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Darkspace’s new album “Darkspace III I” is an incredible journey through time, space and the everlasting appeal of criminally brilliant black metal with massive (and I mean massive) atmospheric presence. If you want to know what it’s like to be all alone floating around in space and stuck with your own thoughts and going insane then definitely press play on this wild release. Not only is the atmosphere just marvelous, but the musical composition and structure, as well as the talent, makes for a far greater metal release all on it’s own than one would expect. Darkspace is great and you have no reason to not head on over and listen to this album right now. You’ll be glad you did. Never has black metal sounded so ‘big’. 5 out of 5
Gleaming with majesty and harmony is Skyforest’s new album “Aftermath“. The almost Hollywood production styled fantasy atmosphere combined with howling and epic black metal writing makes for one great out of body experience. The vocals are distant and brooding, yet they help the music along quite well. While the music can be quite uplifting, the vocals fill the air with great melancholy. However, the music and overall experience is one of the best I’ve had this year. What a terrific album! 4.5 out of 5
Hymn or Hymnn’s new demo is absolutely grand for it being “just a demo”. The title of this demo I’m referring to, “Dans nos coeurs ...cette lumière éternel” is a trip through landscapes and dreamscapes galore. Lifting you up into the clouds initially then slowly letting you descend down back to Earth, Hymnn makes everything seem weightless with just their music. Vocals are very minimalist and drowned out. Still very enjoyable and a must listen to. 4 out of 5
Strife’s new album “An Indifferent Famine, A Violent Nihilism” is a raw styled black metal release, beckoning back to the golden age of black metal. These 4 servings of black metal filth are really good. These songs are fast, aggressive and truly dark. While they lack the atmosphere that these other releases possess, the fury of Strife more than makes up for it as they shred through their songs with a dark fire that is rarely seen with bands these days. The melodies and riffs are substantial! 4 out of 5
Auriga’s “Reflection of the Majestic” is pure soothing and relaxing ambient noise. Then the black metal kicks in and is careful inserted and eased in. That is until you dive further into the album and the guitars and drums start to go into chaos. This hectic wind of atmospheric black metal is great and Auriga’s style and sound is exactly what I enjoy with this genre. Vocals are a raspy and raw mid range growl, which fits in quite well with the melancholy chords and sounds. The continuous back and forth from blaring black metal to serene atmosphere is amazingly well done. 4.5 out of 5
Videmur’s latest release “Finality” is a harsh and grim take on black metal. Not really being atmospheric or ambient, this record focuses on instrumental melodies and dark vocal work. More of a thought out and carefully pieced together form of art, they create a painting with their music and the notes are the brush strokes of genius. A more doom and gloom sound and production, Videmur grows insanely larger with the vocal work added on top. More of a blackened doom release, Finality will go perfectly for you fans of Woods of Ypres, Doom:VS and Eternal Valley. 4 out of 5
Finally, I have one of the best examples of depressive atmospheric black metal of the year! Ghost Bath hails all the way from China! Their album “Funeral” mixes beautiful melodic post metal guitar work with depressing writing and composition, add in a mega dose of howling black metal vocals, drum work and guitar chords and tone and you have one of the coolest black metal releases of the year. Ghost Bath even has great album art to go with their wonderful music! Yes, the vocals may be not suitable for you if you are not a fan of the high howling cries of the DSBM genre but to me these vocals are the peanut butter to the musical jelly. Mmmm. I need a tall glass of milk to wash this all down with now. Lovely, breathtaking and exciting to listen to. Ghost Bath are an absolute must for you. 5 out of 5
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The post Quick Reviews: Viathyn, New Jacobin Club, Methedras, Exoto, Morthra, Sinners Burn, Afterwalker, Bergrizen & Nebula Orionis appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
Viathyn – “Cynosure”. A atmospheric metal album with grand vocal work and guitar structure. 3 out of 5 http://viathyn.bandcamp.com/
New Jacobin Club’s “Soldiers of the Mark” is a simple yet bland rock release. 2.5 out of 5 http://newjacobinclub.bandcamp.com/
Methedras’ “System Subversion” is an Italian death thrash release with power, riffs and really good headbanging songs. 3 out of 5 www.methedras.com
Exoto’s latest release is a collection of previous tunes and it’s a really good amount of thrash driven death.
