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

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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

Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers (2015)

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Reviewer: GTO

Artist: Sarpanitum

Album: Blessed Be My Brothers

Label: Willowtip Records

 

Blessed Be My Brothers was released much earlier this year, and after my first few listens I completely discarded the notion of considering it highly. It was not a bad album on my first try, on the contrary, it was extremely competent and well done but to me it felt overly technical and dependent on melodic interludes to communicate its musical fervor. Keeping it in mind, I put it aside for other death metal releases in the coming year. Continue reading

Ravens Creed – Ravens Krieg (2015)

Author: GTO

Band: Ravens Creed

Album: Ravens Krieg

Label: Xtreem Music

War is hell, as well all know, which makes it a ripe topic for quality death metal. While many bands aim for the Satanic or evil vibe, many bands also try to go for the grim realism of a world torn apart by combat. On their third release Ravens Krieg, Ravens Creed are clearly going for something akin to this. Released by Xtreem Music, it consists mostly of songs less than three minutes long that are filled to the brim with percussive, powerful death metal. Continue reading