New Music Roundup: Scorched, Midnight Odyssey, Shape of Despair, The Dead Goats, & More!

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The gods of metal send their gifts hidden deep within entire heaps of horrible, horrible shit. It’s up to us to sift through the putrid mess and seek the precious few worthwhile kernels.

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Though aware of the meh-to-decent black metal band of the same name, Delaware death metal upstarts Scorched are news to me, and good news at that. Their being signed to the excellent Unspeakable Axe Records (go “like” that Facebook page) set the expectations, and their groovy, old-school riffing met them with a classic rebound clothesline to the trachea. If you like death metal and the last 30 seconds of “Caverns of Catharsis” doesn’t do it for you, I’d be, like, really confused. Listen below and watch for their self-titled EP this summer.

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Get that permission slip signed and that bag lunch packed, because Midnight Odyssey is about to take you on an 18-minute feel trip through the cosmos. This one might make the more impatient of you lot a little antsy; it’s a slow build, but it’s one that pays off immensely. Does anyone remember the album from their I, Voidhanger label-mates Mare Cognitum from a while back? Out of laziness, I’ll quote myself: “Though nothing novel, Phobos Monolith’s true strength is in the blooming development of its songs, expertly organized to become more than the sum of their parts.” It wasn’t novel because they were borrowing from Dis Pater of Midnight Odyssey’s affecting formula, which can only very loosely be considered “atmospheric black metal”, and which he has perfected in his new song “Starlight Oblivion”. It’s part of the upcoming double album Shards of the Silver Fade, out June 8th.

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Last time, our bear pal Nordling Rites ov Karhu shared the first single and title track of the upcoming album by funeral doom maestros Shape of Despair. If you were into that, you can check out No Clean Singing‘s exclusive stream of “Descending Inner Night” right here. About this song, the band says:

We have played this song under its working title ‘Unresolved’ only in the Ukraine and Russia so far. To compliment the existing live recordings, we are now presenting the album version, titled ‘Descending Inner Night.’ This was the second track that emerged for the new album and combines both the old and new elements of Shape of Despair.

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As the leading authority on dumb names, The Toilet ov Hell can officially say that The Dead Goats is a dumb name. Don’t get me wrong, death is pretty metal and goats are pretty metal, but The Dead Goats is a dumbarse name. I think it’s the “The”. Dead Goats would be decent, and if you were to drop the “s” and sit with Dead Goat, that’d be even better. I’d personally pay them $1,000 to change their name to Dead Goat*. But what the fuck do I know? Nothing except this – their Ferox demo from 2014 was awesome regardless of their name, and I still listen to it. Now you can stream their new EP Don’t Go In The Tomb (May 10, Arachnophobia Records), again courtesy of the chaps at No Clean Singing. Click play below for a deadly dose of rompy Swedish death metal. Bonus: there’s a Repulsion cover.

*of Toilet ov Hell’s money

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Additionally:

  • If you dug the Serpent Noir song from Erotomysticism that we shared a while back, you can stream the whole album over at Cvlt Nation. Go.
  • Check out two new Vattnet Viskar songs that multiple people very much like right here and here.
  • From Dawnbringer‘s Facebook: “The newly-mastered version of our first album Unbleed (1997) is now available for listening and download. (Not technically a remaster since the original was not mastered at all — we did not know at the time what mastering was.)” — Check that out at their Bandcamp.
  • You can listen to a song from Cult Leader‘s newest EP right here (it’s a cover of some sort).
  • Stream a new Entrails song called “Obliterate” right here.
  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    18 minute feel trip through the cosmos I lol’d

    Going to wade through these when I return – I will return.

  • Tyree

    Dude, that Midnight Odyssey is fucking awesome. Fucking nerd moment.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Tyree you nerd.

    • The W.

      I keep thinking about that gross maggot skull video you posted. I need a feel trip to cleanse my mind.

      • Tyree

        I wonder how that all worked out for that dude. I can’t imagine very well.

        • The W.

          I’ll ask my wife. it will probably gross her out less.

          • Tyree

            Laura is a strong woman.

          • The W.

            All those maggots, dude. My stomach is turning.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’m glad I didn’t watch whatever it is you guys are talking about, lol

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            I’m actually pretty curious personally ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).

          • The W.

            Not here, Skrimp. Our janitorial staff is under-equipped.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            And a pretty mean driver.

          • The W.

            Shhhh, we mustn’t speak of such things.

      • Dagon

        I sent Tyree that video.

        Dude is probably homeless, had a nasty gash on his head and never went for healthcare. Then the fly larvae started to proliferate and eat the borders of the wound, making it almost impossible to heal. His skull is exposed, as well. Pretty nasty.

        It’s actually more common than it appears to be. Any orifice, be it natural or secondary to wounds, can suffer from this. Any.exposed.orifice.

        • Are you alluding to my anus? Please say no.

          • Dagon

            Anus, vagina, earhole, anything with a hole. Also orbit/eyeballs only need a small knick for the eggs to be laid on.

