Don’t Miss This! Vol. 3

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As Stockhausen said in his initial post, 2014 has been a packed year for great new releases. The year’s already seen fantastic new releases from Thantifaxath, Yob, Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, Krieg, Sólstafir and more, but a slew of great albums have gone unnoticed, hence the introduction of this column. Stock and W. have already made some good picks (Cloak of Altering, Plebeian Grandstand, and Mamaleek in particular) but there are still a few albums that have (or will) come out this year that deserve a little more attention.

Veilburner

This young two-man band just put out their first album this year. Do yourself a favor and check it out here (or here for physical) and help out their fledgling Facebook page (under 100 likes!). The closest sonic touchstone is Deathspell Omega, but Veilburner up the death metal quotient along with the tempo. Picture Paracletus meets Gorguts meets Domination-era Morbid Angel (“In the Constellation of Dust and Shadow” bears more than a passing resemblance to “Where the Slime Lives”) with a dash of their own unique sound. Veilburner have set the bar high with this debut, and I for one can’t wait to see where they go next.

Chaotorynth

Continuing on that note, Chaotorynth are another fantastic new band taking a similarly mathy, tech-death-by-way-of-DsO approach to weird, dissonant metal. Where Veilburner’s clean production highlights their technical approach to guitar orchestration, Chaotorynth choose instead to wallow in the murky depths of lo-fi production. You can get their album for pay-what-you-want download here, and be sure to like their Facebook page—at the time of this writing, they only have 12 likes!

Drowned/Morbus Chron/Auroch

I’ve already sung the praises of Drowned and Morbus Chron’s new albums before but it bears repeating. Idola Specus and Sweven go together like peas and carrots. They’re tied for best death metal album of the year—with Auroch following close behind—yet seem to have been unfairly overlooked; don’t be a scrub and miss these albums when you’re putting together your otherwise pathetic “best of 2014” list. Get Idola Specus from Sepulchral Voice here, Sweven from Century Media here, and Taman Shud from Profound Lore here.

Couch Slut

Though still less than a year old, Couch Slut already have the makings of greatness. Featuring Amy Mills of Epistasis on guitar, the quintet are set to release their debut album My Life as a Woman on October 6th (peep Leandro De Cotis’s NSFW artwork here). I have to say, though, the choice of verbiage in the Handshake, Inc. press blurb seems a bit incongruous, describing the album as “six tracks of blistering, scathing and cock-sure anthems for a dead generation,” “a sinful mix of pride, shame, and massive, emotional noise-rock-metal songs perfect for celebrating the collapse of whatever dying ideals you hold dear,” and “your go-to ‘can’t fuck with this’ record.” What sets the band apart in my eyes is the palpable vulnerability present in vocalist Megan Osztrosits’s pained wails and moans, like she’s under attack by the rest of the band. In a genre full of tough guy posing or faux-earnest confessionals (no examples necessary), genuine emotional openness is more than refreshing.

Epistasis

Speaking of Amy Mills, Epistasis’s Light through Dead Glass came out earlier this year to some fanfare—No Clean Singing, Noisey, Metal Insider and American Aftermath (among others) giving it high praise—but the buzz seems to have faded. This is one of those great albums that rewards the listener on two levels; one can choose to lean in and focus on the deeper intricacies of the songwriting or just sit back and enjoy the prodigious riffs littering each track. At under half an hour, Light through Dead Glass never overstays its welcome, leaving the listener hungry for more. You can get Light through Dead Glass from Crucial Blast via the Bandcamp player linked above.


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

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  • Tyree

    Really anxious to hear some studio material from Couch Slut.

    • Edward Meehan

      I checked out the NSFW cover, at work.

      • Howard Dean

        I feel like checking out NSFW stuff at work is an American rite-of-passage. Political correctness and couth be damned.

      • Tyree

        Your wallet must say “Bad mother fucker” on it.

        • “Bad Mother Fucker, Period.”

          GL

        • Edward Meehan

          It does.

        • W.

          I had one of those wallets for a while. Forgot I had it when I had to pay for stuff in front of my parents.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      For some reason it reminds me of Jarboe-fronted Swans material. Or it could be She-Pyrrhon.

      • I think a lazy comparison could be made to Made Out of Babies but you’re spot on, they definitely have a little bit of early Swans harshness.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Me too, I seem to like my noisy gnarliness most with lady vox.

