From Baltimore, Maryland hails the grind heavy death metal act known as Noisem. A band whose fast tempos, bleeding vocal remedies and devouring drum rhythms often leave my neck in a sore state after listening to their latest crushing album Blossoming Decay. A delivery of 9 tracks, this album is a constant intense ride of powerful metal energies. Blistering grindcore instrumentation with semi-punk vocal delivery makes Noisem unique from the rest of the grindcore/death metal pack, but their massive rhythm and riffing will bring in death metal fans as the writing is highly mosh inducing and headbang ready.
Hailing from Belgium, Wiegedood delivers a fierce black metal sound that reminds me of Earth and Pillars release from last year. Just massive atmosphere layered on top of wonderfully orchestrated riffs and writing. The sound on De Doden Hebben Het Goed is blissful, bone chilling intense black metal. An outstanding piece of work, four songs deliver enough impactful music to fulfill those urges you may get for high quality atmospheric metal.
Wiegedood’s creation is really good to not only listen to but to feel. Their music is something that can give your skin goosebumps and make your soul shift. So if you’re on the lookout for the next big atmospheric black metal quest, may I suggest that you embark on the journey that is Wiegedood’s De Doden Hebben Het Goed. One of 2015′s finest black metal experiences.
8.5 out of 10
Midnight Odyssey’s Shards of Silver Fate is 8 songs that reaches out to 2.3 hours (142.40 minutes) mark, which is incredibly long for an album. Even for a double album such as this, you’ll need to have quite a bit of time to yourself to listen to this thing uninterrupted from beginning to end. Which is the ultimate way to fully embrace the majesty that is this record. It’s hard to quit mid song, only to come back to it in a few hours. It ruins the experience as well as the flow of the album. Each song is within the 14 – 21 minute mark, so even getting through one single song can be tough. I drive 35 minutes to work and that is only 1.5 songs per trip! While it’s hard to fully focus on this album, it makes for the perfect background music for working or gaming.
May 17th 2015. Kansas City, Missouri. The Riot Room. Local band Torn The Fuck Apart tore the venue apart to begin the show. Promptly at 8:30, they started their set and played brutal death metal to begin the slaughter. Led by Michael Langner, the guys executed several counts of battery onto the crowd. With skilled technical display as well as quick horrid slam riffing, Torn The Fuck Apart truly brought it and got the crowd headbanging early! With a few moshers in the crowd, the night was off to a great start!
Fans longing for the next great Bathory (Viking era) album do not have to wait any longer as Macabre Omen brings forth victorious hymns of battle and war with their new album “Gods of War – At War“. Even though that album title is goofy, this release is one that you cannot forget once you’ve heard it. Possibly the next best thing to be released this year, Macabre Omen delivers unforgettable epic black metal fury. Equip your finest armor and grab your swords and shields! It’s off to battle!!!
Melancholic. Depressing. Bleak. These are the central emotions and feelings brought to the forefront for this album. Funeral Oppression’s album “The Prisoners of Life” is a raw depressive black metal release, with huge songs filled with impressive instrumentation and vocal work. The dreadful music soars up and has roller-coaster moments of dreariness and desolation. The music at times races up, giving you hope and optimism but then dives straight back down and smashes you with the hammer of despair. A wonderfully sad album with remarkably beautiful music, Funeral Oppression gives us one of the best black metal albums within this niche. Staying close to Ghost Bath’s release for best in the genre.
Abiotic have returned with their sophomore release on Metal Blade Records called Casuistry! A very fine tuned machine of technical death metal power. Using styles and techniques found in all aspects of death metal, Abiotic creates a sound that calls out to just about everyone. Musically, it’s one of the best technical death metal albums to be released this year. A massive step up from their debut album, Casuistry is a fantastic record.
Germany’s power metal band Blind Guardian returns with their 10th studio album called Beyond the Red Mirror. Released on Nuclear Blast, they continue on with their epic symphonic music that has kept fans on the edge of their seats for many years. Beyond the Red Mirror is no exception, as the melodic power metal has a special cinematic feeling to it. Adding a sense of excitement and majesty to the mix as you rock out with raised fists. Oh yes, Blind Guardian is back after 5 long years to rock your pants off.
Captivating me with Screams of Eternal Emptiness and then immediately dropping the EP Concealed In Nothingness, Eternal Valley not only made a fan out of me instantaneously but gave me enough quality music to enjoy for a long long time. Not even a year later Jason Yorke unleashes another massive full length called Ascend to the Unknown and the musical journey found within these walls of atmospheric bliss will get you lost in the massiveness of empty space and a void that goes on infinitely. That is how big the music sounds and the way the album develops over time just slathers on the enriched feeling of being lost in space. Not without inquiring some damn good black metal and that Eternal Valley styled doom on occasion.
Grethor’s “Cloaked In Decay” is a big underground release, sounding like some sort of Indonesian death metal release with a twist on raw black metal from Malaysia. Maybe it’s the writing style and the way the vocals are performed but Grethor’s sound is actually very filthy blackened death metal from Virginia. One thing for sure is that this group of young talent is very pissed off and they show it in their performance on Cloaked In Decay.