Phobiatic are a bunch of death metal brutes who know how to keep things heavy with their riffs and drumming yet know how to add atmosphere and write memorable leads and use techniques within the music to keep things unique and interesting. Phobiatic definitely releases one of those “Who are they? Oh wow this is good. Yeah this is a must have.” kind of album. Fragments of Flagancy is great.
Die Choking’s “II” brought the pain, grind tone and tempo to smash heads with their new EP. This release came in, made their mark and left within 6 minutes. Continue reading
With a combination of old school death metal and Polish blackened death, Lago has ultimately given us one of the best death metal records of 2014. Tyranny has been blasting my car speakers and headphones for a week straight and that is because it’s something I just needed to listen to over and over and over again to grasp it’s entire meaning and appreciate all of the little things that Lago put into Tyranny. This was an anticipation album for me and I was not let down at all.
In the first ever “Quickest Reviews” post (You will not be seeing these often), I give a very brief description of the band, the genre and a ‘love’, ‘like’ or ‘dislike’. If I really like them, I will do a proper review of the album later down the road once I’ve listened to more and let it sunk in. Let’s get this started:
French black metal horde Malhkebre bring us more blasphemous filth that we all love but this act is more on the weird/unorthodox side of the genre. Not following the usual sounds, screeching and tone; Malkhebre has this cult feeling about it and it’s off putting and ominous. The music itself is dark and brooding while maintaining a faster thrash mentality at times. Vocals are not really sung but they are not really screamed. Rather, they are howled at a raspy loud belch that gives this band character. At first I was underwhelmed by their approach but I must say that this album has character and a uniqueness about it that gives it charm and a lasting impression. 3.5 out of 5
We All Die (Laughing)’s new album “Tentoonstelling”, which makes sense with the album art due to it meaning ‘exhibition’, ‘museum’ and ‘gallery’. So the naked model seen on the cover is supposed to be an exhibit and you are supposed to enjoy the art. Not only that, the fine tuned music within this 2 track mini album is also a wonderful work of art and I must say, the emotional working of these two tracks are stellar works of art.
Svengali is a pretty rad metal act from Dubai, UAE, and their sound radiates with heavy influence from the faster side of Crowbar. Though their riffs may be sludgey and the vocals be as heavy as a 400 lb linebacker, they still bring on some unique random clean vocals from both sexes on the album as well as the use as synth to keep things weirdly atmospheric. The layers of sound and fun creativity make this stand out from everything else I’ve heard this year and I mean that in a good way! Definitely check this album out! 3.5 out of 5
Giant of the Mountain’s “Moon Worship” is something massively creative and talented, carefully blending elements of black metal into progressive metal, then showing off their skills acoustically while moving towards a sludge and death metal sound. A lot of different sounds combined that ultimately form an enjoyable album to listen to! Definitely check them out and download the album here, I mean they are just giving away the digital version of the album. I highly recommend listening to this right now. Stop reading, click here and press play. Enjoy. 4 out of 5
Acrania hails all of the way from London, England and these guys conjure up as much brutality as they can for their new album ‘Totalitarian Dystopia’. A disgust blend of death metal, slam, guttural death and brutal death with some deathcore sprinkled on top. The result? A hectic style of music that is rather difficult to follow.
You know the feeling you get when you listen to well done folk metal similar to Scythia? That overwhelming joy and excitement? Russian pagan/folk metal band Bastion definitely do this for me and invoke maddening headbanging moments. This music is just good and the use of wind instruments is the best I’ve heard so far this year. Bastion definitely bring forth an authentic folk feeling with their metal offerings.