Posts Tagged ‘Death metal’

Cosmic Void Ritual - The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System
American death spouter Cosmic Void Ritual are here to drain you of your life energy with their new cassette ‘The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System’. The work of one mysterious individual, Cosmic Void Ritual have got a very early 90s sound, combined with labyrinthine song structures and unusual timings, creating something dark and disturbing. It’s out 6th October via Blood Harvest Records.
The savage ‘Leaking Alien Sacrelige’ opens this tape with chainsawing riffs and an incomprehensible grunting roar. Death metal is heading more and more into this dark path, where odd atmospherics pervade the space behind riffs. Production values sound worse, but are actually better at conveying the nastiness in each song. A magma like flow of dissonant death riffs spill over through the relentless ‘The Fall…Relic Death Spells…’, and while the underpinning riffs bring to mind Autopsy, Dismember and the like, the strange notes lurking in the background are a little more Gorguts.
I’m not sure what the Sabatier System is, but if this tape is a record of a dying planetary system somewhere in the voids of the universe, then I can see that. Otherwordly, violent and manic, Cosmic Void Ritual sound cavernous, and their rituals are conjuring up something quite, quite mad. Excellent stuff, grab it when it comes out!

Don’t tell me Invictus Productions have found another stunning band lurking in the underground to unleash upon the world? I’ve enjoyed a lot from this label recently, and Antiversum’s cosmos destroying debut full length ‘Cosmos Comedenti’ looks to be another fine addition. You fancy some warped death metal that looms straight from the jaws of infinity? Come with me…

It almost makes sense that Antiversum are Swiss, as they come from a place where the works of the mighty Giger are possibly spawned, and the hellish riffworld of Tom G Warrior. Opener ‘Antinova’ is immense, vast, challenging you to observe its scale. A crushing monolith to death, infinite death, not just mere physical mortality. ‘Cosmos Comedenti’ is beyond what we can conceive as the end. Dissonant, disturbing, a shape shifting piece that suffocates under disjointed belchs of vocals, the almost ritualistic tribalism in the gloomy ‘Chao E Orta Est’ is terrifying.

Antiversum feel like they’re searching for a place in our space. In the same way bands like Portal or Mitochondrian are reaching beyond the ‘constraints’ of the genre into spaces unknown, Antiversum are reaching in from the outside, looking for death metal as an anchor to hold themselves steady in the currents of madness. The harrowing closer ‘Nihil Ad Probandum’ groans with black energy, writhing out into the empty void. ‘Cosmos Comedenti’ is a record that will drain you of everything inside. It’s worth every moment.

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It feels like since the demise of the mighty Bolt Thrower that death metal has picked up the mantle and attempted to replace them with many similar sounding bands. UK death metallers Subservience are cut from that cloth, but throw bloodied chunks of Entombed and Deicide in there too to dispel any copycat ideas. Their new record, ‘Forest of the Impaled’ is out now on Black Bow Records.

The waspish, Floridian influence is immediately apparent on opener ‘In Depravity They Dwell’, while huge chunky riffs underpin the rumbling ‘Entity of Indifference’. Subservience have honed their assault into a carpet bombing machine of massive riffs and brutality, where an emphasis on heaviness but also memorable songs is key. The crushing ‘Beneath the Earth’ is an early highlight, but the raging ‘The Consummation’ and deathly majesty of ‘Descend into Despair’ maintain the quality of this release through until the end.

‘Forest of the Impaled’ is mesmerising in its execution of brutality. Subservience are a potential successor to the mantle of UK death metal, and this is a debut full length they can be proud of. Varied, crushing and cavernously heavy at times, I’d struggle to recommend it more.

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Ah California. Home to Death Valley, which is where this ghastly duo must’ve have emerged from, as only a place with such ominous connotations could have birthed this rabid, slavering beast of a release. ‘No Sanctity in Death’ is a short, sharp shock to the system, as Ensepulcher pounce with sharpened blade towards the jugular. The cassette is due out on Blood Harvest Records in October.

Full disclosure, this review took more time to write than the length of this tape. At a speedy 7 and a half minutes, ‘No Sanctity in Death’ is just getting great when it’s over. Thankfully though, the repeat button is in constant use. The opening intro/title track is a chunky, ripping Swedeath worshipping beast, and the followup ‘Perishing in Morbidity’ is more of the same. The riffs summon prime Dismember, but with a rawer, rougher edge to them. Cavernous vocals emanate from the brutal ‘Death and Decay’, while the closing ‘Funeral Cessation’ careers towards hell with gleeful abandon.

