Swedish thrash/death metal band Dethrone puts out a solid release pact with riffs, riffs and more riffs. If you’re in the mood to headbang, this is a good album to put on. Humanity is quite fierce, as it’s always forcing unforeseen amounts of metal down into your ears. The riffing is quality thrash, it’s constant and intense. The vocals remind me of The Haunted and the bass work is low and heavy. Drum work is full of many different kinds of blasting and groove. Dethrone’s musical approach is straight up metal and nothing else.
This will be a quick one. As I have run out of time in my day. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands that always bring furious creative music to my ears anytime I listen to them. It’s almost too much to the point I don’t get it, but I still somehow get it and enjoy what I hear each and every time. When I listen to “One of Us is the Killer“, I am filled with a sense of excitement and the unorthodox riffing always keeps me interested and entertained. One of Us is the Killer is one of those albums you just press play and enjoy yourself, no matter what the situation may be in your day. Beautiful. Chaotic. The Dillinger Escape Plan.
4.5 out of 5
I must apologize for the post last week. I really rustled some jimmies with that “Periphery” review. Trolling/joking aside, I never want this site to be a joke or be known as “That shitty troll metal blog”, nor do I want to become known as an annoying blog like Metalsucks. I’ve just been bored lately and I am just losing the drive to keep writing about metal. I love music and metal will always be my life but it’s becoming stagnant to write about metal on a daily basis and still express myself and be creative at the same time. I’ve lost my integrity honestly. However, I hope to share my thoughts on this beautiful new album by Tesseract.
Warning: This is not constructive criticism. You know what’s one thing I’ll never get? It’s the fact that “djent” has become so popular considering there are no riffs. I mean this is metal right? Metal has riffs. I understand that Periphery has metal elements about them, electric guitars, decent drum work and some over the top vocals. However that just doesn’t matter here as it doesn’t come together to form something decent. This music is really boring you have to really be in the mood to listen to it and enjoy it. There’s just not much going on for it. There are some nice underlying melodies going on underneath the weird/awkward time change plucking but other than that it’s pretty monotonous.
London death metal band Acrania really take a page out of the book of Aborted. With your crazy fast double bass patterns, relentless riffing and intense speeds, Acrania really bring the metal out on this album. I’ve never heard of these guys before I can tell you after one single listen on this album I’m definitely a fan.
Black metal and folk metal, two genres that are pretty damn good separate, and yet I’ve never thought about how it would sound if you combined them both. Thrawsunblat’s new album, “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”, is probably the best result you’ll ever get. To be honest, I’ve been a fan of this band ever since I first heard of Thrawsunblat’s first album, “Canada 2010″. Heavily influenced by life and his surroundings, Joel Violette puts together a wonderful album and the musicians he has brought onto this project make everything come together so beautifully. Rae Amitay on drums and Brendan Hayter on the bass make this release such a step up from Canada 2010, it’s as if they had a major label backing them, million dollar producers and engineers putting forth every bit of musical science into the album. However, this band put together a fundraiser and the fans reacted and come together to help fund this album. With the help of the fans and the masterful musicianship from the band itself, it all resulted in one of the most fulfilling metal releases of the year!!!
Multiple Truths – No One Wins – 1.5 out of 5 - It’s punkish Hatebreed with a chick on vocals. Very in your face and very boring.
Beyond The Shore – Ghostwatcher – 2 out of 5 – It’s generic death/metalcore that just sounds like the aborted child of Emmure and Asking Alexandria. Cheesy moments filled with nothing inspiring musically.
Resolution 15 – Svaha – 3 out of 5 – It’s like progressive hardcore jazz infused elevator moshpit music for your ear holes. It’s different, it’s unique and it’s pretty good.
Death of An Era – The Great Commonwealth EP – 2 out of 5 – It’s a weird mix of deathcore/djent/electronic/metalcore and I’m truly lost and I don’t get it. A polished turd.
Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve – 2.5 out of 5 – I don’t get it. Reminds me of Weird Al Yankovic/The Offspring with a lot of wacky other instruments thrown in. So this is Ska?
Amarok/Hell – Split EP – 3.5 out of 5 – Both bands offer an incredibly long song, each filled with grief and doom. Pretty good stuff.
Acherontas – Amenti – 3 out of 5 – Decent black metal. Rough sound, great vocals and evil music blasting forth into your ear holes. Good headbang material!
Barbaric death metal act Entrails will be releasing a new album on May 14th 2013 called “Raging Death” and this epic journey through timeless classic death metal sound and relentless riffing is just what I needed. Lately, I’ve been blasted with plenty of calm releases and this Entrails album is exactly what I needed to get me headbanging frantically once again!!!! The raw sound, the fury and the non-stop riffing gave me a damn nosebleed halfway through my first listen!
HIM, the most hated band in existence, well if you mention them around other knucklehead metal elitists, have come out with their 8th studio album called “Tears on Tape” and believe it or not, I am actually a fan of this album. I used to listen to HIM back in the day, but after Venus Doom was released, I grew tired of them. Tears on Tape is honestly nothing super brilliant, creative or new…it’s sounds like HIM. Valo still sings emotionally scarred poems of love and lost, and the band still plays semi-aggressive music during the chorus of a song and get incredibly quiet as Valo sings. Still, this is a wonderfully done album that reminds me of the Razorblade Romance/Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights era of the band.
