Something I Might Have Missed/Forgotten and...
Something Pulled Screamin' from the Vault of Cult
Label; Violent X Productions
(country of origin; Norway)
As a debut this is a remarkable effort sure to garner attention from more than merely a growing fan base.
Seek this diverse gem out and keep an eye/ear out for Violent-X to have a very interesting future.
Label; Broken Limbs
(country of origin; USA)
Beyond any shadow of a doubt one of the earliest entries into my best of 16’ list. A dirty, sludge, chunky riff laden masterpiece that fans of Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower and Disrupt will devour.
Label; Deathhammer Records
(country of origin; Cyprus)
Epic, atmospheric and intricate complete with masterful flowing melodies one might not expect from the genre this is an album that’s a pleasure to lose yourself in. Of especial note is Chalice of Impure Blood one of my favorites, an excellent example of the band’s talent.
If you act quick, you can pick up a limited copy containing eye pleasing art work manipulated by the geniuses at Khaos Diktator designs.
If you once had Dissection- Storm of The Light’s Bane on constant repeat, you’ll appreciate this without even trying.
Label; Season of Mist
(country of origin; Canada)
The album progresses in much the same light (or lack thereof) boasting melodies and passages pulled seemingly from a soundtrack to the eternal conflict (between the forces of good and evil) within the darkened confines of the abyss itself.
Fans of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Cradle of Filth and more recently the triumphant orchestrated supremacy of Septic Flesh will have no complaints, will in fact fervently rejoice at this album’s masterfully executed grandiose vibe and perhaps might change camps altogether.
Pleasingly the album displays influence from these and others, namely Nile and Noctem, though never to the point of shameless parody.
Advent of the Human God demands attention and is well worthy of all the attention and praise heaped at its feet. Depth, scope and eye opening undeniably a feat of unfathomable prowess within the Gothic/black/symphonic/death genre.
Label; Xtreem Music
(country of origin; Spain)
Imagine an earlier style Revocation smoothie with sprinkles of Atheist and you might be somewhere close as to the style on display here. Fluid, exciting, technical thrash with death metal leanings and vicious accented vocals that grow on you as the album plays out.
To keep this short I only wish I’d have found this last year as it most certainly would’ve placed high on my year’s best of list.
It doesn’t get much better than this, fast paced excellence that’s more than addictive and very highly recommended!
Label; Xtreem Music
(country of origin; Finland)
Where have I been? Where have Amputory been? It doesn’t matter I’ll continue to preach about them to whomever I encounter with similar interests. If this is merely an Ode to Gore then “Gore” must be skull splittingly, mind shatteringly awesome…nuff said.
Seek this out immediately!
Label; Momento Mori
(country of origin; Portugal)
This however is a damn decent death album with themes, somewhat close to my own heart, revolving around horror movies, serial killers, gore and the macabre (funtimes!). Stylistically this album reminds me of vintage Gorguts with perhaps a hint, more a tidal wave, of Morgoth (before they went full overboard with the whole clown thing…wait what?!) then a splash of Florida based Malevolent Creation.
Overall a great album that’ll keep you smirking on account of the provided cult movie sound bites (if you’re anything like me and are amused by most things horrifically themed) and moving throughout.
Worth seeking, impressive enough to garner hordes of new fans, but especially recommended for those with a penchant for 90’s European death.
Label; War Anthem Records
(country of origin; Sweden)
Ironically the music here sounds very similar to Entombed’s (legends of the genre, also ‘Swedish’) Wolverine Blues. Though not thankfully to the extent that it’s either a parody or a direct rip off. The pace here is excitingly swift and the vocals are, again, rather similar to the aforementioned.
Overall an easily recognizable style but still very enjoyable and very catchy.
Label; Limb Music Gmbh
(country of origin; Belguim)
Deathbringer is this installment’s token power metal release and it isn’t half bad at all. Halford-esque vocals keep this album interesting and a whole lot less annoying than most (releases in the same genre) I’ve given half a listen to.
In moments Deathbringer reminded me of Riot (Thundersteel remains a guilty pleasure). Riffs sans frills (and unicorn sprinkles) and swift melodies managed to keep my attention the whole way through though I’ll admit some of the lyrics are a tad naff at times.
Overall very fluid musicianship and great vocals make this worthy of a peek.