Sunday, June 25, 2017

Szept/Hunger- Split Cd

These Split is from Poland....very much interested in hear to these two bands. Szept is a piece of quite enjoyable black metal. The early blackened metal influences are well stuck in the sound, doom parts taking dominion on the sound with a good alternance of fast up tempo. The blast beats are rare and quite raw in technique and speed…they are like faster up tempo. The guitars work is quite good and violent. Anyway, the song structure is  quite simple with few, main riffs. The production is quite essential and reminds me the one of those occult, early black bands like Samael. Anyway it is quite good and all the instruments can be heard quite well. It's perfect for old school black metal followers.
Hunger is another interesting band In terms of black metal, while even fewer will support the ventures into simpler directions under the name of black metal. This Duo seems to keep the flame alive, it can be described in much the same terms, that song illuminating the surrounding landscape more intensely than the other band. Attempting to push the envelope, Hunger find a way to fuse storming fast riffing and blasting with some atmospheric and emotional scope, allowing to sound primal and incensed without losing its sense of magnificence. It should be enough of an incentive for anyone to experience this!

Indignity-Demo 2015

This demo, is a great offering from these guys, Indignity has exceeded what I have come to expect from an unknown band (well for me at least). While many of the old school US death metal bands have evolved into something cheesy, Indignity remain true to their old school sound even if they're a young band. Musically, the demo rom 2015 is brutal without going for the effect on purpose...which is usually a good mark. The vocals are convincing...The guitar work is strong and memorable. I've actually played some of these songs up to 10 times after the initial listen.... Overall, the demo isn't groundbreaking, but it is strong and i can't wait to hear the ful lenght album soon.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Antropofagus-Methods of Resurrection through Evisceration (2017)

You have to respect extreme bands for the consistency in death metal or at least keep it alive.This release sounds surprisingly fresh and highly calculated. The production is a bit on the raw side in the guitar tone but it sounds awesome. The production truly creates a wall of sound that makes Antropofagus memorable. These impenetrable melodies are hard to beat.What makes a death album achieve a brutal status is one unalterable fact: every song must dominate. And dominating their instruments is one thing this band are certainly capable of doing. The voice sounds demonic with the growls on the lower end of the mid range spectrum. The bass is very technical and only adds to the complex mind fuck this band creates.The drummer is the fucking man . He seems to find the best balance between unrelenting blast beats and elite cymbal work but never grows repetitive. The guitar work is nothing short of phenomenal and there really aren't many guitar solos at all. All in all, there are really no flaws on this album. It keeps you interested, and you want to keep coming back to it. I know I've listened to it a good number of bands classics and new ones, and i'm proud to received this one for a review. A brutal death metal release from 2017 ladies and gentlemen.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Aborted Fetus-The art of Violent Torture (2017)

When I got the promotional copy of this in the mail the first thing I noticed was the stunning nature of the artwork. The album itself is constructed extremely well in terms of layout and relevant to this year. It's obvious that this is not just a group of musicians who decided to do this just because they couldn't figure out anything better to do. This record, to my pleasent suprise, is a masterwork for the death metal genre.Thankfully, the music is just as stunning as the artwork. Triple-speed drum hits and thick-and-brutal guitar work is all in place...the riffwork complex, the production well-spaced and the drumming diverse and battering...not for all humans! A beastly performance given by the vocalist. This is a nessesary record for the death metal genre in a broad sense. It challenges a past legacy of bands without even attempting to rewrite it. The vibe, the musicianship and the intelligent construction that existed in the early years is alive and well on this release.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Logic of Denial-Aftermath (2017)

Logic of denial have made a modern day death metal gem. It appears as though they tried to step into the shoes of the most depraved beings on the planet. The result is a very heavy, death metal assault led by an ungodly drumming. He seems to purposefully play some of the rhythms in a very non-standard way and the result is refreshing, very unique drum patterns which you're not likely to find on any other death metal release, the lower tuned guitars fit the music perfectly.There seems to be a lack of solos on this album on first listen, but that is not an issue because it is neutralized by the fact that the riffs are incredible technical and mind bending. The riffs, in conjunction with vocalist, incredibly brutal death metal vocals, form a violent canvas for these technical death metal maniacs. Even when they try slower doom-like riffs, the results are excellent, because they know when to speed it up just the right amount at just the right time. This is Death Metal at their most pissed off. This album feature some insanely technical riffs accompanied by insane drumming. It is just that fucking good. If you like brutal/technical death metal of the highest order with insane instrumentation, look no further.
Review by Paul Caravasi

Pathology- Pathology (2017)

A good production and mix. If you ask me, this is the new sound of death metal bands these days. I mean, I do love the grindy beefy tone  but the guitar tone on this album is perfectly sludgy and grinding enough to be brutal but the vocals is something i don't dig it, the style is fkn brutal but vocals like that ?c'mon.The production cuts everything into this super mucky, but still kind of clean, and heavy wall of brutality, but becomes tiring.So, the album; the guitars and drums drive this album, leaving the vocals aside ,this band has excellent musicianship.The drumming is perfection, superb drumming. He knows exactly when to place an ultra fast double bass fill or an intense blast section to bridge those brilliant riffs. So, we've already discussed the musical aspects and technical aspects of this album. Now, how does the album as a whole hold up? Well, considering it’s vocals, the style of brutality lends itself better to casual listens, but is still a bit tedious after five or six songs with that kind of vocals.This album is definitely recommended to any and all new fans od death metal , slam metal or whatever you call it. I really enjoyed the music but not the vocals.
Review by Paul Caravasi

No prayer of the Dying-Banished from Death (2017)

Ahhh, Prayer of the Dying's full length album, a solo man project influenced black/doom, but this recent material which uses a more straight-forward black metal foundation, with the doom elements being utilized much less often. Here, we see this band at their most mature... and in the end; we have quite the beast of an album. The songs stay down tempo and rarely go beyond that. You've got sort of slow, slow, and real slow. While the music here isn't flashy or technical, the song structures are well thought out, and very effective at generating a lush, dark & somber atmosphere. The guitar tone here packs a lot of punch, and the riffs are heavy as all fuck. They pummel its listener with slow, monstrous blows until every bone in their body is crushed. On a couple of occasions, they will break into acoustic passages in which they do a fantastic job of creating a beautiful, haunting atmosphere. This sets it up for the heavy parts to hit even harder and feel much more aggressive. The guitar tone carries itself well already as it is, and the bass is still able to at least do its job as far as complimenting the guitar goes.The drumming is top notch. While not doing anything over top, it still does a great job at maintaining a powerful, precise rhythm throughout the entire album. It delivers a strong, gut wrenching vocal performance as well, his harsh vocals would improve over time, and especially his cleans, yet his performance is still brutal as hell, and he does a pretty good job of pronouncing the lyrics so they can be somewhat easily understood. I highly recommend this for any fans of Black/doom metal, as well as anyone who doesn't really know much about the genre and wants to see what it has to offer.
Review by Paul Caravasi