Don’t Miss This! Vol. 2

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Before returning to the crypt, our undead friend Stockhausen clasped my shoulder, sat me down, and said, “W., it’s your job now to carry on the legacy of ‘Don’t Miss This!’ The people must know. Do not fail me in this, or my undying vengeance will unleash the manifold curses of Hamunaptra upon you.” I quickly acquiesced before sealing his corpse within the catacombs.

So, in compliance with Stockhausen’s latest dying wish, I’m here to bring you the latest edition of “Don’t Miss This!” I get it. You’ve had a busy year. Some of you are grown men and women with jobs and young humans and other distractions. Music isn’t always your top priority. That’s where the zombie composer’s wishes come into play. As long as you stay on top of the editions of “Don’t Miss This,” we’re certain that the really good music of 2014 won’t slip under your nose. So put on your best comfy shorts and hiking boots, because we’re about to go on an expedition into metal albums you might have missed.


Ageless Oblivion

I’ve wanted to write about this band for quite some time, but that bum Jack Bauer kept telling me he was going to cover them. But then he didn’t, so here I am left holding the bag like some fool after a night of snipe hunting. But I’ll be his fool no more. Ageless Oblivion’s album Penthos is easily one of my favorite death metal releases of 2014. Straddling the line somewhere between the more reserved quadrants of tech death and the less skronky side of dissonant death, Penthos  is an icy slab of cutting edge, proggy death metal. Each song has a unique character and style all its own, from the surging fiery hatred of “Furnace” to the arctic melancholy of “Glacial Blood.” However, what stood out most to me on this album was the emotional heft at display amid all the compositional proficiency. This is expertly crafted death metal with a very human heart at its core. Standout track “Where Wasps Now Nest” is brooding, pummeling, and vulnerable all in the course of one track. If you like heady death metal with emotional resonance, make sure you don’t sleep on Ageless Oblivion.


Plebeian Grandstand

If Ageless Oblivion is an expressionist painter using light and shadow to capture a dynamic range of human thought and emotion, Plebeian Grandstand is an irate troglodyte using his own fecal matter to finger paint on your corpse. This is brutal, ugly crust infused with faulty genes from the death and black metal family trees. Rampaging blasts and tormented shrieks give way to claustrophobic swaths of reverberating distortion that coalesce and choke you like a noxious fume. If you enjoy being bludgeoned by your music, this is a perfect choice. Listening to Lowgazers conjures an image of being dragged into the murky water of the New York sewers and drowned while the Flukeman feeds on your blood. Brutal, nasty, and utterly enthralling.


Morphinist

Morphinist are still a bit of a mystery to me, but I’m glad to have peered behind the shroud to take in The Euphoria Session. This album gestated in 2013 but didn’t reach unholy completion until earlier this year. The brainchild of Argwohn, The Euphoria Session is a further glimpse into the pain and ecstasy of the human condition, and this voyage across perilous peaks and daunting troughs is an engaging and emotive experience. You could argue that the term “atmospheric” is overused in black metal today, but the term is most definitely applicable here. There’s a human element at work here that invites you in and engulfs you in the divine drama of life itself. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of heavy on display.


Schammasch

2014 has been a stellar year for extreme music, but unfortunately this next selection seems to have been tragically overlooked by many. There has been no dearth of quality black metal this year, but I’d like to draw your attention to one more unholy album. If you haven’t yet explored the labyrinthine, sprawling expanse of Schammasch’s arcane testament Contradiction, hesitate no longer! Although the word “epic” is another one of those terms flaunted too flagrantly today, if ever an album was worthy of the appellation, it is Contradiction. Building upon the cornerstone of monumental black metal established by the likes of Keep of Kalessin, Schammasch carry on the tradition with an exploration of occult and mystical themes woven together in a rich tapestry of searing black metal, delicate acoustic passages, and Eastern modes. This album is a thrilling ride from start to finish, commanding your attention for the entire duration of this two disc affair. Submit to the glory of these Swiss black metal maestros.


Ingurgitating Oblivion

I almost missed this release last week. I initially skipped over it because, in my folly, I believed the name belonged to a wanky tech death band or just another slam unit, although I should have been tipped off to its excellence by the mention of the band’s label, Willowtip. Oh, how wrong I was! Forgive me, Archbauer. Continuum of Absence is dissonant death metal cranked up until the crushing notes register beyond the Richter scale. This music is pulverizing, jarring, and demanding, loaded with syncopation and off-kilter riffs. If I had to compare Ingurgitating Oblivion to anyone, it would be Gorguts’s Obscura-era violence and incongruity. This release is more challenging than the music espoused by label-mates Baring Teeth, but I promise the release is worth a listen. Just be prepared to give it multiple spins; it’s a grower, not a shower. Once you’ve grasped it, however, you’ll attain enlightenment.


Don’t Miss This! is an ongoing feature where each of the ToH writers explores a few releases you may have missed this year.

