John Frum

A Stirring In The Noos

FILE UNDER: Psychedelic death metal

ROCKS LIKE: Gorguts, Gigan, Ulcerate

WHAT’S DIFFERENT: Considering John Frum’s lineup—current and ex-members of the Dillinger Escape Plan, the Faceless, John Zorn and more—you’d expect the band’s debut to be an eclectic but surgically precise slab of tech-metal. A Stirring In The Noos benefits from the band members’ chops, but its grim, lysergic atmosphere places terror over technique.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Despite its 40-minute duration, A Stirring In The Noos captivates and disorients in ways that seem to stop time. A gyroscopic rhythm section keeps things anchored, while the guitars and vocals squeal and growl in gnarled, nauseating shapes. The resulting horror show—equal parts fever dream and bad acid trip—is some of the most adventurous death metal you’ll hear this year. 

OUR PICK: “Lacustrine Divination”