Country of Origin: Argentina
Style: Groove/Thrash/Death Metal
The riffs are mostly to blame, fantastic production is appreciatively displayed throughout this release to keep everything crisp, definite groove and melody reigns supreme. The lyrics and vocals are all in Spanish (I believe) and only more evil sounding because of the heavy accent though that doesn’t in any way deter from the creative genius, musical talent and head smashingly fantastic addictive vibe the album possesses.
Fluid, uber-catchy and grab you by the throat no nonsense metal as it should be.
Country of Origin: USA
Style: Blackened Thrash/Heavy Metal
Take for example She’s Insane (not too hard to comprehend, am I right?) with its undeniable Satyricon influence and wicked lyrical themes it’s a hard choice but this is my favorite on this release admittedly there’s not a stinker to be found!
This will inspire you to prance around like an excitable fool, so crank it up and let everyone know the deal.
Country of Origin: Germany
Style: Black Metal
In essence this is blackened death with the emphasis on both black (I’m awaiting the very second that ‘word’ can no longer be utilized in describing a metal release #blackmetallivesmatter…wait what-?!) and pummeling melodies executed par excellence. Conveying both an epic nature, evil intent and swirling hypnotic majesty this is just what the black metal doctor ordered (ha! I’m going to use the word ‘black’ as many times as possible in this review).
Again the heavy accented vocals (as with Innerte, above) only add to the vicious diabolical feel of the album and the overall effect is that of auditory bliss.
This offers everything a fan of blackened death demands, prepare to be sweep away on an ocean of evil, don’t forget your galoshes and brolly.
Country of Origin: USA
The album’s artwork (A Frazzetta knight staring off into chaotic swirling mists containing various robed monks/creatures) would suggest an overall doom theme and the listener would be correct in assuming so, however, there’s so much more on display here that it’s literally mind blowing. Even more devastating to the confines of the interior of the cranium is that the whole ‘package’ is quite superb, fluid, epic, brutal in more than a few instances and as a whole could never be deemed -IMO- dull.
Philosopher’s Blade is the first track to shake the listener from their preconceptions, just when one would think ahh-! another few minutes of sludge along comes a pulverizing thrash passage and lyrics better suited to a wailing/shrieking blackened metal release. Strange then that it all fits as well as it does and works so goddamn well! Of the intricacies within the album Neurosis noise like progressive antics play a part too as well too does a very familiar sounding doom vibe that brings to mind Black Sabbath and St Vitus and again just when you thought you had the whole album and the bands M.O figured out they toss you for a mile again with the speedy groove infested shenanigans of Between Oder and the Vistula.
An intriguing diverse, bulldozer of an album that will take several, smile inducing, listens to fully comprehend and appreciate. This would have easily been featured, showcased, on my best of 15 list if only I would’ve caught it sooner.
Spin, download and devour this as soon as humanely possible, but expect a line as this is beyond special and goes without mentioning this is a memorable chunk of diverse audio indeed!