A full contingent of 5 new releases from the last week or so – enjoy…

Cadaveric Fumes – Dimensions Obscure (Blood Harvest)

I’ll admit that most new death metal leaves me somewhat cold, a lot of posturizing, a lot of technical prowess, a lot of following the format. Or as the old poet said “much ado about nothing”.

French (relative) newcomers Cadaveric Fumes have caught my attention though, with an EP’s worth of freshness, daring to go outside the beaten path blending obvious 80’s and 90’s influences (including Voivod as far as I can hear) with the best of the new breed of blackened death, creating an experience that’s both varied, heavy, brutal and challenging.

On top of this, they don’t shy away from being rhythmically inventive, blending in rhytmic patterns that would mostly be found in for instance punk or post-punk.

A refreshing affair, that makes Cadaveric Fumes one of the bands I’ll look forward to hearing from again.

Unraze / Hyrrokkin – Suburban Bars / Golden Square [split] (New Atlantis Records)

Split 7″ by 2 bands of the post-hardcore crowd. Both of them rhythmically challenging, with perhaps Hyrrokkin being the most interesting of the two, showing some jazz/prog elements.

Germ – Escape (Prophecy)

Germ is the artistical outlet for Tim Yatras, and it’s based in the contemporary (for lack of a better term) wave of black metal, with emphasis on emotional outlet, catharsis, while drawing inspiration from both shoegaze, postmetal, noiserock etc.

It’s easy to become emotionally attached to this new album that’s wearing both big soaring emotions and big soaring musical landscapes on its sleeve – and as Yatras, (according to the promo-text on Bandcamp) might have somewhat succeeded in tackling wrecking problems through his music, it also gives the listener enough sonically diverse input to start on an internal journey towards both greater understanding (through the more aestetically pleasing parts) and for railing against the world and the absurd inner workings of humanity.

RM Hubbert – Telling The Trees (Chemikal Underground Records)

With a collection of intricate, enticing, interesting and carefully crafted pop-songs, RM Hubbert avoids the trend of dumbing down and the general unwillingness to confront and challenge the listener.

And with the choice of collaborating with different singers each song gets a quite distinct vocal texture. A great antidote for modern consumer-pop.

Head Of The Demon – Sathanas Trismegistos (Invictus)

Playing a slow, undulating, elaborately constructed dirge-like blend of black-tinged stoner-doom with psychedelic aspirations, Head Of The Demon delivers an eminently listenable collection of songs that are a good mix of something old, something new, something borrowed, something black.

Perhaps not for everyone, but fans of the genre (and for instance also of Cirith Ungol and like bands) will find plenty to like – at least I did.