@@@ The Otolish: Sing No Coda (Blues Funeral Recordings, 2022) I’ve been feeling for a bit a bit out of touch with the metal side of town and when I happened upon a best of October list for metal I leapt at the dark opportunity. This is not typical metal as it features two violins. It opens dark with some keyboard action and stringy bass. I like the blend of sounds but I was hoping for some drums. Lemme skip ahead with the hope that I can get the violins and the weird ass keyboards with some drumming. The first tune is a 13 minute banger and I hung for about 1/3 of it and when I clicked to the second tune I was greeted with the familiar crushing of heads. There’s still some violin stuck back in the mix and a female singer and I dig that but it’s horns up ya shittaz! I’m checking out the beginning of the third tune, Ekpyrotic, and it’s the same as the second track. The replacement of lead guitar melodies with violin doesn’t have enough impact on me to make this record stand out. It’s perfectly good metal and I like the singer but I’m not jumping up and down.
@@@ Dead Cross: Heart Reformer (Ipecac, 2022) @@@ Dead Cross: Heart Reformer (Ipecac, 2022) The participation of near legendary Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton automatically pushes this music above a lot of other music. I dig him but I never super understood the genius at work. This is a blend of old school hardcore/metal and a bit of No Wave punk. They are blurbed as a punk supergroup and in this second track I hear plenty of revved up punk feels. I’m on the second track and it’s pretty fiery, I’m feeling it. This feels like it could end up on my honorable mention for 2022 so some other folks who are more into hard music might shit their trousers over this. It’s rough, smartly put together, and conducts itself differently.