RUDE release title track off of upcoming debut, “Soul Recall”

Another killer OSDM band, but in the vein of early Pestilence and Morbid Angel.
Album releases on May 30th. Keep an eye out. (I certainly will.)

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Luke’s first, actual review! Beneath – The Barren Throne (2014)

The Icelandic death metal quintet, Beneath, have returned with a follow-up to their 2012 debut album, Enslaved By Fear. Everywhere you read, you’ll see them described as “brutal death metal,” which I have a beef with. I think it’s because their quality is miles above what is normally tagged as BDM. Mostly, just the vocals and some lyrics that allow that tag to be slapped on. In my eyes (ears), they have much more in common with either technical death metal or the crushing, plodding style of DM a la Immolation, Incantation (Immolation especially so). They keep right in line with their original debut release: a constant, unrelenting onslaught of riffs, hammering drums, occasionally punctuated by very short, ambient or acoustic interludes. Controlled, yet utter aural chaos.

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Vampire – Vampire (2014)

“AT MIDNIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR COOORPSE!” Vampire, another entrant in the revival of thrashy death metal from Swedeland, finally released their debut LP.

Take the raw aggression from the all the classic 90’s Swedeath bands home, throw in a bit of thrash, add some filth. Baby, you’ve got a Vampire stew going!

As mentioned, Vampire reminds me a lot of the more current Swedeath bands like, Repugnant, Tribulation, Degial, Necrovation, Verminous, and so forth. Lyrically, Vampire is the B-grade horror movie of the bunch; they focus on the typical death, gore but if the name wasn’t any indication,  also horror and zambies!

I think what sets Vampire apart, is that they’ve got a bit more bite to them. It certainly isn’t the rawest out there, but there’s still a lot of grit on this record: reverberant, barked vocals, bouncy guitar riffs, powerful drums, and  muddy bass (hey, it works!). A lot of those bands focus on atmosphere as well, but Vampire would fit right in as the soundtrack for the night of the living dead.

You can find CDs, vinyl, and t-shirts here!

Favorite tracks: At Midnight I’ll Possess Your Corpse, The Bestial Abyss, Jaws of the Unknown

The Oath – The Oath (2014)

Doomy, girly newcomers, The Oath, have finally released their long awaited, self-titled debut on  everyone’s favorite doom, stoner label, Rise Above Records.

Contrary to what the album cover would have you believe, it’s not an all female band! The two females of the group handle the vocals and guitars, and actually, this record features Simon Bouteloup from Kadavar on bass.

I should probably stop talking about how they’re girls and get to the actually music at some point. Anyhow, The Oath plays a lot like a concoction of Pagan Altar meets Mercyful Fate, whom both smoked too many cigarettes together in a grimy bar. Is that descriptive enough? I think so.  (For you genre sticklers: heavy/doom metal/hard rock)

You can find a stream of the album on their bandcamp.

Favorite tracks: Night Child, Black Rainbow, Psalm 7