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One-woman experimental black metal band Genital Shame is to release her debut EP Lion Piss + Arm Vulnerability via The Garrote on August 26. Erin Dawson’s name may be familiar from Nasturtium, her duo with Geneva Skeen. But even if that doesn’t ring a bell, Genital Shame will make plenty of memorable noise. Dawson describes herself as “a simple trans woman from the hill of West Virginia,” and the Genital Shame project as “a queering of the sonic traditions” of black metal, an interrogation of the rules and codes of that genre, bending it from the inside with major chords, introspection, and a kind of joyous experimentation. Definitely recommended for fans of Yellow Eyes, Thou, and Liturgy, but also for anyone who is into lo-fi / high concept experimentation and the antagonization of codes and hierarchies. Erin and The Garrote are sharing the lead track, ‘Gnostienne’. Listen below.

Defacing God have a cool thing going on. Wicked corpse paint, fearsome imagery, a badass name and a sound that merges the tempos and riff styles of turn-of-the-millennium melodic death metal with the evil atmospheres and epic synths of symphonic black-metal. The Danish band’s latest, ‘The End of Times,’ is an apocalyptic rager that recalls early 2000s Arch Enemy crossed with Dimmu Borgir. The production is crisp, the playing is tight, vocalist Sandie ‘The Lilith’ Gjørtz has a devilish shriek and the songwriting is there. [via Revolver]

Germany-based, atmospheric doom/post-rock duo MIGHT are sharing their new video, ‘How Sad A Fate,’ ahead of their upcoming album, Abyss. Between a collection of frenzied instrumentals and more fragile acoustic varieties, MIGHT mesh together sounds of black metal, sludge, doom, post-rock, and shoegaze. Abyss was entirely recorded, mixed, and mastered by MIGHT. The album cover dons a 1976 oil painting by Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński. The image may feel a bit oppressive at first glance but ultimately carries an essence of warm, confidence, and security—a perfect visual metaphor for the band’s music. Muhi chats more about the track: “It’s just a very sad story about how we consume ourselves for life. How glitter clogs our breathing and brains. However, there is a glimmer of hope that shame will catch up with us in time. We are lovelier than sin.” [via New Noise]


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