GET PREP’D: New Releases from Harms Way, Imperial Triumphant, Enslaved, Scarab

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A new feature in which we break down upcoming releases from bands you should love. Get prep’d, nerd.

Harms Way

Rust – out March 8th on Deathwish. Preorder here.

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This Chicago, IL crew has been throwing down sick pit moves since 2006. Fronted by the straightedge Incredible Hulk, James Pilegge, the band has evolved considerably since inception. For the first half of their existence, the band created sweet and straightforward, breakdown-based hardcore.

Formerly featuring Weekend Nachos frontman John Hoffman on bass. In this interview, Hoffman spoke about leaving the band and his take on the direction of Harms Way:

Eh, to be honest, I think there were two eras of Harms Way. There’s Harms Way with me and Hofacker (old guitarist that quit the same time as I did), and Harms Way now… The atmosphere was more chaotic and similar to that of a Weekend Nachos show, but much more violent. We were faster, more energetic, etc. So when Hofacker and I left, I think a lot of the fans of THAT era of the band left with us. Harms Way is basically in their second era now, which draws a lot more kids but the shows aren’t really as chaotic. They’re just more like a regular hardcore band now. I think that’s not a bad thing because I think that’s what they’re going for – better sound, real venues and no more basement shows. It’s just a lot more polished and less punk now.

All due respect to Hoffman (he seems like a good dude), but I strongly disagree with his take that Harms Way is “more like a regular hardcore band”. After Hoffman’s departure, the band seemed to internalize the best moments of Godflesh and dropped a 9-billion ton anvil of a record with 2011’s Isolationtheir second full-length. Not content with creating the heaviest song on Earth, the band added a strong Swedish death metal influence on their followup EP Blinded. Though the changes brought mixed reviews from some critics, it remains a heavily spun record in my living room mosh sessions (seriously, Live to Loathe is so good). Next week the band will drop Rust and I’m positive it will be my most played gym record of 2015. — Joe Thrashnkill


Imperial Triumphant

Abyssal Gods – Out March 10 on Aural Music

The Toilet Hype Machine® has been trying to get your jimmies pumped about Abyssal Gods, the second full-length release from NY wizards Imperial Triumphant, and for good reason. If you’ve already taken a moment to listen to this black/death/dissonant nightmare of an album either on Spotify or Bandcamp, you’re likely aware of how challenging and confounding this record is. If, however, you’re like me and prefer to grip something hard in your greasy fist, here’s all you need to know before the physical release on March 10th. Prior to plunging you into the blackened murky depths of the tormented, churning waters of an oil spill somehow locked between the terrifying vortex riff-maw of Charybdis and the ravenous pronged rhythm assault of Scylla, IT beat you bloody with the angular battering ram assault of multiple demos and other releases. This band sports two members of the equally excellent and jarring Pyrrhon (rhythm section villains Alex Cohen and Erik Malave), and the band’s unsettling and cerebral approach to black metal lives up to its impressive pedigree. Although the band has a number of releases, the only thing you really need to track down before this album drops is the compilation record Shrine to the Trident Throne (Aural Music, 2014) which collects full-length Abominamentvm (2012) and Goliath (2013). Luckily for you, I’ve included streams of both Shrine to the Trident Throne and Abyssal Gods. Be sure to check out the tracks “Sodom” and “Gomorrah” on that compilation to get a feel for how sinister and calculating this band really is. — W.


Enslaved

In Times – out March 6th on Nuclear Blast

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In Times will be Enslaved‘s 13th album. Their 13th album, guys. People still loudly bemoaning their departure from straightforward black metal are bjeffing up the wrong fucking treet. Their first two full-lengths (Vikingligr veldi and Frost) are largely considered to be black metal classics, and there’s a good reason for that. The reason is because they rule. Their marriage of 2nd-wave fury and folksy viking nuance was one of the first of its kind. I still spin their earlier shit (Eld is my personal favorite, but that’s probably because – and I’ve mentioned this before – fucking look at how majestic Grutle Kjellson looks on the cover). They were a great black metal band. But here’s the thing – they’re a great progressive black whatever band too and stop being such raving buttholes about it. They started introducing heavy progressive influence about halfway through their career/discography, and at this point they’re really piling it on. As the ratio of prog to black metal increases, so too does the ratio of hurt to butt. If you’re familiar with Enslaved’s run, In Times is gonna sound more or less how you think it will, as it’s a continuation of the trendline they’ve been hugging for over 10 years now. I say that’s a good thing. You’re free to disagree with me, but I totally don’t. You can actually stream the entire thing from Nuclear Blast’s official Youtube channel right now. Or right here. Nice. — Masterlord


