Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Skeletonwitch & Russian Circles - New Albums Streaming Now

I've come across a couple more full album streams from a couple of great bands, both of which are hosted by the fine folks at Pitchfork. Chicago based post-rock band Russian Circles new album Memorial is out October 29th and you can check that one out right here.

2013 release, the fifth album from the Rock trio. Perhaps the most immediately apparent characteristic of Memorial is its wide range of emotion. Vacillating from somber-yet-soaring melodies on one track to pummeling metal heft on the next, Memorial sounds like an album with split personalities. Where one song showcases guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist/keyboardist Brian Cook's mastery of lush melancholic melody, the next exhibits their most abrasive underground metal leaning sound, with washed-out 16th-note riffs and crushing rhythms. The band's penchant for endless hooks remains a constant, but Memorial embodies their most dramatic ranges in tone. 

Also releasing on the 29th is Ohio Metal Gods Skeletonwitch's long-awaited new album Serpents Unleashed. If you're metal enough to handle the 'Witch you can stream Serpents Unleashed here.
 2013 release, the fifth album from the American blackened Thrash Metal band from Athens, Ohio. Serpents Unleashed features 11 new helpings of frosty blackened Thrash. Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Trap Them) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Nile). Artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kvelertak, Kylesa), who returns to the 'Witch fold for the first time since "Beyond The Permafrost." Hell has arrived!

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