Posts Tagged ‘Death metal’

Sodomic Baptism - Black Fire Pandemonium

Belarussian death metallers Sodomic Baptism’s debut full length ‘Black Fire Pandemonium’ came out late last year through underground Mexican label Iron, Blood and Death Corporation, and this is a label that seems to find some excellent music from obscure depths. Prepare to face blasphemous rituals unknown…

The opening title track ripples wth dark energies; devastating riffs play out under powerful roars, while the whole beast is propelled by a potent drumming performance. Demonic influences play across the crushing ‘Angel of Death’, while the organ led ‘Conception of Beast’ is a perfect example of where subtle keyboard moments really help to ramp up the Satanic and occult references. Sinister menace haunts the rumbling ‘Rex Stachus’, whilst blasphemous fury coats the storming ‘Legion Noctis’ in fire and brimstone.

While you may not find anything particualrly new or cutting edge here, Sodomic Baptism’s fire, energy and ferocious assault is a welcome distraction from the hells of modern life. Not all extremity needs to be new, and the nuances of ‘Black Fire Pandemonium’ reveal themselves with each listen. Fearsome, powerful and heavy, it’s everything you need.

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Skullcrush - Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse

The debut EP from Arizona’s Skullcrush, ‘Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse’, immediately strikes you with the monochrome cover, which is unusual in today’s death metal landscape, but yet totally fits their primeval roar. This dropped in July through Camo Pants Records, and is a hefty four tracks of death.

The second most striking part of this EP is the nasty guitar tone, that runs through opener ‘Spectacle of Suffering’ like a rusting chainsaw, while a cavernous roar howls like a fell wind from above. Primal and manic, Skullcrush immediately strike for the fences with a strong opening. ‘Mists of Blood’ stalks like a death-like predator, lumbering upon victims and clawing limbs to shreds. If you like your death metal in the form of Bolt Thrower crossed with the evil atmospheres of Immolation, then Skullcrush is the stuff for you.

‘Entrails Ablaze’ is great too, but the closer ‘Hellwater’ is where Skullcrush shine brightest. A monstrous, churning miasma of death, Skullcrush really nail their sound here. Definitely worth tracking down this EP, and hopefully some more stuff will appear in the near future, as ‘Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse’ is a brutal opening salvo!

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A young Norwegian death metal group that is taking a journey back through the eldritch mists of ancient riffs, Sepulcher’s new release ‘Panoptic Horror’ is due out on the 14th of September through Edged Circle Productions, and is a worthy follow up to their stellar ‘Mausoleum Tapestry’ debut.

The howling clatter of opener ‘Corporeal Vessels’ is a delightful introduction to this band for me. There is a reek of olden death about the guitar tone, while necrotic fingers fly through maddening solos and rabid vocals hurl blasphemous legends across. There is a satisfying crunch to the rumble of ‘Towards an Earthly Rapture’, and a crusty, dirging venom that seeps through ‘Corrupting the Cosmos’ which is totally awesome. ‘Ethereal Doom’ is a frenzied thrashing beast, showing that perhaps the ‘D’ in d-beat stands for death. Capturing the oft-forgotten roots of death metal from thrash, the likes of ‘Scourge of Emptiness’ move with an intensity and a pace that is refreshingly different from the Autopsy worship of their peers.

Sepulcher aren’t just playing ‘OLD SKOOL’ death metal, they are visiting the roots of heavy music itself, and bringing new levels of rage to the surface. Sounds that have been hiding for a long while. ‘Panoptic Horror’ is a vista of this new abyss; where sounds of evil and frenzy are carved anew from the cliffs of time. A superb piece of work.

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https://www.edgedcircleproductions.com/

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The third and possibly most anticipated album from Finland’s Bonehunter is ‘Children of the Atom’, and the collision of classic Bathory, punk and death/thrash has never been more vibrant. Due out on Hells Headbangers in September, I was a big fan of their ‘Evil Triumphs Again’ debut so this looks to be another gem.

Wrapped in awesome Joe Pentagno artwork, thrashy opener ‘Demonic Nuclear Armament’ sets the stage perfectly with its raspy mix of early Sodom and Bathory, but shot through with some cool punkish guitar parts. This is an incredibly hooky record, with every song having some part of it being really catchy. A very primal form of deaththrash, ‘The Reek of Reaper’s Scythe’ is a manic stabbing of a track, while the title track gallops like a more vicious NWOBHM heyday track. In fact, the whole thing reminds me of a more polished version of one of my favourite bands of the last few years, Hellripper.

It’s nice to get a break from all hell for leather though, the slower doomy section of ‘Black Star Carcass’ is a nice change of pace, before the blastbeats return with a vengeance, and the cool solo in ‘Spider’s Grave’ also mixes it up a little. Sure, the bread and butter is blackened deathy thrash but Bonehunter show that you can dip in and out of other genres and speeds without sacrificing intensity. Still, ‘Children of the Atom’ is at its best when barrelling forward like a runaway train, and the Motorhead-like ‘Cybernetic Vampirism’ is a perfect example of that.

Scouring the best parts of old Sodom and Bathory, cranking up the intensity and then dropping melody nukes right on top of it, ‘Children of the Atom’ is an absolutely beast of a record; monstrous and ferocious and yet insanely catchy. Why can’t everything be like this?!

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Due out next week is the vinyl of the debut of New Jersey death metallers Siege Column. The CD edition came out early July, and ‘Inferno Deathpassion’ looks to be another rabid gem in the Nuclear War Now! Productions arsenal. Count me in for rage, crust and filthy, filthy death.

Opener ‘Agonized Corpse’ is low fi, crusty death metal with a nasty attitude and raw production to match, and that really is the modus operandi for the whole record. Maddening solos scream from tortured guitars, while rough and ready riffage spills forth from your speakers and necrotic vocals vomit forth blasphemies from beyond. The guitar tone is very Swedeath chainsaw in places, but the likes of ‘Blasting the Moongate’ has a dose of old school, deathly Finnish melancholy woven into it too.

‘Inferno Deathpassion’ is a record that, despite feeling a little one dimensional on the surface, gradually reveals subtleties over repeated listens. A murky mix adds to the intensity to the faster and aggressive parts, while some of the slower elements have this eerie, melodic quality that I really dig. Siege Column can play both ends of the spectrum, and this makes ‘Inferno Deathpassion’ a much more nuanced record than first impressions dictate. Fantastic stuff.

https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/inferno-deathpassion

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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

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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

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