This Toilet Tuesday (3/7/17)


Welcome once more to This Toilet Tuesday! We’ve got a hell of a week ahead with tons of new music and a pile of recommendations to go with it. There’s a lot to check out this week, so let’s cut to the chase.

Pillorian – Obsidian Arc (Eisenwald) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Archaen Divinity,” “A Stygian Pyre”

If Marrow of the Spirit was John Haughm’s Animals, and The Serpent & the Sphere was his Final Cut, Obsidian Arc is his Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. Just like Roger Waters shed much of the psychedelia, prog, art rock, and the smattering of folk and blues that made the early Pink Floyd albums great, mostly gone too are the varied styles and dynamics of Haughm’s great Agalloch albums, and what’s left is (for better or for worse) a much more distilled, singular black metal vision. A vision of obsidian darkness. 3/10/17 (Pagliacci is Kvlt)

Havok – Conformicide (Century Media Records) [Thrash]
Listen to “Hang ‘Em High,” “Intention To Deceive,” “Ingsoc”

Colorado thrashers Havok are back with another, uh, interestingly titled album Conformicide. Part of that neo-thrash gamut of bands that came out of the mid-aughts, Havok have traditionally channeled the bouncy, thrashy riffs of Exodus, coupled with the riffing and melodies of Megadeth, making it their own as they do it, but still letting their influences shine through. In addition, they have always had a political bent to their musical output, their politics – or their love for anti-government lyrics anyways – coming to the forefront on their last release from 2013 Unnatural Selection. Based on the four songs released so far that we were able to access, their politics are still strong in the forefront, but the interesting songwriting may have fallen to the wayside. From nu-metal riffing on the opening of “Ingsoc,” to the really flat drumming – both stylistically and production wise – Conformicide may be a step-back for this band who have never really pushed the boundaries like their contemporaries like Vektor. But, hey, at least they never went full PIZZA THRASH. FFO: new Megadeth, Infowars, vaping, Atlas Shrugged 3/10/17 (Butts4Gutts)

Lubricant – Swallow This (Svart Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Semistarvation”

If death metal was gravel, and rock n roll was uh. . . wet sand or something, that’d make grindcore a bucket of screws. Lubricant are a recently reunited Finnish band whose output consists of a demo and an EP from 1990-93, which have been collected together and remastered for this release. Although Entombed’s Wolverine Blues album set the standard for death ‘n’ roll, these guys seem to have beaten them to the punch by a couple years with their demo. Going back to that shoddy opening metaphor/analogy, Lubricant’s sound is the metal equivalent of rocky road ice cream: mostly smooth and creamy, but with a few screws thrown in, so you might prefer to call this death-grind ‘n’ roll. Despite how extreme that might sound, the guitars are actually decently clean, which results in a lot of clarity and lends the songs a punk-ish feel in several spots, while the occasional, bite-sized blasts of grind shake things up and make the hard rock bits even catchier in contrast. Bottom line: it’s real fun stuff, and I’m looking forward to what these guys do in the near future! 3/10/17 (Dumpster Lung)

Earth Witch – Out of the Shallow (Independent) [Doom]
Listen to “Riff Rider”

Despite the fact that we had a mild winter, we can look forward to longer, sunnier days in the future. You know spring is upon us when a trip to the local dispensary means staying in line for over 30 mins. Finally, the weather is comfortable enough to be able to enjoy a cerebral enhancer while taking a stroll through your favourite park, trail or city street. Of course, the best way to pair such a wonderful stroll is with some good ol’ fashion stoner doom that is heavily saturated with bluesy riffs and silky solos. A couple of listens paired with the King Nebula that was recently purchased was enough convincing needed to click “Checkout with Paypal”. There’s a song on this record called “Starfighter”…you know damn well that that song is going to A fucking Plus. FFO: Truckfighters, Barnburner, Early Red Fang, Orange fucking Goblin 3/10/17 (BertBanana)

Hands – New Heaven / New Earth (Facedown Records) [Sludge/Post-Metal]
Listen to “New Heaven,” “New Earth”

