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Arkodaemik’s new album “Cult of Hollow” is a sinister blackened death release from Canada! Their sound is very much black metal but on more of a powerful death and fast tempo thrash level. Their drum production is amazing, the guitar and bass levels/sounds are great and the vocals paint a very grim darkness amongst everything. For being a random Bandcamp find, this one is pure gold…covered in the ashes of a burnt down church of course. 4 out of 5
Curseworship’s latest release, “Awakening”, is just a droned out noise type of album and I will never understand the reason why “bands” release this “music”. If I wanted to listen to static and nothingness I’d sit in an alley with an old TV turned up with no reception, just playing nothing but static. The final song has potential but by then I’ve lost interest and I’m left with the feeling that I’ve just wasted my time. Don’t waste yours. 1 out of 5
From the fowl depths comes a wickedness like no other! Hailing all the way from mother Russia, Asmodey brings forth sheer wicked darkness in black metal form. The vocal work over the serene yet fierce black metal destruction is some of the finest I’ve heard yet this year! The nostalgia of the golden era of black metal is found within the tomb of this album (Illusive Demonic Emanation) and it also has a darkness about it that only Immortal and Behemoth have conjured up. Asmodey may be unknown to the world but welcome to underground black metal where the trve mvsic is found! 4.25 out of 5
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Psychotic Gardening’s sound is just ass ripping stuff. No seriously my ass is in shreds. Okay, figuratively it is in shreds but it is literally one of the coolest sounding death metal albums of the year. The bass is thick but no overwhelming. The vocals are DESTRUCTIVE and the music is filled with groove and chunky riffing. Hymnosis is one of those albums no one seems to be talking about but is one of the more important things to come out this year. Another amazing thing about this band is that they just seem to accomplish a wonderful sound on the doom side of things as well. When the tempo is slowed down, you can really feel the band try to pull you down to hell. Wow, this album is bad ass. 4.5 out of 5
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Cold Colours’ new EP “MMXIV” is a depressive doom release that has a dark and deathly feeling to it. Within the melancholy though is some impressive melody and guitar shreding and the solos make you feel the emotion as it pulls you into the shadows and leaves you there to rot. The vocals are good but they sort of don’t fit in with the music. That does not mean I do not enjoy them, for that would be false. Musically, Cold Colours gives us a deep and cold atmosphere with their music and you can just feel it. Truly impressive work. 3.5 out of 5
Monsterworks, no this isn’t some Pixar film, is a rather chill progressively styled band but the vocals are over the top, loud and sort of filled with power metal prowess. Yet, the vocals can be dropped in a lower registered death metal growl and also be sung in a Maynard like manner. Yes this is sung by one man too and his range is pretty darn wild. Speaking of wild, the thought of having a progressive metal act that can shred and thrash at will is mind blowing and I love it. Monsterworks’ tone and production sound is key to their album sounding so good (duh) and it pays off because I love the end result. Guitar/Bass riffs are solid, drumming is interesting and solos are explosive. “Overhaul” is definitely a album I recommend listening to and if you like it: buy it. 4 out of 5
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The post Quick Kaotoxin Reviews: We All Die (Laughing) & Atara vs. Miserable Failure appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
Dark, melancholic and just mysterious music is portrayed on the song “Variation on the scanning of thoughts”. Calm piano, massive atmosphere and doom like drumming are the main emphasis on the song. The second track “Grande Plage , OP. 1, Movement #1: Le Noir” is wildly windy, filled with awful electronic static and incredibly weird. It’s actually quite off putting and I dismiss it immediately and go back to the first song. The jazzy and dark atmosphere is so good….I just want to put this track (Variation on the scanning of thoughts) on an endless loop. That single track is terrific! The second track is nothing I care to ever play again. Total opposites yet I respect the artistry of both sides and songs.
The mini album gets a 3 out of 5 and it definitely would have been much higher if song #2 was in the same vein as song #1.
Next up is Atara vs. Miserable Failure! I hope you are ready for a change of pace compared to that last review because this is straight up fast tempo, neck breaking grindcore based metal here. To be honest, I haven’t heard too much good grind this year as it seems to be a dry year for the grindcore genre. Even though there may be tumbleweeds flowing around this year for the genre, you can easily rely on the tasty thick jams on this album. Miserable Failure are already freaking great and this is my first time hearing Atara. First impression? Easily this: fucking awesome.
