Gimme Metal Program Director Brian Turner delivers the week's top 5 office buzz-worthy tracks.
RIVERS OF NIHIL – Focus
Pennsylvania's Rivers Of Nihil seem to have used their downtime to craft a wholly new vision of sonic direction, their tech/death inception expanding into even richer textures and utilizing a variety of complementary instruments (sax/cello/synths) into a pretty uncategorizable metal realm. A striking video accompanies this track for sure, and in terms of recognition they seem to have landed square on their feet with planned 'Up From the Sewer' tour with Black Dahlia Murder/After the Burial/Carnifex/Undeath along for the ride. And we're especially happy to have drummer Jared Klein back for his own DJ episode Wednesday, September 1st, so tune in and join the live chat!
MANNVEIRA – Vítahringur
After an EP and a split release with Ellorsith, Iceland's Mannveira arrive with a debut LP on Dark Descent cloaked in malevolent darkness and a lumbering black metal vibe that almost stalks you throughout the listen. Deep cakes of fuzz whip like the wind,
OUTER HEAVEN – World Of Shit
Morbid Angel track gutted courtesy of these Pennsylvanian death heads, who we're happy to see marking pandemic time with a new EP of covers that take on tracks by Repulsion, Death, Mortician and Pig Destroyer as well.
NECROFIER – Madness Descends
The Lone Star state's black metal legions burn bright with Necrofier, whose 'Prophecies of Eternal Darkness' arrives on October 22nd via Season of Mist (with a forthcoming Gimme DJ special soon after!). This initial teaser finds them rolling Immortal-style over queasy/flat toms thudding and waves of ominous synths giving way to buzzing axe-flurries and throat-shred chaos. Majestic and brutal.
CRYSTAL CAGE – Theme of Simon
A leftfield hit from our Battleflutes and Sideways Skulls recent playlist, some alien blackgaze-inflected weirdness, with a backdrop of oddball melody that almost sounds like "Classical Gas" done by some Witch House combo. Only in Finland.
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