It’s no secret to people that know me that I love heavy metal, and 2016 was a momentous year for it. As much as I love death metal, black metal, thrash, and other sections of metal’s rich offerings, this list ended up being dominated by some of the best heavy metal by both quality and quantity that have came out in years. It really is incredible that an album like the new Eternal Champion that may have been my album of the year if it came out in 2014 or 2015 didn’t even make my top ten cross-genre cut this year. Exclusions were many and hard to make, and I’m glad for it- I’d much rather have a bunch of tough exclusions than a few easy inclusions. It’s also no secret that I’m terrible at describing music, despite writing for a music blog, so bear with me.
After an early death in the last half of 2016, Fetid Dead will be returning in 2017 in a smaller but more focused capacity. Reviews, roundups and mixtapes will be appearing at regular intervals concerning the underground and savage ends of metal and related sounds.
May all who are still around fester restlessly!
Band: Booze Control
Album: The Lizard Rider
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Infernö Records
There are all kinds of oddities to be found in the world of heavy metal. Some of them surround the lugubrious themes explored by the songwriters, others pertain to fantastically over-the-top album covers, and others simply boil down to band names with indecipherable meanings. And with this third release from German heavy metal band Booze Control, we find all of those nicely wrapped up into a single package. If it wasn’t enough to have a band name that could double as slang for an alcoholic rehabilitation programme, we also have an album cover depicting a woman shooting zombies with an automatic weapon whilst riding a mammoth iguana. And with song titles like “The Wizard”, “Rats in the Walls”, and “Vile Temptress”, well, I think you can check off all three categories quite easily. Continue reading
Album: Wings of Chains
Label: Hells Headbangers
Bat comes straight out of hell with their debut Wings of Chains on Hells Headbangers. Clearly, their existence in the realms of demos and EPs weren’t enough and now a full length has to be released to quell the masses of their need for fiery, aggressive, and spitfire style of metal that can be cranked out over the course of thirty minutes. Continue reading
Author: Gay For Gary Oldman
Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal/Deathcore
Label: Nuclear Blast America
In December 2014 I named Fallujah’s The Flesh Prevails as my album of the year. I then proceeded to not listen to it since. I loved the album for combining many subtle differences in the multitude of metal styles into a singular, cohesive sound which sounded ultra-modern without straying from a familiar sound. To borrow a phrase, it seemed to me “as forward thinking as a Ronin sculpture on a freight train.” However, my own personal tastes shifted somewhat from the style, and with few other comparable bands I enjoyed, they became much neglected. Continue reading
Bands: Gruesome, Grave Miasma
Albums: Dimensions of Horror, Endless Pilgrimage
Genres: Death Metal, Black/Death Metal
Labels: Relapse Records, Sepulchral Voice Records
This time I’m introducing a new round-up segment. Gonna be separating out the pure EP round-ups from my demo ones so that demos get a fair go. For the first EP round-up its a double offering of death with the new Gruesome and Grave Miasma EP’s. Continue reading
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