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Abrasive Audio – The Year in Review

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C’mon, even seals love the sun.

Part the Third

Half the year has disappeared already and one might be wondering where, as it certainly doesn’t move that fast when one wishes it to. The lawn is demanding attention as it’s sprouting faster than a leopard after a potential mate and clothing is apparently optional (which isn’t always a bad thing). The world of extreme audio is still chugging along and the intensity only seems to be building. Now if only the kids could find something to do (for more than five minutes at a time) I might be able to fully immerse myself within all that the metal universe has to offer. (“…but, Dad!”) Onward.

(As is traditional my absolute favorites are marked with an *)

July

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Abominism – s/t

https://abominism.bandcamp.com/album/abominism

Occasionally, albums and artists come from out of nowhere to kick one on their ass. And this did just that! Only six tracks on offer here but they are more than enough with their epic qualities to whet the appetite and leave the listener wanting more. Atmosphere is rampant as too dissonant rhythms, technical passages and progressive elements concocted and woven with such creativity and professionalism as too only draw the listener into the album’s entrancing spell the deeper in the listener gets. There’s a great deal for everyone to enjoy here as the style blankets a wide radius of the extreme metal spectrum all balanced delicately with absolute precision.

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Baleful Abyss (F.K.A Zombieslut) – Death Propaganda

https://balefulabyss.bandcamp.com/

Dirge driven groove that’s highly nostalgic of the 90’s which demands respect and makes a fantastic addition to any collection bursting at the seams with death/doom laden dirge and death bordering on grindcore.

Beastmaker – Eye of the Storm

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https://beastmaker.bandcamp.com/

Think traditional heavy metal with speed metal tendencies draped in a fine shroud of occult doom. This flows so damn well it should be criminal, and that voice. And although it’s short, barely four tracks I can honestly say this is dangerously infectious audio.

desecresyDesecresy – Towards Nebulae

 

https://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/towards-nebulae

Crushing, heavy machinery, sonic barbarity with unmistakable influences aided by a suffocating atmosphere and an occasional cavernous doom presence which teases dragging the listener through grindcore waters. Highly effective and evocative audio with a vast cosmos conflict type narrative.

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Disowning -Human Cattle

https://xenokorp.bandcamp.com/album/human-cattle

A myriad concoction of styles assaults the listener herein add a splash of technical expertise, undeniably excellent production and the album offers ten tracks any fan of the genre can readily consume without complaint and each with their own identity. Add vocals which fit perfectly and the album rockets into unforgettable realms. This album begs to be played again and again. Jump on this at your next earliest convenience!

 

ecliptic visionEcliptic Vision – s/t

https://eclipticvision.bandcamp.com/album/ecliptic-vision

Far from the typical brutal/progressive death affair this is an effort which delivers throughout and demands multiple listens to fully appreciate. Progressive themes knit tightly, and flirt constantly, with technical passages injected with nuance, varying pace and abrupt transforming rhythms. Ambient interludes add to the albums overall effect; the combination is bathed in other-worldly themes resulting in an album which thankfully stays this side of the gone too far to be saved cosmic tech-wizardry fence.

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Freighter – The Den

https://freighter.bandcamp.com/album/the-den

Hard to describe, even harder not to instantly like. There’s truly something unique and utterly mesmerizing about the style, or rather the mixture of styles here. The lyrics are comic book-esque and fantastical in their scope with a style that’s somewhat comical and the audio is a hodge-podge of styles which are familiar yet hard to instantly place. Riffs here and there leer at the listener with an air of arrogance as if to say I dare you to pair me with an act, track and album. I dare you to tackle the quest.

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Gates to the Morning – Return to Earth

https://gatestothemorning.bandcamp.com/album/return-to-earth-ep

Odd how Jazz and Metal are two genres so vastly separate from each other yet they come together so amazingly well. Close to an hour in length this is so much more than merely an album, it’s far from traditional in any senses, more a journey through an audioscape which offers an experience demanding the undivided attention. A sojourn through a wilderness fraught with melancholy, bliss and exhilaration. Melody intertwines with majesty; brutality cavorts with the innocence of beauty accompanied by rhythms which are soothing yet shot through with an undeniable sinister air.

