Now streaming the full EP from New Plague! Blackened Hardcore from New York! Enjoy the music!
If there was ever a band to take over Immortal’s spot for being the biggest sounding black metal act while creating massive mountain smashing atmosphere it would be this band right here! Hæthen’s (or Haethen) new album “Shaped by Aeolian Winds” just slays from beginning to end and yet they have this humble sound about them. Traditional production, raw guitar tone with deadly drum sound. This is the sound of darkness and this black metal trio does not hail from the dark void of Norway or the Netherlands, no they come from Philadelphia, PA. Hæthen is definitely another band that gives the United States black metal scene a good name.
Horror Pain Gore Productions released this Solanum/Epi-Demic split in January and it’s a high energy old school metal, with massive punk/thrash appeal to it. A true headbanger and pairs well with 18 cans of PBR.
7.4 out of 10
vod’s release of “ᑑᕐᖓᐃᑦ” or Tuurngait, is very different. Bass driven riffs stacked upon riffs, with doom/droned out screams slapped on top of all of this aggressive rhythmic fury. Drumming is progressive in many ways with it’s groove and often will try to outshine what is being produced by the bass guitar. This much percussive and rhythm can be too much to handle if you aren’t ready for it. The imaginative and creative music found on this album definitely calls out to those in search of something new that thinks outside the box. vod is what you need.
Depressive atmospheric post-rock with blackened ambiance utilizing synth that offers us something new that is not from Europe….but from MICHIGAN?!?! That’s right, Triste L’Hiver have been hoarding all of the tasty black metal bits in some murky shelter over there and has churned out an impressive EP that is impossible to turn away from once it’s started. Powerful musicianship with massive amounts of energy, with a touch of emotional moments that hold on to you. This release is meant to be listened to and enjoyed, 2 songs blasted me with dark ambiance and atmospheric black metal, sprinkled on some post-rock moments that reminded me of the newer release from The Apache Revolver. The best thing about this release is that it can be downloaded for free. Everyone loves free music, especially if it’s actually good.
Mysterious and cold, Darkeater releases their debut album independently called “Иней Чёрного Рассвета”, which Google translates to “Rime of the Black Dawn”. Not much can be found about this band, no Facebook page, no Bandcamp or anything on the major social media outlets. This was uploaded on to the Atmospheric Black Metal channel on YouTube and I just instantly fell in love with what I heard. The only website this band associates with is this and it’s entirely in Russian. Darkeater released an EP last year, which I missed but if you wanted to hear the best atmospheric/depressive black metal of the year then definitely give Darkeater a try. I urge you to listen.
Bloodscribe comes at us with their debut release called “Prologue to the Apocalypse” and it’s a submission of plain and simple brutal death metal with massive use of slam riffs and chugs. No far fetched guitar solos or technical wankery, just thick groove and big guitar tone. This 5 piece from Boyle Heights, CA just want to melt your face off with simplistic heaviness. Bloodscribe has been around since 2004 and “Prologue to the Apocalypse” is their first full length as well as my first morsel of this meaty metal meal. It fulfills the need to listen to senseless brutality. No context or story, just gruesome death and gore.
In The Shadow are a Kansas City band whose been around since 2008 and I’ve known about them ever since they first started playing shows here in a few venues with a few other bands that had just formed. They have since opened up for many major touring acts (Mushroomhead, Soulfly & Spineshank to name just a few) and always steadily gained fans and respect within the local scene here. Their familiar new wave of american metal sound (i.e. Chimaira, Shadows Fall) is blended well with 90′s metal moments (Deftones & Fear Factory) and adding their own melodies and heavy riffing to it all definitely gives In The Shadow their own sound that is appealing and enjoyable. This new EP is a headbanging good time as they bring forth melody and big groove to the table.
It always pains me when I become a fan of someone’s work or a band when they decide to call it quits or reveal that their new album will be their last. This is the case for Shroud of Despondency, a black metal act from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that gives us pure black metal that delivers rawness and power as well as atmosphere and melodies. The band consists of two members now, Rory Heikkila (all music) and Ron Blemberg (vocals) and they deliver a rather AAA performance with their ‘DIY’ plug in and record methods that they disclaim on their Bandcamp page. Well using ‘shit equipment’ doesn’t matter when the talent is truthfully present and their use of this equipment and software gives them a great progressive approach on an old school sound using newer methods. Shroud of Despondency is done with all of the bull shit and this final album is their negativity on full blast for us all to enjoy.
Manchester’s (UK) ultimate brutal death metal band Ingested have returned with the release of their new album properly called “The Architect of Extinction” because this in fact is nothing but genocide. The band doesn’t reveal any new tricks but instead tap into their familiar sound that they’ve had since their debut album “Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering”. Immediately the chugging and tremolo guitar work pummels in, the drumming is pure obliteration and vocally it’s profoundly brutal. Teetering on the edge of slamming brutal death metal and deathcore, Ingested seem to keep it generally on the slam side of things with their writing style. Fans of both styles will love this though.