With all of the full-length records that come out each month, it’s easier for the smaller releases to get lost in the shuffle. We try not to let that happen here, and there is a nice collection of 7-inch records that have come out recently that deserve your attention.
Whatever style of metal is your preference, there is something good for you to enjoy, and the one we are going to feature today sold out in Pittsburgh in practically no time. If you don’t have it by now, sorry. You may never have a physical copy of it, and that’s a major loss for you. But there are plenty more new mini releases out that you can get your hands on and annoy your neighbors, family, pets, whoever as you set these up on your turntable to do as much auditory damage as possible.
Let’s start with Pittsburgh death metal crushers Derketa, who helped pioneer the death and doom sound in the city and who have been on a killer roll ever since their full-length “In Death We Meet” arrived in 2012. They’ve certainly been busy playing shows, including a bunch around here, and now they’ve hit back with a special 7-inch release in conjunction with Mind Cure Records. That shop is located in the Polish Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and started to put out monthly singles by local bands, also featuring Killer of Sheep, Old Head, and Mud City Manglers (a band that also features Derketa guitarist Mary Bielich). Derketa’s was just released last month, and unless you happened to hit the shop the weekend it was released, you’re out of luck. That sucker flew off the shelves, and all copies are now spoken for (though it’s possible to find one locally at Sound Cat Records or Desolation Row).
You can hear the songs online (check out You Tube and Reverb Nation), and plans are in the works for the tracks to be released digitally in the future. Keep checking with the band’s Facebook link below for more info as to when you can grab these two tracks. And you’ll really want to get these in your ears as soon as you can, because the band sounds doom-encrusted, grisly, and fiendishly melodic as always, kicking off with the new band-penned cut “Darkness Fades Life.” It’s pure, true Derketa death, a nice extension of their album and a bloody step into the future, with guitarist Sharon Bascovsky’s growls sounding like they’re emanating from a dusty, web-marred grave. If this song is a sign as to how their next album is going to sound, then it cannot get here fast enough. The B side is a real treat, a cover of the Sepultura classic “Troops of Doom.” It’s a nice amalgamation of thrash and death, and the band puts a dark, bludgeoning spin on it. This is a smothering release for Derketa, and they remain the reigning masters of death metal in Pittsburgh. Next up: The world.
For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/DerketaDoomDeathMetal
For more on Mind Cure, go here:http://mindcurerecords.com/
Krieg have been especially busy on the 7-inch front, as the Neill Jameson-led project has two new ones out for your consumption. We’ll start with Krieg’s split collaboration with the mighty Wolvhammer, brought to you by Broken Limbs Recordings. Krieg hammer you with grimy black metal on “Eternal Victim.” The track sounds like a threatening thunderstorm hanging overhead as the fury full unfurls. The band unloads a thrash assault that drips with darkness, and the vocals eventually go unhinged and deranged. It’s not pretty, to be sure, but it’s a fine piece of work that should make longtime Krieg fans more than happy. Wolvhammer’s cut “Slave to the Grime” is a rough version of the track of the same name that’s on the band’s destructive new record “Clawing Into Black Sun.” It’s a nice appetizer cut for those who haven’t heard the record yet or are new to the band, and it’s chock full of morose melodies and gritty pounding. Really good track, and a 7-inch release you should probably buy right now.
For more on Krieg, go here: https://www.facebook.com/officialkrieg
For more on Wolvhammer, go here: https://www.facebook.com/Wolvhammer
To buy the record, go here: http://brokenlimbsrecordings.com/shop/
For more on the label, go here: http://brokenlimbsrecordings.com/
As noted, there is more Krieg for you, this time on a split with Ramlord that’s being released in mid July by Unholy Anarchy. On this record, Krieg rips open with “Mocking Dead Empires,” a track that’s black metal for sure, but it also has a filthy punk feel to it as well. It bludgeons and speeds over your prone body, with tasty riffs and wheels moving faster than you can handle. The other track is a cover of DOOM’s “Worthless Nothing” that is as ugly and gritty as they come. It’s a pretty fun look at the song, albeit in a way that could bloody you, and it might be the main event of this collection for some. Ramlord’s tyranny is obvious from the start of “Grey Sky Prison,” a track that mixes doom, hardcore, and noise into one ball of hell. The vocals sound spat out forcefully by a disconnected lunatic, and the guitar work should get fists pumping. “From Absolution to Eradication” has much the same sound, with raspy yowled vocals and as familiar melody, and after 1:08, the thing is over. Cool pairing and a completely deranged collection, which is a good thing.
For more on Ramlord, go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ramlord/116149375131744
To buy the record, go here: http://www.store.unholyanarchy.com/
For more on the label, go here: http://www.unholyanarchy.com/
We wrap up with a split collection pitting Germany’s Ruins with the U.S.’s Usnea, a pretty damn strong pairing. Ruins get started with “Discrimen,” a sludgy, blistering cut that also has a decent dose of atmosphere. The vocals are practically barked out, while the music boils underneath, and the build is done expertly, leading you into each peak and valley. It’s a tremendously heavy bastard, and each second of this thing could make you want to wrap your fist around a pole. Usnea’s “Only the End of the World” begins rather gently, with clean notes floating in and bending. But you know it’s not to last, and that pays off when the doom hammer drops and the gory vocals spill into the scene. The panic drives slowly, and as the song progresses, the band digs into muddy terrain, dragging you face-first along their quest. The song bubbles when it needs to, demands your interest stay put, and delivers a heavy debt. These two bands deserve more attention, and perhaps this release will lead to each band getting exactly that.
For more on Ruins, go here: http://www.blacksquares.de
For more on Usnea, go here: https://www.facebook.com/usneadoom
To buy the record, go here: http://www.halooffliesrecords.com/releases/
For more on the label, go here: http://www.halooffliesrecords.com/