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.
Requiem for Recycled Earth
Released on May 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Classical
One of my most anticipated releases of 2019, Requiem for Recycled Earth is a bold statement on ecology and extinction. This new album comes after 2018’s excellent EP overture Four Pieces for Mirai, and three more albums are planned for later this year to round out the Mirai sequence. Fans of James Ferraro’s early work will notice a difference in his now post-vaporwave career, but the thematic elements of the composer’s catalog remain intact in Requiem. This project unfolds into a dire warning of material greed, told through synthetic instruments that sing with ersatz humanism. I highly recommend this album for fans of ambient and experimental genres, but also for listeners looking for an introduction into classical electronic music.
Released on May 10th, 2019
Genre: Doom Punk
This is just as fun as it sounds. American Sharks are a goofy group that crafts songs that are written around a punk attitude but inject the thickness and tones of doom metal. You won’t find too many slow songs, but man is that atmosphere ever heavy. Nothing super hardcore here, as it’s packed to the brim with melody and clean singing. “Masters” is a fine example of how the band displays great songwriting, yet is able to not take itself so seriously. Nothing overly complex, but I highly recommend this. The video is very much meant to be funny.
What Is Imposed Must Be Endured
Released on April 5, 2019
Do you like doom? Do you like slow, apocalyptic, misery-ridden doom? Why of course you do. Who doesn’t? Well, this album from these UK doom monsters will more than keep you occupied for days on end, as you come to the horrible realization that it’s all for nothing, and, really, what’s the point? Blind Monarch know that the point is doom. Bucketfuls of doom. Doom everywhere. As Reverend Bizarre so memorably said – “Doom Over the World”. Although maybe here it should be “Doom That Ends the World.” Everything will end in crushing distortion and nightmare atmosphere, and Blind Monarch are here to provide the soundtrack to the end of everything. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Under the Witching Cross
Released on May 10th, 2019
Genre: Blackened Speed Metal
Oregonian deviants Bewitcher refer to themselves as “heavy metal at the speed of Satan.” To clarify, they mean Venom’s hell-welcoming speed, not Evilspeak’s demon in dial-up computer speed. Under the Witching Cross surges with the power of primordial black metal back when it was basically just snarled NWOBHM with pentagrams. Whether you’re looking for raw riffage or refined anthemic songwriting, these speedfreaks have a ripper waiting for you on this record. If Midnight’s slaytanic black ‘n’ roll makes you wanna spit-polish your bullet belt, you’re gonna love Bewitcher.
Dreaming in a Dead Language
Released on January 11, 2019
Genre: Black Metal/Technical Death Metal
While Raleigh’s Mo’ynoq hail from a land that is perplexed by simple things like bathrooms, they exhibit no confusion on how to perfectly execute black metal songs that are equal parts complex, atmospheric, technical and vicious. The album hits the ground running with some blistering blasts and a harrowing scream that set the tone. There are moments throughout that take a page from Ulcerate’s technical death metal, but then fold in a melodic lead before reverting to a classic tremolo black metal riff. This album blasts, screams, bleeds, drips, rises from the ashes and drags you right back down into bleakest murk of your nightmares just like the album cover indicates.