Salutations, void wrigglers! We hope you’re keeping well. We have another big ol’ carton of music to dissect and incoherently ramble about. Much of this material dates back to June/July 2022, but we hope there is an intriguing find or two lurking within that you might have overlooked.
Releases covered in this one range from CMD094 and moreru to Bergfried and Pillar of Wasps. Wistful dreampunk, excoriating emoviolence, sludge-stomping noise rock, ice-laden death doom, and medieval folk rock are but a few of the timbres explored in this iteration of Reviews and Other Rambles. Below you will find the full list of what we discuss, with timestamps provided for each piece, in case you want to jump to a particular segment of the conversation.
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Segment 01: Band Developments
Bummer and Tunic wrapped the recording session for their collaborative album back in late July. No other details have been made public yet, but we’re keen to hear what comes from it when it’s ready. Check Bummer’s discography here (their 2021 LP, Deadhorse, is ace), and check Tunic’s discography here.
A new Sumac record, in collaboration with Keiji Haino, will be released on October 7. Its title is Into this juvenile apocalypse our golden blood to pour let us never. This is the group’s third collaborative record with Haino, the first of which was released in October 2018 and the second in June 2019.
The final album from Mount Shrine, All Roads Lead Home, was released via Cryo Chamber on August 9, 2022. These were the last compositions he was working on before he passed away in early 2021 due to complications from Covid.
Segment 02: New(-ish) Tracks
Slipknot – “The Dying Song (Time to Sing)” (00:17:18)
Chug-da-keg-slam-CHUG. I don’t know why Connor threw this on the list, but we spoke about it for a minute. This track comes off their upcoming record, The End, So Far, which will release via Roadrunner on September 30, 2022.
All Them Witches – “6969 WXL The Cage” (00:24:46)
The July single (released July 28) from All Them Witches’ 2022 baker’s dozen batch of singles. They’ve been dropping a new single each month of 2022 to date, and this is, by far, their weirdest.
Segment 03: EPs, Splits, and/or Demos
Atvm / Penance Stare – The Split (00:41:32)
A split featuring two fresh tracks from London’s outlandish, proggy death metal quartet, Atvm (pronounced ate-um), and four new tracks from U.K.’s screamo-y black metal duo, Penance Stare. The Split was independently released on July 11, 2022.
Other Half – Split w/ Negative Measures (00:47:58)
At the time we covered this, only two tracks were available (one from each band). This four-track split harbors shimmering post-hardcore-verging melodies and raucous hardcore punk. It was released on August 19, 2022, via Venn Records.
Bergfried – Romantik I (00:55:38)
The stellar debut EP from Erech III. von Lothringen (instruments) and Anna de Savoy (vocals). An unbelievably fun and concise dose of heavy metal merged with medieval folk rock. Romantik I was released on April 17, 2022. Physical copies are available through Fiadh Productions.
Segment 04: Weird Bandcamp Picks
Frigus – To Hell and Back (01:00:52)
The first heavy album from the Athens-based guitarist and music producer, Frigus. Heavy on some ambient backdrops, which calls to mind cavern exploration in a sidescroller videogame. This was independently released on July 19, 2022.
moreru – 山田花子 (01:03:58)
Prepare your ear drums for potential prolapse. This new album from Japan’s emoviolence/noise sextet, moreru, is rife with harsh noise walls, yet there writhes poignant emotional resonance. This one was independently released back on March 30, 2022.
Segment 05: Forgotten Recents
Candy – Heaven is Here (01:21:00)
The sophomore LP from the blistering hardcore punk troupe, Candy. It’s riddled with industrial-like thrums, molten ingots of noise, and revolting grooves. Relapse Records released this one on June 24, 2022.
Segment 06: Albums of Focus
Ashenspire - Hostile Architecture
Timestamp in episode: 01:27:44
The sophomore record to Ashenspire’s 2017 LP, Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary. They are a Glasgow-based, avant-garde black metal septet that explores “a foundational contempt for the poor and working class.” Hostile Architecture was released on July 18, 2022, via Aural Music.
Chat Pile - God's Country
Timestamp in episode: 01:36:42
The long-awaited debut record from Oklahoma City’s noise rock sludgsters, Chat Pile. We’ve been eagerly anticipating this one for the better part of a year. God’s Country was released via The Flenser on July 29, 2022.
Dawnwalker - House of Sand
Timestamp in episode: 01:46:47
The fourth studio album from the U.K.’s progressive metal project, Dawnwalker, helmed by Mark Norgate (guitarist in Sacred Son). This is quite a divergence from their 2020 LP, Ages, as it shores up chamber rock compositions. House of Sand was independently released on August 19, 2022.
WAKE - Thought Form Descent
Timestamp in episode: 01:56:11
The sixth studio album from Calgary’s monolithic death metal quintet, WAKE. They continue to broaden their deathgrind DNA into territories sweeping and enthralling. Thought Form Descent was released by Metal Blade Records on July 22, 2022.