Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Candlemass - The Door To Doom

There's a lot going on with this Candlemass LP, it marks the triumphant return of Johan Langquist and also sees the band somehow nabbing Tony Iommi as a guest. It features what is perhaps Candlemass's strongest lineup in 35 years as a band and hints at a very bright future for these doom metal veterans. Though the band have never really put out a bad record, The Door To Doom definitely is a cut above their recent work a testament to how talented the band is, and an absolute monster of a release that stands to any standard.

It's amazing to me to hear the raw talent in this band, not just in the vocals but also in the rich instrumental performances. The riffs have a well deserved sense of swagger and the band isn't afraid to dive into flashy solos. This is ab and who are completely aware of who they are and what they are delivering. Yes there are some silly and over the top moment,s but that's part of the fun. The sheer bombast and overwhelming madness of the band is what is going to draw you in and keep you fascinated. This is an authoritative and exciting doom metal record that speaks to all which makes the band special.

Full of deep emotion and grandiose imagery, Candlemass use The Door To Doom as a veritable tour de force. If you liked Candlemass before you are going to be deeply in love with this record. Hell, if you like any kind of slow and heavy music I think you are going to want to dig into this record. If only for the Tony Iommi guest spot on Astorolus - The Great Octopus which immediately caught my attention from my first semi-distracted listen to now, several spins in, completely addicted. This is a masterful album and one you won't soon forget.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Elizabeth Colour Wheel - Nocebo

When I first saw Elizabeth Colour Wheel in a tiny DIY space in Brooklyn opening for Forn I knew that I was witnessing something special. After a flurry of interest from major players the band signed to The Flenser and suddenly things seem to be rolling for the group. These Berklee educated punks are delivering some of the most impressive heavy music that I have heard in a good long time. Borrowing form a vast variety of influences, from art doom to crust punk by way of grindcore and noise rock Nocebo is an ambitious and stunning debut.

You would think that having a huge range of influences would hurt the band, that they would, as many young bands do, try to be everything to everyone and end up being nothing to no one. The thing is, Elizabeth Colour Wheel with their deep musical educations in tow have been able to craft music that is not only emotionally powerful but it is cohesive. In a world where so many heavy records are just riff salad or an attempt at pure ugliness, Elizabeth Colour Wheel bring a powerful musicality to Nocebo and it makes for a fascinating listen. This is the sort of thing that almost can't help but to dominate year end lists.

It's rare that you find underground bands who are so goddamn good out of the gate and who have managed to build up so much organic growth. This is a band who seem to borrow from everywhere in order to mold it into something otherworldly and powerful that fans of heavy music in the broadest possible sense can't hep but to admire. This band is going to turn heads everywhere they go and they are so far ahead of their time that I feel we are witnessing the birth of a movement. Elizabeth Colour Wheel are blowing my mind and soon with soaring vocals and powerful guitars they will explode yours too.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Post Death Soundtrack - It Will Come Out Of Nowhere

This one is truly weird, from outer space and wonderfully addictive. Post Death Soundtrack is a Canadian project that delves into everything from doom metal to experimental rock by way of trip hop and psychedelia. There latest record It Will Come Out Of Nowhere is a wonderfully ambitious take on the genre that fans of heavy music are going to be fascinated by. Seemingly owing as much to Talk Talk as they do to Yob, this is the sort of crushing underground music that keeps me hooked on this lifestyle.

Touching on all manner of weird and angular approaches with trip hop keys slammed into Swans-esque songwriting, It Will Come Out Of Nowhere is frequently a dense listen, but that's part of the appeal. If you are going to dig into an hour plus record of auditory blasphemy and bizarro twists and turns, you shouldn't be looking for an easy listen. Instead this is something that subverts a variety of genre maxims and turns them on their head for maximum sonic majesty. Post Death Soundtrack are looking to fuse a deep variety of influences, and shockingly enough they pull it off most of the time, speaking to their skill as songwriters.

That being said - at times this record is definitely trying to accomplish a little bit too much. I think tightening the sound down is what is going to push them over the top. Right now Post Death Soundtrack seem like early Zeal & Ardor, interesting ideas, but with execution that wasn't quite where it needed to be. The thing is, the evolution is rapid when the level of talent is this obvious. Wonderfully creepy and definitely worthy of multiple listens, It Will Come Out Of Nowhere is a freaky listen and one that will keep you coming back.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Noisem - Cease To Exist

It feels weird to me that its been four years since the last Noisem album. The band was such a foundational part of the scene in the mid 2010's that after they went through their rebirth I think there were some who weren't sure if the band would ever take off to the next level. Here we are though, Noisem is back and better than ever, ferocious in their sonic assault and suddenly ready to go for the throat. Cease To Exist is an absolutely fucking punisher of a record, showcasing Noisem's trademark mix of death metal, grindcore, hardcore, thrash metal and everything in between.

What gets me about this record is the immediate sense of urgency that you feel throughout. You sense the band is trying to make up for lost time with rapid and over the top sonic assaults. This is a record that is unafraid to go for the throat and the tight songwriting only further accentuates the hard hitting madness of this band. There is a sense of chaotic undeath that runs throughout Cease To Exist and a clear sense that this newest edition of Noisem is ready to tear the listener apart faster than ever, and I love it. It's hard to rise out of the ashes of an old lineup, especially moving from a five piece down to three, yet somehow these Baltimore punx have pulled it off.

This is a no frills, in you face hard hitting grindcore record. While some of the histrionics of yore still make their presence this remains Noisem as you'e never heard them whilst remind you why you've always loved them. There are mosh parts galore and crushing over the top mosh-inspiring assaults. This is a record that is fully self-aware and comes at you with equal doses of punk rock fury and guitar mastery. Cease To Exist is a stunning return to form for the Baltimore youth crew and suggests there is so much more to come.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Un/Coltsblood - Split

Un and Coltsblood are two of heaviest of the heavy, some of the ost punishing bands in the underground and acts who seem to understand the demented power of doom metal. This split between these two heavyweights stands to be one of the most impressive doom splits on record, up there with recent offerings including the one between Primitive Man and Unearthly Trance, or 2017's Fister/Chrch split. Splits like this one come to define a scene and show us what this music was all about in the first place.

What's interesting about this record is that though on paper Un and Coltsblood are both fairly similar bands, the deeper you delve the more it becomes clear that these guys are very pointed in their approach. It makes this split a fascinating journey between worlds, similar travelers perhaps, but taking far different journeys. You find yourself getting lost in the massive soundscapes and the crushing momentum. The overpowering might of Un and Coltsblood is otherworldly here and we get to see definitive proof both bands are expanding their sounds and pushing towards new horizons. It has been such an honor to watch both these bands grow as songwriters over the past few years and this is the icing on the cake.

I'm not going to blow smoke up your ass, this is a pair of twenty minute long tracks that are sometimes dense and require you to already be quite invested in the genre to properly 'get. They are for the dedicated fan, the people who love this music. It's not built around accessibility but rather raw emotion. Staring at the horror of existence and trying to come to terms with this world of shit that we must operate in. This is the transcendent beauty of what Un and Coltsblood are doing here and what keeps me coming back.

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