I wanted to like Devouring Radiant Light. I don’t, but I wanted to. Post-Chance Garnette Skeletonwitch seemed promising enough with new vocalist Adam Clemans on the 2016 comeback EP The Apothic Gloom. All they had to do was step up their game just a notch or two to really deliver something killer. The two singles off Devouring Radiant Light indicated that maybe they did. In context with the rest of the album, that’s not the case.
It’s only a matter of time before Bloodetter gets picked up by a label. Their new full-length Under The Dark Mark is heavy on the modern thrash sound with songs that get in, fuck you up for about two minutes, and leave before the next one shows up. If you’re a fan of bands like Vektor, Black Fast, and Havok, then you’re going to dig this one.
Didn’t keep up with the news last week? Here’s everything you missed from July 9 to July 15, condensed down.
Beyond Times Square and its throngs of gaping tourists, or the diurnal peacefulness Central Park, lies the remaining hive of New York City. Lavishness gives way to grime, gives way to richly historic areas, gives way to towering decrepitude. All of which slowly rolls like ocean waves across the peninsula. Imperial Triumphant masterfully examines that endless flow of filth and opulence in an experimental manner akin to electric-era Miles Davis joining forces with Deathspell Omega and Portal, and does so as if it’s been done before.
Founding Obscura guitarist and vocalist Steffen Kummerer said upon entering the studio for Diluvium that the album would be “diverse, progressive and colorful in every possible way.” Kummerer is right in the same way you’d be right in calling space pretty big. Diluvium is heavy and mindbogglingly technical without belaboring the point, yet incorporates enough straightforward writing and experimentation to keep any listener constantly hooked.
I was 16 years old when Behold The Arctopus released Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning. I happened upon the release purely by chance somewhere on the Internet and was immediately hooked. The performance by the trio was incredibly raw and executed flawlessly. Since Nano Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning, I haven’t been quite as enamored with instrumental music. Most of it felt too polished, too mired down in aimless solos and pointless passages leading to nowhere.
At least up until I heard Fall Of The Albatross‘ new EP Abscission. Then I felt 16 years old all over again.
The year is half over and 10 albums have really stood out to me thus far. As a rule for this post, all 10 chosen albums must have been released by July 1. This way everyone can check out the full album if they’re into it and I don’t end up spoiling any coming reviews.
To the list!