Last week’s Thank Satan It’s Friday was all about the heaviness, but this week things get a little more diverse. From the Pink Floyd-esque stylings of Spirit Adrift, to the long progressive passages of Ne Obliviscaris, to the crushing hardcore of All Pigs Must Die, we’ve got it all!
Let’s blow out some speakers, yeah?
Spirit Adrift – “Starless Age (Enshrined)”
Spirit Adrift and Khemmis are currently leading the United States in ridiculously well-written doom, though the two are going off on their own very separate paths. Khemmis‘ 2016 album Hunted had tons and tons of low-end riffs, while Spirit Adrift‘s new album Curse Of Conception appears to be taking a page from the books of Pink Floyd.
The band’s new song “Starless Age (Enshrined)” is a prime example of that, slowing things down and opening them up to reveal a ton of subtle musicianship-type moments, all while managing to get stuck in your head. Oh, and it’s only 5 minutes long – this isn’t the “Echoes” pages of the aforementioned books.
Pre-order Curse of Conception here before its October 6 release.
All Pigs Must Die – “A Caustic Vision”
All Pigs Must Die is guitarists Brian Izzi (Trap Them) and Adam Wentworth (ex-The Red Chord), vocalist Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), drummer Ben Koller (Converge, Killer Be Killed), and bassist Matt Woods (Bloodhorse). The band sounds exactly like what you’d imagine those five dudes jamming in a room together would sound like.
I’m actually a little surprised by All Pigs Must Die on “A Caustic Vision.” The band usually comes ripping out of the gate as fast as humanly possible, but “A Caustic Vision” is a steady pummeling that ends with a gallop rather than a sprint. Though with riffs like that, who’s gonna sit there and tell All Pigs Must Die they’re wrong?
Hostage Animal is out October 27.
Ne Obliviscaris – “Urn, Pt. I: And Within the Void We Are Breathless”
I remember interviewing Beardfish guitar, keyboardist, and vocalist Rikard Sjöblom a few years back, and asking him about some of the long titles the band had for songs. His response still makes me laugh to this day – because if they’re not long, how will people know you’re progressive?
That very logic applies to Ne Obliviscaris, who seems hellbent on writing novels for song titles as its career wears on. Urn will be the band’s third album overall, first and only with studio bassist Robin Zielhorst (ex-Cynic, Mourn), and likely to be the band’s third classic in a row.
“Urn Pt. I” takes a slightly different approach to Ne Obliviscaris‘ normal sound, in that it starts off with some serious sludgy attitude, and focuses heavily on a ridiculous guitar solo, making pretty much the first portion of the song extremely guitar-centric. The rest of the song is very, very Ne Obliviscaris, with soaring vocals, prominent bass, violins galore, and enough blasting to make you physically exhausted.
Check out the song below, and pre-order Urn before its October 27 release date here.
God Mother – “De Ovälkomna”
God Mother could not have come along at a better time. The band is signed to The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman’s Party Smasher Inc. label, which is great considering God Mother has that frantic energy that we’ll all miss when The Dillinger Escape Plan hangs it up this December. God Mother also has that hardcore, Boss HM-2 driven sound that the world will be lacking when Trap Them calls it quits in November.
Pretty much, God Mother is the answer to all your metal-related prayers to Satan. Of course if you don’t believe the hype, you’re welcome to get your face ripped off by “De Ovälkomna” (literally “The Unwelcome”) below. It matches the above descriptors and then some, all while blinding you with its album art.
God Mother will release Vilseledd on September 29, and you can snag a pre-order here.