#242 | Reviews and Other Rambles: Stormruler, Fat Randy, Nostalghia, Cloud Rat, and More


What’s up, everyone! In case you missed the announcement on our socials a couple of weeks back, we’re going to be taking an indefinite hiatus from the podcast. Before we flitter off into the void, we have two more episodes to share with you. This is the second to last episode we recorded around Halloween 2022; the final one was recorded around Thanksgiving and will be released in about a month. There might be a time in the future when we return for a one-off episode or two, but we have no concrete plans (if Creed reunites, we’ll consider it).

In this penultimate episode, we cover releases from Marigold King and Drumcorps to Crippling Alcoholism and Cloud Rat. Cacophonous black metal, aggressively mellow noise rock, cybernetic hyperdeath, and emotive grindpunk are but a few of the genres explored. The full list of what we discussed can be found below. Timestamps are provided for each band we discuss, in case you want to jump to a particular segment of the conversation. Thank you all so much for your support!

Segment 01: Band Developments

Brief rambles about upcoming music

The dissonant black metal solo project from Oklahoma City, Blattaria, released a new album on October 18, 2022. Its title is Dismantle the New Cult. We also briefly speak about Fleshwater‘s debut album, We’re Not Here to Be Loved, which was released on November 4, 2022, via Closed Casket Activities.

Segment 02: New(-ish) Tracks

Rambles about relatively fresh tracks
SkyThala – “Variegated Stances Of Self Mockery” (00:17:25)

A single from SkyThala’s debut album, Boreal Despair. They are an enigmatic trio with members from Tennessee and New Jersey. The full album was released via I, Voidhanger Records on November 18, 2022.

Liturgy – “93696” (00:21:18)

The first single from the transcendental black metal project’s sixth upcoming studio album, 93696. It is anticipated to release on March 24, 2023.

Oozing Wound – “The Good Times (I Don’t Miss Em)” (00:25:28)

One of two singles released in anticipation of Oozing Wound’s fifth studio album, We Cater to Cowards. The full album was released on January 27, 2023 by Thrill Jockey Records.

The Best of the Worst – “Gatekeeper” (00:28:09)

A fresh single from the ska metal sextet, The Best of the Worst. “Gatekeeper” was released in tandem with a new track from Folly on the two-track split titled Wavebreaker 3. The split was released via Bad Time Records on September 30, 2022.

Mourning – “Disenlightenment” (00:30:36)

The title track from Mourning’s debut full-length record. Metallic hardcore blotched with hues of black metal. Disenlightenment was released via Street of Hate on November 15, 2022.

Segment 03: EPs, Splits, and/or Demos

Rambles about some newer bite-sized releases

Putrescine / Kosmogyr – Desolate Tides (00:34:29)

A gargantuan split between San Diego’s Putrescine and the Prague-Shanghai duo Kosmogyr. Lurching, low-end progressive death metal, and swirling melodic death metal. Desolate Tides was independently released on September 23, 2022.

Fucked Up – Oberon (00:43:03)

The nineteenth EP from Toronto’s hardcore punk troupe, Fucked Up. This one harbors a tone somewhat akin to sludgy psych-punk. Oberon was released on October 7, 2022, by Tankcrimes.

ZOMBIESHARK! – Born From a Wish (00:47:42)

The new EP from Philly’s cybernetic hyperdeath project, ZOMBIESHARK! This comes about two years after their 2020 LP, I Will Destroy You, Myself, and Everything I’ve Ever Loved.

Segment 04: Weird Bandcamp Picks

Random, and usually strange, finds from our Bandcamp dredging

Marigold King / Swampworm – Pillars to Unrelenting Suffering / Nahab (00:53:18)

A bleak and dissonant merging of black and death metal from two corners of the world, Augusta (Marigold King) and Munich (Swampworm). This one is unhinged. The split was pulled together and released by Total Dissonance Worship on November 8, 2022.

Daniel Patrick Cohen – We Deliver  (01:00:36)

The latest record from the UK’s experimental composer Daniel Patrick Cohen. We Deliver features 67 musicians across 32 brief-bite tracks that range from lo-fi and funk to retro-videogame timbres. The album was released via Backlash Music on September 16, 2022.

Drumcorps – Creatures (01:05:47)

An unhinged mish-mash of drum n’ bass, hardcore punk, and electronica from Amsterdam’s drumcorps. A sub-twenty-minute exercise in obliterating Furbies. Creatures was independently released on October 7, 2022.

Segment 05: Forgotten Recents

Records we've been digging, but don't have the time for a deep dive
The God Awful Truth / Under the Pier – Split (01:10:57)

A grotty mathcore split between Denton’s The God Awful Truth and Baltimore’s Under the Pier. This one was released via Dark Trail Records on July 1, 2022.

Crippling Alcoholism – When the Drugs that Made You Sick are the Drugs that Made You Better (01:14:31)

The debut record from Boston’s maligning noise rock duo, Crippling Alcoholism. Tinged with hues of goth rock, the slurry of tones culminate into an unsettling excursion through a dilapidated mind. The album was independently released on August 12, 2022.

POLYWHY – Don’t You Want to Use Me (01:21:31)

Emotive and technical post-hardcore from Serbia. Their debut album, Don’t You Want to Use Me, was independently released on September 26, 2022.

winterquilt – Monster Island and the Satan of Fire (01:25:48)

The latest release from the amorphous vaporwave/black metal entity known as winterquilt. An absolutely nanners album spanning the gamut of cybergrind, black metal, grind, and electronic. Monster Island was released via My Pet Flamingo on October 30, 2022.

Segment 06: Albums of Focus

Records we dive into with some depth (in order of episode appearance)

Stormruler – Sacred Rites & Black Magick

Timestamp in episode: 01:32:11

The sophomore record from St. Louis’s melodic black metal duo, Stormruler. Sacred Rites & Black Magick was released via Napalm Records on October 14, 2022.

Fat Randy – Slow, Incremental Change

Timestamp in episode: 01:40:23

The sophomore record from Boston’s “best Hoobastank tribute band”. Weird and aggressively mellow noise rock. Slow, Incremental Change was independently released on October 3, 2022.

Nostalghia – Wounds

Timestamp in episode: 01:48:47

The sixth studio record from Mexico City’s solo atmospheric black metal project, Nostalghia. Wounds was independently released on October 7, 2022.

Cloud Rat – Threshold

Timestamp in episode: 01:53:45

The fifth record from Michigan’s grindpunk trio, Cloud Rat. Vociferous, enchanting, and urgent. Threshold was released via Artoffact Records on October 7, 2022.

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