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.
The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods
Released on May 14, 2019
Genre: Avantgarde Black/Death
Esoctrilihum’s new album can be a tough one to tackle with an hour and 15-minute runtime, but they accomplish quite a bit that makes the listen worthwhile. One stretch will channel their I, Voidhanger labelmates in Ævangelist and the next will hit a chunky riff/lead reminiscent of Immolation, but it’s all layered with a technicality that would make Luc Lemay proud. The album cover appears like a brightly colored painting of Vishnu set in a cartoony Hieronymus Bosch hellscape. That’s what this record is – death metal’s muscle-laden technical chaos blended with black metal’s fire and bleak atmosphere.
Tales of Necrophilia
Reissue released on June 27th, 2019 (originally came out in 1999)
Genre: Brutal death metal
I’ve been so stoked that Hell’s Headbangers is about to reissue one of the most influential brutal death metal albums ever in a beautiful digibook CD package. Regurgitation formed in the early ’90s in Ohio, and this, their 1999 masterpiece, was the only full-length album they released (so far). The music is as nasty as the artwork, and it is essential for any death metal collection. I’m far from the only one stoked that the album will finally be available once again, so pick it up at the end of the month.
Released on June 14th, 2019
Genre: Sci-fi death metal
A conceptual tale where what’s left of humanity runs afoul of an ancient cosmic being. I won’t spoil the story for you, but I will say it’s gonna take a miracle to vanquish this Entity. The murky production is almost its own member of the band as it really adds to the hopelessness of the situation. The Chicago quartet’s second album, Nucleus continues their quest of administering interstellar brutality and Entity will consume you.
Released on May 31st, 2019
Genre: Horror Punk
I stumbled upon this one when I came across a Facebook post from one of my favorite grindcore bands, Handsome Prick, and it’s been on steady repeat ever since. Dirty Dead is the sexcellent pairing of Neil Burkdoll of Logsplitter and Fatalist and Brad Vanderzee of Moistened Disciples and the above-mentioned Handsome Prick. They dropped one hell of a punk album late last month, and the whole thing is just so damn fun from beginning to end. Brad’s drum performance on this gives it a harder edge and a technical feel that powers this thing through and makes it unique, and they’ve also got a Misfits and a Sam Cooke cover on there. A must-have for horror punk fans! Buy it now!
Released on April 5th, 2019
Genre: Abstract hip-hop, experimental
This year, there’s been five new albums that, upon first listen, have made an immediate impression on me; experimental hip-hop duo Wilma Vritra’s debut LP burd is one of those albums. I knew next to nothing about this group before hearing the record, but it was clear thirty seconds into the opening track “Harness” that burd was going to be top ten material come year end. I’m enamored by the relaxing production: it’s lo-fi and almost warm, but also delightfully cold and mundane like elevator muzak. Vritra’s lyricism sounds abstract and interesting, and his melancholic flow complements Wilma Archer’s smoky A.M. radio vibes perfectly. For my vaporwave friends out there, it’s aesthetically captivating, like listening to warped hold music on the phone: I literally can’t take my ear away from it. Fans of Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator, or milo take notice, burd is something special.