Beheaded has returned with Beast Incarnate, a savage display of death metal unfolds once I press play. The group of guys from Malta have released one heavy album here but I will get into that soon. Despite being together for just over 25 years, Beast Incarnate is actually only Beheaded‘s fifth studio album. I can honestly say I have never listened to these guys with a critical ear before but after doing so with their newest release…I need to check out their previous work if it’s anything like this. Beast Incarnate is what death metal needs right now. Catchy, heavy, melodic, dark riffing with pummeling drum work, bass work and production. This album is a true headbanger.
Slamophiliac mentions in it’s press release that this project started off as a joke, I suppose to mock all of the brutal one man bands that have risen over the past decade. However, Perihelion delivers on adrenaline pumping tempo, blast beats and growling over a rather impressive production for a DIY project. Boasting wild thick textures of death for 22 minutes, Slamophiliac gives us our first true sample of delicious brutal death metal for the new year. 2017 seems to be off to a heavy start.
Hey there! Man do I have something late 2016 special to share with you guys. If you feel like this year was lacking in atmospheric doom mixed with black and death metal then you are right. If you wish before you make your “best of 2016” list you had one more album to listen to that could ‘wow’ you then I think I may have found the right band for you. Liminal hails from Finland, not a place where you would expect this style of music. When I think of Finland, I think of folk metal or melodic death metal. However, the music found on Fugue is nothing like that. This is wretchedly thick, layered with groove, dissonance and atmosphere. This style of blackened death doom is what I needed in my life.
I’ve been an avid fan of Korn since 1999 when I was introduced to them with the album “Follow The Leader”. Since then it’s been a steady ride of similar tracks, depressing lyrics and heavy guitar riffs….until Head (Brian Welch) left the band. Soon afterwards, their sound changed for the experimental while barely grasping at the sounds that made them who they were, even dipping into dubstep for an album. Then Head returns to the fray and things are looking up for Korn. “The Paradigm Shift” was a slight return to form with a couple of songs but they had yet to fully find themselves and the sound that I could enjoy again. I haven’t truly been into a Korn album since “Take A Look Into The Mirror”, which was the last album Brian Welch was on before his departure. 13 years later, we get “The Serenity of Suffering“, a proper follow up to the album. This safely fits into their heavy discography, blending what they have evoled into and utilizing past riff techniques….Korn sounds like Korn once again.
Anal Trump brings you their hilarious debut album that may be the best grind album of 2016, even though it’s a jab/joke release of god damn fast grind and screams. Travis Trump (Fans of Cattle Decap will enjoy) belches, screams and grunts his way through these 30 tracks while Rob Trump handles all of the musical aspects of it. Honestly, I am already 3 listens deep into this (and counting, it only lasts a few minutes) and it’s actually really heavy hitting, well written, satirical and educational release of extreme music. Personal politics aside, this just shows the world what we’re dealing with from another perspective. Disgustingly brilliant grindcore.
Anaal Nathrakh has a cult following a severely devoted fans and after listening to their newest album, The Whole of the Law, I seriously understand why. Let’s not get into their back story and where they come from, let’s just jump straight into this album’s review. Here you go…
13 years…..13 long years since I have had a new Superjoint (NAME CHANGED DUE TO LEGAL REASONS) album. I’ve since jammed “Use Once and Destroy” and “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred” so much I should probably be ashamed of myself but I have always loved the heavy riffing, southern comfort groove and Anselmo’s fine tuned screams over these uniquely written songs. Now we get a new Superjoint album called Caught Up in the Gears of the Application and right away I am filled with excitement, anticipation and hope that I get the same fulfillment that I got from the previous 2 albums. The result of a few listens is a mixed bag of good and bad. Continue reading “Review: SUPERJOINT – Caught Up In The Gears Of The Application”
Very little is known about Boreworm…..a progressively powerful death metal band from Michigan. Entomophobia is the band’s sophomore EP and they deliver a brand of death that isn’t like anything I have heard before. They bring a wall of sound with them that is pure death, atmospheric horror, melodic and just crushing with amazing production and musicianship. The band is independently releasing this bad boy and right out of the gate I have to recommend that you listen to this one. Let me tell you why.
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.