Don’t Miss This! Vol. 8

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Greetings and welcome to 2015! When last we ran an episode of Don’t Miss This, we were discussing lesser known albums that we didn’t want you to ignore when compiling your year-end lists. Well, 2014 has voided its bowels and given up on life, so the window of crafting our highly influential taste-making lists has passed. However, despite the collective pleadings of the metal blogosphere, many bands for some reason continue to release new albums in December, sadly assuring that they’ll be missed by most publications. That’s where we come in!

In this new edition of Don’t Miss This, we’ll be covering some last-minute bombs dropped by 2014 in the midst of its death throes, as well as one album that flew under the radar for the entire year. You’ve probably heard me talk a bit about some of these groups, but I urge you to give them a second examination. Let’s get to it, then.


DimeslandPsychogenic Atrophy – Independent (12/9/2014)

Even the astute detectives who work around the clock to compile your Toilet Tuesday release list every week somehow missed this low-flyer, and that’s a crying shame. Thankfully, a certain skronk-loving goat brought this young band of upstarts out of California to my attention, and I’m certainly glad he did. The ever reliable Metal Archives list Dimesland as a progressive metal band, but Invisible Oranges call them thrash, and that’s all fine and good if you think the sound of Voivod‘s night-terrors can be considered thrash. This is whacked out, spaced out, skronky chaos loaded with riffs and brain-bending turns on a dime that will launch your mind into orbit. Similar to the refined chaos peddled by personal favorites Baring Teeth, Dimesland veer from instrumental tracks to throat-searing songs, and they handle both expertly. If you’re into the more chaotic side of metal and think most modern thrash is bland, don’t miss Dimesland! Be sure to like them on Facebook and check out the stream and interview over at Invisible Oranges.


CretinStranger – Relapse (12/5/2014)

You should all be well aware by now that I love grind. You should also be aware that grind masters Cretin unleashed a furious new hellspawn in early December. Although we posted a few tracks from them and even included them on a Toilet Tuesday, the magnificent Stranger came out just a little too late for our year-end lists. That’s a crying shame, because Cretin are serious pros dedicated to the art of rending you limb from limb. Want to know the difference between good grind and bad grind? Listen to Stranger. The songs are memorable and brutal. The production is raw, but the riffs are razor sharp. The fury is palpable without being comical. This is grind done right, and that spooky artwork is just the icing on the cake. If you like grind that punches you right in the kidney and laughs while you piss blood, don’t miss Cretin! Like them on Facebook and buy the album on Bandcamp.


PrognatheRevelation Flesh – Peccata Mundi (12/16/2014)

One of the great things about helping with Toilet Tuesday is that I get to check out all manner of bands with which I am unfamiliar. Prognathe were a very pleasant surprise I stumbled upon back in December. If you read my blurb then, you may remember that I described these brutes as a horrific combination of sludge, grind, death, and black metal. However, after purchasing the album shortly after writing that blurb, I came to realize that there’s something unique and gripping about this band that is distinctly French in nature. There’s a certain invisible mark, a certain finesse to the song structure and proficiency of artistic vision that bleeds out from the pores of this release and that reminds you of the tender care and respect for detail for which the French metal scene is known. True, the vocals on this release are still a bit off-putting at moments, but they make sense in the grand scope and hellish fury. If you like Ulcerate-esque metal that is denser than a quantum singularity, don’t miss Prognathe! Like them on Facebook and buy the album on Bandcamp.


This White MountainFrom Atop This White Mountain – Independent (12/23/2014)

This White Mountain are another fantastic band I previously blurbed about for Toilet Tuesday. I can’t stop singing their praise, and I’ve even successfully converted the staunch and notoriously difficult-to-please-when-it-comes-to-black-metal Masterlord to the White Mountain cause. Essentially the brain-child of mastermind Kevin Narowski, From Atop This White Mountain is the impressive debut full-length from This White Mountain. On the Bandcamp page, Narowski writes that he spent over two years writing the album and nearly gave up in the process. However, we have much to thank him for, as this debut, possibly the first in a trilogy, is a work of sheer wonder and painstaking care. The personal touch and determination are evident in each evocative track, and the final product just drips glory. I truly believe that this beautiful, intrepid black metal masterwork is a stunning tribute to the more melodic side of extreme music. If you like black metal that soars to lofty heights, don’t miss This White Mountain. Give them a like on Facebook and buy the album on bandcamp.