Adora Vivos intrigued me instantly because it was the name of a song on Woods of Ypres’ final album. I HAD to listen to it. Woods is one of the best bands to ever exist and after listening to one single song from Adora Vivos, it’s clear that they are incredibly influenced by Woods’ style and song writing. Ever since Gold’s death, there has been a void left within my soul and it’s hard to find a band to fill that spot again. Well after many “spins” of this new EP from Adora Vivos, it’s left me with a great sense of fulfillment and excitement. Many more bands will come and many more will go. Another band will grant me pure enjoyment and satisfaction like Woods of Ypres once did…..and Adora Vivos have definitely done just that.
The Ocean caught my attention when they released a little piece of music earlier this year. I was immediately interested in hearing more! Well now I’ve listened to Pelagial several times now and I can tell you that both the original and instrumental versions of this album provide a different experience. The original press of Pelagial is amazing, but the instrumental version is entirely different as the music itself let’s your imagination wonder. Beautifully written throughout, The Ocean releases one of the most satisfying musical experiences ever.
One of the biggest death metal shows of the year hit the tiniest possible venue in Kansas City, MO. The Riot Room hosted the “Despise the World” tour with Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn, Adimiron and Troglodyte. I walked into the venue right as Troglodyte began their song “No Beast So Fierce” and it was the perfect way to begin the night. Was The Riot Room going to be able to handle all of this metal in one night? Well, continue reading to find out.
Behold! The band that has taken over rock n roll has returned with a powerful and successful sophomore album called “Infestissumam”! Ghost B.C. (Formerly known as Ghost) didn’t truly capture my attention with the release of their first album. However, this time around I get it. Infestissumam is a trip down stoner rock lane with heavy Satanic lyrics and themes. There is no beating around the bush here, this band loves them some Satan. There is nothing else being brought up on these songs except for the worship of their dear under lord. While this band preaches all things unholy, it doesn’t feel overwhelming or cheesy. The way it’s approached and the musical artistry behind it all makes it so enchanting.
Growing up in the area that I’m from, we never really had a great music scene. There were talented bands scattered around, but most of them never lasted very long. There isnt really a surplus of musicians. When I was about 15 or 16, I started finding out about some bands from an area about 40min south of the town I live. The musicians in some of these bands were(and still are) some of the best musicians I’ve ever had the chance to know. One in particular is a guitarist by the name of Aaron Carey. At that time he was in a melodic death metal band called Angelrust. I had never heard anything like them yet, and didn’t know how to take their sound at first. But I do remember seeing Aaron play for the first time at my first Tombfest(a local summer metal show that sadly is no more), and to this day he is one of the most impressive guitar players I’ve ever seen.
So fast forward to 2013. Angelrust has been disbanded for quite some time now after writing an INCREDIBLE final album(The Nightmare Unfolds, Link will be at the end of the review). Aaron has moved on and started a project called “Nechochwen”. Blending his infleunces of early 90′s death, thrash and black metal with his Native American heritage, Nechochwen is truley uniqiue and amazing. A sound which I can only describe as Native American Folk Metal. While being a very extremely talented metal guitar player, Aarons acoustic and classical playing is where he really shines. The first album “Algonkian Mythos” is mostly acoustic music, but the metal influence hasnt come into play just yet. Still, Incredible guitar playing. Mythos is followed up by “Azimuths to the Otherworld” which is where metal starts to make its stand. This album is truely incredible and bounces back and forth, while staying closer to the darker metal sound. “OtO” is a natural progression for Nechochwen. Adding into the mix on “Azimuths” is former Angelrust bandmate and engineer Andrew D’Cagna on Drums and Bass, with some vocals as well.
OtO is a hard album to describe using only words. Imagine some metal dudes took a weekend trip to some forests in The Appalachian area. Both guys very talented musicians taking natural influences from culture and heritage of this area. Listening to Nechochwen is like taking a spiritual journey. Not following the pattern of Azimuths, OtO starts off pretty calm and melodic. Focused primariy on the classical guitar parts for the earlier part of the record, the rythym section does a good job of playing tastfully and dynamically giving some of these passages the exact skilled backing they deserve. Electric guitar work is also scattered throughout tastefully and skillfully. As Im writing this, Im about halfway through OtO. Its starting pick up, and is really foreshadowing the epic and powerful music thats on its way. While skillful guitar playing is thing that draws me most into this music, there are also other native wind instruments that I sadly do not know the names of, but rest assured Aaron is also skilled at these as well. Track 5, “Hey Ya Ho Na”, is one of my favorites off the album. Bringing back the extreme metal sound that was all over Azimuths, this track starts off heavy and melodic. All you can do is headbang. Tribal style drums and harmonized vocals chanting along similar to the title of the track make a nice little break in the action and then back to melodic headbanging metal. Continuing you through the musical journey that is OtO. \m/ . The album is closed with the track “Pekikalooletiiwe (instructions; an exhoration)” (dont worry, i dont know how to say that either). Excellent thrashy death metal riffs accompanied again by skilled and tasteful drumming, this album is coming to an extreme and climactic ending. The masterful riffs in this song really carry it. Getting very complex while still sounding intelligent, this is a good song to wrap up the album.
