US black metal shapeshifters Abigail Williams have managed to become one of the most unfairly maligned bands in black metal this side of Deafheaven. Somehow, the misconception of the band being a metalcore act still persist, albeit in a vocal minority, despite the band’s quick abandonment of the influence following their first EP. In spite of all this, the group makes strides in shaking their past with each release as they spiral further down the rabbit hole; as members come and go, frontman and sole remaining founder Ken Sorceron has kept the loosely active band on the cutting edge of the genre through an evolution that culminated in the embrace of atmospheric and psychedelic black metal that was evidenced on their acclaimed 2012 release Becoming.
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For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.
The clear highlight from this week’s update is New Bermuda, an album that almost everyone at Heavy Blog has listened to at least a song from since it began streaming at NPR. Considering how divisive Deafheaven is, we decided to capture that by allowing staff voices from both sides of the fence to be showcased in our review of New Bermuda. While both reviews are well-written and argued, they differ starkly in tone, with Ryan praising the album as a triumph (here) and Simon arguing that the album does a passable job at an already established sound (here). Check out both reviews and let us know what verdict New Bermuda most deserves.
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Head past the jump to see which receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
2015 is shaping up to be the year of the supergroup. This year, we’ve gotten Alkaloid– an incredibly exciting and dynamic techdeath group made up of the most well-received musicians in the world of modern death metal- and Legend of the Seagullmen, a collective featuring members of Mastodon and Tool. Now, another group promises some great potential: Missing.
The recent disbandment of noisey blackened doom unit Indian was a bummer all of us. Their last album From All Purity is now left as a de-facto swansong, and while it’s a killer note to leave on, it just feels like there was work left undone.
Believe it or not though, there is some good news to come out of Indian’s dissolution. Lord Mantis, who have been on hiatus this winter, has gained new breath of life by absorbing the band’s lineup for a new EP.
The long overdue new record from post-metal act Minsk promises to be one of the more enchanting records of 2015, and our collective anticipation grows as news rolls in. The Crash & The Draw is being spun by label Relapse Records as…
[…a]n instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, each cascading movement is a crucial sonic passage through dark and light. At once crushing, hallucinatory and at times, spiritually illuminating, tracks ebb and flow with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency. Only furthering the record’s captivating allure, The Crash & The Draw is a thematic continuation of the group’s long-standing attraction to alchemical and esoteric ideologies, with marked nods toward the thought and writings of perennial inspiration, Kahlil Gibran, and the espoused words of Hermes Trismegistus, the fabled author of the Corpus Hermeticum and other sacred texts and serves as a fitting audio soundscapade for those souls devoted to the manifestations of Neurosis, Rwake, Yob, Isis and the like.
Of course, there’s the desire to take the label’s assessment with a grain of salt, but given that the album is produced by Sanford Parker (Wovenhand, Lord Mantis, Indian, etc), the quality of the Relapse ouvre, and some of the new music samples heard in the new album trailer (after the jump), I’m inclined to take it at face value.
The doom metal heavyweights in Lord Mantis have released an incredibly bleak and NSFW video for their song ‘Possession Prayer’. I’m not just throwing adjectives out there, either. Bleak is an accurate description of the seven minute and fifteen second clip you’re about to witness. If you feel up to it, you can see it in all of its glory after the jump.
Abigail Williams are shifting styles across the black metal spectrum almost as fast as they swap out members, and it’s typically always for the better. The band blossomed into atmospheric black metal in the realm of Wolves in the Throne Room for 2012’s Becoming, which was one of my personal favorites from that year. Now the band are on the move once again with a new lineup and a new sonic direction, and while they’re putting finishing touches on the highly anticipated record, they’ve decided to tie fans over with early versions of two brand new songs that are now streaming with our friends at No Clean Singing.
We’re back! Yesterday, we kicked off our mid-year list with some truly crushing albums, ranging from the heavy to the progressive to the down right insane. As this list keeps going, it’s going to become quite clear just how good 2014 has been to us. Seriously, can any of you remember a year filled with more amazing and exciting records? And in the first half of it, as well? We’re not planning on stopping any time soon!
Without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.
Imagine the most horrific/traumatic thing that has occurred in your life. Now, imagine that event in audio form and stretched out over the course of 7 tracks that clock in at 48 minutes. This is a perfect representation of the new Lord Mantis record, Death Mask. This is a journey that you have to be fully willing to embark on, as it is not for the faint of heart or the weak willed. It is a grueling slog that will make you question your existence and whether or not you should end it immediately. It will lead you down narrow hallways filled with corpses, vast caverns that light could not survive in, and mud thickened by the blood of weary travelers who just couldn’t live any longer or walk any further. Believe it or not, this is all meant positively.