This is the first installment of a new feature, one that will focus on the smaller metal releases out there that may have otherwise passed you by. So whether this is an EP, a demo, a 7″, or a split release, (or whatever), this is where you’ll find a good selection of these usually bite-sized musical chunks from a diverse range of bands and sources.
So let’s begin.
Title: The Summoning
Style(s): Technical Death Metal
Duration: 21 minutes
Release date: January 1, 2018
It’s great to start off with some brutal technical death metal, don’t you think? This is the stuff. If you’re sitting there half asleep in the morning, just put this on and get ready for a huge adrenaline rush. Brutal and technical this may be, but it’s powered by good riffs and a love of the classic death metal song in many ways. In places it reminds me of what a mix of Kataklysm and Vader might sound like if the resulting mashup had a clinical production and some technical flourishes. Yep, The Summoning is a great way to start off the day.
I always seem to enjoy a Lacerated Enemy Release, and they always seem to accompany them with some good bundles. I mean, how cool is this one below?
Style(s): Black Metal
Duration: 17 minutes
Release date: December 22, 2017
On to the next! This split release takes conceptual inspiration from the 1927 book Sein & Zeit (Being & Time) by Martin Heidegger. With this intellectual framework in place, each of the bands deliver a part of the work’s title. UK band Barshasketh tackle “Being,” while Outre take on not only “Time” but an Armagedda cover song too. I very much enjoy splits like this; they have a self-contained theme, and both bands offer up less than ten minutes of music that’s effortless to enjoy, (assuming you like their kind of black metal, of course). Occult and misanthropic, (Barshasketh), and atypical and fiery, (Outre), it’s a strong little split that’s more than worth a place in your collection. [ed. note: Clayton had the chance to interview both bands shortly before this split cam out. You can read said interview here]
Band(s): Stygian Obsession
Title: Form Is Void
Style(s): Atmospheric Death Metal
Duration: 21 minutes
Release date: January 27, 2018
Now here’s something super sexy. Well, if you like grim, underground murk and ugliness, of course. Stygian Obsession’s death metal is old-school and rotten, with a darkly blackened atmospheric coating. It’s an effective and tantalising EP, showcasing what the band can do and leaving you hungry for more. Harrowing and unsettling, the bleak terrorscapes that Stygian Obsession craft on Form Is Void are surely only a starting point for what they will hopefully conjure up for us in the future. This is one to play over and over again. [ed. note: check back on Wednesday for an exclusive full stream of this EP]
Style(s): Atmospheric Metal
Duration: 23 minutes
Release date: December 10, 2017
Time to change tack a bit for this next one. This is the debut release from a talented band from the Netherlands. Novaria play what can be loosely termed atmospheric metal, and EP1 is quite a diverse and rich listen. The songs each have their own feeling and identity, ranging from soft, Anathema-styled progressive rock, to twisting Tool-like structures, to emotive traditional doom, and a whole host of others. Each track is different from its neighbours, and each one sounds like it could be a seeding of a new band, almost. In many ways EP1 sounds like a band trying on a few different styles, trying to see what fits it best. However, if this implies that it sounds overly disjointed then it shouldn’t, as the band tie everything together with their overarching atmospheric delivery. I very much look forward to what Novaria do next.
Band(s): Limbs Bin
Title: Bliss Tech
Style(s): Digital Grindcore
Duration: 5 minutes
Release date: September 9, 2016
Yep, we’re going a little further back for this last one, but only a little. This 7″ clear flexi vinyl will blow your mind. In fact, here’s a picture of it with a cat. Because, y’know, why not?
Haha, what the Hell am I making you listen to now? You’ll suck it up and you’ll like it. After all, it’s only 5 minutes, right? If chaotic, anarchic, digital grind/powerviolence is your thing, (and who doesn’t like a bit of it now and again), then check out Limbs Bin. Sure, it’s not something you’ll listen to every day, (probably), but it’s well worth the cuts and blood that come from subjecting yourself to what is essentially the musical equivalent of showering under a scathing hail of broken glass. No more words, just experience Bliss Tech.