This Toilet Tuesday (9/19/17)


It is once again Toilet Tuesday, and we are once more bringing you all of the music. And damn, is there a lot of music; we’ve got sweet tunes from every corner of the metalsphere this week, with particularly strong death metal showing. BertBanana, Karhu, Hans, Ellipsis, Dumpster Lung, and Lacertilian have each picked out an album or two for you to look into. Check those out, and maybe share something from the list that catches your ear.

Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven (Artemisia Records) [Atmospheric Black Metal]

After a rather divisive release in Celestite, Wolves in the Throne Room return to their older sound with Thrice Woven, and it’s a rather incredible return to be honest. “Born from the Serpent’s Eye” builds an amazing atmosphere, and when it hits its climax…it’s so satisfying. Such an epic piece to listen to. One thing to note so far is in both songs, “Born from the Serpent’s Eye” and “Angrboda” is in the second half, they slow it down. So, I imagine each song is going to be their own stories, rather than go with a concept route. Judging from the liner notes, “Mother Owl, Father Ocean,” is likely going to be their more intricate and ambitious song on the record. If you’re a fan of the Cascadian BM sound, it’s likely you’re going to enjoy what you get on this record. It’s definitely shaping up to be a nice return for WITTR though. 9/22/17 (BertBanana)

King Parrot – Ugly Produce (Agonia Records) [Thrashy Groove/Grind]
Listen to “Piss Wreck”“Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag”

If 2015’s Dead Set cemented the riotous Aussie grinders’ presence on the international stage, Ugly Produce drags its red-raw arse over that pavement like a mongrel stray doggo spreading its infectious gastrointestinal worms to the world. What’s that fucking stupid metaphor supposed to mean? Look, honestly I’m not sure. What I do know is that these 10 tracks are short, catchy, filthy little buggers that you’ll find wriggling in your shit weeks later. If you enjoyed the groove-grind direction King Pazza started on after signing to Phil Anselmo’s label a few years ago, you’ll have a blast with Ugly Produce. Barking mad vocalist Youngy has allowed even more of his charismatic live energy to be captured on record, while guitarists Mr White and Squizzy somehow manage to fuse Wormrot grime with Pantera-esque groove. Pretty farkin’ grouse. 22/9/17 (Lacertilian)

Kalmankantaja – Routamaa (Wolfspell Records) [Black Metal]

Kalmankantaja has released about two hundred albums, and has had about as many logos, in only a few years. Naturally not everything has been very good, but lately Grim666 (of several hundred bands, including Lathspell) seems to have hit a stride and produced several great atmospheric black metal albums. Routamaa continues this, with a largely mid-tempo and melancholic approach. The Burzum-tribute of “Kylmä Ikuinen”, Lathspell b-side (in style, not quality) “Veren Vanki” and livelier riffing “Varjon ja Tulen Jumala” break away from the most usual template, giving Routamaa more diversity than Kalmankantaja’s earliest releases. If you’re interested in abm, don’t miss this. 9/22/17 (Karhu)

Tombstalker – Chaotic Devotion (Boris Records) [Black/Death/Thrash]

Bite-sized the release may be, but Tombstalker manage to cram a veritable feast of hard-hitting, mean-spirited HM-2 worship into these two tracks. The blackened edge stems mostly from the vocals; the riffs are grade-A Swedeath all the way. While not presenting anything unheard of, the songwriting is nonetheless extremely solid, and they know how to hook you with some interesting dynamics. “Scared to Death” comes up with some cool twists in the rhythm department, while “Treads of War” rumbles along like a tank only to surprise you with its nimbleness later on. 17/09/19 (Hans)

Terror Empire – Obscurity Rising (Mosher Records) [Thrash]

Portugal’s Terror Empire wear their influences from 80’s Thrash with pride, on their second album, Obscurity Rising. Heard within their tight rhythmic assault are the likes of Slayer, Sepultura, Testament and Dark Angel. Despite these sources of inspiration, Terror Empire still sounds like they belong in this millennium, rather than just an 80’s throwback. If you like your Thrash with a dose of Death and a touch of Groove, Terror Empire has you covered. 9/23/17 (Ellipsis)

