New Music Roundup: Refused, Cloud Rat, Paradise Lost, Sigh, Vallenfyre, Leprous, Chelsea Wolfe and Arcturus

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A lot of new music this week

Let it be known that on the title of my last roundup I spelled De Lirium’s Order as Oder. I wish I could say I was drunk but the truth is I have absolutely no recollection about that day. Needless to say I take these things seriously (unlike some others) and as these news reach you I will already have committed a sudoku. Goodbye. As a token of my regret have Natalie Imbruglia’s new single – the aptly titled – “Instant Crush“. Or if you enjoyed our post-punk-post not long ago, you might want to stab herewards.


Refused refuses to believe time has passed them by. Even breaking-up not too long after their first reunion couldn’t convince them to call it a day. Instead they made their – and I paraphrase – “musically most radical” album Freedom on June 30th. Here’s a new song that has a slightly stoner-y and especially rocking feel to it. As expected Freedom will hardly sound like anything akin to The Shape of Punk To Come, the album Refused is best known for. But that’s not really an album as good as its reputation so who cares. “Elektra” already sounds better than anything on TSoPTC. [Editor’s Note: Opinions!]


Speaking of bands who refuse to believe they’re done, Paradise Lost has a new album coming out. The Plague Within will come out on June 1st (2nd, if you’re a yank yee-haw) on Century Media. When the album was announced the band members promised a heavier approach, more akin to their earlier material. What this means in practice is that we all get to wonder why Gregor Mackintosh isn’t doing the growling as Nick Holmes still isn’t very good at it. The sound is a little messier and not really any more death metal-ly, which probably will disappoint someone, or really even any riff-ier than they have been for quite a number of years now. You can stream “No Hope In Sight” here or listen to “Punishment Through Time” below. The songs are not mind-bending but are some of the better PL in years, I guess.


I heard you like grind and that’s why I recommend you get on this new Cloud Rat record, Qlipoth, out on the 29th of May (on Halo of Flies), but streaming in full below. Cloud Rat’s ferocious take on grind has produced some of the finest abrasion of recent years, and Qlipoth sure as hell isn’t bent on changing that. Qlipoth as a word stands for “Peels” or “Shells”, the representation of evil and impure forces (residing in Sitra Achra) in Jewish Mysticism. S.O. knows the dictionary, and she’s one of the three persons I trust on this mortal plane of existence.


Why did PL decide to become heavier again? Probably because now that Nick Holmes joined the OSDM-throwback-fun-project Bloodbath, 3/5ths of the members are featured in death metal bands. The most notable of these, Vallenfyre, released a new song in March, though everyone seems to have missed it. You can listen to it below and wonder why you did not pay attention and why Edward/Poserdamus is a hack. I mean, come on, you actually wrote about this tour (this was a single released in support of the Decibel tour) but did not include this song. Get a grip, mang.


You can stream Graveward, Sigh’s new album below in full. This shit is exactly as good as you’d expect it to be (provided you expected it to be ploughing marvelous). Sigh’s avant-black-whatever hasn’t lost its charm one bit. Note for Masterlard: Sigh is not weird, never were really, still aren’t truly. They are completely controlled and even at times predictable but thoroughly enjoyable, wildly mixing genres within moments.

https://soundcloud.com/candlelightrecordsusa/sets/sigh-graveward/s-L0sTF

via Invisible Oranges


In case you still aren’t satisfied by these masses of new music you may want to check out these songs I was too lazy to write about didn’t have time to write about much.

Chelsea Wolfe debuted a new song from her fourth album, Abyss, to be released on August 4th. Supposedly her most personal and heaviest album yet, which is easy to believe listening to “Iron Moon”, the first single, streaming over here, at Rolling Stone of all places.

Remember to prog out with thine cock out to this new Leprous song called “Rewind“, and pick up their album The Congregation when it is released on May 25th via InsideOut Music.


I avoided including this last time ’cause I was pretty sure somebody was writing something about something, but then something (else) happened so here it is.

I hope you don’t mind the few super-short write-ups today. I’m totally spent, but I reckon it won’t matter much as all you ever want is the music, you don’t care about me or my needs. *breaks into tears*

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  • The Beargod

    By The Time You Read This…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym-vGUh6yqU

    • Actiondonkey

      Damn I love these guys. Would self-felicitate for a vinyl Green Album or Grey Skies & Electric Light.

