Indescribable Physiognomy of the Devil
Label: Satanath Records/Metallic Media
(500 CD limited pressing)
Country of Origin: Brazil
Style: Thrash/Death Metal
Coldblood play an uncompromising brand of metal boasting punishing riffs reminiscent of a mid-era Morbid Angel, with a brutal delivery courtesy of Krisium (also from Brazil) and (Florida based) Hate Eternal and, as if that wasn’t enough to whet your metal appetite, to top it all off a vocal delivery (via Diego Mercandante) in a similar style to Glen Benton of Deicide. The occasional well placed shriek only adds to my curiosity and overall appreciation.
Indescribable Physiognomy of the Devil is an excellent collection of tracks executed with precision, diabolical flair and more melody (both blistering and a menacing slower tempo) than one might expect. Surprisingly this is only the third full length in a career spanning over twenty-five years (not unconventional or unexpected during which time there’s been several line-up changes) this experience shows throughout and although the style is not altogether new each of the tracks manages to hold the attention right up until the point when the listener when be happy to hit repeat again and again.
Favorite tracks; Demons of Nox on account of its homage characteristics to Morbid Angel of yesteryear and Bury the Universe which sports an Abysmal Dawn vibe and the opener - a great introduction to Coldblood.
Recommended for fans of diabolical metal that borders on the edge of the pit. Go ahead and take the plunge but remember the water and sunscreen, I hear it’s awfully bright and hot down around those parts!
Country of Origin: Russia
Style: Death/Black Metal
What struck me above all else was the top notch quality of the drum work, sadly in the final track IMO a tad ‘strong’ in the mix, of a style (and remarkable talent) usually not heard in traditional ‘black’ releases but more than appreciated in this instance.
The Eye Ov Omniscience. Nigredo ‘steals the show’ (the longest track in this near sixteen-minute release) an epic, atmospheric, instrumental of applause worthy proportions that showcases the bands musical talents and knowledge of what works well the genre. I can only hope this will be displayed more as details of a much deserved full length (their first) come to fruition.
Highly recommended, feel free to show these fledgling musically talented “Satanists” your support. Record labels - give these guys the chance to wow you and sign them up!
(disclaimer; they may or may not be “Devil worshippers”, I’m not entirely sure but it looks good on the bio and I don’t wish to be sued thanx).
Country of Origin: USA
Style: Heavy Metal/Doom/NWOBHM/Hard Rock
Christopher Taylor Beaudette complements the overall sound with a pleasing vocal range that is at once hardcore then in the next moment a smidgen on the ‘crooning’ side ala Glen Danzig.
XVI is an excellent teaser/taster of what I can only assume the band has more of to offer in the very near future. A full length perhaps? Highly recommended for fans of groove infused melody, ramlant solos and unpredictable rhythms all within a style that may well have you ‘air guitaring’ around your domicile like a silly fool.
Label: Heathen Tribes
Country of Origin: Latvia
Style: Melodic Black/Death Metal
Vella Rekis displays the bands ability to use thematic, orchestrated, elements and adds to the overall allure of the album, a standout track amidst an album that features many others of a high quality. Whereas Swordwraith is slower in pace, epic in tone with a definite folk/pagan aura.
Another of my favorites Black Army has smidgens of SepticFlesh stylings displaying a slight industrial aura and atmosphere by way of orchestration and Gregorian chants.
Fueled by enough melody, classic rhythms and blackened elements throughout The Burning Centuries is an album that easily manages to keep the listeners interest whilst providing everything an addict of the blackened melodic death genre asks and then some.