Cult’s Best Metal of 2016 So Far
Without further ado my…
Amazing ‘reel to reel’ Slayer worship, best warm up before you listen.
Ultra -impressive aggressive Thrash/death from Brazil, this all girl band kicks ass!
Gothic, dark, fluid and very diverse a must listen!
Melodious and uber catchy hard rock, in the vein of Wolfsbane, from Spain.
Highly recommended blistering blackened thrash.
Same old school Master but better! Nuff said!
Tight, riff-tastic thrash from France par excellence.
Progressive, Doom and so much more a must listen!
(in my humble opinion)
Sit back relax and let the majesty of this release wash over you. Brilliance that’s more than mere thrash incorporating progressive, groove, technical thrash and modern metal elements. A masterful opus and a must own album from Portugal.
I’d like to think this is perhaps where Bolt Thrower might have gone if they’d have strayed from the Warhammer 40k realm (Realm of Chaos release) and instead composed for the rotten throne of ‘Nurgle’ (within the realm of Chaos) or rather chose to dabble in Elder Gods mythology. Dark, plodding, dank and sporting a top notch subterranean aura an overall experience I would deem akin to taking an unexpected and rather horrific journey through the expanse of an Elder Gods digestive tract. Grindcore, crust or blackened sludge call it what you will but do listen.
At last an album with Black Dahlia Murder undertones covered by a shroud of atmospheric black metal. This grabbed my attention from the very first note. Experience blackened death from Alabama…where? Exactly. Certainly an act to watch for in the future and catch on tour.
Lately I’ve been getting into the Stoner rock side of the vast and ever growing metal arena. This release grabbed me with its huge grooves and fuzz laden aggressive riffs, I fell in, unable to get out I struggled but found myself enjoying the turbulent ride immensely. Heavy as balls but much more impressive!
I haven’t reviewed this yet. Feind beat me to it! In essence Solipsist is jaw dropping technical death which boasts a cosmic element and progressive passages that are so impressive they might even make you forget you’re listening to a release that is as brutal as it is remarkable. Technical death does not get any better than this!!
Technical thrash with progressive passages you say? To be honest the fact that I might enjoy the resulting product never really occurred to me until I experienced Vektor and Terminal Redux. Perilously close to death metal but not quite this album is sure to enthrall all who traipse upon its wonder. Homage to Voivod or Death it doesn’t matter and you’ll soon care less as you fall under its spell. Suffice it to say if you have yet to witness Terminal Redux you’re in for a neck snappin’ treat! This deserves a spot on every serious metal heads shelf.
Unique Leader have done it again! Another exceptional technical death release though this time with futuristic industrial elements and intriguing soundbites. Ultra-tight and even in instances not quite what a fan of the genre would expect but only more impressive because of the bands decision to employ what they have. Inimitable qualities make this stand out for me far above the tech-death crowd. Highly recommended!
Blending melodic death with blackened vocals Stortregn have successfully managed to invoke the best of both worlds in an album that is blistering paced, classic in theme and hypnotic in its majesty.
It seems Unique Leader is the label to keep tabs on for tech death mastery acts and albums. Dasien is possibly the closest one might actually get to a new Necrophagist album in shredding quality, feel, taste (what) and texture.
Top notch pacing, tight fluid rhythms, superhuman drumming and excellent vocals what more could one ask? Exactly, this is as my British pals would so eloquently put it simply…The Dogs Bollocks.
Nothing quite like a blast of old school European thrash to liven things up.
Live Burial boast their own brand of gritty, raw, attitude one that was somewhat commonplace thirty years ago though not so much today, sadly.
Fans of vintage Death (Scream Bloody Gore) rejoice for Forced Back to Life is primed and more than willing to pulverize the space betwixt your ears. Not for elitists in the slightest this is for those that appreciate metal the old school way. Death to false metal!
If it’s not the European lobby card cover art, then it’s the stunning gothic doom vibe melodies tinged with NWOBHM stylings. Everything about this album tosses you back to the heyday of the ‘new rock/metal’ scene. Not just an excellent homage to the era but an outstanding release bringing the style of the time to the attention of those today ignorant of all it offers. A fantastic pallet cleanser from the aggression of everyday metal.
(February – Independent)
Haunting sludge, is that a thing? It is now. Only seventeen minutes in length but you’ll wish it was much longer. Unique, smile inducing but familiar. On track to be my favorite EP of this year. Outstanding Doom/Sludge with a mesmerizing twist that needs attention!
Instantly from the very first I fell ‘ass over tit’ for this. As one Bandcamp user puts it… Melodic as fuck, black as fuck, and fuck as fuck!
Words fail me to impress how outstanding this release is. Menacing, sinister yet dark erotic in its beautiful multilayered splendor there I tried! Symphonic, blistering, blackened death doesn’t even come close either dammit. But trust me this is beyond eye opening and easily deserves its place amidst the other releases here.
With oodles of emotion and atmosphere to spare this album took me by storm and transported me to a doomy plateau of ecstasy seldom visited. If you like your doom of an epic feel sprinkled with more than liberal helpings of melancholy, diverse vocal talents of a quality rarely heard outside of Mourning Beloveth and My Dying Bride with melodies tainted by despair and darkness this is a must listen and one of the finest examples of the genre I’ve had the pleasure of listening to thus far this year.
Groove laden stoner rock infused with the aggression of grindcore vocals?
You betcha ass and it crushes everything in its path leaving no survivors and no doubts whatsoever this certainly isn’t for the elderly or small fluffy animals and that’s exactly why I like it so Fkn’ much! Time to break shit to the soundtrack of a riot.
Hyper-melodic black metal with folk/pagan leanings and well executed symphonic atmosphere an overall style that’s so impressive I honestly didn’t wanna share. Seriously this is just so damn good it throws me back to iconic black/death releases of yesteryear. Dissection - Storm of the Lights Bane being very similar. Hanter Savet has the uncanny ability to drag hordes of eager fans into a genre they wouldn’t normally consider. An amazing example of what’s possible when genres are seamlessly melded without sacrificing any of the emotion, power and vibe associated with each.