YETI’S IN ROTATION: OCTOBER 2019
October was a complete whirlwind. Luckily, metal is the chain in the ground that keeps me from blowing away. There’s been a lot of chatter over how strong 2019 has been for metal and god damn we aren’t done yet: Nile, Mayhem, 1349, Gatecreeper, Toxic Holocaust, Sunn O)))… While I regrettably didn’t have much time to dig into many new underground releases, there was plenty to keep me occupied with recommendations from friends and some new gems picked up from the wicked live shows rolling through my neck of the woods. If you’ve had a busy month, consider it direct order from the Yeti to sit back and enjoy some kick ass tunes!
GRAND MAGUS – Wolf God
April 2019, Nuclear Blast Records
Grand Magus opened for Amon Amarth at the beginning of the month, and they’ve been a strong presence in my rotation ever since. They play a heavy dose of doom and traditional metal which most metalheads will find irresistable. Your beard also grows faster when you listen so watch out ladies…
MIDNIGHT – Satanic Royalty
November 2011, Hell’s Headbangers Records
Opening for Abbath and Obituary, Midnight offer up some old school black speed metal from Cleveland. Their proximity to Canada must have rubbed off, with the band oozing shades of Razor, Chapel, and Chainbreaker. Not to mention they also have the attitude of a dying donkey. Crank this up and see what I mean.
HUMAN COMPOST – From The Grave They Crawl
August 2016, Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
I love when local beauties open the show for big bands when they tour through town. So kudos to Immolation and Blood Incantation for having Toronto based Human Compost blast my earbuds with their dank blend of death grind and raw fucking power. Now it’s your turn.
BLOOD INCANTATION – Starspawn
August 2016, Dark Descent Records
I finally got a chance to see Blood Incantation do their thing a few days ago with Immolation live a few days back. I’ve been eagerly waiting for their new release “Hidden History of the Human Race” to OFFICIALLY drop, so in the meantime 2016’s Starspawn has been in steady rotation. Blood Incantation delivers atmospheric death metal that mixes immense technical ability and old school spirit in perfect proportions. They crush the senses with thick soul melting progressions before blasting into lightspeed riffs to drag your abducted body through brutal alien worlds.
NILE – Vile Nilotic Rites
November 2019, Nuclear Blast Records
Without a doubt, one of the best technical death metal bands out there is NILE. They layer deep thick tones and complex eviscerating riffage with Egyptian lore in all the right ways. Their latest savage offering to the gods is no exception. Vile Nilotic Rites is another impressive release with Sanders and Kollias so incredibly dialed in that my brain nearly pulled itself through my own nose in metal mummification. This one’s pretty fresh, but I haven’t stopped listening since it dropped a few hours ago.