Sunday Sesh: “Don’t forget us!” – December Releases

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Although there are a number of reasons to dislike year-end list season, one of the most prominent is the simple fact that many brilliant records released in December are tragically overlooked. Too late in the 2016 cycle and too early to be remembered in 2017, many of these records are banished to a sort of twilight netherworld and never given the adulation they are due. This post is for them.

Perhaps the biggest release I’m anticipating in December is Prelapsarian by Krallice. However, since most of us are more than familiar with the quality of Marston and friends’ work, I thought I’d use this platform to shine a little light on one of the most pleasant year-end surprises from the gutters of grind.

Anthrophobia by Godhole/Crozier is a tour de force of noisy grind. This short, sweet, and utterly brutal 7″ EP see the smart blasting trio Godhole pair their twisting riffs and unrepentant rhythm section with Crozier’s nauseating tape hiss and electronic malice. The end result is 7 tracks of utter hatred that clock in at just a little over 7 minutes of rumbling chaos. Perhaps the best example of what this collaboration brings to the table is “Living a Quiet Death.” At just about half a minute in, the grind trio starts ripping away your flesh with a particularly heinous crust riff that descends into a series of pinched noted accented by mounting static and shrieking. The song then ends with a wall of sound composed of pummeling 80s sci-fi bleeps and blast beats. It’s harrowing and damn fun to boot. Consider Anthrophobia the sloppier, choppier, rabid version of the collaboration between Full of Hell and Merzbow.

But Godhole aren’t the only ones dropping bombs over the holidays. I’m quite looking forward to what Teitanblood‘s next EP has to offer, as I know many of you are. So now it’s your turn. Share what overlooked releases you’re enjoying here at the end of all things.

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  • EsusMoose

    This on laptop speakers is discernible

  • KyleJMcBride

    I don’t think there’s anything new coming in the next 3 weeks for me.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I’m still playing catch up on the past 11 months, so much good music came out this year.

    Hell… I’m still trying to play catch up since 1969.

    • W.

      If you us are us us, what’s our favorite number?

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        69 DUDE!

      • more beer

        Hey the Skinless vs Exhumed set was badass Both bands played full sets. Then went song for song.

        • W.

          Who won the song battle?

          • more beer

            I am going to call it a draw. Both bands brought the riffs.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Don’t mind me, just killing time until the afternoon.
    http://beyondwrestlingonline.com/live/

    • What happens in the afternoon?
      Edit: your link is relevant 🙂

      • KyleJMcBride

        2PM pro rasslin’ event

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Hey Jimmy did you pick up the deluxe reissues of the first two Heep albums? I’m listening tof their cover of Come Away Melinda off the debut and it shook me to the core.

        • i did not know about those! thx bby. Uriah Heep >>>>>>>

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Frank has some positive news to share: apparently Frank’s prayers have been answered and the Greek record label Martyrdoom Productions is going to reissue Infester’s To the Depths in Degradation – objectively speaking one of the greatest death metal albums of all time – for the European market. Coming out the 10th of January on cd:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOGaN-Cx_Nw

    (if Frank somehow won’t be able to get a copy of this reissue, murder and carnage will ensue)

  • Rob M

    Venefixion – Armorican Deathrites…I know this EP is going to get overlooked and it really shouldnt

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8syThQIZOw

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Anyway, already mentioned this album; it was released at the end of November, but I fear it’ll be a bit overlooked as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubUbkz7If4Y

    Though at the end of the day, Cultes Des Ghoules is still a reasonably “well known” band in underground circles, so it won’t be forgotten like a ton of other upcoming releases from lesser known bands will be.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      And although Coven obviously is a great album; Henbane >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RpJTepgI_c

      • NDG

        Henbane is an amazing album…truly creepy shit.

    • Rob M

      Dont worry, that ones not getting overlooked by anyone worth listening to. Ive seen the name pop up a lot over the last month

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Yeah, about time I start to dig deeper into the underground. I’m always as proud as a peacock while mentioning stuff like Cultes Des Ghoules, Burning Witch, The Ruins of Beverast, Grief, Bethlehem…to a couple of Parkway Drive fanboys at the gym, while all those bands are all basically “entry-level kvlt”.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/356934ed18e8379f5cf4ee65eeffdf7965e7a907745cc3b3355d54db27ec741a.png

        • Rob M

          Maybe…but theyre also really good! Nothing wrong with name dropping those bands!

          Its just a feeling, but I think Cultes Des Ghoules is getting close to moving into that same slot as Mgla and Inquisition, where theyre name is about to break into the more mainstream sites. I could see that happening with a couple more albums as strong as their last two have been

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Although their song length might hinder that, a bit at least, likely a bit more.

          • Rob M

            Maybe…but it didnt seem to affect Akhlys all that much last year.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah, wouldn’t surprise me if something like that would happen.
            I still dig Mgla a lot. Inquisition…I think they’re definitely solid, but I seldomly jam them and I don’t own any albums (physical copies that is) by them.

          • Rob M

            I like all those bands honestly. Getting bigger name recognition dosnt bother me unless it starts to affect the sound.

