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Hey mutants, Trevor From The Black Dahlia Murder AKA The Obituarist here. I’m currently reporting from home between TBDM tours. Up next is a brief Canadian run with The Cavaleras performing Roots and two quickies with First Fragment; followed by South America and then our ultimate US tour with Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Power Trip and Abnormality, which is sure to be a doozey… needless to say, I’ll be very busy in the coming months.

In the meantime, I’ve got a great round up of 23 solid as fuck new releases (heavy on the death metal) you should be checking out this Fall. I’ve got a talented spread here, lots of great bands and some been I’ve been genuinely very excited about. I am pleased to bring them to you here. Thanks again to anyone who stops by and especially those who give their hard earner money to these bands for their music and merchandise, they appreciate you and I do to. Without further delay, here are 23 rotten new releases sure to decimate your soft, pink parts into utter oblivion.


Fucking Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) is back! About freaking time! Coma Cluster Void bless our itching ears with bizarre, machinated, deconstructed technical death metal that will dizzy and jar the listener into submission. This is really cool and challenging stuff recalling Gorguts Obscura at times and instrumental freaks Keelhaul others. It’s a twisted and explosive ride. Mike seems right at home amidst the melee of writhing machines; this material is so bonkers technical that it makes And Then You’ll Beg seem like child’s play. I think its really cool that he’s found another really forward thinking ensemble to roll with. I am reminded of the first album from Ion Dissonance for some reason that I cant entirely pinpoint; it has that really damaged, taken apart sound to it but its still extreme as fuck. I also wouldn't be surprised if these gentlemen had an awareness of the works of Human Remains, Deadguy, and Lethargy. Haha, the album name Mind Cemetaries reminds me of that Rage Against The Machine lyric from “Bulls On Parade”… good on ya, mates! I hope this takes off and that we get to see Mike on the touring circuit again as I sadly have never seen him perform before. Coma Cluster Void, fuck yeah!!!
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And just like that, summer is over and what a summer it has been for Transcending Obscurity. We’ve managed to cover a great deal of good bands across the months and now it is time to focus on what kept us hooked in the month of August. As much as we try to keep it underground, August did have quite a lot of high profile releases which were simply too good to be ignored. Make sure you give these records a chance, because according to the staff here, the following albums represent the creme de la creme of metal music this month. As always, feel free to tell us why we are right or how wrong we are, in the comment section below. ~ Shrivatsan R.

Coma Cluster Void (International) – Mind Cemeteries (Avant-Garde / Technical Death Metal, Self Released)

Obvious choice here. I interviewed the band, did a full review, pimped it across social media; so no surprise in my choice. But it was well-earned. As much as I also enjoyed Dendritic Arbor and Void Omnia, ‘Mind Cemeteries’ edges both of those out on all levels. This album is vastly technical with its drummerobics and 10 stringed guitar gymnastics, almost to the point of avant-garde chaos. But rather than take the final leap, the band manages to maintain a certain order and catchiness within its groove to keep things entertaining. FFO: Ulcerate, CB Murdoc, Krallice ~ FlightOfIcarus


With so much great music out there and so many albums our staff reviews (and plenty we don’t), it can be difficult to keep up with it all and determine which releases are the most worth your time. Harnessing the wide-ranging and diverse tastes of our editorial staff, our monthly Editors’ Picks column is our gift to you to guide you towards the music that’s impacting us the most. You can read our picks from previous months right here.

As summer comes to its annual, unfortunate end, it’s understandable if your attention span for new releases has slipped in favor of last-minute vacations and weekend escapades. Unfortunately, you picked one hell of a month to slack off, as August provided us with some of 2016’s most phenomenal releases yet. We don’t say that lightly – August has truly bestowed upon us an eclectic array of musical triumphs that had our staff scrambling for the time to digest it all. Our editors certainly share this sentiment and have compiled what may be our strongest group of Editors Picks to date. We’ve got recommendations ranging from post rock to trap-rap and doom metal to avant-jazz, so prepare to empty your wallets on your new favorite albums of the year.

Coma Cluster Void – Mind Cemeteries

Well, this was a sucker punch out of nowhere. Featuring an international crew, Coma Cluster Void blends influences from a variety of artists to create a unique and ridiculously abrasive soundscape. Using 10 string guitars, they take low end rhythmic chaos from the likes of Meshuggah and Ion Dissonance, and combine that with the sonic assault and upsetting melodies of the likes of Pyrrhon and Gorguts. Add to that some avant-garde elements, and we have a dark, brash album that defies definition. Perhaps the title Mind Cemeteries is more apt than it initially appears.

While I’m normally not a fan of this style of music (intentionally unstructured and abrasively chaotic), there’s something here that pulls me in. Reading the lyrics along with the music certainly helps, both in terms of grounding what’s going on and also adding an extra layer of atmosphere. But the extra curveball here is the occasional element that doesn’t belong, like spoken word sections or the semi-singing in one track. Catch 33was another album that was obsessively singular in nature, which made the deviations count that much more. Here, the monotonicity is achieved not through repetition but by lack of any coherence to attach to, any rhythm to hook on to. That discombobulation leads to a certain mind-state that genuinely unsettles me and captivates me, which is why I love Mind Cemeteries.

I keep trying to unravel the logic of this album, which maybe is folly as maybe there isn’t any, or maybe its engineered lack is designed as a trap for the likes of me. Either way, I have never really gotten lost in an album like this one, and I really appreciate that Coma Cluster Void were the straw that broke my camel’s back. I’m normally big into “figuring out” music, which makes this niche rather unappealing to me. Perhaps another reason for the specific appeal here is the usage of the 10 string guitars. In something like Pyrrhon, there’s only a certain range of sounds to exploit, and it ends up devolving into an assault of midrange sounds for me. The extreme low end and high end offered by the instrument in this case keeps things fresh and creates much-needed contrast. It’s also offered in unpredictable juxtapositions, which keeps me on my toes.

In the end, I had a few more “grokkable” albums that I listened to this month, but Mind Cemeteries is the one that really stuck with me, perhaps due to its refusal of definitions. Regardless, Coma Cluster Void have created a unique, bizarre and ugly monstrosity that pulls you in and messes with your head. And that’s just what I needed this month.

Noyan Tokgozoglu