Sunday Sesh: Don’t Forget About November and December Releases

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It’s that time of year. The metal world has locked itself into the white-knuckle masturbatory spiral known as the Album of the Year List Cycle. From now until mid-January, every chud with a Disqus, WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter account is going to be hellbent on proving how awesome their taste is by ensuring you read their top 40 of the year (because there’s no way you can put limits on your own exquisite taste to choose just 10, amirite?). Of all the faults of the year end listicle frenzy, though, perhaps the worst is the fact that bands are basically hosed if they release anything after mid-October. Oh, your album, which would have seriously appealed to readers of Decibel, came out November 21st? Sorry boutcha; they’ve already published. Now, before you accuse ToH of throwing bricks while inside a glass house, note that we are aware of our role in the crappiness of the AOTY cycle and try to account for that. This post is a step in that direction.

We here at Toilet ov Hell want to make the AOTY cycle less terrible as best we can. To that end, we publish our lists a lot later than others, waiting until mid-December in an attempt to catch as many late releases as possible. We ask the bands themselves what they liked. We champion overlooked and underground bands that genuinely deserve their chance in the spotlight. And we routinely run later posts in an attempt to catch and raise awareness for the excellent albums that slipped through the year-end cracks.

Yes, we’re culpable, but ToH has always been about doing things differently, and we’d like to once again use this crazy listicle season to give the stage to the bands that deserve it, whether in AOTY lists or in other articles later.

So, that’s where this Sunday Sesh comes into play. Since Decibel has already published their list online (spoiler: it’s definitely a Decibel list), most of the metal world’s discussion for the remainder of the year is pretty much going to comprise lists lists lists. But we know there are great albums coming out or just now released that deserve acclimation. Tell us about them.

In the comments below, share an album that dropped in November or will be dropping in the next few weeks. Tell us why it rules! Tell us we should buy it! Let the world know what it’s missing! Together, we can make this season suck less.

For my part, I’d like to toss Genevieve‘s newest album, Regressionism, into the ring. Released just two days ago, this little 6-track banger builds upon everything I loved about their previous record, Escapism. Like EscapismRegressionism finds the band toying with pre-conceived genre notions, blending death metal, black metal, and hardcore together in a skronked up smoothie of unpredictable twists and turns. Regressionism, however, sees the band further evolving their sound.

There are little inflections of doom metal when the band actually takes a minute to slow down, belching out a nastily oppressive atmosphere. There are traces of esoteric, perhaps Phrygian note phrasing, and the whole album has a much more arcane and mysterious feel than Escapism. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the scale of the new music. “William Blake” is a massive, multi-hued affair that dwarfs anything on the previous record with its battering triplets, oddly emotive calm passages, maniacal singing, and monolithic, impossibly heavy riffs. It would be a shame for something so wonderful to be missed.

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But don’t just take my word for it. Our man Hans loved it too.

“What have I gotten myself into?” – “This is kinda fun” – “Yeah, no, this really is gross” – so goeth the mental Genevieve rollercoaster, and that’s just the one available track. Deranged blasting takes turns with calmer parts that have the courtesy of giving you something to focus on… but then turn out to be no less deranged. Once that slithering bass line and those clean vocals come in around the four minute mark, all bets are truly off, and when the song takes off again 30 seconds later, the mania turns out to be infectious. These guys have something to get rid of, and they’re gonna do it on their terms. Keeping up with them is not really an option; holding on for dear life might be. 11/24/17 (Hans)

So there you have it. Amid the noise and fury of the AOTY cycle, Genevieve dropped an absolute scorcher that you need to hear.

Your turn. Tell me what I need to hear.


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  • Spear

    There were a bunch of good albums last week. Bumping this one for my part. https://almyrkvi.bandcamp.com/album/umbra

    • Hans

      Ván Records also released a new Sortilegia and some (DOLCH) this month. Both potentially interesting, but haven’t really listened to either yet.

      • I really need to listen to both those albums. Genevieve also. I keep putting it off. What is wrong with me?

  • more beer

    I typically hate these lists. Do I have a bunch of albums I really liked in any given year? Of course I do, but to try and put them in some sort of a numerical order just seems silly to me.

    • Lord of Bork

      Actually ranking “best” albums of the year is a fool’s errand. Taking 10 of your favorites and listing them in no particular order seems like the way to go.

      • more beer

        That’s one way to go, or you can just not make any sort of list.

        • Lord of Bork

          I’m a fan of lists. I can quickly express what I liked and then rag on everyone else for liking something different

          • GrumpDumpus

            I LIKE TO RAG ON STUFF LIKE AN OLD TSHIRT ON AN OIL DIPSTICK

          • Exactly, like I’m immediately flushing anyone that puts TCHORNOBOG on their list

          • GrumpDumpus

            IF THAT ALBUM WERE EDITED DOWN TO A 12-MINUTE EP IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC

          • drug_genosh

            its a horrible experience in the best way. I love it but probably not in my 10..please don’t flush me

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Pretty much this. Besides, I don’t always discover albums the year they were released, so if I make a Top 10 of 2017, next year I’ll probably discover and really dig an album that fell between the cracks this year, and my list will feel incorrect

          • more beer

            This is very true as well. I am typically a pretty busy guy, so I don’t really just sit around analyzing what album I liked more than another, if I like something I listen to it, if I don’t like something I don’t listen to it.

  • GoatForest

    You guys have already reviewed Aosoth’s new album. I’m happy.

  • Hans

    Cheers man!