The past weekend, my old lady gave me shit about the fact I listen too much heavy music. I was dumbfounded by the comment to be quite honest. Can one really listen to too much heavy music? Granted, lately, my playlist has consisted mainly of grindcore, tech death…and Sepultura’s Beneath the Remains (the best Sepultura album). Sure, I sprinkle some synthwave here and there…but let’s be real here; I’m not running from cybernetic organisms sent from the future or intergalactic game hunters everyday. Nor am I resisting the MCP’s tyrannical rule of The Grid. With that said, I think I found my way out of the doghouse. While the EP is only 2 songs…they are quite different from one another. “New Heaven” has some weight and crunch to it while “New Earth” reminds me some combination of Alcest and Matthew Good. Personally, I’m more partial to side A (“New Heaven”) but the tranquility of “New Earth” has its merits. There is enough substance in the 9 mins to pique interest to anticipate a future release. FFO: Everything in Slow Motion (same singer), You might get a bit of an Isis vibe…Newer Alcest. Eh, I’m taking this a sign I should listen to more Post-Rock w/ Alt-Rock tones 3/10/17 (BertBanana)

In the Company of Serpents – Ain-Soph Aur (Independent) [Doom]
Listen to “Crucible”

What In the Company of Serpents accomplishes on their single “Crucible,” a teaser for their new album Ain-Soph Aur is a near seamless blend of Spaghetti Western and doom metal. The bluesy opening riffs trod along at a contemplative pace and the spacious production lends itself to the western aesthetic without going overboard. A real standout on this track Grant Netzorg’s vocal delivery, which sounds like it was influenced by “Sevengill” off of Giant Squid’s The Ichthyologist, and it drives home the “dusty as fuck, too old for this shit” vibe. Once all of the cowboy fun and games are done they build up (as is per tradition) into standard doom metal riffage. To be honest, the doom elements of this track are well executed, but blasé. I much preferred the “high noon and out of water” approach that sandwiches the doom passage together. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to hearing the rest of this album to see how well they balance these two elements with one another. Ain-Soph Aur arrives this Friday and you can snag yourself some dusty ass doom here. 3/10/17 (NefariousDude)

Burn Fetish – They Watch From The Sky With Crooked Smiles (Independent) [Weird Punk]

This one technically came out last week, but whatever, it’s close enough. Burn Fetish is the drunken punk equivalent of Primus or Mr. Bungle, replete with chaotic vocals and slurred guitar work kept upright by a slightly more sober rhythm section. They Watch From The Sky falls into that weird not-quite-dissonant, not-quite-melodic camp that sways heavily in both directions, and… well, I’m not really sure how to describe it from there. All I can say is that it’s ugly and unpalatable, and I fucking love it. Also, they donate all their proceeds to Planned Parenthood and 15now, so that’s pretty rad, too. 3/2/17 (Spear)

Positronic Brain – Resistance is Futile (Independent) [Thrash]

*JEFF FOXWORTHY VOICE* If the name “Positronic Brain” sounds familiar to you, you might be a Toilet ov Hell commenter. Loyal reader Mike Taylor, otherwise known as Positronic Brain just dropped his 2nd EP of Star Trek-themed thrash. Recorded in a single month after participating in a “record an album in the month of February” challenge, Resistance is Futile is a sweet slice of throwback 80s thrash with tight riffs and snarling vocals all centered around Star Trek; the space fantasy series that never featured a man open mouth kissing his sister. 3/6/17 (Joe)

Atlas Pain – What the Oak Left (Scarlet Records) [Folk Metal]
Listen to “The Counter Dance”

Black Cilice – Banished from Time (Iron Bonehead Productions) [Black Metal]

The Bloody Earth – Inevitable (Miner Records) [Death/Doom]

Cellador – Off the Grid (Scarlet Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Shadowfold”

Charlie’s Frontier Fun Town – In Dust We Trust (Independent) [Southern Metal]
Listen to “Drunk Over Tail”

