Album of the Day recap: 23/7/18 – 27/7/18

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Another week, and another selection of five records to help get you through the day. Here is the recap of this week’s Albums of the Day:

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Review: Singular – Singular (self-titled EP)

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Label: Self-released

Taking in a huge variety of genres and influences, yet with the end results being remarkably focused and cohesive, the self-titled EP by one man band Singular is an impressive slice of noisy post-hardcore/black metal/emoviolence that succeeds in finding the common thread between the genres and stitching it together in impressive style. Moving between emotional soundscapes and blisteringly violent outbursts – and taking in everything in between – this is varied in a way many other bands try, and fail, to be; an achievement made all the more remarkable for being a solo creation.

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Five of the Best: Level Plane Records Releases

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That Level Plane Records is no more is nothing short of a tragedy. Between 1997 and 2009, the label released some of the best underground punk, hardcore, screamo, metal, and everything in-between. Originally set up simply so Greg Drudy had an address to put on the back of the first Saetia 7″, the impact and influence the label would go on to have upon the underground scene was huge. Some of these records have been re-issued by other labels – with special praise being given to The Archivist label for getting so many on Bandcamp – but some might require searching on Discogs or eBay.

As such, limiting this list down to only five releases has been rather painful. There’s so many I wanted to include – so many records of superb quality, so many that meant so much to me, and still do – but there’s a reason this series is called Five of the Best, not Twenty of the Best. So, here we go. Feel free to tell me what I missed or what your favourite records from this excellent label are. Enjoy!

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Album of the Day: Bacchae – Bacchae (self-titled)

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Label: Get Better Records

Sometimes, you hear a record and it’s clear that the band playing are having a total blast. Such is the case with the self-titled EP from Bacchae, with its summery post-punk and Riot Grrrl vibes. As enjoyable as the EP is on a surface level though, it’s the intelligence on display and catharsis offered that makes it truly notable – the five songs on the EP are the result of a life lived, with all the hurt and joy that such a statement implies. It’s a brilliant release, and one that I can’t get enough of.

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Album of the Day: Coffin Rot – Demo

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Label: Rotted Life

Malignant Records have, for a few years now, been one of the leading names in dark ambient, drone, and death industrial; so, it’s exciting to see them branching out in to death metal with new label Rotted Life. Their first offering on the label is the self-titled demo from Coffin Rot, a dirty, filth-encrusted four song onslaught of pure old-school filth. If you’re in to death metal that sounds like a horde of zombies eating the world alive, heavy with the stench of decay and rot, then you’ll want to be all over this like… well, like zombies over guts.

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Album of the Day: Nott – Nott (self-titled)

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Label: Ossian Records

You would expect a label involving one of the promoters of the North of the Wall festival to be discerning in its releases, picking out only the most worthwhile records for release. Judging by the first release from Ossian Records (who also have links with Camo Pants Records), that’s exactly the case, as the self-titled EP from Nott is a five-track whirlwind of black metal, moving with the raw elemental fury of a tempest, wedding the atmospheres of modern post-black metal to the rage and darkness at the very core of black metal. It’s an eclectic – yet never unfocused – release, and bodes very well both from the label and the band.

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Review: Vessel of Iniquity – Self-titled

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Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories / Xenoglossy Productions

Despite only lasting for fifteen minutes, the self-titled EP from Vessel of Iniquity feels as if it packs a lifetime of pain and suffering in to its duration. The latest offering from the reclusive A. White is a roiling, monstrous mix of black, death, and noise, delivering an onslaught that truly does justice to the term “extreme”. Finding the threads that connect acts such as Teitanblood, Gnaw Their Tongues, and Impetuous Ritual, Vessel of Iniquity is a difficult listen, but one that offers many rewards for those who can brave its depths.

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