Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 6 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media
I’m back with some more music! Here’s some more stuff I’ve picked up over the past couple of months but just getting to showcasing on here now! Buy many of these releases over at Mad Rush Media!
Entombed AD – Dead Dawn (Century Media, 2016)
I’ll be quick on this one. This was better than 2014’s Back the the Front, but L.G. Petrov is NOT Entombed. This should be under a different moniker and all the Entombed guys should just make up and get back to kicking ass. I’m not saying that there isn’t anything on this album or their last that didn’t, but the Entombed name should have just been put to rest.
Mesarthim – Isolate (Self Released, 2016)
This album fucking rules. Period. You have heavy metal, some shoegaze, some black metal, some synth, and great songwriting. I said in my video that it was something that popped into my YouTube feed after hearing or sampling some other stuff. I bought it immediately on CD and vinyl. My vinyl is warped to shit and they had no more, but it’s still pretty to look at. As I am writing this, Avantgard Music seems to be backing them and I picked up their new EP on CD and vinyl as well. Can’t. Fucking. Wait.
Satyricon – Nemesis Divina (Moonfog Productions, 1996.
This version Napalm Records, 2016)
I’ve got the original pressing of this album and I didn’t really think it needed any kind of remaster. Sometimes I do buy remasters when bands or artists go in the press and talk about why they revisited their album or what has been changed due to it. Most labels just repress stuff and label it “remastered” when they haven’t really touched it or the remasters actually sounds worse than the original. While I’m still up in the air of whether or not this edition is “better,” it does sound substantially different with the layers of the guitars, the levels of the drums and the overall sound. Does that make it less “kvlt?” Who knows. I think it sounds great and the original does, too.
Ihsahn – Arkis (Candlelight Records, 2016)
Ihsahn, the mastermind behind Emperor, has been kicking out amazing releases over the last 10 years. I can’t believe this is sixth album over ten years. While I’ve liked many of his solo releases, there are some albums that just didn’t seem “complete” to me. This album, though, just kicked me in the Jimmy. I love it and it will probably be in my top 10 of the year. Every song just kicks ass and it explores so many different genres of music, and not just metal. A worth addition to the Ihsahn catalogue!
Abbath – Abbath (Season of Mist, 2016)
Speaking of breaking from another well know second generation black metal band, I’m not touching the drama and shit between Abbath and the former members who are still continuing on as Immortal. F that. It’s like Entombed. Drop the name and lay it to rest.
Ok, after saying that and being direct, expectations were high for this album and it fucking rules. It’s like a mix of the last two Immortal albums mixed with some aspects of the I album, Between Two Worlds, that was released in 2006. Season of Mist went full out with promoting this album and the editions. I’m a sucker for collectibles (can’t you tell?) so I got the deluxe version with the CD with bonus tunes, a wristband, pin, and postcard; all in a huge box. This is how you nail a release!
Rotting Christ – Rituals (Season of Mist, 2016)
Is it any coincidence that I placed this album after Abbath? Hell no. Greek’s Rotting Christ have been constantly releasing quality albums during their whole career, but it just seems like the last three (including this one) have just done nothing but elevate the band and make me shake my head that music can be this good. This one, just like Abbath above, will probably be in my top 20 of the year, but I think this one will be creaping into my top 10. It’s just so fucking well done.
This is another excellent deluxe edition from Season of Mist featuring some stickers, a digipak with bonus tracks, a patch, and a pin. I so want a vest to put all this stuff on! If you’ve ever flip-flopped with this band, don’t with this release. It’s that good.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc (Relapse Records, 2016)
The latest from the grind/noise masters from AgNb features vocalist Katherine Katz releasing an album about caring and then losing her mother. It’s an emotional ride when you’re reading the lyrics while feeling/listening to the album. It’s more of a doomy/sludge approach, which is not what fans of this band is used to. All four members are/were supposed to release an album featuring their influences and songwriting, but we’re now in September and this is the only album released this year (and I think it came out in January or February).
Chethe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule (Profound Lore, 2016)
I love checking out bands that Canadian label, Profound Lore, releases. Some I get, some I can dig but don’t buy, but there are some that just hit me and take me prisoner. This band and release is one of those releases. There’s so much going on here that it’s just a musical explosion, but not a sensory overload. Blend Gorguts’ album, Obscura, with Demilich’s Nespithe and that’s what you’re kind of getting – but with even more atmosphere. This is one that I’ll continue to listen to to get more out of it and will hopefully grab a copy on vinyl soon to see if it opens up the album even more.
Thompson Twins –Remixes & Rarities (Cherry Pop, 2014)
I love ending these blogs/articles with something so different. Fuck you if you don’t like the Thompson Twins! HAHA! Just playing. I don’t care what you do/don’t like, but I love this band. I love the song writing and the layers to the songs. They did so much with music in the 80s that I don’t think people give them as much credit. Could they perform this stuff live well? Hell no, but neither can a lot of pop artists (or some metal bands) these days. Take it for what it is: a collection of their 7″ B-sides or ones that were featured on cassettes. I’d buy all this on vinyl in a second over some other metal because this music just kicks ass. Either that or I drink way too much. Yell at me in the comment section.