Captivating me with Screams of Eternal Emptiness and then immediately dropping the EP Concealed In Nothingness, Eternal Valley not only made a fan out of me instantaneously but gave me enough quality music to enjoy for a long long time. Not even a year later Jason Yorke unleashes another massive full length called Ascend to the Unknown and the musical journey found within these walls of atmospheric bliss will get you lost in the massiveness of empty space and a void that goes on infinitely. That is how big the music sounds and the way the album develops over time just slathers on the enriched feeling of being lost in space. Not without inquiring some damn good black metal and that Eternal Valley styled doom on occasion.
Grethor’s “Cloaked In Decay” is a big underground release, sounding like some sort of Indonesian death metal release with a twist on raw black metal from Malaysia. Maybe it’s the writing style and the way the vocals are performed but Grethor’s sound is actually very filthy blackened death metal from Virginia. One thing for sure is that this group of young talent is very pissed off and they show it in their performance on Cloaked In Decay.
Sons of Texas is a newly formed band from, you guessed it, Texas. The debut album will cater to those who are into the rock sound that Texas seems to produce and also all radio friendly knucklehead bands who mimic the same rough sounding rock/metal riff with derivative vocals and song writing. This is nothing I can get into.
Warhorse is a doom band from Massachusetts, whom enjoy making odd sounds in rather thick grooves in massively laid out song structures. The songs are gigantic as well is that freaking guitar/bass tone. As Heaven Turns To Ash… + the I Am Dying re-issue will satisfy those in need of some quality doom, or if you’re an old fan trying to grab a hold of some physical material! 7 out of 10
If you’re in the mood for the type of doom that focuses on dreadfully slow groove and screams over this slow crashing sound then Rolling Through The Universe’s new record “Lethe” may be what you are looking for. Trotting over landscapes of death and dismay, this band’s punishing doom sound lingers between Primitive Man’s grindish doom and Inter Arma’s dark progressive brand. The blend of stoner doom, sludge groove and heavy riffing gives Rolling Through the Universe a grand sound that musically satisfies my thirst for some slow heaviness.
It’s nothing new or shocking that death metal musicians fucking love H.P. Lovecraft lore. Praising Cthulhu and all of the darkness within that realm, metal heads and musicians have adapted that world as influence and inspiration to write many great albums and now we can add Sulphur Aeon’s “Gateway to the Antisphere” to that long long list. One thing though that I want to mention is that this release may be at the top of that list. Sulphur Aeon’s new album shreds, has massive evil atmosphere and will obliterate you. So naturally, listen now and turn this up as loud as you can.
When you first look upon the album art, you have a feeling that this could be good. Labeled as ‘extreme death metal’ (a genre that is already pretty extreme), Veld releases this new album called “Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian.” With eager ears I dove straight into this album and my ears, nor this album, deceived me. What a collossal release!!!! Blending the things that we love from Hour of Penance, Hideous Divinity, Behemoth and Nile: VELD comes in and completely devastated me with their sound and amazing speeds. Featuring some tactics and talent I’ve been waiting for a long long time now, Veld delivers what may be the heaviest death metal album of the year.
The Ragnarok Prophecy’s new album “Makeria” is the first of a multiple album concept story, with each song further laying out the history and setting of this land. One thing for sure, is that this band can create this civilization with big metal riffs, digital drumming and raw vocal usage. The energy and delivery isn’t fully death metal, but it’s packing a punch that dm can give. There are a lot of melodies and different inspired passages on this album that’ll grab your attention while listening to ‘Makeria’, some of those being classically inspired or just a hands down heavy metal ass kicking. The Ragnarok Prophecy has a big time sound and it’s an easy album to enjoy.
Beyond Dishonor is a metalcore act (Even though I think they are more along the lines of a edgy/aggressive hardcore act sort of like The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza) from New Jersey and I’ve known about these guys for awhile now due to quite a bit of Facebook circulation and things I’ve seen from the scene up there. This Generation EP is my first true listen to the band with critical ears and I must say….these guys know how to create some body moving music. The use of groove, breakdowns and overall high energy atmosphere makes this EP fun to listen to.
Slayer has released a new song today and they try to capture those moments of fear with slower riffing, traditional Slayer melodies and Araya screaming at you about the typical shit he has screamed for the past 30 years. The song is okay in my book, having lost 50% of it’s band members since the last record I would have thought they would release a true headbanging track with fierce riffing and angry solos. However, I was wrong.