This Toilet Tuesday (2/7/17)


This particular Toilet Tuesday is going to be short, as it’s abnormally slow week for new music. Fortunately, most of it is quite good, so you should still find enough to sink your teeth into; I actually had a hard time deciding who to write about due to abundant high quality albums for a change. Check out our recommendations and hit that list for more good stuff.


Kassad – Faces Turn Away (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Void,” “Madness”

In the course of trying to memorize the names and other identifying characteristics of all fifty of my undergrads this semester, I’ve forgotten a few details from older articles published here on the hallowed bowl. Hopefully I can be forgiven for not recalling that our little toilet’s first introduction to cold, binary black metal act Kassad was on Toilet Radio Episode 6. If you too forgot about “Revenge,” then you may have experienced the same sort of trepidation I did in clicking play on Faces Turn Away. “Is this gonna be some unbearable pretentious Brooklyn BM?” If you listened to the Chris Barnes Toilet Radio episode yesterday, you already know the answer is no, but if you missed it, let me confirm: Faces Turn Away is rooouuuggghh. Sure, it has chrome melodies reminiscent of the best of Cascadian black metal, intermittent and pensive acoustic passages, and the odd mechanical effects, but Kassad never fails to deliver the fierce tremolo riffs, chilled to perfection somewhere out near the frozen rings of Saturn. Equally impressive are the unexpectedly gnarly growls and snarls. This is definitely contemporary black metal with bite. FFO: Mesarthim, Vaura, Void Omnia 2/5/17 (W.)


Mutiny Within – Origins (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Archetype of Destruction,” “Justify,” “Silent Weapons,” “Circles”

Mutiny Within was an important band in my first couple years of listening to metal; their “Awake” demo on an old Roadrunner Records sampler completely blew me away, having never heard anything like it before. Now that I’m much older and jaded and have heard just about every metal band under the sun, I doubt anything’s going to give me that same sense of awe as “Awake” did back then, but Origins reminds me of why I was so enamored in the first place. Mutiny Within plays the same sort of singer-focused melodeath as Soilwork, though with a darker, more somber flavor than their Swedish counterparts. They make great use of some understated synths to accentuate their hook-laden riffs, and singer Chris Clancy’s unique voice is as powerful and emotive as ever. Origins stands to be their best work to date. 2/10/17 (Spear)


Aeternam – Ruins of Empires (Independent) [Symphonic Melodeath]
Listen to “Damascus Gate”

I’m not sure why I’m on such a big melodic death metal kick lately, but the newest from Aeternam is keeping it going strong. “Damascus Gate” opens up with a big, adventurous Phrygian dominant fanfare with the same lilting feel as Dragonland’sThe Tempest,” an instant win in my book. I actually kept expecting a Jonas Heidgert-style singer to pop in despite knowing full well that this is a death metal band, so I was pleasantly surprised with the powerfully-sung choruses. I can’t say I heard anything particularly innovative on the opening track, but the band is clearly very proficient in their writing and delivery. “Damascus Gate” feels like a small taste of a grand journey, and I’m excited to see where it goes. 2/10/17 (Spear)


Wiegedood – De doden hebben het goed II (ConSouling Sounds) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Ontzieling”

Many readers will remember the name Wiegedood being mentioned frequently around these parts in 2015, and for good reason; the band’s debut was an exemplary example of squally black metal, rife with frenzied anguish and deftly layered melodic riffing. And also because the band’s name was fun to parody, which we all had a great time doing until someone pointed out that it was the word the Dutch used for SIDS (“Death in the cradle”). Fun. The Belgian trio don’t necessarily do anything incredibly unique within the context of modern black metal, but everything they do do is fucking exceptional. Seriously, everything. If you don’t believe me, spend the next 30-odd minutes with De doden hebben het goed, and see if those riffs don’t simultanouesly hook and slice you like a sycthe reaping this year’s dessicated Autumn barley crop destined for the wort of a potent Tripel. If the extra aggression found on the pre-release track “Ontzieling” is anything to go by, Wiegedood II – The Doodening may even best the debut. Evidence? That damn riff @ 2:452/10/17 (Lacertilian)

Carnal Decay – You Owe You Pay (Rising Nemesis Records) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “No Sequel,” “Freed from the Leash”

Cranial Engorgement – Horrific Existence (Gore House Productions) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Horrific Existence”

Crimson Sun – The Spirit of Unchainable (Independent) [Melodic Metal]

Debridement – Vomited Forth from the Earth (Rotten Roll Rex) [Slamblasted Skin]
Listen to “Baptized in Colorectal Juice (Farewell to the Slop)”

Deivos – Endemic Divine (Selfmadegod) [Tech Death]
Listen to “Sisters of Mercy,” “Dust of the Universe”

Hadal Maw – Olm (EVP Records) [Progressive Death Metal]

Hesperia – Caesar [Roma vol.I] (Sleaszy Rider Records) [Black Metal]

Insanity Cult – Of Despair and Self-Destruction (Ogmios Underground) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Seeds of Lesser Gods”

Lelantos – Akrasia (Loneravn Records) [Funeral Doom]

Mort aux Gueux – Beuverie, musique du diable et misère crasse (Corde Raide Productions) [Black Metal]

Nidingr – The High Heat Licks Against Heaven (Season of Mist) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Surtr”

