While New Mexico-based extreme underground record label Psychic Violence needs little introduction here, it's imperative that their two new tapes are brought to your attention before they sell out. Tapes aren't your thing? Both releases are also available digitally on bandcamp so that nobody misses out on the quality new tunes. Let's dive right in.
First up is one of the most important reissues of 2017. If you weren't lucky enough to get Sanguine Eagle's Individuation on its limited release last year, today's your chance. A year and a half ago nobody was discussing them at all. Now they're on the tips of every tongue in the underground. Haven't heard it yet? You owe it to yourself. Some of New York's finest musicians put their own spin on the Blazebirth sound, ultimately making it a guilt-free listen and one that stands separate enough to warrant its own existence. Defiant, triumphant, and forceful black metal for elitists and casual listeners alike.
Second is the debut full-length from Oakland-based menace Akatharsia. This group's been surprisingly quiet since their devastating split with Urzeit, to my disappointment (and possibly yours). On No Generation Without Corruption, there's a massive increase in filth and ferocity to build upon their already rabid black punk foundation. The surprise shift in tone presented on "Adoration of the Void" only makes closing track "Grovelling Towards Oblivion" more punishing than it already is on its own. While this comes from an entirely different corner of the realm of black metal, it stands the test of being paired with Sanguine Eagle quite well. Two strong releases from one of the American underground's strongest labels. Total support.