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 24th May 2019
Genre: Black Metal
Having made the switch from symphonic death metal to raw, hateful black metal, the UK’s Sidious have never sounded as lethal as they do on Temporal. The transition from old style to the new may be sudden to the listener’s ears if all they are familiar with is the band’s earlier works, but the band make it sound like the most natural thing in the world. This album is malevolent and dark in the best of ways.
Released on May 31st, 2019
Genre: Heavy Psych/Prog
Finnish psych voyagers Kaleidobolt blast out heavy psych and weirdo prog from a distant planet on their new record, Bitter. From the album’s first sprint through jagged terrain (“Another Toothpick”) to the far-reaching grandeur of their final fuzz epic (“Hydra”), Kaleidobolt reward the attentive while captivating the impatient. Bitter is packed with boundless energy and bold choices amid caffeinated jaunts and proto-doom hooks; listen to “I Am the Seer” for all of the above. If King Crimson were a down ‘n’ dirty garage band they might sound like Kaleidobolt.
Steeping Corporeal Mess
Released on June 7, 2019
Genre: Death metal
Do you like death metal that sounds like it crawled out of a swamp? Do you like nasty, heavy bands like Undergang, that keep is mid-paced and guttural? Then this, the freshly released debut by Fetid are sure to give you that rotten entrails bath that you’ve been craving. 20 Buck Spin have been on a roll with disgusting albums like this, so check out everything they’ve been releasing lately.
A Gaze Among Them
Released on May 10th, 2019
A Gaze Among Them is a great album to get lost in, and not one I’d advise putting on in the background while you’re doing something else. You need to give it your undivided attention to appreciate all of the album’s intricacies fully. The Montreal group starts A Gaze Among Them with a minimalist approach that builds into a deafening wall of sound dripping with atmosphere, droning passages, and ambient tones. It’s a stunning listen with a lot of depth which should please fans of SubRosa and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Check it out if you’re looking for something a little deeper to dive into! It’s out now from Southern Lord Records.