Overkill – The Grinding Wheel (Nuclear Blast Records) [Thrash]
Listen to “Goddamn Trouble”

Primal Attack – Heartless Oppressor (Rastilho Records) [Thrash]

Ritual Lair – Mother of Misery and All Repugnance (Diabolo Intervale) (Godz ov War Productions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “IV”

Serenity in Murder – The Eclipse (Oyster Brothers Records) [Symphonic Melodeath]
Listen to “The Revelation,” “Dancing Flames,” “Land of the Rising Sun”

Tethra – Like Crows for the Earth (Sliptrick Records) [Death/Doom]
Listen to “The Groundfeeder”

Thormesis – Trümmerfarben (MDD Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Waheelas Fährte”

Did we forget a new release? Is there a way we could improve this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • AndySynn

    I tried that Kassad album and also thought it was “rooouuuggghh”… but more in the sense that it made me not want to listen to it anymore.

    New Wiegedood was good, but not as good as the debut (imo). And the new Hadal Maw was a surprisingly disappointing listen too.

    Currently however I am jamming the new Nightbringer and Darkest Hour albums, and getting schwifty with an album from last year that sounds like the bastard spawn of Meshuggah and Arcturus.

  • I will write Mutiny Within, Aeternam, Wiegedood and Serenity in Murder on my #LinkNotebook.

    Thanks, guys.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Shit. I was really hoping Spear misspelled Lantlos when I saw that “Lelantos”. I need more music by that band. Melting Sun>>

    Really liked Kassad on the radio show, checking out more now.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Also found this humorous/confusing on that Lelantos bandcamp page:
      “Page for familiarity with the material.
      This album is not for sale on Bandcamp.
      Do you want buy an album on the Bandcamp?
      Buy here: ”
      There’s no link and it is being sold for 0.75 Euro on Bandcamp lol. Wut.

      • Cause there’s nothing more impressive than a band who is too cool for Bandcamp :/

        • Sir Kookaburra The Based

          My albums are too cool for bandcamp. They will never be on bandcamp. Some would say that it’s because I haven’t made any albums and that may be true.

          • Maik Beninton™

            They will never be cool as Mr. In Your House 4 though.

          • Black Smallbeard

            Mr In Your Tapir 69

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            Mr. In Your House 4 is like eating bread. My albums are like witnessing the divine hierarchy

          • Maik Beninton™

            Ha, I just noticed there is ‘burra’ in your name, which means dumb in portuguese.

          • Black Smallbeard

            I really like bread though

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            But witnessing the divine will and joining His heavenly body is better than bread.

          • Black Smallbeard

            i thot biscuits and wafers were the body of jeebus, tho

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            I ain’t speaking of jeebus

          • We’re still waiting for a harsh noise / borking corgi split

          • Sir Kookaburra The Based

            It’s already been released by Visvasyylä records. Limited to 13 copies.

      • Hans Gruber

        They should ask the Google how to use the Bandcamp.

        Also, an increasingly puzzling bunch of choices for where else to purchase, including Nokia, Napster and Shazam. Triple wut.

    • Black Smallbeard

      Lantlos is pretty incredible. they seemed to start shining when Niege left

  • TrundleTheGreat

    New Power Trip song everyone. Warning: it’s good.

  • RustyShackleford

    Pretty sure a Brooklyn BM is the name for what comes out your asshole after you’ve had three bodega sandwiches, some form of Asian take out, and multiple slices of pizza all in a 24 hours period. It is most certainly, as Professor W has described it, “rooouuuggghh.” YEP.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    This’ll give me a week to cstch up I suppose. Nothing really grabbing my interest here initially.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      Overkill is the release I like most.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle


  • Spear

    I had high hopes for the new Deivos album based on their last two, but Endemic Divine just sounds super bland. Guess they decided fun isn’t tech.

  • Maik Beninton™

    That Overkill song is nice.

  • Heliocrat

    Wiegedude sounds cool, dude. Bro.

    • Heliocrat

      Using the same artwork is confusing though.

      • When the band wraps up a recording, I imagine they all high five and shout “We did good!”

  • Count_Breznak

    Im not yet sure if I find this hilariously awful or just hilarious

  • Hans Gruber

    Boy, Mort aux Gueux is flirting with lolbuttz territory.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    I’m more excited for Mutiny Within from reading that you think it’s their best yet. My interests these days have moved on to more black, death, and doom, so I have a feelin it won’t have that same effect on me either but I’m glad they got together and put out more stuff.

    I think I’ve mentioned it before here but I took some Skype lessons with their singer back in the day and it was eternally helpful.

  • The Mighty Thorange

    Christ. I haven’t listened to Mutiny Within since my high school days. I had totally forgotten about them until now actually. Forgot how good those fuckers are.

  • Waynecro

    Nice melodeath finds, Spear–especially Mutiny Within. Wiegedood is sick as hell, and I really like Deivos. I’m psyched for the new Serenity in Murder album as well. And I am slain by “Slamblasted Skin.”

    • Lacertilian

      Spear’s hidden gems in the genre descriptors is regularly my fave part of TTT.

      • Waynecro

        Indeed. They never fail to crack me up. Thank you, Spear, for teaching me to laugh again.

  • Hadal Maw is already vying for most disappointing album in my mind