Nekro Drunkz – Lavatory Carnage (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Nekro Drunkz

Album: Lavatory Carnage

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal/Grindcore

Label: Moribund Records

 

“Gore metal” is easily one of the most divisive and polarizing genres of metal. Most of the major camps agree that the vocals are too much, the beats too blasting, and the subject mature immature or unoriginal. It’s hard to the inherent juvenile factor that comes from something like gore metal—frequent references not only to bodily dismemberment but also scatological and biological functions sound more of the reign of elementary school students rather than metalheads. Despite their frequent enjoyment of items that are considered “low culture,” for many people gore metal steeps too low.    Continue reading

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FD is going on a short break!/New Writers!

Hey all, GTO here. Recently, due to our real lives, the FD writers core has decided to take a bit of a break to catch up on our mortal trappings and get acquainted with some new situations. We are not ending things at all–we just need a few weeks to get acclimated to writing and finding more stuff for you demons to feast upon.

On a side note, we are now accepting applications for new regular writers. Please send us an email with the subject “NEW WRITER APPLICATION” in all caps, like so, to our email address at fetiddead@gmail.com. All we need from you is a writing sample of 400 words based on a metal album released within the last year. After that, we’ll send you the formal application.

In a few weeks, we’ll be back from the grave. Happy haunting!

GTO

Bat – Wings of Chains (2016)

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Author: GTO
Artist: Bat
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

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

 

Vektor – Terminal Redux (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Vektor

Album: Terminal Redux

Label: Earache Records

 

Vektor is ready with yet another massive affair on their third release, Terminal Redux. Clocking in at seventy-three minutes, it’s a long affair and listening to it enough times to give it a chance is daunting task. Still, considering the attention this album is getting it’s almost important to take a look at Vektor and what they’ve attempted on their newest release.

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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

Angel Sword – Rebels Beyond the Pale (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Angel Sword

Album: Rebels Beyond the Pale

Label: Independent

 

Sometimes, a band will do something deliberately different than normal and throw everyone off guard. A lot of the time this results in utter failure–being weird or abnormal purely for the sake of it often ends in failure. In the world of traditional heavy metal, where the boundaries are well-defined and expectations of certain tropes in terms of vocals, riffing, and production. Continue reading