          • Dagon

            Anus, vagina, earhole, anything with a hole. Also orbit/eyeballs only need a small knick for the eggs to be laid on.

        • I didn’t want to keep this oatmeal in my stomach anyway.

          • Dagon

            Hey at least I didn’t post the video here. I’m improving, I guess?

          • Dagon

            Hey at least I didn’t post the video here. I’m improving, I guess?

        • Tyree

          There is another video I found of this poor woman who had the same thing happen to her vagina. That video seriously made me gag. Horrifying.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            That’s some death metal/goregrind lyrics right there.

          • Tyree

            Honestly, I think it was posted by a goregrind band on Facebook.

          • Dagon

            It can happen in eyeballs too. I saw an elderly lady earlier this year, had to get the eye surgically removed and everything. Shit was crazy.

          • Dagon

            It can happen in eyeballs too. I saw an elderly lady earlier this year, had to get the eye surgically removed and everything. Shit was crazy.

  • nbm02ss

    Ohhhh new Shape of Despair. I shall check it out while I pretend to do work.

  • Hubert

    Masterlord, are you saying that you want me dead? That’s kind of rude you know.

  • OldMetalHead

    That Scorched track is pretty cool, especially after 1:48 when it gets faster.

  • The Beargod

    Shape of Despair>>>>>>
    not exclusive tho

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Bear God is a Toilet Ov Hell exclusive.

      • The Beargod

        You know it. And that’s why you love me.

  • My partner and I planned out A Flame in the Dark part 2 last night. I’m listening to some unreleased tracks by one of the bands who will (most likely) be on it.

    Oh boy

  • so can we label The Dead Goats “Entombedcore”?

    • it sounds more like EntombedEntomed to me.

    • I’m gonna say no – there’s plenty of Entombed but there’s no core happening there.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Must… resist… urge… to buy HM-2… on ebay

      • Do it Robot. Do it.

      • Vladimir Poutine

        Joe speaks wisdom. Do it. Everyone needs an HM-2 (says the guy who doesn’t own one but really loves the tone).

      • nbm02ss

        I bought one last year to just mess around with. The Japanese made pedals are steadily increasing in price.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Worth it?

          • nbm02ss

            I think so. I had to DeoxIT the fuck out of it, though.

    • JamesGrimm
    • FUUUUUU, THIS DEAD GOATS SONG IS SO CRUNCHY!!! <3

      I WANT TO KILL SOME POSERS BURYING THEM ALIVE IN THE SANDS OF MARACAIBO AND HEADBANG UNTIL MY BLOOD BOILS OUT OF MY EARS!

  • nbm02ss

    On an unrelated note: Did anyone see the Hamburglar revamp that McDonald’s did? They must have commissioned Frank Miller:

    http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/05/07/ap225134592642_wide-fefe9c1f2a5a28a59860afcd9543614592f7c7e2-s800-c85.jpg

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    Wow, that Dawnbringer album is quite different than the last two.

    • Óðhinn

      It’s their first album re-mastered. It’s good. They used to be more Black Metal.

      I wasn’t feeling their last album.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Fucking hell, The Dead Goats >>>>>

    • Hubert

      Dat guitar tone is pleasing to my non-dead goat ears

      • Stockhausen

        I like that you’re not dead.

    • Dagon

      I like this name because I think it’s weirdly deceiving.

      I bet at least one person will look at the name and think they’re a new “indie rock” band.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Spot on. “Oh you like The Dead Goats? I heard they played a killer set at Coachella! Hey let’s go grab a quinoa bowl and shop for sockless dress shoes together!”

        • Dagon

          That said I am a poser and would have gladly attended Coachella. Haha.

          Quinoa still sucks, though.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I actually like quinoa, it makes my cyborg parts feel healthy & shit.

          • Same. Uh, the non-cyborg parts I mean.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Quinoa >>>> Coachella 😛

          • CyberneticOrganism

            On second thought: http://tinyurl.com/n3t3kkc

          • Guppusmaximus

            Don’t fall for the power of the flesh. Those chicks will get old & ugly. Quinoa stays beautiful forever… that is,until it reaches your small intestine

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpfz5Vnr-_A

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Tyree

            Now listen to me very carefully.

          • Óðhinn

            Good point.

          • Vladimir Poutine

            Quinoa is effing delicious.

        • JWG

          Are sockless dress shoes any weirder a thing than sandals-with-socks?

  • The masterloaf likes to not listen to bands because of their names.

  • Dagon

    Did anyone say swedeath?

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    That Dawnbringer sounds pretty good, not the best thing in the world, but definitely worth listening to. The Dead Goats >>>, Entrails >>>>>>.

  • Dagon

    Getting ready to play that Midnight Oddisey.

    • Tyree

      It’s really good. Enjoy.

  • Óðhinn

    Buzkashi (Dead Goat Polo)….

    http://apps.npr.org/buzkashi/

  • Loving the new Shape of Despair and Midnight Odyssey. I found this album yesterday and am loving it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz3B17gJAtU

  • Hotdog Clifford