PripjatSons of Tschernobyl – Bret Hard (2/14/2014)

I mentioned in the introduction that one of the albums I would discuss was released early in the year and went relatively unknown. Well, the time has arrived. Introducing Pripjat, heroes of the thrash scene. I hope I’m not stealing Simon Phoenix’s thunder here by discussing them, but they definitely deserve the acclaim. On a debut full-length that I’m almost certain is at the least inspired by the Stalker franchise, Pripjat bring the youthful vim and vigor that is missing from so much of the thrash scene today. Yes, they play more traditional thrash, but they do so in a way that doesn’t feel like a boring, paltry facsimile of the Bay Area scene. Taking the energy and exuberance of early Death Angel, and cramming it with killer riffs, impressive solos, and a welcome dash of jauntiness, Pripjat bring you 10 tracks of headbanging glory. If you like quality thrash that doesn’t just feel like a weak attempt at reliving the glory days, don’t miss Pripjat. Like them on Facebook and buy the album at Bret Hard Records.

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    GL

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      I listened to that before it was released. It was quite enjoyable.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I’m listening to the first Bolt Thrower album. It’s so good.

    • Cretin!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Only Cretin is real.

    • Stockhausen

      MERCRETIN MERCRETIN MERCRETIN

      • this is the only comment that matters to me!

        GL

        • Stockhausen

          YESSSSSSSSSS

    • better fix that third line bro. BTW “Heaven Sent” was a rocket, thx bby

      • Dude, there are some serious licks in that track! One of my favorites!

        GL

        • my uncle is a HUGE Dokken fan, just wait til he hears i’m friends with GL!

          JJM

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love Dokken too! I own Beast From The East on vinyl!

          • Dang on vinyl?! I have all the other albums on vinyl but not Beast. I have it on CD though. Killer album!

            GL

  • Dimesland vocalist sounds like Puciato. Not that that’s a bad thing. Good shit here dubya!

    • DDubya.

      Thankeesai. They definitely have an edge of chaos to their sound

    • Edward #negrodMMXV

      Puciato >>>>>>

  • Edward #negrodMMXV

    Want to check out that black metal jam.

    • … after I get home from work….

      GL

    • ND,

      If I couldn’t listen to music at work I would loose my frickin mind. So I will turn my music up to 11 such that you might be able to hear it from MN.

      <3

      GL

      • Edward #negrodMMXV

        This week has been weird / I have been going home very early everyday. So I have gotten some extra music in during that time. I appreciate the sentiment though GL!

        ND

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Grandma’s Love Jam?

      • that image is irreversible.

        GL

        • CyberneticOrganism

          She means business.

  • Tyree

    Cretin

    • Cretin

    • Stockhausen

      I’m really sorry to break the cycle, but there are some profoundly strange things when you Google Image Search “cretin.”

      • EsusMoose

        Why, just why.

      • Renan Ribeiro

        It’s because Cretinism is the medical term for kids with congenital hypothyroidism. Low thyroid hormone levels since birth do weird shit to people.

        • KJM

          It’s not too great when you get it as an adult either, speaking from experience.

          • Renan Ribeiro

            It’s not, but the effects are way less dramatic. Did it take you a long time to find out what was happening?

          • KJM

            Oh yeah, it went untreated for over 10 years, maybe longer.

        • Stockhausen

          Well now I feel like a jerk.

          • EsusMoose

            Don’t there was the short chick from jersey shore

          • Renan Ribeiro

            Don’t, dude. The fact that most people in med school and already doctors are assholes shall provide you comfort.

          • But, Cretin.

            GL

          • Akercocke ov Steele

            It’s ok, their was still some NSFW pics in there. I’m just glad there was nothing making fun of progeria victims this time.

      • Renan Ribeiro

        Also, somehow, when I google image Cretin google suggests I also check out Gretchen, which used to be a queen of booty in brazil. Now she looks like a dinosaur.

        http://entretenimento.r7.com/blogs/alvaro-leme/files/2014/11/gretchen1.jpg

        With lens flare!

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I will never, ever understand how women think those “trout pout” lips look good.

          • Renan Ribeiro

            Fuck if I know

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          Why did you name your leather handbag Gretchen?

        • JWG

          That’s no lady, that’s Stephen Tyler.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          Damn Vickie Guererro got old. She’s probably still as annoying as usual.

