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13 songs, 36 minutes of Origin in their more genius moment. You are not wanting more when the album comes to a close as Origin covers as much as humanly possible within that time frame. Paul Ryan just possesses this raw talent and ability to annihilate us with his guitar playing. It’s rare to hear this style of music be done so clearly and profoundly, yet still put the listener in awe while keeping them coming back for more with the catchy riffs he writes. Right beside him is bass player Mike Flores, who shreds that thing as much as Ryan does. The combination of bass and guitar shred is just damn near spectacular and Origin knows how to pull the listener in and keep them there with their music.
Drummer John Longstreth does what he can to create a drum groove or blast beat that will go along side these wretched riffs and he does a great job on each and every song. His blast beats are untouchable and gracious, yet his groove and fills throughout the technical death metal mess are just masterful. Vocalist Jason Keyser just barks, growls and screams so damn well on this album. His rapid fire vocal performance on a few tracks just impress the holy hell out of me and his vocal talent throughout the many songs definitely have a bite to it. The raw and raspy vocal approach fits well within the maniacal tech death.
Omnipresent is an album that every metal head needs and hopefully every metal head will buy. Origin put together some of the best technical death metal of the year and of their career. All members of this band just bleed talent and their art perfectly translates well on this album. Buy the mp3 or disc, something. Support this band and support this style of music. Origin deserve it and honestly, so do you.
5 out of 5
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43 minutes of barbaric music, some of the gnarliest tunes I’ve heard this year in fact. They sound like a more aggressive blend of Deicide with tasty technical death metal parts tossed in as well. Just pure madness within the hyper evil music. Vocalist John Kurzejeski just breathes pure fire on this album. Backing up his destructive behavior on guitar is Dan Rabago who just decimates riffs left and right all by himself. His technicality is more quality than it is show off wankery, witness his rage on the track ‘Contemplating the Ineffable’. How bassist Isamu Sato keeps up seems impossible to me but he holds down the rhythmic fretwork hellstorm seemingly well on these songs. Drummer Steve Crum not only gives us blasts and BPM’s that are unheard of but within his speed lies an undeniable groove and focus that concentrates on interesting fills and cymbal workings. Omnihility is rich with talent that comes from each individual member of this band, not just one star here.
Anytime I listen to ‘Deathscapes of the Subconcious’, I fall more in love with it. Sweeps, ominous arpeggios, chords and technical guitar work from hell with monolithic vocal and drum work along side of it all just makes Omnihility’s ‘Deathscapes of the Subconscious’ one of the best albums of 2014. A hidden gem found within the massive outpour of gore that is the death metal genre. If you dig, you will find the best of the best and I am confident to declare that Omnihility fits in there. You get sheer brutality that is wildly familiar yet it’s so damn new and fresh you just want to listen to it over and over again.
Eugene, OR must be in smoldering ash since this band hails from that area. How is there anything left of that city? ‘Deathscapes of the Subconscious’ is an amazing offering of what death metal truly is.
For fans of: Origin, Vital Remains, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Necrophagist, Beyond Creation and anything else that forces you to slam your neck around and mosh.
