Debut albums are so exciting. They are the first true full length release and promising tell of what the band’s sound is all about. Some debut albums are amazing (ex. Caladan Brood) and some are left in the bargain bin at your local used CD shop, but it’s always fun to jam a bands 1st album and find out if they are worth a shit or not. Abhorrent Deformity, a brutal death metal band who grabs a little bit from the deathcore genre as well, has Entity of Malevolence for their debut release and it’s a very good first release.
Cattle Decapitation! The Anthropocene Extinction! This is everything I have been waiting for. This is everything that you have been waiting for! Does it surpass Monolith? Will it be the album of the year? Well I think it may be a damn good contender for album of the year, but it doesn’t blow Monolith of Inhumanity out of the water as much as you may expect. Instead, it’s a solid evolution and rolls along side of that album in such a good way. Anthropocene is fast, it’s hectic, it’s a vocal experiment and it’s something that will absolutely blow your mind! A very solid release from the guys whom should be proud at what they have become and the caliber of death metal they have achieved. A new level of diabolical madness can be heard on The Anthropocene Extinction and it’s blissful music to my ears.
Guttural. Slamming. Brutal. Death. Nothing else is even truly needed to be said because Kraanium captures everything we love about brutal death metal. Gravity blasting over rolling double bass speeds, high tempo tremolo picking into slam riffs that are the epitome of terror, bass work that adds more ferocity to the guitar riffing and vocal work from a maniacal person who only wants to kill. This is Kraanium’s Chronicles of Perversion, one of the best death metal albums to be released this year.
Directly out of the oven and awaiting your ears from Kaotoxin Records, Antropofago’s latest album Æra Dementiæ is a doozy of a death metal release. France is known for their good bands but Antropofago is taking the cake when it comes to a wonderfully crushing death metal release. Chords of hell, riffs of massive destruction, vocally it’s piercing and magma spitting, drums are a relentless beat down and the bass work is rich and powerful. Æra Dementiæ is a modern marvel when it comes to consistently pushing great music and creatively making fun riffs for me to enjoy.
I have never heard of Cut Up before in my entire life and now all of a sudden they are here, releasing a new album and a lot of people are discussing them. With damn good reason too because this slab of death metal fury is some great headbang inducing stuff! Forensic Nightmares is already out on Metal Blade Records so you don’t have to wait to listen to this if this is your first time hearing about them. If you want high energy death metal with big influences and sound, then you’ll gravitate towards this one rather easily.
If there is one thing German does right it’s their porn. Secondly, it’s their death metal. Intravenous Contamination’s Drowned in Human Fluids is a death metal offering of epic proportions. Deadly, heavy hitting, powerful and over the top in exciting gore splattering moments, this band’s sound and execution on this release is undeniably worthy of a listen. Hell yes, this is brutal death metal that you need in your life.
Returning from the depths of a death metal jungle is a band so average that many people will ignore just about everything that they put out. Now while the last review was a glowing 5 out of 5 from our past writer Toilet Maestro (RIP), I was rather unimpressed with how each song sounded the same, how bland the writing was and how boring it was. After 2 listens, I really didn’t need to listen to it anymore. I got the gist of what they were doing and musically it just wasn’t that good. Well this time Jungle Rot is back and with a new album called Order Shall Prevail. While they basically keep it the same, they decide to include a couple of songs that actually stand out with some riffs that get stuck in your head. A more inspired release, these guys are here to kill you with riffs.
Immortal Bird have returned with new album and it’s another powerful punch just like their last one. Empress/Abscess is a blackened thrash melodic death metal punk something released on Broken Limb Records/Manatee Rampage Recordings and it’s a unique hybrid of sound that had me excited to sit down and give this a good listen. Well I am happy to report that this is just as heavy and just as fun as their last offering, but with this release I found that the band had a more mature execution and sound to them. They still experiment but they definitely have a sound that is theirs and it’s a damn good one. Immortal Bird are back!
Suppuration is a brutal death metal trio from Colombia and their third full length album Devouring Your Prayers is one of the most crushing death metal albums to be released this year. Relentless pain, suffering and death bleeds out of these guys lyrically and musically. The crushing slam riffs are paired well with intense tremolo speeds and blasting. Drum sound is insane as the blasts and double bass just add more layers of catastrophe to the mix. The music is topped with a fine touch of aggressively amazing vocal work. Suppuration have gained a new fan and this album is one of the best out this year.
Brutal death metal bands have been coming out with some really gnarly records lately and you can add Prion’s Uncertain Process to that list of good albums released this year. Uncertain Process is brutality with some technical charm mixed in it. Similar to Gorguts’ unorthodox writing style but with more chunky gore filled riffs filled in between transitions and verses. This Argentinian trio brings a lot of music to the table and the end result is a satisfyingly brilliant brutal death metal buffet.