BIG | BRAVE do epic Rawk really, really well. Or more specifically, the core trio of Tasy Hudson, Mathieu Ball, and Robin Wattie do Sludge, Post-Metal, and Doom really, really well. Actually, any genre that BIG | BRAVE decide to tackle they do really, really well. And on Vital, their fifth full-length, BIG | BRAVE has conjured up one of their most memorable records to date and easily one of the most magically monolithic magnum opuses of the year.[Read more…]
Entry Succinctly Shred On Stand Out Debut Full-Length Detriment
Short and anything but sweet, Entry’s debut full-length is an incendiary blast of Swedish Crust Punk by way of Los Angeles. Featuring a brutal performance from Sara Gregory throughout, Detriment sounds like the result if their fellow Los Angelenos in Youth Code abandoned Industrial and focused their two-pronged attack solely on the Hardcore and the Heavy.[Read more…]
Pelican Return With Nighttime Stories, Sell Out Great Scott (Album Review)
Two years ago I had this epic night of music, fresh from a trip to Chicago and my first ever Cold Waves experience the previous week I doubled down on my Industrial live experience and caught KMFDM and Ohgr once again but bailed early to walk down the street to catch Pelican who easily won the night with this intensely savage set that was like an reintroduction to a band with this raging fire within them.[Read more…]
Untitled Metal Column: Volume 6 (Martyrdod, Elddop)
I liken my first time listening through a Martyrdod record to my first experience with Nachtmystium’s Black Meddle, Pt. 1 in that the music is so utterly engaging from the get go yet the vocals are undeniably jarring for a virgin listener. Even more vicious than Blake Judd, Mikael Kjellman is an absolute monster behind the mic making Martyrdod’s fifth album and the dichotomy within a must own this year.
If you like Converge but could do without the breakneck pace, want more from Aaron Turner’s Split Cranium, and like your Entombed with their foot planted firmly in the Clandestine days then Elddop is an album you need to listen to.
“Nodkanal” opens up the floodgates and once that musical monsoon is unleashed, you better make sure you’re strapped in tight because it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. “En Jobbigt Jnvel” is a headbangers delight and just pure thrashing madness. The riffs are urgent and intimidating with Kjellman’s and Pontus Redig’s guitar squeals and harmonies lighting the song on fire.
If you want it slow, then you’ve come to the wrong place. While “Tentakler” might start off on the low end of the BPM spectrum, it quickly gains momentum into another rock out so that minute reprieve at the beginning should be considered your “break”. “Slav Manual” is another rager and the title track that follows, even more so. Then there’s “Synd” which blisters and boils with sinister fury with riffs up the a-hole early on.
Elddop is out on July 22nd through Southern Lord. Pre-order yours here if you dare!