Condemned – His Divine Shadow (Unique Leader Records) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Omniscient Perturbations”

Damnation Plan – Reality Illusion (Inverse Records) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Reality Illusion”

Dark Ages – A Closer Look (Andromeda Relix) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “A Closer Look”

The Dark Prison Massacre – Deformity of Human Consciousness (Pathologically Explicit) [Slamela Anderson]

Deathwhite – For a Black Tomorrow (Independent) [Gothic Metal]
Listen to “The Grace of the Dark”

Diĝir Gidim – I Thought There Was the Sun Awaiting My Awakening (ATMF) [Black Metal]

Dreamstoria – Dreams Never End (Walküre Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Just Believe. It’s True!”

Embrace Agony – Fractured Existence (Independent) [Metalcore]

Entheos – Le Zahir (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Écho”

Epping Forest – lebaBVoid (Unexploded Records) [Blackened Death Metal]

Evocation – The Shadow Archetype (Metal Blade Records) [Death Metal]
Listen to “Children of Stone”

Fäulnis – Antikult (Grau) [Black Metal]

Fen – Winter (Aural Music) [Progressive/Post-Black Metal]
Listen to “I (Pathway)”

FreaKings – Toxic End (Independent) [Thrash]
Listen to “Wave of Pain”

Front Beast – Third Scourge from Darkness (Iron Bonehead Productions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Rape the Corpse of Christ”

The Furor – Cavalries of the Occult (Transcending Obscurity) [Blackened Death Metal]

Ghostmourn – Eternal (Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Spectral Echoes”

Hate Inclination – Disease Swept the Cosmos (Independent) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Crushing the Ruined Spirit of Earth”

Helzebeth – Consummatum Est (Silentium in Foresta Records) [Black Metal]

Holy Martyr – Darkness Shall Prevail (Dragonheart Records) [Heavy Metal]

Hungry Head Hunters – Wreck Creation (Independent) [Swedish KISS]

In Vein – Resurrect (Raising Legends) [Death Metal]

Jagged Vision – Death Is This World (Fysisk Format) [Sludgy Hardcore]
Listen to “Betrayer,” “Euthanasia,” “Feeble Souls”

Lock Up – Demonization (Listenable Records) [Deathgrind]
Listen to “Mindfight,” “Desolation Architect”

Luminous Vault – Charismata (Profound Lore Records) [Blackened Death Metal]
Listen to “Charismata”

Lunar Shadow – Far from Light (Cruz Del Sur Music) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “They That Walk The Night”

Malkavian – Annihilating the Shades (Finisterian Dead End) [Death/Thrash]
Listen to “Altar of the Damned”

Massive Fire – Atomic Fusion (Independent) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “The Gates”

Mutard – Inhuman Inebriation (Independent) [Thrash]
Listen to “New Year’s Resolution”

Netra – Ingrats (Hypnotic Dirge Records) [Black Metal]

Oceanwake – Earthen (ViciSolum Records) [Death/Doom/Post-Metal]
Listen to “A Storm Sermon (2nd movement)”

Prevail in Darkness – Damnation (Independent) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Nothing Remains”

Ra’s Dawn – From the Vile Catacombs (Roll The Bones/Soulfood) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Revenant Soul”

Satan Worship – I’m the Devil (Iron Shield Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Satanik Possession”

Seize the Vatican – Advent of Annihilation (Independent) [Death/Thrash]

Synaptik – Justify & Reason (Divebomb Records) [Power Prog]
Listen to “Esc Ctrl”

Tanatron – Tanatron (Independent) [Death/Thrash]
Listen to “Killing and Domination”

Temptation’s Wings – Skulthor Ebonblade (Independent) [Mighty Doom]
Listen to “I, Destroyer,” “Lair of the Gorgon Queen”

Tommy Vitaly – Indivisible (SG Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Macabradanza”

Wintarnaht – In Âgez (Talheim Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Megîn Aihha”

Wormwood – Ghostlands: Wounds from a Bleeding Earth (Non Serviam Records) [Black Metal]

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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  • Lacertilian

    Primus + Mr Bungle, you say Spear? I’m in!
    Also, I wonder if Havok will be calling Mustaine Inc. about renegotiating for a Woke Up Dead tour deal this time around?

