Yeah, so the new Mutilation Rites album has already leaked. So for a lot of people, this album is already old. Me personally? I don't download leaks. Not anti-download: I download quite a bit of shit. But many times, I give bands the common courtesy of waiting until after the official release before pirating the album... and sometimes, when I am feeling kinda crazy, I even pay for music. In 2012. Creepy no?
I absolutely adored last years double release from Botanist, and I see the project as one of the best and most exciting in Black Metal right now. So I could not be more stoked for the new album, which sees Botanist become even more strange, spell binding and atmospheric.
Another leak, this one has been up on Youtube for a few weeks now, and yes I listened to it that way. No where near enough to make a full judgment, but my initial feeling is this: pretty bad. I am in the minority when it comes to Belus and Fallen: while neither were masterpieces, I enjoyed them. Umskiptar feels totally toothless, and frequently heads into "irredeemably cheesy" territory. Still, once I get my hands on the full length, I can spend more time with it.
Fucking killer new band from Sri Lanka, Genocide Shrines debut EP should be hitting pretty soon. Thick, skull crushing, atmospheric Death Metal. Reminds me a lot of Innumberable Forms and Muknal. Should be one of the best releases of the year.
Also got a couple of bonus links for all my lovely readers:
New Martyrdod track via Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/13519-kottberg/
Sounds solid. Martyrdod deliver the goods.
New track from The Tallest Man on Earth via Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/mp3-download-the-tallest-man-on-earth-1904-20120515
We here at the Curse are big Folk music fans, so any news of The Tallest Man on Earth is gonna be a big deal. Truth be told, Kristian Matsson's project has been on a steady decline since Shallow Grave, but at the very least There's No Leaving Now should be pretty and relaxing.