Coal Chamber is back with more low churned groove darkness in the form of gothic nu metal. The whole gang is back and driving their signature sound down our throats with Rivals, a new album 13 years in the making. Long time fans cheered while elitist metal heads gawked and disapproved. Still, I’m left wondering if this reformation of a band who thrived in an era when MTV was playing nothing but Korn, Limp Bizkit and System of a Down (when it wasn’t blaring pop music garbage) will survive this day and age where horrible internet trolls and blogs will just shit on everything Coal Chamber have worked on. Who cares though right? True fans of Coal Chamber will freaking flock to this and since when have those fans given a shit about the general public opinion? Never. Well the wait was worth it, even if something about it just doesn’t sit right.
Get ready to be impaled by the wretched onslaught that is Nervous Impulse! Canadian death grind that’ll feed those urges that Cattle Decapitation, Wormrot & Devourment bring to you. You want fast? You want brutality? You want some slam and gurgling vocals? Oh man Nervous Impulse’s Time To Panic has a little bit of everything and it’s enough to make you want to drive faster, bang your head harder and punch that next mother fucker who steals your spot in the lunch line. THAT’S MY GOD DAMN CHOCOLATE MILK!
Mysticisme hails from Strasbourg, France and this trio of black metal warriors gives us a sample of some of the more raw aspects of black metal to be released this year. Répandre is a delightful experience as you trek through harsh bogs of 90′s black metal traditions and sounds. The melancholic tone is matched with the sheer raw power of the musicianship, giving me a good blend of atmosphere without relying too much on synth or electronics and mainly focusing on superb guitar writing to create these sounds. Mysticisme is filled with energy, talent and ready to storm the land brandishing their weapons for a hostile take over!
Fans longing for the next great Bathory (Viking era) album do not have to wait any longer as Macabre Omen brings forth victorious hymns of battle and war with their new album “Gods of War – At War“. Even though that album title is goofy, this release is one that you cannot forget once you’ve heard it. Possibly the next best thing to be released this year, Macabre Omen delivers unforgettable epic black metal fury. Equip your finest armor and grab your swords and shields! It’s off to battle!!!
Melancholic. Depressing. Bleak. These are the central emotions and feelings brought to the forefront for this album. Funeral Oppression’s album “The Prisoners of Life” is a raw depressive black metal release, with huge songs filled with impressive instrumentation and vocal work. The dreadful music soars up and has roller-coaster moments of dreariness and desolation. The music at times races up, giving you hope and optimism but then dives straight back down and smashes you with the hammer of despair. A wonderfully sad album with remarkably beautiful music, Funeral Oppression gives us one of the best black metal albums within this niche. Staying close to Ghost Bath’s release for best in the genre.
Abiotic have returned with their sophomore release on Metal Blade Records called Casuistry! A very fine tuned machine of technical death metal power. Using styles and techniques found in all aspects of death metal, Abiotic creates a sound that calls out to just about everyone. Musically, it’s one of the best technical death metal albums to be released this year. A massive step up from their debut album, Casuistry is a fantastic record.
Visigoth are on a short West coast tour from Utah to southern California and then north to Canadian territory and the guys are writing up some great tour updates on their Facebook page. Highly interesting fantasy based imaginative writings take place and it’s just an epic novel. Fill your tankard with your finest ales and read the lore that Visigoth has etched in stone. More tales shall be told and this post will be updated accordingly.
Brand spanking new on Blast Head Records is a band that deserves everyone’s attention: Mörbid Vomit. These brutes from Finland deliver a Swedish death metal sound on Return To The Crypts that blows everything out of the water. Did you want a little more from the latest Bloodbath album? Then rely on this Mörbid Vomit album to finally satisfy those needs. Death, necrophilia and blasphemy are the central themes here and there is no subtle way to it: songs like “Blood Shall Be Shed”, “Torture Ritual” & the ever so family friendly “Fuck the Dead” kick in the adrenaline and force you to headbang. Hell. Fucking. Yes.
Hailing from the majestic area known as Minnesota, Incinerate have returned with Eradicating Terrestrial Species, a death metal album with emphasis on decent riffing, precise drumming and wonderful production. The rich sounds come through and gives us a good technical aspect of the music that can be heard clearly. The bass guitar sounds incredibly good on my headphones and the crushing brutal sections of this album are a massive force of music.
Polish technical death metal band Deivos have returned with the album Theodicy, an evil display of skilled guitar work with blackened atmosphere. Deivos has been around for nearly 20 years but this is only their 4th full length but good things come to those who wait because this album is a skull splitting musical trek across death metal landscapes of blasphemy, violence and suffering.