Awenden / Feminazgul – Split (2021)

As we all prepare to wrap up an eventful 2021, here’s a quick look back at a two-band/three-song split that came out earlier in the year, and recently had a vinyl pressing announced for early next year. Both participating bands and the label that put this together are all pro-feminism, anti-fascism, and highly LGBTQ+ supportive — all of which are positions we can certainly get behind. And it doesn’t hurt when the music sounds cool as well…

 

Awenden / FeminazgûlSplit (Tridroid Records, cassette and digital 07 May 2021, vinyl expected March 2022)

 

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Immortal Bird – Live at Migration (2018), Thrive on Neglect (2019)

These Chicagoan blackened-death-grinders are setting out for a trip across the northeastern USA throughout the rest of this week — see more details below, as well as a brief overview of the band’s latest releases over the past couple of years!

 

Immortal BirdLive at Migration (self-released, 21 August 2018)

 

Immortal BirdThrive on Neglect (20 Buck Spin, 05 July 2019)

 

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Wolven Daughter / Molten Dagger – Split; Vinterdracul – Necrotethical Prelude (2021)

Good afternoon and Happy Monday, readers. Just one quick question: do you — in the words of Ol’ Dirty Bastard on his groundbreaking 1995 album Return to the 36 Chambers — “like it raw“?

If so, I’ve got two brand-new releases that just may be right up your alley, both of which came out on Bandcamp just a few days ago, and both of which represent black metal of the RAW variety…

 

Wolven Daughter / Molten DaggerSplit (self-released, 05 November 2021)

 

VinterdraculNecrotethical Prelude (self-released, 05 November 2021)

 

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Creeping Death – The Edge of Existence (2021)

Death metal week (unofficial) continues here at Valley of Steel HQ with this EP that dropped last month from a band out of DFW, Texas, that’s been garnering some attention lately…

 

Creeping DeathThe Edge of Existence (MNRK Heavy, 08 October 2021)

 

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Erin Palmer – Skeletal Prayer (2020)

Erin PalmerSkeletal Prayer (16 April 2020)

 

Hey folks, what’s up? It’s been a little while since we’ve done this! Around four months since the last time I wrote about anything on this website, and almost four YEARS since I shared a book recommendation with you all.

If you’re thinking that this is chiefly a place to talk about music, you are correct. Usually my purpose here is to let you know about something I’ve heard that I thought was worth sharing. And yeah, I do have a to-do list of hundreds of albums dating back nearly the entire lifetime of this site — not to mention the dozens of new emails coming in every single day.

But sometimes it’s tough to fit in some quality listening time throughout the day, especially critical listening and then writing about what I’m listening to. There are conference call meetings at work, tv shows and movies to watch after work, just so many different things vying for attention…

Ok, yeah, you’ve caught me. These are all just lame excuses. The truth is, a few months back my company hooked us all up with free access to an online learning service, and I have become absolutely addicted. So far, I think I’ve watched about 400 hours worth of productivity and time management videos. Things haven’t really improved much yet, but I’ll keep watching them until I find one that helps!

But having said that, one of my goals for myself in 2021 has been to spend more time reading. And while much of that has been some pretty weighty material — about scientific studies and social theories and various other subjects relevant to my interests — occasionally it’s also nice to break things up with some less-serious stuff…

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Kosmodemonic – The Inebriating Darkness (2016), Liminal Light (2021)

KosmodemonicThe Inebriating Darkness (self-released, 01 March 2016)

 

KosmodemonicLiminal Light (Transylvanian Tapes, 07 May 2021)

 

Check it out: Kosmodemonic have a brand-new full-length (their second) coming out this Friday!

If you aren’t already familiar with the band, I’m sorry, it’s all my fault. When the first one was released, they emailed me about it and I listened to it and found it interesting so I added it to my to-do list but then I never actually got as far as writing something about it. Then somehow five entire years flew past, and here we are.

Not going to let that happen again, so I’m making sure this gets published today.

 

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Wolf King – The Path of Wrath; Discarded Self – S/T (2021)

Wolf KingThe Path of Wrath (Prosthetic Records, 05 March 2021)

 

Discarded SelfDiscarded Self (Sarcophagus Recordings, 30 April 2021)

 

Hello again, readers! Hard to believe how quickly another month has flown by…

I’ve got another pair of albums to share with you today, each filled with darkness and nastiness, from two groups who both reside somewhere out west. Let’s dive right in!

 

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Greylock / BEDTIMEMAGIC – Split (2021)

Greylock / BEDTIMEMAGICSplit (Tor Johnson Records, 12 February 2021)

 

Good afternoon, and a Happy Monday to you all!

Submitted for your enjoyment, I’ve got a split tape that came out a couple months back — each side features a handful of tunes by a different Boston-area duo (included among which is a cover of one song by the band from the other side). These represent fairly disparate genres within the general metal mise en scène, so hopefully there should be something for everyone here. Off we go…

 

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Battle Hag – Celestial Tyrant; Kultika – Capricorn Wolves (2021)

Battle HagCelestial Tyrant (Transylvanian Tapes, 11 January 2021)

 

KultikaCapricorn Wolves (Loud Rage Music, 11 January 2021)

 

Well, readers, another dreadful work week is mercifully drawing to a close. We finally made it to Friday. As a treat, today I’ll be sharing not one, not two, … ok wait, yes two … different albums for you to check out! Both were released back in January, both reside somewhere within the realm of doom metal, and I found both to be quite enjoyable to listen to. I hope you will too!

 

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Body Void – Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth (2021)

Body VoidBury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth, 23 April 2021
(Prosthetic Records LP+CD / Tridroid Records cassette)

 

Following up on yesterday’s post, today I will again feature a band whose first few releases have been incredible (more on that here and here) and have consistently landed upon my list of top releases for whatever year they happened to have been released; and who is now putting out another masterpiece of a record this year.

This one is due to reach the general public in exactly two days. Brace yourselves, and let’s talk about Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth.

 

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