Russia. God damn you guys know your black metal. I mean just about every single thing I’ve heard from that country that is within the black metal genre is just insanely good. The brilliance, the atmosphere and the majesty coming from that country over the past couple of years just blows me away every single time. Here is another grand example of this phenomenon and it’s by the band called Sivyj Yar, a Pagan black metal band whose pride in their heritage just bleeds out from the speakers. This isn’t just your normal black metal act too….the music found on this release, Burial Shrouds, is incredibly deep. Sure it has it’s typical black metal sound at times but the compositions and craftsmanship of the song writing is out of this world.
The Unraveling’s latest album Tear A Hole In The Collective Vision is about 15 years too late with this release. I feel like this would have blown up that era when electric music, groovin guitar riffs and industrial metal was doing very well for itself. This day and age I feel like this would be the soundtrack playing at the local Hot Topic when I walked in while the kids behind the counter were zoning out to it. It’s catchy, I’ll admit but this is barely listenable.
Sometimes simple and brutal just goes together like peanut butter and jelly. It better be strawberry jelly though, not that grape bullshit. The music genre is the peanut butter as it’s just brutal death meets deathcore. The strawberry jelly is Whoretopsy, who just creates crushing tracks each and every time!!! This is crushing and Never Tear Us Apart is the glass of milk you chug with your PB&J. I hope you are hungry because this is actually very satisfying and filling. Delicious.
Behold! The sheer terror of brutal death metal with massive deathcore influence! When slam meets chug and growls collide with blast beats, Broken Flesh brings it all and the riffs are a flood of gore and earth shifting rivers of blood, which drowns everything in sight. All is lost! Nothing can be saved! That is unless you pause the music but why the fuck would you do that?! Broken Flesh’s third album, their self titled album, is a crushing display of death metal greatness.
Pyrrhon shot out into the metal scene last year with their phenomenal release The Mother of Virtues and now we have this short and sweet beast of an EP called Growth Without End, a release you are sure to let loop for hours. 5 tracks of hellish riffing, blasts, screams and destruction. If you are a fan of vicious song writing, endless attack and chaotic compositions then you’ll fall in love with this hectic release. Pyrrhon are something special and you need to listen to this immediately.
If there was ever a doom release that needed your attention this year it would be the hollow bitter sounds coming from My Dying Bride. The band hails from the cold region of Halifax, England and has been the forefront of death/doom since 1990. Conjuring wonderful death metal riffs but not going too crazy, as the main focus point is the bands ability to turn the tempo way down at a moments notice, creating a bigger hole in the earth when the doom riffs land upon your ears. The massive tone, riff structure and vocal presentation makes Feel the Misery great and have lasting appeal. You won’t forget this one and you’ll want to listen to it over and over.
Kowloon Walled City is a wonderfully murky and slightly depressing take on sludge metal, as it takes on less groove on the guitars, emphasizes more on bass fuzz and slow tempo writing with callous vocals being sung over it. Kowloon Walled City impressed the shit out of me with Container Ships and Grievances is more of the same, yet even more dreadful doom driven riffs and attitude. Kowloon Walled City creates something beautiful here with music that is just so damn sad.
Soon the heathens from Greece known as Mortal Torment will be dropping a brand new brutal death metal album called Cleaver Redemption. This is fucking heavy. Lyrical themes of violence, death, dismemberment and torture reign supreme on this release and the music that helps tell these tales of horror are some of the gnarliest written metal tracks of the year. If you want Party Cannon, Devast and Kraanium with a little Dying Fetus sprinkled on top, then this album from Mortal Torment will be perfect for you.
Hailing from the mucus filled holes they call home (Located under the UK), Slugdge have risen once again to deliver their newest form of musical majesty called Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms. These molluscan musicians delivers a fierce sound of death metal, progressive metal and a slight taste of slime driven doom but never lack the ability to push something magical and melodic at the same time. Most of Slugdge’s tracks are long and they always are interesting til the very last note. This time around, Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms pulls off the wonder that they had on their last album, Gastronomicon, and somehow make it even more interesting this time around with big sound and powerful tone. This Slugdge album is ridiculously good.
MEPHORASH is a black metal band hailing from Sweden featuring members of Malign, ex Ofermod. Their new album has been just released by Odium Records and it’s divided into 4 hymns which serves as a luminescent focal point for the fourfold rite of nullification of the four primal elements. Each track of the album features additional vocals from the vocalists of Malign, Hetroertzen, Embrace of Thorns and Fides Inversa.
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