In a seemingly endless series of single releases, Sever the King have released another song, presumably off their forthgcoming 2019 release…? Please?


From Costa Rica, US distribution by Sevared Records.

From Western Australia, 2016.


Also see Ire Harvest Records and this piece on their game-like album release.

Enfold Darkness have this killer black metal-tech-melodic-death-thrash thing going on. And as much as I like technical wankery and over the top noodling, its nice to hear something tightly structured and focused like the songs on Adversary Omnipotent.

And then there’s the Cradle of Filth deep vocals and hot damn I love that shit. Seriously, I keep listening to this (particularly the first album) and pretending it’s an obscure Cradle of Filth release and loving it.

Also, this is another album engineered by Jamie King. Jamie King! You are on every other album I regularly listen to dude, going way back the old BTBAM metalcore days. One day I’ll meet you & shake your hand.

Adversary Omnipotent was released in July 2017 on The Artisan Era.


Teaser single from the upcoming full release in March 2019, from the badass Artisan Era label outta Nashville, TN.


I loved the shit out of their 5-song EP, so I’m really curious to hear this full release.

Really interesting instrumental work. Slappin’ & shreddin’ that guitar.

From Melbourne, Australia.


Second to Sun released The Walk in December 2018, their second album released in a single year, which is crazy.

Black metal from Moscow, Bandcamp here.

Atmospheric + intensely groovy djent riffage from France, 2016.


Awesome experimental ambidjent.


Death metal from Raleigh, NC, January 2018.


The Contortionist

Here’s the first two opening acoustic / Reimagined songs to the latter half of the show. It gets more interesting a few minutes in after the first song when he discusses the meaning of the lyrics behind the second song.

Here the Contortionist are playing a Smashing Pumpkins cover:

Check them guitars out on the side of the stage:

The Contortionist


Closing song:

The Contortionist and Intervals
Reimagined Tour 2018
November 21, 2018
Blind Tiger, Greensboro, NC

The Contortionist played tons of songs off Language and Clairvoyant, opening the show with Language I and then going into Reimagined, before going into older territory like playing one of my all time favorite Contortionist songs, Flourish. They did cool stuff like merge the latter half of Flourish (where it transitions from the epic as fuck pretty part to going back to brutal) with Ebb and Flow.

Also, damnn – Michael Lessard’s clean vocals are so good. It’s so rare to find vocals with a distinctive character to them. His cleans are so good – combined with their lighter direction the band has taken for 2 albums now, I wonder if he really enjoys doing brutal vocals anymore?

Acoustic wise the latter half of the show really interesting. They played The Source and The Parable, then they covered 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins, then they played more stripped down versions of stuff like Godspeed off of Clairvoyant. It was neat to see this, as I kinda flipped my shit when they released these Reimagined versions of the songs unexpectedly in 2016.

I was hoping the show would’ve been more straightforwardly broken into an hour of playing nearly all old metal songs and then an hour of nearly all new acoustic Reimagined songs, but it wasn’t that cut and dry. Still, mad fun and I give them props for trying to do something new and fairly bold like literally bringing out acoustic electric guitars and stools and singing their hearts out to a bunch of metal fans.

One thing that was neat about the show was the singer discussing the meanings of the song – for instance, he touched on the theme of death, and having his friend die, and the relationship between his friend and mother. It’s interesting to know these details, and it changes the meaning of lyrics such as and the truth is I could never love you more and the truth is a son is what a mother’s for.

This show also has the distinction of having Liz accompany me to it, her second metal show after last years Jason Richardson set at the Back Door at Cats Cradle.

Intervals was good – and I have to say, production wise, sounded a lot better live than Contortionist did. I kept waiting for them to play the only song of theirs I really know, but alas, it never happened. They were good though, super djenty, and the lead guy also had a bit of the expression I love seeing on bands onstage – the one that lets you know they themselves are a bit marveled at being on stage and having people into their music.

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Embedded Exoplanet just to get the blood flowing:

They tell me it sounds like old Veil of Maya and Exoplanet-era Contortionist. Excited about this band.

Released November 2018 from Nuclear Blast.

Also, check out their 2013 album streaming on Bandcamp.