Blazing a trail all their own and straying as far from the over beaten death metal path as possible is Ingurgitating Oblivion and with them they tote their newest and incredibly ambitious record Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light. Ambitious may be somewhat of an understatement for Ingurgitating Oblivion and their new record as there seems to be nothing out that sounds even close to these guys. With four tracks that span over fifty minutes, you are treated to not only just great music but to an experience as well.
Vision Wallows is a captivating and hypnotizing record, and even with its longer run times you just never feel fatigued listening. Ingurgitating Oblivion and Vision Wallows does a great job of capturing your attention and keeping it all throughout your listen. There never is a moment that comes where you want to skip a track or make the album speed itself up just to get to the end. Instead, you sit and listen with intent and let Vision Wallows take your brain through a mind altering journey that only Ingurgitating Oblivion can provide. Not only is this record wholly captivating, but it is one that you need to listen to front to back for the whole experience.
With Vision Wallows, Ingurgitating Oblivion pushes boundaries further than most and in doing so they create a unique and intriguing sound that mesmerizes and almost enchants the listener. While deadly and twisting, this record is also melodic and poised creating an overall sound that is truly unforgettable and undeniable. Ingurgitating Oblivion runs the gamut here providing you with everything from harsh bludgeoning death metal to more melodic and atmospheric pieces to providing you with just pure progressive death metal and so much more. It doesn’t seem that there is anything that Ingurgitating Oblivion can’t do, and it seems that everything that they could have possibly imagined has been worked in to this record one way or another.
With so many elements that are sewn into this record you may think that the overall sound would be something like a symphony of chaos, but that certainly is not the case. Everything that Ingurgitating Oblivion has sewn into this record is performed and executed so damn well that you are gifted with a cohesive and overall enthralling sound. Vision Wallows is most definitely a breath of fresh air and once you begin listening you ultimately find it very difficult to tear yourself away from your speakers. Everything from the musicianship, to the vocals to the production and everything in between is spot on resulting in a clean, wondrous and incredible listen.
Vision Wallows is a creative, boundary pushing, hypnotizing record that no one should be passing up. And not only that, but this release certainly is one of the finest this year, and we’re only a little over half way through 2017. Not only that, but another great thing about this record is that even though it is lengthy, you still want more and more and you still want to continue listening even after numerous listens, and that is a a definite sign of a great record.
Starting in 1996, Jesus Crost has been terrorizing people and their ears for many many years, and since releasing their debut in 1997 they have kept the grind ball rolling for quite some time. With this compilation, you get the majority of Jesus Crost’s works in a neat little package that provides you with seventy-one uncompromising grind tracks for you to lose your mind over. Uncompromising is an understatement however as Jesus Crost plays a blasting and completely insane style of grind that gets your neck twisting before you really know what hit you.
Die Tonmeisterei Sessions is a great compilation for those who have already been a fan of these heathens for some time as well as for the people that may have just now stumbled upon this underground act. For grind fans everywhere, Die Tonmeisterei Sessions is a no brainer of a listen, and if you want to get into grind then these guys are a great band to start on as well and this compilation is a great starting place too. With seventy-one total tracks, you are treated to bombastic and face shredding tunes of the utmost disgusting variety, and really what more could you ask for? This compilation record embodies what Jesus Crost is all about, and that seems to be hooligan shit, face melting grind and football of course.
One thing I found interesting about this release is that included in it is a complete album about the 1986 FIFA World Cup and the players that played in the championship team. So, for forty-three tracks you are gifted with nothing but straight up filthy and terrorizing grind, and for the last twenty plus tracks you are treated to the same, but with a football theme instead.
Overall, this compilation has everything you would possibly want in a compilation featuring Jesus Crost tunes. You can’t go wrong with seventy plus tracks of nothing but explosive grind that will send your mind in to a tailspin. As mentioned above, this release is for the fans that have followed these guys since day one as well as the newer fans that have just discovered the world of grind. No matter who you are, if you have an affinity for grind, then Die Tonmeisterei Sessions is the compilation that you should keep your eye out for.
Taking cues from different genres such as straight up rock ‘n’ roll and death metal among others, Nicumo creates a unique, melodic and melancholic sound that certainly is hard to forget. Storms Arise is the title of Nicumo’s most recent release, and within this record you will find eleven brand new tracks that provide you with wondrous soundscapes and melancholic melodies as well as some devilish and headbang worthy tones. As a band, Nicumo is diverse, never settling completely into one single genre for all too long. Nicumo does a great job of bringing together many genres to create a sound that is very palatable and cohesive, and never do they lurch from genre to genre. Nicumo does a great job of sewing everything together with ease to provide you with a unique listening experience.