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        I think JAG has multiple copies on vinyl.

        • Actiondonkey

          I’ll hit him up next time I see him here.

      • BLOODBEARDE

        I hate that I didn’t order anything after they were selling off merch when Gold died

        • I want a Woods of Ypres beanie more than any other beanie in existence. I can’t find any anywhere.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        That’s the only reason you’d do that to yourself? I was under the impression every guy has tried it at least once.

    • God, I hope so.

      • The Beargod

        Unfortunately, I was sent back until my mission was complete.

  • Vallenfyre link doesn’t work 🙁

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      Let me try to find a non-fairyland video.

  • Actiondonkey

    Seems like Sigh peaked at Scenes from Hell. I was really looking forward to Graveward and it’s okay, though I’m disappointed it won’t make my top 10.

  • Sir Tapir the Based™

    Oooh, I’m super excited for The Congregation.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      It’s good, Tapir. Rill good.

    • The Beargod

      Everyone is.

      • I’m not, I don’t see the big deal

        • The Beargod

          You don’t even count anymore.

          • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 HAHA YOU SUCK I DO COUNT

          • Can you go higher without taking off your shoes?

          • You just assume I’m wearing shoes? Racist

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          I actually see it being one of those albums that draws in most fans of metal, regardless of their particular tastes.

          • I mean I’ll definitely give it a chance but I’m not super stoked about it like some people seem to be.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Well, that’s your prerogative. I’ve had it on repeat in my car for a while now.

          • Now that I think about it, it’s probably due to the fact that I’ve been listening to savage land non stop and leprous is at totally different thing.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Honestly, I can’t think of any bands that sound just like Leprous. They’re quite a bit different from most prog bands.

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        You lie. I know at least 7 people who aren’t excited.
        Hyvää vappua, kuspää.

        • The Beargod

          Paska Vappu, ei edes vapaa päivää saanut perkele.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Tunge tippaleipä perseesees niin kyllä se siitä paranee.

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
    • Dean the P.I. Staker

      Oooh, I’m super excited for Dead Congregation.

      FTFY

      • The Beargod

        They have stuff coming out?

        • Dean the P.I. Staker

          No. But one should always be excited for Dead Congregation.

          • The Beargod

            Oh bother. You had me super-excited. Least I’ll see them in a couple of weeks. You should also check out the next roundup, I put in something with you in mind specifically.

          • Dean the P.I. Staker

            Noice! Looking forward to it!

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        Fuck no.

        • Tyree

          WHAT!?!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I don’t get why you’re surprised. I’m a huge poser.

        • The Beargod

          I knew there was something fundamentally wrong with you.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            You realised that just now? You’re a fucking Slowpoke.

          • The Beargod

            Oh I realized it long ago, I just didn’t want to admit it to myself. But now I have no choice.

        • Dean the P.I. Staker

          Anus/Tapir/Death: You’re opinion is incorrect, and I am going to backhand you for your insolence.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Anus/Tapir/Death does not care and takes the hit with pleasure.

    • it’ll be in our top 10

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        It’ll have to be really good then.

  • Spear

    Stoked to listen to Sigh in full. I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far and holy FUCK I’m going to burn down this library if the people behind me don’t shut the fuck up.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      lol burn it down anyway

      • BLOODBEARDE

        Oh snap

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
      • CyberneticOrganism

        Huh, wow!

    • BLOODBEARDE

      Just burn it down anyway. No one can read anymore

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      I’ve been lucky enough to tell people to shut up over the intercom at my library without getting in any sort of trouble. Perks of the job.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    So this just happened…

    *new Refused song playing loudly*

    Friend: damn, when did the Foo Fighters get so good?

    Me: ….

    Well, fuck.

    • It really does sound like foo fighters a bit

      • Mother Shabubu III

        At first it sounds like a sped up new Tool riff that never was, then it sounds like Refused, then it becomes a Foo Fighters tune if they grew a set of balls.

  • The Beargod

    Also Garm will be a part of the next Borknagar album. I is officially tingled.

    • Dagon

      Bro, what’s the name of the post-punk band you linked? I’m jamming it without a single clue of what was written in the article.

