Label: Hammerheart Records
Country of Origin: Chile
Style: Ambient/Doom/Progressive/Black Metal
Sol Sistere play a blistering paced style which I would also place under the banner of black metal, although with that in mind they also incorporate atmospheric beauty, classical elements, melody and progressive passages that will do so much more than merely whisk the listener away into extreme auditory bliss. Admittedly there are those that won’t like this, those that cannot (or will not try to) discern nuances and intricacies in rhythms cited as nothing more than traditional black metal fare, but to the trained ear there’s so much more depth, scope and musical genius that goes far beyond what most would assume a debut would provide.
This deserves attention, a stunning album with so much to offer from an act whose future is very bright indeed, or should I say bleak(?) as this is black metal, regardless a release that demands notice and stands up to repeated plays.
Label: High Roller Records
Country of Origin: Montreal; Quebec- Canada
Unfortunately Escape from Reality is the last release from Alcoholator. And I’m going to go ahead and spoil it right here folks as this is great stuff and probably the closest audio I’ve found to Whiplash yet, when I refer to Whiplash I’m referring to Power and Pain (in my opinion easily their finest album and hour!).
The melodies are swift, clean and neck snappingly ‘bouncy’ and the vocals have an edge that reminds me of late eighties thrash in a similar vein to Sacred Reich with an added slight punk vibe. Out of Control is a track that fits this description to a tee (golf “sayings” in a metal review? whatever next?) Admittedly the drinking theme puts me in mind of Tankard (naturally). Fuck your Skull is a diverse track sporting an intro from a cult persona one should instantly recognize.
Overall a fantastic album to add to anyone’s metal collection from an act, with a cool but oddball name, you might never have heard of. It was my first time too!!
Label: Dark Descent Records
Country of Origin: Denver, Colorado – USA)
Style: Diabolical/Technical/Death Metal
Below you can listen to their 2015 Ep
The release itself can best be described as diabolical, technical, progressive and seething with atmosphere…but can it? The answer is no, it cannot! Starspawn boasts a number of impressive elements not the least of which is its ability to hold the listener’s attention. The style itself cannot wholly be contained in a single box/genre. For the majority of its parts though it puts me in mind of an older Morbid Angel (especially the very first tracks final moments) whereas in other instances I’m left pondering on how it is that passages more befitting a My Dying Bride or a Mourning Beloveth album don’t feel at all out of place but rather fit so well adding other layers to an already diverse album that remains brutal yet intricate, and lively yet calm.
You could say that Starspawn is deceptive in its allure, hell you can say whatever you like but this remains an album I’ve taken an unhealthy liking too, it’s only a pity that others can’t join me in my enthusiasm of its excellence until early August. All in all, a ‘must listen’ experience!
Label: Napalm Records
Country of Origin: Brazil
Of course it goes without mentioning that I’ll give any female fronted (or better still, if all the stars align, an all-girl metal band) a listen if just for curiosity’s sake. My interest it should be should be stated first started with the Awakenings (females in extreme metal compilation) release and naturally the allure of Jo Bench in Bolt Thrower. Eths (Candice fronted) are one of my most recent favorites, it was Arch Enemy with Angela before that for a while (a few releases) but now after this my initial introduction to Nervosa, and especially with the quality on display in this album, I’ll be sifting through the back catalog of this South American trio.
Nervosa titillate the ears with a sound that is best (?!) described as a pleasing mash up of Slayer/Lamb of God take-no-prisoners riffage that meets Dew Scented and early The Haunted aggression. But wait it gets better, this is actually a rather excellent example of modern thrash bordering on melodic blackened (on account of the raspy vocals) /death. With not a boring moment to speak of this album sports twelve tracks of volcanic blistering paced melody riffs that the word ‘catchy’ just doesn’t cover and a level of competence and range I’ve not seen in the female vocal department since vintage Eths with Candice.
Executed with surprisingly brutal flair Agony even sports top notch production, though personally I wouldn’t have minded a ‘dirtier’ feel.
It’s extremely hard to pick just a couple of tracks for recommendation as to be frank (but only if I can be Shirley, huh?) I was just not prepared for this album to impress me as much as it has managed to. Solidness of metal throughout!
Though with a gun to my head I’ll mention Hypocrisy, Failed System and the opener Arrogance.
These ladies freakin’ shred and in my opinion leave a vast trail of other supposed thrash bands behind them in the dust. Try to keep up lads!! All worship at the altar of the goddess in the name of Nervosa, this is an album you’ll want to spin over and over.