When you think of Richmond, Virginia do you think of frost bitten Scandinavian black metal? Well you will now with Unsacred’s new album “False Light”. The inspired writing and fierce riffing found within the false light is a vicious blasting of all of the senses. An attack that only Marduk has displayed so far this year, Unsacred’s no holds barred sound offers us a pleasurable experience with their integrity and energy. All hail the Scandinavian sound from Virginia!
Hey everyone, my name is Ian, or Nihil as you will see me here, and I am a new writer on the glorious site. I just wanted to give and introduction of myself so you guys can get a feel of what kind of content you will get from my side of the keyboard. I want to talk a bit about myself and then I will give a preview of what kinds of topic I will be writing about here on HBoGTFO.
Nothing beats some good ol bloody death metal when you’re in the mood for it. Want something new from someone you may have never heard of? I suggest Gorelust from Canada! This rotten slab of metal meat only comes with bloated riffs, maggot filled drum work, oozing bass tone and fowl vocal work. Brutal death metal suffers from a lot of bands whom replace quality riffing with slam riffs these days and it’s finally grand to hear a band whom want to shove as many god damn riffs down our throats as possible within 10 songs. These tracks are just heavy as hell. “We Are The Undead” delivers 10 counts of aggravated battery.
Twingiant is a 5 piece “stoner” metal band out of Pheonix, AZ and their new album MUST be inspired from their experience at a KFC after a night filled with bong hits and craft brews. Devil Down is crunchy, moist on the inside and overly rich with flavor and calories. This old school doom sound is lead by seriously great guitar riffs and fuzzy bass guitar. Vocals are spread out and this approach gives us a chance to just zone the fuck out and absorb the electric music that flows from these guys. Yeah man.
Welcome to the FIRST installment of my new lazy as fuck review series. Sometimes I just do not want to go into full detail about an album. I can review an album with a brief description and a score just fine, right? Well this is an off shoot of my old series “Qreviews” or Quick Reviews”. This TL;DR (meaning “Too Long, Didn’t Read”, which originated from Reddit I believe) series will offer 4-6 bands per post, with links to the bands so you can jam this shit and buy the music that deserves to be purchased.
Ennoven is a one man project from Warsaw, Poland who is influenced by the power and beauty of nature. A common theme with atmospheric and ambient black metal bands. Does this one stand out from the rest and deliver profound musical offerings that the others fail to bring to the black metal party? Short answer is yes, the guitars resonate and gleam, the bass is nasty and the drumming serves it’s purpose. Vocals have this Sviatibor sound to them, just that distance howling scream that sits on top of the music perfectly. The music often touches things outside of the black metal realm too with wildly noticeable post-rock riffing that folds and flows like the endless ocean into one another. The rolling whimsical style of the music makes this a skin crawling experience and the album flows on and on until the very end, something I love since it grabs me and never lets go.
From Pomona, CA hails a band that offers us thrash based blackened death. The music brought to me is a fine display of this style of music. The songs flow together seamless with the exception of the production or recording sounding different from song to song. Deceive’s new album has this inimical feeling about it, both in unforgiving tone and execution and I mean that in a good way. This is an old school death metal sound with their attacking thrash style and they gave me plenty to work with and enjoy, often giving me more than enough music to headbang to.
With a name like Heaving Earth and an album called Denouncing the Holy Throne I only expect insanity, chaos and complete devastation. Well I wasn’t let down because the sheer annihilation brought on to me by this band is more than I even expected. The fiery moxie to destroy your senses is felt on every song. The pummeling of the drums is like firing an LMG for an hour straight. The riffing is a combination of hectic Artificial Brain anxiety driven pounding and catchy Hate Eternal focused anthems with weird old school Morbid Angel appeal and Omnihility blasphemy. Vocals are that of a beast, which leads the death metal ship towards oblivion. The result is an expert case of genre bending death metal that everyone needs to listen to.
Sometimes when someone is inspired to create, the art that is birthed from this inspiration has so much depth and creativity driven from that which inspired it that those who enjoy the previous works of art will obviously enjoy the new art. This is true especially within metal, ambient and dungeon synth genres as you will take something that stands out from the rest and with it, will spawn hundreds of others that will try to copy that sounds. Saagar’s sound is derived from two other projects as well as some outside influences which involve themes such as negative emotions, death, emptiness, desolation, astral projections and the dark side of nature and life in general.
Eryn Vorn is, I think, a 1 man black metal band from some unknown depths of this planet. Little can be found online about this musical project but the name Eryn Vorn comes from the Lord of the Rings. Eryn Vorn is a wooded cape in Eriador within Middle-earth. Of course it is, so many bands use lore and names from that fantasy setting it’s almost not even a surprise anymore. You wouldn’t know if the songs are inspired from this same realm of fiction unless you completely read or studied the content but it’s all related. The songs are simple, repetitive and magical. While this does not feel as epic as Summoning, Ered Withrin or Caladan Brood, this smaller scale release from Eryn Vorn still has an adventurous grasp about it.