Hey! Listen to Wolvserpent!

The idea of an album/EP being one entire song isn’t an entirely new idea in metal (considering it’s been twenty years since Edge of Sanity’s Crimson among other releases), but it’s an idea that’s starting to resurface in a plethora of new and intriguing ways. This year alone we have Nadja doing just that, blending metal and ambient/electronic music until neither are distinguishable with their new album Sv, along with Gorguts and their new Pleiades Dust EP. Boise, Idaho’s Wolvserpent is using this same concept of a one track album in their latest release, Aporia:Kāla:Ananta. Strange title, right? Don’t ask me…

First Fragment – Dasein

What’s it about Canada that causes them to have excellent tech death bands? First Fragment is yet another one in the string of such bands, and they definitely live up to the stereotype. Their debut album Dasein, five years in the making, was anticipated quite a bit by those who had listened to their excellent EP The Afterthought Ecstasy. Playing in the lines of greats like Gorod, Beyond Creation and Beneath the Massacre, the band’s debut album is an instant classic. Full of over the top melodic technical playing, Dasein is a joy to listen through and through.

In Defense Of – St. Anger

It’s indisputable that Metallica are one of the greatest metal bands of all time. They boast at least three all-time classic records – including the greatest thrash metal album of all time in Master of Puppets – and brought metal well and truly into the mainstream with the all-conquering Black Album. Yet, despite such successes, they are a band who polarize both their fan base and the wider metal community. Having been metal gods throughout the ‘80s, the ‘90s heralded a band looking to experiment with their sound, image and attitude; a band which had seemingly lost their way. St. Anger was meant to be the return to the band’s thrash metal roots and, more importantly, a return to form. Instead, they delivered a record which has been battered from pillar to post both popularly and critically since its release in 2003. The butt of many a joke, including one of our very own this past April Fools, it’s about time someone came to its defense and outlined why this album can actually be considered good.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Stream A New Track From Dead Register

If there was ever a city where I didn’t think gothic rock would be found, it’s Atlanta. I know they famously host bands such as Mastodon and nearby residents of Douglasville The Chariot (RIP) but I didn’t really ever think a band would emerge from the scene unless they were either a stoner band, a doom band, or a hardcore band. However, Dead Register are currently proving me wrong, because they’ve been creating quite a stir in Hotlanta by playing some very good gothic rock that sounds like a mix of Inter Arma and The Cure. Today we have the pleasure of showing you what…

Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust

Almost no other death metal band in today’s landscape has carved out such an important and impenetrable sound as Gorguts, the Canadian masterminds that have been warping brains and defying musical conventions for over two decades. You could easily lump them in with greats like Death and Morbid Angel for their sheer level of innovation within the genre, mostly due to 1998’s apocalyptic and terrifyingly avant-garde album Obscura. Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning that the band rose from the ashes a few years back after over a decade of silence and dropped Colored Sands, arguably the finest metal comeback album in history. It’s still an almost-unrivaled masterpiece of modern metal, borrowing from the lush atmospherics of bands like Porcupine Tree and Opeth while seamlessly synthesizing it with their trademark wall of dissonant aggression and even a full-on string quartet piece. The band sounded unquestionably inspired, completely focused and ended up becoming one of the more influential figures in the style as of late. Thankfully, Gorguts fans won’t have to wait for over another decade for the next batch of compositions from Luc Lemay & Co., and Pleiades’ Dust completely fucking delivers.

Starter Kit: John Zorn

Despite being relatively underground in the general world of music, John Zorn has established himself as one of the most important avant-garde musicians ever. With one of the most prolific discographies in music—accounting to about 90+ solo albums and 50+ side projects in genres ranging from classical to film score work to jazz to metal to free and structured improvisation and (seemingly) everything in between—Zorn has simply conquered music, like a sax-wielding Alexander the Great.

Hey! Listen to Desaster!

I think there’s something worth admitting: there’s a thrash formula, and I’d say a good majority of bands in the genre stick to that formula pretty ardently. Only recently in metal have bands tried to play against the grain and do things differently than Megadeth or Slayer have done. Now, formulaic thrash isn’t a bad thing, in my opinion, as long as it’s done with some hint of originality.

Episode 28 – Getting Too Old For This…

…shit! iTunes will probably get mad if I swear on the episode title, so there you go. Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually reads these descriptions. Well, in case you do, here are this week’s links for new music: Be’lakor, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Whitechapel, Astronoid, Unlocking the Truth, Oracles, Fallujah. Also, Kylesa are done, and as you probably know, Prince passed away. Well, this week we talk about the external and internal perception of metal as intellectual/ignorant, then we talk about people who “leave” metal and feel that it’s for “angsty teens” and that we should “grow up”. Can you feel the salt already? Also, a brief tangent about where some MTV-metal artists are now.