Only Filth Will Prevail
Label: Goatprayer Records/PRC Music
Country of Origin: Brazil
Style: NWOBHM/Crust/Punk/Blackened Thrash metal
More than intriguing is that Flames of Hate actually sounds like it showcases the vocal talents of Cronos, incidentally the longest track on this release, though to my knowledge doesn’t. Other tracks bring to mind blistering paced vintage Kreator but with more of a punk edge. Armageddon Delight would fit perfectly on Pleasure to Kill alongside the inhumanely fast Under the Guillotine.
Touted as “Death Marching Rock n’ Roll” I can honestly state that this whole album crushes leaving me breathless and dizzy. I’m but a smirking Brit with a sore neck and a hankering to spin this dirty gem all over again!
County of Origin: (International) Stockholm; Sweden
Style: Old School Death Metal/Crust
However, there is also another element that makes this painfully short release work so very well. An atmospheric doom element, a complement to the styles mentioned above, that comes across in the form of diabolical solos and quality vocals delivered in a way that any fan of the ‘death’ genre will be left aching for more. Stunning that these same vocals are decipherable whilst sporting a heavy accent.
If you’re hankering for an old school vibe drenched in Gothenburg distortion, then you’ve stumbled upon an EP that’ll leave both your finger and your neck in need of carpal tunnel meds.
Label: Diabolic Might Records
Country of Origin: USA
Style: Heavy Metal/NWOBHM/Blackened Thrash
With a style steeped in melodic riffage and an overall exciting, no space to take a breath, aura one might have listened to in decades’ past Bewitcher have managed, somehow, to craft tunage that brings to mind Venom, Witchery and surprisingly early Three Inches of Blood. Music that drips with malevolence though enlists devotees easily by way of its unfathomably addictive nature.
Bewitcher starts out on a synth kick, with the title track, that may well leave some picturing a Carpenter-esque feature or perhaps a European affair slavered in occultism, nekkidness and controversy. Either way what follows isn’t exactly what I was expecting, though I’m not complaining in the slightest as I’m left dazed and in need of a breather. Admittedly I’m a sucker for blackened speed in a NWOBHM vein especially with vocal in a style as if ripped from the darkest throat of Cronos himself!
The melody throughout goes far beyond what I would deem foot tapping, let’s just say you might want to limber up before tossing this on the stereo. Fluid is an understatement. In fact, I am at a loss for words in describing how much it is that I’m liking how well the whole release plays out, there’s not a bad track to be found. In fact the album gets infinitely better the more it’s played!
Bewitcher is a perfect mix of genres and a fantastic album, one that left me pondering why it is that they aren’t signed, why they aren’t headlining festivals but most of all how is it that dominant metal publications haven’t got their picture plastered across their front pages.
Label: Twin Earth Records
Country of Origin: Italy
Style: Doom/Stoner rock
Fluid melodies brimming with emotion complement the vocal style of Cristina Chimirri, soulful lyrics encapsulated in angelic tones have the absolute power to enthrall the listener. While the music brings to mind traditional doom stylings ala Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus, hints of synth add a genuine aura of darkness to the atmosphere. Haunted deliver their take on the style with just enough smoldering Gothic incense as to make it their own. In essence a fantastic soundtrack to play in the background whilst watching a vintage Hammer film.
Remarkable is that this is the band’s first full length. Haunted shows definite promise, exciting flowing form and stunning musical structure. Rare is that only one member of the five (in the band) is able to grow a beard, testament to the growing popularity and the much appreciated expanding participation of the fairer gender in the genre.
Label: Black Lion Records
Country of Origin: Sweden
Style: Blackened Speed/Death Metal
Expected Release Date: September/20/2016
An element that makes this release stand out are the intricacies within the melodies, rather surprising for a ‘three piece’. This is a great touch that brings to mind Dissection, even at times Cannibal Corpse, a style that’s appreciatively miles from mere “chuggery” (although this album does have a fair share!) and plays very well incorporating both the black and death metal genres.
Sadistic Love Session sports shades of doom influence ala My Dying Bride/Anathema in-between bouts of rhythm more commonly found on a more traditional death release.
När Allt Har Brunnit Ner (yea, I’ll be buggered if I can understand fully what the title means either! *It means “When Everything Has Burned Down” in Swedish - Feind) brings about an abrupt change in pace only to then switch to a crescendo like assault that continues to transform throughout. This is the longest track on the album, showcasing genre diversity and a whole slew of influences all of which make this album work so well.
Ritual starts out as a Horrorscope era Overkill homage, though, within no time whatsoever it blossoms into so much more. In blending styles, one similar to melodic death and the other dangerously close to atmospheric black it quickly becomes a standout. One of a handful on an album that admittedly takes a few moments to become more than merely intriguing but when span to climax leaves the listener with only urges to spin it again.
Label: Totem Cat Records/Riff Dealer Records
Country of Origin: Canada
Style: Doom/Sludge/Stoner/ Black Metal
Then the Ep was through. So I span it again, and again and then again after that. The overall concoction is laden with thick slabs of groove and mid-tempo ‘Southern’ rhythms effectively making it addictive, dangerously so in fact. 1312 exists far from the chaos and brutality of extreme metal in an arena by itself, ‘of itself’ in essence as I’ve yet to hear much else even remotely in the same audio ballpark. So what can, will I, say of this EP?
Apart from this being but an annoying short teaser for the Dopethrone brand of sludge/doom I’ll readily admit I’m hooked!! The style works much in the same way as the brilliance displayed within the Worship of Keres EP, a strange familiarity that’s decidedly different than what the rest of the pack delivers crafted with passion.