Gold and Grey by Baroness

A couple of days ago, Baroness released their newest work entitled “Gold and Grey” as a natural closure to their chromatically-themed record-sequel. They started off with  Red (heavy, aggressive & raw), then went on to Blue (their most sludgy work). Then explored their progressive side with Yellow and Green, a colour that symbolizes fear (a change of direction towards their proggier side perhaps), on to Purple (a colour that is used to imply stability & creativity – perhaps a settle down phase on their progressive side).  

The natural closure to this story of symbols is offered by Gold and Grey, as the peak and at the same time end of their work with the sense of achievement. As a whole, this album starts right where Purple left off. This heavy/progressive side is slowly transitioning into works that are by far the most emotional of the band. The use of harsh vocals is restricted and gives way to more harmonic vocals, doubled by Gina Gleason. This is the first album that features Gina and she absolutely nails it. Her vocal output matches that of John Baizley greatly. She offers perfectly matching harmonies throughout the music. This is solidified by the following fact: There is less heavy shredding in this album, and far more guitar harmonic parts between Gina and John, which acts as an extension to their vocal coordination. This work was devoid of Peter Adams, who left the band mid 2017.

The rhythm section remains faithful to the standards raised by Baroness since Red. The work of Sebastian Thomson and Nick Jost is strong and sturdy, but at the same time more innovative and of course more prog-friendly as is the whole flavor of Gold and Grey.

There is only one drawback to this record and sadly enough it’s nothing new to the music world. The mixing is sloppy, especially towards the later stages of the album.

All in all, the music is a lot different since Red came out. The band has evolved both musically and culturally and Gold and Grey is probably one of their best works so far.

Favorite tracks: Front Toward Enemy, Tourniquet, Anchor’s Lament, Cold-blooded Angels

You can listen for yourself here:

https://www.facebook.com/YourBaroness/

https://baroness.bandcamp.com

https://yourbaroness.com/

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A Grand Misconception by Kalpa

Kalpa is a 5 people DIY-loud-hardcore band from Athens, Greece. They released their last work “A Grand Misconception” on 2nd Aprin 2019, exactly 3 years after their debut release “Dissosciation” (APR 2016). The band plays a hybrid-like musical combination of sludge/hardcore, as if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Eyehategod had a (very pissed) child.

It was a regular morning at the office, and I have a cup of coffee in my hand when the sound of Cross Sections hit me (“When did everything turn into shit?”). This work is full of great energy and this is something you are exposed to right from the start: heavy (as shit) rhythm sections (amazing drumming), paranoid leads and flamboyant vocals.

Lyrically there is a nihilistic approach to modern society and human relationships in it. The struggle to get close, the struggle to get better and do so as fast as possible, the downside, the stress, the anxiety. The grand misconception is this modern way of life.

Favourite tracks: Bystanders, Discomfort/Anxiety(“Discomfort is what I’m taught. Anxiety is what I’m used to.”), Open parties, empty streets (“Rock stars are dead”).

https://www.facebook.com/wearekalpa/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjZlPFojbNhGzO_V18VgolQ/feed

https://kalpaband.bandcamp.com

-Gamma

f’s favourite Extreme releases of 2018

Hey all!

This is an interesting first post (for me) as an editor of Tzertzelos (thank you Kaze and Eba). The list that follows sums up my heavily redacted list of 2018’s favourite releases the majority of which are strongly affiliated with Death Metal (death/brutal death/deathgrind/blackened death etc).

Here we go:

#12. Impetus of Death by Corpsessed

Origin: Järvenpää, Finland

Genre:  Death metal

Release date: November 23, 2018

Label: Dark Descent Records

#11. Bestial Hymns Of Perversion by Of Feather and Bone

Origin: Denver, Colorado

Genre:  Death metal

Release date: March 23, 2018

Label: Profound Lore Records

#10. Hamkar Atonement by Dakhma

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Origin: Zurich, Switzerland

Genre:  Blackened Death metal

Release date: September 5, 2018

Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

#9. Sulphur Soul by Gevurah

Origin: Montreal, Canada

Genre:  Black metal

Release date: September 28, 2018

Label: Profound Lore Records

#8. Perpetual Hunger by Serpents Lair

Origin: Sjælland, Denmark

Genre:  Black metal

Release date: Februrary 19, 2018

Label: Fallen Empire Records

#7. Within A World Forgotten by Infernal Coil

Origin: Boise, Idaho

Genre:  Death/Black metal

Release date: September 14, 2018

Label: Profound Lore Records

#6. Grevious by Convulsing

Origin: Adelaide, Australia

Genre:  Death/Black metal

Release date: August 22, 2018

Label: Independent

#5. Perverse Offerings To The Void by Golgothan Remains

Origin: Sydney, Australia

Genre:  Death metal

Release date: February 8, 2018

Label: Independent

#4. Permanent Destitution by Hissing

Origin: Seattle, Washington

Genre:  Blackened Death metal

Release date: October 26, 2018

Label: Profound Lore Records

#3. Chasm by Mutilation Rites

Origin: Brooklyn, New York

Genre:  Death/Black metal

Release date: July 20, 2018

Label: Gilead Media

#2. Vessel of Iniquity by Vessel of Iniquity

Origin: Oxfordshire, UK

Genre:  Blackened Death metal

Release date: Januray 19, 2018

Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories

#1. Misery Rites by Wake

Origin: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre:  Deathgrind

Release date: February 23, 2018

Label: Translation Loss Records

honorable mentions;

The list above, as previously mentioned, is heavily redacted for various reasons. There are excellent albums from great bands like Portal, Svartidauði and Kriegsmaschine which fell short to my expectations (I probably had insane expectations from these bands but maybe that’s just me). Also there albums that wouldn’t aesthetically or genre-wise find their place in my list but I feel I need to mention.

Some of these albums are as follow (not ordrered or ranked);

Svartidauði – Revelations of the Red Sword
Portal – ION
Kriegsmaschine – Apocalypticists
Καταχνιά – Κρεσέντο Απελπισίας
Six Brew Bantha – Blight
Lividity – Perverseverance
C.H.E.W. – Feeding Frenzy
夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) – 一期一会

Happy new year everyone! Cheers!