Don’t Miss This! Vol. 1

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Years from now, metal historians will look back on the year 2014 and be like, “Dude, nice.” The plethora of great music thus far is no secret, from big-name bands down to the most obscure basement projects. The only downside is that there are surely a ton of great albums that slip past your notice. So unless your name is Christian Molenaar and you’ve already heard/played on all of these albums, we’re going to take a look at some stuff that may have flown under your radar.

First off, let’s check out Mamaleek. Here we have an anonymous duo of brothers that create some truly off-the-wall metal that spins into a fantastically bizarre trance around your brain. If you’re a fan of their label mates Botanist and you like to get weird, you’ll love He Never Spoke A Mumblin’ Word, the album they dropped back in July. These guys chug down a jumbled gallon of black metal, avant-garde sensibilities, sludge, and milk, then barf it (in a good way!) all over a canvas of electronic experimentation. Buy the album here and the rest of their albums here.

For our next release, we go to Colorado’s Dark Descent Records for A Plague Through the Heavens, a fantastic split featuring Maveth and Embrace of Thorns that came out in August. If that Mamaleek album stretched your brain to the limit, then this album dropkicks your brain in the face. Featuring 4 tracks from each band, we get an extremely satisfying onslaught of crushingly heavy blackened death metal. Unlike many albums in the same vein, this one manages to hold my interest through its entirety through memorable riffs, varied structure, and crushing vocals. It’s dark, it’s dirty, it’s angry, and I can’t pick a favorite half. Check it!

Uh oh. We’re getting weird again. I’m not going to list all the projects that you may know the Dutch weird metal wizard Mories from, but one of them would be Gnaw Their Tongues, which was featured in one of our longer articles. Today, however, we’re checking out his absolutely crusher of a release through Cloak of Altering. The reach of Mories’ madness knows no bounds, and Plague Beasts from April 2014 is no exception. I absolutely love the diversity of the album, contrary to those imitators that seem to be content with formless and repetitive noise. It’s almost as if the real Cloak of Altering is buried amidst the electronic chaos and agonizing mechanical shrieks, and he’s intentionally testing you to see if you’re worthy (spoiler alert: you’re not). Any time I venture into the territory of Crucial Blast, I feel like 10,000 mad, malevolent eyes are upon me, and roughly 8,000 of those belong to Mories. Dive in here, and be ready to be tested.

Next up, we’re looking at Gridlink. This album gained solid exposure and positive acclaim when it was released in February, but I feel like it sort of came and went in a hurry and I haven’t heard it talked about since. Despite the oddly misleading cover, this is a grindy, spazzy freak-out album that is a lot of fun to listen to. One of my big downfalls with most grindcore albums is that they have a great feel, but the production and songwriting intentionally obscure any hope of something to hang on to. Gridlink find that fantastic balance between true, chaotic grind and varied riffage that actually sets their songs apart. High shrieking vocals dial in the perfect mood, and chaotic but cleanly produced instruments set the spaz factor to 10. Have fun with this one!

For the last push, we’re giving you a chance to hop on the release-date train yourself! That way, you can do what I do and tell all your friends that you knew about it all along. Here we bring you Polish death metal act Calm Hatchery. I’ve only heard a couple songs from Fading Reliefs, but they rule, and the reviews foretell tales of greatness. The track “Illusory World” has all the hard-hitting death metal you want, plus a little more dimension than the last album. A noticeable progression is present from 2010’s Sacrilege of Humanity; they seem to have more of their own ideas flowing into the song’s form. It’s hard to stand out as a Polish death metal band in the shadow of the titans we all associate with the country, but I think these guys are setting themselves firmly in the spotlight of great death metal and memorable song writing. Buy the album tomorrow (9/15)!

What do you think, flushers? We’ll be back another time with more stuff you may have missed!

  • Tyree

    That Maveth and Embrace of Thorns split is an absolute crusher. Dark Descent records and Iron Bonehead Productions are two of my favorite Death Metal/Black metal record labels of this year. So much great stuff being released from both labels. Awesome write up Stockhausen.

