News and New Music Roundup: Neurosis, Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, Midnight Odyssey And More!

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New music featuring strong and possibly incorrect opinions from our own Finnish bear god.

Shards of Silver Fade, latest release from the ‘Strayan atmospheric/ambient-ish black metal act Midnight Odyssey is streaming in full over at bandcamp. You should go there and listen to it every day until June 8th, which is when you can listen to it from the comfort of your car (I hear you people use mainly car stereos for CD’s, what is wrong with you?). Dis Pater has subtly hinted that this might be it for Midnight Odyssey so that’s another reason to get on board now.

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August 21st will see Battlecross unleash their new album Rise To Power. The streaming song “Not Your Slave” sounds very different from what I recalled them to be. Maybe I was thinking of another band, but this doesn’t really do anything for me. And for some reason I had this itch that I used to like the band. Guess I’ll have to wait ’til August to be sure. In the meanwhile you can stream the song below and be disappointed or amazed or indifferent towards it.

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It’s high time we get some new material from Cryptopsy. It’s almost as if they’re afraid to drop anything after the much maligned The Unspoken King, taking four years to do a follow-up (2011’s Cryptopsy) and staying quiet ever since. It’s not all that helpful that The Book of Suffering Tome I is an EP rather than a full-length, but at least it’s new material. Personally I’ve never been a fan of Cryptopsy outside of None So Vile; maybe it is their endless personnel changes that have directed their sound in a different direction ever since, or maybe they just generally are not on the level of that album. Perhaps they injected so much fury, talent, and even catchiness into NSV that it has been impossible for them to get to that level again. Whatever the case, the point is they have a new teaser and indiegogo campaign out. And while we are at it, listen to this song they released on a compilation album some years back; nobody seems to have noted them – even back in the day.

ADDITIONALLY

  • In addition to their new album The Anthopocene Extinction dropping in August, Cattle Decapitation has decided to grace your ears with a Decibel Flexi-single “Cannibalistic Invasivorism” on the said month. Again, the format is unfortunate but the series continues to be great.
  • Rotten Sound have been posting photos on their FB-page, indicating that they are back to making their new record a reality, yay.
  • You can watch Xibalba’s new video for “Guerilla” here; you don’t have to though.
  • Some band called Borealis dropped a new song, “My Peace“. Yeah – I know.
  • Soilwork unveiled the cover art for their new album, The Ride Majestic out on August 28th.
  • On the 28th day of August shall be unveiled the fourth album of AHAB. The album shall be called The Boats Of Glen Carrig, named so after the William Hope Hodgson novel it is interpreted from. I for one hope that it will not tread the path of their most recent effort. I was not impressed by The Giant half as much as by the others. Anyways, here is the cover art.

This fall will see Neurosis embark on a U.S tour, their longest in the last fifteen years! And if I were you, I’d get my tickets as soon as possible. Depending on when you plan to attend they will be supported by Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and The Body or Sumac. Pinkish Black and Iron Tongue will also each support one show. See here for more details and below for dates.

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS

8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN

8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI

8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY

8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI

8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON

8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC

8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA

8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY

8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA

8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA

8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

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  • The W.

    Warehouse Live is a pretty good venue. I might try to go to that show. I need to catch up with some folks in Houston anyway.

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

      Anyone who is not @tyreegearhart:disqus that is planning to go to the Philadelphia show, tickets go on sale at noon today.

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        Aaaaaaaaaaand I just bought mine!

    • Stockhausen

      Bring your swim trunks.

      • Houston in August is proof that God is a vengeful and hateful thing.

        • The W.

          Come on, Joey. I’ll stop in Austin and pick you up. It’ll be a rooooaaaaddd triiiiiip.

          • Stockhausen

            Ooh, swing by OKC and get me too!

          • The W.

            You could meet me in South Dallas

          • Stockhausen

            If you’re not willing to drive 12 hours out of your way, I don’t know if this is going to work.

        • Stockhausen

          I think you’re just thinking of Houston.

  • Tyree

    I do like me some Rotten Sound, but ever since Cycles their production has been WAY too over produced. It accually ruins the grind experience for me. Keep that shit raw mother fuckers!