  • Howard Dean

    Seconding Drowned’s Idola Specus x ∞

    I was literally just thinking about this album this morning when I was roughly sketching up a top 10/15/20 what-have-you and thinking about my top 10 for the year. Drowned is firmly in my top 10 so far (I say that, but I feel like I have 15 releases “firmly” in my top 10, haha). But I honestly don’t see them going anywhere.

  • I was fairly certain that Couch Slut was Crotch Slut at first glance. Oops

    Question: I wonder if their can be such a thing as Glam Black Metal? Kind of like a satirical black metal band? Thoughts?

    GL

    • I’d be into it. “Sataaaaaaaaan – woooo!” *guitarmonies*

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      I don’t know about glam, but satire would do black metal good.

  • Beunhaas

    This is my new favorite weekly feature on this site.

    Also, new Solstafir >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C77WkYue8po

    • Death

      Yea boiiiiii! I love the new Sólstafir album.

    • Stockhausen

      I love binoculars too!

  • W.

    This post is more kvlt than kvlt.

  • IronLawnmower

    https://soundcloud.com/djalex1s/sets/riffs-1 I have verse riffs for 2 songs but no idea how to flesh (or flush) them out into full songs. wat do fellow flush lings.

    • Howard Dean

      Just stretch them out with blast beats, tremolo, and growls. If all else fails, throw in a few Slayer solos.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        One can do wrong with Slayer solos

        • IronLawnmower

          So drop my guitar down a flight of stairs and record whatever noises my amp picks up?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That must be the most accurate description of a Slayer guitar solo I’ve ever heard, but rather drop it on burgers

          • IronLawnmower

            I can tape burgers to my stairs.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That ought to do it

          • IronLawnmower

            Great. Now I have a license to print money from merch sales to misunderstood teens who haven’t heard the magic of Vomitor, Venom and latter day Darkthrone.

          • Stockhausen

            Cherish this day, for you may never utter the words “I can tape burgers to my stairs” again.

    • crazytaco_12

      Try singing along to what you have and I usually find adding the vocals or finding the vocal melody will help you figure out how long each verse should be, and maybe where you should take the rest of the song. For that “Playing God” riff, I immediately thought maybe a very low, tremolo chugging sort of thing could come in right after (just a thought). Could sort of sound Celtic Frost-y or something.

  • W.

    Great selections, Christian. I think Chaotorynth has gotten a boost from this post. Also, digging this Veilburner.

  • I’m 2/7 on these (Morbus Chron / Drowned). I consider that to be a good ratio when The Prodigy is involved.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I need to spend some time with Veilburner (anybody else thinking of Enslaved?) and Chaotorynth. Morbus Chron is also good but I don’t think I’ll ever like them enough spend money on them

    • W.

      Veilburner definitely have some strange influences. It’s hard to nail them down stylistically.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Also just realised, Enslaved have a song called Veilburner

        Hail Illuminati!

    • I can maybe see a little Enslaved but there’s a more abrasive edge that Enslaved never had, even before they went full prog.

      • W.

        I was scratching my head trying to figure out what the riff in Purgatorium reminds me of. Pretty sure it’s Decapitated.

        • I can hear that, there’s definitely a chunky, mid-paced death metal feel like some of Decapitated’s slower songs, but what I really hear is the early slow DM stuff like Morbid Angel or Autopsy. There’s a lot going on in the album that merits closer inspection.

          • W.

            I’m on revelations Genesis now. I think this album is going to take me a few listens to digest.

    • Howard Dean

      The name makes me think of Enslaved, yes, because of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoMInT2Ysi0

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I just realised this

    • Chrisom Infernium

      Nordling this is Chrisom the vocalist for Veilburner, we chose the name due to it being an awesome song by a legend of a band but also its something that defines what the lyrical and musical approach are trying to bring. Im glad you seem to like it

  • Xan

    A band that I feel has been overlooked this year is Vanhelgd. Their newest album Relics of Sulphur Salvation is fucking killer. Here’s one of my favorites from it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQtKo0fZA6g

    • crazytaco_12

      Good shit man, some strong riffs in this one! I haven’t listened to a shit ton of Bolzer, but this definitely reminds me of them from what I’ve heard!