Get Prep’d: Plead The Fifth

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If you’ve missed the last four installments of Get Prep’d, you’re really fucking up. But there’s this trick that you can use to get away with your ignorance. It’s easy too, just plead the fifth. In this edition, we get you ready for new releases from Sanzu (Godzilla-sized death groove), Baroness (The Sounds of Purple) and Invocation Spells (South-American blackened thrash).


Sanzu

Breaking out of the isolated artistic hotbed of Perth, Western Australia are groove-infused death purveyors Sanzu. Originally releasing their 6 track debut EP in April this year, the 5-piece just announced they will be dropping a full-length on December 3rd 2015. To celebrate, they have reduced the price of the digital EP for us. Yes, just us. Simply use the code “TovH” (without the quotations, of course) and you’ll receive 50% of the marked price. That’s in dollarydoos too, so it’ll be even cheaper for those of you with fancy US$ or €. With the money you saved you can pre-order the upcoming LP (+ various other deals) and sort yourself out a killer xmas gift.

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As you can hear, Sanzu sound like a demonic version of Gojira. While the similarities are stark at surface level, Sanzu manage to replace most of the French-band’s overtly melodic aspects with a crushing blend of callous riffs and pounding rhythms without sounding dispassionate. The vocals sound like a chimeric three headed beast comprised of Joe Duplantier, Jens Kidman and Randy Blythe, suiting the music impeccably. The guitars have a sufficiently thick tone and utilise practically all the techniques associated with this style, not in the StayTech sense but rather in performing minor duties to colour in the song-writing’s overall picture. There’s even a couple of pick scrapes to satiate those who are that way inclined. If you’re liking what you hear so far, head on over to their bandcamp page and pre-order Heavy Over The Home or check out their Facebook page and tell them the Toilet sent you. – Lacertilian 

[Note: I wrote this piece just over a month ago, and in that time Sanzu have released two tracks from the upcoming album which you can check out on here. Spoiler – they rip!]


Baroness

I’ll keep it brief for you dummies that have somehow missed the boat on Baroness. First we saw Red, the 2007 debut that showed off a Savannah sludge band in peak form (Essential listening: “Isak“). Next we felt Blue, a record that had the band turning down the aggression and adding elements of post-metal (Essential listening: “The Gnashing“). 2012’s Yellow & Green showed the band moving even further away from mosh pits and closer to heavy rock & roll on a grand scale with this ambitious double LP. It’s one of my favorite albums in any genre (Essential listening: “Take My Bones Away“). Then… well then there was a gnarly bus crash. Shortly after the release of Yellow & Green, the band came damn near close to death in England. After taking many months to heal their wounds and adding a brand new rhythm section, Baroness is back and ready to unleash another record for fanboys like me to obsess over.

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For this release, the band ditched longtime home Relapse in favor of their own, newly-created label Abraxan Hymns. Will that mean Baroness will take more creative risks with Purple? Seems unlikely considering that Yellow & Green was a double-LP that further alienated fans longing for a return to Red-era sludge. Based on the single “Shock Me”, it seems the band might be making a bid for wider appeal with more accessible, finely crafted tunes. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Someone, send me this album already, why don’t I have it FUCK.”

Purple is out December 18th, preorder it here. Look forward to upcoming albums Orange and Indigo so Baroness can finally hit for the ROYGBIV cycle. – Joe.


Invocation Spells

After missing last year’s full-length debut Unholy Blasphemies from Chilean demons Invocation Spells, I vowed to make amends. Come December the 11th I’ll be getting my fix of blackened thrash courtesy of their upcoming follow-up titled Descendent The Black Throne. Since I started fiendishly pummelling the replay button just on the album opener the band teased us with back in early October, Invocation Spells have recently released a second track to further whet our collective bloodlust. The effortlessly sinister combination of bestial underground 80’s thrash riffs combined with the reverb-laden vocals and raw-edge production is executed in a way that only a malandro-slaying South American band can authentically manage.

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If you’re not banging your head by the 1:26 mark of album opener ‘Betrayal Of The Bastard’, you’re fucking dead to me. Pre-order your copy of Descendent The Black Throne by Invocation Spells through Hell’s Headbangers Records here– Lacertilian.

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  • COAL ROLL

    Sanzu tickles my jimmies

    • Lacertilian

      is that uhh.. a good thing?

  • Dubs

    One two three four FIFTH!

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      For some odd reason the bottom says rockthedub, obviuosly the perfect picture for you.

