Wyrd – Death of the Sun (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Wyrd

Album: Death of the Sun

Label: Moribund Records

Genre: Black/Folk/Doom Metal

 

Wyrd is a band that is near and dear to me, having spent many of my university years listening to their albums, Heathen, Vargtimmen 1 & 2, and The Ghost Album getting the most frequent rotation. Imagine my delight when after seven years of silence, Wyrd drops a new album without almost no warning. I was very intrigued by this new album because of the addition of several members to the band. Almost all previous Wyrd albums have been the creation of one person, Narqath, but on Death of the Sun, the band is now a six-piece! Going from one person to six people is quite a large jump, so a change in sound is impossible to avoid. But now time for the real question: how does the album hold up? As far as I’m concerned, very well! Continue reading

Miazma – North (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Miazma

Album: North (2016)

Genre: Brutal/Progressive Death Metal

Label: The Black Wreath

 

 

Hailing from the charred and lifeless heart of my homeland, Miazma would have to be the first band from Alice Springs that I’ve come across. Not exactly a picture of grim beauty, the closest thing to windswept mountains Australia has is nearby Ayer’s Rock (Ularu). The band bill themselves as progressive brutal death metal, and the term “eco-metal” was dropped once or twice on their bandcamp, and their comparisons to Gojira are not entirely unwarranted, but probably overstated. Continue reading

Drain of Impurity – The Seventh Planet of the Infected Cygnus System (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Drain of Impurity

Album: The Seventh Planet of the Infected Cygnus System (2016)

Label: Morbid Generation Records

Genre: Slamming Death Metal

 

Slamming Death metal, that much-maligned retarded cousin of brutal death metal, cops a lot of flak from both outside and within the metal community. As if the accusations of violent misogyny and blatant and shallow shock value weren’t bad enough to give the genre a foul name, slam even lacks its sister genre’s excuse as being a vehicle for technical and creative death metal. I say this as an unapologetic slam fan: slam is the lowest common denominator of heavy music; the pig-fucking failed abortion of a musical styling shat out from a few good ideas about slow, chromatic elements in death metal.  Continue reading

Black Cobra – Imperium Simulacra (2016)

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Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Black Cobra

Album: Imperium Simulacra

Label: Season of Mist

Genre: Sludge/Doom Metal

 

Black Cobra is one of those bands with a consistent, distinct, and immediately identifiable vision for their music, and they deliver on it every single time, without fail. If you like your sludge fast, aggressive, and filled to the brim with outstanding riffs, you can select any one of the San Francisco duo’s five albums and find great satisfaction.  Continue reading

Best EPs of Quarter 1 – Part 2 (2016)

Author: Crono

Artist: Best EPs of Quarter 1 2016 Part II

Album: Nocturnal Graves – Lead Us To The Endless Fire/Sharpen The Knives EP; Häxkapell – Om Sanningen;

 

Here is Part II of my Best EPs of the first quarter of 2016. Check out Part I here.
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Nightkin – Oath of Euclidation (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Nightkin

Album: Oath of Elucidation

Label: Unsigned

 

Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal

 

I’m a sucker for melodic black metal, and even more so when it flirts with its cousin in death. So when a record passes my eyes which is promoted as melodic black/death metal, I’m doubtlessly going to give it a try. Nightkin hail from Detroit, and they’ve already got their work cut out for them by not being fronted by an eight foot purple mutant from the Mojave Wasteland. But it would be prudent to hold that against them, knowing how notoriously difficult Nightkin are to work with, and how much they’d resent an audience. Continue reading

Warship – The Second Coming (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Warship

Album: The Second Wave

Genre: Heavy metal

Label: Unsigned/Independent

 

Greece has long been a bastion of metal of all types, so any chance I get to check out new stuff from there, I jump on it. Hearing about a new heavy metal release from Greece is always good news to me. Well, almost always. The Second Wave is – you guessed it – Warship’s second full-length album and it would be quite an understatement to say that it doesn’t live up to Greece’s reputation. There are some good qualities to it, but they simply are completely overshadowed by other unbelievably bad qualities. I like the production and approach; it’s simple and unpolished and unassuming. Unfortunately, that seems to be one of the very few things I could take away from this. Continue reading

Best EPs of Quarter 1 – Part 1 (2016)

Author: Crono

Artist: Best EPs of Quarter 1 2016 Part I

Album: Is – Glimpses of Sorrow; Horns & Hooves – Consecrate the Marrow; Vorpal Sword – Pain

 

It is difficult to give enough attention to the huge amount of EPs that are released throughout a year. Normally they are from smaller bands, released with much less fanfare, and are sometimes just playing around from a band, rather than a concentrated effort. However, I really enjoy the EP format, because I feel it lends itself more towards experimentation, conceptual sounds, and it’s just generally a shorter and simpler listen.

To that end, I wanted to gather up what I think are the best EPs (of what I have been able to hear) and share them with everyone. It will have to be broken up into multiple parts, because there was too many that I felt needed their moment to shine. Without further ado, here are the Best EPs of the first quarter of 2016 (Part I)!  Continue reading

Love Sex Machine – Asexual Anger (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Love Sex Machine

Album: Asexual Anger (2016)

Label: Throatruiner Records

 

Caution: may cause severe neck pain and syphilis in young people.

 

The dirtiest love. The most hate-filled sex. The most punishing machine. France’s Love Sex Machine first caught my attention a few years ago when I stumbled upon their self-titled debut. Combining the unrelenting sludge groove of Primitive Man and Mammoth Grinder with the mindless rage of Plebeian Grandstand and Gaza, could you really expect to find this band anywhere else but on Throatruiner Records? This label’s small but impressive roster is the pus-filled, diseased epicenter where grind, crust, sludge and extreme metal meet. Continue reading