(h/t to Stockhausen for the cover image)
(Photos VIA, VIA)

  • Edward Meehan

    Ah, dissonant death metal, you rolled with it! <3

    I feel pretty good, I'm 3/5 of this list, with two jobs and all that.

  • Tyree

    Fuck man! You made that Plebeian Grandstand write-up your bitch! Well done sir!
    http://media3.giphy.com/media/w8u0sCSQwFd4s/giphy.gif

    • Edward Meehan

      Plebeian Grandstand >

      Mad Men >

      Elisabeth Moss >

      the guy who plays Roger Sterling >

      • Tyree

        Roger Sterling is Roger Sterling.

      • Tyree
        • Edward Meehan

          YES.

          Also, separately, the amphetamine episode was one of my favorites.

          • Tyree

            Sooo good.

      • He plays a goofy political candidate in a couple episodes of 30 Rock and it’s clearly not for him. That dude IS Roger Sterling.

        • you mean howard stark?

        • Edward Meehan

          Interesting. A few guys in those big TV shows now seem weird to me in other places, including the great Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm. It’s like, I just see them as those characters and while they are good in other stuff I just go huh.

          • JWG

            Totally. Bryan Cranston will always be Malcolm’s dad to me.

            …I think I may have missed your point slightly.

        • Tyree

          Ha, it’s so true though. I can only see him as Roger.

    • W.

      Haha, thanks man. It just seemed to fit.

    • Howard Dean

      “You made that grace your bitch.”

      http://www.faniq.com/images/blog/ha(3).gif

      • Tyree

        I’M ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW!

        • Howard Dean

          CHIP, I’M GONNA COME AT YOU LIKE A SPIDER MONKEY!

          • Tyree

            I said “You got a lumpy butt.” She got mad at me and yelled at me and I pissed in my pants and I never did change my pee-pants all day. I’m still sittin’ in my dirty pee-pants.

          • Howard Dean

            “Greatest Generation” my ass! Tom Brokaw is a punk!

          • Tyree

            Wow. I feel like I’m Highlander!
            What is the Highlander?
            It’s a movie. It won the Academy Award.
            Oh for what?
            Best movie ever made.

          • Howard Dean

            Now, when you say “psychosomatic,” you mean like, he could start a fire with his thoughts?

          • Tyree

            What does Diablo mean?
            It’s like… Spanish for like a fighting chicken.

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          JACKED UP ON SURRRRRGGGEEEEE! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEBBBBBBBYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

        • I’m freakin pumped! I’ve been drinking green tea all goddamn day!

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Ageless Oblivion are pretty yummers.

  • Beunhaas

    More Skroink is always a good thing. Will listen to this in the near future.

  • George Clarke

    guys

    Jazz Lingo by Polyphony

    hmu

  • Stockhausen

    You have heard me well, and remembered the face of your father. These albums will echo in my ears for years to come.

  • Tyree

    That Ingurgitating Oblivion album is fantastic. Thanks Jack Bauer for the recommendation!

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Ageless Oblivion is pretty wonderful. I remember the sad old days where I had to research music myself. I want to thank all of you for easing that burden.

    • W.

      You’re welcome, ya lazy bum.

      • George Clarke

        brah why arent u hitting me up

        • W.
          • George Clarke

            this is very good

            you should let me write a guest article about the history of surrealist art imma educate these fools

          • W.

            If you ever have an idea you can send it to our gmail.

          • George Clarke

            i assume that would be toiletovhell@gmail.com?

          • W.

            Affirmative.

          • George Clarke

            k give me a day or two i am very busy person have you seen our touring schedule?

          • W.

            Definitely. Your short shorts have been jogging around the globe.

          • Edward Meehan

            I *love* the George Clarke novelty page more than I have any right too.

          • OMG i know how you feel! last week someone said M Shadows is the best vocalist in music and he responded with “woah there pal”… it was the funniest thing i’ve ever read.

        • didn’t you hear? he likes “pretty wonderful” music… not deafhaven.

          now it’s time for Jimmy’s Smooth Edits: i now see that you were talking to W, not @YourLogicIsFlushed. i’m dumb.

          • George Clarke

            woah bro what is that supposed to mean

            i aint go no time for h8rs yo

          • Stockhausen

            is it rally u???!!

          • W.

            It’s totes him, guy!

          • Stockhausen

            kno waii i luv death haven lol

          • W.

            Best blake metal band around.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            This made me double take, I and a few friends have a friend called Blake, and usually replace black with blake.

          • George Clarke

            yes

            I love your work mr. Stockhausen

          • Stockhausen

            Thanks, Mr. Clarke. I hope to write something at least 4% as good as Sun Bathing by Death Haven.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Jimmy! That’s pretty darn mean.

          • Doctor, you and i can still be strange bedfellows, even with the occasional disagreement.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Well, I can’t really stay mad at you. Let’s hug this out.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Skeletor a rip off of the red skull, dr. doom & darth vader ?

