Here is a band that takes real issues and displays the heartache of certain situations over well written melodic death metal. Reject the Sickness is a band from Belgium and their use of melodic death metal, metalcore guitar ailments and progressive undertones really makes their debut album, Chains of Solitude, a stand out performance. Then you have the vocalist who is a social worker and uses these emotions in his lyrics and vocal performance to tell emotional tales of child endangerment, abuse, neglect and anger. On the surface it seems like just another melodic death band but Reject the Sickness is incredibly deep.
Conclave is a sludge/doom band hailing from Massachusets and if it’s sludge…you know it’s going to be heavy with massive use of grooves and down tuned tones. So yes, this is a bashing display of sludge. Conclave’s sound will definitely be something NOLA sludge fans will grasp onto. With almost drunken riffs, bass licks and a raspy vocalist heading the charge…you get a sense of Down and Crowbar inspiration from Conclave. While not mimicking the sound at all, that is just the vibe I am getting from this bands debut album, Sins of the Elders. Which merits a listen if you enjoy this style of music.
Brandishing a touch of Middle Eastern ideologies within their war torn technical death metal sound, Imperium (from the UK) pull off a sound that fans of Nile, Hideous Divinity and ADE will easily fall in love with. Titanomachy definitely snuck past me but I am glad I caught up with it. This album is a true headbanger type of album.
The band’s debut full-length, Abhorrent Extinction was released on the 24th of August. The album lasts around 34 minutes. It was released by the band themselves and CDs are available in Black and white digipaks limited to a press of 50.
When it comes to extreme music from Italy, you can expect it to be the epitome of that very word. It doesn’t matter if it is death metal, black metal or grind….the Italians know how to create some fine heavy music. This time around, it’s a black metal band known as Darkend. Their third full length album, The Canticle of Shadows, is the Fleshgod Apocalypse of their genre. Savage musicianship, layers of sound and instrumentation and foul screams cast out to shatter your skull. Darkend is a band you need to be listening to.
You know of Inquisition. Black metal . Some tried to make a controversy of them 2 years ago (massive eye roll). You may have heard of them before as one of the better Satanic black metal acts. Hell you may have only recently heard of them for the first time this year due to massive word of mouth. Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith is one of those bands where runnerjma, wyattxhim and others have just been gushing about them. So much so that my bar was unfairly raised for them rather high. I’ll admit, this will be my first time listening to this band with a reviewer ear against the speakers. So let me listen and I will get back to you…
Well here we have another fantastic slab of brutal death for you from Gore House Productions. This time it’s a band from Ecuador. Infectolgy’s newest album Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment is the haymaker punch the the fucking face that you are looking for. If you’re a fan of Disgorge, Defeated Sanity and Inherit Disease then Infectology is one you need to focus on. This album is the epitome of brutal death metal.
External are a thrash band from Finland. They released a demo in 2015 and then this demo/EP this year. It consists of 3 songs, 2 of which are studio recordings and the third being a live track. It clocks in at around 13 and a half minutes. The artwork is done by the Drummer’s girlfriend. This album is available for disc and vinyl!
Brutonomy are a 5 man Australian outfit, this is their first EP release which came out in September 2015. The EP itself consists of 4 songs and just clocks in at just over 19 minutes. The music itself is brutal with some technicality entwined within. This pairs well with the drumming which has some blasts. The vocals tend to lean to a more straight up death metal feel, where you can audibly hear the lyrics.