Label: Tankcrimes Records
Country of origin: USA
The whole mixture is awesomely mind blowing, and sports a flow that is seamless and utterly listenable. Even for fans that usually don’t indulge their earlobes in even a few of the acts listed in the genres above. If the listener is anything like me however, many tracks will transport them back, grinning, through dozens of albums in the past spanning numerous shadowy arenas in the metal spectrum.
Label: Mazzar Records
Country of origin: Russia
The music itself has slight doom undertones (much like Shades of God/Icon era PL) though chugs along at a decent gallop encompassing a well-executed melodic death style courtesy of Dark Tranquility or In Flames (the two sound rather similar in my opinion) also. Very discernable too is the groove metal element. The riffs and rhythms are surprisingly effective, unpredictable, addictive and catchy without once dipping into brutal blast beat or chaotic territories.
Various guest musicians make appearances on several tracks, mostly guitar solos, including but not limited to Marios Lliopoulos of Nightrage fame, in the track Hate Inside and Lauri Tuoimaa ex- Charon in the track In the Deep.
Invisible Lives is a palette cleanser and sports dominant female vocals (courtesy of Rachel Grech – Blind Saviour) for a heavy Nightwish/The Gathering aura. Strangely still very listenable regardless of the fact it’s by far the mellowest track found here.
Label: Relapse Records
Country of origin: USA
Snake Church has a vibe that screams power, blending punk attitude and crust sensibilities it remains highly listenable. James “Human Furnace” Bulloch is the man ‘behind the mic’ and a force of nature to be reckoned with. His is a throat that could stop traffic (on the highway) lending Snake Church a malicious, unmistakable, edge and brutally blunt lyrical content far beyond that of the ‘common garden’ metal act who only wish they could compare.
I’ve span this numerous times already never once regretting the decision - the addictive meter is at an 11 and I’m going to spin it again very soon, dammit!
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen
Country of origin: Chile
A raw production vibe adds to the feel of the album elevating it to successful diabolical heights (an odd choice of words as I can assume this to fit right in played loudly in the proverbial ‘underworld’).
I’m unable to decipher the origins of the vocals, be they in Spanish or Portuguese I know not, though I will state that ‘they’ only effectively aid the overall wickedness and menacing aura that arises with the very first and repeated listens.
For a debut this bodes extremely well for the future of the band and their craft. Recommended for fans of the earliest brutal ‘dark’ scene, be it European or otherwise, though will appeal to anyone hankering for a dip into the dank waters of blasphemy.