Gimme Metal Program Director Brian Turner delivers the week's top 5 office buzz-worthy tracks.
GHASTLY – Parasites
While Finland's Ghastly risk getting swept up in the river of death metal revivalists, there's something utterly nefarious about their approach to the genre. They definitely inject more atmosphere than most into their 'Death Velour' LP (out on 20 Buck Spin); parts of it have crept with a humid-swamp moog exercise punctuated by percussion/silence right out of an Argento score. But when they come roaring up with full flight, you get a dismal yet powerful punch in the gut with well orchestrated riff-n-rhythm moves and suitingly terrifying vocal attack.
RED FANG – Arrows
After a five year sitout (presumably mastering the Katana sword as depicted in their awesome new video), Portland's Red Fang return stridently with a record actually finished in 2019. It feels loose, full of the same elements that have endeared them to dedicated hordes in the past: melodic mastery, crushing guitars, a familiar yet much welcome return. Keep an ear out for a forthcoming Gimme DJ takeover in early June!
SOPHROSYNE – Ecclesiastes
(Warning flickering image alert in video). Namechecking Sarcafago, Wax Trax and Duma in their bio (!), this slab of tweaked industrial-metal digital weirdness comes to us from the Brighton UK based Avon Terror Corps label which has not dabbled a whole lot in metal, more pure electronica in the past. But if modern times teaches us everything, it's all a damn stew and cross-pollination is the only means of survival in desperate times. Done well.
CADAVERIC INCUBATOR – Necropolis
Mud-caked death grind from Finland emanating its stench from the Hells Headbangers crew, Cadeveric Incubator started 17 years ago as the crux of Necroterror and Humiliator, crashing and rebooting in 2014, and recording this 'Sermons of the Devouring Dead' LP in 2016. It's not seeing the light of day. Good grind needs to simmer with some time, it seems.
THRONE – All Creation Wept
Suffocation-inspired bleakness from Michigan landing on Redefining Darkness with their 'Pestilent Dawn' LP out this week. Roaring vocals, frenetic quadruple-time drum blasts, insurgent riffs that are relentless.
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