metal

3 New Albums You Should Buy Today

The past few weeks has been great for music. While I'm anxiously awaiting Amorphis's Circle, these 3 great albums have kept me more than happy.

Meir is Kvelertak's second album. Some very fantastic Norwegian post-punk metal. If you've not heard of Kvelertak yet, shame on you.

Disarm The Descent is Killswitch Engage's first album with the return of their original vocalist Jesse Leach. I liked Howard, but I whole heartedly welcome Jesse's return. I love this album.

Delta Machine is Depeche Mode's 13th studio album. It is probably  one of their best albums. It has the classic gloom feel and is a bit more on the electronic side than other efforts.

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Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage

L'Enfant Sauvage (Special Edition)
$11.99
Roadrunner Records

Gojira (a Japanese pronunciation of "Godzilla") is a French metal band with an environmentalist twist. This is their 4th album and I love it.

I can't even do this album justice by describing it. It must be heard.  If you like metal, Gojira is the poster child.

I also had the amazing opportunity to see them play at the tiny "The Studio at Webster Hall" here in NYC last month (300 people max!) and it was an amazing show. Over the last 2 years, Gojira has easily crept into one of my favorite bands of all time, and their latest effort only solidified that.

Stand out tracks (I do love the entire album- all 5 stars):



Thy Catafalque - Reneteg

Rengeteg
Season of Mist

I found Thy Catafalque late last year in my rediscovery of metal.  I was pretty sick of the metal that was coming out of the US, and bands I did enjoy from the US weren't putting out anything interesting.  I think I found Thy Catafalque while browsing Last.fm's similar artists feature (though it very well could have been browsing new releases in RDIO).  Thy Catafalque is a one man force: Tamás Kátai, sort of like Nine inch Nails and Trent Reznor. So I can seriously appreciate that.

Hailing from Hungary (this blew my mind) and singing entirely in Hungarian, their sound is some of the most diverse music from a single band I've heard.  Apparently categorized as Avant Garde metal, Kátai mixes symphonic strings with electronic overtones, with pulsating drums and seriously heavy rhymic guitars- often in a single track.  Reneteg is absolutely an adventure and your ears will love you for taking them along. Often a song will start out über metal , then wind down to a symphonic almost lullabye, then take off on an electronic dance tour.  Seriously, I cannot say enough amazing things about this band and their diversity. They even pinch my music nerve- a disco beat. Stand out tracks:

  • Fekete mezok
  • Trilobita
  • Az eső, az eső, az eső

8.99 on Amazon mp3 and worth every cent.