    • Dumpster Lung

      Hahaha, “Woke Up Dead,” so good!

      But yeah, I really want to check out all of these releases, but that Burn Fetish one really sounds promising. Definitely the most excited to hear that!

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    Whoever names a band Charlie’s Frontier Fun Town is the best even if their music isn’t good.

    • Dumpster Lung

      Haha, I listened to that one, but didn’t want to submit a thing for it because I didn’t feel like it’d be easy to get much of a sense for how decent it was based on the one preview track on Bandcamp. The one track on there (Drunk Over Tail) actually isn’t bad, but I listened to their previous album and that was more what I expected. I have a feeling that one song may work well because of the guitars being pretty catchy, but overall I’d probably not dig it in its entirety. Still, I’ve seen worse southern-metal gimmick sort of bands before (Texas Hippie Coalition comes to mind, and those guys are actually American).

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I lived next to something for years that had very nearly that same name.

  • tigeraid


    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Don’t get too excited. That description is brutal.

      • tigeraid

        maaaaan…. But I loved their early work. 🙁

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Gotdang, lots of stuff this week.

    Star Trek thrash? Sign me up.
    Swedish Kiss? Sign me up.
    Mighty Doom? Sign. Me. Up.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Man, that Temptation’s Wings is a letdown…

      • Saw them open for Visigoth and Night Demon. To be fair, very few bands could have looked good opening for that colossal of a lineup

      • Brutalist_Receptacle


    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Well… 1/3 ain’t bad.

    • Doom Scientist

      Earth Witch is ok.

  • Dreamstoria is super flowery/japanese, but unfortunately missing that aggressive neoclassical edge that makes so many J Power bands so good

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Yeah, too bad it’s not good at all.

      • this band or jpower?

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod


          /jk, this band.

          • tell me x japan and galneryus suck to my face

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Gimme yer face

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            X japan and galneryus suck

          • Waynecro

            Dude, I love me some Galneryus. I also got really into Phantom Excaliver, which is power-metaly thrash. Have you heard of them?

          • The Mighty Thorange

            Can confirm. Phantom Excalibur are pretty fucking good. It’s wierd how all the band look like the most stereotypical normal Japanese guys ever apart from the singer, who looks like a stereotypical anime fan.

          • Waynecro

            Yeah, I was totally shocked the first time I saw that little guitar player produce such a massive voice. Pretty much every song on Koutetsu No Chikai gets me totally pumped.

          • The Mighty Thorange

            Damn. They seem to put on a good show. Speaking of music from Japan, what do you know of Susumu Hirasawa? He’;s not metal but is an excellent electronic composer. This is coming from a guy who usually hates electronic music.

          • Waynecro

            Aside from the stuff he composed for Berserk and Paprika, I’m not familiar with Susumu Hirasawa’s music. I’ll have to look into it.

          • The Mighty Thorange

            I forgot you were into Berserk. That’s really the only stuff I know too but it is amazing stuff. High five for Berserk anyway.

          • The Mighty Thorange

            In fact, I just found out that the manga’s hiatus is over and the next issue is out at the end of March! Fuck yes!

          • The Mighty Thorange

            Both Galneryus and X Japan are fucking great. Japan has tons of talented bands when you look past all the J-pop and cutesy anime bullshit.

  • Also, super stoked to finally hear this Cellador album. It’s been too long

  • Howard Dean

    Satan Worship has got to be the laziest and least creative band name I’ve ever seen in the 21st century. That must be an ESL/third world black metal band.

    EDIT: Yep, just checked. Looks like the band members are split between Brazil and Germany.


