Bloodscribe comes at us with their debut release called “Prologue to the Apocalypse” and it’s a submission of plain and simple brutal death metal with massive use of slam riffs and chugs. No far fetched guitar solos or technical wankery, just thick groove and big guitar tone. This 5 piece from Boyle Heights, CA just want to melt your face off with simplistic heaviness. Bloodscribe has been around since 2004 and “Prologue to the Apocalypse” is their first full length as well as my first morsel of this meaty metal meal. It fulfills the need to listen to senseless brutality. No context or story, just gruesome death and gore.
In The Shadow are a Kansas City band whose been around since 2008 and I’ve known about them ever since they first started playing shows here in a few venues with a few other bands that had just formed. They have since opened up for many major touring acts (Mushroomhead, Soulfly & Spineshank to name just a few) and always steadily gained fans and respect within the local scene here. Their familiar new wave of american metal sound (i.e. Chimaira, Shadows Fall) is blended well with 90′s metal moments (Deftones & Fear Factory) and adding their own melodies and heavy riffing to it all definitely gives In The Shadow their own sound that is appealing and enjoyable. This new EP is a headbanging good time as they bring forth melody and big groove to the table.
It always pains me when I become a fan of someone’s work or a band when they decide to call it quits or reveal that their new album will be their last. This is the case for Shroud of Despondency, a black metal act from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that gives us pure black metal that delivers rawness and power as well as atmosphere and melodies. The band consists of two members now, Rory Heikkila (all music) and Ron Blemberg (vocals) and they deliver a rather AAA performance with their ‘DIY’ plug in and record methods that they disclaim on their Bandcamp page. Well using ‘shit equipment’ doesn’t matter when the talent is truthfully present and their use of this equipment and software gives them a great progressive approach on an old school sound using newer methods. Shroud of Despondency is done with all of the bull shit and this final album is their negativity on full blast for us all to enjoy.
Manchester’s (UK) ultimate brutal death metal band Ingested have returned with the release of their new album properly called “The Architect of Extinction” because this in fact is nothing but genocide. The band doesn’t reveal any new tricks but instead tap into their familiar sound that they’ve had since their debut album “Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering”. Immediately the chugging and tremolo guitar work pummels in, the drumming is pure obliteration and vocally it’s profoundly brutal. Teetering on the edge of slamming brutal death metal and deathcore, Ingested seem to keep it generally on the slam side of things with their writing style. Fans of both styles will love this though.
Simply called “A”, Shadowland releases a beautiful and cold ambient/atmospheric wonder that expands the mind and blissfully delivers soul massaging synth for us all to consume and enjoy. This Russian band has no members (so says Metal-Archives) and has been pretty active for the past year, releasing a bunch of demos and EP’s that I will definitely head back and listen to. “A” is my first listen of this band and I must say it grabbed me pretty fast and held me tightly. The atmosphere that Shadowland creates is vast and imaginative as well as the music being captivating and soothing. A nice album to drift off into sleep or to calm down after a nice day for sure.
Oh atmospheric black metal, how you can be so good at times. You’re obviously so inspiring to us all who enjoy it and often times influence us so much that we just absolutely must create something of our own. I know it is true due to the fact I hear something new yet similar on a weekly basis. Yet, no matter what somehow I always still end up loving it. The Unchaining’s newest release for example is a low production, epic black metal one man army who’s influences are obviously Summoning with a tad bit of Burzum and Erang in there as well. The Unchaining’s simple sound is settling and warming as this simplicity still provided me with grand scale epic atmosphere. This release is a no brainer for fans of this genre!
Sometimes when you hear of an oriental metal band you may think of poppy choruses, boasting loud guitars and females dancing in school girl outfits. Well Ghost Bath is from China and no they do not possess the energy and light show of your semi typical event. No this is a brooding, emotionally deep, depressing type of album. Ghost Bath sucks you in slowly and then proceeds to blast your face off, only to take it all away and get truly emotionally low with the music. If there was anything that would push you over the edge and make you want to take the plunge, it’s this album.
Nyatt Land’s self titled release is a Neo-folk band from Russia. Their dark, ambient, ritualistic art is created through the use of multi-ethnic instruments that cater to those who enjoy Norse culture and the type of spells that Wardruna casts. The folk driven ambient music is very much inspired by Norse/Northern culture and it gives off a genuine feeling. With the right frame of mind, you will vastly enjoy this authentic and enchanting release.
Hailing from Pomona, CA comes forth a furious blend of the heaviest hardcore and death metal mix I’ve ever heard! Xibalba’s Tierra Y Libertad gives us a mix of these two fine genres without turning it into deathcore, which is on a thin line as it is with their simple yet amazing approach to song writing. Xibalba translates to “place of fear” and is the name of the underworld found within Mayan mythology, where it is ruled by the Maya death gods and their helpers. This land of the dead is portrayed well within Xibalba’s sound, as they maintain an ultra brutal devastation type of sound within their wall of excellent tone. The cover art also does a fine job at showing the listener what they should expect to hear before they even press play. This is pure unholy war.
Welcome to the second edition of my quick review post! This weeks edition of TL;DR Reviews consists of some damn fine death metal, an odd symphonic power metal release and a blackened doom treat that really hits me hard every time I listen to it. Check out these 4 bands and definitely give each album a listen. Come back next week for another TL;DR post and be sure to visit daily for new full reviews. Be sure to like the Facebook page too, as I post news and new music from there! Enjoy.