        • sweetooth0

          looks like a Hagraven…sorry too much Skyrim for me I guess.

        • Stockhausen

          AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

      • Akercocke ov Steele

        Allow me to partake in this here undertaking…ah

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        want to, at work, trying to stay “underemployed”

    • KJM

      There’s no stoppin’ the cretins from hoppin’.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt/Elite

    “…From Atop This White Mountain is the impressive debut full-length from This White Mountain.”

    The two older albums on Bandcamp look full length-ish.

  • Pripjat is sweet too!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I agree Jack.

    • DDubya.

      Everything here in pretty gnarly imo 😉

      • agreed! these will put a nice dent in the wallet lol

        • DDubya.

          I’m honestly not sure where you can buy that Pripjat album.

          • it’s on itunes

          • Nordling Rites Ov MMXIV

            Flush mapple.

          • yea but that means its probably on amazon as well

          • Nordling Rites Ov MMXIV

            The Amazon keeps flushing itself, such is the river flow.

    • EsusMoose

      Sounds pretty good right now, thankful it’s on spotify as it definitely sounds like a record I’d play a couple of times but leave it at that

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    Dimesland is SO GOOD. Seriously give it a try there’s much love and happiness to be found in this.

    Also I got mentioned YAY!

  • DeadButtDreaming

    Dimeland sounds like a horrible amusement park dedicated to purple facial hair and Blacktooth Grins.

    • DDubya.

      You have to one Jager Bomb after every loop on the Confederate flag shaped rollercoaster.

      • The history of exotic dance exhibit was fairly educational.

        • Renan Ribeiro

          Are they still having those?

      • DeadButtDreaming

        Every carnival prize is a zebra print cowboy hat.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          toothless strippers work concessions…

      • DeadButtDreaming

        I would actually sort of enjoy that.

    • Maik Beninton

      I can see it as a Dethklok concert

  • KJM

    Although they’re not my usual thing, Pripjat and This White Mountain are decent enough.

    • DDubya.

      A nod of approval from the shake means the world to me!

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

      What do you think of Dimesland?

      • KJM

        Just checked it out, very nice as well. The Voivod comparisons are spot on.

        • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

          I should check out Voivod. What album should I start with?

          • KJM

            I’d go with ‘Nothingface’, but others might suggest “Killing Technology” or “Dimension Hatross”, all Prog and Tech Death classics.

          • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

            Thank you. Will check these out soon.

          • CT-12

            DUDE! Voivod’s probably my favorite band of all time, I had to say something. The 3 mentioned are classics, but I’ll give you a rundown of the ones you could start with
            Killing Technology – if you’re more of a thrash man, start here
            Dimension Hatross – perfect balance of prog and thrash, recommended if you like music
            Nothingface – great album and their most famous, but way less speed
            The Outer Limits – recommended if you’re more into rock

          • DDubya.

            Have you checked out Dimesland?

          • CT-12

            Yeah, when someone (maybe Mr. Goat) posted them in the comments a week or two ago, I checked em out. Good stuff, but I’m probably gonna wait on buying the album for now, chewing on too many CD’s I received for Christmas at the moment (good god Artificial Brain is dominating my world right now).

          • DDubya.

            Had you not heard Artificial Brain until Christmas? That album has been killing me since last February.

          • CT-12

            I’ve known of them and downloaded their little EP/demo thing with “Butchering Cosmic Giants”, but I was gunshy about ever getting the full length. Kicking myself for it now.

          • None. I can’t stand Voivod and never quite got the big deal about them. Very average and bland music. Quite flushable, indeed!

          • Stan Laurel

            Strongly disagree! Disagree x 10,000.

          • Stan Laurel

            My mum always told me to never trust a man with a windmill in his beard. At the time I thought she was on drugs but now it seems that she was quite prophetic.

          • Lacertilian

            That kind of level oracle is almost always on drugs.
            Hi @disqus_tkPTWDpIxX:disqus’s mum.

          • CT-12

            You are high as a fucking kite

          • Nah, but thanks for the suggestion! I’ve really tried giving them a chance several times and never quite got the big deal. Vastly overrated in my book.

            *gets ready for everyone to beat down my door with bottles and chains in hand*

          • CT-12

            Ah, I guess it’s different strokes, but I’d still disagree with you that they are “vastly overrated”. I don’t think Voivod’s gotten anywhere near their fair due. Is my fanboy showing hard enough?