      • The Beargod

        It’s called Kesä (summer)

    • The Anus That Ate Abe Vigoda

      Definitely looking forward to that!

  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

    Ed Note: Maybe Ed didn’t write about that song because a quick search shows that it doesn’t appear to be available here in the civilized world.

    • The Beargod

      It’s also on Spotify. No excuses.

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        Man, there is no way I’m going to put in the few minutes of work to link to Spotify right now.

  • Dagon
  • The intro on the Refused song is a little long. Maybe because they collaborated with a pop song writer on a couple tracks. Other than that it’s pretty good and want to hear the rest.

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    That Refused song satisfies me in a way not seen since FNM dropped Superhero.
    All of the yes.

  • HessianHunter

    I am very ok with more Refused-style party-prog-punk in the world, including if it comes from Refused in 2015.

  • The Beargod

    How stupid is it that Candlelight US has one song streaming from Graveward on BC and Candlelight Uk has half of them. Also for some reason the Sigh album just says “playlist Empty” for me now all of a sudden. So here’s a link to the playlist, in case this is what happened to you too.

    https://soundcloud.com/candlelightrecordsusa/sets/sigh-graveward/s-L0sTF

  • Celtic Frosty

    Oh shit! I didn’t realize there was a new Vallenfyre track.

    • Celtic Frosty

      BUT THE VIDEO DOESN’T WORK!

      • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

        See my comment below.

        • Celtic Frosty

          Ah. I didn’t see that when I skimmed through the comments earlier.

  • The Anus That Ate Abe Vigoda

    NEW ARCTURUS!!!!! *does my happy time dance*

    http://www.gifbin.com/bin/1238512403_dancing_chimps.gif

  • Tyree

    Lunch beer. Outside sitting and listening to the fucking birds.

    • Dean the P.I. Staker

      Goddamn could I go for a lunch beer right now. Something dark and heavy. Brown ale or porter. But my fuck would I ever get fired if I crushed some suds right now.

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

      The Byrds? The artist formerly known as Janitor Jim will probably be thrilled.

    • Yuengling FTW

      SM

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        Meh.

        • OH OK, SMASH SOME BUD LIGHTS, BRAH!

          SM

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            Water>Bud Light

          • That is mind-boggling to me.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            I drink it straight out of the Susquehanna River. More complex flavors, more body altering chemicals.

          • Tyree
          • CyberneticOrganism

            “I have taken his teeth” would be a killer noise project name

          • Tyree

            When I was at Yankee stadium for the Big 4 they charged 11 bucks for a Bud.

          • The Anus That Ate Abe Vigoda

            Agh, that’s even worse than some of the higher end (and vastly overrated) clubs I’ve been to.

          • I guess if you were going all the way to New York you would just about have to pay 11 bucks for a beer. That is almost sinful, though.

          • Tyree

            Luckily we got there on a heavy metal booze cruise. That was rad. I was already pretty lit up.

          • That surely helps!

          • Jeebus walked on water. I assume he could do the same for BL.

            SM

          • The Anus That Ate Abe Vigoda

            “Light beer?!? Now THAT’s a crime!” -Dan Stark (The Good Guys)

            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/51/ef/b1/51efb17ee60986d01790c2cd36336f13.jpg

          • The Beargod

            I don’t know any decent people drinking light beers.

          • Actiondonkey

            You know what Bud Light and having sex in a canoe have in common?

            They’re both fucking close to water!!! LOLzzzz

          • My only beef with Bud Light is the expensiveness of it.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Wait. You consider Bud Light expensive?

          • Totes. 30 Natty lights are only 14.99 and if they are on sale you can get them for 13.99. What a steal!

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

          • Beer on a budget, man. You know what I am talking about.

            SM

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Nah. If I’m going to buy beer, I’m buying fancy stuff. I don’t have a big enough budget to buy it often, so I actually want to enjoy it if I do.

          • That is a good angle!

            SM

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Plus that way I don’t end up drinking it all in one sitting and string my enjoyment out over a longer period of time.

          • This is my go to for total enjoyment. I love Red Hook AND you can get it for a deal, too.

            http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/Redhook_IPA_Six-Pack.jpg

          • Tyree

            If I bought fancy stuff all the time I’d be broke.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            I could see that.

          • Tyree

            I go through 2 thirty packs a week, so.

