Serpents Athirst is a black metal act from Sri Lanka, where their creative focus is strictly melting your face with blasphemous music and screams of torment. Themes of war, religion and violence reign supreme when it comes to Serpents Athirst and Heralding Ceremonial Mass Obliteration showcases exactly what this band wants to accomplish. This release is their debut EP so we’re getting an official first listen at this bands ominous sound, unless you’ve heard the split and demo that is. Black metal greatness awaits you when you press play.
Guttural. Slamming. Brutal. Death. Nothing else is even truly needed to be said because Kraanium captures everything we love about brutal death metal. Gravity blasting over rolling double bass speeds, high tempo tremolo picking into slam riffs that are the epitome of terror, bass work that adds more ferocity to the guitar riffing and vocal work from a maniacal person who only wants to kill. This is Kraanium’s Chronicles of Perversion, one of the best death metal albums to be released this year.
Directly out of the oven and awaiting your ears from Kaotoxin Records, Antropofago’s latest album Æra Dementiæ is a doozy of a death metal release. France is known for their good bands but Antropofago is taking the cake when it comes to a wonderfully crushing death metal release. Chords of hell, riffs of massive destruction, vocally it’s piercing and magma spitting, drums are a relentless beat down and the bass work is rich and powerful. Æra Dementiæ is a modern marvel when it comes to consistently pushing great music and creatively making fun riffs for me to enjoy.
I have never heard of Cut Up before in my entire life and now all of a sudden they are here, releasing a new album and a lot of people are discussing them. With damn good reason too because this slab of death metal fury is some great headbang inducing stuff! Forensic Nightmares is already out on Metal Blade Records so you don’t have to wait to listen to this if this is your first time hearing about them. If you want high energy death metal with big influences and sound, then you’ll gravitate towards this one rather easily.
If there is one thing German does right it’s their porn. Secondly, it’s their death metal. Intravenous Contamination’s Drowned in Human Fluids is a death metal offering of epic proportions. Deadly, heavy hitting, powerful and over the top in exciting gore splattering moments, this band’s sound and execution on this release is undeniably worthy of a listen. Hell yes, this is brutal death metal that you need in your life.
Shardborne is a progressive metal band that is strictly instrumental and they create an outstanding musical experience with their new album Living Bridges. Ciaran Culhane (One of the guitarists) sat down and answered some really important questions, talked about the band and the new album a bit. You can read the interview below and you can read my thoughts on their new album here. Their album Living Bridges also was released last week so be sure to buy it, stream it and support it! Enjoy.
Returning from the depths of a death metal jungle is a band so average that many people will ignore just about everything that they put out. Now while the last review was a glowing 5 out of 5 from our past writer Toilet Maestro (RIP), I was rather unimpressed with how each song sounded the same, how bland the writing was and how boring it was. After 2 listens, I really didn’t need to listen to it anymore. I got the gist of what they were doing and musically it just wasn’t that good. Well this time Jungle Rot is back and with a new album called Order Shall Prevail. While they basically keep it the same, they decide to include a couple of songs that actually stand out with some riffs that get stuck in your head. A more inspired release, these guys are here to kill you with riffs.
When it comes to blackened death metal or black metal in general, there is and will never be a shortage of blasphemous, anti-religious and evil music. Infernal Execrator brings forth these reoccuring themes of darkness to their latest album: Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherent. This album is just massive evil black metal attack that touches upon what Marduk has been doing for years. The pummeling drum work sometimes overpowers the blazing riffs but they can still be heard for the most part. The quickness and quality of the song writing makes this a black metal release that demands your attention!
Immortal Bird have returned with new album and it’s another powerful punch just like their last one. Empress/Abscess is a blackened thrash melodic death metal punk something released on Broken Limb Records/Manatee Rampage Recordings and it’s a unique hybrid of sound that had me excited to sit down and give this a good listen. Well I am happy to report that this is just as heavy and just as fun as their last offering, but with this release I found that the band had a more mature execution and sound to them. They still experiment but they definitely have a sound that is theirs and it’s a damn good one. Immortal Bird are back!
Suppuration is a brutal death metal trio from Colombia and their third full length album Devouring Your Prayers is one of the most crushing death metal albums to be released this year. Relentless pain, suffering and death bleeds out of these guys lyrically and musically. The crushing slam riffs are paired well with intense tremolo speeds and blasting. Drum sound is insane as the blasts and double bass just add more layers of catastrophe to the mix. The music is topped with a fine touch of aggressively amazing vocal work. Suppuration have gained a new fan and this album is one of the best out this year.