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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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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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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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