3.5 out of 5
Morthra’s latest is a collection of death metal tracks from their career and it’s some great old school death metal stuff. Definite headbang material. 3.5 out of 5
Sinners Burn release an unexpected delight with their new album “Disturbing Creatures”. An old school death metal sound with modern tactics tossed in to make things slightly heavier. Great release. 4 out of 5
Afterwalker’s self titled depressive black metal release is crafted by one man in Brisbane and it’s really really good stuff. 3.5 out of 5 http://afterwalker.bandcamp.com/
Bergrizen’s “Scherbengericht” is a trip down depressive black metal lane. A wonderful melancholic trip. 4 out of 5
Nebula Orionis’ “Summer” is a wonderful example of good ambient/atmospheric black metal. The vocals are perfect and the music itself is soul shaking. 4.5 out of 5 http://nebulaorionis.bandcamp.com/
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The design of these Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks is the first thing that’ll catch your eye. The radical design of the pick itself is very interesting and neat. It looks like it could be a sharks tooth or a miniature shield. Engraved upon this pick is their logo, a really cleverly designed dragon that takes my breath away. This is so neat I want to turn it into a necklace and wear it. It’s really that cool looking.
I am a fan of thin and thick picks and I sometimes use a pick when I play my bass guitar. The performance and endurance on each of the three picks held up strong and I never had one slip out of my hand or alter the way I played at all. Tremolo picking, chunky power chords and tapping all sounded great on my guitar. Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks work well no matter the style of metal you play. From doom to melodic death metal and from black metal to clean progressive play, these picks hold up and sound remarkable.
Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks will be something I continue to use. I just like how they feel, they are strong yet not overly thick and they are just aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Working perfectly with my set up (6 string guitar tuned to B standard using thicker strings: 13-65), that same pick that played well on the guitar strums the bass guitar just as flawlessly. A rich tone, a clear sound and a professional product through and through. I love these picks.
Check out their website for more information, videos and contact information if you have any questions or want to place an order. The price is higher than your usual poorly made pick price but the craftsmanship on the Dragon’s Heart Guitar Pick is definitely worth every penny. I highly recommend getting one for yourself and giving them a try; I know you’ll enjoy it.
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The post Quick Reviews: SGUAGUARAHCHRISTIS, HORTUS ANIMAE, Incite & A Breach of Silence appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
HORTUS ANIMAE’s new album ‘Secular Music’ is a weird album to listen to. It’s combining melodic elements, metal from different genres and cramming them all together and hoping that is works out. The end result sounds like Coal Chamber’s ‘Chamber Music’ but with a shit ton of more melody inserted into it. Again, it’s an odd listen but it’s rather good. 3 out of 5
‘Up In Hell’ from Incite is the first album I’ve heard from this band. Of course I am obligated to point out that the vocalist is Max Cavalera’s son and Richie’s howling style reminds me of a lot of hardcore acts. Musically, it reminds me of most bands that released heavier (not death) metal about 6-8 years ago. Aggressive and not too bad but nothing particularly great. 3 out of 5
A Breach of Silence’s new album “The Darkest Road” is….well let me start off with this: “Recommended if you like Trivium, Amon Amarth, Emmure, Asking Alexandria…..” WHAT!?!? That is such a broad view on genres and what this band is. You had me at Amon Amarth and lost me at Emmure and Asking Alexandria. I continue to listen though: I’m ultimately unimpressed but what else did I expect? This is probably good by the fans who prefer this style of metal but this is sadly not good in the least. The party and punk ass mentality mixed with chugging generic riffs and some sort of melody after gang vocals truly lowers the bar on the entire genre and what metal really is. Yuck. 1.5 out of 5
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I always hear this time and time again (I’m also guilty of saying this): “The sound is great but it’s the same thing over and over again.” This usually falls with a band who keep putting out records with no drastic change. Yet we have Cannibal Corpse who have been doing it time and time again yet we love them for it. Why is that? Is it the endless amount of neck destroying riffs? Is it Corpsegrinder’s vocal power? Is it Paul’s drum work? The familiarity is always there with each album, of course, yet they tweak things enough to not only keep old school fans interested but floods in new listeners as well.
For example, “Sadistic Embodiment” call out to the older ‘thrash’ era of Cannibal Corpse. While “Kill or Become” definitely is familiar to those that became a fan of the band during ‘KILL’ or Evisceration Plague. There are many songs on this album that reach out and shake the skeletal hands of past albums, but keep it refreshingly new. The rush of energy you feel when you first hear a new Cannibal Corpse album is still something that happens with A Skeletal Domain. Without a doubt, this will yet again bring in new fans as well as keep older fans happy or at least content with the music provided on the new album. Cannibal Corpse is still the ‘go to’ band when it comes to gore, zombies and homicidal stories. Pat and Rob’s riffs are still entertaining and memorable, bringing in different memories of past CC albums as well as stirring your mind with newer sounds that will surely stay in your head for days.
