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‘Mental Turmoil’ is a long lost tape from defunct American death metallers Thrombus, released in 1993. This is being released on CD through a new underground metal label from Colombia, La Caverna Records, and it is out right now.

Opener ‘From Beyond’ is instantly ‘of the time’, with a creaky death metal riff summoning ancient creatures from the US death scene of the early 90s. Chunky riffs, blood spitting growls and a dense low end all collide in a frenzy of old school death metal. Or as it was known at the time, death metal. There’s shades of Immolation in the thick low end, the rabid frenzy of early Deicide and it all comes to a bloody head in the superlative ‘Structured’. The ugly closer ‘What a Waste’ has some of the coolest, low end Morbid Angel rumbles this side of ‘Covenant’.

Thrombus definitely feel like a band that are due a bit of a revival. There’s plenty of ‘old school death metal’ bands out there peddling music that isn’t as good as this and doing well. ‘Mental Turmoil’ is an awesome snapshot in time, where death was real and the scene was thriving. Hopefully this rerelease will inspire enough interest to get another recording….?

https://lacavernarecs.bandcamp.com/album/mental-turmoil

https://www.facebook.com/La-Caverna-Records-1576145459327889/

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Finland’s Lurk are due to release their new record, ‘Fringe’, at the start of August and it is a multifaceted, layered sludge doom record that incorporates elements of death metal and black metal into a churning whole. Transcending Obscurity is dropping yet another modern classic here, as Lurk take us to strange and alluring vistas of pain.

The baleful opening tones of ‘Ostrakismos’ feel very black metal; cold and gloomy. It has a perfect balance of innate heaviness and a glacial bleakness about it, with whispered growls lurking underneath. Dense and murky, ‘Tale Blade’ lurches forward with tar thick groove and a deathly roar powering it. Imagine coating this powerful beast in the gleaming blackness of Panopticon, or Wolves in the Throne Room and witnessing the soaring black metal presence. The grinding fury of ‘Offshoot’ is brutal, and the unsettling notes at the start of the stunning ‘Elan’ mixes well with the an almost soulful vocal. Both of those, of course, disappear into a void of trudging, suffocating nihilistic rage, crawling from a black filth. ‘Fringe’ is a record that encapsulates much of mankind’s darkest moments, but leaves enough spaces for the odd ray of ethereal hope to shine through.

Mysterious, ghostly but very much rooted in the soul of our blackened earth, Lurk’s magnificent carvings into the walls of sludge doom are a sight to behold. Cavernous yet fragile, visceral and yet soaring, ‘Fringe’ is an album unlike many others. It is capable of touching you in ways you didn’t expect, never losing that primal heft. A unique addition to 2018’s canon of excellent records.

https://tometal.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lurkdoom/

https://lurkdoom.bandcamp.com/

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South Korean thrashers Sahon are onto their sixth full length record since their inception in the late nineties, and play a ripping form of death and black influenced thrash. ‘Chanting for the Fallen’ is their call to arms against the stereotyping of their music as well as a celebration of their Korean heritage. It is out in a couple of weeks through Transcending Obscurity. Having friends living there and being a fan of the culture myself, I am looking forward to seeing what the peninsula can do in terms of metal.

Instantly their artwork stands out as being totally different from most in the genre, and opener ‘Faith in Savagery’ has a razor edge to its galloping riffing. All the tropes of thrash are here, cool as fuck soloing, thrashy vocals and speedy riffing. What makes a great thrash album is not necessarily doing anything new, but it is doing the old stuff well. ‘At the Edge of Cliff’ is a rampant slab of early Kreator worship, with some absolutely awesome riffing patterns throughout, while the frantic ‘Survive’ is seriously speedy. ‘Chanting for the Fallen’ is not overly polished, and that rough edge really gives their songs that killer instinct, particularly in the driving Motorhead-esque beauty of ‘Born to Lose, Live to Win’ and the chaotic closer ‘You Shall Pay’

Sahon don’t need to hit you over the head with any ‘Asian’ stereotypes or instrumentation in their music, instead they hit you with pure enthusiasm and talent instead. ‘Chanting for the Fallen’ combines the best parts of Teutonic and Bay Area thrash, adds a little bit of grime and dirt and asks only that you thrash your ass off while listening. Just what any great thrash record should do, ‘daedanhi gamsahamnida‘ lads!

https://tometal.com/

https://sahon.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thrashsahon/

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The rerelease of Droid’s superlative debut ‘Terrestrial Mutations’ on LP by Shadow Kingdom Records should be an event shouted from the rooftops. Originally put out last year, this will hopefully bring Droid to a bigger fanbase, as their technical thrash is a sight to behold. It is due for release early in August.