    Gave up on Cryptopsy years ago and Cattle Decapitation is just never going to intrest me.

    Midnight Odyssey for the goddamn win!!! Album is long as fuck, but it’s worth the listen. Great stuff! Nerdy black metal that slays.

    • You didn’t like Cursed, I thought that one sounded dirtier and Cycles was more polished.

      • Tyree

        It was better, yes. Still the production bugged me. I liked the Murder Works sound much better. Even Exit was alright.

    • MoshOff

      Ever check out Cattle Decap’s early stuff?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvNA-idA6_w

      • Tyree

        Yeah, I sort of enjoyed their Goregrindy stuff. Still never did much for me. It is better though then their techy death metal shit in my opinion.

        • MoshOff

          I really like the new stuff, but I do think that the production is a bit much. Sterile.

  • KJM
  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    That Borealis. Ugh! That Cryptopsy sampler was pretty sweet

  • Tyree

    Oh, and I really only listen to CD’s in my car. Nothing wrong with that you bear.

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

      Hah, who needs CDs when you got a phone with sound quality so awful you can actually hear the bass in …And Justice for All?

    • Howard Dean

      Same. I rip them to my computer and listen to them on an iPod, too, but I do a large amount of listening in my truck.

      • Tyree

        Exactly. I rip them on to my computer and listen to the albums on my surround sound. I don’t even have a stereo in the house with a CD player.

        • Howard Dean

          Nice. I love the versatility of the CD format–play it in your car, carry it around and play it on a CD player, rip it to the computer and play it on surround sound, put it on an iPod, etc. Plus you still have the physical format, so you can check out the artwork, lyrics, read the liner notes, etc, and it’s cheaper, easier to store, and more versatile than vinyl.

          I understand how someone could argue that I could do the same things with digital albums, and could even burn them to a CD-r if I really wanted that, but frankly, I don’t want to rely solely upon my computer for my music collection, and I certainly don’t want to have to rely on internet connection and/or device battery life like one does with streaming services. That would drive me loopy–especially since a lot of areas around where I live have shitty internet and phone service.

          • Dagon

            Spotify is a good solution for a couple of problems you pointed out with the digital format. With Spotify premium I can choose music to be available offline, and if you plug your phone chord into the car you can charge the phone and play the music at the same time.

            It has been working tremendously well for me. Since the dollar blew up I haven’t been able to buy music from BC because of the exchange rate, so all the new albums I’ve been listening to is thanks to Spotify.

          • MoshOff

            I have trouble sleeping when I think of having to rely on having an internet connection to listen to music. I feel your pain.

          • Tyree

            Have you ever ordered CD’s off of Bandcamp before?

          • Max

            I’ve gotten a record store to order CDs off of Bandcamp for me. How lame am I?

            But it beats sharing my personal credit card details with the internet.

          • Tyree

            No records store where I live so… No can do.

          • Dagon

            No nothing where you live. Just snow, beer and metal. And guns.

            Sounds awesome.

          • Tyree

            Pretty much. I live in a hick farm town.

          • Max

            I figure I may as well support the one decent one that actually exists in my neck o’ the woods.

          • Tyree

            Good man. I’d do the same if I had one here.

          • Howard Dean

            Seconded. And when I do visit record stores, when I’m travelling and such, I’m usually somewhat disappointed. When you have the world of ordering physical music at your fingertips, stores can be underwhelming. However, finding an unexpected gem of an old OOP classic is always a thrill.

          • Tyree

            Exactly. I’ve been in one record store in probably 4 years. Last one I was at I picked up A Blaze in the Northern Sky. Most of all my purchases are at concerts/festivals and the internet. Mostly the internet though.

          • CT-12

            Wow dude, that fucking blows, sorry to hear

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            Shit, don’t feel bad. Even in Chicago, there were barely any around outside of jazz and blues vinyl stores. Record stores are more or less dinosaurs nowadays.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, I’ve actually ordered quite a few recently. Once I found out that Bandcamp was just a way to buy music (digital and physical) and merch directly from the band/distro, I started using it a lot. It’s a great resource. I even preordered that new Megiddo album The Holocaust Messiah off of the Barbarian Wrath Bandcamp (never would’ve thought in a million years you could find Megiddo on Bandcamp!)

