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Vault Picks

Vault Picks #1: April 12th, 2019

In the spirit of the staff suggestions featured in record shops and old-school video stores (RIP), we share our Vault Picks. It’s a chance to venture beyond Indy Metal Vault’s premieres and reviews for a glimpse into other recent releases the staff have been jamming in their secluded lairs. From extreme underground oddities to non-metal recommendations and guilty pleasures, unlock our newest bevy of Vault Picks below.

Venom Prison - Samasar - Indy Metal VaultVenom Prison
Released on March 15, 2019
Genre: Death Metal

So for the last few weeks, basically since it was released, I’ve been heavily blasting out the new Venom Prison album. This is nasty, savage stuff, and easily one of the most exciting death metal bands to appear in the last few years. Relentlessly brutal and ferociously aggressive, Venom Prison are guaranteed to tear up mosh pits all over the world with this beauty. -Nigel Holloway

Orville Peck - Pony - Indy Metal VaultOrville Peck
Released on March 22nd, 2019
Genre: Country/Alternative/Shoegaze

If you’ve ever wondered what a bisexual cowboy in a fetish mask who was raised just as much on The Smiths and The Cure as he was Johnny Cash and Elvis would sound like, then you’re lying. No one has ever wondered that, and yet that’s exactly what Orville Peck gives us. Pony was an easy pick for me as I’ve been obsessing over Peck’s yee-haunting, neon cactus croons on the daily since its release. Summer night drives are just around the corner folks, and I’m fucking prepped with the perfect soundtrack. -Sam Coons

Slægt - Black Bombs - Indy Metal VaultSlægt
Black Bombs
Released on April 7th
Genre: Blackened heavy metal

Danish black metal mystics Slægt released a killer record last year called The Wheel, and if you missed it you done goofed. Thankfully you can remedy that by listening to two newly released tracks from the same recording sessions on their Black Bombs mini-release. While they possess a dash of gothic melodicism, there’s a meaner propulsion to Slægt’s ornate compositions than contemporaries Tribulation and Cloak. They match shadowy drama with ripping solos and agile riffage, and I consider anything they record a must-listen. Light some black candles and play these tracks before the next sunrise. -Sean Frasier

Devil Master - Satan Spits On Children Of Light - Indy Metal VaultDevil Master
Satan Spits On Children Of Light
Released on March 1st
Genre: Black Metal/Punk

This one is a hell of a fun time. With a flagrant occult flare to its punk sensibilities, it comes off sounding like a death rock band being possessed by the spirits of Venom and Darkthrone collectively. Brutish, yet jubilant in its pacing, there’s a celebratory mood that makes one feel like the band just found a fresh virgin sacrifice. The chorused-out guitar tone and reverb on the vocals serve as a spooky garnish to the macabre melodies and brisk momentum. If I wasn’t too lazy to jog, I’d do so with this one in my headphones in a graveyard at night. -Tristus Scriptor

Mastiff Plague - Indy Metal VaultMastiff
Released February 1, 2019
Genre: Hardcore/Sludge

If you’ve ever played Altered Beast, you’re probably familiar with this transformation image:





Well, the version on the far left is your wimpy ass trying to muster the voice to complain to your boss about that bitch Sharon stealing your yogurt all the time. In the middle you have the muscular and animalistic hardcore shout of a Weekend Nachos and vocalist John Hoffman. Jim Hodge and Mastiff, however, are the full-on werebear beast version that are eating nachos any damn day of the week they please and crushing you into a pulp they’ll use as dip. These riffs and breakdowns hit HARD, but are covered in just enough sludge and feedback to be filthy without dragging you down to the sewer. Hitting play on this album runs the risk of you being overcome by the heft of their delivery only to destroy every piece of furniture you own. Beware your inner werebeast! -Spencer Hotz

Fallout Rituals
Released on April 5th
Genre: Speed Metal

Earlier this year, I wrote a full review for this album. While I certainly made it known how good it was, I tore it down a bit because of the vocals; I’m here to redeem that. Since release, Fallout Rituals has been on very heavy rotation in my car. Although the vocals are uncomfortably high pitched and quite a lot to digest, once you get used to them, you’ll find that that’s what makes them unique. Plus, it isn’t like that the whole way. On the other hand, Seax shred like madmen. Not only are the solos lightning fast and showering with intricacy, but the riffs are burning hot with speed and ferocity. The clean production and the fact that it still avoids thrash attitudes help it stand out from the pack, as literal “speed metal” on its own isn’t super common. Shadow Kingdom Records surely birthed a great band here, and I can’t recommend this enough.  -Nichalas Edward

Crypt Trip - Haze County - Indy Metal VaultCrypt Trip
Haze County
Released on March 8th, 2019
Genre: Stoner Rock

Crypt Trip’s latest release Haze County somehow slipped by my radar until recently, and I’ve been working to fix that by jamming it all week. Their most recent release sees the San Marco three-piece move in a slightly different direction by fully embracing their Southern classic rock roots, and I’ve been digging the hell out of it. This album couldn’t have come out at a more perfect time either with summer right around the corner. Perfect for grillin’ and chillin’ with a beer in hand or blasting down a highway with your windows down – all things that I hope to be doing soon. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. – Bryan Coffey

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