Show Me Wolves is a one man Icelandic black metal band that released something magical recently and the man in charge was generous enough to let me stream the release in full on the YouTube channel! A free download that you absolutely need to grab right now!
Technical death metal is usually a finger fuckfest of notes that caress the fretboard in many many ways, for the most part going at a million miles an hour and melting the listeners face off. Dystrophy is indeed technical death metal but in a different…more mature fashion. Sure there are face melting moments but there is also a lot of progressiveness and groove found on Wretched Host. These New Jersey gentlemen want to bury you but not until they finish off this glass of wine. Oh that’s tasty stuff. Okay let’s get into it.
Being new to the fabled one man act known as Gnaw Their Tongues, I approached this album with open ears and no expectations. What was to behold? What was to come? What was in store for me? Well as it turns out, this sampling of Gnaw Their Tongues known as Abyss of Longing Throats is an extreme case of black metal, doom metal, experimental metal and a slight case of industrial robotic atmosphere. Like wondering into an warehouse of rhythm, misanthropy and sickness…I plunge into this album head first.
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.
Sanzu is a band out of Australia and it’s rather easy to define how these guys sound. It may spawn an eye roll or two but everyone who listens to this groove filled death metal beast will agree with me. This Painless EP is a heavy hitting, sure as shit to make you headbang kind of album and there is no denying it. Sanzu has one goal here and that is to rock your socks off and they do so very well. This band is great but I sure hope they find their own sound and quickly.
Lamb of God really doesn’t need an introduction. You know them and you either love them or hate them. Their brand of metal is incredibly fierce while utilizing groove and stacking tons of melody within their guitar riffs. Percussive concussions happen on every single album and the bass playing is always steady and offers more power to Lamb of God’s overall sound. Then of course we have the familiar vocal delivery from Randy Blythe, a man who has always been really good at painting a picture with his lyrics then blasting your head off with his screams. VII: Sturm Und Drang is the name of their newest release, their 7th studio album, and it’s exactly what you want from the band and then some.
Erang is a one man band who has created an enriched dungeon synth/atmospheric fantasy styled musical world. A world filled with dragons, magic and drunken dwarves among many other things. Recently, I was able to ask Erang a few questions about his music, side projects and hobbies as well as what inspired him to not only create this great music but the entire lore behind it.
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.
Serpents Athirst is a black metal act from Sri Lanka, where their creative focus is strictly melting your face with blasphemous music and screams of torment. Themes of war, religion and violence reign supreme when it comes to Serpents Athirst and Heralding Ceremonial Mass Obliteration showcases exactly what this band wants to accomplish. This release is their debut EP so we’re getting an official first listen at this bands ominous sound, unless you’ve heard the split and demo that is. Black metal greatness awaits you when you press play.
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.