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.
Head Of Nasa and The Two Amish Boys
Israeli electronic duo Infected Mushroom reach new levels of fist-pumping, bass-heavy electronic that will melt your brains. From the opening track, “Bliss on Mushrooms,” these ear candy elves are in fine form. Plenty of heavy guitar samples and odd quotes placed perfectly around beats and stereo effects. I’m not exactly sure what an Infected Mushroom is, but I’m sure this is it! A lot of guitar is embedded deep within this album. The real standout track, “Guitarmass” is dripping with guitar riffs and bass sledgehammers. This album motivates the hell out of me first thing in the morning.
Released on May 1 2019
Kinesis is Into Orbit’s third album. Their second was a very enjoyable instrumental post-rock album, but this new one is even better. Weaving atmosphere, mood, and emotive depth into nine enticing and captivating songs, Into Orbit’s songwriting and delivery, is both professional and evocative. It’s albums like this that make you realize that vocals are overrated.
Extermination of Millions
Released on April 24th, 2007
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Most death metal fans are familiar with Dead Congregation, the death doom powerhouse from Greece. What isn’t as familiar to many is that before Dead Congregation existed, their members had an incredible brutal death metal called Inveracity. They released two flawless BDM gems under that moniker, including this, their final release. If you love early Suffocation but haven’t heard the two Inveracity albums, then welcome to your new favorite band. I still jam them constantly and you should too.
Released: March 15, 2019 (Reissue)
Genre: Folk Black Metal
If you’re like me, then you’ve never heard of Gallowbraid until now. You are, however, likely familiar with the band Visigoth who released the highly-regarded Conqueror’s Oath just last year. Jake Rogers, who sings for Visigoth, just so happens to be the sole member and mastermind behind this phenomenal release that is getting a reissue. Gallowbraid has a lot more in common with Agalloch than it does Visigoth, so if you’ve been seeking that with more folk in it, then this is the droid you are looking for. This reissue also comes with a new 8.5-minute closing track that was previously only released on the original vinyl version of the EP.
Released on May 24th, 2019
Austin antagonists Widower have “Christ ripping blackened fucking thrash” on their merch, and that’s as good a warning as any for church-demolishing opener “House of the Lord.” Guitarists Jimmy Bram and Danny Rabon balance nimble-fingered speed and crushing black/death while beckoning the end-times with toxic anthems. The result crawls out of extreme metal’s mid-80s primordial ooze without any nostalgic mimicry. Like the Earth-razing cover illustration, Cataclysmic Sorcery consumes you like a swiftly spreading blaze.
Released on February 14th, 2019
Genre: Electronica, Ambient Pop
Sometimes, you happen upon great music when you least expect it. I found out about archipelago while stumbling through music blogs earlier this year, and I’ve been enamored with it since. archipelago is the addicting debut album of Korean artist machina, who, as I understand it, had an active career in k-pop before this album. While elements of pop are evident in her strong vocal performances, machina’s mood is decidedly electronic, with abstract house beats and ambient soundscapes throughout. I strongly recommend the song “Fire”, which will probably be my most gut-wrenching track of 2019. Equal parts catchy and cerebral, archipelago is an impressive debut that also shows off machina’s maturation as an artist. I really think you ought to listen to this one.
Released on May 10th, 2019
Genre: Progressive Doom
I doubt I can give Dreadnought’s new album Emergence the justice it deserves, but I’ll give it a shot, and hopefully, it will garner a few new listeners. The progressive doom four-piece from Colorado dropped this one earlier this month, and it’s nothing short of a stunning listen. Lush with accompanying instruments such as piano, flute, and sax and engaging with its novel and elaborate compositions, it’s a captivating release that requires several listens to enjoy fully. It’s one of the more unique records I’ve heard this year and contains an outstanding performance from drummer Jordan Clancy. Highly recommended!