Californian deathcore act Suicide Silence have returned to the awaiting masses with new vocalist Eddie Hermida. This marks the official return of the band after their random and tragic loss of their original vocalist Mitch Lucker. The fans pleaded for them to continue and the fire still burns bright within the rest of the band, why would they quit something they loved doing so much? After the loss, after all of the sorrow and the wild headache to find a new singer and then deal with the fans/media…..can they return and shut everyone the fuck up and just get straight back to what they were doing?
Well I am randomly on YouTube checking out what is new and Nuclear Blast just dropped a full album stream on us out of nowhere. So without further delay…here is Suicide Silence’s new album “You Can’t Stop Me”!
Hailing all the way from Kaliningrad, Russia is a man who takes everything we love about The Lord of the Rings mythology and Summoning then puts his own style into the music using those two as backbone for his structured symphonic journeys. This is no bad quality synth work, this is some carefully composed symphonic sounding stuff combined with elements of epic black metal and an orchestra. Behold the majesty that is Moongates Guardian!
Returning from their great album “Formshifter”, Allegaeon released a new album in May called “Elements of the Infinite” and it’s everything you could want from the band and then some. They return with wildly thoughtful riffs, excellent tone, interesting vocals and face melting solos. Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn), definitely give us a quality melodic death metal album but break away from trends, formula and expected forms of writing. The guys give us creativity, entertainment and something I haven’t experienced in a long time while listening to death metal: FUN.
‘You Can’t Stop Me’: Suicide Silence is of course moving right on with new vocalist Eddie Hermida and here is the result: a band whose writing process is almost exactly the same as what we heard (in terms of writing and tone) on ‘The Black Crown’. Well, that is the consensus on just the one song I’ve heard and that is not a bad thing. I liked The Black Crown. I have signed poster from the guys (yes, including Lucker) and I jammed that album so damn hard.
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