Posts Tagged ‘Incantation of Sorrow’

Early releases in a band’s career can really show you where they are going, and sometimes can show you just how good they are going to be. Here’s my favourites from this year, and why a demo is still as important as ever.

10. Funerary Bell – Graveyard Seance: in a year where black metal didn’t strike me as often as I’d like, Funerary Bell’s EP gave me hope that the genre still has a lot of merit. Injected with menace, and a ghostly shriek pushes them onto my list.

9. Gaijin – Gaijin: Technical death metal carnage from a band who will be very interesting to keep an eye on.

8. Heathen Beast – The Carnage of Godhra: What would become the last third of ‘Trident’, ‘The Carnage at Godhra’ is a brutal piece of quality, chunky black metal that benefits from dashes of ethnic instrumentation and socio-political lyrics.

7. Exenemy – Overture: One of the finer bits of traditional and power metal I’ve come across this year, Exenemy rip some high quality riffs with oodles of melody. Killer stuff.

6. Heaven Abhorred – Opening the Gate: Raw, malevolent black metal goodness. Channeling second wave black metal legends, Heaven Abhorred are another to keep an eye on.

5. Severe Lacerations – Incantation of Sorrow: Killer North West death metal with a ruthless streak a mile long, this will be a band to keep an eye on. Brutality plain and simple.

4. Mist – Inan: What a beautiful piece of doom this is. Reminding me of my favourite record from last year, Mount Salem’s ‘Endless’, Mist have perfected this kind of Sabbathian groove. I love it

3. Hellripper – The Manifestation of Evil: Oh my fucking christ this slays. It slays so hard I bought the tape, and I don’t have a tape player! ‘Total Mayhem’ could be my favourite song of the year, although it has some stiff competition.

2. Runemaster-  Futhark Dawning: This is prime heavy metal. This is metal at it’s beating, stone heavy heart. Each anthem is catchy, each riff is killer, and the simple fact that it channels such a primal feeling of joy means that its a favourite.

1. Plague Rider – Paroxysm: This is one of the weirdest death metal mindfucks I’ve heard in ages, and that simple fact puts it to number one. Plague Rider are in no way afraid to do anything they need to create something truly special. ‘Paroxysm’ is my number one for its fearless invention and its brutality.

Incantation of Sorrow cover art

The first new band release I’ve heard from Sixsixsix Music in a while, and I am so glad that Steve has started this again, because he’s relaunched it with a doozy. Severe Lacerations are a brutal death/thrash band from the grim North West of England, and their debut demo release has three scorching tracks on it. Their socio-political cover art looks very Napalm Death, and it seems almost fitting, considering the aural violence on display.

First track proper ‘Extant’ opens with a rampant chug, settling into a slower verse riff where savage vocals rage before a whirlwind of brutality explodes with fiery riffing and thudding double kicks rain down upon your ears. Severe Lacerations balance a crushing chug with clever technical riffing very well, and although the production muffles some of the riffing, you can feel the power on display. The fat riff that fuels ‘The Silent Death’ is heavy as fuck, and when you come across one of those kind of riffs, its time to lie down and accept your fate.

Closing with the doomy ‘Grim Harvest’, the demo feels just enough to whet your appetite for more. Severe Lacerations have written some good songs here, and while not wildly original or anything, each contains some fucking brutal headbanging riffs. Definitely worth watching out for in the near future.