Demo Roundup #4

I trailed the internet for some new music for you to check out and I decided to do another demo roundup. Both of them are new discoveries for me but they both impressed me enough to warrant a review.

Author: Jan Jakobsen

Bands: Trenchgrinder & Witcher

Releases: Demo 2015 and Demo I Continue reading

Ravens Creed – Ravens Krieg (2015)

Author: GTO

Band: Ravens Creed

Album: Ravens Krieg

Label: Xtreem Music

War is hell, as well all know, which makes it a ripe topic for quality death metal. While many bands aim for the Satanic or evil vibe, many bands also try to go for the grim realism of a world torn apart by combat. On their third release Ravens Krieg, Ravens Creed are clearly going for something akin to this. Released by Xtreem Music, it consists mostly of songs less than three minutes long that are filled to the brim with percussive, powerful death metal. Continue reading

Zillah – Serpentine Halo (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Zillah

Album: Serpentine Halo

Label: Sea of Corruption Records

This slab of technical death metal comes to us courtesy of Edinburgh’s Zillah. They’ve been around since 2000 but prior to this have only released two full-length albums and four EPs, none of which have garnered any significant attention or acclaim. This one, however, has crossed my radar several times, prompting curiosity about what exactly it is that they’re up to. The answer is, nothing special, but still plenty enjoyable. Continue reading

Kauan – Sorni Nai (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Kauan

Album: Sorni Nai

Label: Blood Music

 

For those that don’t know, Kauan is a long-running Russian band, whose music has normally tended towards the beautiful, leaning on ambient, folk, post-rock, and heart-wrenching Finnish vocals. However, every once in a while Kauan will flex a little bit doom and black metal muscle, cutting through their usual melancholy beauty with something that is crushing. But let’s be honest here: Kauan makes pretty music, and you must enjoy pretty music to get into Kauan, not matter how many times they toss in some heavy vocals. Continue reading

Archer – Culling the Weak (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Archer

Album: Culling the Weak

Label: Metalville

This is the second full-length release from Archer, who are a California-based heavy metal power trio. And right from the start of the album, it is pretty obvious that these guys mean business. And whilst the riffs are unmistakably metal, they are executed with a groovy and bluesy feel that gives them a bit of a hard rock vibe in places. But this isn’t a drawback at all, as I think this element of their music gives it a fresh feel and a bit of energy that is often missing in a lot of heavy metal. Combine this energy with their instrumental virtuosity, and you have all the makings for a good metal album. Continue reading

Satan – Atom By Atom (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Satan

Album: Atom By Atom

Label: Listenable Records

Satan as a band are proof that not every band that put out amazing material in the early to mid 80’s can’t replicate that material nowadays. After putting out one an essential NWOBHM release, Court in the Act, in 1983 and its strong follow-up Suspended Sentence (1987) the band broke up but continued to release good albums under two bands; Blind Fury and Pariah before finally closing up shop in 1998. Outside of a live album in 2004 the Satan camp was quiet from ’98 until 2011 when they reformed and released two compilations before dropping their 2013 comeback album Life Sentence, which by all accounts was an absolutely phenomenal release and topped plenty of AOTY lists. Now in 2015 Satan have dropped their second post-reformation album, Atom by Atom and safe to say this album rips hard. Continue reading

Division Speed – Divison Speed (2015)

Author: GTO

Artist: Division Speed

Album: Division Speed

Label: High Roller Records

Division Speed is not going to waste your time. The first track “Panzerkommando” opens with a killer speed-induced riff that instantly rings true of the album cover—a hell of war, seen from above by a pilot waiting for incoming death. Within moments, the song and eventually album erupt into a thrashing hell to accompany that initial feeling of the calm before the storm. Punctuated only by historical recordings and two instrumental interludes, the album is a speed frenzy that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to dead air. Continue reading

Panopticon – Autumn Eternal (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Panopticon

Album: Autumn Eternal

Label: Bindrune Recordings

 

After three releases in the vein of DSBM/Atmospheric Black metal, Panopticon, the brainchild of Austin Lunn, rose to prominent attention with 2012’s Kentucky. For what may have been the first time in black metal, Panopticon incorporated the use of traditional folk music from the southern United States, including banjo, steel string guitar and fiddle. The unconventional approach worked for some, and others disregarded as a gimmick, but Kentucky was widely regarded as a high achievement in American black metal, and the term ‘Appalachian Black Metal’ was used to distinguish the music’s influences from its northern Cascadian cousins. Continue reading

Ævangelist – Enthrall to the Void of Bliss (2015)

Author: Arvind

Band: Ævangelist

Album: Enthrall to the Void of Bliss

Label: 20 Buck Spin

The first semblance of organized structure on Aevangelist’s latest offering, “Enthrall to the Void of Bliss”, comes nearly 8 minutes into the opening track. Up until then, “Arcanae Manifestia” plods along, a sprawling mass of creaking industrial sounds, buried cymbals, and swirling chaos. It’s impressive just how many disparate sounds Aevangelist are able to cram into their sonic space. For every solid death metal chug, there are industrial scrapes, vocal wrenches, angular riffs, and even a church bell or two. As you might imagine, there’s a lot going on here. Consequently, “Enthrall to the Void of Bliss” comes across as a messy, chaotic affair, but it’s clear that chaos is exactly what they were going for. Continue reading

Nahab – Nahab (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Nahab

Album: Nahab

Label: Independent

Nahab are a trio from Kentucky that have recently released their eponymous full-length debut. The album begins with “Azathoth Rising” and features a voiceover of the introduction to Lovecraft’s Azathoth. The voice sounds like it was lifted from a radio show from the nineteen forties. As the man speaks in his perfectly stoic yet slightly grainy voice, a steady drumbeat on the toms plods along. A background of choatic playing and howling wind slowly builds in volume and eventually overtakes him. Though this first track doesn’t sound much like the rest of the album, it’s an excellent starting point, as chaos and Lovecraftian themes are what Nahab excel at. Continue reading