There is something I have never truly understood when it comes to the negativity that surrounds this band. Sure there are some deathcore elements tied within the technical death metal and their brand of tech is really out of this world. But by metalhead standards, this surely exceeds it. I mean the vocals by Ian Bearer have only got better since he first joined the band, Lucas and Joel are creative as all hell on their instruments and drumming and bass work are not slacking by any means. The gang return from a highly successful album with Lugal Ki En and the galactic theme does not slow down by any means. As a matter of fact, it only burns faster.
These reviews I will be focusing on are streaming in full over on YouTube right now on one of my favorite channels: Atmospheric Black Metal Albums. This channel is always updating and always pushing/promoting some of the best black metal to be released. Consistency is key and most of the promos I get are death metal so it’s great to have an option and a station of nothing but intense beautiful black metal. Here are some I listened to over the past week and my thoughts on these albums.
This week will feature more bands but with far less description. I will leave basic info, a score and a link so you can check them out yourself. This week we have…
When it comes to guitar picks, I usually stick with what works for me. As I play for a lengthy amount of time, I begin to cramp and sweat and some picks just do not work for me. I’ve stuck with my two brands of picks for over 5 years now but when I was approached by Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks for a review, I couldn’t refuse. Within seconds of checking out their product I knew it was going to be something I would love to use.
SGUAGUARAHCHRISTIS’ ‘Der Nacht’ is a hollow and dark black metal release. With everything you would expect and love about the genre you can find right here with this release. The production is intentionally bleak and void of a lot of bass. Continue reading
When it comes to bands with longevity, it’s rare that they keep their sound and not fall into trend changes or want to musically evolve into something else when things get stale. When it comes to Cannibal Corpse, consistency is key for not only surviving over 2 decades of massive changes within metal but also still charging ahead to keep the youth headbanging. Old and new fans can agree, Cannibal Corpse do it better than anyone else.
Phobiatic are a bunch of death metal brutes who know how to keep things heavy with their riffs and drumming yet know how to add atmosphere and write memorable leads and use techniques within the music to keep things unique and interesting. Phobiatic definitely releases one of those “Who are they? Oh wow this is good. Yeah this is a must have.” kind of album. Fragments of Flagancy is great.
Die Choking’s “II” brought the pain, grind tone and tempo to smash heads with their new EP. This release came in, made their mark and left within 6 minutes. Continue reading
I’m just going to steal the words from the Bandcamp page to introduce Sviatibor to those who have not heard of it yet. “Sviatibor is a solo European Metal project from France formed by Thomas Hornstein, who is engaged in a fight for the European heritage and the return of pagan philosophy and religions. The main themes of Sviatibor are: True Paganism, Ancient Religion, European Heritage, Slavic Mythology, Germanic/Nordic Mythology, Nature, Odalism.”
With a combination of old school death metal and Polish blackened death, Lago has ultimately given us one of the best death metal records of 2014. Tyranny has been blasting my car speakers and headphones for a week straight and that is because it’s something I just needed to listen to over and over and over again to grasp it’s entire meaning and appreciate all of the little things that Lago put into Tyranny. This was an anticipation album for me and I was not let down at all.