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.
Released on March 20, 2019
Genre: Heavy Rock
I don’t listen to a lot of rock, but a friend recommended this to me, so I’m listening to this at the moment. It’s a damn good listen too. Like Black Sabbath, if they were doom rock stoners, Woodland Rites is full of top riffs, catchy vocals, and endless mood. These are the kind of songs that stay with you after the record has stopped playing. Highly recommended.
Den Tomme Menneskehed
Released on March 1st, 2019
Genre: Crusty Death Metal
After their promising 2017 debut, I rabidly awaited new material from Copenhagen death metal conspirators LIGÆDER. Like the hammer on its cover, Den Tomme Menneskehed is a bludgeoning implement from its first foreboding swell to the final cranium-crushing blow. With a balance of buzzsaw brutality and crusty groove, fans of Necrot, Coffins, and Stockholm’s golden era will rejoice. This is one of the most vicious projects I’ve heard this year; your ears are gonna need some after-care.
Digital released on December 13, 2018
CD released on April 24, 2019
Genre: Death Metal
Four words: absolute death metal perfection. I’ve been on an Australian death metal kick lately, with bands like Disentomb, Misery, and Abramelin always delivering the goods. Carrying the torch of Australian OSDM in 2019 is Gutless. Gutless are an incredible new band featuring members of Vile Apparition, Rort, and Sewercide (all of which are great bands too btw). I was completely blown away when I first heard Gutless’ Mass Extinction demo, so I immediately preordered it on CD. You can jam this incredibly brutal, raw, and heavy take on a classic death metal formula through Bandcamp while waiting for the CD to drop from Chaos Records. I highly recommend checking this one out if you’re a fan of death metal.
Circle of Veins
Released on March 27, 2019
Genre: Black Metal….sort of
The roots of Sadness’ music are certainly in black metal, but solo mastermind of the project Elisa, adds so many other components that it feels unjust to shackle it to such a narrow scope. Those roots show in the form of wailing tremolo riffs riding over syncopated Blut-Aus-Nord style drum beats with the occasional screech driving forth from the lush greenery of music that the album cover represents. While those elements tend to feel cold and dead, Sadness brings in light and beauty through warm atmospheric synths/keys that add an electronic almost danceable feel, while the layered choir choruses get stuck in your head like a pop music earworm. There are moments throughout the album that feel like they are black metal’s take on the Stranger Things soundtrack. Circle of Veins brings an almost uplifting, warm and hopeful feel to music that still carries a bleak and depressive undertone. If you’re a fan of Clouds Collide, you need this in your collection.
Released on April 12, 2019
Genre: Fuzz Rock
Have you ever wondered what ZZ Top would sound like if you filled their stomachs with gravel and pumped them full of psychedelics? No? Well, here you go anyway! One man band Professor Electric takes us on a dizzying journey full of sand, asphalt, and hellfire with bluesy grooves and a guitar tone fuzzier than a Pomeranian. I’ve been expanding my consciousness while sitting in my cubical all week thanks to their new album Vitriol. Highlights include the tripped out “Observer,” the groovy “The Monkey’s Paw,” and the Western action movie inspired “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia!” Give it a listen. It’ll blow your mind…man.