Label: Unique Leader Records
Country of Origin: Canada)
Style: Technical Death/Grindcore
To spoil it all right here this release is godly - technical with fantastical elements of grindcore and even passages of Flamenco (Spanish themed classical guitar work) thrown in to break ‘shit up’. Each track is remarkable in its ability to hold the interest either through ebb and flow structures, solo majesty passages and overall genius nature. David AB’s vocals are an amazing hybrid of both growls and grunts to supplement the music perfectly which is not at all an easy feat. An inhumanely on point drum salvo (courtesy of Troy Fullerton - Severed Savior) tops the ensemble off making this a release no extreme metal fan can be without. Better yet this runs to nearly an hour of absolute shredding bliss!! Did I mention the top notch production value? (I think I just did!)
Put a pillow at your feet in preparation of the sudden impact of your jaw upon the floor. Honestly this is a must own and a strong contender for album of the year regardless of the genre.
Country of Origin: Latvia
Style: Deathcore/Technical/Melodic Death Metal
Standout tracks on this highly impressive debut include the wicked riff frenzy and epic natured Obsessive Putrification and the technical old school vibe of Instinctive Devourment.
Give this a spin (and support the band by throwing a few bucks on bandcamp) you won’t be disappointed.
Country of Origin: Canada
This is fourteen minutes of music to test the limits of your stereo, play it loud, play it on repeat and be prepared for a workout. Grab a towel this is an album you will want to hear until your body hurts!
Label: Black Bow Records
Country or Origin: Wales/UK
Style: Sludge/Doom/Death/Black Metal
An earlier (split) release to get you in the mood
Whatever it is you chose to call them, one word stands out above all others…outstandingly dense, heavy, epic (dammit I cheated!). This is a versatile gem of a release that one won’t/can’t soon forget. Highly recommended!
Label: Black Lion Records
Country of Origin: Sweden
Style: Thrash/Melodic Death
Consider a mixture of styles that Dark Tranquility (older) and The Haunted display admittedly similar as they are both standout Swedish acts but you get the idea and thus somewhat of an idea of what to expect here. Extinct is pleasingly melodic, showcasing a driving riffs attack as well as breaks in pace that are a welcome nice added touch. Martin Runnzell’s vocals are somewhat gruff but fit the style very well, lending the sound a heavier edge, admittedly it’s a surprise he doesn’t pull bass duties here also as he does in many of his past bands.
All in all, a fantastic thrash/ melodic death album (at a stretch!) that deserves discovery and an act to keep an ear out for in the future, as based on this I can only imagine further slabs of greatness to follow!
Label: Black Diamond Productions
Country of Origin: Germany
Originally Released: 1999
(review based on 2007 *Razorback Recordings reissue)
This is the first album (the reissue includes the original demo a whopping two CD’s with forty tracks total!) of a career spanning close to twenty years and it doesn’t disappoint. However, the nods and tip to the hat towards Anthrax, SOD and MOD be it through riffs or track structure are beyond numerous and may well compile to the point of annoyance to some. It is though, FKU’s love of the horror genre and its biggest icons that serve to make them quite unique (notable newer releases by VHS are in a similar vein but in more of a brutal grindcore/death/crust format) and not a direct parody of the aforementioned but rather a very loving homage to.
FKU as far as I can tell actually derives from an SOD track (called amazingly enough) Freddy Krueger. Where you can distinctly hear it repeated over and over in the rapid fire chorus (Dan Lilker was especially known for).