The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn't get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.
It's that time of the month, isn't it? I'M TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THESE RECORDS IN BRIEF. I WISH I HAD THE TIME TO REVIEW THEM IN FULL ON THEIR OWN IN APRIL, BUT SUCH IS LIFE. HERE'S THE LIST: PROTOMARTYR - UNDER THE COLOR OF OFFICIAL RIGHT CURRENT 93 - I AM THE LAST OF ALL THE FIELD THAT FELL (A CHANNEL) DANGER - JULY 2013 GRIDLINK - LONGHENA AFGHAN WHIGS - DO TO THE BEAST ASHER ROTH - RETRO HASH WYE OAK - SHRIEK MERKAHBAH - MOLOCH ODONIS ODONIS - HARD BOILED, SOFT BOILED AUTOPSY - TOURNIQUETS, HACKSAWS AND GRAVES WOODS - WITH LIGHT AND WITH LOVE TEEBS - E S T A R A KELIS - FOOD
Avey Tare's new oddly-named project releases its first song, "Little Fang." This is much more straightforward than most of what we've come to expect from Tare, despite the slightly off-kilter vocal affect. A throbbing bass and summery guitar lead the way, with the drum beat giving the song a fresh pep. I guess we will have to wait longer to find out if this project is just a horror-pop gimmick--the name is probably still giving me too many hangups--but this song seems pretty sound.
Enter the Slasher House comes out April 8, via Domino.
Teasing toward its 6th full-length album, De Vermis Mysteriis, which is dropping on April 3, High On Fire has released a new track titled "Fertile Green." The album will be released through eOne.
Though I don't want to assume greatness for an album before I even hear it, I can say I'm going to enjoy this upcoming High On Fire album a lot more than 2010's Snakes For the Divine if the whole thing sounds like this. Snakes was a slight departure in the brand of heaviness High On Fire usually brings to the table, and "Fertile Green" marks the return of that thick, overpowering sound.
It should be no surprise the band is working with a different producer this time around. Converge's Kurt Ballou is working behind the board for High On Fire this time around, and the payoff is undeniable.
This track is loaded with dirty, fuzzed-out basslines; screaming, wailing, crying, guitar solos; and some of the most intense drumming I've heard these guys deliver in a while. From what I hear, this forthcoming album is going to function on a bit of a concept, too. Nice! You mean my ears are gonna be smashed to bits, and I'm going to think about it?