Skeletal Remains – Condemned to Misery (2015)

Author: Jan Jakobsen (VENOM_IST_FALSE)
Artist: Skeletal Remains
Album: Condemned to Misery
Label: F.D.A. Rekotz

Skeletal Remains is a California based death metal band that released their debut full-length Beyond the Flesh back in 2011 which was an album that seemed to sort of fly above a lot of people’s head. It was an incredibly riff-driven album with a lot of catchy hooks and the Pestilence influence was very clear. The OSDM resurgence bands in the late 2000’s and now in the 2010’s seemed to take a lot more inspiration from the New York based bands such as Incantation and Immolation than the European or even the Florida scene which made Skeletal Remains a breath of fresh air.

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Leviathan – Scar Sighted (2015)

Artist: Leviathan

Album: Scar Sighted

Label: Profound Lore Records

Reviewer: Jan Jakobsen

 

Jef Whitehead, also known as Wrest, has since the early 2000’s been releasing quality black metal albums. . His first album, The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide, was a masterclass in depressive hate filled metal but since then Wrest has slowly but surely been changing up his style towards a more atmospheric and experimental style. When I’m saying atmospheric, I’m not talking Cascadian style, I’m talking a type of atmosphere that reeks of pure hatred and filth. His latest offering, Scar Sighted, masterfully blends all of what makes black metal so special. It manages to stay both beautiful and ugly in an odd way that you very rarely hear. Wrest’s Lurker of Chalice side project seems to sneak its way onto this album in more than one way with its highly experimental approach. Continue reading

Djevel – Saa Raa og Kald (2015)

Artist: Djevel

Album: Saa Raa og Kald

Label: Aftermath Music

Author: Jan Jakobsen (VENOM_IST_FALSE)

 

A Norwegian band that plays black metal? Who would have thought? Djevel are back with their third full length, Saa Raa og Kald, translated to “So Raw and Cold”. The band features multiple known members from other Norwegian black metal acts, such as Mannevond from Koldbrann and Nettlecarrier and Erlend Hjelvik from Kvelertak. Djevel plays a style of black metal that is very reminiscent of the typical Norwegian black metal style from the early 90’s. There is heavy Darkthrone influence, but there are also some distinct early Satyricon influence on this album. What separates Djevel from any other new Norwegian band is the actual quality of the songwriting and the fact that they also incorporate some melodic riffing with the continuous blast beats and shrieking vocals. Continue reading

Devouring Star – Through Lung And Heart (2015)

Devouring Star - Through Lung And Heart

Artist: Devouring Star

Album: Through Lung and Heart

Label: Daemon Worship Productions

 

It has been five years since the last Deathspell Omega full-length and we haven’t heard from them since 2012 when they released the EP Drought. Iceland and their black metal scene is blooming like never before with extremely competent bands like Svartidauði, Misþyrming and Sinmara. What do you get if you combine the dissonant riffing and intricate basslines of Deathspell Omega with the atmosphere and feel of Svartidauði? You get Devouring Star, a Finnish four-piece black metal band. Continue reading

Tribulation – The Children of the Night (2015)

Tribulation - The Children of the Night

Artist: Tribulation

Album: The Children of the Night

Label: Century Media Records

Tribulation is a Swedish death metal band formed in 2004, originally starting out as a thrash metal band called Hazard. Their early demos and first full-length album The Horror are pure Swedish death metal worship but has later evolved into something else entirely. Starting their evolution with the highly praised The Formulas of Death by adding psychedelic elements, they have completed their transition with The Children of the Night. Tribulation are no longer a death metal band. Gone are the ferocious blast beats, double bass drumming and the typical buzz saw guitar tone that we have come to associate with Swedish death metal, Tribulation now favors dreamy atmosphere and a more refined classic heavy metal sound. If I were to compare the musical style with any other bands, their Swedish brothers in In Solitude and their last album Sister would be a fair comparison. The guitar work is heavily inspired by heavy metal classics such as Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate. Continue reading

Perdition Temple – The Tempter’s Victorious (2015)

Perdition Temple - The Tempter's Victorious

Artist: Perdition Temple

Album: The Tempter’s Victorious

Label: Hells Headbangers Records

Perdition Temple is an American Black/Death metal band hailing from Florida. The band features two former members, Gene Palubicki and Bill Taylor from the excellent blackened death metal band Angelcorpse that split up in 2009. Perdition Temple is the demon spawn that grew forth after the Angelcorpse split and The Tempter’s Victorious is their sophomore record hoping to build on from their debut full length Edict of the Antichrist Elect from 2010. Continue reading