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

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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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

Deströyer 666 – Wildfire (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Deströyer 666

Album: Wildfire

Label: Season of Mist

 

K.K. Warslut and his merry gang of satanic thrash metallers have finally returned with fresh material seven years after the somewhat disappointing fourth album Defiance. We did however get the excellent compilation To the Devil His Due in 2010, but now with Wildfire we get 9 brand new tracks. Let’s make this clear right at the start, Deströyer 666 are one of the finest bands in the entire heavy metal genre and their three first albums are seen as legendary for a reason. The vicious riffing, the pummeling drums and the songwriting in general showcased by the mighty Deströyer 666 serves as a reminder of how mind-bogglingly awesome thrash metal can be. With these superlatives thrown around I expected great things from Wildfire and my hype level reached unfathomable levels after they released their first single, Live and Burn, back in January. It was everything I wanted in a Deströyer 666 song. Continue reading

Black/Thrash Demos

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Author: GTO

 

For my first review of 2016, I took out the time to review some EPs and demos in the black/thrash vein. None of these bands have released a full length, yet all of them show extreme potential. Please support them on Bandcamp if you get the chance. Continue reading