5 out of 5
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Brothel is not re-inventing the wheel here but they are reminding us as to why we love the wheel in the first place. A great go to EP for those wanting something heavy but not wanting to scare away everyone in the room. A good way to quench the thirst of those awaiting the release of the second album that drops in 2015. 3.5 out of 5
Guilty As Charged – ‘Leap of Faith’. Modern thrash that could hopefully pull those stuck with mundane radio rock and put them towards better, more aggressive, more meaningful music. Guilty As Charged have this Evile sound, but are more about the catchiness of the riff than the ability to shred. Vocals are put out with aggression but not in a death metal sense. Good heavy metal here! 3.25 out of 5
Planet of Zeus – ‘Vigilante’. Hard rock that focuses on stoner groove and raspy bong hit throaty vocals. Even if they don’t smoke, their groove just makes it seem that way. The loud drumming, the raunchy 70′s tone and guitar playing mixed with vocals that just put hair on your chest makes for a good time. Vigilante is another good album for those looking to play something heavy for people without scaring the shit out of them. Hell, this album may get people dancing! 3 out of 5
Grace Disgraced – ‘The Primal Cause: Womanumental’. Female fronted death metal with chunky and catchy guitar riffs, profound drum work and rather great vocal work from previously mentioned lady screamer. Grace Disgraced is definitely not a disgrace to the metal scene. The maniacs from Moscow sure know how to thrash and bring forth heavy hitting death metal that could even put Arch Enemy to shame. Definitely something I will continue to listen to. 4 out of 5
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The post Review: Torn The Fuck Apart – Sexually Transmitted Torture appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
The death metal displayed here is creatively gross and the music to portray the image along side the lyrics are just as maniacally sinister. Having the local greats with you (Sisson from Troglodyte, Babcock from Gornography) on a couple of songs also helps push out the image that Kansas City knows how to spawn gruesome death metal scenarios within their songs. Songs like ‘Sulfuric Semen Skank Dunk Tank’ give off a Cattle Decapitation vibe while ’55 Gallon Crypt’ gives off an ominous Cannibal Corpse vibe, of course Torn the Fuck Apart do not just mimic these bands but utilize their influences to spew forth out their own brand of carnivorous music.
Torn the Fuck Apart’s “Sexually Transmitted Torture” is up front, unapologetic and no gimmicks. Sworn to kill and guitar licks that thrill, Torn the Fuck Apart will do just as their band name suggests and it’s horrible how such filth can sound so beautiful to my ears. Should I seek therapy? Because ‘Inserted Vaginal Castration Device’ was one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.
Brutal death metal for fans of Putrid Pile, Dying Fetus & Cannibal Corpse.
4 out of 5
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The post FREE MUSIC/Review: Eternal Valley – Concealed In Nothingness EP appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
Eternal Valley just exploded for me, going from ‘Oh I like this song’ to ‘I need to listen to it all and share this with EVERYONE!’ within the span of a week. They just hit the nail on the head with their sound and emotional performance, truly creating an atmosphere that is on par with last year’s Thy Light release (which I reviewed almost exactly a year ago). Beautiful and bleak and the same time. Check them out, download and buy their music, then share them with your friends. You’ll thank me later. 4 out of 5
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Inferi possess an undeniable trait and sound, something viking metal nerds can enjoy as well as The Black Dahlia Murder crowd. The melody is there but it’s not the fore front attention grabber. The hyper technical and soaring solo tone is present, yet it’s not the only spotlight driven moments on the album. Vocals are mid range raspy and mid to low grunts, something us death metal heathens can grasp and enjoy. The keyboard moments are not overly done nor cheesy. Inferi just manages to somehow put all of these together so perfectly, something very few bands can pull off and keep my attention.
Nevermind that it’s death metal, this is beautiful music. The writing is well above average and the execution and production are top notch. Guitars are deliciously similar to Beyond Creation in a great way, except that I think Inferi sticks with a more traditional guitar tone/tuning and not wide range guitars. Drumming is intense and slammingly quick like Rings of Saturn and Origin. It’s some of the best technical death metal but it’s meshed in so well with melodic death metal that you definitely get the best of both worlds here. It’s nuts.
Inferi’s ‘The Path of Apotheosis’, in a nutshell, is quality music from a lesser known band (Well to me) who blow away most of the ‘AAA’ artists who are releasing music this year. Get with it, listen to Inferi and buy this freaking album. I guarantee that you will love this album as soon as you hear it.
4.75 out of 5
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The free track you can download is found at their Bandcamp page. The track ‘Omnipresent Perception’ is available for free for a limited amount time over there so definitely download now. Tour flyer and dates listed below.
