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.
Kansas City Death Spreaders TORN THE FUCK APART have just released new album ‘Sexually Transmitted Torture’ on Ossuary Industries. The follow up to 2012′s …The Dissection of Christ is a beastly, blood thirsty slab of Death Metal atrocity that rattles the bones and eviscerates any semblance of human civility.
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.
Necronautical – “Black Sea Misanthropy”. Deadly blackened thrash driven metal with apparent undead boat tomfoolery. These black sails are risen high and the path is set for an exploration to the underworld! The music is fast tempo slaughter fest of riffs, drum work and mid-higher ranged death screaming. These UK sea-men give us something rather different in theme but similar in sound.
Returning from their great album “Formshifter”, Allegaeon released a new album in May called “Elements of the Infinite” and it’s everything you could want from the band and then some. They return with wildly thoughtful riffs, excellent tone, interesting vocals and face melting solos. Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn), definitely give us a quality melodic death metal album but break away from trends, formula and expected forms of writing. The guys give us creativity, entertainment and something I haven’t experienced in a long time while listening to death metal: FUN.
Septicflesh return with ‘Titan’, with an album title like that it’s as if they knew they were releasing the year’s biggest metal album ahead of time. The wall of sound, the sinister feeling and epic climactic moments just swell and swell and blow you away with each and every song. I’ve never heard death metal and a symphony sound this good before and it’s become more of a trend to include an orchestra in your evil music these days. Septicflesh delivers music that not only leaves me in awe but also forces me to headbang along with the riffs.
Saor is an atmospheric Celtic black metal band from the mother land, Scotland. Of course it’s going to be as authentic and beautiful as you had hoped. However, some (actually, a lot of people) have never even heard of this band before and their latest release “Aura” just may end up being one of your favorite albums of 2014. How come? Well it’s atmospheric black metal, which is usually stunning by itself. However, this Celtic ideology blended in within the music makes this stand out from the rest. Exceptionally written music, quality production and moments within the massive musical journey that will remind you of your favorite bands. Saor’s latest album is simply this: wonderful.
Okay. Here is something magical that hit my inbox and proceeded to keep me enthralled the entire listen and had me wanting to replay the album constantly. I even took a break from it just to revisit it and make sure I wasn’t insane. Meadows End, a symphonic/melodic death metal band from Sweden gives us the most astonishing sounding music since I heard Caladan Brood’s “Echoes of Battle”. I’m not comparing the two albums based on sound nor genre, I am comparing the feeling I got while listening to each for the first time. This is something magical, something brilliant and something I can listen to on a daily basis.