Opening with blog faves, Sood Afreeka’s the Very Wicked and their latest Baby Is a Parasite, even more disquieting than Beat Your Drum, one of our favourites from last year. Followed swiftly by One, from another returning star, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. Proving ritualistic drum-driven prayer doesn’t have to be morose. Tuber’s instrumental Smoked Up Notes rounds off this side. It speaks for itself. All these are available for free, just a Google search away Kemosabe.
In quick succession, Glasgow’s Skullwizard drop Part One from Fastbuck’s Grind Centre compilation. The normally moribund doomsters thrash out something between grind and silence, you will be unprepared. Saturnalia Temple give us the reason this mix exists. Golachab is the closest anyone has come to besting Sleep so far, limited only by its short runtime of eleven minutes. Did you catch the Body when they dropped Master, We Perish? Then you missed the best metal album of 2013. The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony will show you the way. Rounding off with some appealingly groovy and thick riffage from Druid. You’re all so so welcome.
Written under duress by Steven.