‘High Velocity Impact Spatter’ surely leaves it’s mark immediately with it’s punishing music and repetitive screaming chorus. You can sing along on the first listen! I was hoping for one of those short and fast opening tracks but this still satisfies and gets me ready for more Cannibal Corpse. Up next is the faster/thrash type of track “Sadistic Embodiment”, which got everyone interested when they released this song a few months ago. “Kill or Become” has one of those chorus’ that are just so typical Cannibal Corpse but it’s still brilliant.
“Fire up the chainsaw, cut their fucking heads off! If you want to live you have to kill or become. There’s no other way to have to kill or become!”
The title track has an brutal tone about it and reminds me of their ‘Bloodthirst’ work. A Skeletal Domain doesn’t let down and the tempo and fire burns hotter on this track. The drum work keeps things going non stop and then the guitar playing keeps things even crazier. This track is definitely one of those non stop headbanger tracks. “Headlong into Carnage” has that chunky CC groove happening to it, something that will appeal to the ‘Torture’ AND ‘Gore Obssessed’ fans. “The Murderer’s Pact” is a stand out song due to the different direction in lyrical content (sort of) as well as the punishing odd timed closing riff. You’ll break your neck to that part.
“Funeral Cremation” comes in with howling winds of death followed by explosive riffing and drumming. Then the tempo picks up and the somehow endless groove that Pat and Rob pull out of their sleeves still gives the song character. The tricks and techniques they still possess after 25 years still blows my mind. They always have something new to show us. I love the lyrics on this song as well. The next song you know will be an instant hit with a name like “Icepick Lobotomy” and after listening to it a bunch, I can confirm that it is one of the coolest sounding tracks on the album. There are two speeds on this song, a faster slaughter windmill of death and a slower more menacing homicidal aggression. Also, the band pulls of a rather Lamb of God kind of riff in the middle of the song and it fits so well with Cannibal Corpse’s death metal madness.
Up next is one of my favorite riffs on the entire album “Vector of Cruelty”, which has a undeniably excellent crushing riff right off the bat and then it just evolves throughout the song before coming back to it’s origin for the chorus. Also, Alex Webster’s bass presence is very strong on this track as you can hear him shred in the background. “Bloodstained Cement” is straight to the point: Bloody with a chance of death! The vocal work here combined with the simple riffs make for a good song. “Asphyxiate to Resuscitate” is a killer track that features the duo’s guitar groove with a different direction using power chords in what seems so odd for Cannibal Corpse. Still, the progression and aggression on this particular track is unforgettable. The vocal work done on here stands out as well. Lastly, we have the closing track “Hollowed Bodies” which has an interesting lyrical story mixed with the rage of the music to help tell the gruesomeness. The energy here is the perfect way to end the album.
A Skeletal Domain is an instant hit with me and should be for all existing Cannibal Corpse fans. The energy on the album never dies unlike the victims within the songs. There is a new sense of ass kickery on the new record, to prove to the world that they still have it and that they are going no where anytime soon. These veterans are here to show us all that not only can they still shred and tear up these songs, but that they can still impress and prove that they are the best death metal band in the world.
The sound on A Skeletal Domain is slightly different, which is due to the fact they switched producers this time around. This is nothing new to them as they always do a few albums with one guy and then move on to keep things interesting. Mark Lewis leads the onslaught and you can definitely tell a difference between this and the Rutan era albums. Drum sound is more prominent and clear. Bass guitar has a richer tone and is more audible behind the wall of guitars. Vocal and guitar sound is pretty much the same but when it comes to the rhythm section, Lewis hit the nail on the head on A Skeletal Domain. The sound is still traditional Cannibal Corpse but it’s tweaked just a little bit to get more of a full sound out of them.
A Skeletal Domain is great, it’s rich with new riffs and vocal patterns that will get stuck in our heads for a long time and it’s aggressive enough to be talked about for years. Cannibal Corpse have done it again and you have nothing to worry about, this is a great album. A must have for you collectors and definitely will be one of the best of 2014!