    • Stockhausen

      Tanks Thyree!

    • Rob M

      Love Dark Descent, one of my favorite labels..always preferred them over HHR. Iron Bonehead has been on fire that last couple of years…just getting great band after great band showing up over there.

  • Scrimm

    You can pretty much bank on anything from Dark Descent being awesome.

    • Tyree

      Looking forward to that new Swallowed album.

      • Stockhausen

        Yes!

      • Scrimm

        Me too!

    • Amnesia: The Dark Descent. yes, awesome.

      • Scrimm

        I still need to play that. I only have Outlast.

        • you’re a brave person. i’ve only watched previews, won’t touch that game.

          • Scrimm

            Maybe I’m desensitized by my constant intake of horror related entertainment, but it wasn’t that bad. Good game though.

          • That game scares the living fuck out of me. I like playing it on PS4, at night, all the lights off, and my headset on so I’m completely immersed in it. Then something pops out and makes me jump 3 feet in the air and shitpiss myself. 10/10

          • Scrimm

            It works great that way. That’s how I play Silent Hill too. Really looking forward to going through Alien Isolation like that.

          • no joke: i didn’t get the first SH until like age 20, and i wouldn’t play it until someone else was in the room.

            movies can be scary, but they don’t reach the sense of fright of controlling the character in a video game.

          • Scrimm

            Agreed. I got the first SH When it first came out. I think I was 20 too. I was still in the army and I took my system with me that night to play it while I had overnight watch on the tugboat I was crew on. The boat was from the Korean war and there were a several stories of strange things on it. That was a REEEEAAALLY bad idea.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I saw a movie on youtube no less, that i had to turn off so there is always something out there that pushes things too far for an individual. At least i hope there is, or i will be declared officially insane, hahhahah.

          • Scrimm

            I wonder about myself sometimes.

          • W.

            I couldn’t finish Begotten

          • Scrimm

            Haven’t seen that maybe I’ll have to give it a try. Wait, looking it up, maybe not.

          • W.

            There isn’t a single enjoyable thing about that film, other than the fact that the way it was filmed is impressive.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah seems a little offensive for my tastes.

          • W.

            It was one of those things where I was at friend’s house and he put it on. I eventually just left before it ended.

        • W.

          I have it, but I’ve had very little game time lately.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I seem to really enjoy Mamaleel.
    By the way, I still want to know the rest of those 724835 things. I think you told three already.

    • Stockhausen

      Good! That album tickles my brain. Here are three more things:
      1.) My shirt is blue
      2.) 6+8=14
      3.) Clouds are made out of water

      • Metaphysical Anus

        One day I’ll find out all of those things. One way or another.

      • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

        4.) Soylent green is people.

      • remember earlier this year when you had mis-matching blue shirt and pants? i think it’s been long enough that we can laugh at you for it.

        • Stockhausen

          Wait, what? I somehow don’t remember this.

  • Xan

    I’m still trying to make it through the vast waves of music that have come out this year. I just listened to Ceremonial Casting’s newest album on Friday. That shit is out of this world. It encapsulates everything I would expect from an album about Lovecraft related shit. I have listened to the hour long song at least six times now. Here’s a good song if anyone wants to listen to them: http://ceremonialcastings.bandcamp.com/track/the-great-old-ones

    • anymore, any time i want to hear a new band, i google “[bandname] bandcamp”… this is the future of music.

      • Why not just look them up on Bandcamp?

      • Xan

        Bandcamp has expanded my library by at least 25% since I started reading metal websites, this one in particular. I’ve only just finished all the black metal albums (and the other black genres like black thrash and blackened sludge), I have an extremely long list of death metal to get through.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        all this new fangled business, i miss the days of magazines six months out of date telling me about new bands.

  • Xan

    I just finished the new Agalloch album and I don’t really know what to make of it. I enjoyed it but at the same time was slightly bored from it.

    • Gurp

      That’s kinda how I felt when I listened to Agalloch the first time.

