"Ear Hunters" - 8/15/2020 Edition

"Beware! Vicious, bloodthirsty metal acts with recent releases are on the hunt and seeking to take the fresh ears of new fans as trophies!"

· Angel Morgue (Manchester, New Hampshire, USA)

Release: In the Morgue of Angels

Date: August 7th, 2020 (Redefining Darkness Records)

Genre: Blackened Death

FFO: Archgoat, Lantern, Venomous Skeleton, Blasphemous Putrefaction

Showing much promise out of the lesser-noted state of New Hampshire is the new blackened death quintet, Angel Morgue. Formed a few years ago and having only one demo to their name, Angel Morgue still caught the attention of Cleveland, Ohio’s Redefining Darkness Records, who have backed the recent release of this abecedarian act’s debut full-length, In the Morgue of Angels. Featuring eight tenebrous tracks, In the Morgue of Angels is admittedly a little rough around the production edges, but the music that’s been captured is categorically cohesive and sound. Worth keeping an eye and an ear on!

Rating: 88 / 100 (B+)

· Atræ Bilis (Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN)

Release: Divinihility EP

Date: August 14th, 2020 (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Genre: Extreme Technical Death

FFO: Cryptopsy, Deeds of Flesh, Unfathomable Ruination, Serocs

Yet another brand-new (and summarily fantastic) act has swept down out of the cold, white north of Vancouver, Canada named Atræ Bilis. Discovered by the reputably emergent, Indian label Transcending Obscurity, Atræ Bilis have introduced themselves to the world with the release their debut EP, Divinihility; and holy shit! What an incredible “How do you do?”! Sporting five cuts plus an intro, the music of Divinihility harkens back to the darker, formative days of technical death metal’s earliest existence – and it is wonderful. Available in all sorts of variants, pressings, box sets, and other formats, Atræ Bilis’s debut is available everywhere now, so grab a copy of Divinihility for your own today! Rating: 95 / 100 (A)

· Nug (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, EUR)

Release: Alter Ego

Date: August 14th, 2020 (Willowtip Records)

Genre: Progressive Post-Metal

FFO: Pelican, Moloken, Varaha, Krigsgrav

Not the first Ukrainian act to feature this year on Hated One Metal Reviews (and probably not the last, either!), Ivano-Frankivsk’s Nug have brought a superabundance of airy, ethereal feels to bear on an unsuspecting world with the release of their debut full-length, Alter Ego, out now via Willowtip Records. Although relatively still unknown to the rest of the world, the progressively powerful post-metal contained within the eight sweeping tracks of Alter Ego will, without any doubt whatsoever, gain Nug an instant international following. This is truly some killer shit here, don’t miss out! Rating: 95 / 100 (A)

· Titan to Tachyons (New York, New York, USA)

Release: Cactides

Date: August 14th, 2020 (Nefarious Industries)

Genre: Instrumental Progressive/Psychedelic Metal

FFO: Scale the Summit, Bangladeafy, Dark Matter Secret, Myth of I, Thoren

Formed by Sally Gates of ex-Orbweaver and Gigan fame, New York’s Titan to Tachyons have hit the ground running with their debut full-length, Cactides; and if you’re at all familiar with the psychedelic, jazz-fused juggernaut that is Gigan, then you’ve already got an inkling of what to expect from Titan to Tachyons. Perplexing, amorphous, and avant-garde, the music that makes up the five expansive tracks of Cactides is as oddly otherworldly as it is maddeningly multiform, and it all makes for an intricately interesting – if not wholly mind-blowing – album. Cactides should fully appeal to anyone who doesn’t turn their nose up at metal that isn’t afraid to embrace its artsy side (and honestly, if their hometown contemporaries Imperial Triumphant can succeed at it, then what’s to stop Titan to Tachyons?) Rating: 91 / 100 (A=)

Thanks for reading another exciting edition of Hated One’s “Ear Hunters”! Stay tuned for more great pieces about more riveting new metal acts and albums coming soon and be sure to support your local metal scenes out there, wherever they may be! \m/


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