Oh boy is the summer drawing ever closer by each passing day!
Surely you all are aware that the beginning of the week means another article of The Underground Updates with our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman hard at work as always, searching for offers and events for this ongoing week.
So, let’s see what’s out there…
Label: Possession Records
As if a global pandemic were not enough to deal with, Belarus’ Possession Records have a revolution against the country’s current… leader (choosing words carefully so as not to get all political on these pages) creating some turbulence to put things mildly. Because of these factors the label has been experiencing some delays with deliveries. As a token of appreciation to their customers the label is running a 25% discount on everything in their store. Just use the code magic25 at checkout. Head over to bandcamp and show some love and support to an underground label that’s been grafting since 1997.
It feels like it’s been a while since we featured a release from the great Transcending Obscurity Records, so let’s put that right with the forthcoming release “In Extremis” from Sweden’s Death Metal duo Necrogod. For those of you unfamiliar with the label, they never disappoint when it comes to delivering an abundance of cool special additions and bundles. Just go to bandcamp and check out all the offers. The album isn’t due until July 23rd, but there’s no reason not to treat yourself to a shiny pre-order, so you’ve got a treat to look forward to in the post.
Band: Cult of Occult
You ever have that moment where you see an awesome vinyl edition and you think that looks so damn cool I need it! Well, then there was “Ruin” by Cult of Occult. Released back last month on April 9th on Music Fear Satan Records, the title track is a near 22min of pulverisingly (not a real word, but fuck it) crushing Doom/Sludge/Drone horror, with the second side a cool engraving and now like a demon artefact comes this awesome vinyl edition. Check it out here. Precious, wants it, gaaaaahhhhh.
Band: Non Serviam
French Genre defying musical mystery Non Serviam provided a great interview for us back in March (read the full interview here) and now you can have your very own copy of their album “Le Cœur Bat” on a gorgeous, yellow, double vinyl edition. The artwork and vinyl are lush and the album is unlike anything else out at the moment (a wild mix of Metal and Experimental Electronic music). No point wasting time trying to describe it further, just listen below and check out the vinyl and other editions on the band’s bandcamp page.
Band: Giant Squid
And speaking of music that sounds unlike anything else there’s Sacramento, California’s Giant Squid and their 2011 EP “Cenotes”. Jazzy, Progressive-Sludge-Metal, that may remind you just a tad of Mastodon in its heavier moments, but there’s much else going on here too, with lush (word of the day) instrumentation and boundless creativity. The EP has now been remastered and reissued on vinyl (with updated artwork) through Translation Loss records. You can pick up the album here (and see what other Giant Squid releases are available in the store). Below is a track from the original release:
No Good To Anyone, the label founded by Fabien of the tremendous, genre defying Wheelfall, have announced the forthcoming release of the debut album by Carivari on June 4th. Blending Grindcore and Industrial this is an up and coming band well worth checking out. You can expect a full review and interview with the band in the coming days/ weeks. In the meantime check out the preview track below and if that scratches your Extreme Metal itch why not pre-order the album on one of the two vinyl editions available on bandcamp.
Although this week appears slow on the virtual stage, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything fun or interesting things out there available, as you can see. So what we suggest, while you patiently wait for the real thing to come along, is to sit back and relax and enjoy the rising sun wearing fabulous merchandise with blasting metal for you and your neighbors to enjoy.
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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