Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 9 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media
The Halloween season has ended and I have catching up to do with all my new music, so there are going to be A LOT of music features on here over the next week – all featuring vids, too! Just skip to the bottom if you don’t want to read.
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Vader – Iron Times (Nuclear Blast, 2016)
In order to pump us up for the return of the almighty Vader, the band decided to release an EP with three new tunes (I’m not sure if they’ll be included on the album), and one cover song. If you take a look at the EP’s artwork, it’s probably not surprising that the band they chose to cover is Motorhead. They chose “Overkill” and pulled off the song really well. This EP did its job: it got me excited for the new Vader album that comes out in November.
Mesarthim – Pilars (Avantegarde Music, 2016)
After discovering the album Isolate from this band and buying it on both CD and vinyl to support them, I was so stoked to see this mini album (EP) come out this year (with another release coming soon!!!) This album doesn’t feel like an EP either as it’s just over a 35 minute run time for four songs.
If you dug Isolate, you’ll love the songs on here, too. I love the black metal vocals over the shoegazey guitars and cosmic style atmosphere created by the keyboards. I love having a good beer buzz and cranking this stuff. Simply awesome!!!! Check them out if you haven’t.
Human Remains – Where Were You When (Relapse Records, 2002)
Well, I was totally late to the party with this band. Relapse was rereleasing many of their albums on vinyl last year for their anniversary (what the hell happened with this year, Relapse?!?) and I snagged Human Remain’s Using Sickness As A Hero in a 10 LPs for $60 mystery grab bag promotion. I spun it (along with Num Skull – another band I never had heard of or listened to) and loved it. If you love sporadic metal like The Dillinger Escape Plan, you’ll love this.
Thanks to that album, and putting this release into Discogs, I saw that Relapse also released this compilation featuring unreleased tunes, demos, and songs from splits they did. I had to grab it finally this year to hear more of the band. While many of the songs are hard to hear on the first CD of the two CD set thanks to the old basement tape quality, it is an interesting listen to see how the band developed. More ear pleasing audio can be found on the second CD. I would have liked to have seen some kind of biography/written piece to accompany this CD but there’s not much in the booklet, unfortunately.
Edge of Sanity – Cryptic/Infernal (Black Mark Productions, 1997)
I’m doing a two-in-one here as while each album stands on their own, you can say that Dan Swano and his crew offer more in your face, yet pleasing on the ears death metal. The one thing that makes Edge of Sanity always stand out from the others, besides amazing production, is the song writing. These aren’t just old school death metal songs (not that there’s anything wrong with them), but the progressive feel and the journey these songs take you on make you want to sit back and absorb them as well as bang your head to them. Classics – get them!
(Note: in my video, I meant to say these were the last two releases I needed to complete my Edge of Sanity CD collection).
Blood Inquisition – Interdimensional Extinction / Starspawn
(Dark Decent Records, 2015/2016)
Here’s another two-in-one as I just got into this band thanks to lot of people posting it over on the Metal Collector’s group on Facebook. Technical death metal that hearkens back to classic Morbid Angel and other pioneers of technical based death metal (in my opinion). This band from Colorado is starting to get a lot of attention for their abilities musically and because they can write a damn good riff and song. If you haven’t sampled a lot of new bands recently, don’t pass on them. Bonus points for their illegible but awesome logo!
Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
(Season of Mist, 2016)
Yeah, that’s one hell of an album title. I got into this band after Season of Mist released their last one, Obscure Verses for the Multiverse in 2013 (great marketing!!!) After spinning this a few times, I have to say I’m really impressed. I find that Inquisition has a unique sound – well, how Dagon’s chord/guitar technique is (well, based on the amount of Black Metal I own). I’ve also started to go back and listen to the band’s back catalogue thanks to the reissues from SOM (as the original pressings seem to go for quite a bit of money).
This is a deluxe box set that has the album in a digipak with a bonus track, a cool patch and a large flag that has the album art on it. I don’t know why I buy these as a) I have absolutely nowhere to hang the flag and b) I don’t have a vest to put any of the patches I own on it. I supposed it’s to get the CD with the bonus track as I like getting stuff like that.
Devin Townsend Project –Transcendence (InsideOut, 2016)
I loves me some DTP! While I was happy with Sky Blue last year, the counterpart album, Z2, didn’t do it for me. There were some good tunes on it and I love the concept of Ziltoid, I just find the songs under the DTP moniker to be better. On Transcendence, I find that it’s a continuation of Sky Blue but a stronger album overall.
I found it interesting that the CD starts off with a rerecording of “Truth” that was originally featured on the album Infinity as I never would have thought that song needed it. Mind you, it’s not my creation and if I could go back and fix/add stuff to songs I’ve recorded in the past, I would. The song is slowed down a bit and there are more dynamics, but I prefer the original.
I’ll also say that I’m so surprised and happy that they covered Ween’s “Transdermal Celebration” from their Quebec album. It’s a fantastic cover and the added layers add great atmosphere to the song.
The CD version of Transcendence is in a digipak and also comes with an additional CD of demos and songs that were left off other releases. There are 11 extra songs on the disc and although the majority of them are “demos” they sure as hell sound like finished songs to me.
Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista/Rise Above, 2016)
I like that Ghost keeps putting out stopgap EPs. They did it with If You Have Ghost and now this release that features one new song (the catchy “Square Hammer”) and four covers . They cover tunes from Echo & The Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet – all bands that I don’t listen to and songs I’ve never heard of. It’ll be neat to finally take the time to go on YouTube and hear the originals. Good choices, though, as I really dig the tunes (especially “I Believe”).
My vinyl is just black as I got it from Amazon.ca (pics coming in the next TOTW edition). Just like the other releases by Ghost, there are lots of different colours for the vinyl exclusively for certain stores, websites, and/or territories.