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.
New star studded band Gruesome gives us exactly what we love about old school death metal. Current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, Dekapitator & Derketa have come together to form this band and release Savage Land on Relapse Records, an album that is heavily inspired by Death’s album Leprosy. Inside of this horror, you will find neck snapping riffs, blood gargling vocals, death stampede drumming and rough earth shaking bass. The gore just drips from my speakers when I listen to Gruesome’s Savage Land.
Germany’s power metal band Blind Guardian returns with their 10th studio album called Beyond the Red Mirror. Released on Nuclear Blast, they continue on with their epic symphonic music that has kept fans on the edge of their seats for many years. Beyond the Red Mirror is no exception, as the melodic power metal has a special cinematic feeling to it. Adding a sense of excitement and majesty to the mix as you rock out with raised fists. Oh yes, Blind Guardian is back after 5 long years to rock your pants off.
I hope you like the sound of old school Swedish death metal because that is all you will get when listening to Triumvir Foul’s new EP. An Oath of Blood and Fire is a raunchy death metal delivery with poor production yet still has big time energy. The vocal’s tremble, the riffs shake and the drumming pummels. If the thin, spaced out production was intentional, then they nailed it. Continue reading
From Willowtip Records, a new album arises from a band which hails from the UK. Sarpanitum is the name of this fine act and the album is called “Blessed Be My Brothers“. An essential record for those who want blistering speeds, death metal riffing with blackened tendencies and melodic passages that both excite and impress. With intense song writing, unholy tone and destructive forces all around, Sarpanitum somehow creates a niche sound that breathes new life into the genre just when you think you’ve heard it all.
Captivating me with Screams of Eternal Emptiness and then immediately dropping the EP Concealed In Nothingness, Eternal Valley not only made a fan out of me instantaneously but gave me enough quality music to enjoy for a long long time. Not even a year later Jason Yorke unleashes another massive full length called Ascend to the Unknown and the musical journey found within these walls of atmospheric bliss will get you lost in the massiveness of empty space and a void that goes on infinitely. That is how big the music sounds and the way the album develops over time just slathers on the enriched feeling of being lost in space. Not without inquiring some damn good black metal and that Eternal Valley styled doom on occasion.
Grethor’s “Cloaked In Decay” is a big underground release, sounding like some sort of Indonesian death metal release with a twist on raw black metal from Malaysia. Maybe it’s the writing style and the way the vocals are performed but Grethor’s sound is actually very filthy blackened death metal from Virginia. One thing for sure is that this group of young talent is very pissed off and they show it in their performance on Cloaked In Decay.
Sons of Texas is a newly formed band from, you guessed it, Texas. The debut album will cater to those who are into the rock sound that Texas seems to produce and also all radio friendly knucklehead bands who mimic the same rough sounding rock/metal riff with derivative vocals and song writing. This is nothing I can get into.
Warhorse is a doom band from Massachusetts, whom enjoy making odd sounds in rather thick grooves in massively laid out song structures. The songs are gigantic as well is that freaking guitar/bass tone. As Heaven Turns To Ash… + the I Am Dying re-issue will satisfy those in need of some quality doom, or if you’re an old fan trying to grab a hold of some physical material! 7 out of 10