            I get not being into Inquisition though, those vocals kill it for a lot of people I think. I cant help but enjoy them though because theyre a total riff machine

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Their riffing is great. I mean, they’re a good band and probably one of those bands I should jam more often.
            Their vocals aren’t really a complete turn-off for me. Vocals rarely kill the entire experience for me, I can get used to a lot. Nattramn is a bit of an exception to that rule though.

        • more beer

          I saw The Ruins of Beverast in October Those guys killed it

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      This is terrifying, thank you.

  • Al Bundy

    The new Bethlehem album was released a week or 2 ago and is very cool. I don’t know if I would rate it as an album if the year but its certainly an album of the month.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      ‘Tis a killer. Love the return to exremeties (haven’t heard HHH666, but I know it wasn’t all extreme)

  • I’ve been jamming Knocked Loose all weekend in wake of their inclusion on the upcoming Every Time I Die/Harm’s Way tour. It’s no frills beatdown hardcore, but there’s influences of Code Orange, Slayer, Disembodied and The Acacia Strain if they weren’t boring. If they’d loose the over the top breakdowns I’d be into them way more.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0faeREYjHc

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      My sister likes Knocked Loose.

      • Is she going to to see them on tour when they come to her area?

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          I don’t know. They’re going to Brooklyn so it’s unlikely that she’ll go.

      • Dumpster Lung

        Sounds like there’s some sort of euphemism that could be made from that.

        • NDG

          I read it like it was leading into a Rodney Dangerfield type joke.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Good thing she don’t like Knocked Up! Oh!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I hit play here, and some dungeon synth started playing in another tab. it was a very confusing experience.

      • Knocked Loose/dungeon synth mash up.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          There is something oddly tantalizing about that notion.

    • Like I said, we have very similar tastes, haha. I missed these guys the last time they came through with some other bands, definitely gonna make it to the ETID one this time around.

  • Album cover is Ninja Gaiden eating octopus?

  • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b63ab46726f0906f1d37ac94f202e912b5baa864d7b3804117030948884cc00f.jpg
    Zao had a good December release! It WAS mentioned on Tuesday though.

    When I was a still a born again fundamentalist in the early 2000s I would sneak their CDs into the dorm at Bob Jones University and secretly listen to them after lights out. Getting caught would have actually had serious repercussions so yeah I was fucking badass even as a Bible major.

    • anesthesiac

      Listening to a christian band, as a christian, while at a christian university would have had “serious repercussions”? Makes sense.

      • Nothing makes sense there! From their crazy rulebook, this is what’s banned:
        “Any music which, in whole or in part, derives from the following broadly defined genres or their subgenres: Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Electronic/Techno, Rap/Hip Hop or the fusion of any of these genres.
        Any music in which Christian lyrics are set to music which is, in whole or in part, derived from any of these genres or their subgenres.”

        • anesthesiac

          … I guess on the plus side you never have to stress about making an incorrect decision since every decision has already been made for you.

          • LOL, when you’re at school there they call it the greenhouse model, incubating/protecting you from outside influence so that you can grow to be a better christian before you go out into the real world. They assured us that it’s different from brainwashing though, haha.

          • anesthesiac

            So basically, you graduated from cult to kvlt.

        • i am continually baffled by this mindset. who would voluntarily join (or send a child) to an institution which outlaws different ideas?
          “Here at [School X] we don’t want to pester our kids with multiple outlooks on life. We’ve got one way of thinking and we impart only these particular life lessons on each member! Now give us lots of money… and please don’t analyze the situation too much, kthx.”

          • It makes perfect sense when you’re brought up to think that there IS only one right mindset, and that all the others are literally devil-inspired. Which is really fucking scary looking back on it from the outside now.

  • Spear

    I’m very much looking forward to the new Grafvitnir next Friday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDXi0AT8C3Y

    • Lacertilian

      Yesss

    • those are some Nathrakhian riffs!

  • Also this Godhole/Crozier stuff is tight.

  • will be doing a review or a mini for ArriverEmeritus soon. the people need to know about this one!
    https://arriver.bandcamp.com/track/ursa

  • AeonsOvChaos

    December 16, 2016 Iron Bonehead will release “Aristocracy of Twilight” and if you dig second wave Black Metal try to listen to Blood Tyrant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70D9jtAe_Vw

  • W.

    The album I had originally intended to cover today got removed from Bandcamp last night :(. I suspect a case similar to that of Setentia – Dark Transcend.

    • Pitbull decided BandCamp wouldn’t be a lucrative distribution method?

      • W.

        Pitbull’s music is as worldwide as he is.

        Nah, it was some rad Japanese doom.

  • Innumerable Forms dropped a couple of tracks earlier this year, if you’re inclined towards Incantation worship.
    https://innumerableforms.bandcamp.com/album/promo-2016

  • Óðinn

    I don’t usually get into these retro 80s Traditional Heavy Metal bands because..well usually the suck. But these guys aren’t bad. They’re better than a kick in the head. They are not…not to be cross-eeeedd. They are the hammer.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uZRi_9HwMbE

  • James

    Looking forward to alot of releases from Season of Mist early next year as well.

  • Óðinn

    I command the Guards of Lourn. Who am I?

  • Óðinn

    What if Satan was real, and he was a hot chick? 😉

    https://coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/milana-vayntrub-7.jpg?quality=88