Overoth – The Forgotten Tome (Hostile Media) [Death Metal]
Listen to “The Keeper”

The Forgotten Tome is apparently Overoth’s second full-length album, and it’s been 7 years since the release of their debut. I don’t know if they’ve continued down a path they already began back then, or if this album signals a change of pace, but either way, I’m digging it. There’s only one track available right now, but it’s a good one. “The Keeper” plods along like a dreary march through a battlefield strewn with bodies. There’s definitely a doomy feel throughout, with just a bit of black metal influence here and there, and a nice heavy groove thrown in for good measure, like if Bolt Thrower dabbled in a little bit of black metal (atmospherically speaking). I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more. 9/22/17 (Dumpster Lung)

Ufomammut – 8 (Neurot Recordings) [DOOM]
Listen to “Zodiac,” “Warsheep”

For the last few months, I’ve felt a certain emptiness. I’ve been craving something but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Grind? Bleh. Death Metal? Pass. Black Metal? Nah. So, after not listening to metal for 2 months, it turns out all I really needed was some bad-ass Stoner Doom that’s filled with riffs heavy enough that you feel it on your shoulders. The bass line in the opening track, “Babel,” is so goddamn heavy, that you’ll start slouching in your chair as it oozes out your speakers/headphones. It’s a great track and it sets the tone just right. Once that song is done, you know you’re committed. Cancel whatever plans you have that day. The only time you’re getting up is to flip the record over. Both “Warsheep” and “Zodiac” flow into each other in a fantastic way. The production is crisp but still has that grimy, sludgy sound that we all love. 9/22/17 (BertBanana)

Process of Guilt – Black Earth (Bleak/Division Records) [Sludge/Doom]
Listen to “Feral Ground”

If you came across this in a record store, you might take a look at the cover and, seeing what appears to be a tree wearing a cloak, assume Process of Guilt are some kind of “trees-and-shit” black metal band.  Wrong!  This is pure sludge, plain and simple.  I think the tree on the cover is dressed in black because it’s mourning its friends — maybe they all were wiped out by a nearby volcanic eruption.  The viscous riffs are like a thick torrent of magma steadily incinerating everything in its path, while the deep pounding of the drums is like a series of subterranean tremors.  Basically, this goes pretty hard, and if you’re in the mood for some sludge, I don’t think you can go wrong with this album. 9/22/17 (Dumpster Lung)

Acephalix – Decreation (20 Buck Spin) [Death Metal]

Appalachian Winter – The Lake and the Mountain: A Memoir (Independent) [Neofolk/Orchestral]

Arallu – Six (Transcending Obscurity) [Folk/Black Metal]

Archspire – Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist) [The Techest Death]
Listen to “Involuntary Doppelgänger,” “Calamus Will Animate”

Bionatops – Voices (Nefarious Industries) [Progressive… something]
Listen to “The Great Pancake Massacre of 1957”

Canker – Earthquake (Xtreem Music) [Death/Thrash]

Cerebral Incubation – Bifurcation of Primordial Slamateurs (Rising Nemesis Records) [Slam]
Listen to “Ascariasis Evisceration”

The Chasm – A Conscious Creation from the Isolated Domain (Lux Inframundis Productions) [Death Metal]

ColdSpell – A New World Arise (Escape/Anderstein) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Call of the Wild”

Colpocleisis – Fallopian Fallout (Inherited Suffering Records) [Slam]

Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay (Nuclear Blast Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Heartbreak and Seance,” “You Will Know The Lion By His Claw”

Daydream XI – The Circus of the Tattered and Torn (Lasers Edge) [Power Prog]

Dead Is Dead – Constraints of Time (Triple Eye Industries) [Post Metal]
Listen to “Earth As It’s Slowly Consumed By The Sun”

Deathtiny – Come to Life (STF Records) [Operatic Power Metal]
Lithten to “Come to Life”

Devilish Impressions – The I (Lifeforce Records) [Black/Death Metal]
Listen to “The I”

Diablo Blvd – Zero Hour (Nuclear Blast Records) [Hillbilly Rob Zombie]
Listen to “Animal,” “Sing From The Gallows”