5 out of 5
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Their brand of technical death metal is far more than just constant sweeps and endless gravity blasting. This take on the growing genre emphasizes more on catchy writing and groove at a faster tempo then blowing our minds with technical composition at blazing speeds. Phobiatic sounds like Troglodyte and Hate Eternal with some extra technical greatness thrown in. The guitar work is very fun to listen to, drum work is typical bad ass death metal blasting with mild fills and intense speed. Vocal work is a mid range raspy death growl with some high pitched screaming tossed in.
Every single track on here possess something great. There are moments of sheer technical terror and moments of just slaughter in death metal form. Overall, the sound that Phobiatic emits from this new album is just satisfying. Brutality in a new form, something we can all relate to and enjoy and it is refreshingly creative on many levels while paying homage to everything before it. Fragments of Flagancy is a must have and something new for us all to worship.
5 out of 5
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Near Death Condition’s death metal release Evolving Towards Extinction somehow escaped me until just now and I am glad I didn’t miss it! These monsters sure know how to put out a quality death metal sound! As unsettling and horrific as this is, I just cannot get enough of it! Another prime example of a band that pushes limits and still can produce a quality product that ultimately has one purpose: to make us fucking headbang. Absolutely breathtaking. 4.5 out of 5 http://www.facebook.com/officialneardeathcondition
All hail doom, especially when it’s good doom. Meet the layered resonating musical greatness that is Megaton Leviathan, which is a kick ass name too. There are only 4 tracks on this ‘lil’ album but there is a massive amount of content here. Atmospheric and soulful moments pull you in and ultimate groove and tone take you on a magical ride. A rather uplifting experience from a genre that is usually grim and gloomy. “Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell” is chilling while burning with passion. 4 out of 5
Just when music couldn’t get any more violent, Cognitive release their self titled album and it’s just over 30 minutes of pure death metal machine. The band sure knows how to keep things remarkably ‘new’ with their sound, technique and style. Giving off a disharmony that will appeal to anyone looking for their next heavy album, this modern day misanthropic masterpiece is willing and waiting to slaughter anyone who presses play. The overall production and sound emitting from each musical instrument is fantastic and the vocals are just terrifying. The hidden gem of 2014 found within a river of gore.
4.5 out of 5
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This album will be the third release this year for Thomas Hornstein’s Sviatibor and it’s another step towards maturing as a musician and progressing as an artist. This young man (I think he is around 17 years old) has already released some of the finest atmospheric black metal releases of 2014 and done so with little media attention and with being signed to some trendy label. His releases are all independent and the hard work is poured into these projects and you can tell. His style began as an almost Burzum like copy cat, which I loved but with La Foi Des Ancêtres you can hear Thomas’ progression. The layers of music and instruments implemented here are masterful and thought out.
His first two albums (From Yav To Nav & L’Oeuvre De Rod) are very fun to listen to and definitely were inspired by early Burzum works, even covering the classic Burzum track “Gebrechlichkeit I” on L’Oeuvre De Rod. The almost endless repetition and hypnotic writing works well with Sviatibor’s style. It puts you in a trance and definitely massages your soul. This style is visited again on La Foi Des Ancêtres but more black magic has been poured into this atmospheric cauldron and the wall of sound that explodes from the alchemy of darkness has an end result that I can actually say in one word to get my point a crossed: Satisfying.
Yes, La Foi Des Ancêtres is indeed satisfying. I don’t care if you aren’t into Pagan teachings, religion and heritage because this music is just damn good. Listen to it, press play and indulge. The use of instruments with the black metal drumming and guitars just creates one of those out of body experiences that few can put together so well. The flute and keyboard work along side the blackened material just offer us layers of sounds that have not been previously done as well before and you can just hear the improved production values on this new album.
Overall I am impressed with the story of the album, the flow and the fine tuned sound displayed here on La Foi Des Ancêtres. Sviatibor went from just another decent black metal solo project to something respectable in the span of only 6 months. Thomas Hornstein has great potential and he has already shared with us 3 perfect reasons why you need to not only pay attention to his work, but have it in your music collection. Another fantastic release!
Okay Thomas, go relax now. We have 3 albums to enjoy!
