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.
Odious Descent Into Decay
Released on August 16, 2019
Genre: Death Metal
There has been a recent resurgence of bands toting an old-school, raw death metal sound that harkens to the days of simplicity and feeling rather than technicality and polish. The latest band to ride this wave is Cerebral Rot, whose debut album has just released through 20 Buck Spin. This sounds like a cavernous death metal demo, and I mean that in the best possible way. You might want to grab a towel to clean up all the filth that will be gushing out from your speakers.
Released on August 15th, 2019
Genre: Doom Metal
This is easily one of the greatest new-generation doom albums I’ve ever heard! Not only does the vocalist sounds like an even more focused Ozzy Osbourne, but the musicianship is incredible and borders an epic soundscape. It’s only six songs, each one being pretty long in length, but never does anything drag on or get old in the slightest. In fact, when the album ended I was surprised. Anybody who craves doom metal must hear this as soon as possible.
Releases on September 23rd, 2019, Hammerheart
Genre: viking / black metal
Ereb Altor’s Järtecken (“Omen”) is coming out soon and it’s a reminder that seer love for your musical heroes, sometimes, is more than enough to keep you going in this industry. Their earlier works hold many references to Bathory’s epic era, however, throughout the years they’ve added a more personal touch to their music and ended up truly owning it. Järtecken picks up from where Ulfven left, and if you’re in for a trip to Norse mythology and legends, then you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s a highly immersive album full of grandiose songs, melancholic epic vocals and black metal touches, that will keep you good company for the dark, wintery days to come.
Released on August 9th, 2019
Baltimore belligerents Crawler are tough to describe in a tidy one-sentence pitch, and that’s sure as hell by design. Like grind greats Soilent Green and Pig Destroyer, they’re not just a predictable 300 BPM blur. While leaning hardest on mutated strains of punk aggression, they still savor the flavor of their album’s tastiest sludge breakdowns and melodeath grooves (“The Burning Trees” and “The Fortunes of Fools”). Then there’s 8+ minute haunting finale “The Conclusion,” with tasteful strings and a funereal atmosphere that closes the record’s coffin-lid. With members of some personal favs involved (Musket Hawk and Plaguewielder), this is a project to watch.