Decimation return with this diabolical death metal worship album called “Reign of Ungodly Creation” and it is indeed a take over by a few gentlemen who are ungodly. The creation they’ve come up with is pure death metal with some slight tech and chaotic atmosphere. On their Facebook page they list their influences and that right there perfectly explains how Decimation sound. Just fierce, rich with riffs and fire summoning drumming. Dance with the fury of Decimation.
Chilling black metal with ripping guitars, scathing vocals and relentless ass beating drumming? Ctulu has it all. When it comes to the original ‘kvlt’ worship, with added frost bitten atmosphere that old school Immortal fans with admire, Ctulu pretty much nail that feeling and blackness right on the head. Without sounding too stale or derivative though, the band kicks in their own style (as much as they can without changing too much) and deliver punishing songs. Time to slap on your corpse paint and spiked gauntlets, Ctulu is coming for you.
Thorr-Axe’s Nordic inspired blackened doom/sludge trip is an inspirational journey through mountains, forests and fjords. Their bass heavy sound and slow tempo creates a massive atmosphere, something that could topple over the giants known as Jötnar or Jötunn with ease. These creative and powerful musical endeavors is a breathe of fresh air, as the Norse mythology tends to stay within black metal or melodic death metal territory. Without being overly “viking”, Thorr-Axe lets the music do the talking with a different language.
2 new songs and 3 revisited ones on this EP make up the audio slaughter on Completely Devoured. Since this is the first time I have heard of these fine gentlemen, it’s 5 brand new death grind songs for me! The band resides in Riverside, CA and somehow you can just hear it. When I think of southern Cali death grind I think of this rather punishing sound, brimming with gore and a raw attack that can not be denied. Hideous Rebirth definitely fit into this category and the music is wildly intense.
Death metal with a tip of the hat to black metal, Conquer gives us a 3 song EP that is ass kickingly powerful and ultimately a gnarly start to my 2015 metal addiction. The 3 songs showcased on here sounds like sheer punishment with their riffing, drum work and hectic driven vocal style. The perfect combination of what we live about Behemoth, Hate Eternal and Abysmal Dawn. If you want evil flare with your brutality and a dreadful wall of sound.
Something almost as important as the music itself is the artwork that portrays the music that awaits under the cellophane wrapper. It’s the thing everyone will notice first when they walk into the store. It will draw you in while scrolling on a web page and it’s usually the first “teaser” released from a band or label when they have new music on the way. The artwork is important! I’ve looked at so much art this year that I wanted to keep in mind the ones I thought were just wonderful to look at and share with you all. Marvel at this top 16 (In no particular order) and I hope you like them as much as I do.
Combining black metal and death metal is nothing new and the sub genre itself continues to grow and expand beyond anything I could have imagined. Death Fortress now enters the ring and comes in with this hay-maker of an album that I have just loved since the moment I first pressed play. Key quality elements of black metal with blistering death metal brutality is what Death Fortress brings to the party and everyone is leaving in a body bag. Behold one of the best albums of 2014.
Before I shove off into 2015 releases, I want to shed some light on this dark band: Satanic Warmaster. Now with a name like that, you can just automatically picture a church burning to ashes just off a snowy path with a wooded area in the background and the moon lifted high in the night. Gladly, I can report that this music also paints that exact picture. One of the more fierce black metal acts of the year, Satanic Warmaster returns with a promising sound that previous fans will like and black metal enthusiasts will love. This album made me a fan of the band after one full listen….I need to journey into their back catalog now. SW summon the cold, the fury and epic raw feeling that you desire from a great black metal album.
It is that time again! That time of year where metal/music enthusiasts conjure up lists of their favorite albums from the past year. The internet loves making and reading lists then complaining about them so I hope mine will do just that. I hope you readers will discuss the bands on this list and then listen to the bands I have on here as well. Indulge, listen and explore all of these releases. Just because an album is ranked 100 doesn’t mean that it’s bad. I actually had to narrow my nominations for this and some great releases did not make the cut. I love all 100 of these albums and I hope you use this list as a tool to discover new music. Enjoy.
Each band has a link so you can check them out.
To rush through the end of the year’s albums and to get caught up, I wanted to literally listen to everything sent to me so I didn’t miss out on anything good. I tried to cram in as much as possible, through the good and meh and the bad. Unfortunately, I will not be able to spend the time to write out a quick review styled post about each band, so I figured I would post a list with the bands name, album name and score. I will provide links to the bands that scored well so that you may listen to them and give them a shot. There are some gems in here so enjoy.