These sumbitches from Colorado just became one of my favorite bands! Ancient Wind is a new band and their debut album “The Chosen Slain” just takes several things I enjoy about several other bands, gives them a rad and creative twist on them so it’s not a simple mimic and delivers a new tasty metal album for me to consume and enjoy. The Chosen Slain is awesome, melodic, black metal, warrior marching stuff and you’ll bang your fucking head no matter what. Horns up, drinks down yer throat and ALL HAIL ANCIENT WIND!
Pandemia is a Czech Republic death metal band that definitely gives off wild old school death metal groove, sadistic tone, raw tone and dark energy. Been around since the mid 90′s, the gang is back from a 6 year gap from their last album to give us this blazing album “At The Gates of Nihilism”. I wasn’t sure what to expect from these guys since this is my first album by them but I can proudly say that this was a definite headbanger, something I’ll enjoy gladly listen to multiple times.
‘id.’ is a hard to find band online but I somehow managed to get a promo from their PR (Asher Media). It’s still incredibly hard to find them online: no real online social media presence, nothing posted on YouTube and extremely poor to no results found on Google probably due to the software company iD, the makers of Wolfenstein and Doom. This is a shame because these guys have a decent sound, even though it may be derivative from other bands. Their progressive metal sound isn’t inventive and the production is hollow and lifeless. Still, if you wanted an Opeth/Gojira (From Mars to Sirius) writing sound with an indie styled production quality, then ‘id.’s new album is what you’ll need.
Recently, I was blown away by the upcoming release of an progressive doom/sludge release from a band called “Vod”. This album of unorthodox sounds and shapes is called “Tuurngait” and it’ll be the most mind bending album you’ll listen to this year. I was able to shoot some question’s off to Dave Tremblay, who is the mastermind and main writer/performer on ‘Tuurngait’, and he fired back with his answers. Stay tuned because after the interview Headbang or GTFO has the exclusive premiere for the song “Ikuma” from their new album ‘Tuurngait’.
There has been so much great black metal released this year that I sometimes forget to check out the death metal side of things. Well now I am focused on the new Architect of Dissonance album, the slam-tastic album called “Realm of the Deviant Throne”. Much like Ingested’s new album, this album just wants to tear you to shreds with pummeling drums, demonic vocals and low tuned crushing riffs. Architect’s main purpose is to kill you with music and here they give you 10 counts of manslaughter.
Manchester’s Axis of Light recently released their third album and it’s probably the best example of quality black metal found within terrible production. “L’appel du vide” (or The Call of the Void) is the prime example of how good a scratchy and distorted black metal album can sound. The production is definitely garbage but it gives the music a more raw feeling to it. Axis of Light concentrated on riffs instead of production and I actually do not mind that one bit. This 4 song offering is passionate, highly addictive and without a doubt the most raw sounding black metal release of the year!
The official debut album for Dreams of Nature, the one man band commanded by a mysterious entity known as “L”, has finally put out “Spirit of Nature”. This release is an ambient/atmospheric journey that is influenced by nature, landscapes, emotions and life experiences. The uplifting yet somewhat depressing music sounds like a mixture of Basarabian Hills’ sound with a touch of Thy Light or Lustre. The experience is fulfilling and brimming with quality content.
(Written by Hogan, guest writer) So since I first heard “Where the Corpses Sink Forever”, which is like 9 months after it came out, Carach Angren has become like basically my second favorite metal band. Lammendam is an abrasive retelling of a Dutch fairy tale of the ghost of a Harlot and the phantom ship is a reinterpretation of the folktale of The Flying Dutchman. Corpses is an original story of a man trapped in a state of infinitely reliving the horrors of war. I’ve always loved the atmosphere and explicit, cohesive way they tell their stories and wrap them seamlessly around the music.
Putrid Offal’s “Mature Necropsy” is just nothing but in your face deathgrind that constantly pummels in your head each and every time you listen to it. The band has been around since 1990 and this is their first full length. 25 fucking years of demos and EP’s and finally we get a full length that stabs you repeatedly for 29 minutes. These barbaric bastards hail from France and they revealed to me that not everything from France is dainty and neat. This heap of bloody mess thrusts forward and harms you, each song wrecks your senses and completely snaps your neck in the form of endless headbanging.
Cries of Your Sins returns with yet another high impact release this year, following up on a similar demo/EP release that he did last year, this years sample of the band’s musicianship and talents steps it up a notch on many levels, keeping things definitely black metal but adding elements of melodic death metal and post-black bits to make this release stand out even more. This 2015 demo will more than likely be the best demo you’ll hear all year long.