting back in the studio within the next year, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what ole Abbath is capable of…
Finally! Technical/progressive death metal masters Obscura are announcing their fourth album after a five-year-long wait! The band’s 2011 release Omnivium was a delightful masterpiece, but after the departure of the talented Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann to Alkaloid, questions about the band’s sound and future naturally arose. After all, those two were pretty essential to the band’s sound, or so it seemed. Now the band are announcing Akroasis, and they’ve posted a teaser to show that they’re back stronger than ever. Check it out after the jump along with some impressions.
Happy Monday, everyone! It seems that at least once or twice a week I get emails asking me to cover bands for the website, or pointing out up and coming new bands. Only a handful of those recommendations really seem to stick with me, and it’s probably for the best; too much music can get a bit overwhelming, and will lead to a sensory overload and diminish the quality of everything overall. Fortunately, today I’m here to talk about a band that caught my attention and has stuck with me. Their name is Teramaze and they play some really awesome progressive metal music. Check out the video for one of their singles below!
Singled Out is our weekly column to round-up the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. Read past entries here, and go on ahead below to get Singled Out!
The immense follow-up to 2013’s Habitual Levitations, Intronaut‘s The Direction of Last Things is the logical musical progression for the four-man Los Angeles act. Taking the same monumental sound from their last effort and adding a finer, aggressive edge to the mix, The Direction of Last Things towers mightily as a progressive obelisk of furious intensity. Solid songwriting coupled with the massive production of the inimitable Devin Townsend, Intronaut’s latest endeavor exists as quite possibly the band’s finest work to date.
Yes, the glorious day has come: the much anticipated Good Tiger album is finally streaming in full, ahead of its release on Friday. There’s not much to tell you about this album since it simply begs for you to listen to it but it’s this happy-go-lucky blend of sweet vocals, progressive sensibilities and an overall vibe which harks back to when Mars Volta was fun. Our esteemed colleagues over at Kerrang! have the full stream. Head on over the jump for the link!
The past couple of years have been excellent for a new generation of death metal bands, particularly those with more technical and progressive leanings. And even though 2015 is almost coming to a close, there’s still just enough time for California’s Arkaik to remind us that they’re one of the most consistent bands to emerge from Unique Leader’s stellar roster. Lucid Dawn is finally here, and it’s going to rip your head from your body. Now you can finally check out the entire album, which is streaming below!