Gimme Metal Program Director Brian Turner delivers the week's top 5 office buzz-worthy tracks.
BASTARDUR – The Whispering Beast
Loving this debut from Sólstafir singer/guitarist Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason and Birgir Jónsson, Bastarður's crust detour of Sólstafir's northern-lights majesty rips like volcanic magma. Get in the chat Tuesday the 19th when Addi hangs and plays favorite tunes on Gimme!
KOWLOON WALLED CITY – Piecework
Oakland's Kowloon Walled City are minimalist doom with maximalist impact. Massive riffs pulse like lapping waves, then adorned with heart-stopping periods of silence and dread, a tension and release dynamic they pull over quite well on their latest release in six years, 'Piecework'. a band well-named after a dense Hong Kong housing block where postmen get lost within the inner corridors for days.
GLASSING – Absolute Virtue
The dreamy vortex summoned up by this Austin band has been source of much pleasure at Gimme HQ (especially after the band's great 2019 takeover of the airwaves) and their latest 'Spotted Horse' finds them more monolithic than ever. Black metal influenced with heaps of post-rock, shoegaze scattered about, this track reaches great new pinnacles, a secret spot somewhere between Mogwai and Marduk.
LVCIFYRE – The Broken Seal
Finally a full lengther from this London troupe. The penchant for UK death metal acts to ante up the brutality these last few years is well documented, adding some black metal to the salad and we've got some truly brutal mayhem going on here. Some truly lashing stuff.
NECROFIER – Betrayal of the Queen
While the synth-and-horror-vibed Immortalisms of this group might be seen as retro kitsch to some, Necrofier truly rise to the challenge with scarifying vocals that almost blanket the proceedings like a white/black-noise sheet, and the drumming is super. Check out their 'Prophecies of Eternal Darkness' and their forthcoming Gimme DJ special on November 10.
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