Sabbatory – “Endless Asphyxiating Gloom”. Sabbatory gives us a basic yet thrilling headbanger of a death metal album. The band promotes heavy moshing and drinking with their riffing and the result is an annihilation of your ears as well as your neck. 3 out of 5
When it comes to ‘epic metal’ or ‘power metal’, people usually think of Dragonforce or maybe even Iced Earth. Yet, when I think of Battleroar, I think of something more than just pre-existing music endeavors. No, Battleroar is something of itself and something great. Yes, the band may spark debates of “They sound like this band and that band”, but I truly believe Battleroar is something rather new and exciting.
I was just browsing this internet for any bands with the name “Grimnir” and low and behold I find one called Grimner. Grimnir is one of Odin’s many names and if you know me, I love Norse mythology and the entire universe within. To find a brand new band with this name with a new release is just dumb luck and I definitely put it on my review list. What is Grimner though? How about some of the best melodic death pagan/viking metal I’ve heard in a long time! From Sweden too, so I knew it was going to be authentic and true.
Wizard Castle – “White Breath”. Sonic rock group providing us solid sounds, thick riffs and chunky groove. Keeping things going with a constant bounce, these guys give us something rather different when it comes to rock or post-rock. They have a sound that touches many genres and the result is an entertaining and enjoyable listen. 3.5 out of 5
When good death metal and melancholic doom metal meet, you usually get a damn good sound and an emotionally great result out of not only the vocalist but the music as well. Decembre Noir does not disappoint on this front as the music on “A Discouraged Believer” is as sorrowful as Woods of Ypres’ latest release. Instead of baritone singing though, we get low end raspy death metal growling and it’s a dreadful kick in the balls…..yet you’ll love every single bit of it.
Dark Century – “Murder Motel”. Decent death metal with aggressive mentality throughout and cheesy lyrics. Vocals aren’t bad but don’t pay attention to what he is saying. Other than the elementary lyrics that you shouldn’t take seriously, the band reminds me of Exhumed in a way. 3 out of 5
The disgustingly heavy deathcore band from Tennessee is back with another album of sheer anger, brutality and harsh tone. The bands recent few releases kind of showed the band heading toward a different direction as they experimented with their sound and song writing but Our Endless War is the proper release that should have followed A New Age of Corruption. Our Endless War is gripping, relentless and will make you head bang incredibly hard.
Grind thirsty squawking Melbourne band known as King Parrot comes at us with a fast and high velocity album known as “Bite Your Head Off”, which the band definitely tries to do with their music. Do they decapitate or do they fail?
In a world where good deathcore is a rarity and usually the churned out djent chugs out sell more and more good bands each day, Carnifex comes back and let us know once again what quality deathcore is. Almost reminding us of the golden era when it was one of the heaviest forms of music to ever exist. “Die Without Hope” is one of those kick to nuts and punched in the face kind of albums. Simply brutal.