BEYOND CREATION tour dates:
All Things Dead Tour 2014
ORIGIN, KING PARROT, BEYOND CREATION, * ABOLISHMENT OF FLESH, ** YOUR CHANCE TO DIE
08/8-10 – Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal (Beyond Creation only)
08/13/14 Clifton Park, NY – Trick Shot Billiards *
08/15/14 Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee *
08/16/14 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s *
08/17/14 Indianapolis, IN – Killzone Headquarters *
08/18/14 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews *
08/19/14 Omaha, NE – The Hideout *
08/20/14 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo *
08/22/14 Red Deer, AB – VAT Club *
08/23/14 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop *
08/24/14 Kamloops, BC – Pogue Mahones *
08/25/14 Osoyoos, BC – The Cauldron *
08/26/14 Kelowna, BC – The Level **
08/27/14 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven **
08/28/14 Portland, OR – Branx **
08/29/14 S. Lake Tahoe, CA – Whisky Dicks **
08/30/14 Fresno, CA – Frank’s Place **
08/31/14 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar **
09/01/14 Cottonwood, AZ – Main Stage (ORIGIN, KING PARROT, YOUR CHANCE TO DIE only)
09/02/14 Amarillo, TX – Wreck Room **
09/03/14 Oklahoma City, OK – Chameleon Room **
09/04/14 Fort Smith, AR – Hero’s (ORIGIN, KING PARROT, YOUR CHANCE TO DIE only)
09/05/14 Johnson City, TN – The Underground **
09/06/14 Newport, KY – Thompson House **
09/07/14 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub **
09/08/14 St. Louis, MO – Firebird **
09/09/14 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room **
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The post Concert Review: Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Wretched & Gornography appeared first on Headbang or GTFO.
Gornography opened up the show and immediately put the crowd in a frenzy. Their death metal groove with highly technical moments and fast paced drumming made for a great reason for the headbangers to get their necks warmed up early on in the night. Vocals just impressed the hell out of me and the energy coming from Stephen was immense. Gornography properly brought the metal and opened up a Cannibal Corpse show the way it should be. An excellent 30 minutes of pure devastation. Here is a video of them performing “Spinal Fuckfest”.
Next up was Wretched and their style of metal is definitely different from the rest of the lineup yet widely enjoyed as they brought something else to the party than just simply death metal. Wretched’s style is like Revocation in a way but with more focus on an actual death metal groove and the result on stage was great. The band sounded very tight and they just put on a fun 30 minute set of thrash filled death metal melody. Another great set of undeniably good headbanging tunes.
Next up was Suicide Silence and while I found their new album to be okay, I was massively eager to see them play as it was my first time ever and I’ve been a big fan of them since 2008. I’ve seen nothing but YouTube videos over the past 6+ years and I was eager to see the boys play their brand of metal to Lawrence with Eddie Hermida who is now on the microphone. Long story short: Their set was impressive.
Of course, they are the chuggy ‘core’ band on the lineup so death metal fans are going to bitch and moan but the crowd response to the band was undeniably positive. The heads were moving, the pit was a movin’ and the crowds screaming approval after each song was more than noticeable. Eddie does a wonderful job on vocals and he covers Mitch’s vocal range perfectly live. Eddie’s vocal performance in a live setting is way better than what is on the new album and he absolutely nails not only his high pitch screaming down but his lows are wonderfully guttural and earth shaking.
The band itself was fun to watch as they honestly provided the most headbanging action out of anyone that night. Mark, Dan and Chris just headbang left and right and bring forth satisfying groove along with their crushing breakdowns. Mark even managed to fall down and somehow not miss a note while on the ground, then quickly getting up before the next part of the song kicked in. Another key moment was drummer Alex Lopez as he is just fun to watch, his drumming is simple yet highly sophisticated. He also always has a great big smile on his face all of the time, and when the band was about to play “Slaves to Substance”, he was getting the crowd pumped during the intro and was just being plain silly as well. I also dig the use of the Family Guy sample as it is definitely a throwback to early SS. Their set was just over 45 minutes long and they really brought it all and did a great job.