Opener ‘Amorphous Forms (Shapeless Shadows)’ gives you a little taste immediately of the kind of technical wizardry these guys can pull off. Spiralling guitar melodies wrap around some very Voivodian tones and labyrinthine riffing threatens to derail your mind at any moment. But Droid always reel you back in from the edge of technical insanity with solid songwriting underneath. It’s all very good slapping loads of riffs and notes together but if you don’t have a coherent song structure, then who cares? Droid care, and that’s why you get the hooks of ‘Cosmic Debt’, the galloping pit fodder of ‘Abandon Celestial State’ and the stunning structural intricacies of ‘Mission Drift’. It all builds an image of a band that are more concerned with getting their talents in line with their songs than just dazzling with musicianship.

‘Terrestrial Mutations’ is gloriously complexy but still capable of igniting a pit or two with their adherence to the basics of thrash. An air guitarist’s wet dream, but with beautifully written songs, Droid are staggering and this record is the proof. I love it, and you should as well.

https://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/terrestrial-mutation

https://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DroidDroidDroid/

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Chilean black/death monsters Disembowel are a particularly nasty proposition, with their debut full length ‘Plagues and Ancient Rites’ steeped in the most gruesome and morbid of filth. Released in March through Iron Bonehead Productions, this Lovecraft inspired tome has summoned something rather ghoulish from eldritch depths.

After the haunting chants of ‘Innsmouth Evocation’, the ‘Lord of Shadows’ appears with grinding death metal riffing and brutal vocals. ‘Plagues and Ancient Rites’ is a record heavy with traditional death metal power, and it is suffocating under a miasmic fog of otherworldly dread. The driving Grave-isms of ‘IA! IA! Nyarlathotep!’ is particularly potent, but throughout there is a gnawing, scratching insanity permeating each song. You can feel it in the maddeningly heavy ‘Ancient Cult of Chthulu’, like there’s something scratching at the edge of your reality, begging to get inside and cause chaos.

When Disembowel strike your ears, you will be given a lesson in death metal greatness. There’s something breeding deep in the darkest areas of South America, and this is where Disembowel have crawled from. The songs are tight, brutal and shrouded with the kind of ancient mysteries that most bands dream about attaining. High quality stuff, and I look forward to more.

https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/disembowel-plagues-and-ancient-rites

http://www.ironbonehead.de/

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The debut album from Spanish true metallers Witchfyre is due out through Fighter Records in August, and ‘Grimorium Verum’ looks to follow the likes of Candle and Portrait in bringing a bit of theatrics and King Diamond back into heavy metal thunder. Fighter Records is a new division of Xtreem Records, and their roster is stacked with greatness so I expect a lot of this.

‘Devil’s Child’ sets out the stall rather quickly, with some classic heavy metal licks instantly providing some fist clenching joy. Joy is probably the most frequent feeling listening to this record, with gleeful NWOBHM riffs galloping through the fantastic ‘No Rest for the Witched’, while stupid grins will spread across faces during ‘Night Hunter’. Witchfyre have got this magic about them that just has this joyous, infectious greatness.

In this oversaturated, downturned eyes world of modern metal where everyone needs to be more kvlt or more real or more trve, it is refreshingly invigorating to experience a band like Witchfyre. There’s no fucks given, there’s just classic heavy metal work performed with enthusiasm, heart and passion. Try to keep your horns down with tracks like ‘The Guardian of the Dead’, and you will certainly fail.

https://www.facebook.com/WitchfyreMetal

http://www.fighter-records.com/

https://www.facebook.com/fighter.records

Wombbath - The Great Desolation

Swedish death metal is, and will forever be, a favourite genre of mine, So many of the seminal bands in my understanding and absorption of death metal have come these frozen shores, and Wombbath have reappeared after an almost 20 year hiatus to bring us their follow up to 2015’s Downfall Rising’. Their ‘Infernal Caustic Torments’ debut in 1993 is a lost gem of the scene, and Wombbath show no sign of letting us forget about them again. It is out now on Soulseller Records!

‘Embrace Death’ instantly forms gratifying memories of chainsawing riffs and howling roars. Everything you could find lurking inside a Swedeath album is here, from the buzzing riffs to the insidious grasp of both speed and melody. Wombbath craft hearty riffing around a powerful bass and drum performance, while the blood gargling roar of vocalist Jonny Petterson is hauntingly perfect for such displays of ferocity. The flailing rage of ‘Harvester of Sin’ is a personal highlight, as is the rampant assault of ‘Cold Steel Salvation’ and the soaring melody of ‘Born of Filth’ but you’d be hard pressed to find a track that isn’t banging.

Wombbath wield these songs like ancient weapons of war, losing none of their original fire while bringing a sense of authenticity to a scene that loves to steal from the icons without proper respect. ‘The Great Desolation’ is a record that fits amongst the greats, not graverobbing all their ideas. Totally recommended.

https://www.facebook.com/Wombbath

http://www.soulsellerrecords.com/