It always pains me when I become a fan of someone’s work or a band when they decide to call it quits or reveal that their new album will be their last. This is the case for Shroud of Despondency, a black metal act from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that gives us pure black metal that delivers rawness and power as well as atmosphere and melodies. The band consists of two members now, Rory Heikkila (all music) and Ron Blemberg (vocals) and they deliver a rather AAA performance with their ‘DIY’ plug in and record methods that they disclaim on their Bandcamp page. Well using ‘shit equipment’ doesn’t matter when the talent is truthfully present and their use of this equipment and software gives them a great progressive approach on an old school sound using newer methods. Shroud of Despondency is done with all of the bull shit and this final album is their negativity on full blast for us all to enjoy.
Manchester’s (UK) ultimate brutal death metal band Ingested have returned with the release of their new album properly called “The Architect of Extinction” because this in fact is nothing but genocide. The band doesn’t reveal any new tricks but instead tap into their familiar sound that they’ve had since their debut album “Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering”. Immediately the chugging and tremolo guitar work pummels in, the drumming is pure obliteration and vocally it’s profoundly brutal. Teetering on the edge of slamming brutal death metal and deathcore, Ingested seem to keep it generally on the slam side of things with their writing style. Fans of both styles will love this though.
Hailing from Pomona, CA comes forth a furious blend of the heaviest hardcore and death metal mix I’ve ever heard! Xibalba’s Tierra Y Libertad gives us a mix of these two fine genres without turning it into deathcore, which is on a thin line as it is with their simple yet amazing approach to song writing. Xibalba translates to “place of fear” and is the name of the underworld found within Mayan mythology, where it is ruled by the Maya death gods and their helpers. This land of the dead is portrayed well within Xibalba’s sound, as they maintain an ultra brutal devastation type of sound within their wall of excellent tone. The cover art also does a fine job at showing the listener what they should expect to hear before they even press play. This is pure unholy war.
Welcome to the second edition of my quick review post! This weeks edition of TL;DR Reviews consists of some damn fine death metal, an odd symphonic power metal release and a blackened doom treat that really hits me hard every time I listen to it. Check out these 4 bands and definitely give each album a listen. Come back next week for another TL;DR post and be sure to visit daily for new full reviews. Be sure to like the Facebook page too, as I post news and new music from there! Enjoy.
Nothing beats some good ol bloody death metal when you’re in the mood for it. Want something new from someone you may have never heard of? I suggest Gorelust from Canada! This rotten slab of metal meat only comes with bloated riffs, maggot filled drum work, oozing bass tone and fowl vocal work. Brutal death metal suffers from a lot of bands whom replace quality riffing with slam riffs these days and it’s finally grand to hear a band whom want to shove as many god damn riffs down our throats as possible within 10 songs. These tracks are just heavy as hell. “We Are The Undead” delivers 10 counts of aggravated battery.
From Pomona, CA hails a band that offers us thrash based blackened death. The music brought to me is a fine display of this style of music. The songs flow together seamless with the exception of the production or recording sounding different from song to song. Deceive’s new album has this inimical feeling about it, both in unforgiving tone and execution and I mean that in a good way. This is an old school death metal sound with their attacking thrash style and they gave me plenty to work with and enjoy, often giving me more than enough music to headbang to.
With a name like Heaving Earth and an album called Denouncing the Holy Throne I only expect insanity, chaos and complete devastation. Well I wasn’t let down because the sheer annihilation brought on to me by this band is more than I even expected. The fiery moxie to destroy your senses is felt on every song. The pummeling of the drums is like firing an LMG for an hour straight. The riffing is a combination of hectic Artificial Brain anxiety driven pounding and catchy Hate Eternal focused anthems with weird old school Morbid Angel appeal and Omnihility blasphemy. Vocals are that of a beast, which leads the death metal ship towards oblivion. The result is an expert case of genre bending death metal that everyone needs to listen to.
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.