New Music Roundup: Lychgate, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Keep of Kalessin, Enslaved & More

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I’m not blind to the Toilet’s drawing power. You come here for the dick and butt jokes, but you stay for the music. We’ve got some more of that for you right here in this post. (Note: if you, conversely, come for the music but stay for the dick and butt jokes, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find those here, too).

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I had a pretty weird dream last night. You all had shells on your backs. Like, big ol’ tortoise shells. You were all talking about and posting pictures of your brand new fucking shells, and I was the only person who didn’t have one. You guys weren’t exactly nice to me about it either. I felt pretty left out, man. I woke up in cold sweat and a warm puddle. That’s going to be your sorry ass if you’re the only one to miss out on Lychgate‘s new song “Letter XIX” from their upcoming album, An Antidote for the Glass Pill. If my memory serves me the band’s self-titled debut (2013) was fairly standard black metal with some symphonic touches here and there; mainly organ. Now it sounds like we’re in for something a lot more interesting. According to the label, An Antidote for the Glass Pill is “perhaps the only black metal album in history that features full accompaniment by a professional church pipe organist throughout,” which sounds more impressive than it reads, especially in the context of Lychgate’s newfound affinity for what-the-fuck-is-happening-right-now black metal. This song is uniquely unsettling. Check it out. For fans of: stuff that doesn’t really sound like anything else.

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit has got to be one of the worst band names ever, and it’s even worse when translated to English (plus, “einer” totally sort of looks like “wiener”). It’s probably for that very reason that I’ve not made myself familiar with the band. That and I’m just generally lazy (see: next song). I did, however, happen across “Einkehr” from their new album Stellar (March 23, Season of Mist), and it sounds like something I can fancy. Mare Cognitum’s poignantly dramatic approach to black metal immediately comes to mind. “Einkehr” boasts an ascension to climactic heights every bit as lofty as “Noumenon‘s”. Listen below.

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W. has been telling me to listen to the full stream of Keep of Kalessin’s new album Epistemology for like a week straight now. Every time I say, “oh yeah, I’ll do it tonight” and then I definitely don’t do it tonight. I still haven’t listened to it (or anything from them, for that matter), because I’m a stupid person and I keep forgetting. That’s it. As soon as I’m done with this post, I’m going to do it (I won’t). Anyways, I can’t tell you anything about this album other than the fact that it has W.’s Presidential Seal of Approval, but that’s really all the convincing you should need. Stream the whole thing at Metal Hammer. [Since writing this, the Masterlord has finally listened to the record. His eyes hath opened to the glory.W.]

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Hopefully you didn’t completely blow it by missing Enslaved’s new single (“Thurisaz Dreaming”) from about a week ago. In case that wasn’t enough for you, I found this video of Ivar Bjørnson talking about the recording process of In Times. It’s really, really boring. But, there’s a frustrating if not offensive total of 22 seconds of new music at the beginning and end. Enjoy I guess.

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Props to Steel for Brains for turning me on to the new song by Acherontas. It’s the first we’re hearing of their upcoming album Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification), which looks to be another in a long line of maddeningly long (01:10:22. . .)  orthodox black metal releases, set for release through World Terror Committee on February 27th. All that being said, this is a good song. “Ma IoN” has everything I want in this sort of black metal: mesmerizing rhythm, fittingly vile leads, and an arresting air of ritualism and ceremony. Shit is pretty evil. Will the full album be enough to justify its exorbitant run-time? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Last-minute additions:

Hacavitz (Dark Descent) sacking the bestial death and focusing instead on fully-realized black metal. Dark, dismal, depressing, disheartening, a bunch of other “D” words. Check out “Darkness Beyond” and “Deadreams” on their Bandcamp.

Profound Lore is streaming another single from Leviathan’s Scar Sighted. Check out “Within Thrall”. It’s good I say.

  • Dagon

    What could be better than dick, butts and music? I don’t know. Maybe throwing a pizza on top of those 3 things.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Boobs.