          • Stockhausen

            I’m on those same lines with physical/digital. I love having it on my computer or phone, but it’s got to be in my hands first.

      • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

        I’m guilty. I rarely ever go for physical copies anymore, especially since I don’t have much room in my room. I have all my CD’s ripped and copied to my computer, and the physical stuff is in a box. I did break down and got that Winter CD that Link recommended to me via their Bandcamp.

    • Tyree

      YES! I got a downvote! FUCK OFF!!!

      • Howard Dean

        BYAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        You can see downvotes?

        • Tyree

          This is from Howard Dean yesterday:

          “Right click on/near the downvote icon and select “inspect element.” It’ll open up the coding for the downvote function, and it’ll say something along the lines of “‘down vote’ count -1.” It displays the upvotes in a similar way, too.”

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            Bleh, that’s like, effort.

          • Tyree

            Pretty much.

        • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

          News to me. I’m sure my comments on the Darkthrone article got me enough downvotes for the next 10 lifetimes.

    • Other than when I play video games without plots or ones where I don’t care about the plot, the car is the only place I listen to music, though, I hook up my MP3 player. I had to take discs out after they started getting warped and destroyed from the heat here.

      • Herr Schmitty

        I’ve had to replace numerous CDs over the years after living in FL so long. I’d keep my CD cases in cool, dark spots in the car; didn’t matter. The heat was so oppressive that it’d fuck up discs at random.

        Up here in ME? Not really a problem!

        • In North Carolina, we don’t have the constant miserable heat of Florida but it is always hot and muggy. It usually gets up to about 90-100 degrees here. It is hot enough to destroy CDs.

  • Beau Kemp

    Soilwork! W00t!

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    In other news, Black Fast is apparently dropping a new album pretty soon. It may not look like so from the lack of all caps but i’m hype as fuck.

    • Guacamole Jim

      YOU MISSED YOUR CHANCE, BOY

      now I just feel meh about the whole thing.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Pinkish Black is a pretty tight band.

  • Dagon

    I love the header image hahahaha.

    Off to the music now.

  • Howard Dean

    I listened to that Cattle Decapitation song that everyone was jerking off to the other day, and I gotta say–while I found parts of Monolith of Inhumanity to be pretty decent–I was underwhelmed by the new song. It’s like extra chuggy riffs, then spastic guitars, then a breakdown, rinse, repeat. I know that’s a formula for a lot of tech death, but fuck, it just really went flat on me.

    Also– I’ll probably be the only motherfucker to say this, but: Travis Ryan’s vocals are starting to fucking annoy me. I get that he’s talented, that he has a wide range of grotesque vocals, that he’s doing something new, etc etc. But the kind of dry, strained, and wispy “clean” singing effect thing he’s been doing the last few albums is getting on my nerves a bit. It sounds overly forced, and particularly in that new song, it sounds cartoonish and silly (which is saying a lot, since extreme metal relies on silly vocals).He sounds like he’s intentionally trying to be as all over the place and spastic as he can be (mirroring the guitars), but I’m not really digging it.

    Also #2– For anyone interested, Hells Headbangers is selling the new Deiphago CD on their webstore, even though it’s not supposed to be released until August. It isn’t listed as a preorder, it says “in stock.” So that’s fucking awesome. I just ordered one this morning! Vinyl and cassette will apparently be out in August.

    • Howard Dean

      Also: saw that Ahab announcement last night on their FB. Pretty excited. Hoping it sounds more like Call of the Wretched Sea than The Giant, but hey, it’s new Ahab, and beggars can’t be choosers.

      • That’s a paddlin’

        I’m starting to like you more and more. I too was disappointed by The Giant which everhone else seemed to jerk over.

        • Howard Dean

          I may be an asshole (read: I am an asshole), but I have pretty impeccable taste, dear paddlin’ walrus ov karhu.

      • Hot Squirt Of Best Korea Love

        Sadly I haven’t kept up since their first CD.

