When Cannons Fade – Bolt Thrower & Bolt Thrower Worship

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Author: Goldensundown

In light of the recent news of Bolt Thrower’s disbanding so close to the one year anniversary of Martin Kearns’ (drummer) death, I’ve decided to create a playlist in memory of one of the most stalwart death metal groups to have pounded the drums of war. Personal favourite Bolt Thrower tracks up first followed by some killer bands playing similar styles of death. R.I.P. Martin Kearns and R.I.P. Bolt Thrower. Continue reading

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Monument – Hair of the Dog (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Monument

Album: Hair of the Dog

Genre: Heavy Metal

Label: Rock of Angels Records

 

 

 

After their debut full-length album and a string of lesser releases, Monument have returned to the scene with the release of their second full-length effort. Like a good number of heavy metal bands who have formed in recent years, there is a clear effort on their part to revive the good old days of heavy metal. Though in this case, that strong effort pretty much boils down to trying to do their best to sound like Iron Maiden. They have a lot of those hallmarks down pretty well too: everything from a vocalist who can compete with Dickenson’s wailing howls down to a bassist who seems to adore the thumping bass work Steve Harris (though he isn’t nearly as high in the mix).  Continue reading

EP Roundup #1

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Author: Goldensundown

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

King Goat – Conduit (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: King Goat

Album: Conduit (2016)

Genre: Progressive Doom Metal

Label: Independent

 

Hailing from England, King Goat play what can only be described as David Draiman of Disturbed providing vocals for a new Candlemass album, released in 2014 when the band had to stand up next to other doom releases by Yob and Thou in both scope and atmosphere. Continue reading

Dragged into Sunlight/Gnaw Their Tongues – NV (2015)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues

Album: NV

Label: Prosthetic Records

 

Rating: 8/10

(ED: Apologies about posting time!)

When a collaboration was announced between one of grind/crust/powerviolence’s most notable bands, and one of my personal favourite experimental blackened noise projects, I was incredibly anxious to hear the kind of nightmarish grotesqueries that would result from such an unholy hybrid. However, when Gnaw Their Tongues released Abyss of Longing Throats in August of last year, it made me apprehensive. Gnaw Their Tongues was well known for the distorted, chaotic noise it is famous for, and Abyss of Longing Throats did not disappoint. However, it was far more structured and featured more conventional extreme metal instrumentation than previously. In my Fetid Dead review of it, I suggested that the project may have finally tipped the scales from being a noise band with occasional use of extreme metal instruments for effect, to being an extreme metal band with occasional uses of noise for effect. The difference may be subtle, but it was there, and it made me wonder what Mories would have to offer this collaboration with Dragged Into Sunlight. Continue reading

King Witch – Shoulders of Giants (2015)

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Author: Dave

Band: King Witch

Album: Shoulders of Giants

Genre: Doom metal

Label: Unsigned/Independent

 

 

For an EP that I have enjoyed as much as this one, it sure was difficult writing this review, and I’m not sure why. Part of it may be that with only three songs, there might just not be that much to say, but I feel like that’s not the case because I’ve written far more about far less with considerably less difficulty in the past. So let me just begin the review by getting the obvious stuff out first: this is the debut release of a Scottish doom metal band, and as far as doom EPs from 2015 go, this one is by far the best one I’ve heard. Continue reading

Sorrow Plagues – Sorrow Plagues (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Sorrow Plagues

Album: Sorrow Plagues

Label: Independent

Genre: Atmospheric Black/Blackgaze

 

One of my very first reviews here on Fetid Dead was double EP review of Lustre and Sorrow Plagues. During that review, I had some lukewarm feelings about Sorrow Plagues; I could see the potential, but at the same time, there were a few issues that I thought needed to be worked out by the band. With the release of their debut album, Sorrow Plagues, I have to opportunity to revisit the band and see how they’ve grown. So, first and foremost, have my complaints with the band been worked out? Well, for the most part, yes they have. However, they’ve introduced a whole new set of issues along with it. Continue reading