Scarab

Serpents of the Nile – out March 6th on Vicisolum Productions

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While Egypt is renown for it’s majestic landmarks & tourism, it remains a turbulent place rife with volatile political matters and a hostile environment. So it makes sense that a death metal band from Cairo would be a product of all of these characteristics, Egypt’s Scarab fit that bill. Volatility, turbulence & hostility drenched the sounds of their first LP Blinding The Masses back in 2009 and on March 6th they will release their second full-length titled Serpents Of The Nile through Sweden’s Vicisolum Productions. If you enjoy your death metal structured with venomous riffs that give you that initial devastating bite but upon repeated listens unleash a poison which slowly hooks you from the inside, then this band is for you. On their previous release, Scarab has shown that they can weave arrangements with the complexity of their peers without getting too far into the tech aspect of death metal. This, by no means implies they are slouches. See for yourself on a track called ‘Valley Of The Sandwalkers’ taken from their last release. — Lacertillian


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  • Rust: sounds great. Nice! Get swolly
    Imperial Triumphant: Sounds like a beer name. Sound OK.
    Enslaved: 13th ablum? I have never even heard of these guys
    Scarab: dude, this sounds great. Raw and tight! Also, they need to tour with Scab. The Scab/Scarab tour, lol.

    I will have to listen to this more when my head isn’t splitting open.

    • VVayne Brady

      How in the hell have you never heard of Enslaved?

      • I haven’t listened an entire record of them. I’m guarding my enslaved virginity with this new album 😉

      • Scrimm

        I don’t even know how that is possible.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
        • Scrimm

          YES

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Newer Enslaved hasn’t done much for me since Below the Lights.

          • Scrimm

            I like it, and there are some great songs, like Ruun, But it’s hard to sit through a whole album.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I’m sure I would like some of it, but I just don’t have the frame of mind to check it out. Last album I own is Isa, and it just put a bad taste in my mouth.

          • Scrimm

            Can’t blame you for that. I can see how it would lose some people. My favorite will always be the old stuff as a whole.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Nice.

          • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

            Can’t really agree with ya on that one. Isa is one of their best, if not their best outright.

            Enslaved is one of those rare bands that get better with every new release.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Tomato, potato…..

          • I’m the exact opposite. Newer Enslaved is all I fucks with bro

        • VVayne Brady

          I can’t think of a single bad record in that entire 13 album run.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They pissed me off the one time I got to see them live, and I even met Grutle. They’re set list was too new, and they didn’t play Wotan. Fuck the world.

          • They played Yggdrasil and Loke when I saw them, so I was happy.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They only old one I can recall was Jotunblod, which wasn’t all bad.

          • Stanley

            They certainly need to dust off Deadhymn for their current tour.

          • Scrimm

            I wanted to see them so bad and then ended up standing outside smoking for most of their set.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Priorities……

          • Scrimm

            Admittedly I was going through some terrible shit at the time and the reason was inside the venue….

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Bitches, man.

          • Scrimm

            Exactly

          • Britches, man.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Can’t live with them, can’t kill them.

          • Theyre one of my favorite bands starting with Below the Lights. I’m not the biggest black metal fan in the world but from 2003 and on, they’re fucking incredible. Path to Vanir, Reflections, Secrets of the Flesh ect omg

      • Not sure I guess. Enjoy this song on me W!

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

        • VVayne Brady

          Thonx beb

          • I will take 13 lashes with the slave stick as punishment. One for each of the Enslaved ablums I should apparently know about, lol.

          • VVayne Brady

            Just listen to RIITIIR from last year. It’s pretty prog and has a huge sound.

          • That was a great song W. Thanks!

          • Scrimm

            Try Ruun too.

          • I’d definitely recommend Isa to a n00b

          • JamesGrimm
          • Stanley

            Here’s Enslaved encapsulated in one song. If you like this, then there are 13 more albums to explore. If you don’t like it, well, I just guess you can’t be helped.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eemZt-Jcb80&spfreload=10

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • Whoa! This is way different from the RIITIIR song I just listened too.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yup, this is their first, and RIITIIR is pretty damned new.

          • It is almost like they pulled an 360 on their sound. Just like In Flames….

          • Except not shitty.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Boom.

          • <3

          • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but my coke dick will never leave me. Or something.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, but light years better, even if I don’t dig newer Enslaved.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            If they pulled a 360 they’d be back where they started from

          • You were hearing last and first, then. I haven’t checked an entire record of them, But I want to try delve in them with this new record.

            You can try with the last Solo ov the Week contest. The pick had a very good guitar solo in the middle of the song 🙂

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Scrimm

    Also looking forward to that Eternal Solstice album next week.

