Release Day Roundup – 11/22/19

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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ORYX – Stolen Absolution

Heaviness – that all important, ever elusive, sonic be-all and end-all – can come in many different guises. Black metal traditionally chases heaviness through tremolo-picked surging speed and haunting yet beautiful enveloping atmosphere. Doom, of course, typically retains some of the atmospheric trappings but reaches peak heaviness through slower means,…

Heavy Rewind: Lord Mantis // Death Mask

What exactly makes a good metal song or album? How does solid songwriting create a critically-acclaimed album? Some think that experimentation is the way to go, and with the recent rise in black and death metal acts that want to add different sounds—post-black metal, the new trend of “dissonant” death…

The Accuser: Abigail Williams’ Ken Sorceron Speaks On New Project

Ken Sorceron has never been content with just sitting still. The Phoenix to Olympia transplant is the only remaining founding member of black metal act Abigail Williams, and is prolific in not just the USBM scene, but a prominent figure in underground and extreme music at large in recent years thanks to frequent collaboration with Finnish record label Blood Music as their go-to mastering engineer — with credits on releases from Emperor, Cloudkicker, and Perturbator alike — as well as serving time in acts such as Aborted and Lord Mantis.

Lord Mantis – Nice Teeth Whore

Lord Mantis is a changed beast. After the band released their masterpiece Death Mask, front-man and bassist Charlie Fell was dropped from the roster along with Abigail Williams mastermind Ken Sorceron. There are certain bands who can go through line-up changes and come out on the other side unscathed, but, Fell and Sorceron were key…

PREMIERE: Stream Caricature’s 27-minute Prog Metal Cat Worship, “Stampede”

A Venn Diagram of prog metal nerds and cat lovers is sure to be a near total eclipse. Joseph Spiller of prog metal act Caricature (which features former members of bands such as The Binary Code, System Divide, and Last Chance To Reason) has taken it upon himself to become a prominent figure of this subset of enthusiasts by writing a powerful and epic ode to his beloved feline companion Parmesan.

Abigail Williams – The Accuser

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…