Has your Monday been terrible? Has your Monday been full of bore and nothingness? Has your Monday made you want to scoop your eyes out with a spoon? In that case, you are in luck, because I’ve got the answer that will help fix all of those problems (well, except maybe for the eye scooping).
Honestly, if your Monday has been bad enough that you are considering scooping your eye out, you should probably just go see a therapist. For the rest of you though, I bring you a spark of hope on this awful day. I bring to you: Metal Monday.
With so many new albums coming out every week, it is hard to stay on top of all the new music. A lot of the time we fall into this trap of only checking out music from bands we know or love and ignore the rest. That is where I come in.
Over the weekend I listened to as many new metal albums as I could, and now am going to give you my weekend wrap up on what I thought was some of the best to come out. So, without further ado welcome to Metal Monday.
The Ocean — Phanerozoic I: Paleozoic
The Ocean is a progressive sludge metal band from Berlin, Germany. Forming in 2000 they have gone to put out three EP’s and seven studio albums. The Ocean has a huge fan base even though they take huge breaks in-between albums that span multiple years.
Phanerozoic I: Paleozoic is an album with a quite unusual theme. The album gives almost a history lesson of Earth as each track takes us through a different geological time period. With instrumentals and vocals that match each time period, it creates an almost vexing atmospheric listen. While this album doesn’t carry very many fast tempo songs, it does however in many ways feel like a return to a sound of one of their earlier albums Precambrian. Something longtime fans might find very exciting. Whether you are a new or long-time fan I highly suggest this album.
Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions
Silent Planet — When The End Began
Silent Planet is a metalcore band from Azusa, California. Formed in 2009 they have gone to put out two EP’s and three studio albums. Silent Planet with their energetic live sets and their songs covering topics like war, psychology, and religion have created themselves a loyal fanbase and have cemented themselves in this everchanging scene.
When The End Began contains some of the darkest and heaviest material in the band’s discography. Silent Planet is always a band who isn’t afraid to make a statement or say what needs to be said regardless of who’s listening and this album is no exception. If I had to describe the album in one word, I would say powerful. Every time you listen to it you will get something else meaningful from it, and that to me is powerful. Lyrically and musically this album is beautiful, heavy, and confronting. I don’t know what else to say except listen to this right now!
Vanity of Sleep
Northern Fires (Guernica)
Sylvaine — Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone
Sylvaine is an atmospheric metal solo-instrumentalist from Oslo, Norway. Formed in 2013 she has gone to put out three studio albums. Sylvaine alone does vocals, guitars, synthesizers, bass, drums, and percussion on the recordings, but when she tours, she has three other session musicians help bring her music alive on stage.
Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone is a perfect example to me of what it means to be an artist. Anyone can pick up a guitar, learn a few chords, and call themselves a musician, but an artist is something that not everyone achieves. An artist is someone who shows expertise in a certain area, and Sylvain certainly does that. Not only does she show that she can expertly play multiple instruments, sing/scream, and then record it to make a masterpiece, but she also shows that can expertly mix genres into it. It is not every day you can play an album and find genres like post-rock, black metal, ambient, and alternative all mixed into one. If you like music you will like this album, but if you are a musician you will love it. Enjoy.
Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone
L’appel Du Vide
Witherfall — A Prelude To Sorrow
Witherfall is a progressive power metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2013 the band has gone to put out two studio albums. Even though this band only has two albums out they shouldn’t be taken lightly. Quickly gaining success in 2017 with the self-release of their first album, they were soon after signed and started working on their latest record.
A Prelude To Sorrow is dark and gritty. It has all the valor of old-school power metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest but mixed with the darkness and heaviness of thrash metal bands like Slayer or Testament. The album is filled with bone shattering guitar solos and heart-stopping vocals. This album is a great listen and is guaranteed to get you moshing no matter where you are.
We Are Nothing
Ode to Despair
Moment of Silence
Tenacious D — Post-Apocalypto
Tenacious D is an American comedy rock duo from Los Angeles, California. Founded by actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass they have gone to put out four studio albums, one live album, one movie, and have even won a Grammy. Before I go any further there’s something I need to say, yes, I understand Tenacious D isn’t metal per se. That being said… get over it. If you know about Tenacious D you will understand why they are up here. So, to all scene kids at home reading this and picking it apart, get over yourselves.
Post-Apocalypto takes the listeners on a journey through a post-apocalyptic world with the band as they face things such as cavewoman, the KKK, and a guy with a chainsaw bazooka machine gun. The album is funny, dangerous, inappropriate, and just metal. As if the album wasn’t amazing enough the band has a released a cartoon via YouTube to go along with the album and each track. This album was my favorite of the week and one of my favorites of the year. 10/10 recommend. So, sit down, plug in, and prepare for a journey unlike any other.
Just listen to the whole thing (or else none of this album will make any sense).
What was your favorite record this week or maybe there’s one that didn’t make today’s list that came out last week? Let us know in the comments.
Till next time, happy Metal Monday and remember, “Always be excellent to each other.”
Written and curated by Nathan Henderson.