I eagerly await Belphegor’s new album “Conjuring the Dead”. It’s going to be the next best blackened death metal release of 2014! Hail Satan! Speaking of Satan, Glen Benton is guest vocals on a song apparently! Check it out!
Septicflesh return with ‘Titan’, with an album title like that it’s as if they knew they were releasing the year’s biggest metal album ahead of time. The wall of sound, the sinister feeling and epic climactic moments just swell and swell and blow you away with each and every song. I’ve never heard death metal and a symphony sound this good before and it’s become more of a trend to include an orchestra in your evil music these days. Septicflesh delivers music that not only leaves me in awe but also forces me to headbang along with the riffs.
Looking for the next technical death metal album that will knock you on your ass? Well Deceptionist have recently released an EP with 3 tracks on it that just commit a non stop physical assault on you once you press play. After the dramatic intro, the music blares in and it’s definitely in the vein of Necrophagist. Something we all know and love.
“The Great Dying is a lovecraftian recollection of the permian-triassic extinction event – 252 million years ago, with the loss of between 70 and 96% of all forms of life. The unfathomable loss of life had its origins in hubris, fanaticism and the indifference of powers beyond the antagonists’ comprehension. Time and entropy have all but eradicated evidence of the truth.” Yeah, this is some heavy shit when it comes to theme and imaginative drive. Very massive in tone, cataclysmic in nature and deadly extinction of everything…the music and vocals definitely give you that overwhelming feeling of total oblivion and all is truly lost.
Batillus – “Concrete Sustain”. Raunchy filthy doom that sounds like they recorded someone pushing a mountain into the ocean. Massive and thick riffs, muddy and fuzzy tone, stabbing drum work and relentless vocal dis-harmonies. Continue reading
Combine ruthless grindcore with ground shaking brutal death metal and you have Inhuman Remnants. The band from down under even has a logo that wants to kill you. Gah! Inattentional Blindness gives us the same amount of highly technical brutality, guitar melodies and devastating vocal work as their brothers in the band Ingested, but Inhuman Remnants give us more groove with their riffs and really focus on melodic leads over these tasty riffs.
Saor is an atmospheric Celtic black metal band from the mother land, Scotland. Of course it’s going to be as authentic and beautiful as you had hoped. However, some (actually, a lot of people) have never even heard of this band before and their latest release “Aura” just may end up being one of your favorite albums of 2014. How come? Well it’s atmospheric black metal, which is usually stunning by itself. However, this Celtic ideology blended in within the music makes this stand out from the rest. Exceptionally written music, quality production and moments within the massive musical journey that will remind you of your favorite bands. Saor’s latest album is simply this: wonderful.
These are the best of the best in my opinion. In no numerical order (I’ll save that for December’s final list). Keep in mind my 2014 year starts in December 2013 and will end in November 2014. Each band and album is a link that will direct you to their music in some way or another. Enjoy.
Okay. Here is something magical that hit my inbox and proceeded to keep me enthralled the entire listen and had me wanting to replay the album constantly. I even took a break from it just to revisit it and make sure I wasn’t insane. Meadows End, a symphonic/melodic death metal band from Sweden gives us the most astonishing sounding music since I heard Caladan Brood’s “Echoes of Battle”. I’m not comparing the two albums based on sound nor genre, I am comparing the feeling I got while listening to each for the first time. This is something magical, something brilliant and something I can listen to on a daily basis.
I Declare War started off as just ‘one of those deathcore bands’ but with the replacement of a vocalist and changing their tone slightly, they just continue to unleash hellish and incredibly violent music. Yes, it’s still semi deathcore in nature and the riffing may not be the most ‘technical’ or a wank fest of leads and solos, but their ability to churn out brutal rhythmic catchy music just calls to me each and every time they release a new album. Their last self titled album was released 3 long years ago and and I loved that album from beginning to end and I get that same feeling now when I listen to the new album, We Are Violent People By Nature.