Terrorizer #260: [8]+

Releases that scored [8] or more in Terrorizer magazine #260

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I got the newest issue of Terrorizer, issue #260, on my way down to Temples Festival, but have been so busy with copy-editing work that it’s only now that I’ve had time to sit and go through the reviews properly and pick out all those glorious ones that scored [8] or more. It’s not as high-scoring a month as the previous issue, but there have been some really great albums reviewed this year so far, and this issue does not buck that trend. The album of the month, in particular, Sigh’s Graveward, which I mentioned a number of weeks ago on this blog, is a triumphantly deranged piece of avant-garde extreme metal that everyone should hear at least a few times before making their minds up. As Ed Chapman at Terrorizer sums it up:

“It sounds like it’s come from an alternate dimension to show us what heavy metal could be like if only more bands were this ambitious.”

On top of that, the new Leprous album, The Congregation, is a definite contender for my album of the year (although there have admittedly been quite a few already)! Highly recommended if you’re looking for some of the most immaculate and cohesive arrangements in contemporary metal today.

So, this month’s albums, along with Spotify links where applicable, are as follows:

  • Dead Existence – Endless Misery [8] (Spotify)
  • Decayed – Into the Depths of Hell [8]
  • Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness [8] (Spotify)
  • Genocide Pact – Forged through Domination [8]
  • Goatsnake – Black Age Blues [8.5] (Spotify)
  • God Dethroned – The Ancient Ones [8]
  • Gorgoroth – Instinctus Bestisalis [8] (Spotify)
  • Helloween – My God-Given Right [8] (Spotify)
  • Invertebrate – Regression/Devolution [8.5]
  • Leechfeast / Meth Drinker – Split [8]
  • Leprous – The Congregation [9] (Spotify)
  • Macabre Omen – Gods of War – at War [8.5]
  • Maruta – Remain Dystopian [8] (Spotify)
  • Ninkharsag – Blood of Celestial Kings [8] (Spotify)
  • Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs [8] (Spotify)
  • Paradise Lost – The Plague Within [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls [8] (Spotify)
  • Sigh – Graveward [9] (Spotify) (Album of the Month)
  • The Sun Explodes – The Calm, the Storm [8] (Spotify)
  • Tau Cross – Tau Cross [8] (Spotify)
  • Throat – Short Circuit [8]
  • Will Haven – Open the Mind to Discomfort [8] (Spotify)
  • Winterfylleth – The Fathers of Albion: An Anthology 2007-2013 [8] (Spotify)

As always, any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if you discover any gems among these new releases.

Terrorizer #260 Cover (Goatsnake)
Terrorizer #260 Cover (Goatsnake)

Terrorizer #259: [8]+

Releases that scored [8] or more in Terrorizer magazine #259

So, Terrorizer #259 hit my digital ‘shelf’ last week, with a multitude of new heavy releases reviewed. Interestingly, the new Bell Witch album, Four Phantoms, scored a rare perfect [10], but was not selected for Album of the Month, this month going to Undersmile’s new album, Anhedonia, which scored an also very respectable [9].

Here’s the list, with accompanying Spotify links for those albums that are available on there:

  • Acid Witch – Midnight Movies [8]
  • Akhlys – The Dreaming I [8] (Spotify)
  • Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire
  • Bell Witch – Four Phantoms [10] (Spotify)
  • Cold in Berlin – The Comfort of Loss & Dust [8] (Spotify)
  • Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Groan – Highrospliffics [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Gruesome – Savage Land [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Hellbastard – Feral [8.5]
  • Henry Blacker – Summer Tombs [8] (Spotify)
  • Indian – Live at Roadburn [8]
  • Katatonia – Sanctitude [8] (Spotify)
  • Klone – Here Comes the Sun [8] (Spotify)
  • Kontinuum – Kyrr [8] (Spotify)
  • Malthusian – Below the Hengiform [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Noisem – Blossoming Decay [8] (Spotify)
  • Oblivionized – Life Is a Struggle, Give Up [8] (Spotify)
  • Razor – Violent Restitution (Deluxe Reissue) [8] (Spotify)
  • Razor – Shotgun Justice (Deluxe Reissue) [9] (Spotify)
  • Reign of Fury – Death Be Thy Shepherd [8] (Spotify)
  • Satyricon – Live at the Opera [8] (Spotify)
  • Shroud Eater – Face the Master [8]
  • Stearica – Fertile [8] (Spotify)
  • Steve Von Till – A Life unto Itself [8]
  • Sulphur Aeon – Gateways to the Antisphere [8]
  • Tribulation – The Children of the Night [9] (Spotify)
  • Undersmile – Anhedonia [9] (Spotify) (Album of the Month)
  • The Vintage Caravan – Arrival [8]
  • YDI – A Place in the Sun / Black Dust [8] (Spotify)
  • Zatokrev – Silk Spiders Underwater [8] (Spotify)
  • Zu – Cortar Todo [8.5] (Spotify)

I’ll make sure to add more Spotify links for those albums that become available over the next few weeks. As always, any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated. I hope you find some fantastic new music from this month’s best-reviewed releases.

