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.
Shardborne is a progressive instrumental band and their latest offering on Living Bridges is everything you could possibly want if you are a big time Scale the Summit fan. The music is very adventurous and it’s incredibly magical. Being completely instrumental, the band let’s the music do the talking as the quest worthy notes gives the listener a quality listening experience without clouding the imagination with lyrics. Living Bridges is the bands debut full length release and it’s a wonderfully crafted piece of art for the band.
Filthy death metal is always appreciated here and Bone Gnawer fits right in. Start the fire! Start the flame! Chainsaws rev and rip through flesh in the background as agonizing screams echo from the distance. This is how the album Cannibal Cremation begins and shit is about to go down.
Goatblood is a blackened death metal band hailing from Germany! Like most good black metal bands, this particular act sticks with themes such as evil, devil worship and desecrating everything that is holy. Like most good death metal, they keep the music ultra heavy, fast and sinister. Goatblood care not about production and overly worked mastering, these guys just want to fuck you in the ass with a barbed inverted cross…..and laugh while doing it. Adoration of Blasphemy and War is their debut release and they are out for blood.
This will be the most brief list of ‘reviews’ I’ve done in a long time. It’ll be basic info with a quick opinion and a score, linking to the bands Facebook or Bandcamp. Without further ado…
Now Lanthanein is a damn good gothic doom metal band. I was questioned on my ability to even be a fan of doom, gothic doom or even metal in general when I reviewed the recent My Life’s Despair album. It was a very brief review about how the music and vocal performance was ‘meh’ at best. This new gothic doom album was submitted to me and I gave it a try. Man is this an album to fall in love with instantly. Caressing and dreadful doom instrumentation, classical piano and string compositions, dark atmosphere laid underneath a woman who has an absolutely breathtaking voice. With some death growling tucked behind her operatic performance, to give off a truly sinister vibe…making this the ultimate blend of everything you could possibly want underneath the classification of ‘gothic doom’. Here is your album you need to focus on.
Cold Cell is a atmospheric and depressive style of black metal that which hails from the wonderful country of Switzerland. The album, Lowlife, is already out on Avantgarde Records so you may have actually heard this album already! Heck, if you followed the Headbang Promotions YouTube channel, you may have even already heard of this album streaming in full over there! Well it’s better late than never because this is definitely one of those black metal albums that you just cannot pass up. A definite highlight for the channel but also a greatness for my ears. Are they wheel re-inventors? No. But they take this style of music and add a bit of progressive aggression to it which makes it stand out more so than most depressive black metal acts. Some emotional compositions followed with well thought out headbanging moments. Delicious.
Oh man. You know, I’m in a fantastic mood. I’m feeling motivated, I am happy and life is good. Now I just need to listen to something that makes me want to crawl into a hole and die. Because why not? As weird as it may be to actively listen to depressing music, I find that it’s the purest form of emotional artwork. Depressive suicidal black metal was hard to listen to at first many years ago but I find myself uncontrollably wanting more and more and finding the best within the genre is always fun to discover and share. In this case, it’s a band from Australia with the name of Deadspace. No not the video game, it’s your next favorite DSBM band.