It happens more often than not where people will like a band and they will gain traction with fans, labels and PR companies and I will not bat an eye in their direction. It’s not that the music or band is bad, it’s just that it’s nothing substantially special. I am infinitely more picky when it comes to death metal than I am black metal and it’s slim pickens sometimes when it comes to the genre. Psycroptic’s next full length album is one of these examples where the music is exceptionally good but I just am left not amused.
Enslaved. If you haven’t already heard of them, well shame on you, but this band is a progressive viking metal band hailing from the motherland of all black metal: Norway. In Times is their thirteenth studio album and they still prove that they can still write thought provoking tunes that expand on the genre and what we think about viking metal in general. Enslaved have been writing about frost giants, Nordic gods and lore way before it became trendy and they still seem to keep it creative, unique and entertaining.
These sumbitches from Colorado just became one of my favorite bands! Ancient Wind is a new band and their debut album “The Chosen Slain” just takes several things I enjoy about several other bands, gives them a rad and creative twist on them so it’s not a simple mimic and delivers a new tasty metal album for me to consume and enjoy. The Chosen Slain is awesome, melodic, black metal, warrior marching stuff and you’ll bang your fucking head no matter what. Horns up, drinks down yer throat and ALL HAIL ANCIENT WIND!
Pandemia is a Czech Republic death metal band that definitely gives off wild old school death metal groove, sadistic tone, raw tone and dark energy. Been around since the mid 90′s, the gang is back from a 6 year gap from their last album to give us this blazing album “At The Gates of Nihilism”. I wasn’t sure what to expect from these guys since this is my first album by them but I can proudly say that this was a definite headbanger, something I’ll enjoy gladly listen to multiple times.
‘id.’ is a hard to find band online but I somehow managed to get a promo from their PR (Asher Media). It’s still incredibly hard to find them online: no real online social media presence, nothing posted on YouTube and extremely poor to no results found on Google probably due to the software company iD, the makers of Wolfenstein and Doom. This is a shame because these guys have a decent sound, even though it may be derivative from other bands. Their progressive metal sound isn’t inventive and the production is hollow and lifeless. Still, if you wanted an Opeth/Gojira (From Mars to Sirius) writing sound with an indie styled production quality, then ‘id.’s new album is what you’ll need.
Now streaming the full EP from New Plague! Blackened Hardcore from New York! Enjoy the music!
Horror Pain Gore Productions released this Solanum/Epi-Demic split in January and it’s a high energy old school metal, with massive punk/thrash appeal to it. A true headbanger and pairs well with 18 cans of PBR.
7.4 out of 10
vod’s release of “ᑑᕐᖓᐃᑦ” or Tuurngait, is very different. Bass driven riffs stacked upon riffs, with doom/droned out screams slapped on top of all of this aggressive rhythmic fury. Drumming is progressive in many ways with it’s groove and often will try to outshine what is being produced by the bass guitar. This much percussive and rhythm can be too much to handle if you aren’t ready for it. The imaginative and creative music found on this album definitely calls out to those in search of something new that thinks outside the box. vod is what you need.
Depressive atmospheric post-rock with blackened ambiance utilizing synth that offers us something new that is not from Europe….but from MICHIGAN?!?! That’s right, Triste L’Hiver have been hoarding all of the tasty black metal bits in some murky shelter over there and has churned out an impressive EP that is impossible to turn away from once it’s started. Powerful musicianship with massive amounts of energy, with a touch of emotional moments that hold on to you. This release is meant to be listened to and enjoyed, 2 songs blasted me with dark ambiance and atmospheric black metal, sprinkled on some post-rock moments that reminded me of the newer release from The Apache Revolver. The best thing about this release is that it can be downloaded for free. Everyone loves free music, especially if it’s actually good.
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.