5 out of 5
Stream the album here: https://primalrelics.bandcamp.com/album/la-foi-des-anc-tres
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Lago’s sound is definitely catering to the old school death metal groove with low vocals, fiery drums, killer guitar tone and riffs and dark bass tone. Their arraignment is more than enough to incite a riot, let alone a mosh pit and you will of course be headbanging along with every track. The real kicker here for me is how Lago has managed to incorporate an almost identical Behemoth tone (Thelema 6/Demigod era) and use that to create their styled melodic riffing. The power chords used over the violent music create a wicked atmosphere that hasn’t punched me in the chest that hard since I first listened to Behemoth almost 10 years ago. Tyranny is a rush of excitement and joyous gruesome metal.
These 8 songs just seem to go by so fast because I enjoy them so damn much. Nothing is off in terms of flow or production, you can clearly hear some great bass licks behind the wall of guitars, then you can groove with the drums as the blackened death chords swarm in and form a chaotic and dark atmosphere. Vocal work is some of the best I’ve heard this year, powerful and clear. The raw energy flowing out of Cole Jacobson while performing his vocals while playing guitar just blow almost everything else out of the water. The album flows very consistently and there are no surprise technical moments nor weird genre splitting random musical offerings, just plain and simple death metal.
Tyranny has become one of my favorite albums of the year and I definitely recommend that you and everyone you know get this album immediately when it’s available. You will not be disappointed nor will your ears. Tyranny is a modern day death metal masterpiece, that features some of the best things to happen to the genre but keeping it simple and relatively grim. Enjoy.
5 out of 5
For fans of Deicide, Immolation, Behemoth & Morbid Angel.
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The Black Rook’s self titled release is Brazilian heavy metal that has a sound that came from the 80′s. Definitely giving them a ‘like’.
Disparager’s “Timeless, Ageless” EP is an indie rock release that beckons to the side of me that loves A Perfect Circle, Junius and Deftones. The clean vocals are really good. An easy like from me.
Where Giants Once Stood’s new EP “Live Above” is your average starter metal release that touches on soft vocals, melodic guitar leads and breakdown pattern drumming within the djenty rhythms. Meh. Dislike.
Display of Decay’s mini album “Outbreak of Infection” is just groovin old school death metal with some quick shots of technical brutality here and there. Love that bass tone. Like!
Conjuro Nuclear’s new album with the same name is a weird blend of raw/bad production black metal and darkwave. Darkwave?! Somehow…I still like this.
Infernal Awakening calls out to those who prefer their black metal symphonic and atmospheric while maintaining true evil. I love it! Engulfed by Lucifers Flame is a must listen to!
Dead Season’s new thrashy EP “Dusting the Rust” is a heavy metal riot filled with catchy riffs and quality metal vocals. There is a lot of good things happening on these 5 songs. I like it quite a bit.
Miseo’s death metal work on “Lunatic Confessions” is something I liked as soon as I heard it. It’s straight forward and heavy with more emphasis on good music and less on filler bullshit. New album drops September 3rd through Blacksmith Records.
Oh Canadian black metal, you are always good to me and the new album from Ordoxe is no different. This one is vicious with more thrash and heaviness than your usual folk/epic Canadian black metal. I like it!
Ichor’s new album “Depths” definitely speaks out to me in tongue that only Aborted and The Kennedy Veil has done earlier this year. Great death vocals with high quality metal blazing non stop for 42 minutes! I love it!
Dhwesha’s brand of death metal on “Sthoopa” is raw, bitter and heavy with little production value that doesn’t take away from the experience of the music. I like it!
Lucifer’s Fall has that classic doom metal sound and appeal that our father’s listened to when they were drinking and smoking 30+ years ago. It still works even to this day! I like it!
ssSHEENSss has not only a unique band name but a unique rock sound that I like. Something I usually do not listen to but the energy from these guys just radiates “fun”.
Chicago based Warhound come at us with “Next Level” which is a on a whole new level of sub-genre mixing. Hip hop/punk/hardcore with metal and god knows what else tossed on this album. Yet, I like it. Somehow blending 3 styles of music I dislike but putting in a fiery energy and violence and I surely headbang to it. Cheers to creativity!
The Last Charge – “Anima Sola”. Hardcore that resonates Hatebreed’s violence in riffs but vocals sound so amateur and lack any real power. Still, I like it.
Manu Armada is another hardcore act that have a new release coming out called “Surpass The Master”. While they are labeled hardcore, they have a thrash metal tempo and tone about them that gets the PBR flowing and the heads a banging. I like it.
Serpentine Path’s new album “Emanations” is a deathly doom release that features murky riffs and bass tone with death metal vocal work and ominous rituals we call ‘music’. I like it.
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