          • …then drum off those calories!!!

          • Tyree

            Beer and blasting go hand in hand.

          • or…

            *If I buy any more fancy music on bandcamp I’d be broke*

            FTFY

          • The Beargod

            FUCK! Cheap beeer to me is 30 beers for 30€ and that is a mothaflushing steal.

          • I am sorry for your wallet.

          • The Beargod

            Me too.

          • The Beargod

            I wonder if you’ve checked Anneke’s other collaborations, Ayreon, November’s Doom, Anathema, Giant Squid, Moonspell, Napalm Death etc.

          • I have not. I am on music overload right now. I am taking a break from almost all new music. I am just trying to enjoy all the music I have now. However, I will write those recommendations down!

            GL

          • The Beargod

            You should probably check out from wikipedia or some such what songs they are. Sadly only a song or two per band.

          • Oh ok. Sweet – thanks!

          • As a beer snob, I refuse to drink anything by Bud or Coors. People drink that shit because of advertising, sad.

          • as a non beer snob, does Coors really advertise?
            i live in st. louis and god damn why do so many people drink bud light? ARGH!!

          • Tyree
          • I like craft beers and all but
            a nice buzz >>>>>>> beer snobbery

          • Coors? On every sporting event they have those commercials where they champion that when the can turns blue, it’s ready to drink. I get it, drink the beer cold to mask the fact that it tastes like diluted piss.

          • The Anus That Ate Abe Vigoda
      • Tyree

        It’s I got right now. It will do though.

    • Actiondonkey

      Yuengling. Fucking right.

    • I love that you are wearing your vest and black dress pants. #Stayingclassy

      • Tyree

        I’m a classy mothafucka.

      • Maik Beninton

        He doesn’t even touch the beer with the small finger, very classy.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Vest is looking kvlt

      • Tyree

        Yeah, I’m pretty proud of it. I have a few more patches that I have to get on it, but it will be done by MDF if it is still happening.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      I read “birds” in Jimmy Durante’s inflection (Listening to the fucking boydz).

      While we are sharing; I’m eating chipotle pork tomales and washing it down with a guava kombucha. This is so tasty I’m gonna joik ahfff afterwards.

  • Sigh is weird the end bye.

    • Maik Beninton

      I agree with Miasterlurd, Sigh is weird.
      I get what they are doing but is still weird.

      • Actiondonkey

        Their ‘weird’ style was best captured on Scenes from Hell. A fucking masterpiece in my book.

        • Sir Tapir the Based™

          Imaginary Sonicscape is their best.

          • Actiondonkey

            It’s not bad but the production seemed off.

    • The Beargod

      Weird is the last thing I think about Sigh, you’re just an untermensch.
      Also I re-listened to first album by Luca’s Rhapsody. I was wrong, it sucks balls.

  • Dagon
  • I really liked the new Paradise Lost track. I need to listen to their stuff. Out of all the bands to not have listened to, not listening to them is blasphemy. I need to listen to Merciful Fate and more of King Diamonds stuff too. I’ve only listened to Abigail.

    • The Beargod

      Merciful Fate’s two first and the last (9). Pretty much all King Diamond albums. Paradise Lost’s pre-draconian albums. Do these.

      • It’s hard to get caught up on all the good metal when you got into it so long after it was released. I’ve got a backlog of about 500 bands to listen to. I’ll get to them all eventually. My list for this year includes Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, My Dying Bridge, Daylight Dies, Paradise Lost, Type O Negative, King Diamond, and Merciful Fate.

  • Stanley

    Either a) Scab have been so busy they are releasing two EPs on the same day, or b) Scab have been round so long that they are re-releasing their old EPs. All I know is that it means more beer money for Tyree!

    • Tyree

      They are older ones that we never released.

      Thanks by the way for the support!

    • ………and there’s a third as well

      • Stanley

        And a fourth!

  • Sigh is weird.

  • nbm02ss

    Thanks to the comments section for the Arcturus track, I now know there’s new In the Woods coming out. Who knew Youtube comments could be good for something?

  • tertius_decimus

    New Arcturus is rad.

  • The new Paradise Lost is sounding good…

    …you turd.

  • Warheart

    New Arcturus it’s fucking awesome, probably second or third best album of the year so far.

  • Óðhinn