“Hang Them” has that bite to it that grindcore fans love. Atara fucking rules and they are the first six songs on the album. Six wretched songs of fury, madness and some darkness dipped in there for good measure. Miserable Failure is anything but a miserable failure when it comes to sheer chaos and destructive grind. The vocals are so amplified in tone it sounds like he is blowing out his vocal chords over a megaphone.
The sounds on this split are just great and this is an absolute must have for the grindcore enthusiast. Atara vs Miserable Failure’s “Hang Them” is just killer on all fronts.
4.25 out of 5
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Balrog’s theme has always been based off of the fantasy world of Tolkien’s novels from “The Lord of the Rings” series. Dark magic is at hand here yet do not be terrified as it’s some of the more beautiful synth based releases I’ve heard this year. I highly recommend checking out this latest release as well as the other two that were released earlier this year. Read the reviews, download the tunes and enjoy.
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The post Quick Reviews: Svengali, Cardinals Folly, Circle II Circle & Stoneburner appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
Cardinals Folly’s new album “Our Cult Continues!” has a weird yet familiar sound about it. The men from Finland are conjuring up music that honors the old metal gods yet they carve their own path with great sounds that are a breathe of fresh air from the usual doom sound. Melancholy riffs, dirty bass tone and different vocal approach with these ominous and dark ventures. Cardinals Folly is a must listen to especially if you are into doom. 4 out of 5
New album out August 19th via Shadow Kingdom Records.
Circle II Circle’s live album properly called “Live At Wacken” sounds phenominal. The band has that traditional metal sound with the use of a piano and decent musical presence. The Florida based band has been active for just over 10 years and this 2012 performance showcases exactly what they are, who they are and the metal that they bring. Clean vocals with American heavy metal and power metal feeling, Circle II Circle should definitely sit well with those who want vibrato singing, guitar solos in front of massive fans and melodic riffing. 3 out of 5
Stoneburner’s new album that dropped in April, “Life Drawing”, is a massive sludge release that truly deserves your attention. The kick to the crotch riffing, vehicular manslaughter vocal power and fire starting drumming just proves that not all sludge needs to be melodic or progressive to achieve beauty. The doom mentality and slaughter of tone just gives us a fantastic listen and it’s something I definitely want to visit over and over. This release is a true beast. 4 out of 5
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Protokult’s “No Beer In Heaven” is the drunken folk metal that you need in your life. This band is almost like the perfect combination of Turisas and Nightwish, that is heavily focused more on the folk side musically. The female vocals are good but honestly I think they diminish the value of the songs as I cannot get into them. It’s a good album but compared to the great folk albums that came out already this year, this one is greatly behind. 2 out of 5
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Laika’s new album “Somnia” is atmospheric death metal that has a similar sound that is derived from some of Europe’s finest melodic death metal tyrants such as Insomnium, Dark Tranquility and Children of Bodom. Laika’s sound has an attack that will definitely turn heads and gain fans but to me this sounds very rinse and repeat from other acts. It’s definitely good but nothing special is happening. 2.5 out of 5
New album out September 30th through Filth Regime Records.
Mindcage’s new album “Our Own Devices” is a heavy metal band who use generic riffs and vocal practice to power their sound yet add great bass work and some neat leads to keep things interesting. Mindcage’s sound is similar to Iced Earth’s new album in a way, just not as epic. Still, their tribute to the metal gods shall not go unseen and I still enjoy this album. 3 out of 5
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Last Minute To Jaffna’s latest release “Volume III” is a highly relaxing and slow tempo release filled with twangy acoustic guitars that often give atmospheric charm, bass guitar that provides haunting yet beautiful tone and riffs and a vocal presence that is a lower manly soft spoken style. Wildly different than what I usually listen to but I still very much enjoyed it. The wind instruments make this unique and brilliant. 3.5 out of 5
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Exhumation, not the band I’ve already reviewed from Indonesia, are a Russian Melodic Death Metal band with elements of thrash mixed in for good headbanging and drinking moods. Blazing guitar riffs and solos, excellent metal tone and vocal range that is more of a mid ranged screech. Definitely something I support, even if the album title is rather goofy. (Bread Buttered on Both Sides) 3.5 out of 5
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Studfaust’s sound is loud and heavy. They are more of an old school metal mixed with punk in a way. Reminds me of Motorhead but with Metallica’s “Kill Em All” sound. Get your leather jackets on, let your hair down and chug a few beers because this is what this band is all about. Let the metal begin! 3.5 out of 5
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Acrania hails all of the way from London, England and these guys conjure up as much brutality as they can for their new album ‘Totalitarian Dystopia’. A disgust blend of death metal, slam, guttural death and brutal death with some deathcore sprinkled on top. The result? A hectic style of music that is rather difficult to follow.
