The Era of Precarity
Label: Saarni Records
Country of Origin: Finland
Style: Thrash/Melodic Death/Groove Metal
I’m pleased to report that the album works very well in grabbing the initial attention needed for a listener to further delve into a lyric sheet and explanation of meanings attached to the theme prevalent throughout. The rhythms are aggressive, fluid and very catchy without relying on blast beat brutality and shredding guitar carnage. In many passages there’s is a style that sounds very similar to At the Gates. In essence a melodic approach boasting triumphant solos and constantly changing structures effective enough to keep the listener’s unwavering attention.
Lullaby of Obedience is an amazing opener tossing the listener into blistering top notch melodies reminiscent of a Dew Scented style bordering on melodic death rather than what could be considered traditional thrash. If this early example doesn’t make the listener at least smile, then further tracks of exquisite quality throughout the remainder of the album might bringing to mind styles displayed by vintage In Flames, Soilwork and even at times Hypocrisy and genre ‘superpower’ Lock Up. Providing fluid song structures and riffs upon riffs infested with alarming addicting nature Rearmed have proven they have the talent, ability and know how to make themselves known what better way than to promote their views, views that in reality make more than enough sense to be promoted and praised, in fact much like this album.
Favorite tracks: Through the Barricades, Years of Decay, Purification and Lullaby of Obedience. A must discovery!!
Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories
County of Origin: Spain
Style: Punk/Crust/Old School/Death Metal
The albums opener, Mundos Disformes, is an epic affair that wields the undeniable power to drag the listener to their knees in appreciation of both the old school vibe and the execution of the style courtesy of a little known act of Barcelona called simply Cruz.
A Cops De Destral and Intruso add fuel to the same riot inciting internal fire in further delivering a style heavy in drum salvo accompanying audio that still clearly boasts defined guitar menace. Obvious influences make themselves known, as the album progresses, vintage Bolt Thrower in places (the track Pasanta is a great example of this with plodding riffs and a doom-esque element), Carnage in others, though are never overused as to become bothersome and/or repetitive. Cruz have somehow managed to adopt a style that harkens back to the old school while also carving a unique ultra-catchy edge from a mashup of pioneers of several scenes… A concoction that screams genius. Boasting rasped vocals of top notch quality and ‘sticksmanship’ second to none. I dare you to try to keep still to the infernal rhythms on offer
Do yourself a favor and seek this gem out, it doesn’t sparkle so much as blind with its brilliance. Easily a best of the year contender!
Label: High Roller Records
Country of Origin: Germany
Style: Speed/Thrash/Heavy Metal
Failure to limber up before listening to this might incite your next of kin into a state of extreme anger after discovering your bent up, shattered lifeless torso add to that the fact you haven’t a living will to your name and you might find yourself becoming fish fodder rather than maggot bait.
Seriously folks, less than a full minute is all it took to make me gyrate like a silly spastic thing indeed. And I was driving so it wasn’t at all a pretty sight!
The music found within this unholy chunk of blistering metal is akin to a vicious mash up of vintage Whiplash (the Power and Pain album, naturally!) a drum sound courtesy of a very early Kreator album (Pleasure to Kill) and vocals similar in tone to vintage Destruction. Yes, there’s a definite trend here. The cover is a nod to a vintage Exciter release also, be it intentional or not it’s an unmistakable homage.
The overall vibe is delightfully old school, seething with raw production values. The music itself is fast enough to keep pace with a Japanese hypersonic train complemented by diabolical solos and a vocal style the unholy black master himself, Cronos, would approve of there’s no doubt whatsoever that this ‘album’ is a force to be reckoned with. With that in mind this is only a demo, the band’s first foray into recorded material, so the Dark Lord help us when a full length is unleashed. Suffice it to say I’m more than excited for what’s in store as this has kicked me on my arse!