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Pathetic – Rat King

https://pathetic666.bandcamp.com/

A glorious mixture of influences keeps this album rolling. D-beat rhythms cavort with old school values and plodding riffs akin to that of the earliest Grave material. Lyrics often reek of a deliciously jaded Pungent Stench vibe, add this to an occasionally wicked soundbite, a dirge-laden tone ripped straight from the basement of the underground 90’s (think Bolt Thrower, Terrorizer) and a pace which often picks up frequently offering groove one cannot sit still to and you have all the right ingredients for an album which feels like it might have been released twenty-something years too late.

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Shades of Deep Water – Death’s Threshold

https://dunkelheitprod.bandcamp.com/album/deaths-threshold

Although this doesn’t seem that complex in rhythm or composition (at times it appears to dive deep into drone waters) it has a certain undeniable quality, a power, a captivating quality which is difficult to ignore. The album is only made even more impressive based on the fact that it was composed, mixed, recorded and mixed by a single soul, a talented individual indeed, J.H. A Fantastic mood accompaniment!

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Thy Art is Murder – Human Target *

https://open.spotify.com/album/6P55RLLgax6WruBMdKWlvf

The partnership of Djent, Slam, melodic, brutal death and one of the finest voices in the industry is stunning; mixed to genius levels and appreciatively differing ratios within each track. Atmosphere, brutality, melody and a caliber of production only elevates the albums grandiose nature. It’s all here, in spades, making for a release which demands respect and the senses upon it.

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Vagrant – The Rise of Norn

https://vagrantblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/the-rise-of-norn

Weaving a masterful combination of melodies and atmosphere with lyrics based around warriors, folklore, fate and superstition Vagrant have managed to create an album which flows exquisitely. Rhythms intertwine with galloping and heavy riffs forging a release which is far from the run of the mill melodic death or even blackened death album. Offering symphonic death, melodic death exquisite acoustic elements, doom, folk and Viking metal this has the potential to appeal to a wide audience.

August

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Abysmalist – Reflections of Horror

https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/reflections-of-horror

Only four tracks on offer here but as an introduction to what the band offer this is stunning, an outstanding example of how death and doom realms can be manipulated to great effect. A delicate balance of atmosphere and brutality presented by considerable oomph to grab and hold the attention rapt. With this as a debut the future is blinding!

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Anticosm – The Call of the Void

https://anticosm.bandcamp.com/

Dynamic, ever evolving, melodic, passionate and draped in atmosphere yet miles from what could be termed traditional, both in rhythm and vocal departments. For those who aren’t quite willing to fully immerse themselves fully in any one genre this is great location to start a life-long exploration drenched with realms of amazement and wonder which is guaranteed to set the senses on fire.

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Book of Wyrms – Remythologizer *

https://bookofwyrmsrva.bandcamp.com/

A true celebration of epic heavy metal and traditional doom with NWOBHM stylings, cantering and galloping rhythms, swaying melodies and wicked leads topped off with ethereal vocals. Overall a fantastic achievement which thankfully never wanders too far into psychedelic waters, though on occasion dips more than a toe into its murky depths. Now this is Doom I can subscribe too!! Tear me away from this now, it’s fast becoming an addiction.

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Cruickshank – s/t

https://crckshnk.bandcamp.com/album/cruickshank-s-t

Driving rhythms, which often fight for supremacy in chaotic standoffs, traipse through a slew of styles offering the listener a great deal to discover. Overall a release which will please fans of Kyuss, Olde, Tool, EyeHateGod, Acid Bath and a slew of others acts who refuse to conform to a style that defined by any one genre. Someone is going to have to pull me away from this with considerable force, it’s growing on me like a ravenous parasite.

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Darkened – Into the Blackness

https://edgedcircleproductions.bandcamp.com/music

Although the familiarity is undeniable there is also something else which makes this stand apart. Presence, subtle atmosphere or the audios leaning toward death/doom territories. Whatever it is it works and I’m eager for more.

detherousDetherous – Hacked to Death

https://redefiningdarknessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/detherous-hacked-to-death

Channeling Malevolent Creation, Death and Asphyx, Detherous have managed to create a style that’s exuberant, furious (boasting exquisite time changes and abrupt mosh frenzy changes in pace) and technical. This is audio which unceremoniously pulls one back to the old school (both European and American) and does a great job of doing so. Call it homage, call it what you will but there’s no doubt this is executed with passion, flair and precision.

