Being new to the fabled one man act known as Gnaw Their Tongues, I approached this album with open ears and no expectations. What was to behold? What was to come? What was in store for me? Well as it turns out, this sampling of Gnaw Their Tongues known as Abyss of Longing Throats is an extreme case of black metal, doom metal, experimental metal and a slight case of industrial robotic atmosphere. Like wondering into an warehouse of rhythm, misanthropy and sickness…I plunge into this album head first.
Debut albums are so exciting. They are the first true full length release and promising tell of what the band’s sound is all about. Some debut albums are amazing (ex. Caladan Brood) and some are left in the bargain bin at your local used CD shop, but it’s always fun to jam a bands 1st album and find out if they are worth a shit or not. Abhorrent Deformity, a brutal death metal band who grabs a little bit from the deathcore genre as well, has Entity of Malevolence for their debut release and it’s a very good first release.
Well, it is that time again. The time where all of the ghouls and goblins emerge from their dark crevices and re-enter the living world. This time not talking about Halloween, I’m talking about the release of a Ghost album. Ghost is a band from Sweden that I commonly refer to as “Blue Oyster Cult if they really liked talking about Satan”. This has become a more apt description over time. Their first album (Opus Eponymous) was a smash success, becoming album of the year on many music blogs and sites back in 2010. It was an epic, catchy romp that made devil worshipers swoon all across the world. While their second release was underwhelming in comparison, fans have waiting patiently for this that you see before you, but was it worth the wait?
Sanzu is a band out of Australia and it’s rather easy to define how these guys sound. It may spawn an eye roll or two but everyone who listens to this groove filled death metal beast will agree with me. This Painless EP is a heavy hitting, sure as shit to make you headbang kind of album and there is no denying it. Sanzu has one goal here and that is to rock your socks off and they do so very well. This band is great but I sure hope they find their own sound and quickly.
Fuck the Facts! Another reason to love Canada! There are so many good things that pour from that country like maple syrup, it’s hard not to want to taste everything and eventually consume all of the greatness that country has to offer. Fuck the Facts is a grindcore band from said tasty country and Desire Will Rot is another serving on top of the stack of already righteous metal flapjacks. I need to eat breakfast apparently.
On August 25th through Noise Salvation, you will be able to witness the sheer devastation of Desire Will Rot.
Lamb of God really doesn’t need an introduction. You know them and you either love them or hate them. Their brand of metal is incredibly fierce while utilizing groove and stacking tons of melody within their guitar riffs. Percussive concussions happen on every single album and the bass playing is always steady and offers more power to Lamb of God’s overall sound. Then of course we have the familiar vocal delivery from Randy Blythe, a man who has always been really good at painting a picture with his lyrics then blasting your head off with his screams. VII: Sturm Und Drang is the name of their newest release, their 7th studio album, and it’s exactly what you want from the band and then some.
Cattle Decapitation! The Anthropocene Extinction! This is everything I have been waiting for. This is everything that you have been waiting for! Does it surpass Monolith? Will it be the album of the year? Well I think it may be a damn good contender for album of the year, but it doesn’t blow Monolith of Inhumanity out of the water as much as you may expect. Instead, it’s a solid evolution and rolls along side of that album in such a good way. Anthropocene is fast, it’s hectic, it’s a vocal experiment and it’s something that will absolutely blow your mind! A very solid release from the guys whom should be proud at what they have become and the caliber of death metal they have achieved. A new level of diabolical madness can be heard on The Anthropocene Extinction and it’s blissful music to my ears.
Serpents Athirst is a black metal act from Sri Lanka, where their creative focus is strictly melting your face with blasphemous music and screams of torment. Themes of war, religion and violence reign supreme when it comes to Serpents Athirst and Heralding Ceremonial Mass Obliteration showcases exactly what this band wants to accomplish. This release is their debut EP so we’re getting an official first listen at this bands ominous sound, unless you’ve heard the split and demo that is. Black metal greatness awaits you when you press play.
Guttural. Slamming. Brutal. Death. Nothing else is even truly needed to be said because Kraanium captures everything we love about brutal death metal. Gravity blasting over rolling double bass speeds, high tempo tremolo picking into slam riffs that are the epitome of terror, bass work that adds more ferocity to the guitar riffing and vocal work from a maniacal person who only wants to kill. This is Kraanium’s Chronicles of Perversion, one of the best death metal albums to be released this year.
Directly out of the oven and awaiting your ears from Kaotoxin Records, Antropofago’s latest album Æra Dementiæ is a doozy of a death metal release. France is known for their good bands but Antropofago is taking the cake when it comes to a wonderfully crushing death metal release. Chords of hell, riffs of massive destruction, vocally it’s piercing and magma spitting, drums are a relentless beat down and the bass work is rich and powerful. Æra Dementiæ is a modern marvel when it comes to consistently pushing great music and creatively making fun riffs for me to enjoy.