      • Dagon

        Bubba Sparxx said it best:
        “Hi there, how are things
        I once was a breast man, now it seems
        That ever since I had the pleasure of gettin’ you together
        Your chest is just whatever, I found the buried treasure”

      • Tyree

        ( . )( . )

  • BASEDBEARD

    Sounds like Mare Cognitum you say? I say it just sounds alright. Everything else here is meh

  • Tyree

    Aw fuck yes! I’ve been waiting for this Hacavitz release. Crushing might achieved.

  • Scrimm

    That Hecavitz is good. Different from older stuff and it took a minute to click but good.

    • I was a little wary at first but I’m digging it now. I do wish there was a little more “bestial death” but it’s good all the same.

      • Scrimm

        Yeah that’s kinda how I felt. The first minute or so I was leaning nope but then it clicked, And I do wish there was a little more death, but that’s probably just my listening preferences atm.

  • Oh yeah? What about the OLD music? That’s what’s important. Metal died in 1995. Nothing good will ever come out again, ever, and if it does, I want as little people to know as possible. All future discourse on metal will be about how much better it was when you had to spend months hunting for a single cassette in order to listen to it.

    • BASEDBEARD

      This Gurpoid was brought to you by the number G

    • Sponsored by Recluse.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Not enough vulgarity and hate speech!

    • Gvrpdown the poser actual merol.

      Flush the poserness of contemporary music

      Gvrp it down!

    • tertius_decimus

      In the past bad music wasn’t uncommon as well. The choice is wider now, why is that bad? If your problem is phenomena of aesthetic diarrhea caused by too much choice, then slow down and try not to listen too much. Stick with select few albums. Sometimes it helps.

      • That’s an interesting topic to do a column, bro.

        We call that in social communication studies as: ‘infoxication’.

        • tertius_decimus

          My English is too far away from writing articles. 🙁

          • I struggle when I have to submit the abstract of my papers in english 🙁 but, you write good, I think you can do it

            Also, it would be pretty good to know about bands in your country 😉

            #EnglishProblems

      • VVayne Brady

        I think something was lost in translation here. Gurp was definitely being sarcastic.

  • Dagon

    You guise like scary moosic i dont understan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ht5RZpzPqw

  • KJM

    Where’s your fucking shell, you poser?!

  • Paris Hilton

    I’m a firm believer that music, specifically metal, is just getting better and better with time! Once more envelopes are pushed and more boundaries are crossed more liberally within the genre the metal game will improve exponentially. Not only that, but new recording techniques allow for better sound quality and better access for more talented people to record and write metal. Finding new music like this cements my view!

    • KJM

      Always something new and good to be had as long as you’re willing to dig around.

      • Lacertilian

        Did you get a chance to hear Saturndust?
        I can’t remember if I asked you previously.

        • KJM

          Yes, not bad.

          • Lacertilian

            *rests easy*

    • Not a single year goes by during which my mind is not blown by at least a dozen new releases pushing the envelope toward critical mass boner. Incidentally, I don’t give a shit about new recording techniques, only compositional artistry, but all of my friends who do give a shit about recording techniques tend to hate all music which pushes the envelope. Correlation? Causation?

  • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

    KoK is good, finally.

    • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

      Also Soundcloud is problems, hard to play anything atm.

      • I’m having Soundcloud troubles as well

        • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

          Got a note, seems it’s on their end.

        • Dagon

          They crashed in the middle of streaming the new Torche album ¬¬

          • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

            So, no harm done, eh?

        • Lacertilian

          I’m getting a couple of weird ‘SoundCloud Friends’ sending me email updates and they’re all spam…porn and spam.

    • Nordling Rites ov Bondage Depressive Suicide Merol

    • Guacamole Jim

      SO GOOD

      • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

        Magnificient, EVEN

        • #banrandall Jim

          BRAH

  • KJM

    Our mass transit system on this fine day

    • more beer

      That looks like a good reason to stay home and get blazed all day.

      • KJM

        Fortunately it’s an option for me today.

        • more beer

          It is for me as well. Snow today but back in the mid 50`s by Wednesday. I really like not having to go to work when it snows.

          • KJM

            What really sucks is if we start getting warm weather, all this shit will melt and cause more serious trouble.

          • more beer

            You guys have been taking a beating this year. I have some friends in Martha`s Vineyard. Who live there year round. I kind of picture it being like the Shining for them this winter.

