Abiotic have returned with their sophomore release on Metal Blade Records called Casuistry! A very fine tuned machine of technical death metal power. Using styles and techniques found in all aspects of death metal, Abiotic creates a sound that calls out to just about everyone. Musically, it’s one of the best technical death metal albums to be released this year. A massive step up from their debut album, Casuistry is a fantastic record.
Beyond Dishonor is a metalcore act (Even though I think they are more along the lines of a edgy/aggressive hardcore act sort of like The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza) from New Jersey and I’ve known about these guys for awhile now due to quite a bit of Facebook circulation and things I’ve seen from the scene up there. This Generation EP is my first true listen to the band with critical ears and I must say….these guys know how to create some body moving music. The use of groove, breakdowns and overall high energy atmosphere makes this EP fun to listen to.
There has been so much great black metal released this year that I sometimes forget to check out the death metal side of things. Well now I am focused on the new Architect of Dissonance album, the slam-tastic album called “Realm of the Deviant Throne”. Much like Ingested’s new album, this album just wants to tear you to shreds with pummeling drums, demonic vocals and low tuned crushing riffs. Architect’s main purpose is to kill you with music and here they give you 10 counts of manslaughter.
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.
Reactivated Montreal, Canadian death metal pioneers, Despised Icon, have now announced some North American shows this Winter. The band recently performed a run of dates in Europe, four years after announcing that the group would be disbanding. While no album or full tour is planned, the members of the group are just happy to be back on stage performing together. Vocalist, Alex Erian comments: Continue reading
Californian deathcore act Suicide Silence have returned to the awaiting masses with new vocalist Eddie Hermida. This marks the official return of the band after their random and tragic loss of their original vocalist Mitch Lucker. The fans pleaded for them to continue and the fire still burns bright within the rest of the band, why would they quit something they loved doing so much? After the loss, after all of the sorrow and the wild headache to find a new singer and then deal with the fans/media…..can they return and shut everyone the fuck up and just get straight back to what they were doing?
Well I am randomly on YouTube checking out what is new and Nuclear Blast just dropped a full album stream on us out of nowhere. So without further delay…here is Suicide Silence’s new album “You Can’t Stop Me”!
I Declare War started off as just ‘one of those deathcore bands’ but with the replacement of a vocalist and changing their tone slightly, they just continue to unleash hellish and incredibly violent music. Yes, it’s still semi deathcore in nature and the riffing may not be the most ‘technical’ or a wank fest of leads and solos, but their ability to churn out brutal rhythmic catchy music just calls to me each and every time they release a new album. Their last self titled album was released 3 long years ago and and I loved that album from beginning to end and I get that same feeling now when I listen to the new album, We Are Violent People By Nature.
When it comes to the deathcore band known as Emmure, they seem to have a bad reputation and lack respect from people. Often getting called out for repetitive song writing, simplistic riffs and a mouthy frontman; Emmure continue on as if the hate fuels them and I think this album is exactly what this is. A response to those that have shit on them for the past 4 years. Eternal Enemies is ultra heavy and it’s super pissed off.
The disgustingly heavy deathcore band from Tennessee is back with another album of sheer anger, brutality and harsh tone. The bands recent few releases kind of showed the band heading toward a different direction as they experimented with their sound and song writing but Our Endless War is the proper release that should have followed A New Age of Corruption. Our Endless War is gripping, relentless and will make you head bang incredibly hard.