It’s Friday, which means two things: giving this week the finger, and new music! Tune in every Friday for The Pit’s round-up of new releases, from singalong hard rock to pus-drenched underground death metal. Keep those ears bleeding!
Hanging Fortress, Darkness Devours (Redefining Darkness)
For fans of: Creeping Death, Gatecreeper, Plague Years
Standout track: “Blood Mountain”
Death metal’s turn towards the cavernous and kinetic doesn’t show any signs of stopping, as the new album by Toledo, Ohio’s Hanging Fortress suggests. The record is bludgeoning and cavernous, bringing both the mosh-friendly hardcore influences and the epic vocal feedback of major underground acts like Gatecreeper. However, these guys definitely seem less caught up in the occult and acrobatic, but instead focus their energies on sounding as ham-fisted as possible. This is definitely an album to take your shirt off to.
Bloodsoaked Necrovoid, Expelled Into the Unknown Depths of the Unfathomable (Iron Bonehead Productions)
For fans of: Blood Incantation, Howls of Ebb, Vassafor
Standout track: “Viciously Consumed by the Unfolding Unknown”
Jesus. If Hanging Fortress is just a little too social and not echo-y enough for you, may we suggest the new album by Costa Rica’s Bloodsoaked Necrovoid. Expelled Into the Unknown Depths of the Unfathomable sounds like what’s on the label: being cast into a vast, endless abyss of horror. Booming, merciless, and deeply arcane in its somewhat muffled occult death metal, the record isn’t exactly domestic tall boy-drinkin’ music. That said, when you’re in the mood for something truly unholy and misanthropic, give this record a spin (but don’t be surprised if something with too many elbows comes crawling out of your speaker).
Fates Warning, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade Records)
For fans of: Dream Theater, Edguy, Queensryche
Standout track: “Scars”
Dynasties rise and fall, flowers bloom and wilt, but Connecticut’s Fates Warning remain. The band’s latest album Long Day Good Night definitely errs on the side of the soothing, with most of its tracks delving into the more introspective niches of prog. That said, the band also bring to occasional crusher, as is the case with tracks like “Alone We Walk” and “Scars.” If you’re not already a fan, the back catalog might be a better way to get to know Fates Warning; if you’re deeply indoctrinated, you’re going to love this.
Pulchra Morte, Ex Rosa Ceremonia (Transcending Records)
For fans of: Goatwhore, Cloak, Temple of Void
Standout track: “In The Mourning Light”
Pulchra Morte are an example of the kind of metal made by fans who grew up without the genre restrictions of listenable versus extreme. There’s plenty of black metal, thrash, and doom on Ex Rosa Ceremonia, but there’s also a lot of classic gallop and old-school riffage to hear on this one as well. That the band includes former members of Skeletonwitch certainly explains a lot, as Pulchra Morte definitely embrace a similar sort of all-in approach. Definitely worth a spin.
- Alter Bridge, Walk The Sky 2.0 (Napalm Records)
- Lykantropi, Tales to be Told (Despotz Records)
- Hey Colossus, Dances/Curses (Learning Curve)
Words by Chris Krovatin