Vomit Fists’ new EP “Forgive but Avenge” is the radical ride you’ve been waiting for when it comes to something wild, new and heavy. Their promo photos make you think black metal, the album art make you think power metal but their frenzied energy and loud attack style of music gives us a rather dynamic and different sound of the hardcore genre. Sporadic and slightly insane, this trio delivers when it comes to interesting and compelling music. 3.5 out of 5
For those who love their black metal filled with death and death metal filled with blackness, then you know the name of this band for sure. Their incredibly fast riffing, drum work and treacherous vocals bring forth terror to those who are looking for it. Belphegor’s last album was highly regarded in my book. The songs were evil, catchy and it had the perfect blend of black metal and death metal to make things ultra sinister. I am a massive fan of Behemoth and Belphegor is just like them in many ways…only sped up.
I’m going to admit first and foremost that the only reason why I even became interested in this band is because Michael Lessard joined them. I have buddies who dig this band and when I heard one of my favorite vocalists was apart of their team now….I suppose I became a fan by default. Lessard won me over with two phenomenal albums with Last Chance to Reason and now here I am again expecting to be fully engaged and falling in love with the album just like I did with LC2R’s Level 2 and Level 3. Is The Contortionist going to pull me in and make me want to listen to them over and over? Will this be one of my favorite albums of 2014?
Coprocephalic’s “The Oath of Relinquishment” is a highly produced but mildly entertaining death metal album. The guttural vocal work is poorly executed and the music itself is rather boring. The derivative nature and delivery of this album means that there is nothing gripping or longlasting at all about this album. If you want plain brutality and are too lazy to find something better, then I suppose this will work but shame on you. There is definitely better out there. 2 out of 5
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…
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.