It’s metal workgroup’s turn – check out these six tunes of choice:
1. “Balkanized” – Pyrrhon
NY-based death metal Pyrrhon manipulate sounds on an abstruse, subterranean plane, coming across as uncomfortably human despite the alien nature of their music. “Balkanized” traces schizophrenic dissonance through grinding, urbanized construction zones and a detached form of antagonism.
2. “Nattens Barn” – Myrkur
“Nattens Barn” is an atmospheric yet intense track from one-woman Danish black metal outfit MYRKUR’s debut self-titled release.
3. “Yarilo” – Arkona
Russian pagan metal band Arkona combines accordions and balalaikas with wailing guitars, female growler Masha Scream bringing it all together in a thunderous worship of long-forgotten gods.
4. “Towards a Dark Sky” – Morbus Chron
Death metal with a sensitive side. There’s something nostalgic, something almost approaching folklore to the band’s 2014 album Sweven, but it’s in no way uninspired. “Towards a Dark Sky” incorporates contemplative chords alongside harsh, desperate vocals and a penchant for unorthodox harmonies.
5. “Dodge the Lightning” – Helms Alee
Seattle’s Helms Alee draws influence from both post-rock and metal, masterfully intertwining sludgy riffs, chugging rhythms, powerful melodic screamed vocals, and shoegazy atmosphere. Their album Sleepwalking Saliors is one of the most dynamic and interesting sludge metal albums released this year.
6. “Tunnels” – Solar Halos
Solar Halos from North Carolina trawl channels through murky atmospheres, adding edges to their psychedelia via husky, ethereal female vocals.