Hey there! Man do I have something late 2016 special to share with you guys. If you feel like this year was lacking in atmospheric doom mixed with black and death metal then you are right. If you wish before you make your “best of 2016” list you had one more album to listen to that could ‘wow’ you then I think I may have found the right band for you. Liminal hails from Finland, not a place where you would expect this style of music. When I think of Finland, I think of folk metal or melodic death metal. However, the music found on Fugue is nothing like that. This is wretchedly thick, layered with groove, dissonance and atmosphere. This style of blackened death doom is what I needed in my life.
Very little is known about Boreworm…..a progressively powerful death metal band from Michigan. Entomophobia is the band’s sophomore EP and they deliver a brand of death that isn’t like anything I have heard before. They bring a wall of sound with them that is pure death, atmospheric horror, melodic and just crushing with amazing production and musicianship. The band is independently releasing this bad boy and right out of the gate I have to recommend that you listen to this one. Let me tell you why.
Venom Prison is a death metal act from the UK, with abrasive and heavy guitar punctures, devilishly gruesome drum work and front woman “L” just obliterates vocal duties on their debut album, Animus. Lyrics tackle issues of social ignorance (Darwinism), misogyny, rape culture (I hate that this is a thing, really? Rape culture?) and the rejection and dismissal of God and all religions. Such a strong showing right out of the gate on their debut album eh? Animus will be released world wide on October 14th through Prosthetic Records.
Well here we have another fantastic slab of brutal death for you from Gore House Productions. This time it’s a band from Ecuador. Infectolgy’s newest album Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment is the haymaker punch the the fucking face that you are looking for. If you’re a fan of Disgorge, Defeated Sanity and Inherit Disease then Infectology is one you need to focus on. This album is the epitome of brutal death metal.
Canadian death metal act Human Compost releases their debut album From The Grave They Crawl and this album will be directed to those who like older styled death metal with huge chainsaw groove, blood sprayed vocals and horrific bass presence. Drums that pummel like a semi automatic weapon blasting your skull. This is the soundtrack to my death as I am resurrected in a putrid form of zombified terror and murder, rape and destroy everything in sight. Neat huh? It makes for a fantastic listen honestly.
Cesspool of Corruption is a 4 piece death metal unit out of Dallas, Texas. Upon first listen, these cats have some damn good writing skills and their tone and overall execution definitely grabbed onto me very quickly. I just HAD to keep listening to this debut album. Very gripping musicianship across all instruments, good production levels and an overall enjoyment of vocals over the music just makes Eradication of the Subservient a must listen. Sure, there are only 5 songs on this debut release but there is a lot of musical substance here to enjoy.
Abominant is a death metal act from Kentucky, who offer us multiple styles of death metal and traditional metal in one album. The band has been around since the early 90’s and you can tell just by listening to their style of metal they perform. Moments of traditional metal vocals surface at times and threw me off quite a bit as they seemingly didn’t fit the music or even the vocals that were used in the song just before it. Abominant will then turn their guitars from kill to melodic, as they sometimes perform a riff that will remind you of early Swedish melodeath in a way. Napalm Reign is all over the place in terms of writing but the end result is satisfactory.
Oncology consists of Connor and Aaron, who both reside in Northern Ireland and Geoff, who lives in England. The band has a plethora of past experience, that being Aaron and Connor Ex- Putrefy and Geoff, being in and been various different bands including Atonement and Hades Lab. With this experience the debut full length, Infinite Regress, from this trio is crushing!
I’ve noticed a trend lately. There are a lot of good bands coming out of the Colorado area, especially in Denver. Another thing I’ve noticed is Dark Descent Records is snatching up all of the good bands around the world. Like Blood Incantation’s debut album for instance. Starspawn is everything people have been loving for the past 2 decades within the death metal genre. Starspawn has an old school sound about it but then they sound like modern death acts such as Chthe’ilist and Adversary. A hectic blend of technicality, aggression, atmosphere and overall doom. Blood Incantation’s debut is what death metal needs right now.
Topeka, Kansas…..not much happening around these parts. Sure they have their moments but for the most part it’s a drive by city. Unless of course UNMERCIFUL is playing a show that night, then you stop and watch them kill it because these guys definitely know how to create a bone crushing display of death metal mastery. “Ravenous Impulse” is a must listen. The album drops July 22nd on Unique Leader Records. Video review after the jump. Continue reading “Video Review: Unmerciful – Ravenous Impulse”