  • “Oh, you’re album, which would have seriously appealed to readers of Decibel, came out November 21st?”
    grammar farrrrrrrt, but also bands/labels should take it easy w/December releases – I want to be able to digest this year and I am not sorry if I miss anything new from here until 2018

    • the only band that gets a pass is Krallice

      • GrumpDumpus

        AKA MORBID ANGEL ARE HUGE CHUMPS

      • Óðinn

        I passed a Krallice once. Painful.

    • We write all our posts 5 minutes before deadline, so shut you’re mouth.

    • Dubby Fresh

      Dangit. You caught me.

  • themaleshoegaze

    Just listening to Krallice’s new “Go be forgotten” which was released one day after Decibel’s list…

    that’s two great and very close releases by this band, that I used to respect more than like. But the Edwardson-release has Edwardson, who is just great with the band and vice versa and this new one has tons of different atmospheres and a large(r than I perceived them to be doing) palette of sounds/styles: this band is growing on me.

    And I noticed they covered Rorschach once, which adds ten points to their cred at once in my book.

    • Dubby Fresh

      I enjoy both albums a lot, and I’m going to try to collect some thoughts on them. I lean toward the Edwardson release because it’s closer in style to Ygg Huur, while Go Be Forgotten hews more closely to old material.

      • themaleshoegaze

        I probably/intuitively dig “Loüm” more, too, it’s more raw and single-minded, but I was pretty impressed with “Go Be Forgotten” right now.
        Looking forward to a piece on both.

  • Rick Chard

    List season is great for discovering new bands and such. Could care less about rankings though.

    • GrumpDumpus

      TOP 10 LISTS ARE THE FANTASY FOOTBALL ROSTERS OF METALHEADS WE TRYNA SCORE DEM BIG UPDOOTS

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Can’t wait to be learned up on what’s good that I missed this year.

  • Ground Patrol have sick polyrhythms going on in their atmospheric jazz fusion release. Ilevens released a whacky microtonal psych-pop album. Çub merge crazy math rock with dub electronic music. Thantifaxath is Thantifaxath. Mammal Hands’ awesome jazz album. Merkabah (duh). The Knells bring a classical choir to a prog rock concept album. Chaos Moon and their sickening gloomy riffs. Cleric is still to come. Eschatos’s Mære is a great black metal album. And Rabitrup will tear the fucking dance floor apart with a hardcore sludge meets dubstep EP in December. And also probably more still to come and be discovered. So, yeah, kinda shitty to overlook all this.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    If your knuckles are white and you are masturbating in a spiral, you’re doing it wrong.

    • Count_Breznak

      If you are masturbating and your knuckles aren’t white, you are most likely using a fleshlight.

  • Nukenado

    Diablo Swing Orchestra has a new album out 12/08

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      I’ll polish my fedora.

      • Nukenado

        Wrong site, but leave the dance hall.

      • Óðinn

        Is that an euphamism?

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      That’s great, I really dug Pandora’s Piñata

      • Nukenado

        Warning though; Annlouice is gone, and the new singer is not a soprano. Check out the new single (Knucklehugs) if you want a taste. I’m optimistic but a bit nervous.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Cool. I dug PP because of the music. I could have done without the soprano operatic vocals. Not a big fan of those

          • Nukenado

            Hmm, you might be in for a treat then.

  • Butts4Gutts

    Way too much shade gets thrown at Decibel for the dumbest things.

    • GrumpDumpus

      HE WHO GAZES UPON THE SHADE AND NOT THE LIGHT THAT CAST IT IS HE WHOSE AWARENESS TURNS AWAY FROM TIMELESSNESS

      -DEEPAK CHOPRA, PROBABLY

  • WhamBamSam

    I love list season in the same way I love Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you try to push it forward before Thanksgiving (or rather, the very final second of my alma mater’s rivalry game that Saturday), then fuck you.

    I’ve got a number of albums I’ve been planning to pick up, some of which were November releases, and many of which were featured here. That Tenebrous Labyrinth album you featured a song from a few weeks back seems like a promising late release.

  • GrumpDumpus

    NEW LUGUBRUM SHOULD DROP MID DECEMBER AND A TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR ALPHA

    • Count_Breznak

      Cheese and beer are ready.

      • GrumpDumpus

        CARROT-POWERED WHEELCHAIR IS PRIMED

  • Óðinn

    Not that anybody would, but hopefully people don’t forget Shitlord Fuckerman on their year-end lists.

    https://soundcloud.com/shitlordfuckerman/sets/investigate-loud-earth

    • GrumpDumpus

      THIS IS 100% LESS GRIND THAN I EXPECTED AND CICADA BANANA IS 100% MORE DOOM SOUNDTRACK WORSHIP THAN I EXPECTED SORT OF

  • CONAN Ayatollah of Jack & Cola

    ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS IS LEAVING THIS EARTH BY MINE HAND. STOP HIM BEFORE HIS LIFE IS LOST FOR NAUGHT.

  • The end of Genevieve’s “No for an Answer” reminds me of …”All the Devils are Here”-era Anaal Nathrakh wot with the bombastic singing atop blasts and tremolo.. albeit with a more grimy atmosphere and production that doesn’t sound like poop. YAY GENEVIEVE.

    Also I like list season so I can be even lazier then usual and have stuff curated for me.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    New Legenedry album dropped and it is probably top 10 for me, also waiting on New Wrathblade and Solstice to drop in December, also contenders for top marks. You won’t see my list until January 1st

  • Stephan Kubicki

    To my mind, the best album this year was released at the end of last month:

    Muspellzheimr – Nidhoggr

    https://amorfatiproductions.bandcamp.com/album/m-spellzheimr-nidh-ggr