If you were to tell me years ago that Job For A Cowboy would evolve and change their sound so drastically that they would create such an album that raises questions as to if it’s even the same band or that they can crank up the progressive creativity, utilize a bass guitar flawlessly and still somehow create crushing music that resonates closely to Gorguts in a way than I would have laughed at you. I would have pushed you off of a cliff. JFAC is a deathcore band, there is no way they will abandon their sound. They would not go outside the circle that helped them get big. Well if you’ve been paying attention to their last few albums, you’ll not be surprised by this change as they have been slowly yet steadily bringing more and more elements of sounds into their heaviness. Sun Eater is their next great tier of their evolution and it makes you appreciate the band, the musicians and their overall new sound that much more.
Schammasch’s new album “Contradiction” is one of the more massive displays of doom this year! The destroying vocals, the raunchy guitar tone and the annihilating drum work just round off to be a very enjoyable album to sit through.
This quickest review post is 10 albums deep. Featuring some melodic death metal, doom and classic rocks bands. These are very brief with a score next to it. If the band provided a link with their submission I included it as a link on their name.
Tyranny Enthroned, a band that surprised me with a brand new record and has easily become one of my favorites of this year. The St. Louis band has become more than just ‘that local band from down the road’ to me now. I saw them open for Nile last year and now with a new album and video on the way, these guys are looking more and more professional and mastering their sound along the way to make it all crushingly real. “Our Great Undoing” is a perfect starting point for this band as they head down the path of metal righteousness. With a comfortable sound that resonates Gorguts’ progressive stylings, some destructive melodic riffing here and there with an overall massively aggressive death metal approach, Tyranny Enthroned prove to us that they are here to slay us all with their new album.
If your band name is Annihilated then your music better portray the very meaning of that word. Thankfully, this band nails it and the music is just gnarly death metal with plenty of groove and filthy tone. Continue reading
Sidious is another one of Kaotoxin’s pride and joys, which is easy to see why since this band has a killer blackened death metal sound that is far beyond many other acts. The band is a combination of artists that are actually from other Kaotoxin acts: Colosus and Eye of Solitude. Vocal duties lie on a new man now but the result is a step up from last years EP called “Ascension to the Throne ov Self”. Somehow, the group is more aggressive and still righteous in every aspect of their sound. Sidious is one of those bands you need on your radar if you are looking for the next best heavy act.
Italian death metallers (I’ve finally used the term ‘metallers’) Hideous Divinity hath returned!!! Hot off of their run with their last album “Obeisance Rising”, the horde bring us their next ultra brutal offering called “Cobra Verde” and it’s just ball bustingly brilliant. If you liked their last album, then you’ll easily love this one. If you like Hour of Penance, Nile and other truly brilliant semi technical death metal like them. Then this is a no brainer.
I’m not entirely into industrialized metal but if it’s done well and holding back on the cheese, then I suppose it could be worthy of a good listen or two. Anaal Nathrakh return with Desideratum, which reminds me of The Berzerker meets Strapping Young Lad. A lot of chaotic metal blended with a bit of electronic experimentation. Without a doubt they know how to craft extreme metal tracks that stick in our head and the ability to incorporate electronic ideas and make them work is very impressive.
Ancient VVisdom’s new album is a decent offering of slow and steady doom jams that has a promsing amount of occult rock vocals over the tried and true riffing. Continue reading