Ensepulcher don’t give you much here, but it is more than enough to know that, come time for a full length release, ‘No Sanctity in Death’ was merely the gurgling appetiser. Assured in their blood spattered assault, Ensepulcher are going to be fucking great for a long time to come.

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Greek deathlords Necrovorous have been rather quiet recently, but this three man wrecking crew have drawn fetid breath once more to release the frankly terrifying ‘Plains of Decay.’ It is due out 29th September on Dark Descent Records, and is a record groaning with riffs and morbid brutality.

Opener ‘The Sun Has Risen in a Land I No Longer See’ crushes together the rabid, rusted chainsaw riffing style of classic Swedeath with a rumbling, Bolt Thrower-esque thunder. Setting out your stall early with a song like this is great, because as a reviewer you’re instantly drawn in. ‘Cherish the Sepulture’ is a more crawling, monstrous entity, as is the closing stretch of the hellacious ”Eternal Soulmates’. Necrovorous have this dark, dense magic that flows from each crusted riff, each bile dripping roar, and it inserts itself within your skin like an infectious disease.

‘Plains of Decay’ is bursting at the seams with killer death metal; their evolution away from their gore soaked beginnings into a band whose music is more potent, more rounded, dare I say more sophisticated. Their assault is more surgically precise; lacking a particular chaos but gaining a more concentrated fury. Like chambers of a death metal howitzer being emptied, songs like ‘Psychedelic Tribe of Doom’ and the malicious ‘Lost in a Burning Charnel Ground’ manage to shred you with shrapnel and bury your mangled corpse in acres of riff. Welcome back guys, your broken, eldritch throne of death awaits…

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Downcast Twilight - Under the Wings of the Aquila

British metallers Downcast Twilight draw their cover aesthetic from classic black metal yet ply a death/folk blend with a distinct Roman theme on ‘Under the Wings of the Aquila’, their 2016 full length on Stygian Crypt Productions. Their debut record takes us back to the greatest civilisation of all, and is a potent mix of folk instrumentation and death metal heaviness.

An almost infectious melodicism pervades each song on ‘…the Aquila’, inserting a healthy dose of catchiness into tracks like the vibrant ‘Soldier of Pompeii’ or the gloomy ‘The Tyrant and the Sage’. A chunky selection of riffs bring to mind some early Lamb of God, as does the vocals in parts, but the folky elements of ‘The Witches of Anglesey’ are more subtle and hidden beneath layers of crunchy, galloping riffs. Ghostly flute lingers behind the superlative ”The Ides of March’, which has more than a dash of Amon Amarth about it. In fact, the pagan fury of the Swedish giants looms large over Downcast Twilight throughout their debut.

‘Death in Alexandria’ might be my favourite track here, or maybe the brutal kick of ‘The Ironclad Legion’, a little bit harsher than some of the others and that really works for me. ‘Under the Wings of the Aquila’ is a record that shows much promise, and Downcast Twilight have got something a little unique and special about them. Symphonic but not overly so, blending folk and death metals together gently into a solid start that builds with each listen. Awesome.

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Greek death metallers Gravewards have dropped their debut EP ‘Subconscious Lobotomy’ on cassette tape, and it is four tracks of brutality conjuring the spirits of Morbid Angel, Obituary and even little dashes of Scandinavian nastiness too. If rabid darkness is your thing, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

‘Casket Entrapment’ opens with a gloriously old school riff before a pained roar shattered the air guitaring calm. The chugging riffs are particularly good, but the real highlights are the mounrful melodies tucked behind the ferocity. There’s something a little dark, a little sad looming behind the towering ‘Crawling Chaos’, while the scathing title track draws inspiration from the void of Floridian death strongly. Vocally there’s a lot going on, with more standard growls interchanging with gurgling belches in places.

By the time the frantic ‘Deathwomb Incubation’ brings us to a juddering halt, it is clear that Gravewards are going to be a fun prospect for the future. Their brand of death metal has all kinds of nuances to look for but most importantly it is heavy as fuck, and will leave you broken but demanding more!

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