  • ┼yree

    Invocation Spells is mean as fuck. That “Descendent The Black Throne” track rips so hard!

    • Lacertilian

      Pumped to hear the rest of it over Summer. Would go well on a playlist with Sarcofago, Mystifier and Schizophrenia-era Sepultura.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I’m excited for new Baroness.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Its gonna be killer.

  • Nativian Taco

    F-I-F. FIF!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Sanzu is some mean, mean shit.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Good call on the Sanzu – Gojira comparison. Dis some rad shit.

    [EDIT] I missed the bit where you said there was a discount code. Hell yeah!! Buying this right meow.

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    I’m so ready for Purple.

  • ┼yree
  • Sanzu’s new LP is streaming exclusively at the blog where we all met. it’s badass.

  • ┼yree
  • Oh shit sanzu is tasty as fuck

  • Never really got into Gojira for whatever reason but I’m enjoying the Sanzu stuff.

    • Eliza

      Really? I like Gojira way better than Sanzu. Different tastes, I guess.

      • ┼yree

        Yup.

        • Eliza

          So, how about you?

          • ┼yree

            How about me what?

          • Eliza

            Which one of those two do you prefer? Or do you like both?

          • ┼yree

            Neither actually.

          • Eliza

            What bands do you like? Sorry if it feels like I’m interrogating you, I lack conversation skills.

          • ┼yree

            No problem duders. I like a lot more blackened and bestial sounding metal. The rawer and meaner sounding metal is what I tend to latch too.

          • Eliza

            I see. I like all sorts of metal, the wide variety is one of the main reasons I love this genre of music. However, I usually prefer classic metal, thrash, power and NWOBHM. I listen to some viking, doom and folk from time to time.

      • To be honest I’ve only listened to a song here or there so I don’t have much to go on.

        • Eliza

          I usually can tell whether I like a band’s sound after listening to a couple of songs. Then again, a band can change their sound constantly, so you can never be sure.

  • Dubs

    Sanzu is p dope. “Those Who Sleep in the East” has a chord progression that sounds like it’s straight out of a Gojira song. “The Way of All Flesh”, maybe.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    WARNING: comic book/movie humor
    Cap: Do you remember me?
    Bucky: I remember yer mom.
    REKT
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVdV-lxRPFo

    • can’t flushing wait

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I think this will be much better than Age Of Ultron. The one I’m really jacked for is Doctor Strange.

        • AoU disappointed me initially. then after a few watches on weed it got better (but what doesn’t?)

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        It’ll be shit.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          YAYYYYY!!!!

        • Fuck this shitty work.

          Tapir’s back!!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            WOO HOO!!!

          • I love that image. It’s like the guy have telepathic powers and he fuck the shitty table with his magic.

        • we missed you

        • TAPIRAMIDER TAPIRMAIDER TAPIRMAIDER!!! Where ya been, buddy?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan
          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Knowing you, it must be something terrible. Nu metal or dad rock.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I edited the post to show the news. I wept tears of joy when I heard that Steve Smith rejoined Journey. Now the only person not there is Steve Perry

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            You’re on the edge of your seat and you know it.

        • Too many comic book movies. Hollywood is going to squeeze every last drop of blood out them until there is nothing left.

          • ┼yree

            The only comic book shit I’ve enjoyed in a long time is the new Jessica Jones.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            AWESOME.

          • ┼yree

            Agreed. Dark as all fuck. Love it.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            You might want to give Daredevil a try too.

          • ┼yree

            Noted. Have not heard of it before.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Think of it as the trial run for Jessica Jones. Dark, gritty, with a huge emphasis on stylized fight scenes.

          • That must be on TV because I have no clue what that is.

          • ┼yree

            It is.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Netflix

          • Cool, no commercials.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The fight scenes alone make Daredevil worth it.

        • tigeraid

          I respectfully disagree.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Looks like there’s a fight coming.

    • tigeraid

      Sofa king good. Go Team Iron Man.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        #TeamCap4Lyfe #StayWandaMaximoff

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Yeah, Baroness is p cool.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Sanzu >>>>>>>. Expected to fall asleep from Baroness. Still awake, but not my kind of stuff.

  • There is just something about Shock Me that makes me keep coming back. Damn!

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the sweet jams, Lacertilian. I’m really digging the new Baroness. It’s catchy as hell and full of feels. I like the direction the band is going.

    • Lacertilian

      Thank Papa Joe for that one.