Posts Tagged ‘Self Titled’

Nosferatruxe - Nosferatruxe

The brutality is almost bursting from the self titled debut by Bangkok, Thailand’s Nosferatruxe, which came out late last year through Brute! Productions and it is twenty four minutes of head caving, throat slitting aural torture. In the best way.

There is absolutely no space to breathe on this year, with opener ‘Coronas Blasting Annihilation’ immediately crushing you with one of the thickest guitar tones out there as unintelligible grunts and gurgles spew from your speakers. There is a barrage of clattering drums, sanity shredding soloing piercing through and the sort of relentless violence that any good brutal death record brings you. But this is truly endless violence, as it all flows together in some virulent pulsing mass of disease and putridity. The choking ‘Terrible Cosmic Froze’, the swampy ‘Infernal Gate in Demonic Mandrake’ and the drowning-in-tar-in-musical-form of ‘Lust of Gods’ really give ‘Nosferatruxe’ a lift above.

It’s a shame I’ve taken this long to get to this record, because it has been a refreshing kick up the arse from some of the stuff I’ve been listening to recently. Savage, direct and utterly devastating, it will pound you into the ground and then smear you across the concrete.

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The vibrant pink cover of the debut self titled EP from Scotland’s Tyrannus belies the ferocity lurking underneath. Admittedly, the demonic Chthonic skull motif might have given us a clue… It is out now through the band’s Bandcamp.

Opener ‘Bad Spirit’ has a gnarly guitar tone, and brings to mind the earliest days of death metal when there was still a hefty thrash influence. You can feel the early Possessed and Death seeping through, while ‘Demon Under Clay’ has a couple of snarling Mustaine-isms in the vocals too. Megadeth is obviously an influence too, as my version includes a cover of ‘The Conjuring’ which is pretty ace. The production is a little rough, but in a debut EP you have to forgive that to an extent.

Closing with the almost black metal tones of the best track here, ‘Repeating Misery’, I’d call this a rough and ready debut performance, which can easily be tightened up with a little time. The potential is all there though, the guitar tone and fretwork is ace and the songwriting skills have definitely got a spark to them. The best debuts leave you waiting for the next step, and Tyrannus do that here. Great.

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If there’s something that the Killchain definitely considers a guilty pleasure, it’s some great, bluesy hard rock. Well, that and a bit of K-Pop too. The Riven are the latest Swedish bluesy hard rock band to stride from the frozen north with some good old RAWK in their pockets. I enjoyed their ‘Blackbird’ EPĀ  a few years ago, so this should be pretty decent too. It’s out March 1st through The Sign Records.

Opener ‘The Serpent’ has everything you need immediately; catchy riffing, a soulful gravelly vocal and some major hooks. The electrifying ‘Far Beyond’ sends some serious Mount Salem shivers down your spine, while the proto-doom of ‘Fortune Teller’ brings the heavy 70s influence to the fore. There’s a deliciously fuzzy guitar tone that dances along the strings, giving everything that old school feel. The Riven have absorbed the style of smoky backrooms, whiskey soaked bars and the essence of what makes this kind of record great. It’s full of undeniable hooks, but the gloomy ‘Finnish Woods’ is probably the finest track here, showcasing the full realm of The Riven’s talents.

At times infused with a wistful melancholy and others with fist raised in the spirit of rock, The Riven balance these elements into a record that will inspire and delight. With some of the finest vocals in the business, The Riven have everything going for them to be the next big thing.

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Jengloth - Jengloth

In preparation for their newest record, ‘News Fried Chicken’, I thought I’d check out Indonesian deathgrinders Jengloth’s self titled debut full length from 2015, released through Brute! Productions.

It will fail to surprise you that the band manage to cram 18 tracks into 28 minutes, and also that this is fucking nasty, brutal, super fast stuff. But it is liberally sprinkled with melody too, even in the first track, which thrashes hard but still spouts memorable riffs. ‘Hompimpa’ is a short violent stabbing of a track, while the ‘epic’ (read 4 minute) ‘Leak’ is some catchy , European style death metal awesomeness. Imagine the ferocity of Cephalic Carnage mixed with a venom laced needle of Rotten Sound or some Nasum in there too. The album cover suggests some tongue in cheek humour too but that is lost in translation to me.