      • Xan

        I haven’t listened to most of their discography. I liked the White EP which was mostly folk metal with a touch of blackness.

    • it’s a step down from Marrow.

      • W.

        Agreed

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I felt it’s about as good as Marrow, intriguing yet not really as good as they could have possibly been. It seems to me Agalloch is now standing on the same place and honing themselves instead of what they used to do (ie. run around looking for all kinds of new things oft succeeding in integrating them)

        • I love it, but I’m also not very familiar with their older output.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Try The Mantle and The White, you’ll get a pretty fine insight.

          • JWG

            Perfect opportunity to ask:

            I’d like to get a copy of The White (and/or The Grey) … but without resorting to torrents or filesharing. I’ve looked everywhere for ages now, but no luck yet. Any ideas?

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            IIRC, Agalloch should still have physical copies of Whitedivisiongrey (both the White and the Grey on the same media) on their webstore.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            A late answer but I hope you get it. Ask from levykauppax. If your not afraid of the delivery fees. They are known to acquire single copies of such albums that are currently not in their selection (Imports and such). They might be able to provide

          • JWG

            I had not considered European mail-order, but i’ll add that one to my list of sites to communicate with if I decide to try to locate vinyl.

            Following Keegan’s advice, Agalloch’s official store seems to have a CD edition available if I act quickly. That should keep me happy for a while.

            Thanks to you both.

          • Will do.

          • Wizard Aura

            Don’t forget Ashes Against the Grain! The Mantle has all the hits, but Ashes has always been the fulcrum of their aesthetic to me.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    So far this year has been very good. Waiting for Kayo Dot, Blut Aus Nord and The Contortionist’s albums.

    • you a fan of the new Contortionist? how do you feel about their other rekkids? i dig Exoplanet, didn’t like Intrinsic; and Language is okay (but i haven’t given up on it yet)

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I kind of dig Exoplanet, but this new album is better imo.

    • old_man_doom

      I haven’t really checked out Kayo Dot before, but their new song is sweet. I love its krautrock sensibilities. I’ll be getting “Coffins On Io” for sure.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I have that pre-ordered already. Choirs of the Eye is their best album in my opinion.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Only logical that a band that made an album as good as longhena would breakup shortly after… Well At least we have all the other great stuff. Really digging that solo on Calm Hatchery’s Fading Reliefs

    • Tyree

      Yeah, it sucks that they broke up but you are right about the older stuff. There is a lot of Discordance Axis material to go around too.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        The Inalienable Dreamless was the shit. There seems to be a pattern here…

  • Guacamole Jim

    Calm Hatchery is killer. A good Monday morning music.

  • Xan

    I really want to listen to this but I have no headphones and I’m in a library. I guess I could just blast everyone out but the speakers on this crappy laptop would probably croak.

  • Beunhaas

    There goes my wallet. I’ll miss you.

    • Jointsalot

      So many good tunez, So little money

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Do what i did, get a credit card , run it up and go bankrupt. Then use a relative cards and run it up so they resent you and hang it over your head like the sword of damocles for the rest of your life !

        • more beer

          I up voted you for sticking the man with bill and pissing off relatives. Nicely done.

    • W.

      RIP in peace.

      • Edward Meehan

        Rest in peace, in peace? Lol.

        • W.

          It’s a thing, Edward. Don’t question it.

          • Jormungandr

            Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen!

    • JWG

      “I had to get my wallet into therapy. It is constantly feeling empty inside.”

      – Me, on past 2014-in-Metal thread.

  • Scrimm

    Vacation was good, but it is great to be back in the toilet.

  • No Drowned? No Morbus Chron?? Best DM albums of the year and no one talks about them. *flush*

    • Beunhaas

      A big yes to Morbus Chron. I keep coming back to that album.

    • Stockhausen

      Talk about them on your edition! Get off my lawn!

      • Tyree

        Shakes fist at cloud.

    • better than Fallujah? (ducks head for incoming baseball)

    • Morbus Chron is the tightest.