        • Howard Dean

          The debut is their best in my opinion, though followup The Divinity of Oceans is pretty good, too. The Giant was so-so, but I found it underwhelming compared to the others. Hoping for a return to form with album #4.

          • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

            I like them, but I have to be in a particular mood to listen to them.

    • Tyree

      Thank you! Cattle Decapitation just dose not do it for me. And I agree with you 100% on Travis Ryan’s vocals. I really can’t stand his vocals in general. Sue me bitches!

      Edit: I’m going to have to get that new Deiphago CD .

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        divergent is good!

    • Scrimm

      I’m with you. Song was unimpressive. I do enjoy a little of the more clean type vocals he does now, but that song felt like they shoehorned parts in just to have them in the song. That’s gonna get old REAL fast.

      • Ugh you’re probably nailing it. Everyone loves Lifestalker, new album will probably be 10 Lifestalkers.

    • That’s a paddlin’

      The new song dis not excite me either.

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      I’ve never been able to climb aboard the Cattle Decapitation hype train.

    • HD: rustling jimmies with eloquence and verbosity in 2015, BYAH!!!!!

      • Howard Dean

        I think I’m leading the polls in jimmy rustling thus far in ’15.

        • Hot Squirt Of Best Korea Love

          First, we’re going to Texas, then to NYC, then to California, then we’re gonna rustle America’s jimmies! BYAH!!!!!

    • Hot Squirt Of Best Korea Love

      I like Cattle Decap, but goddamn they’re overrated as fuck. I gotta wonder how much of the whole super-vegan schtick made them so big.

    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      My friend said he sounds like Gilbert Gottfried singing. I loled.

      That said, I really, really liked the song, but I agree with some of your criticisms. It sounds like Monolith, Pt. 2, rather than pushing the envelope as they had previous done album-to-album. Obviously we haven’t heard the whole thing yet, and I wonder if this is like a bridge song between the records. Like preparing you with something you’re used to for an album that will have many twists and turns.

    • Hotdog Clifford

      Jimmies = Rustled

  • Dagon

    Yo Bear, what do you mean you don’t have to watch the new video for Guerilla? You have to at least let it play on the background while you peruse your other tabs.

    • That’s a paddlin’

      It has to be played. Of course it has to be playes THAT’S WHY I PUT IT HERE!! But there’s no need to actually see it.

  • I’m waiting now for this new Soilwork!! 😀 Also, the Borealis is a good display of melodic págüer merol!

    I liked the Battlecross song. It’s my first time listening them. Any other recommendation of that band?

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Got Battlecorecross?

  • Disgustache

    Like so many other metal bands and bands in general in the wide wide world, the Battlecross song was super sick until they started singing.

    It’s like super hot chicks that are super hot until they start talking and you realize they are full of hot air and have nothing important to say. The ‘stache is just looking to headbang and then bang and give some head. Is that too much to ask?!

  • Stockhausen

    I’m considering a road trip to Lawrence to catch Neurosis and The Body. About 4.5 hours, not bad.

    • Eyyy, that’s up by me.

      • Stockhausen

        Eyyy! It’s on a Friday so I may try to make it work, but I need to check on whether I’m supposed to be teaching band camp the next day (cue band camp jokes).

        • Eyyy! It’s possible we’ll be living in a house by then, so you could probably stay with us that night if you wanted!

          • Stockhausen

            You’re the best sweatpants bulge I know. I’ll check my schedule then.

          • Stockhausen

            Aaaaaand I teach until 9 that night. Neat.

          • Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Hot Squirt Of Best Korea Love

      You should. Neurosis rarely ever tours.

  • Hot Squirt Of Best Korea Love

    Don’t forget some of this new South African slammy goodness!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtjgIBhpNOc

  • Midnight Odyssey, Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, AHAB, and Rotten Sound. This article contains so much YES.

  • Oscar Meyer’s Wiener Ate Putin

    And Virgin Steele has a new video out. Dunno if anyone here’s heard of them, but they are GODS!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di-vXNwOOGI

  • IfJthenS

    I always feel like I’m the only one that enjoyed None So Vile AND Once Was Not from Cryptopsy.. and their self-titled wasn’t bad either. Also, jeez, it’s almost 5am and I need to actually get in the fucking bed.