Next up was the main course, the band we all came to see shred and slaughter. The band who has been around since the late 80′s yet still can deliver an ass whoopin’ like no other. Cannibal Corpse takes the stage and all of the heathens and people with anger issues just go fucking absolutely nuts on each other in the pit. For the rest of us, we’re headbanging so hard that somehow our neck isn’t just snapping. Very few people are just standing there doing nothing and even then, Corpsegrinder calls them out and makes fun of them.
“Don’t just fucking stand there not doing anything. Quit playing with your small dicks, quit playing with your girlfriends tits. She isn’t here to pay attention to you. SHE IS HERE TO SEE US!”
Somehow, Corpsegrinder just seems to look more menacing than ever before. His body language, serial killer head jerk movements and obscene gestures just fit within the music so perfectly as if he is turning into the very music he screams and belches out. Also, no matter how hard I try. I just cannot keep up with him when it comes to headbanging. He is insanely fast sometimes.
The bands performance was top notch and again blew me away. Not one flubbed note, not one mistake, a perfect setlist of old and new songs and a great performance from every single member on that stage. Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz has never sounded better and his blasts and simple grooves/fills just fit in perfectly sound wise. His sound/drum tech needs a damn medal as well. Bassist Alex Webster of course played with expertise and precision while giving us those crowd favorite moments during many songs as well as the infamous moment during “Hammer Smashed Face”. Rob and Pat are quite the duo when it comes to tone, riffs and pure death metal slaughter on their guitars. The solos were loud and vibrant yet gore filled. Overall sound (where I was standing) was the best I’ve heard from them yet. Corpsegrinder is sometimes drowned out but this time everything was just perfect. It’s everything I could have wanted in a good Cannibal Corpse show.
One thing I noticed, besides the hair and insane moshing going on, was the different crowd responses during different songs. I noticed the younger fans cheered on and sang along to newer tracks from “Torture” and “Evisceration Plague”, while the older crowd got rowdy to the older shit from “Eaten Back To Life”, “Butchered at Birth” and “Tomb of the Mutilated”. One thing is for sure, each and every song was great and both the crowd and band itself just killed it. One truly great death metal show! One of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time from the entire lineup.
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A good headbanger album for fans who enjoy Ozzy and Black Label Society. 3 out of 5
Falconer – “Black Moon Rising”. The Swedish lords hath returned! Coming back from a minor hiatus and their last album “Armod”, an album I really enjoyed, they seem to toss away everything they had going for them on their last album and kept it more traditional metal instead of focusing on the folk elements of their sound. Also, this album is not sung entirely in Swedish either so those metal fans who just cannot get into other languages being sung should definitely give this a try.
The attack Falconer possess on this album is far beyond anything they have done before and the result is the best work in their career. The guitar work side by side with the drumming is just a fun experience to behold. Singer Mathias Blad offers well sung lyrics and his style is far opposite from most of the black and death metal stuff I post on here. Yet, fans of Tyr and Alestorm should welcome this sound and musical direction that Falconer has. I raise my beer to these guys, this far exceeded my expectations. 4 out of 5
Vile Regression – “Empire”. With a unorthodox progressive and technical angle on death metal, Vile Regression offers us something rather new and fresh to listen to in an era of recycled and reprocessed garbage. Vocalist Padraig Croke sounds exactly like Randy Blythe from the Burn the Priest era and I wildly welcome this vocal style over this particular arraignment of technical death metal.
It’s hard to compare them to anything released previously as they sound like a blend of many things as well as pure non derivative creativity. The closest comparison is early Lamb of God but with a more diverse and complex writing style. I definitely enjoy this. 4 out of 5
Overpower – “Greatness Within”. With a solid groove and a Pantera kind of sound all around, Overpower want to just come in and just rock your head right off of your shoulders. The plain writing and simplicity of the songs will be perfect for the radio metal heads, those looking for depth will not find any here. It’s not bad but I have no reason to listen to this again. Fans of Disturbed, Pantera and Sepultura will enjoy this. 2.5 out of 5
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