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.
I have never heard of Cut Up before in my entire life and now all of a sudden they are here, releasing a new album and a lot of people are discussing them. With damn good reason too because this slab of death metal fury is some great headbang inducing stuff! Forensic Nightmares is already out on Metal Blade Records so you don’t have to wait to listen to this if this is your first time hearing about them. If you want high energy death metal with big influences and sound, then you’ll gravitate towards this one rather easily.
If there is one thing German does right it’s their porn. Secondly, it’s their death metal. Intravenous Contamination’s Drowned in Human Fluids is a death metal offering of epic proportions. Deadly, heavy hitting, powerful and over the top in exciting gore splattering moments, this band’s sound and execution on this release is undeniably worthy of a listen. Hell yes, this is brutal death metal that you need in your life.
Returning from the depths of a death metal jungle is a band so average that many people will ignore just about everything that they put out. Now while the last review was a glowing 5 out of 5 from our past writer Toilet Maestro (RIP), I was rather unimpressed with how each song sounded the same, how bland the writing was and how boring it was. After 2 listens, I really didn’t need to listen to it anymore. I got the gist of what they were doing and musically it just wasn’t that good. Well this time Jungle Rot is back and with a new album called Order Shall Prevail. While they basically keep it the same, they decide to include a couple of songs that actually stand out with some riffs that get stuck in your head. A more inspired release, these guys are here to kill you with riffs.
When it comes to blackened death metal or black metal in general, there is and will never be a shortage of blasphemous, anti-religious and evil music. Infernal Execrator brings forth these reoccuring themes of darkness to their latest album: Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherent. This album is just massive evil black metal attack that touches upon what Marduk has been doing for years. The pummeling drum work sometimes overpowers the blazing riffs but they can still be heard for the most part. The quickness and quality of the song writing makes this a black metal release that demands your attention!
Immortal Bird have returned with new album and it’s another powerful punch just like their last one. Empress/Abscess is a blackened thrash melodic death metal punk something released on Broken Limb Records/Manatee Rampage Recordings and it’s a unique hybrid of sound that had me excited to sit down and give this a good listen. Well I am happy to report that this is just as heavy and just as fun as their last offering, but with this release I found that the band had a more mature execution and sound to them. They still experiment but they definitely have a sound that is theirs and it’s a damn good one. Immortal Bird are back!
Brutal death metal bands have been coming out with some really gnarly records lately and you can add Prion’s Uncertain Process to that list of good albums released this year. Uncertain Process is brutality with some technical charm mixed in it. Similar to Gorguts’ unorthodox writing style but with more chunky gore filled riffs filled in between transitions and verses. This Argentinian trio brings a lot of music to the table and the end result is a satisfyingly brilliant brutal death metal buffet.