  • Dagon

    Swedeath-infused hardcore? Are you trying to woo me? It’s working…

  • Love the recording on that new Harm’s Way. It’s like Viagra for your earholes.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Abyssal Gods is fantastic, like 2015’s brother of The Mother of Virtues. Can’t stop listening.

    • Scrimm

      I Like what I’m hearing so far, But I can’t take the dissonance as much as you dudes.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        I definitely like it better than Pyrrhon, but it is a bit much at times. I don’t think it will be something I’ll play a lot this year.

        • Scrimm

          I tried with Pyrrhon, I really did, bit I just couldn’t get into it.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Same.

          • VVayne Brady

            That’s one challenging record. Maybe not as much as the Mastery album Stocky wrote about, but still pretty disorienting.

          • Scrimm

            I just keep hoping for at tleat a little more conventional heavy riffing. Even with Gorguts and they are one of my favorite bands.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I’m still all about that noise death skronk rock. The bear got me to revisit it amidst Abyssal Gods and the few other albums I can’t stop playing.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          It’s possible, for me, it could wind up on some kind of list for some kind of blog. It’s still very early yet, though, lol. I dig Moonlover a lot but I dunno if that one will make list consideration.

          Tyree what do you think of Scar Sighted?!?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Dude, I honestly still have to listen to it. What did you think?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I love it. I’ve spun it a few times and I think it’s great.

          • VVayne Brady

            In my opinion, Scar Sighted has sort of a weak first half.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I liked the first half. Felt the preview tracks were not up to it, even though they sound much better in context.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Really?

          • VVayne Brady

            Yup

      • VVayne Brady

        Have you checked out Embrional? They’re a little less weird.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          Now that’s good!

        • Scrimm

          I’ll get on that directly.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            If you like Immolation you’ll probably dig em.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekvOFZN5Zb0

          • Scrimm

            Got the full album playing now. I do like.

          • VVayne Brady

            In my opinion, it takes a few songs to really get going, but then the drummer gets on a roll and all hell breaks loose.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Very true, that album really picks up the pace. One of the best drum performances of the year in my opinion.

          • Scrimm

            I’m about 12 minutes in. Third song proper.

          • VVayne Brady

            Excellent

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Gorguts’ Obscura is still over my head. I might revisit it sometime soon though.

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      I bought it from Bandcamp last night and started listening to it this morning. It hasn’t quite clicked for me yet, but I’m sure it’ll happen soon. It was the same with Pyrrhon; not immediately digging it but the dissonance will hold sway over me before long.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        On my first listen I found the final three tracks to be quite curious and a little off putting (not in the nervous off putting sense via the music created – off putting via the what the hell is this ending supposed to be sense). On my second listen I enjoyed that more and questioned it less. On my third and forth listens I appreciated it more within the context of the album.

    • Wow that’s quite teh endorsement. I will have to check it out.

    • JVVG

      A.k.a. “brother from another ‘Mother…'”

    • You listen to that song I posted twice, ND?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I put it on once on my sweet home stereo, it sounded quite interesting / surprising.

        • It was way different right? I was so surprised by it!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Definitely way different. I didn’t know what to think, lol

          • There is definitely some serious talent in that band! I am excited to hear what the rest of the album sounds like. The chorus is so powerful!

      • VVayne Brady

        What song?

    • Maik Beninton

      Because calofidãti is too low fi.

    • SUNLIGHTBEARD

      Quickscope

    • Lacertilian

      Quake 2>

  • Based Tapir

    I need to check out dat new Enslaved. I’ve heard one song from it and dig it. FFB gave it a really really good review. Liek really good. Izah’s Sistere arrived today and it is rubbing my nipples real nice.

    • Scrimm

      That review was ridiculous.

    • VVayne Brady

      Someone in the FB group was making fun of that review pretty hard.

    • more beer

      Did you read the same review I did? They gave it 3.5 horns and They said it wasn`t sexy enough. It was one of the worst reviews I ever read.

      • Based Tapir

        I was being sarcastic.

        • Scrimm

          That was some slick sarcasm bro.

        • more beer

          Ok I don`t know with you sometimes.

    • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

      Same here. Checking out that stream in a little bit. The new song I heard though is pretty good.

  • This is completely random – but- I had/have a super headache since the morning – I have never drank coffee before (it tastes like lolbuttz) – but I had three cups for some caffeine – now my farts smell like nuclear waste and I still have the headache.

    • I will have to give coffee another chance… Maybe if I mix like chocolage milk in it it take that butt taste out of it….

    • Coffee is evil, it goes right through me.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        HAIL POOP!!!!!

