This Toilet Tuesday (9/5/17)


Welcome once more to This Toilet Tuesday! This week’s offering is a bit on the compact side, but it’ll make for a nice break before September opens the floodgates and drowns us in new music. Hans and I have picked out a couple of the highlights for your enjoyment, but there are a couple more solid jams in the list below.

Mausoleum Gate – Into a Dark Divinity (Cruz del Sur Music) [Rock/Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Solomon’s Key”

If “Solomon’s Key” is any indication, Mausoleum Gate’s new effort will make their debut sound downright forward-thinking. A catchy, mournful melody comprised of the Hammond organ (which will apparently be much more prominent on this record) and guitars that have not so much as been kissed by distortion whisk you away into a realm of Blue Oyster Cult-ish proto-metal. Then the two make way for a verse that feels like stepping into a clearing in an ominous forest where some dude in a robe bids you welcome. Despite the warm sound and lacking anything close to today’s conception of heaviness, this still comes off foreboding and somewhat dark. It feels like something the older son from F Is For Family would be into. 9/8/17 (Hans)

Helpless – Debt (Holy Roar Records) [Grind/Sludge]
Listen to “Ceremony Of Innocence”

Helpless put out a rad little EP a couple years ago, driven by hideous discordant riffing and choppy rhythms. It also showcased an ability to turn on a dime into slow, creeping sludge riffs, feeling perfectly at home alongside the violent bursts of noise and outrage. Debt sounds like it will continue much in the same vein, but with much fuller production. If you like your dissonance in shorter bursts, check this one out. 9/8/17 (Spear)

Arch Enemy – Will to Power (Century Media Records) [Melodeath]
Listen to “The World Is Yours,” “The Eagle Flies”

Argus – From Fields of Fire (Cruz del Sur Music) [Doom]

Assacrentis – Colossal Destruction (Anesthetize Productions) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Human Zero”

Astaroth Omnipotence: The Infinite Darkness (CDN Records) [Blackened Melodeath]
Listen to “Unflesh”

Atrox – Monocle (Dark Essence Records) [Gothic Metal]
Listen to “Mass”

Baskerville – Opus Aeternum (Repentless) [Heavy Metal]

Blazon Stone – Down in the Dark (Stormspell Records) [Power Metal]

Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass (Season of Mist) [Death Metal]
Listen to “In Dank Purity,” “Chronic Breed”

Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons (Nine Records) [Doom]

Darkfall – At the End of Times (MDD Records) [Melodeath]
Listen to “Ride Through the Sky”

Depths of Kronos – From the Void (Independent) [Melodeath]

Devil’s Emissary – Demiurge Asceticism (Third Eye Temple) [Black/Death Metal]
Listen to “Black Hole Meditation”

Dr. Colossus – The Dank (Independent) [Stoner Doom]
Listen to “Holy Driver”

Fatuous Rump – Propagation of the Foul (Amputated Vein Records) [Brutal Death Metal]
Listen to “Guillotine”

Force Majeure – The Rise of Starlit Fire (Mighty Music) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Apocalyptic Hearts”

The Great Discord – The Rabbit Hole (The Sign Records) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Darkest Day,” “The Red Rabbit”

Grift – Arvet (Nordvis) [Folk/Black Metal]
Listen to “Den stora tystnaden”

Hands of Orlac/The Wandering Midget – Hands of Orlac/The Wandering Midget (split- Cruz del Sur Music) [Doom]
Listen to “From Beyond the Stars” (HoO)

High Spirits – Escape! (High Roller Records) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Lonely Nights”

Infest – Addicted to Flesh (Defying Danger Records) [Death/Thrash]
Listen to “Hail the mother war,” “Deathrash Legion 666”

Major Kong – Brace for Impact (Independent) [Instrumental Doom]

Manilla Road – To Kill a King (Hellion Records) [Heavy Metal]

Muert – Ye Canariae Abezan (Hammerheart Records) [Black Metal]

Númenor – Chronicles from the Realms Beyond (Stormspell Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Carven Stone”

The Projectionist/Albanach ar Dheis – Frostbitten Northern Void (split- Independent) [Black Metal]
Listen to “Auld Alliance”

The Rinn – Stories of the Green Fairy (Sliptrick Records) [Power Metal]
Listen to “Symphony of Light”