      • Scrimm

        I haven’t heard the new one but I bought the first based on all the hype I heard about it and honestly it did almost nothing for me.

        • Rob M

          New one is a bit different..if you like the direction Tribulation took last year, give the new one a try.

          Personally, its not my thing, but I at least respect them for trying to expand past typical Swedeath sound that so many new bands are aping

          • Scrimm

            I’ll give it a shot.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Wat aboot Ævangelist?

      • Awesome album but W. has a review coming soon. Sweven and Idola Specus seem to have flown right by everyone.

    • Rob M

      Going to buck the trend here, but I just dont like the direction Morbus Chron went in. I dont blame them for expanding beyond the typical Swedish death sound before it was too late, they were smart to do that, but everything Ive heard off that album bores me

      • Simon Phoenix

        I kind of feel the same way. But then, I didn’t care for Tribulation’s Formulas of Death either. Both albums are ambitious, but ambition doesn’t always have good results.

        Do you think Repugnant, had they stayed together, would’ve went in the same direction?

        • Rob M

          I didnt like the newest Tribulation either..Same deal, I understand why they changed things up, but I didnt necessarily care for the album.

          As far as Repugnant, I think they’d have probably stuck with their original death/thrash sound. Tobias Forge seems like the type of guy who would just start a new band if he felt the need to experiment too much with a sound…besides they beat the OSDM trend by a few years which helped them stand out. Both Tribulation and Morbus Chron were smack dab in the middle of it, and needed to find something to set them apart

    • Edward Meehan

      Christian at least you are gaining ground as the mostly widely referenced TovH-er.

      • I’ve been mentioned in like, four posts but only tagged in one :'(

        • Edward Meehan

          Ah, weak. If it helps any we still don’t have a Crate Diggin’ tag or category.

  • Things: Calm Hatchery is sweet. Calm Hatchery is a terrible band name.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Seconded.

    • W.

      Maybe it was supposed to Clam Hatchery? Maybe they used to be a grind band that played sea shanties.

    • Stockhausen

      That are two of the many things I know.

  • Beunhaas

    Longhena will definitely be on my year’s end list (I’ve been saying that about a lot of albums lately). That album is technically a Grindcore album, but atmospherically it’s more of a shoegaze album. The melancholy is very tangiable in that thing

    • Edward Meehan

      It’s a very pretty album that is for sure.

      Will you be able to narrow your list down to ten favorites?

  • RustyShackleford

    I’d been seeing that Mamaleek album in a few places when I was checking out the latest Botanist. That track is bangin so now i’ll finally check out the rest of it. Yep!

    • Stockhausen

      Good! I’ve heard no one talk about it, and I absolutely love it. It junks my skrunk.

  • Longhenna is among my favorite albums this year. What a fitting way to go out.

  • Rob M

    That Maveth/Embrace of Thorns split is the one Im most looking forward to..especially the Embrace of Thorns side. Definitely one of the better bestial black metal bands to play that style

    • Simon Phoenix

      Agreed.

      But you know which bestial metal band needs to make a new album already? Daamar.

      • Rob M

        You mean this band right…think they broke up after that demo

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6qeDrBHGSo

        • Simon Phoenix

          That’s a shame. It really is one of my favorite war metal albums. I wish they had made more stuff.

    • Stockhausen

      It’s already out!

  • Jormungandr

    This site has to stop giving me so much new music to listen to. I’m broke

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Here’s some music to not listen to: Anything Wild Cherry ever did. Fuck them and fuck Play That Funky Music.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Posted this band before but I’ll do it again because more peeps should listen:
    Ratocracy is a great release from one-man project Arsafes.
    SYL+ Meshuggah+Prog=Awesome Sauce. LISTEN DAMMIT!!

    http://arsafes.bandcamp.com/track/e-t-f-m

  • Simon Phoenix

    Maveth and Embrace of Thorns are my jams.

    Another overlooked death metal album is Question’s Doomed Passages. They sound like Sadistic Intent with a bit of oddness.