The arrangement of OtO is very important. This is not an album that you just pop one song on and are done with it. The flow is everything. Starting off calm and smooth, while branching into heavier parts towards the end, and bringing it back to the calm native folk sound that you will grow to love. It’s also important to note that this album was written and recorded for vinyl and intended to be heard that way. While the prodcution of the digital version youll more than likely hear is still good, this album can only improve when hearing it as intended. Aarons skilled and disciplined guitar playing deserves to be heard. Please do yourself a favor and add Nechochwen into your personal music collection.
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I give OtO a 4.5 out of 5. Listen to it TODAY!
Inter Arma is a metal band from Richmond VA. Combining elements of Doom, Post Rock, and Black Metal, the guys in Inter Arma have created a very cool sound. Given the inlfluencing styles, this is something that is right up my alley. Even when theyre playing sludgy riifs, the tempo is kept fairly upbeat making it never really drag on. The black metal elements are performed with skill and used well thoroughout the almost 70 min long album titled “Sky Burial”. Add in some spacy hynotic post rock riffs and you are in for one well performed and written album. With each of the main songs clocking in at over 10 min each, there are a few “interlude”(For lack of a better word) tracks places on the CD which break up the songs nicely.
The Survival Fires starts off the album. Crashing right into some blackened stlye doom, it grabs your attention right away. The riffs tend to be repetative, but they are interesting. So it doesnt really get boring, which is great. Inter Arma blends the influencing stlyes with ease and its never a drastic change when they do. The songs flow very well. There arent a ton of guitar solos on this album, but there are a few, and when the guitarist breaks off, his lead work is very bluesy and well thought out while not doing too much. At points throughout the album, some sections border on an almost uplifting sound, which I really enjoy. Anytime you think its going to stay in that direction however, they take it back to the black metal influence that Im really growing fond of with this band. One of the “interlude” tracks titled ” ‘sblood” does a really good job at building a very tense feeling of anticipation. Add in some howling satanic style black metal vocals pushed into the background and this track does its job well! Inter Arma are a truley heavy and aggressive band with an awesome punishing sound. They also do a really good job of bouncing back and forth between high shreiking black metal vocals, to low howling doom yells which put me in mind of bands like Mastodon. This album is a MUST HAVE for any fan of black metal, doom, post rock, and anything in between.
Inter Arma are signed to relapse records and “Sky Burial” was release in March 2013. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this. also check out their facebook page and their bandcamp for upcoming tour dates. I have a feeling this is a band you will hear a lot about in the future.
I give “Sky Burial” a 4 out of 5. go check it out today!!!
Hate Eternal jumped on the Fear Factory tour and Kansas City, MO was their first night of the tour. J.J. explained “If I fuck up, don’t hold it against me.” Joking aside, this was their first stop of the tour for them and they absolutely destroyed The Riot Room. The maximum occupancy of 240 was at maximum tonight and Hate Eternal fed them all the only dose of death metal we would hear for the night. A weird combo having Hate Eternal open for Fear Factory, yet this went really well as the crowd moshed and thrashed about.
Kinetik is one of those bands whom embraced that thick chuggy sound of djent, add some ambient background noise, have a guy of front yelling at you and fantastic rhythmic progression that will win over any fan of this style. Yes, this band delivers on sound, execution and overall sound. If you’re a fan of In Flames, Meshuggah, Intervals and Periphery then this album is a no brainer for you.
Here’s one for you sick Grindcore fans out there. Hailing from Italy SpermBloodShit are bringing some nasty grinds to you from Coyote Records. Imagine if Napalm Death and Cephalic Carnage had a crack baby, that baby would be SpermBloodShit. The Tourette’s Syndrome has 15 disgusting tracks for you to defile your ears with, which is quite a number in my opinion. These guys have created some relentlessly awesome music and I definitely look forward to their future releases.
Well when I first heard of “supergroup” death metal act Pyrithion, I was very skeptical. Sure, there is a possibility for immediate success with Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) on vocals and guitars being destroyed by Ryan Glisan (Allegaeon) and Andy Godwin (Embodyment), but can these guys come together to forge the alleged supreme death metal album they hope to release? Fuck yes they can.
So it’s a nice and cool Saturday night in Merriam, KS and I’ve only seen local bands jam here at The Aftershock(No moshing? Seriously?). So to see 90′s mega rockers Orgy headline a show here surprised me. They been on this tour this time around with Davey Suicide and Vampires Everywhere! tearing up smaller bars/venues all over the US. Well I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to cover the show and see something different from the usual metal show I go to. Also, I wanted to take my lovely wife to see a band she’s loved since Candyass was released. Orgy came with lights, fog and a good sound, they still play tight and get the crowd going just like it was 1998 all over again. Was I out of my element/comfort zone? Yes. Did I manage to enjoy myself and dig the show? You betcha!