7 for the sake of 7 visions I had while reviewing these Sonic Vestigials
Thy Kingdom Slum- A History of Dissent- CD/ Digital ( Slum World Productions)
Just from the 1st moments on hearing Thy Kingdom Slum. I would say this is what I'm getting is a Groove, Bluesy, Sludgy and Doom feel that reminds me very much of what you get from a Stoner band that lost the love of 70's and feel in love with bands like Kyuss, Clutch and Electric Wizard but still love the fuzzed out space rock element. The vocals are very raspy and throaty but still Bluesy and warm. Thy Kingdom Slum are so rhythmic and bottom heavy. They have a Led Zeppelin and Blue Oyster Cult vibe going on . Thy Kingdom Slum have much in common with C.O.C, Down and Dio . I don't think there is more to really say about this band. Dirty heavy sludgy Blues rock done in the most righteous of manners .
Nest- Metempsychosis- CD/ Digital ( Sludgelord Records)
Post metal and Kentucky seem to be a perfect fit as with Nest we have just that lets mix Post Metal, Black metal , Crust and Metallic Hardcore elements into something that could be weird and distant but really is just suffocation, bleak and nightmarish in a very avant kind of way . This album is so heavy, droning and spacial with grim blackened Doom vocals it really does bring tears to my eyes. Nest has a very Sci fi feeling to it as a whole to but more in the way bands like Esoteric, Black Sabbath and Kyuss did . There is this ultra 70's fuzzed out tone to the guitars and the bass is so low it almost bowel movement inducing. The Drums are brutal, primitive and magical in own right . I hear bands like Noothgrush, Grief , Loss and Cavity in what Nest is doing and it works extremely well. With this I give you Nest to explore for yourself ..
Sammal-Suuliekki -CD/ Digital/Vinyl ( Svart )
How the hell to explain a band like Sammal well I'm going to give it a shot and see if any of you kind I got close lol. If yon mix 60's and 70's Rock mixed with Spaghetti westerns , 70's Italian horror sound tracks and Space rock like Hawkwind and Tangerine Dream. I really feel like this is were I'm going with this there is healthy dose of poppy prog rock too going on here . Not sure what the least I can say to make this sound like something you will listen to . Finally to lay it out in a nice little package. There is a Asian Amine soundtrack over tone to the music to make it complete. You want a better way to explain it. Then get the damn album and do it yourself . I'm out ..
Knelt Rote- Alterity- LP/CD/Digital ( Nuclear war Now!)
Over the years extreme metal has taken many twists and turns and fractured into many sub genres and then micro genres from there well with Knelt Rote there is no screwing around what you are getting it Brutal , Guttural Black Death from the deepest and blackest regions of this genre . This album is so caustic and bombastic I'm not really sure anything else needs to be said other then this album teeters on the realms of Noise, Extreme metal and Power electronics at times . Nuclear war Now! knows the genre and loves to always give us the most Barbaric and extreme side of the style. This is going to terrify some and make others top 5 list . We need bands like Knelt Rote too keep the world musically unstable and creative ..
GridFailure -Irritum- Digital / CD ( Earsplit/ The Compound)
With each release Dave seems to find a more terror filled dark corner to create the Industrial torments that he wants the world to witness. I want to call this collection a noisy, minimalist horror soundtrack to torment those that are stuck between the realm of the living and the dead. The nightmarish tones here are best suited with headphones for sure. This could be used as an backdrop for those fear inducing horror cames you play at night on xbox or Playstation. The sounds actually make your stomach churn and for some of us this is how experimental noise and dark industrial with occult elements needs to sound and continue . I will say Gridfailure is not an easy adventure but so rewarding if you take the time at night to sit back put those headphones on and let it take you to those neither realms..
Centuries-The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding - LP/ Digital ( Southern Lord)
This really is a style of music that always gets me emotional and wants to hear what a new take or ideal is on it. Centuries play a variety of Black Crusty metallic Hardcore but do add Post rock, folky and Pagan elements into it all to be something a bit left of center but always interesting. The punk/crust elements play a major role in the over all tone and feeling that the album gives to the listening . The Hardcore vocals and rocket launching musical volleys that come through out just make this album something I will be listening to over and over again. If you miss bands like Deadguy, Early Integrity, Kiss it goodbye, Hatebreed, Early Dillinger's Escape . Then you and I both have something new to put in collection. I even hear elements of bands like Fudge tunnel and Napalm Death going on here. Get this you will not be disappointed for sure.
GRANDIOSE MALICE-The Eternal Infernal-CD/ LP/Digital ( Hells Headbangers)
So here is the project of Tregenda of Black Witchery Before his untimely passing. The more I read this was just a demo but Josh of ( Demonic Christ/ Hellgoat) put the recording together and mix and mastered it to the unholy glory we have now. At the root of it all this is a Black/Death album with a heavy dose of Punk and Thrash thrown in for good measure. The sound it so thick and bass heavy and work so well with those Lemmy gone black metal vocal so many black thrash bands love to use in the last few decades. This is an oppressive sounding album to say the least but you can hear everything and it works so well with that muddier tone and presentation . It really reminds me very much of late 90 early 00's stuff that came from Moribund Cult and Drakkar . So if you into that stuff then do not pass go as this is great . Hell's headbangers has so many great black and death metal bands on label it really a great home . I feel that this and Dark Descent records would have been a perfect home. Great closing chapter on someone gone far to soon.