I did a ton of these quick reviews last year and I swore to myself that I would slow down that type of post. While I would prefer a fuller, more detailed review with every single album I listen to, sometimes I just think a brief description with a block of 4 albums is just perfect. It’s to the point, I link to the band and they still receive a score. So enjoy the first quick review post of 2015, I will keep these down to a minimum but this will definitely not be the last of the year. Enjoy!
Wardruna, the heathen triplet of musicians/vocalists/artists who delivers a powerful display of Nordic music that is massively spiritual and incredibly deep. The musical project will appeal to those who already find themselves fantasized with Nordic culture. The sound these artists induce is atmospheric, ambient, dark yet positive, uplifting and rich with folk presence. Wardruna gives us this authentic feeling and considering this is their debut album, you can tell this is something that is their lives, their passion. All hail Wardruna!
In the need of something new, groovin and wild with riffs and melodies? Astrakhan’s new delightful EP “A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin” may be exactly what you need! Driven by vocal harmonies, forceful guitar melodies, thick bass lines this band offers us somewhat of a nice blend of Mastodon and Tool. A lot of thought has gone into the music, the vocal arraignment and the overall end result as a whole is professionally brilliant. You may think the band may have brought in a claque but I assure you that the fans being drawn in are earned through phenomenal musicianship and hard work.
Canadians are their darn atmospheric black metal! Always giving me something ENJOYABLE with SUBSTANCE, how dare they?!?! Do you know how much music is submitted to me?! I mean I get this self titled album from a band called Boreal Tundra, from a label called Neckbrace Records, and I just wildly enjoy what I hear. The next morning, I listened to the album on the commute to work, the chilling environment went well with the music that was coming out of my speakers. Cold and callous production, howling and grim vocal work, thick yet well placed bass tone and hauntingly torturous guitar tone and riffing. Toss in the tragic keyboard ambiance and you have a solid piece of art here. Boreal Tundra kicks 2015 off right with a solid atmospheric black metal release that raises the bar on lo-fi, self produced recordings. How am I going to review other albums when I just want to constantly listen to this!?
Experiencing an album instead of just listening to an album is usually the best way to get through the journey that is music. Some artists can pull it off and generally artists within the “atmospheric” realm have a higher success rate. Falloch in this case, having composed magnificent post-metal work with wild atmosphere that plays on imagination and dreaming, bring forth adventure as well as some realistic melancholic experiences that we all have been through at least once. Nothing is certain in life but I can firmly say that Falloch’s new album “This Island, Our Funeral” falls under the category of “dreamscape”, “atmospheric bliss” and “masterfully written”. Yes, this album is that good.
Parasitic Ejaculation…..that is a name you just don’t over look nor forget. I listened to their last album, Rationing the Sacred Human Remains, and rather enjoyed their over the top brutal death/slam. When I heard the boys in the band were back with a new album, I knew I had to listen to it and I enjoyed every single second of the slam and eggs greatness. 2014 really didn’t have any good slam albums but 2015 is kick started with this fine bit of heaviness; Echoes of Depravity is packed with slamming riffs, beast like bass tone and crushing drum work. Vocally, expect the heaviest guttural act since Defeated Sanity and Devourment.
The Apache Revolver won me over with their delightful post-rock/black/surfer styled melancholic masterpiece of an EP also known as The Morningstar EP. Now without warning, the band returns with another beautiful and depressing EP, with more emphasis on experimentation, new use of vocals, odd riff stylings and keyboard pieces. The Midwinter is also as stressful and anxiety driven as it is raw and cold, yet somehow The Apache Revolver just knows how to make it work, they know how to make it appealing and they fully embrace the direction they’ve taken. What the fuck, why is this so good?
White Arms of Athena present themselves to me with a self titled album with beautiful album art. What do I expect? Something progressive, maybe melodic with some clean vocals. How close am I? Damn close. This is the first time I’ve actively paid attention to this band and gave them a listen. While driving in the car, I was focused on the music, which is a wonderful progressive style melodic hard rock. Layers of notes, groove and well placed sequences of musical drive. The vocals is where I was struggling to stay focused. Is it bad? No. However, I just couldn’t find myself openly enjoying the singing.
I am proud & honored that Gore House Productions are letting Headbang or GTFO premiere the new lyric video for the Hideous Rebirth’s “Wretched Torture”! The track closes their new album “Completely Devoured” and it features a hilarious introduction but the music is heavy as hell. I hope you are ready to headbang because this song is crushing. If you enjoy the massive riffs and vocal hell of Troglodyte, early Cattle Decapitation and Disgorge then you’ll love Hideous Rebirth!
When it comes to “supergroups”, I tend to ignore them. What seems like a good idea usually, to me, becomes nothing worth while. This time around, we have many kings of the death metal realm coming together to join up with Nader Sadek, an already underground tyrant within the death/grind scene. What you’ll notice right off of the bat is the familiar growling of Travis Ryan, whose voice can be heard in other acts such as Murder Construct and of course, Cattle Decapitation. This brutal and extreme sound with such a gnarly front man already deserves your utmost attention and respect.