Druadan Forest – The Lost Dimension (Wolfspell Records) [Whimsical Black Metal]

Drouth – Knives, Labyrinths, Mirrors (Independent) [Black/Death Metal]

Epitaph – Claws (High Roller Records) [Doom]

Fractured Spine – Failed Pieces (Independent) [Gothic/Doom]
Listen to “Tru”

Goatblood – Gasmask Devastation Terror (Dunkelheit Produktionen) [Black Metal]

Golden Dawn – Early Obscurity​.​.​. Part 2 (Beverina Productions) [Gothic/Black Metal]

Implore – Subjugate (Century Media Records) [Grindcore]
Listen to “Loathe”

Incertain – Rats in Palaces (Pride & Joy Music) [Thrash]
Listen to “Amok”

In Twilight’s Embrace – Vanitas (Arachnophobia Records) [Blackened Melodeath]
Listen to “The Hell of Mediocrity”

Kauan – Kaiho (Independent) [Post-Rock/Doom]

Lonewolf – Raised on Metal (Massacre Records) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Through Fire, Ice And Blood”

Mastodon – Cold Dark Place (Reprise Records) [Prog/Post-Metal]
Listen to “Toe to Toes”

Monarch! – Never Forever (Profound Lore) [Creepy Doom]

National Suicide – Massacre Elite (Scarlet Records) [Thrash]
Listen to “Take Me To The Dive Bar”

Nibiru – Qaal Babalon (Argonauta Records) [Sludge/Doom]

One Master/Ninhursag – One Master/Ninhursag (Eternal Death) [Black Metal]

Onirism – Sun (Naturmacht Productions) [Space Black Metal]
Listen to “To the Unknown,” “Heart of Everything”

Oraculum – Always Higher (Invictus Productions) [Death Metal]

The Psychodox – An Unmedicated Bad Trip Vol. 3 (Independent) [Sludge/Doom]
Listen to “Newly Committed to the Asylum”

Retrace My Fragments – Tidal Lock (Independent) [Prog Death]

Satyricon – Deep Calleth upon Deep (Napalm Records) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Deep Calleth upon Deep”

Seventh Genocide – Toward Akina (WOOAAARGH/Chaotic Noise Prayers/Third I Rex) [Black Metal]

Sinicle – Angels & Demons (Independent) [Weird Heavy/Thrash Metal]

Sorrows Path – Touching Infinity (Iron Shield Records) [Power Prog]
Listen to “Fantasies WIll Never Die”

Space Vacation – Lost in the Black Divide (Pure Steel Records) [Speed/Power Metal]
Listen to “Devil to Pay”

Stormstone/Vanth – A Prophecy to Come/Chalice of the Faithless (Vertebrae) [Black Metal]

Tantal – Ruin (Sleaszy Rider Records) [Hard Rock]
Listen to “Ruin”

Thonian Horde – Inconnu (Grimoire Records) [Weird Black’n’Roll]
Listen to “Helltrain,” “Organized Oppression”

Vacivus – Temple of the Abyss (Profound Lore Records) [Death Metal]

Voodoma – Gotland (Pride & Joy Music) [lolbuttz]
Listen to “Ghostlight”

Vulture Industries – Stranger Times (Season of Mist) [Prog Metal/Rock]
Listen to “As the World Burns,” “Strangers”

The Wake – Earth’s Necropolis (Loud Rage Music) [Black Metal]

With the Dead – Love from with the Dead (Rise Above Records) [Rock]
Listen to “Summer”

World Controller – Fiery the Angels Fell (Blackened Death Records) [Death/Doom]

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

    This Terror Empire is pretty tight so far Ellipsis, bit of that modern-sound similar to early Revocation going on in places to go the Testament/Sepultura vibes.

  • Howard Dean

    Wow, hadn’t heard that WitTR were releasing a new album. I was a big fan of Diadem, Two Hunters and Black Cascade when I listened to atmospheric BM more often, but kinda drifted away and didn’t pay much attention to Celestial Lineage (and completely ignored Celestite). Interested in hearing some new stuff from them.

