Release Day Roundup – 11/15/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

There’s an undeniable joy in watching something that has been preparing to pounce for so long finally take the leap. Where there was once stillness in the air, there is now a sense of urgency and the feeling of excitement. We as listeners should be thankful that we are not the ones on the receiving end of this violent lunge. The hunter in this case is singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, while the prey is the art she presents to the world. With her newest work, Hiss Spun, we not only see Chelsea in the moment of her victorious pounce, but we also have the great fortune of consuming her kill.

Mamiffer – The World Unseen

Typically, having Aaron Turner on a band’s roster is a sign of unquestionable success. His work in Isis alone is deserving of endless admiration, let alone his output as a solo artist, collaborator and one third of the phenomenal Celestial-worshiping Sumac. Yet, Mamiffer may be an exception to this standard, but not for the reasons apparent from a surface-level understanding. Mamiffer’s music most obviously solidifies this observation, as the project’s headfirst foray into organic, droning ambiance resembles only the fringes of Turner’s typical work. But more importantly is the fact that Mamiffer is a duo, with Turner’s actual other half truly dominating the conversation. Faith Coloccia pours herself into Mamiffer, which is especially true on The World Unseen. The ambition of the album emanates from sonic and emotional channels derived straight from the depths of Coloccia’s soul.

Old Man Gloom Working On New Album

Pissed-off sludge supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of Isis, Converge, and Cave-In) wowed pretty much everyone in 2012 with their fifth album No. While the group have been around in some form and fashion since at least 1999, No seemed to be their breakout and garnered the group a…

Aaron Turner Returns To Give You A Split Cranium

Aaron Turner, best known as former frontman of defunct post-metal band ISIS, has raised his (hydra)head once more with a distinctly crusty new project called Split Cranium. The band describe themselves as a “blitzkrieg of Finnish/Amero punk”, and the band also includes Jussi Lehtisalo of Circle and Pharaoh Overlord and Jukka Kröger, and Samae Koskinen of Steel Mammoth. Unsurprisingly…

ISIS To Release Five Posthumous Live Albums

Well, when they broke one year ago they said Wavering Radiant wasn’t going to be their last release, and they weren’t lying. The band today announced a quick succession of live albums to be released at two week intervals, starting as soon as May 31st! This is excellent news, coming…