13 quick reviews. Knocking out the rest of the bunch before the end of the year.
Amon Amarth, if you know me then you know this is my favorite band. Viking mythology, catchy guitar melodies, beards, headbanging and an enjoyable live presence. The gang are currently out on their headlining EU tour with Hell and Carcass. Below is a video for “Runes to my Memory” and “Varyags of Miklagaard”. Enjoy, headbang and after the video, I will place the setlist for those wondering what they are jamming this time around. Those runes on stage are BAD ASS!
Recently Blake Judd, the mastermind behind Nachtmystium and 1/3 of the main driving force of Black Metal supergroup Twilight, was arrested and put in jail. Upon his release, he issued statements apologizing and stating his intentions to get clean and move forward with his career. With all the negative press following him these days, he decided to upload a track from Nachmystiums so far unreleased new album “The World We Left Behind”, in an attempt to have some positive feedback in his life. I really don’t for what reason I get to hear new Nachtmystium, but I for one am in Blakes corner here. I wish him well, and hope he gets through this hard point in his life to continue making great music. Great music which has been EXTREMELY influential on me personally and musically. So head on over to Stereogum and check out “Voyager” you’re going to love it. Welcome back Blake Judd! Hail Nachtmystium!!
First thoughts upon starting the first track “in a frightful state of gnawed dismemberment” I love this guitar tone. Sounds like it’s ripping through the speakers. It starts off with some Thrashy hardcore style riffs. I don’t like vocal patterns so far but it doesn’t kill the band.
The Guitar solo could be a little cooler. Taking the Kerry king approach is a little lame. Just a few notes, heavy noise. The main riff of this song is too repetitive. One minute left in the song and I ready for the next.
This band has some decent riffs, but for the most part I’m just not getting into it. I really hate this vocalists patterning. I wanted to like them very badly, but so far they’re not doing it for me.
At times, they sound like they’re giving it their best mastodon impression. Especially on the opening of “greed is your horse”, But then we’re right back to the same boring riffs that I can’t really put my finger on what exactly they remind me of.
It’s hard to even write about this album. Nothing is memorable. Nothing stands out. The best part is the guitar tone. Riffs are lame. Solos sound like a 15 year olds first visit to guitar center. Drums are typical. The vocalist is not creative. (after some research, i found that the guitarist is the vocalist. which would explain the Tom Araya style vocal patterns)
I didn’t even wanna finish the album, but I pushed through with the hopes that it might get better, but sadly I feel like I’ve listened to the same song 8 times in a row. And I couldn’t even hum you a riff back. I’m moving on. Lord Dying is a band I could see myself giving another shot down the road, but this album is not the one to make me a fan.
Lord Dying – Summon the Faithless gets a 2 out of 5. Sorry guys. I wanted to like it.
The DnD creature known as Chuul is not only a fierce monster within a fantasy realm, it’s a blackened doom band hailing from the Midwest. Their first album “Genetic Hatred Passed Down From Our Ancestors” will be available late 2013 or early 2014 but they managed to put together one song for those eagerly awaiting it’s release. Check out “Endless Black” here at their Bandcamp page: http://chuul.bandcamp.com/
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The Czech Republic festival that brings you the most brutal and grindgore show in the world is now taking the show on the road! Get your pennies saved up and get ready, the festival is coming to a country near YOU!
It seems as if the two bands have rekindled their friendship and remembered that drama, is not metal.