Well, what do you know, it’s Tuesday again isn’t it? Of course, as always our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman are back at it with another installment of The Underground Updates as always, and we do hope you enjoy it!
SENSE OFFENDER & NIL We always have fun when bands stream new work, and this time Sense Offender is up, streaming Prayer Sheet which is off the A-side of this split, with NIL on the B-side. Head over here to give it a listen, and of course if you like it you head over here for more.
NON SERVIAM From the recent album Work by genre defying Non Serviam, a brand new video is now out with Se Rapprocher de l’Emploi and we do hope you like it as much as we do!
SIGIL We assume you all do love free music, do you not? Sigil now offers their album Nether on Bandcamp for a Name your Price with no minimum, and make sure you check out the limited to 66 copies only cassette tape.
THOU Baton Rouge’s sludge/doom band Thou have built up a pretty extensive back catalogue since their first release back in 2007. This includes a plethora of split EPs. Much of this the band have now compiled alongside newly re-recorded old songs with their latest lineup. And you can have it all FOR FREE or pay what you like here.
CHURCHBURN Due for release on October 1st, Genocidal Rite, the forthcoming release by Rhode Island’s Churchburn sounds like it’s going to be an absolute beast of apocalyptic, doom/sludge metal. In fact judging by the preview track you can listen to here one might even suggest there’s an air of peak mid-90s Neurosis about this, although the band display an interesting range of metal influences. Also notable for featuring one Ray McCaffrey, previously drumming for the super-grim Grief.
EXECRATION Originally released back in 2007, Language of the Dead, the debut EP by Oslo’s death metal unit Execration is getting the vinyl treatment on Duplicate Records. Two vinyl options are limited to 200 copies each. You can pre-order now here where you can also listen to the album in full. Meanwhile here you’ll find it’s the same story with band’s debut album Syndicate of Lethargy. The exact dates of release is TBC, but expected to be early next year.
FOUR STROKE BARON already have three albums under their belts. Their newly announced album Classics, meanwhile features a lead single Friday Knight that apparently features some work from Devon Townsend. If you aren’t so familiar with the band this might give a clue as to the huge sound you’re about to hear. Check them out here. A pretty unique sounding band and the album will be out on October 1st on Prosthetic Records on Vinyl and CD.
LACERATED ENEMY RECORDS have made available a bunch of new merch, in particular new Vulvodynia t-shirts. Check them out here at the label’s big cartel site, alongside a bunch of other gear.
Having to pay gigantic sums for international postage is a real gear grinder. While it’s our default setting to link bandcamp pages in the case of new and pre-releases, we thought it would be helpful to add some online stores that might provide a useful alternative. So if you see a release you fancy, but it’s being sold in a far off land and you don’t want to fork out on exorbitant shipping, see if any of the links below can remedy the situation.
Dark Essence (Norway)
Dark Essence (US)
Napalm Records (Germany)
Rough Trade (UK)
Rough Trade (US)
Season of Mist (EU)
Season of Mist (US)
Southern Lord (EU)
Southern Lord (US)
Throne Records (World)
As you can see there is never a dull moment in the world of metal, even if there may still be a pandemic going on, and so like always before we encourage you to take advantage of it all and have fun!
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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