French death metal titans in South of Hell released their debut album this past summer and it may have been missed by the majority of you. Rising of Hate is pure death metal! 28 minutes of solid riffing, rough vocals, intense bass work and crushing drum blasting! This carnival of catastrophe has an amazing sense of groove about it but they make sure you have your incredibly heavy moments as well as some decent melodic lick and catchy guitar hooks to make things enjoyable and memorable. As simple as their approach is, South of Hell has a really deep understanding on how to make good death metal.
When it comes to bands with longevity, it’s rare that they keep their sound and not fall into trend changes or want to musically evolve into something else when things get stale. When it comes to Cannibal Corpse, consistency is key for not only surviving over 2 decades of massive changes within metal but also still charging ahead to keep the youth headbanging. Old and new fans can agree, Cannibal Corpse do it better than anyone else.
Hailing from the death metal scene here in Kansas City is a sound of vile, putridity and excellent guitar riffs. Torn the Fuck Apart are part guttural slam and part technical death metal, sort of like a raunchy combination of Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus in a way. The result is a tasty morsel of gore filled disgusting death metal.
When it came down to it, I only wanted to go to Mayhem Fest to see 2 bands: Cannibal Corpse and Suicide Silence. So when the festival was cancelled for the Bonner Springs, KS date on July 15th, I was pretty frustrated/annoyed/angry. It’s always fun to see Cannibal Corpse and I had never seen Suicide Silence before. Festival shows are usually short sets and hot/humid days filled with a ton of waiting and standing but seeing these two bands would have been worth it. However, some amazing people put together an off date show in Lawrence, KS at The Granada Theater and it featured the two main acts I wanted to see plus one extra band I enjoy and another whom is a local favorite within the Kansas City death metal scene. All bands were good and the venue setting was way more enjoyable than an out door show.
CANNIBAL CORPSE are hitting the studio very soon. Audio Hammer Studios to be exact and Mark Lewis will again produce the album. Mark has done the previous 3 albums Cannibal Corpse have put out (Kill, Evisceration Plague and Torture) and renown engineer Eyal Levi will provide a helping hand as well. While this isn’t exactly NEW to read about, I just felt over excited when I saw Metal Blade Records tweet this:
Guttural brutal death metal with a side of slam band DEVOURMENT has just put on their Bandcamp a stream of their cover of Cannibal Corpse’s “The Pick-Axe Murders”. The song originally was released on CC’s classic album “The Bleeding”, the last one to feature Chris Barnes. So brutal covers brutal and they make it their own. Listen to the track NOW.
Cannibal Corpse will be releasing a box set to commemorate their 25th anniversary: Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal. The box contains: all 12 full length studio albums in a 12 CD foldout case with new artwork, “Torturing and Eviscerating LIVE” on CD and LP Picture Disc recorded in Tampa, FL 2010 / Milwaukee, WI 2012, PLUS: NEW EXCLUSIVE images by VINCE LOCKE, 12″ X 12″ graphic prints of all 13 original album covers, and a 2013 Cannibal Corpse Calendar. The box will be in stores on March 19th and is available for pre-order, along with the previously announced series of Cannibal Corpse picture discs, at metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse.
Oh holy shit fuck yes! Watain and Behemoth was good last year and this year it’s pure carnage! Decibel will be bringing some heavy hitters on this years tour. Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Cretin, Beyond Creation and Magrudergrind are going to be tearing up a venue near you!!!
Best albums of 2012!!!!! This year was a great year for metal. Tons of bands from many different genres put out incredible music this year. I was surprised by the swarm of submissions I got this year and many of the lesser known bands scored really high. There is a mix of well known bands and “who the hell is that?”, be sure to check these albums out if you haven’t yet.
Well here you go, the top 10 albums of 2012!
The most bad ass, coolest, awesome, interesting thing you’ll see all day is this. Necrophagist – Foul Body Autopsy, Decapitated – Spheres of Madness and Cannibal Corpse’s – Hammer Smashed Face