          • KJM

            I feel sorry for them. I’m lucky I live right next to Boston(Somerville) so I get dug out relatively quick.

          • more beer

            Yea but they should be okay as long as they don`t run out of herb.

          • KJM

            As long as you have food, smoke, power and internet, you an stave off cabin fever.

        • Scrimm

          So lucky.

    • Actual Footage of Downtown Boston right now : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WASr5-mS238

    • JWG

      I hear from my Uncle that Andover, Mass is pretty much buried.

      • KJM

        Anywhere that isn’t the immediate Boston area might as well be Antarctica right now.

  • EsusMoose

    I kinda like this “what-the-fuck-is-happening-right-now black metal”, Der weiner feighlein is also great

  • EsusMoose

    In other unrelated news: I didn’t get the crappy server at the chinese food place, so I got a lot of food unlike last week where I was given half as much and wanted to karate chop a server.

  • That lynchgate song is trippy

    • CAN’T TEAR ME APART!!!

      • It’s like a black metal version of gigan

      • Scrimm

        Now I’m gonna have Lynchpin stuck in head all day. DAMNIT.

    • Tyree

      That new Deivos though! My crushing lord is that intense.

      • I’m about to listen to it in a few 😀

  • Soviet Tapir
    • Tyree

      YES!

    • it’s a little lolbuttz, but in a good way

      • Scrimm

        Mucho lolbuttz

    • tertius_decimus

      Very cool.

    • Warheart

      Sounds like a less chaotic 666 International. I like it.

  • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

    Soundcloud is on again! And new Leviathan isn’t bad!

  • Guacamole Jim

    Dat Keep of Kalessin. So good. I can’t stop jamming it. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you’re missing the fuck out. Get on that shit, slackers!!

    • Lacertilian

      some cool riffs and ideas but the vocals appear uplifting.
      I am almost exclusively incompatible with uplifting.
      Oh well.

  • JWG

    Speaking of new music, Harrow will release their third album ‘Fallow Fields’ tomorrow.

    https://harrowblackmetal.bandcamp.com/

    I pre-ordered it a while ago and got to download one of the four album tracks, but forgot to mention it as ‘new music’ back then. “Through the Grey” is a definite sign of a very good album, assuming the quality of the other three tracks are as-good-if-not-better.

  • BASEDBEARD

    Sry for orientation of dis work lolbutttz

    • do they build computers FOR christ? do they only repair computers for christians? so many questions!

      • Lacertilian

        I think it could be a place for computers to hang out, play safe DOS games and sing nice songs about RAM.

    • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

      A place for priests to clean their computers before the cops and feds arrive?

      • BASEDBEARD

        Pretty much my thoughts kju

  • old_man_doom

    Hey, I’ll take any and all new Enslaved shit. Love it. Diggin’ Larsen’s clean vocals on these samples.

    • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

      The stuff I’ve heard so far is pretty solid. I can’t think of one bad CD they’ve ever done.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Offtopic: I feel like an idiot. I listened to SYL’s “City” more than over a year ago,
    decided I didn’t like it. Showing Mcnulty some respect by giving it
    another try and I’m absolutely loving it!

    • Lacertilian

      @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus demands respect by not demanding respect.

    • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

      Excellent CD, can’t see how you could have hated it at all. Ever heard the original of ‘Room 429’?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nSezRWIH6g

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        It just didn’t click, I guess. Ordered it today and it’s on the way so I may absolve this grave sin. Can’t listen at work right now, will check it out later though, Dear Führer.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    I was about to check out that Der Wang Penis…something…band’s music but upon reading Mare Cognitum, I knew I had to listen to that first.

    And I’m drunk. Hurray beer.

    http://visitgolden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/beer-glasses.jpeg

    • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

      *a toast to you (Schlitz, only the finest over here!)*

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bYMAgM42pM

      • InfinityOfThoughts

        My father is a huge fan of Schlitz. Between piss or that…guess I have to Schlitz. in Tallboy or Pounder cans, of course.

        • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

          Your father is a wise man indeed! Schlitz was the trademark beer (as far as liquor, it was Seagram’s Gin, Boru, and Southern Comfrot) back at my old place, and some kush in between. Awwwwww, the good times!