Every Thursday, Gimme Radio Program Director, Brian Turner, delivers the top 5 jaw-dropping tracks on Gimme Radio.
CLERIC – All Death Unseeing
Another reason not to mess with Texas, this quintet (ex-Tyrannosorceress, Kill the Client, Death to a Dying World) blast shards of classic-sounding death metal destruction on their second LP 'Serpent Psalms' out this past month on Refining Darkness. Scribes often evoke Entombed, Asphyx, Bolthrower and others into the 'sounds-like' nod, surely there are smatterings of Scandinavia all over this distinctively American combo, be excited to see what they program on their forthcoming Gimme DJ takeover (12/6!)
SODOM – Out of the Frontline Trench
Teutonic titans of thrash had some lineup turbulence and now seem to have settled back with an EP glimpse of what the road ahead resembles: three new studio tracks, one classic studio rework and one classic live. Out of the gate this new song rips, thematically Tom Angelripper claims it's inspired by old postcards and documentary reels left by his granddad.
ASTROSAUR – Poyekhali
This one passed by us after a release this past summer, but very cool to catch up with this Oslo trio and it's stellar flair for maximal minimalism. Each component singular and crisp yet frothing over with towering prog-jazz insane solos, frenetic bass/drums, tempo and mood changes and the flip of a switch. Seems as if their live performances are synonymous with their recordings, a great band to keep an eye on.
SCHAMMASCH – Rays Like Razors
Making the rounds on year end lists already (and just out last week), these Swiss heavies offer up some diverse, textural black metal via sweeping guitars, experimentation, even some piano and guests in the mix. They play Decibel Fest in LA next month. 'Hearts of No Light' is just out on Prosthetic this past week.
HEXEKRATION RITES – Necrotriumph
Via the Atavism imprint, this French black/death hybrid hatched as a duo last year and this followup to their demo is sonic gravel at its best. With slight similarities to their fellow countryman Diamatragon, this is gutteral, blasted stuff, throttling drum pummel. Viva La Black Death!
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