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Graveview – Demos 18-19’

https://graveview-us.bandcamp.com/album/graveview-demos-18-19

Influences are undeniable but it’s what the band does with the tone and the myriad of other factors and how they incorporate it into their style which makes this special. Abrupt pace shifts and breakdowns executed with precision, know-how, flair, the fact that this is stunningly fluid, will incite grins aplenty and will delight long-time fans of the scene.

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lllvilja -Livet *

https://phobiarecords.bandcamp.com/album/illvilja-livet-lp

A primitive, mysterious, spice heats up that which is already incendiary, both in its nature and infectiousness. Touches of stylistic diversity, and appreciative breaks from the same old, same old (which could well be expected based on this albums categorization, hailed as “Dbeat/Blackened-Crust”) propel this to refreshing heights making this a release set to be the bar which others in the genre will struggle to reach. This came out of nowhere to catapult me to the nearest medical facility on account of my abrupt skyrocketing excitement levels, it’s that damn impressive!

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No/Mas – Last Laugh

https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/last-laugh

I can honestly say I believe this to be their best work to date, as it makes an instant impression and is criminally infectious/inciteful from its nuclear-powered launch. Six tracks and perilously close to eight minutes in length. Yep, this is grindcore! And these fellows have an axe to sharpen and senses to obliterate.

 

overt enemy possessionOvert Enemy – Possession

https://overtenemy.bandcamp.com/

Slayer worship through and through (there’s even a ripping cover of “At Dawn They Sleep” and the bassists name even has a decidedly “Slayer” slant to it) of that there’s no doubt but Overt Enemy execute the style so damn well that odds are they’ll take the vacated throne without a qualm and little complaint.

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Wraith – Absolute Power *

https://wraith-us.bandcamp.com/album/absolute-power

Like an adrenaline shot to a form weary of hype this awakens immediately the same feeling one had when first introduced to the scene. With splashes of punk, a style which rarely lets up pounding maniacally at blackened thrash/speed gates and a myriad of influence which vomits from near every track this is an album not to be missed. Add a double billed Hellripper, Wraith show to my bucket-list and I’ll leave this plane a happy fellow.

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Wizard Rifle – s/t

https://wizardrifle.bandcamp.com/

The sound is altogether mesmerizing, even from the albums first notes, while wholly unclassifiable. The exuberance and energy are undeniable and infectious whilst the rhythms and tempo are ever evolving, shifting like an amorphous beast the likes of which you’d kindly invite in from the cold for a spot by the fire. Dense riffs collide with sacrificial drum salvos and plodding rhythms transform into galloping frenzied moments all accented by a diverse vocal tirade which incorporates melody, shouting and angst in equal measures. An epic feel underscores the whole shebang though its hardly given much heed as the music whisks the listener away to undiscovered realms, vistas and valleys frequented by constructs which are nonsensical yet accepted as easily as a birthday check, in the mailbox, from a long lost relative.

September

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Arctos – Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands *

https://arctos-northernsilence.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-grasp-of-mortal-hands

I’m not normally a fan of the Black Metal genre but this blows me away with its diversity and delivery in every way. Enthralling, hypnotic and stunning from start to finish, a must visit genre experience!!

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Alcoholocaust – Necro Apocalipse Bestial

https://brigadantiposers.bandcamp.com/releases

Aggressive speed metal with the occasional splash of punk accompanied by maniacal and archaic heavily accented vocals. This could well be the foreign long-lost twin to Whiplash’s “Power and Pain” release. Criminally addictive and requires limbering up before hitting the play button. Prepare to have this reside in your audio equipment for an extended duration of time.

