Tape Wyrm LII: Recent Releases Tape Wyrm LII: Recent Releases

TWlogo3I think that we had a wonderful halfway mark for Tape Wyrm. For anyone interested, I have also started an archive for the site collecting all major articles and collaborations with other writers. What is left out, however, are the recent release articles. That means this article won’t be included in the archives. I do enjoy writing these because I enjoy keeping myself aware of new releases in black/death/doom and thrash as it continually comes out. Recent releases are, unfortunately, not as timeless as other articles such as a genre survey or an essay on elitism. These are ephemeral pieces, which are set to decay a few weeks after their release. They are paper cup articles that are only meant to hold liquid for a few hours and you never put them in the dishwasher. These recent releases keep me on track of current albums and I hope they do the same for you. Now stop trying to hand wash those paper plates. You just look weird. Stop it.

379853Gorguts – Colored Sands

There exists a pantheon of bands who now live in infamy for taking fucking forever to complete albums. Darkspace, Necrophagist, Wintersun, and goddamn Gorguts. The last one is of course reasonable. Gorguts, for all their acclaim in the technical death metal arena, has been plagued by lineup changes and the parting of band members. In the mid 00’s Gorguts disbanded after the death of drummer Steve Macdonald. Colored Sands is the first record from the Canada based act after their long road to recovery. Well, making an album. Oh, I forgot to mention what Gorguts sounds like. Well, if the name wasn’t any indication, Gorguts proposes a winding journey through a labyrinthian abyss segmented only by moments of catatonic vertigo. While the band falls under the technical arena, they refuse to allow themselves to be tempted by masturbatory noodling. They are an elongated and monstrous abomination that lays at the end of a dark maze. Gorguts is mature and has a presence that took 13 years to manifest.

381948Ulver – Messe I.X – VI.X

Alright. So if you told me that in the metal world there would be a band that could do just whatever the hell they wanted to and would still be followed by people regardless of style, I would laugh at you. In fact, I am laughing at you now. Ulver, at one point, was a metal band. Actually, they were a pretty fierce black metal band whose early albums are still recommended to others getting into the genre. Ever since the cycle of Themes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in 1998 and Metamorphosis in 1999, Ulver has done whatever the fuck they wanted. Electro goth? Sure. Slightly industrial avant garde? Why not. Dark Psych? The bath is already running. Modern Classical? How about a headlining spot at Maryland Deathfest in 2014? The lunacy of what I just said mixes sharply against the raw bliss that is embedded within the band’s records.

Messe I.X – VI.X is a collaboration between the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, sponsored by the kulturhuset in Norway. With equal parts electronic and modern classical, Ulver continues to defy convention without losing its fanbase or talent, for that matter. Messe is no different and provides interesting developments from their previous obsession with 60’s psych records. You got me Ulver, what in the hell do you put in here? Meth? Fairy gold? Why am I still listening to your records?

384639The Ruins Of Beverast – Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

DUNNNNNNNNN. For the longest time, I saw the Ruins of Beverast’s name without actually hearing their music. Despite this disconnect, I could guess their music involved a feeling of decay and cataclysmic terror. Time to listen to them. Alright. One guy. Germany. Atmospheric doom with a feeling of decay and cataclysmic terror. YES! In all honesty, Ruins of Beverast has been lauded for his work throughout the 00’s with albums such as Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite in 2008. Blood Vaults — The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer seemingly revolves around the man who wrote the Malleus Maleficarum, which was used as a guidebook during witch inquisitions. If the subject matter wasn’t grim enough for you, how about black doom mixed with the atmosphere of a stone crypt. Black and doom metal are great, but when that same type of music can reach such a subterranean level, it becomes special. This is special — as well as completely horrifying.

383467Grave Miasma – Odori Sepulcrorum

Of course this would come out on Friday the 13th. Of course I wasn’t aware because I was trying to watch as many shitty horror movies as possible. I am not going to say that England has never been without heavy metal, but it only has been of recent that the amount and quality in the underground has become more noticeable. Grave Miasma should not be confused with the other, newer swedish death metal band Miasmal. Holy shit, what is it with this fucking word? Regardless of two bands jumping on the same concept of puterence???, Grave Miasma continues this strong revival of riff based death metal in such an unassuming way. It has always been rotting down here, you just haven’t noticed. Miasma: a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also : a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere. Come on guys. Who had it first. Just let go of it. Stop fighting.

381803Ulcerate – Vermis

This is how the world ends. Under the slow systematic blades of an apache helicopter. Ulcerate. Fuck. Ulcerate has been in everyone’s good graces with every release as long as they heard their releases. I can only do so much. Vermis is the first release on Relapse records after a healthy tenure on Willotip Records. Vermis returns to this plane of existence with the same type of fierceness that marked previous albums. Expect a guttural assault and methodical percussion by Jamie Saint Merat, who also provides mixing, mastering, artwork, and general life advice for the record. I saw Ulcerate at Maryland Deathfest. It was a sunday afternoon inside one of the venues. It was dark and slightly cool but all I could hear was the blades of a chopper. It was incredible. If one was looking for a way to blow a hole in the goddamn weekend the size of a town square, I could possibly point you in the right direction.

376834Lord Dying – Summon the Faithless

Oh shit, I remember Lord Dying. Way back 2 years ago this band comes through with this demo, which was better than most, and now I finally get to hear their debut. I feel that I am watching one of my sons go to school for the first day. Well, cousins. Maybe someone else’s kids. That got weird really quick. Lord Dying is a sludge metal band born under the house of progressive. Now before you roll your eyes and say doesn’t this sound like every band that came out of the south for the past couple of years, let me explain. Lord Dying’s brand of sludge is much more aligned with the other half of southern sludge, with a focus on hatred and dismay. Add to this a love for old thrash riffs and one has a record that you can punch your drywall to when you’re drunk. It’s not total hatred though, rather just the point where you do not give a fuck but are still having fun.

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