Picks: The Drip, AFI, Suppressive Fire

2017 isn’t messing about. Hot on the heels of the mighty new album from Code Orange, the week just gone has delivered some storming efforts of its own. Our favourite three are here. Shaarimoth’s Temple Of The Adversarial Fire is not here, but if it’s blackened death metal you’re after then you could do much worse than checking it out.

the_dripThe Drip
The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability
Relapse Records
[Spotify]

With three EPs to their name, grindcore upstarts The Drip have dropped their first full-length on us and it absolutely rips. They’re from Washington state and are a frankly pretty disgusting five-piece whose 31-minute debut tears through fully 13 tracks of snotty, intensely vicious but gloriously listenable noise. Yet it’s in the breakdowns and the more expansive moments that The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability really comes into its own. ‘Wretches’, by a whisker the record’s longest song, has that very slightly different atmosphere that just elevates the artistry to the fore. It’s not alone.

afiAFI
AFI (The Blood Album)
Concord Music Group, Inc.
[Spotify]

I mean, really. What can we say about A Fire Inside? What’s even left to say about this superlative band? Before we get started on The Blood Album, we should make AFI aficionados aware of this fact: one of us (me) has a real soft spot for Burials. This record shares the on-its-sleeve 80s synth inspiration – a good thing, in our book – but has some meat too. With choruses for days, AFI’s new album is just that little bit tighter than its predecessor. Do we prefer it? Not yet. But with a stone-cold banger like ‘White Offerings’ buried in its bowels, it’s a distinct possibility with repeat listens.

suppressive_fireSuppressive Fire
Nature Of War
Lost Apparition Records
[Bandcamp]

Nature Of War is the second full-length record from North Carolina death-thrashers Suppressive Fire. The first, Bedlam, was particularly well received round these parts, and this follow-up is another exercise in consistent, blackened thrash with a distinct old-school feel and gnarly vocals. There are riffs dripping from its pores, and Suppressive Fire’s admirable commitment to speed gives the slower parts a real sense of occasion and grandeur. Fans of three of German thrash metal’s original Big Four can’t go far wrong with this if they’re searching for something new to fill that hole.

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