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Vault Picks #4: May 10th, 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.

Substratum - Rough Rider - Indy Metal VaultSubstratum
Rough Rider (demo)
Released on: March 12th, 2017
Genre: Glam Metal

Rough Rider is a real shortie that only offers about fifteen minutes of music, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t super well produced for a demo. Substratum are a newer act that throws back to the glam metal days, and everything present is squeaky clean and concise. With the omission of ballads and overly poppy passages, this borders on a more energetic side of the genre. Traces of Manowar definitely make themselves known, and the whole thing is quite a fun appetizer-type release.

Nichalas Edward

Equipoise - Demiurgus - Indy Metal VaultEquipoise
Released on March 8, 2019
Genre: Death Metal

Put together by a cast of thousands, (well, almost), this is a grand, bold, and ambitious album. Bursting at the seams with over 60 minutes of the most over the top, ostentatious technical and melodic death metal you’re likely to encounter in 2019, (or many other years), Demiurgus simply has to be heard to be believed. For those with a taste for this sort of thing, I highly suspect this is an album that will grace many a year-end list.

Nigel Holloway

Kataplexia - Catastrophic Scenes - Indy Metal VaultKataplexia
Catastrophic Scenes
Released on January 2nd, 2005
Genre: Brutal Death Metal

There aren’t many things that go together as well as Finland and death metal. I was fortunate enough to be browsing through a non-metal music shop in Amsterdam last week when I found this nasty album sitting inconspicuously in the back of the store. If you like stuff like Defeated Sanity, Suffocation, Disgorge (USA), Pyaemia, etc. – then you probably already know about Kataplexia. And if you don’t, this is 25 minutes of brutal, blasting, slamming excellence.

Kyle Messick

Kosmokrator - Live at Hamburg Untertage - Indy Metal VaultKosmokrator
Live at Hamburg Untertage
Released on May 1st, 2019
Genre: Cosmic Death Metal

After living in Brooklyn for a decade and Philly for a few years, I was spoiled with concert experiences to the point where I didn’t really see the point of live records. But I know so little about this Belgian cosmic death project that the fact they’ve played live in front of anyone seems like the only evidence of their humanity. Their First Step Towards Supremacy record was one of my favorites of 2016, and there are a few new cuts on this live recording. Picture whatever distant universe birthed Blood Incantation’s Starspawn conceiving of the bestial black metal of Black Witchery or Beherit. Their philosophies may be adversarial and bleak, but you don’t need to know the difference between Epistemological and Mereological nihilism to enjoy their death/black metal concoctions.

Sean Frasier

Nodens Ictus - Kozfest Live 2018 - Indy Metal VaultNodens Ictus
Kozfest Live 2018
Release on  April 12, 2019
Genre; Electronic Ambient Jam

Nodens Ictus is the ambient side project of Ozric Tentacles guitarist, Ed Wynne and whomever he manages to find to support him on tables/computers. If it’s possible, Nodens is more spacey than Ozrics who, over the last few years, have gone rapidly downhill and just haven’t been making the same space rock that made me fall for them twenty years ago. This new Nodens Ictus release gets pretty close to the best of Ozrics. Ed’s guitar is back in top form. This is not Ambient chill out, but full on Ozric Tentacles space rock. Total Ear Candy.

Tim Arnold

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