Rumblings From the Underground: Coffin Dust (Album Stream), Vektor, Grave Miasma + Rhin
Listen up, fiends of the underground! This week I've got something extra to give all of you. Horror death thrashers Coffin Dust have released their second album, Everything Is Dead, and you can hear all 35 minutes of its sewage-spew right here!
Coffin Dust play an inspired brand of gore-loving death metal, straying from the sonic stereotypes with a delightfully crunchy and discernible guitar tone (think Ghoul) that should see your local cemetery empty out in relatively quick fashion — the undead never seem to walk fast do they? Snag a copy for yourself here and get the scoop on all things Coffin Dust here.
Check out the full stream below, get your bedroom mosh on, do your best Cronos impersonation and, since Everything Is Dead, Raise the Dead! Oh... and don't forget to get to the news and album reviews!
Ashbringer have released a new song, "Oceans Apart." The cut comes off their newest album, Yügen, expected June 3 on Avantgarde Music. One of the shorter songs on the album, it's an extension of their atmospheric black metal sound, with folky melodies woven in, drawing comparisons to Obsequiae in production values and style, though Ashbringer stick closer to black metal's roots than Obsequiae.
Blaak Heat have brought some riffing mania with their new song "Black Hawk." Their newest record, Shifting Mirrors is due May 13 on Svart Records. Hinging on psychedelic, their playful sense of groove and dynamic songwriting is one to be experienced, not just heard.
Formless, the now defunct tech death outfit that generated considerable buzz with no label help, are finally releasing their first and last album, Eon. Dizzying guitar playing, never short on unforgettable melodies and riffs, swirling drums, thoughtful bass playing and rapid-fire growls consume all. Listen to the full album here.
Coffin Dust, 'Everything Is Dead'
By now, you've already begun to familiarize yourself with Coffin Dust above. If you haven't, you'll wind up "Stiff and Cold." Following a weird, synth intro "Serrated," the Philadelphia death quartet tear into "Gore Ensemble," immediately bringing to mind Death's Scream Bloody Gore with the eerie lead.
Chunks of flesh are sent scattered across the room in the mosh-happy song, going straight into "Commander Exhumer." The track will "knock your f-king d--k in the dirt" — their words, not mine, though if they hadn't said it I probably would have. Everything Is Dead is an honest, fun album heightened by the Slayer cover of "Metal Storm / Face the Slayer."
Listen to Coffin Dust above, ya bonehead!
Grave Miasma, 'Endless Pilgrimage'
Grave Miasma's latest comes in the form of the Endless Pilgrimage EP. The British quartet plays a suffocating brand of death metal, heavy on the Swedish influence, but darker than most of the country's stalwarts.
Endless Pilgrimage spans five songs across 33 minutes of crawling chaos. Serpentine rhythms wind their way around the manic pace of songs like "Purgative Circumvolution." Elements of Bolt Thrower tend to creep in, which is fine because Bolt Thrower don't seem interesting in writing Bolt Thrower riffs anymore.
Hey! Do you love riffs, fat bass tones and two-stepping? If you do, then you'll also love Rhin and their newest album Passenger! The third album from the West Virginia outfit is like opening one of those surprise cans of snakes, but instead it's just riffs flying out, disfiguring your face for the better.
"Uncle Tuck" sets the tone in the first few seconds with dizzying drum work, spell-binding grooves and just enough of that uptempo stoner vibe to offer just the slightest reprieve. Fans of Today Is the Day and Unsane should line up single file at their closest record store. Or push each other and fight over it. Yeah, that sounds about right.
Vektor, 'Terminal Redux'
It's been five long years since sci-fi thrash enthusiasts Vektor last delivered us an album. They can't be at fault since they probably measure time in light years, making the drought infinitesimal at most. Terminal Redux was more than worth the wait as Vektor venture out toward new sonic horizons.
"Charging the Void" is a nine-minute gate smasher and it's immediately clear there's more atmosphere in play on this record. David DiSanto's shrieks remain among the most savage in the biz and his Voivod-inspired guitar playing is more adoration than mere imitation as the trashers once again own their realm. Songs like "Pillars of Sand" see black metal influences enter the fold, yet they maintain their hyper-melodic edge throughout the variety of implemented metal stylings.