    • Quick, look through their lyrics for new true metal copy pasta

      • Howard Dean

        Couldn’t find any lyrics, but here is their track list for the new album. You can almost smell the don’t entries:

        1. Holy Blasphemy
        2. I’m the Devil
        3. Azrael’s Hand
        4. The Girls of Manson Family
        5. Satanik Possession
        6. Zodiac Overkill
        7. The Black Flame
        8. Black Death
        9. Under Sign of the Reaper
        10. The Last Days of Paul John Knowles

        • Here’s one I found a while ago. Album is pretty good if you like ignorant speed metal

          “Your shit around us, die on the dance floor
          We hate your music, we hate to fucking you
          We wanna smash you, we wanna kill you
          You’ll wish be died, you’ll see the fucking death”

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          “Girl’s of Manson Family”
          “Zodiac Overkill”

          • Howard Dean

            90% chance these dudes have this poster on their basement wall:


          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            Is The Devils Rejects, the most passable movie that Zombie has ever done? or any of the follow up, i stopped watching any of his stuff.

          • Waynecro

            My brother and I watched The Lords of Salem and 31 and were terribly unimpressed. My brother hated the movies so much, he sent rude tweets to Rob Zombie.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            I have a friend who only listen to Nirvana, GNR, Rammstein, Rob Zombie, those are “His bands” and lately he was a lot into Band Silencer, out of nowhere he falls in love with a Black Metal band, The point was, i went to a concert back in -05-06 can’t remember exactly, and that was when you are young, and full of energy and wanted to see all the bands, so we would show up early to the show, and make the line, and this time, since it was a Static X show, the radio station was there and they gave us Early premiere ticket to go see the Devils Rejects, when i told my friend about it, he make me promise to take him, since with the ticket was a plus one, and we all went, and by the end for me, the movie was what it was, but today you asked him about the Rob Zombies movies, and my friends says, that Zombie shouldn’t be directing any movies, and at the same time, he needs to get back to make better music.

          • Waynecro

            I’ve never been a fan of Zombie’s music, but I had fun with House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects (despite how blatantly derivative they are). But I really hated his last two movies. We really only watched them because we were staying at my parents’ house for a few days and had time to kill in the evenings.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            I was going to try to give it a watch to Salem one, but i passed on it, i enjoy his live show, since he tries to make it different than everyone else, since he brings his Robots, and the whole gimmick, but i would probably pass on watching 1000 and Devil rejects, since there is not much going on, but i will always stop whenever, Schindler List, Forrest Gump, Malcom X, even if it’s on regular tv with commercials, they are too good for me.

          • Waynecro

            I rarely watch movies these days, and the only way I’ll watch another Zombie film is if I have to kill some time and have nothing better to do.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          11. Spiky Red Tail of the Devil’s
          12. Hell Has Fire
          13. Evil Book of Spells
          14. I Am A Murderer Person
          15. Demonic Laughing Echoes
          16. Vampire Blood Lusts

    • Dumpster Lung

      I actually listened to a little and it’s not bad, but like you’d expect, just blackened-Motorhead kinda stuff, which is probably a million bands at this point. It’s like the “pizza thrash” of black metal 😛

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “Thanks to Lubricant, I was able to pass this enormous turd pile atop which I now sit, pantsless and relieved. Thanks, Lubricant!”

    • Joaquin Stick

      Dude, this is goooooood thrash. Nice work!

    • PB, you’re one of my favorites! jamming your album whilst i write…

      • Awesome!!! Thanks man! Hoping to put out at least one release a year from now on, it’s insanely fun to do.

  • Old Man Doom

    Good good stuff, Positronic Brain!

    Also, can’t wait to get my hands on that new Fen.

  • Bert Banana

    Just so we are all clear…King Nebula is the name of the strain

    • Spear

      It felt bold-worthy.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Shoulda been Ra’s Dong

  • Waynecro

    I like those Hands songs more than the “Sludge/Post-Metal” label led me to believe I would. And I really dig the vocals in Positronic Brain.

  • Óðinn

    Nice. Thanks Spear!

  • Joaquin Stick

    Late to the party but this Pillorian is great. Thanks PiK