Country of Origin: UK
In relation to Purge the Idols there is plenty to like. An excellent mixture of death and deathcore with an emphasis on melody, technical intricate phrasing at just the right moments and atmosphere rather than the tiresome stop/start stabbing, chopping riffs more associated with the later. The vocals provided by both Markus (main) and Callum (backing) fit the style of the music perfectly adding a certain element making the overall package more appealing. There’s even a bree-bree-bree passage included to please the diehards! No filler tracks here each track is as good as the last though offers enough diversity to keep the level of addictiveness high and the chances of a replay very likely.
In short this is an album that covers several genre bases more than adequately providing musicianship that’s a pleasure to experience with varied influences utilizing much appreciated knowledge and skills. Influences range from aggressive thrash standouts (Dew Scented as an example) to more Grindcore-esque acts (such as Misery Index and or Dying Fetus). Support this act by picking this up you won’t regret it.
Country of Origin: Canada
An unmistakable air of triumphant infernal power and ominous evil permeates each track to lend the album remarkable atmosphere, an edge, found in most (if not all) noteworthy black metal releases of the past.
Intriguing, fluid, exciting and a damn site more evil than your younger sibling eating all of your Easter candy, this is an act that demands attention and is well worthy of such. Keep an eye out for these guys and give them your support. With a release such as this I can see apocalyptic things looming on their horizon, in the best possible sense of course!
Label: Unique Leader Records
County of Origin: USA
Alterbeast (derived from the Sega game though shortened to keep the chances of a lawsuit in check) boast technical death of the most exceptional variety bringing to mind the searing fretboard mastery of Archspire, the technique mind bending virtuosity of Necrophagist and the precise, octopus-like mutant abilities of Hannes Grossemann and Pete ‘Commando’ Sandoval. In essence eye opening awesomeness that always manages to stay this side of steering off the technical deep end into ‘wankeryville’ where only the most jaded MIT guitar initiates wander. Admittedly trying to pick out a favorite track is akin to picking out a favorite Slayer album, lets fact it they are all freakin’ good though uniquely different in their own way.
Not to put too fine a point in it this is an exceptional, world eater, debut. One that screams for recognition though needs no introduction as it more than speaks for itself in delivering all one could hope for vividly encompassing the melodic and brutal arena of the death spectrum and then surpassing all expectations.
Make room on your ‘technical death’ shelf for I can only envision more blinding brilliance from Alterbeast if this is any indication of what it is they have to offer. This is must own!
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen
Country of Origin: UK
Released: April/18/2016 (vinyl May/28)
Damn! This is just what the doctor ordered; chainsaw shreddin riffs, pummeling drums and a vocal style more akin to ‘crust’ and/or eighties European raw blackened death. I’ve heard the band Pestilence (and vocalist Martin Van Drunen) thrown around, it’s a good similarity especially the earlier output. Though to be honest this is a hell of a lot more ‘dirty’ and boasts a rawer production quality to please anyone yearning for those good ole days when metal was faster than a shark (pun!) and evil enough to induce a coronary in walker assisted old farts/folks. Not to fret though this also sports more than enough melody to knock you on your ass (against the nearest wall) whilst also oozing cult horror influences to keep even the most jaded ‘old school’ fan, like myself, sated.
This brings back plenty of memories, it makes me wish I didn’t give away my turntable and patch covered denim jacket it also makes me wonder what happened to Noise Recordings and Neat Records…anyone?
Excellent production invokes metal of the past while Live Burial prove their interpretation of the style will burn on like a witch burning pyre into the future. You don’t have to ‘force’ this on me, though I may have to force myself to turn it off as I fear I may break something irreplaceable, a loved one in my primate-like flailing’s, or a limb.