‘Jengloth’ clatters and thrashes with all the energy and hatred that you’d imagine this sort of deathgrind to. The additional melody crammed in there really adds to this however, and doesn’t just make the record one dimensional and boring. This is one of the more varied grind albums I’ve heard this year, and with a bit more work this band will be great!

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Northern Crown - Northern Crown

The thunderous doom and smoky atmospheres of Northern Crown’s debut record has returned on their newest, self titled record. ‘Northern Crown’ is out now through their Bandcamp, and it oozes with the early Deep Purple and Black Sabbath influences that pervaded their first record, but engages you on a more visceral level.

Opener ‘I Am Your Slave’ reeks of classic Candlemass; vast thrusting riffs laden with organ and a commanding vocal performance. Vocalist Frank Serafine has a similar voice to Rob Lowe of Solitude Aeternus, and there is a subtle power and magic to it that gives this album a feeling of grandeur. The stomping ‘Merciless, They Let You Suffer’ is a killer track, ripe for any ‘hit songs of 2018’ playlist, with a galloping nature that reminds you of classic rockers like Rainbow. But Northern Crown approach all facets of heavy music with the same magnanimity, paying tributes to prog (‘The Desert and the Wind’), as well as miserable Yorkshire doom (the My Dying Bride cover ‘Your River’) and gloomy, occult and organ laden proto doom (‘Forged from Nothing’)

‘Northern Crown’ is a statement. Northern Crown are a band that are almost chameleonic in their worship and execution of classic doom, when the differences between that, classic rock and classic heavy metal were blurred. Sometimes an album comes along where you struggle to pick the best song. Few albums this year have achieved this so well, and Northern Crown’s journey has only just begun.

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Cloudburst are an Indonesian group who are dropping their new, self titled record in January through Samstrong Records. Their sound is very sharp, mixing the likes of Converge or Botch with the grindcore intensity of Pig Destroyer or Cattle Decapitation, all of which sounds like a recipe for success. ‘Cloudburst’ is the followup to well received debut, ‘Crying of Broken Beauty’.

Opener ‘Strange Acrobat’ is a fearsome piece of noise, with angular riffs plowing through drifts of grindcore ferocity and spoken word sections clashing with barks and screams. It feels very unique; the kind of sound that modern bands strive to find but most don’t. ‘Crimson Mask’ feels very Botch-like and while never quite reaching the genius of those Americans, Cloudburst’s music features both the melodic (‘Tornado’) and the savagely raw (‘Personal Golgotha’) elements that dance to their own beat. The menacing ‘Human Origami’ is my personal favourite, with a particular powerful vocal performance both in the spoken word and the throat shredding screams.

‘Cloudburst’ is a record full of disjointed, visceral beauty. Songs splay from every angle, a grinding performance holding it all together into a cohesive whole. Cloudburst are interesting, doing things that you don’t hear a lot of bands going for. This style hasn’t felt this fresh since Botch died, and that is high praise indeed.

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Found amongst a pile of mp3s gathering dust in a folder on a hard drive, this self titled record from Norwegian hardcore punks NAG is absolutely fucking great, and needs to be spoken of highly, even two years after its initial release. Hopefully I can prompt some retroactive love for these fine folks!

A rampant slab of blackened hardcore punk songs, ‘Mute’ and ‘Fray’ are instantly vibrant and ready to go. There’s a fire and an energy here that is infectious, and the rabidity of the songs is fearsome. It isn’t merely just hell for leather all the time, as the jarring slow parts in the awesome ‘Master’ and ‘What is Punk?’ showcase as well. Most of the record speeds past in a blur of Discharge/Amebix riffing and visceral screams, and with 13 songs clocking in at a snappy 26 minutes, NAG leave no time for messing about.

Atonal slower sections collide with racing, feral punk/crust in a hailstorm of greatness. I can’t believe I missed this the first time round, and now I’m just glad that I got to it eventually. Seek this out for a thrill ride of intensity and speed.

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