One of my newly favorite bands Eternal Valley have released a new EP of 4 songs that were recorded around the time the last LP, Screams of Eternal Emptiness, was recorded. The result is just 4 remarkably atmospheric/depressive black metal that wander within the forest of doom and despair. Concealed In Nothingness is not just 4 extra songs that have no true place, these are damn good songs that deserve to be played loud and proud by everyone.
When it came down to it, I only wanted to go to Mayhem Fest to see 2 bands: Cannibal Corpse and Suicide Silence. So when the festival was cancelled for the Bonner Springs, KS date on July 15th, I was pretty frustrated/annoyed/angry. It’s always fun to see Cannibal Corpse and I had never seen Suicide Silence before. Festival shows are usually short sets and hot/humid days filled with a ton of waiting and standing but seeing these two bands would have been worth it. However, some amazing people put together an off date show in Lawrence, KS at The Granada Theater and it featured the two main acts I wanted to see plus one extra band I enjoy and another whom is a local favorite within the Kansas City death metal scene. All bands were good and the venue setting was way more enjoyable than an out door show.
Returning from their homeland of Sweden to take over the lands in the same way their viking breathren did so long ago, King of Asgard come back with their Nordic themed metal ambush called “Karg”. Another Metal Blade Records treat, KoA give us their fine blend of melody and death metal that they are well known for. Yet, something new is in the air when I blast the new KoA album. Something grim and cold and it stings.
Necronautical – “Black Sea Misanthropy”. Deadly blackened thrash driven metal with apparent undead boat tomfoolery. These black sails are risen high and the path is set for an exploration to the underworld! The music is fast tempo slaughter fest of riffs, drum work and mid-higher ranged death screaming. These UK sea-men give us something rather different in theme but similar in sound.
Well I am randomly on YouTube checking out what is new and Nuclear Blast just dropped a full album stream on us out of nowhere. So without further delay…here is Suicide Silence’s new album “You Can’t Stop Me”!
Okay. Here is something magical that hit my inbox and proceeded to keep me enthralled the entire listen and had me wanting to replay the album constantly. I even took a break from it just to revisit it and make sure I wasn’t insane. Meadows End, a symphonic/melodic death metal band from Sweden gives us the most astonishing sounding music since I heard Caladan Brood’s “Echoes of Battle”. I’m not comparing the two albums based on sound nor genre, I am comparing the feeling I got while listening to each for the first time. This is something magical, something brilliant and something I can listen to on a daily basis.
The evil sounds from the swamp have returned! Blackened thrash group Goatwhore make their way back with more riffs, ominous vocals and brutal drum work. The warriors come back, kick the doors down and just play as loud as possible. Evil music has never been this catchy nor this enchanting. Get your neck ready because Goatwhore brings forth the most headbang inducing riffing ever!
Adabroc – “Iolaire”. Atmospheric black metal from one man in Scotland. This is definitely atmospheric with beautiful music that is quite repetitive and lulls the listener into it’s realm of audio ecstasy. This is great black metal that has nothing to do with being an Odinist or Pagan, definitely give this one a listen. 3.5 out of 5 http://www.adabroc.com http://www.adabroc.com/discography.htm