These weren’t released within the last 2 years, but I found them within the last 2 years. Try not to poop your pants listening to these and if you don’t listen to them on a decent set of headphones (i.e. not earbuds) or speakers, then I pity you because you’re missing the experience. If you’re listening on a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, then you paid too much for your headphones.
First up is Dethklok – Go Into the Water
Crunchy and compressed low-tuned guitars, scratchy-screamed vocals, soaring leads, and plenty of double bass drum fill out this choice track. The epic theme of a body transforming into what is basically Aquaman of the Black Lantern Corp pretty much rules.
|Black Lantern Aquaman, King of Deathlantis|
Next up are two more water-themed metal songs from midwest metal heroes, Mastodon.
Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
This song has everything. Radical guitar duet interlude? Check. Epic lyrics based on Captain Ahab hunting the white whale? Check. Arthurian allusions? Check. Practically constant double bass drum with lots of frantic fills? Check. Syncopation? Check. Lots of chicka chicka on the guitar? Yes. Palm Muting? Of course. This song is missing nothing.
Mastodon – Seabeast
Also from the album entitled “Leviathan,” this one slows is down a little bit but still rocks. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT listen to the live version. The verse parts of this song are sung by the lead guitar player and not the regular singer and the dude cannot sing in tune. Also, he cannot be understood. None of that matters though because he plays an acrylic flying v with an aluminum neck.
|Playing metal on a metal guitar means you win at life.|
There is constant guitar power-chording that makes this song awesome and the regular singer comes in and saves it in the choruses. This song automatically wins for referencing Mr. Queequeg because I don’t think any metal song ever has or ever will again.
Between the Buried and Me – Astral Body
This is technically prog-metal, but it still counts. Though their band name is unfortunate, this song kicks some serious butt. You’ve got non-stop chugging guitar and bass riffs that lead to a call and answer that reminds me for some reason of V’GER from Star Trek the Motion Picture.
Then, you are annihilated with some classic screaming vocals counterpointed by frenetic guitar leads. Shrugging the traditional verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus paradigm, this song goes from an instrumental to a hard hitting scream piece, to a ballad taking us on a space journey best exemplified by the following pictures:
|Superman v. Doomsday what?|
That’s all for now.