One thing that confuses me about this release is how all over the place the vocal work is over the music. It’s consistent sometimes but random pig squeals remind me of old school Job For A Cowboy and that’s not a good thing. Music is soulless and mechanical and semi formulaic. You’ll have your standard chugging and cliche harmonics in between breakdown ‘riffs’ and of course the drummer just sounds like he is firing a few semi automatics into a recording studio. I hate the production on these drums as they sound highly digitized and overly fake. I could program this same sound with a demo version of FL Studios. Tone back the robotics on the percussion. Besides that, dudes speed and execution is fucking ferocious.
If you can bypass the overly produced sound and the eye rolling typical deathcore moments (seriously, I’m becoming less and less of a fan of this genre due to the lack of creativity), you can catch a glimpse of brutality. I mean there is even a god damn instrumental track with ‘scary news’ samples in the background. Suicide Silence did this 5 years ago…
I’m done, anytime I find a part of this album I like…something comes back that is just laughable or just plain derivative of something else. I wanted to like you, I even enjoyed your last EP. This is definitely a heavy album and you can hear some talent on Totalitarian Dystopia but the lack of creativity just has me wanting to turn this off.
2.5 out of 5
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The post Quick Reviews: Hollow, Ending Quest, Connoisseur & Eyehategod appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
Listen to Hollow’s “Mordrake” here.
Ending Quest – ‘The Summoning’. I listen to so much ambient black metal that the name of this band immediately made me think that was what I was getting. NOPE. This is straight up old school death metal brutality with a raw guitar tone, thick bass work and what sounds like no triggered double bass blasting. There are a lot of bands trying to revive this old school death metal sound but I think Ending Quest have done it right. Their groove and deathly sound is just so fulfilling. 4 out of 5
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Connoisseur – ‘Stoner Justice’. Pot head violent hardcore stuff with semi funny lyrics and respectable writing. No seriously the groove on here and style appeals to more than just stoners. Vocals are good, guitars are sort of fuzzy while the bass is just muddy and rich. I dig it. “OH NO MY DEALER IS DRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” 3.5 out of 5
Eyehategod – ‘Eyehategod’. Reviewing a revered band is never easy and it’s hard to do in few words. However, this is Eyehategod and this album is another example of why you like them and why they are known as one of the masters of this style of metal, this genre of music. Their sludge rock ways combined with raw vocal work and impressive songwriting often have me tappin my foot or headbanging right along with the music. It’s easy to press play once again when the album is over, it’s really good stuff. 4 out of 5
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Twilightfall – ‘The Energy of Soul’. They are melodic thrash with a lot of speed and melody packed into a wide variety of riffs that just bleed pure thrash metal. A fun album yet the music doesn’t grasp me. Still…not too bad. 2.5 out of 5
Arathgoth – ‘Dark Like Space’. I’m very much into dark synth that creates atmosphere and Arathgoth definitely does this with a prominent black metal feeling. At time it reminds me of the ‘Perfect Dark’ soundtrack (N64), very creepy yet it has an undeniably good beat. The black metal is sort of industrialized and it reminds me of Australia’s ‘The Berzerker’ in a way. A weird combination but I really liked what I heard. 4 out of 5
Cave of Swimmers – Cave of Swimmers. Weird and artistic with plenty of groove and mixed vocal work. Hard to describe but rather enjoyable. Definitely a must listen. 3.5 out of 5
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