        • But really, my farts are unbelievable. Is this the case for others?

          • More like explosive diarrhea with the fury of a thousand suns.

          • *I anxiously await my fate*

          • JamesGrimm

            black holes*

          • Scrimm

            We used to call it the green haze.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Green Diesel gives me green haze. It’s a knockout.

            http://www.americanbeerbuzz.com/media/images/products/Genny.jpg

          • Scrimm

            Fuck I almost picked some of this up last week. I had never seen it before.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            It’s some what decent for cheap beer.

          • more beer

            I haven`t seen one of those in a long time. Used to drink a lot of there beers when I would be in upstate New York.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            This used to be my go to for a 30 pack of cheap beer. Old German also was another until they stopped selling it at my distributor. Fuckers!

          • more beer

            I hate when that happens. But you are in PA. so you can always use Yuengling as a go to cheap 30 pack.

          • Here in Ohio Yuengling is quite expensive. As expensive as any Bud or Buglight. It is a bummer.

          • more beer

            It`s cheap by my standards. I drink mostly the local craft beers here in Colorado. They are not cheap. There are so many of them that I just want to try them all. I can`t remember the last time I drank a national brand beer. I drive by Coors at least once a week I never touch the stuff.

          • I stopped messing with the name brands years ago. Craft beers are widely accessible here in NJ so there’s always something new to try.

          • more beer

            As have I. I am definitely a metal elitist, beer snob I wear these things like a badge of honor. I live in one of the best places for in the world for craft beers. I would be foolish to not take advantage of that.

          • I’m envious of you sir, Colorado has a ton of bands I like, craft beer and legal marijuana. I hope to get out there one of these years.

          • more beer

            I`ve lived a lot of places. I grew up in Westchester County. Yonkers and White Plains and came up in the 80`s(yea I`m old) You know what bands come from there those are my boy`s. Moving west was a good decision for me. My life is much easier here. My door is always open to toileteers and touring bands I know. The scene here is awesome! Just found out Primitive Man is playing 4th of July 5 minutes from my house does it get better than that? Igf yo come out here yo will find a way to get out of Jersey.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            It’s made of dead human flesh I hope.

            Edit: This was meant for Scrimm. Damn it!

          • more beer

            I`m glad to hear that since we were talking about beer!! I am laughing though.

          • Scrimm

            I prefer 90 packs myself.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Excuse me, I’d like a 666 pack of beer please.

          • Scrimm

            Even better. Can you imagine the box?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I commented on this. But it was to the wrong person. See below comment.

          • Scrimm

            Duly noted.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

          • Enemy Of The Free World
          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I bow to you.

          • Scrimm
          • Enemy Of The Free World

            GMTA

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Wow.

          • Scrimm

            Never heard it before, just did a google search.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            30 pack? Shiiiitt. I’d like one. Wish the stores here had more than 24 packs.

          • Scrimm
          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Classic!

          • Why green?

          • Scrimm

            I don’t know. One of my army buddies made it up. It just stuck.

  • Dagon

    I’ve been too busy this week and have not checked out the new releases. 🙁

    Probably will remain that way for a while. I still love you all.

  • Celtic Frosty

    Speaking of death metal bands from Cairo:

    https://crescenteg.bandcamp.com/releases

  • I have never been so jittery in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #toomuchcaffiene

  • ANYONE EVER LISTEN TO LEAVES EYES? I LIKE THIS SONG.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbepMWHL3p4&list=PL708C6528DAA74095&index=4

  • Stockhausen

    There is much hype to be had.

  • Enslaved is making me all giddy inside. I can’t wait.

  • JvRv

    But I have read “elsewhere” that this new Enslaved album is not “sexy”. What can you tell me about this?

    • VVayne Brady

      Don’t go to elsewhere. Problem solved.

      • JvRv

        oh believe me I try. Elsewhere sucks.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Harms Way!!!!

  • Lacertilian

    Harm’s Way will definitely be making it’s way into a ‘get fucken swole’ playlist for me.
    Going to have to spend some more time with Imperial Triumphant though, too much to absorb on a hectic Friday arvo headbang-fest.

  • Lacertilian

    Also @joethrashnkill:disqus I had to look up what h/t meant.
    Since I don’t have a hat on I’ll just do this.
    http://youtu.be/fKMtUOw3Uxw?t=1m3s

    Edit: I don’t know why this (south African?) guy is chasing Australian lizards while being titled the ‘venom hunter’. Weird.

  • New Enslaved is fucking legit, I really like it.

    Also, Joe. That Harm’s Way song was so sludgy and hard, definitely looking into them

  • john hoffman seems like an arrogant dickhead tho