    • RJA

      I followed about the same path – loved Black Cascade for a while, still do – they received a ton of praise around Celestial Lineage, which I thought was ok and I kind of counted them out a bit. I am excited for the new one though more than I though I might be.

    • Rolderathis

      I’ve only heard Diadem all the way through once I think…WitTR is a band that I have no issues with, I’ve just never really been interested. However, I dig that “Serpent’s Eye” track (not sold on “Angrboda” though). I hope the rest of the album keeps up the quality of the first song.

  • Cradle of Filth aren’t even trying to disguise their intent to appeal to the Hawt Topic crowd these days. (or have they always done that? i’ve never known much about them, except they covered that one [now] illegal Iron Maiden song.)

    • Dig that new Arch Enemy?

      • you tryna rustle this jimmy? i’ll check ‘er out and get back to ya, but only because my future ex-wife is their lead vocalist.

        • She does a clean-ish vocal track mid way through. You might like it! Very good if you ask me..

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            You’re gonna love the review…

          • bro did you review it?
            *fingers crossed you did*

          • Alyssa’s cleans >>>>>>>>
            i really dug The Agonist’s work. a lot.

          • Song name is Reason to Believe.

          • okay i dug the cleans on Reason 2 Believe, but the growly hooks were bad. had to stop listening, that album does nothing for me.
            switching over to Agonist. have you heard Ideamotor? it’s a doozy.

          • Honestly, I think her cleans are straight cringe. I can really only listen to her AE songs (even though the cleans on Reason to Believe are decent)

            Man we are going no were good today, lol.

          • i guess we can agree on one thing: her work with Arch Enemy isn’t consistent! there’s always something there bugging one of us. (not a good sign)

          • The anime hair is distracting, too. lol. THERE I SAID IT

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Alyssa White-Gluz has a sister named Jasamine who is way hotter. Mostly because she looks like a normal girl as opposed to an anime character come to life

          • ALYSSA HAS AMNESTY FROM THE NO-ANIME RULE. but also she’s been photographed several times without the anime look and [battletoads jaw-drop jpg]

    • HessianHunter

      Cradle of Filth were ALWAYS the band making the Hot-Topic-friendly version of extreme metal.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ


    • Howard Dean

      This guy tasted the Dani Filth one time. Still think Cradle ov Topic is harmless?

    • Dumpster Lung

      Why illegal?

      • There’s a legal battle between Iron Maiden and some dude who wrote a song which Steve Harris kinda sorta ripped off for Hallowed be thy Name

  • There is just too much music!


  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Lotta good stuff today

  • HessianHunter

    Based on the single, Cold Dark Place will probably be my favorite Mastodon album of the 2010’s. Gimme all the Brent Hinds chicken pickin’.

    • They keep getting better and better!

    • Spear

      The first song is heart rending. It’s all super good.

  • Guppusmaximus

    $80 VIP incl. tickets for Tony MacApline w/ Gergo Borlai (the Drum God):

    Too bad I won’t be able to make the Cambridge, MA. show. I’d love to meet those two amazing musicians.

  • Anyone else just fucking love the Black Metal History TOH radio episode? God damn is it funny.

    • Dumpster Lung

      Might be my favorite episode ever.

  • anesthesiac

    New Vulture Industries 🤠🤠🤠

  • Rolderathis

    I usually have a difficult time getting into sludge, but that Process of Guilt has me intrigued. If they can keep this sound up for 45 minutes with enough variation, I’d def consider buying. Nice list!

    • Dumpster Lung

      Same here! I hope the rest is as solid as that song is

      • Rolderathis

        This came out a bit early on Bandcamp, listening now and I think it’s pretty well done!

  • Primordial Chaos

    Tombstalker and Acephalix sounds good and there is a new song by the mighty Cannibal Corpse named “Code of The Slashers” on Bandcamp:

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Man that new Cannibal Corpse song pulverizes

  • New Drouth is ace

  • Count_Breznak

    Yes, more wooly space pachyderms. This year is pretty fucking good.

  • Kyle Reese

    Admission: I never listen to any of these.

    • Lacertilian

      That’s cool. Mostly ignore you too.