Bovine. Military Wife. NSFW. Brutal metal at it’s most fucking brutal.
Here’s the third installment of my re-posts I did for record loving blog, Curious Tracks, a music blog curated by Purple Dog Records. This time around I have six metal and rock releases of this past summer that completely blew my cheap flip-flops right off. Please read on and get even more metal than you already are.
Many of these bands are already working on new stuff or are actively touring so, check your collective calendars. Especially when it comes to the Nord’s of the North, Kveltertak. A band who I think put out the best metal record of 2013. Kvelertak is currently out on the road with Sabbath loving doom band, Windhand, and High on fucking Fire. And it doesn’t get much more metal than that my headbanging friends. So read on and get metal…
Fistful of New Metal: Six More Must Have 2013 Releases
As I said in my , 2013 is shaping up to be a very metal year. This time around, I’m here to extol the virtues of six (a much more metal number than five) excellent new/upcoming metal releases, ranging from the sweet old school sounds of yesterday, to new metal sounds from up and coming bands. So read on, and please turn up your speakers. For what lies ahead must be listened to loudly, the way metal mother nature intended.
Out March 25th, Norway’s will put out an impressive bit of heaviness with their second full-length, . A black metal band by definition, Kvelertak (which means “stranglehold” or “choke hold” in Norwegian), infuses their sound with equal parts darkness, good old fashioned high-powered vocals, endless guitars, and Maiden-esque percussion.
Choke hold’s aside, Meir is all but clear of black metal’s typical gloom and doom. Still, the record sounds pretty brutal. Created in the witch capital of the world, Salem, Massachusetts at , Kvelertak also recorded Meir in their native Norwegian tongue. A multi-layered recording at it heart, Kvelertak seamlessly blends their bone-crunching melodic metal groove with nostalgic sounds from metal days gone by. The power-chords and riffs are fast and upbeat, keeping Meir awash in massive waves of metal adrenaline. Simply put, Meir is the kind of record that would make Armored Saint’s collective toes curl. And, keeping true to their headbanging form, the last track on Meir heralds the band’s name, and is an unapologetic, bic-thumb-up, balls-out anthem.
Without a doubt, Meir will be on many a metal head’s top ten list this year, and has quickly become my favorite metal release to date. Norwegian based label, , plans to release Meir on vinyl, worldwide. As of this writing, you can listen to Meir it in its entirety, . Look for Kverletak live this spring with fellow heavies, Savannah Georgia’s Black Tusk, and the Cancer Bats.
is comprised of members of several great metal bands. Eugene band, YOB, Hammers of Misforune, and Worm, to name a few. Which makes it unlikely that their upcoming untitled debut record (mixed by the equally metal engineer/producer Randall Dunn in Seattle) will be anything but stellar. Out on April 16th via , both of the tracks the band has generously streamed this past week on Sound Cloud, and , are swirling full of crunchy, strap-on-your-speed-belt, metal. And since I’ve already professed out loud, I’m ready to embrace VHÖL. Head on.
There has been a lot of excitement around . And it’s understandable. Ex-members of the revered Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders just released the first single from their new record, last week. I’m not usually a big fan of the do-it-again-band, especially when a key element in the band is gone. In this case, one of metal’s greatest frontmen, . But gives me enough hope that this record will be as strong as it’s first single. And vocals sound right and tight. Look for out on the always metal , on .
Yes, . The only Saxon. The Saxon that never left, refused to cut their hair, let it turn gray, and has kept churning out great metal since they came together in 1979. is Saxon’s 20th studio release, and is textbook classic, head-banging heavy metal. Vocalist , who turned 62 in January, sounds amazingly fresh and strong. The same goes for the epic chops of guitarist . If I didn’t know any better, this record could have been released in 1983, at the height of Saxon’s North American popularity. Albeit with more polish and power.
There are so many metal bands keep coming back for second and third stabs at greatness. Including Saxon. Except, Saxon has never looked for, or needs redemption. is a rock-solid metal record, musically and lyrically. I envy my headbanging European brothers and sisters that will get to see the band live during their epic tour of the UK and Europe this year. Sacrifice is out on . I highly encourage you to listen to the title track, at the highest possible volume, .
hails from Birmingham,UK. Otherwise known as the never-metal world of . Their new record, due out on April 12th, has managed to do something rather elusive when it comes to the metal realm, by paving a bit of new ground. The band could easily juxtapose itself into various metal genres. It’s not that Bovine’s music defies description, however, I will defer any further statements, and borrow a line from the band’s short press release that describes Bovine’s sound as whatever “sludge-soaked ghetto rockers” sound like. Dirty rockers from the ghetto? Count me in. Bovine is currently streaming two tracks from Empire online,, and .
I’m not breaking any metal news to anyone when I say that is 10th record. But let it be known that I will go out on a very thick, very metal branch, and say that every bit as great as all those moderate bastards are saying it is.
Recently, Clutch vocalist was quoted, saying that the band was going for a “Motorhead vibe” with . And as eager as you might be to reject such sacrilege, after listening to Earth Rocker I can honestly say I was completely dazzled by it’s spot-on production, and kick-ass lyrics. Stuff that punches its way into your ears, by any means possible. For me, a perfect example of said ear-punching is the track, “ “. Any metalhead worth their silver bullets will dig every track on Earth Rocker, as it repeatedly hits every one of it’s metal notes harder than the last. I even caught a hint of King’s X circa 1998, loudly bent out of shape, pumping faster than it’s predecessor. Are you in? You should be., motherf*cker.