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The Best Metal of July 2017

Your best source for what’s new, undiscovered and unholy in metal.

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This column is a reprint from Unwinnable Monthly #93. If you like what you see, grab the magazine for less than ten dollars, or subscribe and get all future magazines for half price.

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I’ve always loved that Nine Inch Nails doesn’t fit neatly into any music category. Be they industrial, alternative, metal, dance, goth any or all of the above, Trent Reznor be awesome.

Either way, Reznor has just released “Less Than,” the first single off of the upcoming EP, ADD VIOLENCE, out July 21. Is it metal? It’s metal enough to not care, which is why it belongs alongside this month’s bestest, newest and weirdest strains of super duper-to-not very metal metal.

And remember kids, this is a video playlist, so grab some icy cold beverages and YouTube and chill (with metal). Don’t forget to tell me which bands you like, and let me know what I missed, I’m on Twitter @Lynchtacular.

Listen now to the Unwinnable Metal Playlist July 2017

 

UNWINNABLE METAL ALBUM OF THE MONTH
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe
PSYCHIC GONZO PSYCHOS
If you haven’t experienced King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, you really need to watch them while you listen to them, as they are the purveyors of live and longform tele-pre-punk psychedelic trip rock.

WATCH: “THE LORD OF LIGHTNING THE VS. THE BALROG; WATCH: “INVISIBLE FACE”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

BEST METAL OF JULY 2017
Impure Wilhemina – Radiation
DARK POST ROCKCORE
This Swiss quartet has honed its post-post core sound since 1996, delivering the churning, ecclesiastic post-rock/post-metal of Radiation almost 20 years later. Totally worth the wait.

LISTEN: “GREAT FALLS BEYOND DEATH”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Kabbalah – Spectral Ascent
STONED GOTH
Leave it to a trio of talented women hailing from Pamplona, Spain, Kabbalah to mix yearning 80s goth with Sabbath/White Stripes-y grooves possessed with haunted dual harmonies.

WATCH: “PHANTASMAL PLAENTOID”; WATCH: “THE REVEREND; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Zeal & Ardor – “Blood in the River/Off the Road”
19th CENTURY AMERICAN SPIRITUALS/BLACK METAL
In case you missed Zeal & Ardor’s surprisingly original mash-up of 19th century American traditionals and black metal (they released their full length Devil is Fine earlier this year), you should check out this new live performance video to get caught up (fast forward to 1:34 past the German intro)

WATCH: “BLOOD IN THE RIVER/OFF THE ROAD

In the Presence of Wolves – Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and the Cage
EXPERI PROG
From the Mars Volta and Coheed school of post-metal everything, In the Presence of Wolves bounce between spastic and mathy. Some writer will eventually call them angular if they haven’t already.

LISTEN: “THE ONE WHO FELL TO EARTH”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Tau Cross – Pillar of Fire
PROTO-CRUST
Members from Voi-vod and Amebix spike crusty punk with stabs of Killing Joke, Motorhead and Type-O-Negative, and surprise: it rules.

WATCH: “KILLING THE KING”; WATCH: “DEEP STATE”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Bloody Hammers – The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers (EP)
PRAISE THY DARK
Here’s your monthly dose of theatrical ritual metal that’s as catchy as it is dark. 120 Minutes approved.

WATCH: “BLOOD

Destroyer of Light – Chamber of Horrors
DOOM STONER ROCK
This is the sort of Saint Vitus-flavored fever dream you can imagine an Orange amp might have, if guitar amplifiers dream of gnarly riffage in the deli aisle.

WATCH: “INTO THE SMOKE”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment
NEO THRASH
It’s ironic that a goof off band like Municipal Waste is now in many ways outshining most of thrash’s former titans

LISTEN: “AMATEUR SKETCH”; LISTEN: “SLIME AND PUNISHMENT

Seer – Vil. III & IV: Cult of the Void
BLACK DOOM SLUDGE
More summer stoner/sludge from Seer, who deftly blackens its head-bobbing call to arms with washes of hazy reverb and stomping battle cries.

LISTEN: “ACID SWEAT”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM

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