Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK comes forth a new experimental technical death metal act called Plague Rider that you need to hear. Their recording is raw, unrelentless and excellently crafted to make you headbang like a mad man. Their EP Paroxysm is 4 highly unorthodox compositions of death and you can easily hear their influences bleed out before you even read their profile. Yet, they take these influences and this high anxiety sound and make it onto a neat style that is them. Plague Rider is something neat and new for you heathens that crave the next best thing from the underground.
From Willowtip Records, a new album arises from a band which hails from the UK. Sarpanitum is the name of this fine act and the album is called “Blessed Be My Brothers“. An essential record for those who want blistering speeds, death metal riffing with blackened tendencies and melodic passages that both excite and impress. With intense song writing, unholy tone and destructive forces all around, Sarpanitum somehow creates a niche sound that breathes new life into the genre just when you think you’ve heard it all.
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!
Manchester’s (UK) ultimate brutal death metal band Ingested have returned with the release of their new album properly called “The Architect of Extinction” because this in fact is nothing but genocide. The band doesn’t reveal any new tricks but instead tap into their familiar sound that they’ve had since their debut album “Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering”. Immediately the chugging and tremolo guitar work pummels in, the drumming is pure obliteration and vocally it’s profoundly brutal. Teetering on the edge of slamming brutal death metal and deathcore, Ingested seem to keep it generally on the slam side of things with their writing style. Fans of both styles will love this though.
Northern Oak is a progressive black/folk metal band with some medieval tendencies. The result is a wonderfully epic experience and their new album “Of Roots and Flesh” is just wonderful to listen to. Fans of this genre or these genres will not be disappointed!
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.
When you think of the UK, you probably get the stereotypical gentlemen who play terrible sports and dress to impress while eating crap no one here in America would like right? Well shove that image aside and think of acid spewing, gravity blasting, slam riffing neaderthal’s instead. Twitch of the Death Nerve (One hell of a band name) come at you with gruesome songs that will get your throat sore, your neck broken and you mind blown.
Arceye, death/thrash metal hailing from the UK (Not one single US band reviewed today!) and this one is a keeper of an album. “At First Light” is a whirlwind of guitar playing, aggressive vocals and damn fine drumming. This WILL appeal to most if not all metal heads. Mainly on the thrash side of things, this band pulls off amazingly fast drumming and guitar playing speeds as well as catchy and quality song writing. The composition of this album as a whole is genuinely magnificent.
Evile will be releasing this new epic Thrash album simply called “Skull” on May 27th!!!! Earache Records are advertising new merch and pre-order bundles on their website now and together they have released a trailer showcasing how the new album will sound. I enjoyed the hell out of “Five Serpent’s Teeth” and I have a feeling this will be contender for my end of the year “Best of” list. I mean just listen to this! This is heavy and fast!!!!!