Thursday, July 31, 2014

Midnight - No Mercy For Mayhem


In what is the hotly anticipated sequel to 2012's Satanic Royalty, we are now privy to more sonic satanism with Midnight's new LP, No Mercy For Mayhem. Midnight know exactly what their fans want: Venom inspired passages that are both evil and might even remind listeners of the overt BDSM of 2nd wave bands like Carpathian Forest. But is this music even black metal? This is down and dirty heavy metal with the lyrical themes to open doors for prospective fans. This is quite simply, Midnight!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pre-Gaming with the Töp: 7/25/14 Edition


Welcome to PreGaming with the Top, a new feature we're going to try out where we here at Brutalitopia bring you a playlist of what we've been jamming on this week so you have some music to get you through the weekend.  Like everything else we do here, there aren't really any rules; songs could be new or old, it doesn't matter.  We just want to rock, and we want you to rock, so we're giving you some music to rock to.  We may post some info about the bands, we may not.  Honestly we're kind of making this whole thing up as we go along, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Panopticon - Roads To The North


With the return of Panopticon and their new LP Roads To The North, it now marks over 2 years to have digested their most recent output, the masterful Kentucky. The immense task of following up such a sensational album could be something that could break (mostly) lone member Austin Lunn whose has gone through many different life affirming changes in the time between these records; whether it be trying out a new profession or even with wonderful new additions to his own immediate family. Whatever the case may be, such experiences seem like they have gotten to Lunn who is able to weave the good and the bad into his emotive style of black metal, mixed with progressive death metal and a touch of bluegrass; not forgetting his Kentucky roots.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Deafheaven Concert-Goers: Please STFU


<rant>

This past Friday, I ventured to one of my favorite venues in the city of Chicago, Bottom Lounge, to check out San Franciscan black metal outfit Deafheaven.  I had seen Deafheaven play once before; a sold out show at Subterranean, another Chicago venue who hasn't seemed to grasp the positive impact of air conditioning.  Thus, seeing Deafheaven play at SubT in the middle of summer when the place was packed to the gills was not very conducive to a pleasant concert experience.  However, Bottom Lounge had never steered me wrong before so I was convinced that my ideal live Deafheaven experience would be fulfilled.  It surely was and then some. The band played all of their latest album, Sunbather, in its entirety and even threw in a brand new song that was pretty solid.  Along with George Clarke's piercing screams, the guitars and drums were thunderous.  The band couldn't have performed any better, IMHO.  However, there was something amiss, which had nothing to do with band. Rather, all the ire I eventually accrued over the course of the evening was aimed towards my fellow concert-goers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pre-Gaming with the Töp: 7/18/14 Edition


Welcome to PreGaming with the Top, a new feature we're going to try out where we here at Brutalitopia bring you a playlist of what we've been jamming on this week so you have some music to get you through the weekend.  Like everything else we do here, there aren't really any rules; songs could be new or old, it doesn't matter.  We just want to rock, and we want you to rock, so we're giving you some music to rock to.  We may post some info about the bands, we may not.  Honestly we're kind of making this whole thing up as we go along, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Pre-Gaming with the Töp: 7/11/14 Edition


Welcome to PreGaming with the Top, a new feature we're going to try out where we here at Brutalitopia bring you a playlist of what we've been jamming on this week so you have some music to get you through the weekend.  Like everything else we do here, there aren't really any rules; songs could be new or old, it doesn't matter.  We just want to rock, and we want you to rock, so we're giving you some music to rock to.  We may post some info about the bands, we may not.  Honestly we're kind of making this whole thing up as we go along, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pallbearer Releases New Track: "The Ghost I Used To Be"


Just a few days ago on Tuesday, via NPR, we got our first listen in on Foundations of Burden, the upcoming release from Arkansas doom metal outfit Pallbearer. Entitled "The Ghost I Used To Be," the newly debuted single picks up right where 2012's Sorrow and Extinction left off; subjecting listeners to riffs that are crushing, haunting, and beautiful all at the same time.

Take our word for it...you need to listen to this track. You can listen to the track (via Soundcloud) and read Jack and Durf's comments about it after the break.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun


In 2006, Mastodon released Blood Mountain, the first metal album I bought and one that was hugely instrumental in my becoming the metalhead I am today; two years prior the band had released Leviathan, an album that wound up not only on many an Album of the Year list, but also quite a few Album of the Decade lists as well. In 2009, the band released quite possibly my favorite album ever, the brilliant Crack the Skye, and then in 2011 the enjoyable-if-unspectacular The Hunter. This mini history lesson serves two purposes: First, it lays my Mastodon fandom right there on the table, in the open, before I go any further with this review. Second, it's there to point out that after a trio of albums most bands would kill for, Mastodon sort of took a step back with The Hunter. It's a fun album, one that's quite good at times, but it still stands as the weak link in what was one of the strongest discographies in 21st century metal, and for the first time, allowed just a sliver of doubt to approach the band. Their new album, Once More 'Round the Sun, represents the band at a crossroads: would they return to being one of the pioneers of American metal, seemlessly blending genres while creating classic albums? Or would they continue to drift toward fun yet forgettable records, made up of a hodge podge of rock-metal tracks?

Friday, June 13, 2014

YOB Announce Details For Upcoming Album


I'm just going to be completely upfront about this; when YOB announced the release info and cover art for their upcoming album Clearing The Path To Ascend yesterday afternoon, I popped a chubbie. I've made no secrets on several different occasions in the Töpian realm that the Oregon doomsters reside in a pretty dear place in my heart, and there's a very distinct chance that this new record could cement that fact even further. Frontman Mike Scheidt 'n' Co. sated the appetites of fanboys like myself with a short teaser video (actually released in mid-May) of a studio performance of a track off the new record, which will be released on Neurot Recordings in September, and you can catch that and view the artwork for Clearing... after the jump. Get fucking hype.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare


Any mention of notorious black metal forerunners Mayhem, whether written or spoken, is almost immediately qualified. "Aside from the suicide and the murder…" or "I know they're a bunch of crazy assholes…" or "Euronymous was a kook, but…" are all conceivable lead-ins to any discourse on the band that spearheaded the infamous black metal scene of Bergen, Norway. While Mayhem and the Bergen scene of the early 1990's remain more steeped in folklore than the inner contents of Dave Mustaine's tangled mane, the band finds itself still relevant for the right reasons (read: actually releasing new music) over 20 years after the release of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Despite the departure of longtime guitarist Blasphemer following the release of 2007's Ordo ad Chao, Mayhem have returned with an even stronger release in Esoteric Warfare, with a lineup that for once seems like it may be stable if wooden inverted crosses are heartily knocked.