I thought I would try out Spotify’s “New Metal Tracks” discovery feature as I was in the mood to sample something different as I was getting the shits with Spotify’s recommendations algorithm. I am a fan of the service but they still have a lot of work to do, especially around new releases from artists I follow. Maybe they don’t promote those artists, because they promote the acts that pay for it. Because there is a lot of shit/noise in their discovery features.
Anyway, lets start with a few selections;
I was blown away that this was their fourth album in six years. Another Swedish band that has made it to my favourites. The drum groove reminds me of “The Fire Still Burns” in the chorus. It’s fucking brilliant.
Then that harmony riff kicks in before the solo section and its a cross between Iron Maiden and Helloween. Again fucking brilliant.
“Fire, flames, fury”
Gone With The Wind
It’s like Killswitch Engage with keyboards. I dig.
Do you remember when you said to me, “My friend, hope is a prison.”?
Very early Metallica meets Slayer with a bit of power metal. Brilliant. Vocally, the singer is a cross between Chuck Billy and Tom Araya.
Virus spreads, infects the nations
Only cure: extermination
Parasites wiped out of sight
Without mercy, only pride
CULT OF LUNA
A Greater Call
I heard some music from them years back, however it just failed to stick. But not this time. The mood at the start of the song and how it just builds and builds for the full 8 minutes is pretty full on.
The piece d’resistance is those ethereal backing voices under the harshness of the death metal screams.
We leave. Upward, toward new dreams
A new hope. An odyssey
Underneath. The world left behind
Is dying as we escape gravity
Musically Ihsahn is brilliant. Anything goes in his songs. Listen to this song. The riffs are prog like, arena like, hard rock like, metal like and the vocals are black metallish and arenarish and etheralish. So many different moods and grooves packaged in a 5 minute song.
A shattered soul presented
Like a disassembled gun
Assassins rushing up the stairs
All allies on the run
As much as it pains me to say it, but losing Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett (who formed Audiotopsy after leaving) was the best thing that happened to Hellyeah. They sound more focused and re-energised. And Chad’s lyrics are as always brilliant.
Old Heart Falls
This is another band that I heard many years ago and no impression was made on me to revisit them again, but man, this song, I love it. It’s got this vibe and groove that is progressive, rock, metal and a Clint Eastwood Western all rolled into one.