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 June 30, 2019
Genre: Death Metal
Sometimes you really need to just crush some skulls, and for times like that, we are immensely glad of Vulvodynia. Slam-infused death metal reaches new heights on Mob Justice. The band have wisely chosen to beef up the music’s death metal components on these songs, while still executing the slam side of their sound as only they can. Eschewing the extraterrestrial and murderous psychopath themes of their earlier releases, this new album finds the band focusing on some of the darker aspects of their native South Africa. It’s a vivid, visceral listen. Top work Vulvodynia.
Released on July 3rd, 2019
The fourth album by Jig-Ai continues their onslaught of Hentai-themed grindcore mixed with death metal. The guitars are crunchy, the blastbeats are continual, and the vocals are guttural. These guys are fun live, and their new album is a fun listen too. Plus, the album cover features a tsunami made out of entrails. How can you not listen to an album with a cover like that? Plus there’s a song called “Boobzilla.”
Released on March 3rd, 2019
Genre: Epic Heavy Metal
It’s odd to say but there are bands out there who aren’t looking to recreate the wheel when it comes to tried and true heavy metal. Ty Morn, a one-man outfit with numerous unlisted guest artists hailing from Britain, revels in the essence of all things classic/epic heavy metal. You can hear every major influence from Judas Priest/Iron Maiden to Nightwish and Black Sabbath. Nothing insanely creative and a loose Viking theme that seems to be a side item but it’s solid first offering with some nod worthy riffs for those looking to relive the glory days of metal without hearing the same tracks day in and day out.
Released on July 19th, 2019
Genre: Wild Spirit Metal Punk
Motor City speed-dealers Sekkusu provide their own genre, and it’s too perfect to challenge: Wild Spirit Metal Punk. Like the tag implies, their riffs rollick with a wanton mean-streak that captures Bathory’s early scythe-swinging anthems. Surrender to the guitar licks in “Rotting in Chains” and “ChaosWielder” and you can get a taste of what these creatures are all about. Rust-belt street punk, ‘80s crust/grind, and haunted deathrash all sharpen their switchblades in unison. If you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to cult revenge film Deadbeat at Dawn, Sekkusu provide all the blood and studded leather you need.