Bloodscribe comes at us with their debut release called “Prologue to the Apocalypse” and it’s a submission of plain and simple brutal death metal with massive use of slam riffs and chugs. No far fetched guitar solos or technical wankery, just thick groove and big guitar tone. This 5 piece from Boyle Heights, CA just want to melt your face off with simplistic heaviness. Bloodscribe has been around since 2004 and “Prologue to the Apocalypse” is their first full length as well as my first morsel of this meaty metal meal. It fulfills the need to listen to senseless brutality. No context or story, just gruesome death and gore.
In The Shadow are a Kansas City band whose been around since 2008 and I’ve known about them ever since they first started playing shows here in a few venues with a few other bands that had just formed. They have since opened up for many major touring acts (Mushroomhead, Soulfly & Spineshank to name just a few) and always steadily gained fans and respect within the local scene here. Their familiar new wave of american metal sound (i.e. Chimaira, Shadows Fall) is blended well with 90′s metal moments (Deftones & Fear Factory) and adding their own melodies and heavy riffing to it all definitely gives In The Shadow their own sound that is appealing and enjoyable. This new EP is a headbanging good time as they bring forth melody and big groove to the table.
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.
Sometimes when you hear of an oriental metal band you may think of poppy choruses, boasting loud guitars and females dancing in school girl outfits. Well Ghost Bath is from China and no they do not possess the energy and light show of your semi typical event. No this is a brooding, emotionally deep, depressing type of album. Ghost Bath sucks you in slowly and then proceeds to blast your face off, only to take it all away and get truly emotionally low with the music. If there was anything that would push you over the edge and make you want to take the plunge, it’s this album.
Ever just want some fearless ass kicking instrumental stoner/sludge music to jam out to? If you have been searching, then Karma to Burn is PERFECT. Even if you weren’t searching for something like this, Karma To Burn’s new album is just so good that you cannot pry away once the music has started. The upbeat high energy whiskey fueled tempos and bong resin tone/fuzz just makes this release, Arch Stanton, a high impact and enjoyable listening experience. There is no nonsense filler here, this is massive amounts of filthy southern edge being forced into your body. It’s very exhilarating and always puts me in a good mood when I listen to this.
Double albums…..they can be an experience. A good chunk of your day will be gone after you enjoy a double album and they usually are about 1.5 to 2 hours long. Arcane’s sublime progressive journey is nearly 2.5 hours long! I could damn near drive to St. Louis (I am in Kansas City) in that amount of time! Known – Learned is my first time listening to these guys and boy is it a wild start for someone just getting into a band. Something of this scale is quite monumental and intimidating, even for someone who can listen to a 50 minute song/EP (Eye of Solitude, various other black/doom/drone bands). Arcane starts off with good momentum and with the right amount of uniqueness within the progressive metal and something I can familiarize with I dove head first into the expansive release that is Known/Learned.
When you think of Richmond, Virginia do you think of frost bitten Scandinavian black metal? Well you will now with Unsacred’s new album “False Light”. The inspired writing and fierce riffing found within the false light is a vicious blasting of all of the senses. An attack that only Marduk has displayed so far this year, Unsacred’s no holds barred sound offers us a pleasurable experience with their integrity and energy. All hail the Scandinavian sound from Virginia!
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.
Twingiant is a 5 piece “stoner” metal band out of Pheonix, AZ and their new album MUST be inspired from their experience at a KFC after a night filled with bong hits and craft brews. Devil Down is crunchy, moist on the inside and overly rich with flavor and calories. This old school doom sound is lead by seriously great guitar riffs and fuzzy bass guitar. Vocals are spread out and this approach gives us a chance to just zone the fuck out and absorb the electric music that flows from these guys. Yeah man.
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.