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.
How Will You Know If You Never Try
Released On: April 21st, 2017
Genre: indie pop
Coin are a band based out of Nashville, TN that make a brand of alternative/pop that fits the recent indie movement. With their first record hitting in 2015, their newest one title How Will You Know If You Never Try is what captured my attention. The poetic flow that Coin have is what made them stand out to me, but I also love how clean and bright everything is. Although not heavy in the slightest, the energy in songs like “Boyfriend,” “Talk Too Much,” and “Feeling” is at a good level and the songs themselves have plenty of life. Light licks and keyboards generate tons of melody, all while maintaining a catchy and accessible front. Recommended to anyone who’s into pop-oriented alternative.
Released on June 14, 2019
Sometimes you need to listen to music that’s ethereal and beautiful, and for times like that, you should absolutely turn to Golden Fable. This UK band play music that mixes classical orchestration with folk/pop sensibilities, and on their latest album, this has produced some quite stunning results. A collaboration with orchestral collective NEW Sinfonia, these songs are luscious, sumptuous feasts for the ears. The album drips with emotion and contains thirteen immersive songs that are brimming with opulent strings, luxurious melodies, lavish hooks, and the singer’s affecting sublime tones. Alchemy is easily the best non-metal album to be released in 2019 so far. Make sure you don’t miss this.
Released on July 19th, 2019
Genre: Suffering and woe
I can count the number of records that have made me cry on one hand. Lingua Ignota’s 2017 opus All Bitches Die was one of those. You’re going to hear a lot of “album of the year” buzz about this album, and for good reason. Kristin Hayter continues to transcend extreme metal and noise genres to create something that feels essential, deeply personal, and wholly new. Caligula reaches to the night sky for the furthest shimmers of beauty then plummets back to the ugly bloodbath of a crowd-pleasing public execution. This is courageous art that stabs and keeps stabbing long after the terminal notes fade.
Rewind, Replay, Rebound
Released On: August 2nd, 2019
Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal, rockabilly
So when I wasn’t screaming along to “Stinkfist” like everyone else this past week, I was jamming the hell out of Volbeat’s latest. Which I must say surprised no one more than myself. I’ve always thought the band was kinda fun in moderation, but I’ve largely held their Rockstar Energy vibes at arm’s length in the past. Not with this one though. Something really clicked here, and I’m all in baby. Being an elitist is cool and all, but sometimes you just gotta get over yourself and have some fun.
Released on April 15, 2014
Genre: Black Metal
This week I returned to one of my all-time favorite black metal albums, this avant-garde masterpiece from Poland’s Odraza. The album is an incredible journey and experience that transcends musical genres, even going into musical passages as disparate as blues over the course of its seven tracks, but without forgetting about the intensity that makes black metal such a force to be reckoned with. You owe it to yourself to experience this album.