Posts Tagged ‘Death metal’

Zombiefication - Below the Grief

More Mexican death metal with the fourth full length from Scandinavian worshipping deathsters Zombiefication. Their debut record ‘Midnight Stench’ was more overtly Dismember-esque, but they’ve gradually moved away from that and into their own style. ‘Below the Grief’ is out now through Doomentia Records.

When you experience opener ‘Blood Falls’, there is a certain bloodsoaked euphoria. The drumming is powerful, the riffing is intense and the songwriting and structure is absolutely impenetrable. There’s more than a glimmer of black metal attitude to some of these tracks too; the clattering ‘Deliverance from the Astral Sea’ rampages with crusty aplomb, while the dissonant weight of ‘Hunger Undying’ really adds a new standpoint. Zombiefication have almost completely moved into their own realm, instead of relying on genre tropes that have been done to death. ‘Below the Grief’ is an album with a palpable sense of madness about it.

‘Below the Grief’ is a satisfying realisation of Zombiefication’s true potential. They’ve evolved their sound and embraced a new kind of darkness and evil along the way. Sure, there’s still more than enough death riffs here, but this is no mere old school death metal record. This is the sound of band becoming their destiny, and tearing us apart along the way.

http://www.doomentia.com/

https://www.facebook.com/zombiefication666

https://doomentiarecords.bandcamp.com/

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Morbid Messiah - Demoniac Paroxysm

Finally! After being wowed by their debut EP, ‘In the Name of True Death Metal’ (reviewed here) back in 2016, Memento Mori are gracing us with the debut full length from these Mexicans masters of death. ‘Demoniac Paroxysm’ is out later this month and is a fitting follow up.

The guitar tone remains as brutal as ever, piling rabid old school riffing on top of corpses left by the roaring vocals. The thrashing ‘Charred Devastation’ is intense, while the grinding chug of ‘Devoured by Darkness’ is an unpolished gem. Morbid Messiah are still lacking all those frills and now they’ve upped the song writing levels to new heights. ‘Demoniac Paroxysm’ lacks subtlety and grace, but that makes it very special. There is no regard for a trend, merely the execution of true death fucking metal. It goes for the jugular constantly and consistently; a flailing and rabid animal.

Memento Mori seem to have a Midas touch when it comes to great, honest death metal bands and they have another here. Morbid Messiah have fulfilled the promise of their EP, and with tracks like ‘Howling from the Grave’ and the savage ‘Fetid Bloodbath’ to wield, it looks like they’ll be slaying for a long time yet. Awesome.

https://www.facebook.com/morbidmessiahofficial

http://www.memento-mori.es/

Plague Rider - Rhizome

Newcastle’s Plague Rider have been a consistent force of excellent death metal vomiting forth from the North East of England, and their new EP follows up 2015’s killer ‘Paroxysm’ EP, which I reviewed here. ‘Rhizome’ is the latest burst of ungodly greatness from these fine lads, and it is out now through Panurus Productions.

‘Rhizome’ basically takes you down a similar path as ‘Paroxysm’, as in it is four tracks of death metal that is constantly straining against the boundaries of the genre. Opener ‘Challenger’s Lecture’ brings forth massive Immolation style heaviness, with the kind of unusual, dynamic song structures as Portal or Mitochrondrian. It never quite delves totally off the grid like those guys, but stabbing riffs sprout from strange, labyrinthine sections. Imagine that inhuman bend in ‘God of Emptiness’, taken to its endless, darkest conclusion and you’ll be on the way. Gargling, roaring madness follows in the vocals, and the whole piece starts to sound torturously insane.

Fuck it’s refreshing to be faced with a band that aren’t just being old fashioned DEATH or bestial black death at the moment. ‘Stagnation Cult’ writhes and thrashes as if stricken with painful poisons. ‘Toil’ serves as the delightfully brutal starter to crushing main course ‘Without Organs’, a twisting and otherworldly tour de force. It has strange, atonal melodies, grindcore crazyness, death/doom crush and guttural belches. If this isn’t the best and most unique death metal record I hear this year, then I’ve got a doozy coming. These guys need to be huge now.

https://www.facebook.com/PlagueRiderUK/

https://plaguerider.bandcamp.com/

https://panurusproductions.bandcamp.com/album/rhizome

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I love Transcending Obscurity. Just in the past year, they’ve culled together a slew of magnificent releases, and particulkarly in the death metal camp. Heads for the Dead’s ‘Serpent’s Curse’ is yet another fine wine stacked in the cellar of death metal, ready to be uncorked. It is due for release on the 24th of September, and is much to look forward to.

Categorising music sometimes feels more important than the music itself. But this is pure, crushing, death metal in a pure form. Formed from members of Ursinne, Henry Kane and Revel in Flesh, the whole album throbs with chainsaw riffing and terrifying vocals. Drawing inspiration from old horror movies, ‘Serpent’s Curse’ howls with morbid rage, while raw riffage gouges through. You can almost feel the dead eyes of the album cover staring through your soul as your ears are battered by the magnificent ‘Gate Creeper’, and your breath is drained by the savage melancholy of ‘Deep Below’. Sure, there’s a little dash of Sweden, a bit of Finland, a helping of Florida and even a little South American ferocity in here too, but Heads for the Dead are their own beast. A mighty, snarling beast of fire, doom and death.

The 35 minutes fly in, and by the time the killer Wolfbrigade cover of ‘In Darkness I Feel No Regrets’ comes to a bloody end, you’ll be clawing for the repeat button. Heads for the Dead are breathing new, fetid life into this death metal genre. Too long it has choked on Autopsy and Entombed clones; finally we have something to build upon! ‘Serpent’s Curse’ is a real contender for my favourite death metal album this year.

https://www.facebook.com/headsforthedead

https://tometal.com/

https://headsforthedead.bandcamp.com/

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Due to come out at the end of September, the dark, dense death metal of Ireland’s Malthusian is something evil to behold. Their debut full length is ‘Across Deaths’, and this is the highly anticipated follow up to their stunning EP ‘Below the Hengiform’, and its release is coming through an Invictus Productions and Dark Descent joint effort

Huge, driving forces power the opening track ‘Remnant Fauna’, which hits immediately with hurricane force. A wall of punishing death metal, taking great swathes of Immolation-esque riffing and cranking up the layering to the max. Cavernous roars growl from the raging maelstrom, while atonal melodies flit into view. The band merge the relentlessness of black metal into ‘Across the Expanse of Nothing’ where torrents of riffs flow like a raging river of blood, while the doomy crush of ‘Primal Attunement – The Gloom Epoch’ sways and almost topples into obscure depths. The otherworldly instrumentation in this, coupled with harrowing shrieks, is particularly affecting.

‘Across Deaths’ is a record of unbelievable heaviness, and almost Portal like density. Not quite as labyrinthine as those Australians but Malthusian plow deep furrows to draw riffs from. Suffocatingly heavy, overflowing with complex riffing and drumming, and capped with an unholy vocal performance, ‘Across Deaths’ is one of the best death metal records this year.

https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/across-deaths

https://www.facebook.com/malthusianDM

https://invictusproductions.net/

http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/SodomicBaptism/

https://sodomicbaptism.bandcamp.com/

https://ironbloodanddeath.bandcamp.com/

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!

https://camopantsrecords.bandcamp.com/