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Gimme Metal's Top Tracks of the Week

MAJESTIES, STREET TOMBS, NETHERLANDS & More Among Gimme Metal's Top Tracks of The Week


The music behind the music of Gimme Metal, played through the halls from the desk of Director of Programming, Brian Turner

Street Tombs – "Rising Torment"

Sick Santa Fe thrash/blackened punk/D-Beat potpourri from this latest outing of the majestic Carbonized label. The vocals sound a bit buried in the maelstrom but the most guttural throat emissions splatter across this ridiculously great mix, the nauseous see-saw of passages in and out of thrash explosions decidedly more effective with the rawness of the presentation of this band’s sound. Reclusive Decay is out February 17.

Majesties – "In Yearning, Alive"

Swedish Melodic Death with some members from Obsequiae and Inexorum, chiming with a distinct richness evocative of Gothenburg's late 90’s past metal warriors. Tasteful, fused with atmosphere. Buy Now on Gimme Metal

Netherlands – "Omisha"

NYC guitarist Timo Ellis has been long about with Spacehog and such playful, even Brazilian-tinged pop with solo efforts and with Cibo Matto, even working with Yoko Ono. Netherlands channels a much darker side of him, taking sludge and prog elements into a soily ball of massive guitars, tortured vocals, and a soulful vibe that traverses genres. Recorded by High On Fire/Converge producer Kurt Ballou.

Iron Void – "Grave Dance"

On their latest IV, Iron Void makes a continuum of their work as volume dealer with thuggy Sab riffs, which they have refined like fine oil. As a power trio, they’ve honed in on the sludge basics, keeping it rhythmically buoyed to offer great melodicism all guided down the highway by some omnipresent, thick-toned axemanship.

Obelyskkh – "The Ultimate Grace of God"

With The Ultimate Grace of God (named for a Belgian hair salon they encountered!) this German doom combo reflect back on some classic angular 90’s noise rock (Jesus Lizard in particular) with sharp drums framing tension and space around an avalanche of guitar burial. Guitars too remain sharp and dissonant, countering drunk-trampling-down-an-alley vocal attack, heavy passages gliding into more delicate passages of thinly-woven, contemplative moments before layers of heaviness come busting in again and again. It’s all delicately framed by lyrical, languid and expressive solos. Welcome the band for its first Gimme takeover on Monday, February 13.

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