New Music Roundup: Sepultura, Shrapnel Storm, The Crinn, Shape of Despair, Medeia, Domovoyd and Aethyr

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New hams for yous to jam.

Straight to the point gents, some killer death metal here. I featured them first some time ago and multiple persons seemed to enjoy them. Now Shrapnel Storm are releasing their first full-length album Mother War on May 29th through Witches Brew. The music hasn’t gone anywhere; it’s steamrolling death metal very much akin to Bolt Thrower without as much melodic work, and it features a guitar solo played by the underrated Zachary “Marco’s brother” Hietala (of Tarot, way better than Nightwish). Stream “Radars Down” below.


I had never heard of The Crinn before but apparently they are some kind of a math-rock band – but not in a super-TDEP-kinda way – and someone here likes them. Shadowbreather, out now, is their first album in four years and it’s not bad at all. You can jam it below.


You can stream “DarkSide“, a new song by Sepultura that’s really some of the stronger material they have produced since Chaos A.D. I don’t even miss Igor’s groove-y playing and that is saying a lot.


Or in case you’re not really feeling that beat right now (because let’s face it – it sounds like post-Cavalera Sepultura), you might want to feel the beat of this new Domovoyd song, “Mystagogue”, streaming over at TheObelisk. Or listen to the 13-minute, “single edit” of “Domovoyage” here. Svart Records will unleash their self-titled sophomore on May 8th. This might just be the post-acid-stoner-space-rock-doom album of the year.


Shape of Despair has finally decided to release new album, Monotony Fields, on the 15th of June through Season of Mist. It’s been over a decade since they last released a full-length and they’ve got a new harsh vocalist. I don’t know about you guys, but I have been missing them. This new song isn’t exactly following the more keyboard-dominant debut or the more guitar-driven follow-ups; it’s a little different from what they’ve done before. It’s still unquestionably funeral doom, but a lot more soothing than I’d have expected. You can go stream the new song here, and you really should.


Medeia used to be on my radar because of Keijo Niinimaa (Rotten Sound) but after their last studio outing he decided to quit. This initially killed my interest in the band until “Franpire”, in which their new vocalist – Fran – portrays a vampire, appeared before my eyes. I’ve never quite been able to put my finger on what exactly Medeia is playing, so maybe it’s best you check their latest single out yourself. This is probably something you should check out, especially if you have a feeling you won’t like it. Manning The Helm EP is to be released sometime this summer.


When I first heard of Aethyr, I was really unsure about them. But now that Towards The Realm of Nothingness is out, I’ve found them to be a pleasant surprise. Melodic death metal with – barely – a blackened edge; the way they use the symphonic elements brings to mind Enthrone Darkness Triumphant at its finest. Plus, I’m a sucker for horns, even if the execution is flawed. Wintersun and Ensiferum are other bands that spring into mind on occasions. The best thing about the symphonic side of the band is that it doesn’t drain all the strength of the guitars and that the melodic work is split between instruments. You can check out the video for “Lullaby To A Mourning Moon” by stabbing here, but I recommend streaming below. Considering that TTRoN (what a delightful abbreviation) is only Aethyr’s debut I wouldn’t be surprised if they managed to change my perception of Spain as a metal country within few years.

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  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles
    • Dagon

      Probably my first GF when I was a kid. My eyes would shine when I saw her on that crappy tube TV.

      • Dean the P.I. Staker

        She was annoying as all hell but very smashable back in the day.

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          Mistah Scheffieeeeeeeeld!

        • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

          Still is! I wouldn’t mind knocking the cobwebs out of her basement.

          • Dean the P.I. Staker

            Just googled. You are correct, sir. She has aged very well.

        • more beer

          Nothing a roll of duct tape couldn`t fix.

  • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

    Also, i might be that guy who likes The Crinn. I don’t really know anymore.

    • Guacamole Jim

      It’s good!

    • The Beargod

      It was Roshin, I think.

  • Sir Tapir the Based™

    Tarot may be better than Nightwish, but it’s still bad.
    The Crinn sounds pretty good, unlike Tarot.

  • Actiondonkey

    That Shrapnel Storm f’n rocks

    • The comparisons to Bolt Thrower are completely unfounded. I cannot in my wildest dreams possibly see even the most tangential overlap between the two. None at all. Nope. Not a thing.

    • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

      The world needs more Bolt Thrower worship. This will do quite nicely.

  • Maik Beninton

    That Sepultura song was pretty good.

  • Dagon

    Svart is on such a roll this year. Great label.

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    After listening to that Sepultura song, another song started playing. I was like “holy fuck this sounds like some wanna-be Coal Chamber/nü-revival band. Just awful”. Then I looked…it was a new Coal Chamber song. In 2015. Twelve bricks.

    • WOOOOO HOOOOOO

    • Slit your goats
      • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

        Not sure if Soulfly riff or Coal Chamber 2015…

        • We are connected, Mamá Chabubu!

        • Actiondonkey

          I’m not ashamed to say I liked a good bit of Devildriver’s material and stuck up for Dez when people called him an opportunistic sellout. Then he had to fuckin’ do Coal Chamber 2015 which just proved all the haters right.

          • Slit your goats

            Devildriver has some pretty good albums indeed.

          • Actiondonkey

            Their self-titled probably my favorite. While still somewhat core-ish, they did it right. Very few filler tracks on that album, tons of riffs and heavy as a 10 testicle bulldozer.

          • The Beargod

            I would say Devildriver has a constant opportunity of being good that they never quite use.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Still waiting for their “Sun Eater”.

      • Maik Beninton

        This is better than anything I’ve heard from them.

      • This sounds like the first song a high school goth band wrote. What in the ever-loving fuck?

      • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

        Al’s REALLY hurting for cash nowadays, if this is any indicator.

    • I wasn’t expecting much from Coal Chamber since all they ever were was a 2nd rate Korn. The only new song I heard from them was pretty dreadful.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    With less ren faire cheese and more BM, Aethyr could be alright.

    • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

      So far, just the intro track has that “Pazow!” ren fair feeling to it. Reminds me of Wintersun, or Equilibium without the world music parts.

  • Slit your goats

    The Crinn does sound quite good.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    The Crinn is some pretty spiffy shiznit!

    • Actiondonkey

      Visual illustration of your s/n?

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Severed goats heads are pretty common, the nuns arse part is trickier.

  • A Blue Whale’s Used Condom

    Aethyr is definitely getting my Wintersun-loving side all hot, moist and scriffy! 10/10 tendies, with industrial strength buffalo sauce.

  • HessianHunter

    The Crinn ruuuuuules. HAY GUYS DID I EVER TELL YOU THAT MINNEAPOLIS MUSIC IS COOL

    • HessianHunter

      I think it’s more accurate to say The Crinn is really chaotic tech-death rather than “math rock”, personally.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      This album is cookin’!

  • Sepultura has been producing solid material since — and including — Dante XXI. fight me!

  • Sharpnel Storm sounds crunchy. Like it!

    Thanks for always delivering the good stuff! 🙂

    • OldMetalHead

      What he said!

      • #LinkMaracaiboMayor2015 #TheDreamIsAlive #OneVoteOneSmile

  • J.R.

    Speaking of new jams:

    Soundtrack to my errands today!
    Sorry for rotated picture

  • OldMetalHead

    Thanks for the Aethyr! I needed something to pull me out of the sleepy post lunch malaise. I’m digging it.

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    Moar Shape of Despair. Oh yeah.

  • CT-12

    Thanks for the roundup man, always appreciate the work everyone does on here to get some new music in my ears. Killer stuff, I’ll have to check out more of this list when I get them time.