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Algebra – Pulse?

https://unspeakableaxerecords.bandcamp.com/album/pulse

There’s an undeniable fluid nature here. Timing changes are exquisite, rhythms infectious and dynamic. Melodies are plentiful and change enough to keep a listener on their toes. A sense of familiarity abounds, leaves one scratching their heads as to which band or album this or that part sounds like, but it doesn’t take away from the listening experience in the slightest. Oftentimes an epic narrative unfolds by way of the music alone complementing the thought-provoking lyrical content. In short, a winning combination which if someone could bottle it would most probably be titled something along the lines of ‘Excuse me for a second while I blow your mind’, or” Forget the Remainder of your day you’re about to be Unfathomably Distracted”. Naturally words, as they often do, fail me as I attempt to imprint my appreciation upon the flashing screen beneath my hands. Don’t, DON’T, don’t, allow this to go unnoticed.

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Ankhara – Sinergia

https://fighter-records.bandcamp.com/album/sinergia

Showcasing passionate rhythms, galloping riffs and dynamic, high energy, percussion there are zero dull moments here to be discovered. The style varies and brings to mind a plethora of acts some more distinct than others as the album unfolds. If your interests lay more in hard rock more so than the darker end of the metal/rock universe this is where you’ll want to rest your ears for a while.

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ColdClaw – Anti Martyr: Decades to Suffer

https://ritualsoundrecords.bandcamp.com/album/anti-martyr-decadess-to-suffer

Coldclaw’s is a style which captures the essence of black metal. Crust as experienced throughout the album in various passages featuring dominant drum salvos; which are difficult not to move to and death metal as heard within various chugging riff approaches and the brutality which is displayed dominantly throughout. The result is a collection of tracks which has the potential to appeal to a wide audience, some who are curious about arenas they perhaps haven’t discovered before and others whose interests lay within the styles mixed with such passionate precision here

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Come Back from the Dead – Rise of the Blind Ones

https://comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com/

With melody and groove throughout this rarely let’s up in the infectious department. Think a hybrid of 90’s European death, old school British grind/death with a complementary sprinkle of doom and a maniacal essence. A mixture no doubt which has been perpetrated before but, in this case, somehow it feels fresh and leaves quite an impression.

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Cult of Sorrow – Invocation of the Lucifer

 https://cultofsorrow.bandcamp.com/

Traditional, melodic, riff heavy with just the right amount of fuzz, keyboard laden, passionate doom with heavy metal leanings. Think The Obsessed with vocals of an Ozzy era Black Sabbath slant. This has undeniable staying power, shows experience beyond only being a second full-length and is extremely difficult not to instantly appreciate. And this only gets better with repeated listens.

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Ethereal Riffian – Legends

https://robustfellow.bandcamp.com/album/legends

A varied smorgasbord of doom, wall to wall melody and influence ranging from across the metal spectrum. Vocal inflections channeling Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) a musical style often akin to that of early Faith no More, and unpredictable, driving rhythms with occasional strangely soothing qualities. Highly entertaining audio that’s dangerously infectious and pleasingly varied throughout.

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High Command – Beyond the Walls of Desolation *

https://highcommandsl.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-wall-of-desolation

Every once in a while, there comes an album which has a buzz surrounding it. This is one such example. Often this buzz has much to do with unique qualities; a quality which has the potential to take genres in new and exciting directions. This is hardly another run of the mill, dime-a-dozen thrash album although it bears the ingredients which most exhibit if only in part, and all wish to master. Is this the thrash album of the year for me? It’s certainly up there in the mix and unashamedly guilty of rekindling my interest in the genre.

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Horror God – Cursed Seeds

https://lavadome.bandcamp.com/album/cursed-seeds

Melody and groove take a backseat to the menace and ferocity on display though it’s still apparent albeit in frenetic doses. The constant timing and rhythm shift as well the musicianship on offer and the booming vocal cadence elevate this above the herd. A dark nightmarish, punishing, narrative is what’s on offer here and I’m taking the trip again.

 

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IATT – Nomenclature

https://iattblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/nomenclature

Once over the initial foreign aura the album’s foreign nature grows on the listener, starting its enthralling conquest of the senses. In short, this will appeal to those with an open mind whose penchants run to blackened realms as well arenas which are often referred to as a tad experimental. Be prepared for you’ll want to lose yourself in its grandeur again and again.

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Netherbird – Into the Vast Uncharted

https://netherbird.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-vast-uncharted

A remarkable invocation of the blackened death style crafted with precision showcasing passionate guitar leads, acoustic brilliance and sweeping evocative melodies. A veil of doom, a definite well-executed presence, accentuates the palpable emotion throughout making for a release one will only want to experience repeatedly.

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Sempiternal Dusk – Cenotaph of Defectuous Creation

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cenotaph-of-defectuous-creation-2

Catacomb-esque mid-tempo rhythms with subtle nuance and oodles of archaic, cinematic quality, atmosphere in the form of an unmerciful steamroller assault. Suffocating audio with a slight funeral doom aura, dense yet also flirting with a blackened vibe, a myriad of tempo and time changes under epic skies offers the listener plenty to chew upon. This might take a second listen to fully embrace but it’s worth the effort!

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Void King – Barren Dominion

https://voidking.bandcamp.com/

Took me a while but now I’m thinking the raw, unbridled, emotion-laden vocal style is a hybrid of Staind Channel Zero (although my only experience is the album “Unsafe”) and Danzig it’s highly effective against the slow to mid-tempo rhythms and presence, the combination is nothing short of powerful and utterly mesmerizing. The fact that this is radio friendly should not deter one from giving it a fair few spins. An altogether brilliant slab of doom/stoner rock with Southern rock touches. Highly recommended!

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Wintercrown – Northern Lights

https://cultofosiris.bandcamp.com/album/northern-lights

I can’t pinpoint it, perhaps it’s the fact that Wintercrown aren’t afraid to branch out (ever so slightly) to encompass elements from other genres both musically and vocally. Or the fact that the combination works so ungodly well. Whatever it is, it’s executed excellently, I’m sold! And this has been one of the most impactful Black Metal experiences I’ve heard in recent memory. Bravo!

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Keep it up, you maniac!

Well, there’s another couple of months’ worth of releases to dive into. Naturally, I haven’t heard everything within these three months, not even close in fact. I was slightly distracted with the summer holidays and the kiddos not being in school. However, I did make an attempt which often resulted in virtually sleepless nights and varied exciting moments of zoning out at work the following day. And all in the name of metal! (What a trooper). Due to the sheer volume of releases unleashed during the final three months of the year I’ve come to the conclusion that what I believed to be an initial four-part endeavor will now transpire into what I’d like to think of as a five-part opus. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

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Abrasive Audio…to Soothe the Senses (Part 26)

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Tumbling downwards into the ever-yawning abyss. Constantly changing form, ever evolving. Will I be able to dig myself free from the onslaught and unrelenting barrage of promo material, probably not. Truth be told, I don’t even make a dent, but I will strive to make an impression.

Onward…

Slutvomit – Copulation of Cloven Hooves
(USA)
Release – October/4/2019
Invictus Productions
https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/copulation-of-cloven-hooves

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ARTWORK – 78

A scythe, fire in full blaze and a couple of hoodlums (I jest!) And I betting this is all taking place as part of some secluded wooded area shenanigans. Don’t get lost fellas, here’s hoping you packed a flare with the corpse paint and the rusted farmyard equipment.

FIRST TRACK – 85

Tolling bells and chilling melodic riffs start this album off. This might sound like a vintage Slayer unreleased ‘B side’. But hold on… a whirlwind demonical maniacal element soon gains supremacy, an eye-opening space of time interrupted by a blackened speed infernal assault and rasped vocals. I’m all ears, and you should be too. I’m not sure what I was expecting, it wasn’t this. Color me impressed!

INITIAL LISTEN – 87

Initially I though this is “Altars of Madness” madness but at played at vintage Vader speed. However, other stylistic elements join in the fray to make this more than simply an album caked in filth, infernal nature and frenetic diabolical mischievous riffs aplenty. Rare is that the band play all out, the passion for the scene and what they do is all too obvious and that shows in every lethal intent laden riff and dizzying rhythm transformation. Add to the above-mentioned influence vintage Slayer, a splash of levity by way of Witchery and pitch darkness ala Mayhem and you have an album that drips black sensibilities though is weighted in speed tropes, maniacal values, instantly appreciateable raunchiness and, naturally, wickedness.

In short this is quite the experience for both the listener and the speaker set up. In fact, certain passages would make an excellent accompaniment to cult celluloid affairs on account of their atmosphere and palpable ominous presence.

Favorite Tracks; Endless Graves, Scythe of Mass Damnation, Copulation of Cloven Hooves, Evil Commands You, Acolyte of Deaths Destruction.

FFO; Vintage Slayer, Mayhem, Morbid Angel, Witchery, early Bathory.

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Warcrab – Damned in Endless Night
(UK)
Release – August/30/2019
Transcending Obscurity Records
https://warcrabuk.bandcamp.com/album/damned-in-endless-night-death-sludge-metal
ARTWORK – 79

Medieval in tone, gloomy, dark and ominous. Is that a plague bearer, or an acolyte or someone who’s merely lost? Why is he guarding that wall? Was it a castle, keep, or a building of some importance at one point or another? There’s not much left now, should someone tell the poor bloke?

FIRST TRACK – 77

Undeniable Carcass vocal inflections. Groove within a sludge nature and a hypnotizing mid paced bludgeoning aura. This is death encased doom with undeniable nods to Bolt Thrower but it’s different.

INITIAL LISTEN – 76

Stylistically this encompasses a hybrid of genres though cannot be placed comfortably in just one. It has atmosphere, melancholic moments and a plethora of passages akin to old school death drenched in dirge doom undertones suffice it to say there’s plenty of groove here too. Nods to Bolt Thrower are unmistakable, there’s a track centered on a Chaos god (Khorne – The God of War) originating from the Games Workshop fantasy gaming universe whom BT were associated with in their early career (“War Master” and/or “Realm of Chaos” anyone?) Atmosphere is plentiful also with a myriad of tracks incorporating rhythms which are repetitive though hypnotic in their effect.

Favorite Tracks; Halo of Flies, Abyssal Mausoleum, Damnation.

FFO; Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cathedral, vintage Katatonia, vintage Paradise Lost.

A Break in our Regularly Scheduled Programming to peek at an Official Track Premier

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Hideous Divinity – The Embalmer
Official Track Premier taken from November/8/2019 full- length entitled “Simulacrum”
Century Media Records
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlnqtDP6Kzs
Artwork (album) – 90

From out of the crimson murk a form arises. It’s evolving and pissed! Amazing color play and details adorn this image making it a must have piece of merchandise (be it shirt, tapestry or patch) to support an act who have yet to disappoint in my opinion.

Initial Listen – 91

Before I move onto my thoughts upon the track, I’d like to lay a few down upon the video (above). It’s as though Nacho Cerda (if you’re into extreme horror celluloid his should be a name you recognize. His works include Genesis and Aftermath) has stepped into musical video territories. This is a little strange if I’m to be honest, a tad artsy and most probably the realization of a fantastical dream (based on a lifelong career?) The imagery is stark, vivid and disturbing and nods to Godlike aspirations (malleable human bodies carved from clay) and fetish behaviors. The effects are grisly, gruesome and outstanding. And there’s little doubt that it is of top-tier quality, an amazing accompaniment to the extreme audio on offer. In regard to the music. The staggeringly swift, precise, unrelenting drum salvo is probably the first one notices, that and the epic atmospheric aura. Symphonic elements are somewhat hidden in the background adding just the right amount of nuance when required. Rhythms are technical and tempos are pleasingly diverse. Divided between hyper speed aggressive passages and reflective breakdowns the track has a certain depth draped in menacing tones with just the right amount of diabolic elements tossed in to keep this at elevated heights.

There’s no doubt Hideous Divinity know how to carve a track to make one sit up and take note, this is no exception. If you’re anything like me this only makes you more excited for their next full-length.

November eighth can’t come fast enough!

FFO; Nile, Origin, Misery Index.

And now, Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming…

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Abythic – Conjuring the Obscure
(Germany)
Release – September/11/2019
Xtreem Music
https://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/conjuring-the-obscure
ARTWORK – 84

Mummy looks pissed. Did someone steal an egg?

FIRST TRACK – 76

Crunchy riffs, an ominous nature, mid- tempo death/doom melodies and the occult. Toss in German language soundbites and the intrigue level goes through the roof.

INITIAL LISTEN – 79

It took my youthful, insensitive, juvenile sense of humor a while to get over a cursory glance at the track list and in particular “Order of the Gash”. With the abrupt spell of uncontrollable laughter out of the way I hit play.

Atmosphere aplenty here amidst a steamroller riff approach. The occasional passages are undeniably Bolt Thrower in tone whereas a mid-tempo approach permeates the remainder of the album ala Benediction and Morgoth. Groove elements add to the albums allure alongside an undeniable menacing/ominous aura

Favorite Tracks; Order of the Gash, Drifting Among Shadows, Shadows of Becoming Might, Let the Purge Begin.

FFO; Morgoth, Abysmal Dawn, Benediction.

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Sölicitör – s/t EP
(USA)
Release – October/25/2019
Gates of Hell Records
Clawhammer PR
https://solicitor-speedmetal.bandcamp.com/album/solicitor-ep-2019
(the original release from May minus the demo tracks)
ARTWORK – 74

Primitive black and white imagery. A Mad Max bike, a mushroom cloud, skulls, whips and chains. Count me in! I have only the one question; is that lady wearing corpse paint?

FIRST TRACK – 81

A chilling introduction (ala early Slayer) with ominous qualities leads into a technical speed metal assault complemented by production values which toss me back to the late eighties and a vocal approach which is passionate (including crooning elements which put me in mind of Messiah Marcolin though others say a mixture of Halford and Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth; Overkill which I can also hear) though a little different than what might have been expected. A great start.

INITIAL LISTEN – 80

A fantastic mash up of speed metal and traditional heavy metal this sports a delicious pace throughout, wicked leads and melodies you can lose yourself in. it might take a few listens to get used to the vocal approach (for me anyway) but once that’s settled there’s little to not instantly appreciate. This is infectious, addictive and will leave fans of the earliest forms of speed metal excited and eager for more, perhaps a full length to be released early next year. Stay tuned.

Six tracks in all; four and two demo versions of the first two featured (“Nightstalker” and “Speed Tyrant”). It’s intriguing to discover how a band’s sound has progressed through different stages of development and this is no exception.

Favorite Tracks; Nightstalker, Vulture Command, Execution Squad.

FFO; Exciter, Whiplash, Chastain, Blitzkrieg, Overkill.

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Stench of Profit – Human Discount (EP)
(Italy)
Release – May/20/2019
Lethal Scissors
Imperative PR
https://lethalscissor.bandcamp.com/album/human-discount-ep
ARTWORK – 72

Whoa! Hey, you have a little something. Here let me grab at it with my greasy, untrained, paws.

Ouch! Although that’s a baby hammer it still looks like it hurts like a bitch!

FIRST TRACK – 81

Noise, but discernable rhythms, shifts in tempo, breakdowns, angst and groove aplenty I’m digging this!

INITIAL LISTEN – 78

Four tracks and seven minutes in length there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind what manner of audio this is! I’m happy to report that this beast delivers. Grinding percussion, a supreme diverse abrasive vocal assault (harsh, screaming and grunts) and melodies you can break every bone in the body too. Seriously what else do you need? Answer; best no to think about it, easier to let this drive your form to frenetic, spastic, jerking movements your spouse might wonder upon your state of mind if witnessing.

Favorite Tracks; Leaches, What’s Left.

FFO; Nasum, Brutal Truth, Napalm Death, Misery Index.

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Vagrant – The Rise of Norn
(Germany)
Release – July/26/2019
Black Lion Records
Qabar PR
https://vagrantblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/the-rise-of-norn
ARTWORK – 82

The sun breaks through threatening skies bring a ray of hope. All might seem saved but for the beckoning vortex which has opened in the body of water. Great colors and a classic nature make this image pop.

FIRST TRACK – 84

Melodic death in overall appearance and feel yet has an undeniable folk edge and a menacing blackened vibe. Plenty of excellent atmosphere and powerful symphonic presence bode well for what’s to follow.

INITIAL LISTEN – 87

Weaving a masterful combination of melodies and atmosphere with lyrics based around warriors, folklore, fate and superstition Vagrant have managed to create an album which flows exquisitely. Acoustic passages are a great touch and pair brilliantly with masterful symphonic touches. The rhythms intertwine with galloping and heavy riffs forging a release which is far from the run of the mill melodic death or even blackened death album. There’s a lot to take in stylistically here but it’s melded with care and executed with precision. A great touch is that the album goes full circle. Highly recommended!

