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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Ashbringer – Yūgen (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Ashbringer

Album: Yūgen

Label: Avantgarde Music

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

 

 

Yūgen is the second full-length album from Ashbringer, an atmospheric black metal band from the States. It is another album in a style that is becoming more and more familiar to me as more bands stumble upon it. I believe that Ashbringer shares a similar approach to their music as Amiensus and Oak Pantheon. These three bands (among a few others) share a sound that approaches atmospheric black metal from many different sides, combining progressive song structures with folk, ambience, and epic flourishes. The result is a more energetic atmospheric black metal, less sorrowful and bleak, and Ashbringer navigate that space brilliantly.  Continue reading

Philadelphia – Warlord (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Philadelphia

Album: Warlord

 

Genre: Heavy metal

Label: Independent

 

 

 

Philadelphia are yet another classic eighties band who decided to regroup and release a comeback album decades after their inception. This kind of endeavour rarely turns out well and statistically speaking, most people would be better off ignoring such efforts in favour of finding music from newer bands. However, there are cases where these comeback projects have yielded some amazing albums. Unfortunately, this is not one of those cases. To be fair, their sound hasn’t changed much from their earlier works, and the production is leagues ahead of their early stuff, but as everybody knows, it takes a lot more than decent production to produce something memorable.  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

Coffin Dust – Everything is Dead (2016)

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Author: Goldensundown

Band: Coffin Dust

Album: Everything is Dead

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal

Label: Unholy Anarchy Records

“Take a step into my world, everything is dead!”

Coffin Dust are another band I’ve previously covered, quite favourably with their debut album of punky death/thrash – This Cemetery, My Kingdom – a descent into the realms of graves, gore and horror. Everything is Dead is this band’s sophompre release and while an overall shorter experience, only 35 minutes, it succeeds at reaching into those otherwordly realms of horror. Continue reading

Winterlore – Winterlore (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Winterlore

Album: Winterlore

Label: Independent

Genre: Epic Black Metal

 

 

Winterlore is the self-titled second album of Utah-based black metal outfit Winterlore. While the band’s full length releases is a short list, they have apparently been together since 2005, releasing their original demo way back then. Winterlore is six tracks totaling to just over 40 minutes, so we have a bunch of medium length tracks, none shorter than six minutes. Each track covers a lot of different ground, as Winterlore reaches for an epic sound for every song, really stretching out the compositions.  Continue reading

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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