Five For Friday: October 23, 2020

October really is the best month, isn’t it? It’s a time of bright colors, horror movies, and excellent weather. A perfect setting for atmospheric black metal, mournful doom metal, and blood-soaked death metal.

Guess what, readers? This week’s roundup of new releases has all of that and more!


Ceremonial Bloodbath – The Tides of Blood

A bloodbath of grim, nightmarish, and noisy riffs. This Canadian quartet comes armed with the dark, eerie legacy of Onward to Golgotha and its various outgrowths to make for satisfyingly horrid listening experience. Perfect music for scaring children who went with a “cute” costume for Halloween (lame!).

Iskandr – Gelderse Poort

It’s been a great year for Eisenwald, with stellar releases from Turia, Fluisteraars, Uada, Velnias, and now Iskandr to take us into the 2020s final dying months. The Gelderse Poort EP comes as the project’s fourth release, and arrives courtesy of O from the aforementioned Turia. Spooky, introspective, thought-provoking black metal and folk.

Mörk Gryning – Hinsides Vrede

One of the many unsung heroes of Swedish black metal, a subject we’ve touched on before, returns with their first album since reuniting in 2016. The band is as icy, cold, ripping and melodic as ever. Heaviness with elegance and hooks. Hard to argue against that.

Stream: Apple Music

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

Here’s what our loyal bird-brained expert, Waldo, had to squak about Forgotten Days:

On their fourth record, American doomsters Pallbearer hit us with their most “metal” effort in years, Forgotten Days. This is doom, no doubt, but to succinctly pigeonhole this is a little tough. The best way to describe this record is “vintage doom”, and although it has a more retro feel, it is most definitely Pallbearer.

Stream: Apple Music

Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind

From our premiere of “Acidic Twilight Visions”:

It’s pure death metal worship, pulling inspiration from genre forefathers like Incantation, Cannibal Corpse and Demlich, plus newer bands like Tomb Mold. It’s a pretty simple formula, but an effective one: instead of reinventing the wheel, Undeath beat the listener over the head with the old one.

Stream: Apple Music