Sanhedrin – A Funeral for the World (Independent) [Heavy/Speed Metal]
Listen to “Demoness,” “Die Trying”

Shadowside – Shades of Humanity (Furia Music Records) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Alive”

Tales of Gaia – Hypernova (Fighter Records) [lolbuttz]
Listen to “Keep the Dream Alive,” “My Right to Live”

Thera Roya – Masterful Universe (Independent) [Sludge/Doom]

Threshold – Legends of the Shires (Nuclear Blast Records) [Prog Metal]
Listen to “Lost in Translation”

Twelve Boar – No Forgiveness (Independent) [Heavy Metal]
Listen to “Snake on a Lead”

Usnea – Portals into Futility (Relapse Records) [Funeral 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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  • HessianHunter

    I like me some Twelve Boar. Quality BBQ rock.

    • Howard Dean
      • /real talk

        I’d rather eat a plate of uncooked cauliflower.

        • Howard Dean


          Brisket burnt ends are the part of a bee’s leg that bends, GL!!!!

        • RJA

          Interesting choice you made there as raw cauliflower is one of my favorite things but – you crazy GL

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      BBQ is from the Taino Arawak word “barbacoa,” which means to cook something on sticks over fire.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe


  • I really dig Arch Enemy’s The World Is Yours song, but not that eagle one. So conflicted!

    Must continue to listen… and watch 😉

    • tigeraid

      I’ve had a listen through, and I enjoy the album overall. There’s just a couple of tunes were they’re trying to be kinda pop-ish or something and it fails miserably.

      • just tried finding a stream… no luck.

        I look forward to hearing it, though.

        • tigeraid

          Loomis makes everything worthwhile.

          • As a Loomis fan, I have to say that he does not bring a big draw for me. Not sure why. Love his work, maybe it is bc he is just a hired gun. Hmmm

          • Spear

            There’s an interview with Amott where he talks about not allowing Loomis to write anything on the new album. Apparently he’s afraid Jeff would change their sound too much (read: he’s afraid he won’t be able to play Jeff’s music).

          • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

            Loomis just played a few solos in, pass.

          • Yeah, but, I bet those solos are like the weedly good ones. Just saying.

    • Hashtown

      Arch Enemy would be so much better if Amott let Loomis actually write some riffs and let Alissa use more of her vocal range…I will probably enjoy the new album, but I think they have a lot of unused potential

      • Yeah, it does seem like wasted potential. I am sure it is a calculated risk from them to not try and alienate the fan base they having building for all these years. Cannot say I blame them….

        • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

          I seriously don’t see letting Loomis write as a risk of alienation at all. Cordle wrote. Whatever it is, is in Michael’s head.

          • I do not disagree. My point is I am sure they would rather not sustain any criticism for it and in return risk hurting the living they currently make.

            Maybe once they grow for a bit more they will try it. Who knows!

      • OldMetalHead

        Totally agree. I didn’t like the last album, and this one seems to be going in a more commercial (poppy) direction. The ingredients are all there for something special, but…

  • Howard Dean

    That Mausoleum Gate sounds pretty kewl. Wish I could hear more than one preview track, as I’d like to know if they go a bit more upbeat/faster tempo on some of their stuff. Promising nonetheless.

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      They had an album out before this, give it a shot.

  • Lord of Bork

    Just might have to pick me up the 12″ of that new Helpless. Good shit.

  • tigeraid

    That Manilla Road tho.

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover


  • Excited to read some of the upcoming Arch Enemy reviews. So far everyone agrees it’s terrible, well, except for metal dads who are new to the band.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    To Kill a King rules and the new Blazon Stone is good so far, that came out today. A few more I’ll look in to

  • Butts4Gutts

    Pretty much only excited about Cannabis Corpse and Usnea. Simple mind, simple tastes.

  • themaleshoegaze

    Need to check out Usnea, since they get comparisons to Yob, and comparisons don’t come much more flattering, so this better be good. (Though I have they say that I only really GOT Yob on seeing them live. But boy do I get them since then.)

    A bit (by which I mean 100%, totally) on the (post-)HC side, but maybe still interesting for some here: NY(P)HC-legends-by-virtue-of-one-Revelation-7″ Burn have their new Ballou-produced LP streaming here:

    I’ve never been huge on them but I’m really enjoying the listen so far.

  • Morbidly Obese Angel

    New Cannabis Corpse sounding pretty dank