• Czar

As I noted on the Reader tumblog the other day, Chicago has had a pretty incredible year in terms of producing great metal albums. Local heavies Czar are offering headbangers an end-of-the-year treat next week, when they release their new album, Vertical Mass Grave. The record is a dense mass of sludgy riffs and breakneck rhythmic changes that has a lot of people saying the words “Mastodon” and “Helmet” in close proximity to each other. Vertical Mass Grave is out 12/6 on the Cracknation label, and the blog Gun Shy Assassin has a preview up of the track “Diapers.”