Terrorizer #258: [8]+

Releases that scored [8] or more in Terrorizer magazine

Another month, another Terrorizer magazine, now on to issue #258. As always, I’ve listed the releases that scored [8] or more in the reviews section. Interestingly (and the first time I can remember it ever happening), this issue’s album of the month, Leviathan’s Scar Sighted, only scored [7], so doesn’t actually make the list. Nonetheless, there’s a fantastic review for it written by Adrien Begrand, which does help to put the arbitrary scoring system in some context.

So here are those albums that scored [8] or more:

  • Abhor – Ritualia Stramonium [8]
  • Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere [8]
  • Agnostic Front – The American Dream Died [8.5]
  • Árstíðir lífsins – Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn [8]
  • Blown Out – Jet Black Hallucinations [8.5]
  • Coliseum – Anxiety’s Kiss [8]
  • Dødheimsgard – A Umbra Omega [9]
  • The Gentle Storm – The Diary [8]
  • Ghold – Of Ruin [8]
  • Heaving Earth – Denouncing the Holy Throne [8.5]
  • The Kill – Kill Them…All [8]
  • Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire [8]
  • Moonspell – Extinct [8]
  • Opium Lord – Eye of Earth [8.5]
  • Poison Idea – Confuse and Conquer [8]
  • A Pregnant Light – My Game Doesn’t Have a Name [8.5]
  • Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is [8]
  • Pyramids – A Northern Meadow [8.5]
  • Ramlord – Ramlord [8]
  • Ranger – Where Evil Dwells [8]
  • Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors [9]
  • Shining – IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends [8]
  • Sorcerer – In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross [8]
  • Terra – Untitled [8]
  • Terveet Kädet – Lapin Helvetti [8]
  • Ufomammut – Ecate [8.5]
  • XII Boar – Pitworthy [8]

Let me know what you think of any of these in the comments.

Weekend List: Relapse at 25

Lists to check out over the weekend

Welcome to a new feature, where every weekend I’ll be uploading a list of albums from a publication or website, which I hope leads to some interesting discussions. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last decade and a half, it’s that us metal fans love a good list.

Relapse Records has been one of my favourite record labels for heavy music ever since I can remember. In particular, my favourite independent record store in Glasgow used to have an excellent selection of heavy music on one side of the shop, and within that they at one point had a section devoted entirely to Relapse releases. I remember fantasising about owning all of the CDs not just in that section, but in the whole Relapse catalogue, some day. And I gave it a good crack back when I spent all of the money I had (and didn’t have) on buying records – the very concept of Spotify would have actually been somewhat incomprehensible in those innocent days of the early 2000s.

This weekend’s (multiple but short) lists come from the latest issue, #257, of Terrorizer magazine, for which I have a digital subscription that I certainly get my money’s worth for £2.99 an issue. This most recent issue has an excellent extended feature on Relapse Records as they celebrate 25 years of putting out some of the best music around, and Terrorizer have put three lists together (The Old School, The New Breed, and 10 Forgotten Classics) to highlight some of the gems from one of the most rich and varied catalogues imaginable. I’ve put these together in Spotify playlists to accompany this post.

The Old School

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  1. Incantation – “Devoured Death” from Onward to Golgotha (1992)
  2. Disembowelment – “The Tree of Life & Death” from Transcendence into the Peripheral (1993)
  3. Amorphis – “Black Winter Day” from Tales from the Thousand Lakes (1994)
  4. Neurosis – “Aeon” from Through Silver in Blood (1996)
  5. Brutal Truth – “Blind Leading the Blind” from Kill Trend Suicide (1996)
  6. Today Is the Day – “The Man Who Loves to Hurt Himself” from Temple of the Morning Star (1997)
  7. Nasum – “The Masked Face” from Inhale/Exhale (1998)
  8. The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Abe the Cop” from Under the Running Board (1998)
  9. Nile – “Smashing the Antiu” from Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)
  10. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Die and Get the Fuck out of the Way” from Honky Reduction (1998)

The New Breed

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  1. Inter Arma – “The Long Road Home” from Sky Burial (2013)
  2. Windhand – “Feral Bones” from Soma (2013)
  3. True Widow – “Creeper” from Circumambulation (2013)
  4. Pyrrhon – “White Flag” from The Mother of Virtues (2014)
  5. Nothing – “Dig” from Guilty of Everything (2014)
  6. Mortals – “Devilspell” from Cursed to See the Future (2014)
  7. Myrkur – “Ravnens Banner” from Myrkur (2014)
  8. Usnea – “Lying in Ruin” from Random Cosmic Violence (2014)
  9. Anatomy of Habit – “Radiate and Recede” from Ciphers + Axioms (2014)
  10. Primitive Man – “Loathe” from Home Is Where the Hatred Is (2015)

10 Forgotten Classics

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  1. Anal Cunt – Morbid Florist (1993)
  2. Exit-13 – Ethos Musick (1994) [on Spotify as part of the compilation High Life!]
  3. Mindrot – Dawning (1995)
  4. Abscess – Seminal Vampires and Maggot Men (1996)
  5. Nightstick – Blotter (1997) [not available on Spotify]
  6. Morgion – Among Majestic Ruin (1997) [not available on Spotify]
  7. Soilent Green – Sewn Mouth Secrets (1998)
  8. Burst – Origo (2005)
  9. Buried Inside – Spoils of Failure (2009)
  10. Cripple Bastards – Nero in Metastasi (2014)

Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments!