As a collective we've expanded our horizons to include more articles, shit, I'm scribbling upon celluloid releases that aren't even Horror themed. But most of all let's not forget the triumphs both Feind and myself can boast. Feind has had his voice and opinion heard on a metal themed podcast (Metalheads Podcast thanx again George, Buke and the guy who sounds strangely like a very blue comedian, Dave Attelle *Hope you take that as a compliment Jay!) as well as having a few pieces published (one, Hell Awaits, in a collection that's still garnering amazing reviews). As for myself I've had a short (1000 word) story, A Dinner Invite, published albeit in a free ebook, Flashes of Darkness: Halloween Special 2015, from Dark Chapters Press but it's a fantastic start (now if only I can tear myself away from all this reviewing malarkey and find time to write more fiction). In regards to the music scene this year, in a word has been outstanding.
I can't say the following enough, though I know I've said it more than a few times during the last three hundred and fifty odd days, thanks Feind for everything you do and all the late articles you bite your fingernails over from yours truly, the excuses and numerous other things that have transpired that aren't meant for public consumption. Everything. Well that's enough of that, my tongues getting chaffed (*And so is Feind’s buttocks. Stop it! LOL). Now onto the fun stuff. Be prepared for this year, quite unlike the last I will not phone it in, and bang it out at the last second, I have notes.
And before any of you bastids jump in and wanna say that sucks, you suck, this is my opinion not fact. Keep in mind at all times an opinion is like an asshole, everyone has one and unless you're a blonde with huge breasts and a face that could turn a continent I really don’t care to study yours in depth. Suffice it to say this is mine, take it or leave it...
Mesmerizing, beautiful, sorrowful, epic, melodic death from Greece.
Blistering fast thrash that made me more excited than a fat kid in a pie shop.
This psychedelic stoner rock release knocked me on my arse, amazing stuff.
Think Sodom mixed with Marduk. A blistering fast good time.
A late addition that I had to include as it's so damn good (review forthcoming)
Easily the best Unleashed album in aeons, highly recommended!
An amazing mixture of styles, NWOBHM and melodic black, an amazing listen.
Sorrow, beauty, melody and everything in between. Best of British Doom!
Theres no doubt if I'd have discovered this earlier in the year it would’ve placed higher. Remarkable melodic metal from arguably one of the founders of the genre. Thanx for reminding me about it Chris (Werewolves in Siberia).
*Just a quick aside: this album actually came out in late 2014
Listened to this after a suggestion from a total stranger, it paid off. This is downright amazing. Technical brutality at the top of the sickening heap.
Not usually my cup of tea, but unignorable in it's scope, depth and guitar wizardry, riffs upon and within riffs. Complex and epic.
Need I say more?
This is exactly what the doctor ordered, an assault of face melting evil that hits the spot! I best turn this off lest I destroy everything in the house not nailed down!
I can't stop spinnin' this!
So imagine my surprise when I found my jaw on the floor after spinning this for the first of many times. A virtual tapestry of styles interwoven to form many complex patterns to blanket near the entire metal spectrum. Here is an epic album you can enjoy with others that may not quite appreciate the growly stuff (yet)...lead them in gently is what I often say (ouch!).
The BEAST that slays them all!
Tapping my appendages like a maniac I can honestly state that from the very first listen I was more than hooked. This is goosebumps raising, hairs on the back of your neck chilling good!
If three hundred and some odd days ago someone would've told me my favorite album of 15' had an entire track dedicated to a manhandled piano (above) I probably would've smiled and say 'Sod off'. Nevertheless here it is the full album...
tbh with a moniker like theirs I didn't expect much but groovy grind blew me away
VHS – Hifi Horror – Uncut edition
Horror themed, humorous and metal as fuck!
Black Tongue – The Unconquerable Dark
I had nothing to go on with this I was taken for a hell of a journey
The Grotesquery – Curse of the Skinless Bride
Melodic death metal with a Lovecraftian storyline, fuck yes!
Bloody Tyrant – The Legacy of Sun Moon Lake
I didn't expect this intricate black mastery from Taiwan of all places.
Thy Art is Murder – Holy War
So much more than mere deathcore, this was the shit!
Rivers of Nihill – Monarchy
Melodic brilliance in the same vein as Psycroptic.
Just Before Dawn – The Dead and Those About to Die
A death supergroup with the chops and talent to prove it.
Grave – Out of Respect for the Dead
IMO sporting a better sound than they have had in years, an amazing return to the metal fold.
Necrowretch – With Serpents Scourge
This is black metal as I would order it – melodic, evil and vile.
BattleCross – Rise to Power
A fantastic melodic powerhouse of an album.
LIK – Mass Funeral Evocation
The Gothenburg sound done right!
Bastard Grave – What Lies Beyond
Gothenburg,Groove, Crust and genius.
Thorns of Sin – Destroy the Light
Excellently executed melodic blackened thrash with great production.
Sadism – Alliance
Blistering in your face riffs, altogether an amazingly fluid album.
BodyFarm – Battle Breed
Death just the way the Doctor ordered, be prepared to move!
Supreme Carnage – Sentenced by the Cross
Solid groove laced death metal with great vocals.
Down Among the Dead Men – Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy!
Dave Ingram is back supported by kick ass salvo driven melody, nuff said!
Swarm of Serpents – Souls ov Hell
A local act recently signed, lots of talent in the melodic blackened arena.
Dagoba – Tales of the Black Dawn
Suggested by Feind and liked immensely by me.
The Apex – self titled
An amazing powerful treat in a similar vein to Meshuggah.
Eye of Horus – Infernal Calling
Technical death that could live in my CD player and never get old.
Once Human – The Life I Remember
Female fronted sporting diverse melodies and styles, great album.
Echelon – Indulgence over Abstinance Behind the Obsidian Veil
Groove laden melodic death with Mr Ingram puling vocal duties.
Ominous Ruin – Exiled (EP)
Technical as fuck, brutal, intricate death metal bliss.
Armageddon – Captivity and Devourment
Melodic death mastery from an Ammot Brother (Carcass, Carnage, Arch Enemy).
Scarab – Serpents of the Nile
Middle Eastern aura par excellence. An amazing album showing Nile how it's done.
Demonical – Black Flesh Redemption (EP)
The Gothenburg sound nailed!
Bone Gnawer – Cannibal Cremation
Kam Lee shredding it and pulling vocal duties.
Sonus Mortis – War Prophecy
A one man symphonic blackened death project that is unfathomably outstanding.
Fuck the Facts
Grindcore that grabs you by the throat tosses you around the room, picks you up to dust you off then unapologetically does it all over again.
Axis of Despair – Time and Again
Reeks of a vintage Napalm Death style with a new school edge.
The Hells – Brutopia
Hilarity and metal (from 'across the pond') what more could one want?
Psychostick - Revenge of the Vengeance
Hilarity and metal stateside. NSFW must be heard to be appreciated!!
Implore – Depopulation
Outstanding Crust/Grind with a Gothenburg edge, guaranteed to wake the dead!
Xul – Malignance (reissue 15')
Outstanding melodic death (reissue) so good it deserved a reprinting, nuff said!
No More Room in Hell – self titled
Horror, grind, sludge and crust all bended to create a monster release.
Groovy thick riffs with power enough to destroy your day.
With the Dead – self titled
outstanding Doom featuring the triumphant return of Lee Dorrian to form.
88 mile Road Trip – A Trip Through the Thickest Haze
Stoner, doom, emotional rock implementing a very intriguing vocal style.
Sorcerer – In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
Somewhat traditional doom with great vocals and amazing melodies.
The Devil and the Almighty Blues – self titled
Captivating emotional blues and stoner laced doom
Out of the Earth – self titled
Stellar emotional stoner rock with powerful Chris Cornell-esque vocals.
Ghost – Meliora
My first taste of Ghost and I'm hooked. Supreme atmospheric laden doom.
Wicked Inquisition - self titled
Somewhat traditional melodic doom mixed with NWOBHM with great vocals.
Freedom Hawk – Into Your Mind
Solid NWOBHM rock with a stoner vibe.
Speedtrap – Straight Shooter
NWOBHM Maiden-esque melody and roots deeply embedded in the old school.
Southern Fried Genocide – Electric Mayhem
Hard to describe much easier to enjoy, get ready to boogie like one possessed.