Taking the fantasy driven RPG theme seriously, Dethlehem pulls us into a realm of evil, goblins, swords, bows and adventure! Dethlehem’s “Destroyers of the Realm” takes us on a quest to defeat evil, by grinding xp through riffs, melodies, barbaric vocal power, ravenous drumming and quirky sounds that sound like they come straight from a video game in the 8 bit era. The escapade is more along the lines of straight up metal with melody driven riffs, a minor influence of metalcore and melodic death metal also pokes it’s head up from time to time, giving this album a bit of a kick and excitement throughout the endeavor. In between a couple of songs are some story based tracks, talking to a Soothsayer and a Goblin or readying themselves for the final boss fight! These interludes continue on the story and they also crack me up with their narration and dialogue. All in all, I really enjoy this thought out story of might and magic!
Cretin’s sound on “Stranger” is very heavy, riff oriented, kill them with speed, spit in your face and pummel them with drumming styled grindcore. So much so that I forgot this band is labeled as a grindcore band since the riffing seems so thrashy on most of the album. The full on attack and dominance this band displays on all 14 of the songs just eats you alive. The Bay Area must have an influence for just making bands want to just create the most mind blowing riffs and heavy music possible and Cretin show off that on this album.
In the need of something new, groovin and wild with riffs and melodies? Astrakhan’s new delightful EP “A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin” may be exactly what you need! Driven by vocal harmonies, forceful guitar melodies, thick bass lines this band offers us somewhat of a nice blend of Mastodon and Tool. A lot of thought has gone into the music, the vocal arraignment and the overall end result as a whole is professionally brilliant. You may think the band may have brought in a claque but I assure you that the fans being drawn in are earned through phenomenal musicianship and hard work.
In anticipation of its release, the quartet — who have been described as a cross between Agalloch and Amon Amarth — have unveiled the previously unreleased track “Cities Built on Conquered Ground” exclusively via Metal Bandcamp
http://metalbandcamp.com/2014/11/wayfarer-children-of-the-iron-age.html. The song is featured exclusively on Side D of the “Children of the Iron Age” gatefold double-LP, which can be pre-ordered at the link below.
Ensiferum has completed work on their upcoming new album, “One Man Army.” The band spent the last few weeks at Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. The album is scheduled for release on February 24 in North America, and February 23/20 in UK/Europe. New music, art, track listing, and video clips from the studio will be online within the next few weeks. Next week, Ensiferum will be filming a brand new music video with Grupa #13 in Poland. Grupa #13 is the production house behind some of the most spectacular music videos in metal, including videos from Behemoth, Amon Amarth, and more.
This week I will start compiling a massive list of media for you all to consume on Saturday’s. I run this website as a hobby so I am not always keeping up with content during the week like the other websites but I still want to maintain some credibility when it comes to sharing the best of the best from the underground as well as some of the newer stuff from the more established bands. This week we have black metal updates, music videos and more! Sit back, grab a coffee and listen.
Montreal’s THE AGONIST will release their new album EYE OF PROVIDENCE on February 24 in North America and February 23 in Europe via Century Media Records. EYE OF PROVIDENCE is the follow up to THE AGONIST’s 2012 album PRISONERS and will be the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The lead vocalist change happened in the early part of this year when previous singer Alissa White-Gluz joined ARCH ENEMY.
Schammasch’s new album “Contradiction” is one of the more massive displays of doom this year! The destroying vocals, the raunchy guitar tone and the annihilating drum work just round off to be a very enjoyable album to sit through.