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Battle Jacket – \?ba-t?l\ \?ja-k?t\
It’s crazy that heavy prog masters Between the Buried and Me released Colors ten years ago this month. With a new sound they called “new wave polka grunge,” the 5-piece from Raleigh, North Carolina, blew open the metalcore doors to full blown experimental progressive metal, reshaping multiple genres in the process. They are currently on the road touring the U.S. through the end of October to celebrate, with support from The Contortionist, who just released Clairvoyant, their fourth full length (hear it on this month’s playlist.)
Anyways, let’s hang out with some metal, and as always, tell me what you think over on Twitter, I’m @Lynchtacular.
METAL ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Myrkur – Mareridt
BLACK WITCH DARK DRONE
Contemplative, savage, atmospheric, black: all of these ring true of Amalie Burn, the Danish experimental composer and Ex-Cops vocalist known as Myrkur. Since her self-titled debut long player in 2014, Myrkur has combined traditional folk and orchestral arrangements with haunting banshee howls and blast beats, and it’s seriously the greatest thing. If you’ve even been on the fence about developing a taste for black metal, Myrkur is the gateway drug you’ve been waiting for.
BEST METAL OF SEPTEMBER 2017
Attic – Sanctimonious
NEO KING DIAMOND
Attic does for Mercyful Fate what Ghost did classic metal, delivering black-influenced NWOBHM replete with Latin song titles and a Luciferous concept album. These guys definitely want to live deliciously.
Monolord – Rust
HIGH AF DOOM
The Gothenburg sound found the weed! This Swedish stoner doom trio bang out thick, dense, sludgy rock that you’d swear came out of the American Pacific Northwest.
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
POST EXPERIMENTAL GOTH
When you think of an album produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, you think distorted hardcore stomp, not the ethereal chaotica of Miss Wolfe, whose experimental goth worships at the altar of Portishead. Her impromptu live performance of Myrkur’s “Funeral” recorded in a hotel room at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas is one of the most haunting tracks you’ll hear this month.
Kadavar – Rough Times
GARAGE PYSCHEDELIC STONER
These guys are just ridiculous.
WATCH: “DIE BABY DIE”
Fleshkiller – Parallel Kingdom
DEATH PROG CROSSOVER
A new project from longtime Extol contributor Ole Børud, Fleshkiller doesn’t sound like your typical Christian band. Their raging death metal and prog harmonies put them alongside Inanimate Escape or Persefone.
The Contortionist – Clairvoyant
This Indianapolis six-piece heavy prog outfit leans back into emotive heaviness where so many of their contemporaries tear forward into an arms race of riffs and howls. Clairvoyant is a moving, beautiful, massive fourth full length for the band.
Berried Alive – Fools Gold
DJENTY GUITAR PORN
Add Charles Caswell, aka Berried Alive, to the ever-growing list of DIY homemade djent djockeys, as Fools Gold drops a metric buttload of guitar pyrotechnics and production badassery.
Comeback Kid – Outsider
THRASHGAZE SKATE ROCK CROSSOVER
With the speed of mid-90s Warped Tour skate rock, and the heaviness of modern thrash and gaze, Comeback Kid carve out a niche of their own that’s equal parts catchy and crushing.
Mastodon – Cold Dark Place
Even though Mastodon released their seventh full length, Emperor of Sand, this past March, they’re back with a 4-song EP comprised of 3 tracks recorded during their 2014 Once More Round the Sun sessions, and 1 from Emperor of the Sand.
Casey Lynch is editorial director of Square Enix where he works on Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman and more. His first metal show was Anthrax, Testament and Metal Church in 1987. Djent with him on Twitter @Lynchtacular.