Gimme Metal Program Director Brian Turner delivers the week’s top 5 office buzz-worthy tracks.
KRALLICE – Folds of Plasma
A surprise LP from NYC’s great Krallice, featuring among others the advanced brainboogie of Colin Marston (Gorguts/Dysrhythmia/Panopticon and countless production gigs) and Mick Barr (Orthrelm/Ocrilim/Behold…the Arctopus and more), back with the new full length ‘Demonic Wealth’. For the uninitiated, Krallice’s flavor of black metal both spotlights the fucked sonic properties of the lo-fidelity medium as well as unlocks a world of expansive, experimentation at the altar of 20th century classicists like Scelsi and Xenakis. It’s a weird chocolate in peanut butter for sure, but a trait that elevates these folks to some truly creative heights and proportions.
DOMKRAFT – Dawn of Man
While most doom/sludgeheads are reveling in the apocalyptic themes these days, Sweden’s great Domkraft seem to emphasize the concept of building and renewal of strength, a most rewarding trait seeing a group running headwind against it’s own genre’s aesthetic. Mind you they still preserve the spirit of crumbling amp stacks and oppressive atmospheres, culling moves from Swans, Sleep and their ilk. Check the band out on their ‘Seeds’ release April 30th and their forthcoming Gimme DJ special on May 6th which is sure to be great.
DARK OPERA – The Day of Pariah
From a 1992 cassette demo, this is the first time this blasted Polish black/death combo has seen the light of day on vinyl. Subterranean growls face head to head with speaker-crackling bass rumble, deadpan flat drum thwack, simplistic misery in its stripped-down recording means. Hits the target.
ZOUO – No Power
Following up a G.I.S.M. reissue a few months back, Relapse stokes the flames of its Japanese crust/metal/HC lookback with a reissue of the 41-track anthology ‘Agony憎悪Remains’ from Zouo. Unlike the strange-ass production of G.I.S.M., this band is pure lo-fi terror encapsulated simply. Singer Cherry Nishida worked directly with the label on this, and they’ll also be issuing his latest from his current band S.H.I. (Struggling Harsh Immortals). Good chainsaw-swinging soundtrack right here.
BODY VOID – Wound
On ‘Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth’ (out April 23 on Prosthetic) Body Void adhere to a singular notion: ecological and political change as the forefront of human survival. Written during the uprisings during the BLM spring of 2020, there’s a crushing, enveloping nature of these swirling sounds that assimilates itself to the organic surroundings of man itself. That’s coupled with extended slo-mo rampages and scarifying vocal screech akin to OLD/Gnaw/Khanate’s Alan Dubin (the latter unit of which there’s a bit of real sonic similarity here). Amazing video herein complete with 13 minutes of morphing, natural/environmental chaos on parade.
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