Reapermanser – The Reaper Await Damnation (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Reapermanser

Album: The Reaper Awaits Damnation

Label: Independent

 

Reapermanser comes ripping into the scene with their debut The Reaper Awaits Damnation. It’s a great slab yet again in one of my favorite families of extreme metal–filthy black/punk that rings true of street metal. It’s all about the filth and the mess, getting up in one’s face. The fact that Reapermanser hails from Miami is another testament to this global reach of extreme metal. No longer are we limited to our local scenes, and sounds can find themselves anywhere on Earth with a router.

Reapermanser’s sound heavily emphasizses punk and thrash elements to drive forward their pieces, interspersed with metal transitions and structures. The songs aim to utilize punk aggression and tempo to drive the and promote a lively atmosphere, thus abandoning the potential mystical side of black/thrash that one would find in something like Destroyer 666. This rings true much more of Abigail and Gehennah, but it does have that down home dirtiness of something like Discharge or Sacrilege. I wouldn’t say that the sound is overly dominated by punk, but they are using punk aspects to come to the same conclusions. This combination proves to work well–the songs very easily and it is an incredible listenable album with some serious depth that requires multiple listens to understand. That being said, it is neither pretentious or overtly high minded, as good black/thrash/punk should be.

Unfortunately the production seems to be a major detriment here, in particular the drums–they are far too loud (and possibly triggered) and they do not gel with the guitar or vocals, making the whole record feel stilted. It’s a shame too, as most of the songs do hold up incredibly well despite their lack of tempo diversity.

The Reaper Awaits Damnation is a well written record that will absolutely appeal to previous fans of the genre, but the production may make it a bit more of a hit or miss for some. Either way, I look forward to Reapermanser’s efforts in the future and hopefully they’ll stick around and give us more raw American black/punk.

Check them out here on Bandcamp: https://reapermanser666.bandcamp.com/album/the-reaper-awaits-damnation

 

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Barbarian – Cult of the Empty Grave (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Barbarian

Album: Cult of the Empty Grave

Label: Hells Headbangers

 

Italian band Barbarian is back on the scene with their third album, Cult of the Empty Grave. The album mixes elements from a multitude of styles across the spectrum of ’80s classic metal, including some early first wave black metal and some awesome speed metal. The result is a surprisingly fresh take on a genre despite being heavily characterized by its nostalgic influences. Continue reading

Gehennah – Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Gehennah

Album: Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die

Label: Metal Blade Records

 

Gehennah are the basic embodiment of every poser’s worst fears. They are leather clad, real as hell, and absolutely willing to use assault and battery to achieve their goals. Like any credible sort of metal heshers, they are remarkably inconsistent, as Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die is their first full-length release in seventeen years. They have had some EPs between then but this is the first release since 1999 that’s longer than ten minutes. Continue reading

Metalpunx – 4 Black/Speed/Punk Releases

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Reviewer: GTO

 

 

Here are a handful of full-length releases that fall somewhere in the spectrum of black/speed/punk released over the course of this year. These records are meant to played at high volume as soundtracks to destruction. Continue reading

Peasant – Go to Hell (2015)

Artist: Peasant

Album: Go to Hell

Label: Independent

Reviewer: GTO

Go to Hell is a great example of why I spend my time sampling underground releases. A band like Peasant, unnoticed to me by conventional means, would not have been discovered if I hadn’t spent my time rolling around online listening to single tracks in the hopes that they would lead to an album’s worth of solid material. With a single listen of Peasant’s “Do You Believe in War?” I knew I had a lot in store for Go to Hell, a record that combines first wave black metal, speed metal, thrash metal, and even traditional metal into a record worth spinning over and over again.

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