Occultist Blackened Death Metal at it’s best here: Black Flame delivers fiery music that leaves everything smoldering and covered in ash. These Italian bastards want to watch everything burn and their music portrays their hatred and energy very well. Black Flame’s sound isn’t groundbreaking but it’s a testament stating how black metal doesn’t need to always be atmospheric or epic to be good. Like Marduk’s latest album, you’ll be headbanging and air riffing along with the music while you jam Black Flame’s new album.
It happens more often than not where people will like a band and they will gain traction with fans, labels and PR companies and I will not bat an eye in their direction. It’s not that the music or band is bad, it’s just that it’s nothing substantially special. I am infinitely more picky when it comes to death metal than I am black metal and it’s slim pickens sometimes when it comes to the genre. Psycroptic’s next full length album is one of these examples where the music is exceptionally good but I just am left not amused.
Imperial Triumphant’s new album “Abyssal Gods” is immediately something that we all want to hear again but at the same time lacks substance and true comprehensive song writing structure. Experimental? Sure. Black Metal? I suppose. Interesting? Indeed! Will this achieve success by reaching a wide range of fans through their strange blend of blackened death weirdness? Probably not.
Black Metal: It’s one of the biggest genres in the metal business right now. There are more black metal bands popping up than ever. It’s definitely one of my favorites and it’s rare when I do not like a black metal band. Thrash Metal: This genre can be a bit toxic for me. On one side, I love the speed, the energy, the vibe and the overall “drink, mosh and headbang” mentality. Then again, most thrash bands are not listenable because they cannot create cohesive riffs and/or the vocalist just sounds terrible. Well Frosthelm blends both black metal and thrash in such a way that I feel like we’re getting something brand spanking new here. Blackened Thrash is nothing new but this band nails what this genre should be.
Drowning the Light returns with their new album, From the Abyss, which is a hauntingly dark atmospheric piece with raw steel traditional black metal moments. Blending these two carefully within a cauldron of hate, we get the 13th full length album. Now this may not beat out the already exceptional black metal albums we’ve received already this year but it definitely ranks up there amongst the best of this year. 2015 is a great year for black metal and Drowning the Light deserves a spot light, even though it’s a dull and foggy light.
Pandemia is a Czech Republic death metal band that definitely gives off wild old school death metal groove, sadistic tone, raw tone and dark energy. Been around since the mid 90′s, the gang is back from a 6 year gap from their last album to give us this blazing album “At The Gates of Nihilism”. I wasn’t sure what to expect from these guys since this is my first album by them but I can proudly say that this was a definite headbanger, something I’ll enjoy gladly listen to multiple times.
There has been so much great black metal released this year that I sometimes forget to check out the death metal side of things. Well now I am focused on the new Architect of Dissonance album, the slam-tastic album called “Realm of the Deviant Throne”. Much like Ingested’s new album, this album just wants to tear you to shreds with pummeling drums, demonic vocals and low tuned crushing riffs. Architect’s main purpose is to kill you with music and here they give you 10 counts of manslaughter.
Manchester’s Axis of Light recently released their third album and it’s probably the best example of quality black metal found within terrible production. “L’appel du vide” (or The Call of the Void) is the prime example of how good a scratchy and distorted black metal album can sound. The production is definitely garbage but it gives the music a more raw feeling to it. Axis of Light concentrated on riffs instead of production and I actually do not mind that one bit. This 4 song offering is passionate, highly addictive and without a doubt the most raw sounding black metal release of the year!
(Written by Hogan, guest writer) So since I first heard “Where the Corpses Sink Forever”, which is like 9 months after it came out, Carach Angren has become like basically my second favorite metal band. Lammendam is an abrasive retelling of a Dutch fairy tale of the ghost of a Harlot and the phantom ship is a reinterpretation of the folktale of The Flying Dutchman. Corpses is an original story of a man trapped in a state of infinitely reliving the horrors of war. I’ve always loved the atmosphere and explicit, cohesive way they tell their stories and wrap them seamlessly around the music.
Putrid Offal’s “Mature Necropsy” is just nothing but in your face deathgrind that constantly pummels in your head each and every time you listen to it. The band has been around since 1990 and this is their first full length. 25 fucking years of demos and EP’s and finally we get a full length that stabs you repeatedly for 29 minutes. These barbaric bastards hail from France and they revealed to me that not everything from France is dainty and neat. This heap of bloody mess thrusts forward and harms you, each song wrecks your senses and completely snaps your neck in the form of endless headbanging.