Gimme Radio Program Director, Brian Turner, delivers the top 5 jaw-dropping tracks on Gimme Radio.
TRIPTYKON with THE METROPOLE ORKEST – Rex Irae (Live at Roadburn 2019)
If Triptykon was a next-step realization of Tom G. Warrior's epic vision, the full orchestral treatment given to this track from 1987's Celtic Frost masterpiece 'Pandemonium' further heightens the places he has taken his music. Retaining the rawness of the core band with strings and horns elevating the atmosphere, this performance from Roadburn 2019 offers no slants or abstractions to what Celtic Frost put forth in original design, but rather a sharpened nexus of what Warrior is capable of creating. Pure unfiltered beauty in darkness.
BEHEMOTH – A Forest
Somewhat perfect to gravitate this one to black metal terrain, the loping repetition of the Cure's original is already rife with hypnotic basslines, and as it unfurls deeper it sucks you into a spiraling vortex. Pretty stellar video here as well, and, well, Nergal's inimitable vocalese could even take "Friday I'm In Love" into some kinda crazed zone.
ZOMBI – Breakthrough and Conquer
For 20 years Zombi's Argento-meets-athletic-prog soundtracks for hurdling through hell has been ever-evolving but constantly reliable. The high-BPM format of this new one (from the forthcoming July 17 Relapse release '2020') strikes images of hectic 80s businesscore, coked CEOs wagging fingers over a conference table while synthetic robots charge dutifully towards an artificial sunrises. Added fancy, crisp metal guitar fretwork courtesy of Trans Am's Phil Manley.
FUNERAL LEECH – Statues
Good death/doom churn from the Big Apple, featured on their new Carbonized label release 'Death Meditation'. Funeral Leech's buzzing riffage acts like a rat race scurrying in circles and intensifying while all the while surrounded by the doom element of their sound. Depressive, dark, heavy, layers presented that all morph weirdly while solos bust out still clawing to get out of the framework. A designated sound design that is a testament to a unique band's identity.
INTER ARMA – Southern Man
'Garbers Days Revisited' does the covers thing as well (get it?), and these Richmond heavies start off all southern-goth-in-a-cave with this Neil Young cover before whipping it into a severe frenzy. Originally a vehicle to get Lynyrd Skynyrd pissed at Neil Young, Inter Arma sound like both of those artists gone into a meat grinder. The full-length is out July 10th on Relapse.
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