  • You kept telling me ageless oblivion was tech death, also you are forgiven.

    • W.

      There are some hints there. Don’t blame me, Jack. You’re the one who said you were thinking about them.

      • Only because you suggested them lol. I had only heard their single b4 then. Don’t get me wrong, they are really good and I dig em, I just think they are more in their own unique genre than they are tech death.

        • W.

          You’re right, Jack. you’re right. At least I gave you props for Ingurgitating Oblivion.

    • Ageless Oblivion > tech death

      • W.

        This guy gets it.

      • >>>>>>>power metal <3

      • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

        Tech death to me feels stale with a few exceptions, with so many generic bands, basically playing guitar warm ups with growls over them, rather than actual soul, becoming a “who has the biggest guitar penis” contest rather than being about the music. I like guitar wank, as much as the next guy, but FUCK BRAINDRILL! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljgcl_TxXSo

    • it’s the only way to keep your interest

  • I’m going to be going through these this week, looking forward to it!

    • W.

      I’m looking forward to you looking forward to it.

      • I am excited that you are looking forward to my looking forward to it

  • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

    That ageless oblivion artwork made me think of a great DSBM/Black Gaze album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh2n9kglppQ

    • Our tastes are very similar, so I trust this is going to rule

      • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

        It’s pretty good stuff. Took me a few listens to appreciate it though.

        • Yeah, it’s interesting that you labelled it DSBM when it has that positive major melody going on. Also, like it or not, this is comparable to Deafheaven/Liturgy (except I like this)

          • George Clarke

            im all about that positive major melody in black metal hmu

          • Me too, if it is done right. Otherwise, get out of my pit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZlZuYp1fZc

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Nattramn’s vocals on this are beyond insane. His howling screams turn so many listeners off, but his performance here truly makes this record an essential DSBM album. He was supposedly admitted into a psychiatric hospital after this was recorded. He’s been out for a while now. He was doing some project called Diagnose: Lebensgefahr, but I’m not sure if he’s released anything since 2012.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            The DS hits you after a few listens, it’s a happy-sad.

    • George Clarke

      i approve of this jam

  • fuck, dat Ageless Oblivion!!!

    • W.

      It’s so good. Definitely one of my contenders for the year-end list.

      • thanks Dubs. they just shut up and took my money!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    W, that Ageless Oblivion is the TITS!! Nice pick, Mr. President!!

    • W.

      I’m glad they’re getting so much love in this thread.

  • Count_Breznak

    Schammasch rang a few bells. Turns out I saw em live about 2,5 years ago together with 3 other bands in a small student club, interesting.

    • W.

      I don’t have a good feel with how big they are, but that sounds interesting.

      • Count_Breznak

        The name is rather unusual, that’s why I remembered it. They actually list the last 20 or so live gigs on their homepage. The Ruins of Beverast, Mournful Congregation, Farsot, Vehemenz,…and an upcomming tour with Dark Fortress and Secrets of the Moon. So I guess still underground, but ascending ?

        • W.

          I hope so. i heard about them because of NCS, but that’s really the only namedrop I’ve seen them get.

        • Those guys with Dark Fortress and Secrets of the Moon? Awesome lineup!!!

  • Cock ov Steele

    Come come…into my music library.

    • W.

      Please tell me you call your music collection your coven.

      • Cock ov Steele

        Yeah, I kinda do.

  • I approve of every single one of these!

    • W.

      You have good taste, amigo.

  • JWG

    TLDR: I suggest something not worth missing. RIYL: Opeth, Anciients but want a touch more Power Metal ‘epicness’ in your prog-metal noodling.
    So over the weekend I was poking around YouTube for bands similar to Anciients and Opeth, and I came up with ‘Spires’ from Manchester.

    I posted a video or two in the ROTW as I found them.

    I also found that they’re on Twitter. And from Twitter that they’ve got a self-released album out soon and are currently using Kickstarter basically as a means of promotion and preordering for the album:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1250333601/spires-second-album-the-whisperer-t-shirt-campaign

    …they’ve embedded both the YouTube videos (that I previously posted) in the Kickstarter page (and one more). This isn’t much of a coincidence though, there are only like three uploaded by the band itself, and only one other fan-uploaded one.

    • W.

      I went digging for those links. Will give them a spin today.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    The thing I do not want to miss comes out next year from one of my favorite bands. There will be a new WASP album next year called Golgotha and I am giddy. I love WASP and The Crimson Idol is my favorite album ever, so that excites me.

  • I threw on some of that Ingurgitaing Oblivion while I played Destiny last night, enjoyed it quite a bit. Listening to Ageless Oblivion while I work right now, and it’s some FANTASTIC stuff. Good finds!

    • W.

      Man, I’m so glad about all the love Ageless Oblivion is getting in this thread.