The Rest will come later
(country of origin; Sweden)
This ladies and gentlemen is quite a superb album, especially for a first.
It has aggression, great vocals, surprisingly fluid melodies, atmospheric phrasings and cleaner vocal parts that add depth also a great production to top it all off.
Keep an eye out for this one.
Label; Momento Mori
(country of origin; Costa Rico)
No frills and an absence of 'filler' make this a very likeable release that a listener can instantly start to appreciate and will want to spin again and again.
Label; Small Stone Records
(country of origin; Italy)
Isaak have roots in the stoner rock genre with more than slight sludge leanings.
The music on Sermonize is groove laden, very easy to like and limb tappingly catchy throughout. Fans of Kyuss will rejoice as Isaak proudly cover Yeah a track in a style that's actually very close to one which the reminder of the album displays.
This is miles from what I normally listen to though I have to admit this is far from just very enjoyable, it kicks all kinds of ass, and boasts rhythms that have gotten stuck in my head and lasted all damn day long.
Deserves many a spin, but be warned like any effective fungus it'll grow on ya.
Label; Swamp Metal Records
(country of origin; USA)
More than just mere doom Hooded Eagle excel and add to the term in every way imaginable. They manage, somehow, to infuse a plethora of emotions into their style, at the very least a landscape rife with dread, fear and looming darkness (one the listener will happily want to explore), with the precision of a surgeon, invoking feelings within the listener (through effective structure, pacing and a wide variety of vocal styles) in tune with the unfathomable depths of madness the band wish to convey.
This is a release that will be coveted for many years.
Excellent and epic doesn't even come close.
Label; Profound Lore Records
(country of origin; UK)
If you have ever heard of Bolt Thrower (or even Hail of Bullets) and enjoy the style they offer then this is most certainly something you will more than salivate over.
Cruciamentum deliver the same hard hitting wall of grindcor-esque guitar sound only then to add to it, layers of melodious riffs and in some instances chants all the while set against a drum salvo that will please any diehard fans of the aforementioned genre. Fear not for this is a style that works tremendously well. The tracks display depth and a complexity rarely seen in all but in the most technical of releases. The vocals fit excellently, at first I thought the throat in question belonged to Karl Wilettes, I was wrong but I'm not mistaken about the effectiveness. His strong accented style compliments this album to a tee.
Overall a release that cannot be missed from a band who have nothing but the brightest future ahead.
An absolute must own.
The very best of British!
Label; Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
(country of origin; France)
Aether brims with a constant barrage of sound, fast paced yet far separate from thrash or even traditional death metal. The vocals are of the aggressive-screaming-till-your-throat-complains variety, sounds horrid but actually works here.
Oddly the entire album, in between tracks, is shrouded with a drizzling rain effect if only I knew enough French to get by then I might be able to discern the lyrics enough to decipher the meaning or symbolism (if any) but I failed horribly in high school (so lets leave it there!).
Overall the album is one that you might want to let grow on you, it has slower moody moments, Klartr'aumer reminds me of She Wants Revenge but then only climaxes in a wall of sound interspersed with piano.
Plenty more passages and the majority of the album to be honest could well start a riot. I'll be the person standing back from the violence holding the standard with the legend Will someone please teach me French.
Intriguing and interesting though might well need a few listens to fully fall into and appreciate completely.
Label; Mosher Records
(country of origin; Portugal)
Destroyers of All have somehow managed to set the bar very high. Bleak Fragments is their first full length and in my opinion a fantastic example of a band who can meld several genre styles with ease in fact they make it sound silly easy. Phrasings more thrash in nature quickly transform into passages where more progressive elements come to the forefront, then change again into a passage of mood more akin to black metal. Then it happens all over again.
This is an album that keeps the listener on their toes, prompting a smile on their face the entire time, without once wandering off into what-the-fucks- ville where only a very brave few will blindly follow.
With all this in mind melodies and rhythms in this release amazingly still flow very well, in fact the album has groove, power and emotion to spare, even moments of symphonic splendor to add even more depth. Death Healer (video above) is a great example of this and only one killer track among many others on display here. Unexistence goes even a step further by introducing other factors and instruments (albeit briefly) that one might not normally associate with any album in this musical field.
Overall an outstanding way for Mosher Records to start their roster and an amazing first album for D.o.A.
Intriguing, complex and undeniably brilliant...this deserves attention!
Label; Profound Lore Records
(country of origin; Canada)
Chthe'ilist are a prime example.
Obviously based around Lovecraftian lore and the Ancient Gods mythos on their namesake alone they offer a style and sound that many have not dared to attempt since a very early (1989) Bolt Thrower release, namely Realm of Chaos, one that centered around warfare and conflict between very different races in space many millennia in the future.
Inlaid with complex intricacies, an occasional infernal riff that reeks Morbid Angel influence and a style somewhere between dirge and industrial grindcore Chthe'ilist have managed to create an album that is at the very least supremely heavy, one that drips with catacomb like atmosphere and one that brims with intelligence.
A masterpiece in my opinion that bespokes a bleak audioscape blanketed by both the aforementioned act's diabolical influences and perhap also a slight Nile-esque guitar thunder vibe.
It is not however until the final track, Tales of the Majora Mythos part 1, that this Canadian threesome displays their unfathomable (much like the inter dimensional reaches of Ctulu himself) scope of extreme musical brilliance. The track and the album plummets into a final two minute descent into what I can only perceive as the darkest depths of the abyss. A fantastic ending to an amazing album.
Some may not like this album based on its dirgey nature though many others will and will rejoice in it's uniqueness, one that may well be hard to define fully.
Seething with atmosphere and malevolent presence this album will leave a lasting impression.