It’s Friday, which means two things: giving the 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!
Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
For fans of: Korn, Lacuna Coil, HIM
Standout track: “Yeah Right”
The lead-up to Evanescence’s latest album has been a long one, filled with countless interviews, voter-registration campaigns, and televised performances. Anyone who was still curious about how The Bitter Truth would sound obviously hasn’t been paying attention; the album’s hard-rock-via-modern-electronic-pop sound and attitude have been on display for some time. All of which is to say, you already know whether you’re going to like this soaring goth record or you’re not.
Sanguisugabogg, Tortured Whole (Century Media)
For fans of: Dying Fetus, Plague Years, Tomb Mold
Standout track: “Dead As Shit”
There’s been plenty of hype behind the debut full-length from Ohio’s Sanguisugabogg, which speaks to the band’s uniquely gross take on death metal. Tortured Whole has a gnarly guitar tone and a solid mixture of classic steamroll and wonky seasickness. More so, the album is more gross than brutal, reveling in modern death metal’s love of ooze rather than its more nerdy, technical aspect. A solid release for those looking to drown in slime.
Manslaughter 777, World Vision Perfect Harmony (Thrill Jockey)
For fans of: Igorrr, The Body, Sightless Pit
Standout track: “What Is Joke To You Is Dead To Me”
The latest project from The Body‘s Lee Buford isn’t exactly metal, but there’s a gross sort of heaviness that reminds one why he’s a member of one of the world’s ugliest-sounding bands. Manslaughter 777 is mostly made up of stark breakbeats and walls of crushing noise, making it the perfect background music for some sort of Brooklyn art gallery full of Cenobites. Though definitely more Pi than Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the music on World Vision Perfect Harmony does bristle with hostility, meaning far-out metalheads will undoubtedly dig it.
Memoriam, To The End (Reaper Entertainment)
For fans of: Nightrage, Sepultura, DevilDriver
Standout track: “No Effect”
There’s a great middle ground that British death metallers Memoriam are hitting here. To The End has a shitload of melody to it, but that never comes with too much of a candy coating — there’s always a kick to the sternum at the core of this music. Instead, the band use their more listenable moments to add a grandeur to their sound that metalcore fans will love and respect. A rare instance of a little of everything actually translating into something for everyone.
Draken, Draken (Majestic Mountain Records)
For fans of: Trouble, Laser Dracul, Saviours
Standout track: “Realm of Silence”
Now this is some cool, weird doom right here! Though Draken still bring plenty of groan and rattle to their music, there’s a distinctly dark edge to this Norwegian trio’s self-titled record. At any given moment, the shouted vocals will be backed by believable screams and deep bellows which lend elements of hardcore and death metal to the record. The result is an album that’ll alienate fairweather rawk fans and hold court with only the nastiest of stoners. Get into this one!
- Tomahawk, Tonic Immobility (Ipecac)
- Manslaughter 777, World Vision Perfect (Thrill Jockey)
- Genghis Tron, Dream Weapon (Relapse Records)
- Marasmus, Necrotic Overlord (Transcending Obscurity)
- Solbrud, Lavende (Eisenwald)
- Hound, I Know My Enemies (Metalville)
- Greenleaf, Echoes from a Mass (Napalm Records)
Words by Chris Krovatin