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Fluisteraars, God Disease, Qwälen, Astriferous, Mork, Skourge, E-An-Na and much more!
Welcome to the To The Teeth newsletter! Your weekly update of new heavy music. You can listen to almost everything in the playlist on Spotify. If you like what you read and want help keep this in the air: please head over to Patreon or to Bandcamp: The Taste of Teeth (also for some merch). Peppers are hot 🌶️!
Welcome back to the new releases rubric over at Invisible Oranges. An invaluable source, where I’ve discovered some of my favourite records throughout the years.
🌶️ Fluisteraars (black from The Netherlands. FFO: Vanum, Ultha, Yellow Eyes)
A melodic black logo, a Deathcrush colour schemed cover, a theme built around lost castles... where is Fluisteraars going this time? Well, they’re doing what they do best: intuitive, visceral black metal, layered and intense. A little rawer than before, a bit more maniacal maybe? But then suddenly there is astream of post-rock coming in. Even in these two songs there’s a lot to discover. And there’s two more of these ep’s coming! One of the best black metal bands active today, no doubt.
🌶️ Skourge (crossover thrash/hardcore from the USA. FFO: Power Trip, Fugitive, Iron Reagan)
Stomping crossover with flair. You know the singer from Fugitive - this is as riff and rhythm driven, but maybe a little bit more hardcore. I really like the energy! Weird that I can’t find anything about it, not on their social media, not at the label, not on Bandcamp. But Spotify is here to deal the cards for once.
🌶️ God Disease (death/doom from Finland. FFO: Hooded Menace, Runemagick, Temple of Void)
Bare those knuckles, get ready to go low and slow.
🌶️ Qwälen (black from Finland. FFO: Ancst, Young and in the Way, Dawn Ray’d)
Qwälen stormed the scene with 2021’s Unohdan Sinut, a record that injected itself violently into my bloodstream. A mere two years later they’re back with another shot of hyper intense, flaming, crusty black metal. (By the way, is it Finland week?)
🌶️ E-An-Na (folk from Romania. FFO: eh.. Hedningarna?)
This is for the trailblazers, the open minds and the true folkies. It’s hardly heavy - save for a couple of really heavy songs - but it’s much fun and interesting and nothing sounds like this.
🌶️ Astriferous (death from Costa Rica. FFO: Convulse, Abhorrence, Incantation)
Costa Ricans, but they kinda sound like Fins. And I would’ve believed it too, if you’d say they were from Florida. At the same time there’s this unmistakable Latin American swagger in Astriferous first full length. They share members with the great Bloodsoaked Necrovoid.
There’s more: Fange (industrial sludge/death from France), Minenwerfer (black from the USA), Negative Prayer (🌶️ death/crust from the USA), Isole (epic doom from Sweden), Periphery (dji.. eh.. dja… ehm, djen.. no, prog? from the USA), As Light Dies (black/doom/gothic from Spain), Ignominy (avant-garde death from Canada), Judiciary (crossover thrash/hardcore from the USA), Unfelled (atmoblack from Australia), Bastard Grave (death from Sweden), Mithrandir (black/dungeon synth from Finland), Gorod (prog/tech death from France) and Tribe of Pazuzu (blackened death from Canada/The USA).
There are new songs out from: Mork (black from Norway), VHS (death/thrash/grind from Canada), KEN Mode (metalcore/post-hardcore/noise from the USA), Hideous Divinity (tech/brutal death from Italy), Poison Ruïn (post-post-punk from the USA), Rotten Sound (grind from Finland) and a teaser from Panopticon (black/folk from the USA). The rest is in the playlist!
Non-metal & next week
Non-metal album of the week: haven’t heard anything this week!
I’m looking forward to next week because of: Kamelot, Downfall of Gaia, Úlfúð and Verminous Serpent.
What was your favourite? Do you like the new newsletter? Should I change anything? What did I miss? Let me know!
Great letter as always! Looking forward to checking out the new Fluisteraars and Fange.
Would love to see that your playlist contains the peppers / selected releases at the top, and below them the lesser gods. Would make my life easier while skipping through the endless signal to noise-valley of playlist death.