In the grand scheme of things, there are very few bands wherein the drummer could be seen as the focal point of a band. As far as I’m concerned, Jamie Saint Merat of New Zealand post-death metallers Ulcerate is one of the greatest drummers in the genre despite not being as well known as, say, Danny Walker or Blake Richardson. The string portion of Ulcerate is downright menacing and Lovecraftian in overall sense of murky atmosphere and dread (arguably their defining sound), but Merat’s dynamic, technical depth, and intricacy is what makes Ulcerate such an interesting band to listen to.
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Progressive metal is a genre that has long been a favorite around these parts. Lucky for all of us, this year has treated us to some absolutely stellar music from some great bands, both big and small. However, at times, the genre as a whole can get a bit stale. It really takes something unique to set a prog band apart these days, because listening to any on of them extensively can ultimately be monotonous. Opensight, however, are a different band entirely; having carved their own unique sound, their upcoming EP Ulterior Motives will be one to check out. Today, however, we have something special! It’s an exclusive premiere of “The Chase”, which you can hear after the jump!
Hipster black metal kids who name drop Darkthrone rejoice, and basement dwelling black metal elitists beware, as Deafheaven has released a new track. The track is titled “Brought To The Water” and will be the opening track on their newest album, New Bermuda, due out October 2nd. Surprisingly, the track shows the band drawing a bit more on their black metal influence, carrying a significantly darker energy than what was present on much of Sunbather, at least until about the 3 minute mark where they settle back into their groove of shoegaze shimmers amidst the black metal attacks. By 4 minutes in, the track has safely tread back into familiar Deafheaven territory, giving break to a massive, major key, post rock-black metal burst that carries the track through until its end. Also noticeable is that vocalist George Clarke is not mixed incredibly low into the background this time around, and helps to serve as the forefront of the song for most of its run time. Head on over the jump for the stream!
All hail the Internet, for without it we would not have white hot tracks like this to share with you all. A Transatlantic project stretching from sunny Scotland (it’s yo’ boy Matt MacLennan, of course there’s a Scottish element involved) all the way to the plains of Missouri (dunno if Missouri has plains or not, sounds good though), Frontierer play a type of archaic math metal that will split as many heads as it turns. After already releasing an album a few short years ago, this project is gearing up to dish out another brutal full length and you can check out the opening track right now.
With their own brand of catchy and poppy doom, Ghost have come at us in full force with Meliora, releasing in full in just a few short days.
If you’re not already a fan and are hesitant about picking up the new album, we’re about to help you out in two ways. One, you can read our review of the album right here. Two, there’s an official stream of the album which you can absorb below!
For the unfamiliar, Tucson sludge trio North proudly carry on in the direct Neur-Isis lineage of sludge and post-metal, and do so with excellence. As the group celebrate their tenth year as an active unit, North continue to finesse their sound of crushing and foreboding riffs and melodic introspection to become an act that does not merely mimic, but lead the pack in keeping the form alive and well.
Take for instance the group’s stunning new track “Old Blood,” one-half of the band’s forthcoming digital EP Through Raven’s Eyes, arriving August 14th through Prosthetic Records. The track ebbs and flows through staggering southern grooves and suffocating doom to surprisingly buoyant instrumental interludes. We’re proud to present its world premiere, which you can stream after the cut.
In case you haven’t been following, Singled Out is our new weekly column to round-up all of 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. We’ve got an awful lot of new music to cover this week from all over the place, so let’s forego the whole introductory setup today and just get to it. Let’s get singled out!
Here at Heavy Blog, we try to bring a highly varied set of content to our readers on a daily basis. One thing we really pride ourselves on is how diverse the tastes of both our staff and constituents are, both on the metal spectrum and outside of it. Because of this, there’s nothing we love more than the opportunity to present something new and fresh to you, and that’s exactly what we have here today: an exclusive track from blackened doom band Windfaerer, to tickle your fancies with their energetic and melodic brand of mayhem.
Following the release of the 2013 sophomore album Sunbather, California black metal/shoegaze/”blackaze” outfit Deafheaven have locked themselves away in the studio since the end of 2014 (with the exception of playing a few shows and festivals here and there), but yesterday, July 27th, the band uploaded a minute long teaser of the new album, which is (supposedly) titled New Bermuda and will be released in October through Anti- Records. Now, the reason the word “supposedly” is in parentheses when the name of the album was mentioned is because we are not sure if that is the name of the new album, but in the trailer you do see the words “New Bermuda” flash rapidly for a second at the end of the trailer. Whether that is the name of the album or a single they will be releasing is currently unknown, but let’s just wait and see. Head on over the jump for the trailer itself!
This post would have gone up yesterday had I not been writhing in fits of toe curling ecstasy, eyes rolling back in my head as I reached sweet, melodic death metal completion. Kleenex’d and straight faced, I can now present to you, my lovely Heavy darlings, the latest track released from the seventh record from The Black Dahlia Murder. “Receipt” is streaming at Revolver but if you pop over the jump, you’ll find what this Dahlia die-hard has to contribute to the discussion.