          • I’ll still love ya in the morning, baby! 😉

            http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmgvmsTdFo1qd1l9ho1_500.jpg

          • Stan Laurel
  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    This White Mountain is fantastic.

  • Stockhausen

    My poor, poor soul cries out to rage against the icy wind when I see this wretched sign where a Bandcamp player should be. My lunch breaks are much less brutal than they should be because of it. At least I got to listen to Pripjat.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Bummer dude.

    • skronkblocked

      • Guacamole Jim

        fuckin LOL

    • oh buddy, you’re gonna love Dimesland!

      • Stockhausen

        I checked them out when the goat posted them in the FB group, they ruled. This article made me realize I hadn’t listened since then, and now I really need to.

    • Stan Laurel

      My company users the same shit. That’s what the iPhone was invented for.

      • Stockhausen

        I definitely make use of that, but if I’m not careful I’ll wreck my data plan.

        • Stan Laurel

          I feel ya. Last time I upgraded my phone, they tried to get me to change my plan but I stuck with my old, more expensive plan due to the unlimited data. AT&T sucks!

          • Stockhausen

            AT&T does suck. I want to take Louis CK’s advice and climb a tree with some hubcaps and make my own network.

    • sweetooth0

      proxy?

      • Stockhausen

        Shmoxy?

        I should clarify that I don’t know what you mean by that.

        • sweetooth0

          you just go to a site like this one:

          http://www.proxy-service.de/

          Then paste the url of the page you want to visit into the box on the page.

          • sweetooth0

            thing is these sites tend to go down every once in a while, so you sometimes need to search for new ones.

          • Stockhausen

            You may be my favorite person alive right now.

          • sweetooth0

            always happy to help another person shirk their work responsibilities in favor of online fucking of the proverbial dog

  • Thuacamole Jim

    Dimesland is killer!! Skronk >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Gotta get dat skronk,
      dat dirty filthy skronk.
      Looking, always looking,
      for dat, filthy filthy skronk.

      GL

  • wholly moly, i didn’t know about Cretin b4. thanks [B]Dubbs! <3 <3

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    311 released a new album last year. I didn’t listen to it until today. It wasn’t half bad compared to the one before it.

  • Totally ungrim band, but pretty weird, icy and grim video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I

  • Check out the lyrics in Cretin’s ‘Mister Frye, the Janitor Guy’ for some serious TOH theme music…

    “Mister Frye, the toilet doesn’t work, we can’t flush, you stupid jerk,” years and years I’ve stopped the water, stealing all their turds, carrying them inside my pockets, planting them in soil, tending my garden, growing it green and beautiful, something no one can take from me, those shitty fucking brats, forty fucking years, and now that tree is more than strong enough, and will they close the school, what will happen when they find me hanging from the bough, will the kids sing if I can’t hear them, “Mister Frye, dead and blue, Mister Frye, his pockets full of poo”?

  • Stan Laurel

    Not heard Pripyat before but I’m all over it. I’m hearing some early Kreator (circa Pleasure to Kill/Terrible Certainty) and that’s always a good thing in my book.

  • My thoughts on the music listened:
    Dimesland – Not my kind of music
    Cretin – I listened to this album a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was pretty good. I have a feeling I’d like it more if I went and read the lyrics as I like Cretin’s lyrics.
    Prognathe – I’ll have to listen to some more of this. I like the guitar work but I’m unsure about the vocals.
    This White Mountain – Fucking amazing. I listened to this album per Dubya’s recommendation in the comments and I thought it was stunning. Evokes a great deal of emotion and has amazing instrumentation.
    Pripjat – Fuck yes. I remember playing this when I was exiting my school’s parking lot and scaring the shit out of some plebeian when the first notes blasted out. This is my kind of thrash metal.

  • Stan Laurel

    Definitely one of the more expensive posts on this here ToH.

    • DDubya.

      As in, it drained your wallet?

      • Stanley

        Too right. A very productive day. 🙂

  • john

    Sons of Tschernobyl kicked my ass but yeah, almost no one’s heard it.

    • DDubya.

      I wonder why it went so unknown?

  • That Prognathe rules!

    • DDubya.

      Glad you dig!

      • Dig the Dimesland as well. Still making my way through other stuff.