Offering symphonic death, melodic death exquisite acoustic elements, doom, folk and Viking metal this has the potential to appeal to a wide audience.

Favorite Tracks; Blinded by Destiny, Deceptive Similarity, Spirit of Valor.

FFO; (vintage) Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Hyperion, Rotting Christ, Unleashed, early Katatonia.

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Singularity -Place of Chains
(USA)
Release – October/11/2019
The Artisan Era
Mind Eraser PR
https://singularityaz.bandcamp.com/album/place-of-chains
ARTWORK – 80

This could well be a still from a movie where an alien force is holding humanity captive for one reason or another. Is this the soundtrack to said movie? Hitting play…

FIRST TRACK – 90

What starts out as a symphonic possibly power metal opus soon transforms when the riffs and the million miles an hour precision drum assault kicks in. Then there’s the vocals, progressive leads, melodies, stunning atmosphere and the fretboard frenetic spider work. Damn impressive opener which stays this side of overboard insane guitar wizardry madness to please any fan of technical brutality.

INITIAL LISTEN – 93

Inferi technicality with a splash of Gothic aura (ala Cradle of Filth) wrapped in a maniacal grin carving delectable shell. Delicious rhythms, chasing melodies, galloping riffs, technically cavorting with progressive brilliance. Seriously, what more could you ask for? And this flows seamlessly like a river, albeit a tempestuous temperamental flow. Sci fi element? Check! Feast your ears on this and you will not be disappointed!! Stunning melodic technical death from the desert. The Artisan Era bring it again!!

Top of the heap audio here!

Favorite Tracks; Victory or Death, Sisyphean Cycle, Consume and Assume. Dead Receptors.

FFO; Inferi, Inanimate Existence, Necrophagist, Cradle of Filth, Equipoise, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Alterbeast.

And Now for “Something Completely Different”

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The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen
(Australia)
Release – September/27/2019
Cruz Del Sur Music
Clawhammer PR
https://theneptunepowerfederation.bandcamp.com/album/memoirs-of-a-rat-queen
 ARTWORK – 74

There’s most definitely something going on here. A priestess of sorts (with horns) sitting on a throne atop a pile of vanquished foes. Let’s just say I’m intrigued.

FIRST TRACK – 72

This bears an unmistakable Cosmic narrative vibe as well a rock n roll aura straight from the 70/80’s. Like Heart meets Hawkwind with considerable fuzz and relaxed beat. This is most definitely not extreme audio, that much is clear even from the tracks first opening bars so those hoping for words something akin to that might want to skip to musings upon the next act for all others whose thoughts drip with intrigue and minds are drenched in curiosity read on…

INITIAL LISTEN – 76

Heart meets Girlschool meets Muse meets Hawkwind meets Deep Purple with a splash of Motorhead and then some. In short, this album is diverse, passionate, boasts a concept narrative aura, is set in a late 70/early 80’s alternate musical landscape and has a great deal to offer for those who are willing to let it. Open those minds and be prepared to explore something far from the usual beaten track folks and you’ll have fun with what this offers. Admittedly it took a few spins to appreciate and I had to approach listens in ‘certain’ moods but it’s nice to leave the familiar occasionally and explore that which is strange, unfamiliar and unusual. Sure, this has passages which are galaxies removed from my usual listening arenas though for those are willing to explore this is an intriguing step away from the safe, the “normal”, predictable waters. Hard to categorize this is easier to place in the love it or leave it folder. It’s far from horrid or unlistenable, it’s “experimental” bordering on Avant Garde spanning a great many familiar genres and incorporating each in its own way. Obviously, this type of audio doesn’t appeal to everyone, usually only the brave. Jump in blind with zero assumptions!

Favorite Tracks; Watch our Masters Bleed, Bound for Hell, The Reaper Comes for Thee.

FFO; Queen, Motorhead, Hawkwind, Muse, Heart, Rush, Girlschool.

Well. That about brings things to a close for this week.

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Until our paths of audio interest cross again, don’t be afraid to explore that which you normally might not.

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