Melodic death metal is nothing new to me but still gives me goosebumps when done right. Add in a mentality and focus that makes you feel like you are on an epic journey and the music will definitely be among my all time favorites. Well behold the majesty of Adversary, a melodic death metal band from Columbus, Georgia (Really?!? You would think they are from Sweden or Norway) who brings forth nothing but quality song writing, catchy musicianship and music that has long lasting appeal. Songs of adventure, tales of tragedy, triumph, despair and survival are backed with strong riffing, powerful vocals and slamming drum techniques. The groove and melodic death metal workings on Ruination are on par with Amon Amarth’s style and grace with the song writing. Each track has strong rhythmic guitar gallops and riffing, then they are topped with a thick layer of superior axe emotion and epicness with their blended use of leads and harmonies. Yeah, Adversary’s new album is already best of the year content.
Man, have you ever just wanted some truly aggressive Nordic folk metal? I mean the kind that doesn’t really have tribal atmosphere or melodic death metal focus but just axe swinging riff oriented heaviness? Well look no further as the gang from Latvia called Varang Nord gives us the ultra headbanging album called “Fire of the North”. A ripping metal montage of Vikings on the hunt, ale being consumed, Gods being hailed and blood spilled on the snow. Varang Nord brings the heavy with a slight touch of folk metal, just enough to appeal to those looking for new folk metal but not enough to drive those away who just want pissed off Viking metal.
The Finnish trio of blackened death metal cultists known as Desolate Shrine bring forth hell’s fury on their new album “The Heart of the Netherworld”. Their simple stance on death metal meets atmospheric blackened chaos breathes fire and wrath onto us. Their sound sits well with me, as they conjure up the forces from the Netherworld to create a soundtrack of debauchery and uncertainty. The evil experience feels genuine and not cheesy or forced. This is the dark magic of Desolate Shrine, masters of unholy darkness and fierce sound.
Carnation may be a nice flower that can brighten up the look of a room and make it even smell nice, but Belgium’s Carnation brings forth a nasty ‘chainsaw to the neck’ old school death metal grizzle. Something nice we can sink our teeth into and headbang along with the carnage. The 5 song EP just breathes gore, ultra heavy groove with rich and thick guitar tone. Vocal presence is lower-mid range vocal filth, spattering horror over the terrifying riffing. The flow and homicidal attack on this release, Cemetary of the Insane, will appeal to fans of Slayer, Exhumed, Autopsy, Entombed and Bloodbath.
I did a ton of these quick reviews last year and I swore to myself that I would slow down that type of post. While I would prefer a fuller, more detailed review with every single album I listen to, sometimes I just think a brief description with a block of 4 albums is just perfect. It’s to the point, I link to the band and they still receive a score. So enjoy the first quick review post of 2015, I will keep these down to a minimum but this will definitely not be the last of the year. Enjoy!
I am proud & honored that Gore House Productions are letting Headbang or GTFO premiere the new lyric video for the Hideous Rebirth’s “Wretched Torture”! The track closes their new album “Completely Devoured” and it features a hilarious introduction but the music is heavy as hell. I hope you are ready to headbang because this song is crushing. If you enjoy the massive riffs and vocal hell of Troglodyte, early Cattle Decapitation and Disgorge then you’ll love Hideous Rebirth!
Decimation return with this diabolical death metal worship album called “Reign of Ungodly Creation” and it is indeed a take over by a few gentlemen who are ungodly. The creation they’ve come up with is pure death metal with some slight tech and chaotic atmosphere. On their Facebook page they list their influences and that right there perfectly explains how Decimation sound. Just fierce, rich with riffs and fire summoning drumming. Dance with the fury of Decimation.
2 new songs and 3 revisited ones on this EP make up the audio slaughter on Completely Devoured. Since this is the first time I have heard of these fine gentlemen, it’s 5 brand new death grind songs for me! The band resides in Riverside, CA and somehow you can just hear it. When I think of southern Cali death grind I think of this rather punishing sound, brimming with gore and a raw attack that can not be denied. Hideous Rebirth definitely fit into this category and the music is wildly intense.
Combining black metal and death metal is nothing new and the sub genre itself continues to grow and expand beyond anything I could have imagined. Death Fortress now enters the ring and comes in with this hay-maker of an album that I have just loved since the moment I first pressed play. Key quality elements of black metal with blistering death metal brutality is what Death Fortress brings to the party and everyone is leaving in a body bag. Behold one of the best albums of 2014.
Rob Wharton is one of the guitar wizards over at Cognitive, a death metal band from New Jersey, and when he isn’t providing tunes for you to headbang to, he is listen to tunes to headbang to. Cognitive’s sound is definitely brutal, with heavy rhythmic pounding and technically profound sections that keep things interesting. Their album will definitely be on this websites end of the year list for sure. Since he plays extreme music, you can expect a lot of extreme music on here. Without further ado, here are Rob’s top 10 albums of 2014: