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Label; Black Bow Records
(country of origin; England/UK)
Reign of the Unblinking Eye is the band’s first full length and, to spoil this review right now, what a mind-blowing listen it’s turned out to be!
Combining stoner rock groove, doom elements, cinematic clips and a sludge sound with hard rock melodies (so damn catchy you immediately brainstorm inventing sign language for music that’s so damn effective people will start to envy those with hearing impairments) TBI have managed to compile a collection of tracks that might make the listener think of a sordid union including EyeHateGod and Cathedral serenaded by a backdrop of distorted riffs.
Nat Gavin’s lyrics are akin to those I would imagine issuing from a troll who may or may not live on a steady diet of naughty children who tend wander where their parents warned them not, a rather pissed off creature who hangs with his very talented musical friends.
Each of the tracks are unique in their own right, take for example Creaks of Gigantic. It starts out by assaulting the listener with an array of chunky riffs, only when it has the mesmerized audience in its wicked grasp does it then transform into a beast of NWOBHM inspired stoner rock melody with a blackened vocal charge of a finale. And this is only one of the many beauties on display, there’s no filler here folks only killer! (to coin a phrase). Nigh impossible to pick out a favorite amidst those here I’ll merely state that the whole damn album is worthy of the highest recommendation.
If you like the angriness in your face vocals stylings of Altar and EyeHateGod and dig the shit out of melodies with a doom temperament, sludge sound, and the occasional stoner rock vibe (that sure covers a lot of ground!) this album warrants a listen (two or six), a purchase and better yet the satisfaction of seeing smiles on the faces of those you recommend it to. I can’t praise this enough.
(country of origin; USA)
rel – February/19/2016
So I gave a listen to this, the newest brainchild of Blood Runs Black guitarist Dan Sugarman, I became intrigued, then after a short while more than slightly enchanted. To say that the guitar work on this release is good is a gross understatement, featuring solos and unfathomable guitar mastery from James Norbert Ivanyi, Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and Angel Vivaldi this is stunning better yet it keeps your attention throughout without dragging you deep into the depths of boredom. Centersun flows with precision and numerous sparks of genius with its many intricacies and frequently invoked (in me) a myriad of landscapes; serenity, chaos and often places in between.
So I’m guessing I could now be called a fan of progressive music, if this is a measurement of which to judge the genre by, then yes consider me sold.
Label; Lacerated Enemy Records
(country of origin; Australia)
It doesn’t take long to fall under Laniakea’s spell, especially since it’s been a great while between Necrophagist releases (is there another on the horizon?), the riffs are more often than not lightning fast, pleasingly technical, intricate and frequently weave around themselves in orgasmic auditory splendor then dart alongside and amongst passages of sticksmanship that would make even the great Pete ‘Commando’ Sandoval grin.
Coincidentally Erased in the Purge features member of the aforementioned RoS to add what I consider to be an 80’s arcade game quality (cosmic Space Invaders?), an odd comparison but it is what I immediately think of when I hear the style.
Overall a fantastic top notch addition to a rapidly growing in volume, highly talented technical scene.
Label; Kernkraftritter Records
(country of origin; Germany)
rel – January/8/2016
Time to Bleed displays both Vomitory and Cannibal Corpse leanings in as far as each track oozes with killer rhythms chock full of groove passages (rather than noise bursts), diabolical riffs, pulverizing drums and grisly macabre atmosphere. This release also boasts a growling style that seems somewhat familiar to Corpsegrinders with lyrical tendencies bordering on the same topics plastered across the genre.
Surprisingly fluid and solid for a first full length release. A fantastic melding of brutal and melodic without losing any of the gruesome passion fans of this genre expect/demand.
Label; Eclectic Electric
(country of origin; USA/Germany)
Again, for the record, I’m admittedly not a fan of instrumental albums, though having heard the name Blotted Science thrown around a great many times I thought to hell with it lets see what all the fuss is about.
It didn’t take but a moment for this album to have an effect. The poised digit I (usually employ for such acts) promptly lifted from its perch ready to hit stop at a moment’s notice and relaxed. In the next instant it was prancing around like one possessed, cursing me for never having learned the geography and intimate caress of a fret board. The release soon came to a halt (a mere fifty-eight minutes/sixteen tracks of bliss later) leaving me far beyond suitably impressed with an even greater respect for each of the musicians listed.
Its rather hard to know what to categorize this is as, it’s progressive with and without (death and power) metal leanings, it’s technical with and without (death and power) metal leanings. It’s beautiful, its barbaric, it’s engrossing, it’s complex. It’s chaotic and its calm better I suppose just to say what it isn’t...it isn’t boring, it isn’t simple and it sure as hell isn’t an album your collection can do without.
Brilliant and genius don’t even come close to describing the music and those responsible. Do yourself a favor and put aside an hour to check this gem out.
Label; Metal Blade Records
(country of origin; USA)
Silly me I believed Carving out the Eyes of God to be a milestone in the same genre. This release straddles that notion, gyrates unceremoniously, grunts and explodes sending a steaming hot wad of satanic jizz for an unfathomable radius to cover a legion of clambering fans. Sounds like the common garden antics of a GWAR show right?
Seriously though every song within the tight package that is ‘Constricting…’ is packed to the gills with evil, Mr Falgoust’s torturous, easily identified, growls and blistering molten hot riffs that would make the old horned bastid himself do a jig.
Baring Teeth for Revolt is another great track (that urges you to break stuff, lots of stuff!) nestled amongst many other notables though this has a Venom riff so distinct it literally screams ‘name the track’ (I’ve tried, can anyone help me out here with a title).
Now I’ve started something. I think I’m going to spend the remainder of the night revisiting vintage Goatwhore, perhaps some material with a Sammy history (namely Acid Bath) or something that includes Ben’s wicked vocal traits, Soilent Green. Whatever it is I decide to do one thing is for certain I’ll return time and time again to Constricting Rage…how can I not, for this is Goatwhore those leading the blackened diabolical death charge.