December is upon us. Smoke rises from the mountain of doom, Listurnalia™ is simply across the nook and Metal Druhm rides to AMG HQ in a useless try to get the Report(s) o’ the Month again on observe in 2023.
I, too, would love a number of issues to get again on observe in 2023, I admit it. However I truthfully by no means positioned Metal Druhm as an optimist. He at all times refers to his mighty stein as “half-empty” in our Beers ov Zoom! And he appears so crushed down once we chat about deadlines in any other case. Right here, I lastly thought I’d cured him of hope. I assume there’s at all times subsequent yr…
October and November’s Report(s) o’ the Month each function German(ish) progressive dying metallic bands. However that’s the place the similarities finish. These two bands have deeply totally different sounds and approaches to what it means to be progressive dying metallic. October’s winner, Obsidius’ Iconic, lastly answered the query: “Do we actually want one other Obscura-branch making music within the fashion of Obscura?” which I had been pondering since phrase that Rafael Trujillo, Linus Klausenitzer, and Sebastian Lanser left to kind Obsidious. Thankfully, the resounding reply to that query was: “sure, apparently we did.” Although, it’s additionally value noting that Obsidious sounds lots much less like Obscura than I had anticipated. Slightly, Obsidious’ debut jogs my memory fairly a little bit of Gorod’s good Æthra, with its melange of vocal types and its technical brilliance. And sure, all of the musicianship on Iconic is genuinely good throughout the board. However in case you love guitar, Iconic is value listening to for Rafael Trujillo alone. I can’t consider one other guitarist in dying metallic whose work is that this easy, so persistently artistic, stunning and, most significantly, entertaining. Listening to Trujillo’s guitar solos is at all times an journey in true virtuosity. That genuinely subsequent degree guitar work—combined with good compositions and a band that enhances Trujillo’s brilliance—makes Iconic one thing particular. It’s tech, it’s prog, and it defied my expectations large time.
November, however, supplied up a really totally different view of progressive dying metallic that pushes into the epic, the orchestral and the dramatic. “Like Disillusion’s prior work,” wrote GardensTale “Ayam is not possible to understand absolutely on a single spin. The music is solely not direct sufficient for that; although there’s a spectrum of wonderful hooks and riffs, and a glut of really incredible solos, they aren’t the focus. There’s an arc to every particular person track. An preliminary temper is ready up, and thru its adjustments in tempo, texture, and instrumentation, the composition” takes listeners on a journey. Ayam is moody, with its clear elements evoking Riverside, whereas its heavier materials ranges afar; however at all times seems like Disillusion. And “by combining the most effective of the band’s previous and current and wrapping each in that wondrous, impeccable, adventurous songwriting, executed with unfailing precision, Ayam has turn out to be a transcendent expertise” that, based on L. Saunders, finds “Disillusion using a artistic peak, a testomony to their resilience and willingness to beat setbacks and push boundaries. Ayam is a triumph on a number of ranges, a shocking progressive metallic opus that finds Disillusion on the peak of their powers.”
De Profundis // The Corruption of Advantage [October 14, 2022 – Transcending Obscurity Records]: De Profundis needs to be one of the underrated bands in dying metallic. And 4 years after I received all up in a tizzy about The Blinding Mild of Religion, the remainder of the dying metal-loving writing corps right here at AMG has heard the decision. Launched in mid-October, The Corruption of Advantage finds London’s best dropping one other slab of riffy dying metallic and TheKenWord defined, “The Corruption of Advantage melds the filthy sounds of US dying metallic—particularly that which spawns from the swamps of Florida—with a contact of the polish and melodic sensibility frequent to many Swedish initiatives, olde and new. Rhythmically, this report spans the deathened gamut, adopting the identical pointed oscillations we see in technical dying metallic licks, whereas concurrently carving out deep OSDM grooves.” The efficiency being old enough college with nods to Dying and a bass-heavy strategy makes The Corruption of Advantage a sound each basic and their very own. Don’t make the error of sleeping on De Profundis once more.
Devenial Verdict // Ash Blind [October 28, 2022 – Transcending Obscurity Records]: Thus Spoke launched Devenial Verdict’s full-length debut within the following approach: “Ash Blind sounds, in some ways, like that Lewandowski artwork appears: big, sinister, and darkly stunning. It creeps slowly behind you with oppressive chords and doomy paces. It shrouds you in a reverberating smoke during which dangle haunting, mournful guitar refrains. It crushes you with claustrophobic discordant riffs and pummeling percussion—the identical drums that at one other second pull you alongside like a delicate tide with easy fills. Songs all bleed gently into each other, enhancing the sensation of 1 fluidly reworking soundscape the place all shifts stay pure, inevitable.” Such a superb description absolutely would have made me satisfied that I’d hate Ash Blind; two issues I usually discover myself unimpressed with recently are “ambiance” and “discord,” which I learn as code for “can’t edit” and “struggles to write down memorable riffs.” Thankfully, I pressed play on the Bandcamp embed and realized simply how fucking spectacular these Finns’ full-length debut is. Slightly than being wanting concepts, Ash Blind is stuffed to the brim spectacular concepts, attention-grabbing stylistic turns, and a really feel that’s undeniably expansive and concurrently claustrophobic. Ash Blind ”envelopes and oppresses, nevertheless it doesn’t suffocate.”
The Providing // Seeing the Elephant [November 4, 2022 – Century Media Records]: We’re in a brand new period the place the foolish kids who listened to nü-metal unashamedly as a result of they didn’t know any higher have grown as much as be adults who found Gothenburg’s legendary metallic scene by way of the New England hardcore scene. As a man who scene policed something remotely nü-metal adjoining throughout my youth/younger maturity, I discover this to be a disturbing development. But, good issues can come from virtually any scene and The Providing has most actually completed the work of integrating the downtuned groove and ease of the nü-era into one thing far more attention-grabbing and fewer cringe. The place the Korns of the world whimpered and whined, The Providing gives spectacular vocal harmonies; the place the Bizkits supplied up a dearth of attention-grabbing guitar work, The Providing brings its axes to play. With nice manufacturing and tight composition, Seeing the Elephant transforms its deeply uninteresting and unimaginative supply materials into one thing higher by affiliation. And whereas his grades ought to at all times be taken with a grain of salt, Holden4.5 might have been on to one thing when he ejaculated: “With a second fashionable metallic masterpiece underneath its belt, The Providing has established itself as one of the thrilling bands in heavy music.”
Threshold // Dividing Traces [November 18, 2022 – Nuclear Blast Records]: Lengthy, storied careers enjoying progressive metallic are many issues—really feel good tales, life-enriching artwork, and unusual—however in these elements, they’re at the start an indication that Metal Druhm goes to plant an enormous, sloppy kiss in your new report. Thankfully for Threshold, Druhm is onboard and he’s not unsuitable. Positive, Dividing Traces throws again prefer it’s written by Victor Smolski. But repeated listens present that Threshold continues to be atop its recreation, with a great deal of riffs, hooks aplenty, and scientific manufacturing values. And whereas the report pushes over an hour, it’s onerous to know what songs one would drop from it. Whereas Druhm lauds them for his or her opening salvo, my favourite track on the album is the eleven-minute cheese manufacturing unit “Domino Impact,” the place they double down on their prog aspect and anachronistic sound. However no matter you like from Threshold, Druhm‘s opinion is that “Dividing Traces must be a no brainer buy,” as a result of Threshold “stays the most effective within the prog enterprise and so they’re nonetheless on prime of their recreation.” It’s simply that the sport sounds just like the cutting-edge of 1993.