To begin Storms Arise, Nicumo provides you with an atmospheric and melodic intro titled The Dawn. Once The Dawn has concluded, Nicumo get right into the meat of the record providing you with ten more melodic and heavy tracks for you to lose yourself in. Each track on this record does a great job of sucking you in and keeping you listening until the final note of the entire record has been played. As a whole, Storms Arise is a wholly captivating and memorable release, one that will not be forgotten very quickly at all. Nicumo rolls out track after track of melancholic, melodic and atmospheric wonder, and the further you trek in to the record the more and more captivated you become.
Nicumo does a great job on this record of finding a balance between the melodic and the harsher more headbanging tones. Throughout Storms Arise you are gifted with plenty of diversity and variety so that you won’t hear the same sounds or same song twice. Each track sounds entirely different from the rest and each track does a great job of grabbing your attention and keeping it all throughout. There isn’t a moment within this release where you would think about flat out skipping a track as each of the eleven songs are well done and incredibly enjoyable.
Storms Arise has a knack for enveloping you within itself and keeping you intrigued and listening. This is a record that you can listen to more than just once or more than a couple of times and not tire of. Storms Arise is a smooth and well executed record that surely will please the ears of many people.
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Storms Arise is out now through Inverse Records.
Atomck describes themselves as “proper grindcore” and that certainly is pretty appropriate being how their newest release Every Room In Britain is filled with nothing but twenty-one tracks of furious grind. These Bristol dwelling heathens play an intense and of course chaotic brand of grind, much like grind should be, and all throughout this record you are subjected to nothing but top notch noise. Minute after minute you are bombarded with screeching vocals and spastic riffs that crash down upon you much like a car wreck. Atomck begin their release with Rot Induction, which is actually just noise, but from then on you are pile driven with blistering fast and face melting grind of the likes that you will not soon forget.
After the brief four second intro, Atomck kick everything into high gear providing you with a bombastic and spastic listen, one that sends your head into a tail spin and turns your brain to mush. As per grindcore tradition, each of the twenty-one tracks is incredibly short hardly every passing over the one minute mark, so what you get with this record is nothing short of a blitzkrieg of harsh metallic noise. Each track passes before you get to blink your eyes. After you press play you become surrounded in chaos and are being prodded and bombarded with twisted and furious grind for you to revel in.
Every Room In Britain is a sonic assault, one that you have no chance of escaping once you press play. Once you lift your finger off of the play button you become trapped in a vortex of sharp metallic madness from which you can’t see your way out of. Each track rolls right into the next providing you with a whiplash inducing and neck breaking listen. Atomck does a great job of giving you no choice but to headbang and snap your neck back and forth as feverishly as possible. Each of these tracks come complete with sharp riffs and chaotic drumming that are only to be backed by vocals that transition between guttural growls and high pitched screeches that sound like a distressed animal. While it may sound exactly like noise and nothing but, it really isn’t. Each track is constructed well and performed well providing you with a solid overall listen.
Atomck certainly weren’t wrong to describe themselves as proper grindcore because that is what they are. They are madness and chaos that seems to be barely contained and that is what makes Every Room In Britain an enjoyable and highly entertaining listen.
Mashing together the likes of technical death metal, deathcore and even djent, Protosequence create a wholly unique and captivating sound. These Canadian metal heads bridge the gap between numerous genres supplying a sound that is sure to suit many different listeners. The nice thing about these guys is that you can’t really pigeonhole them into one single genre as they switch genres so often. And not only that, but they sew each different genre together seamlessly creating a cohesive sound. With so many genres at their disposal, one would think that the overall sound would be chaotic, but that certainly is not the case.
Everything within Protosequence’s newest release Biophagous flows so well and so effortlessly that it just doesn’t seem as though they have to try all that hard to put out a sound as heavy and unique as they do. With only four tracks to its title, Biophagous does a great job of keeping your attention all throughout the listen and then some. Without pumping their EP full of fluff or intros or outros or anything of the like, Protosequence does a great job of capturing your ear and your attention only to have you listen numerous times without ever really realizing it.
Not only does Protosequence do a great job of jumping from genre to genre seamlessly, but they also transition between more melodic passages and the heavier passages seamlessly as well. Never once does it seem as though Protosequence lurches or stumble over themselves as they gift you with nothing but smooth, heavy, technical and melodic metal for you to bang your head to. There is a great balance in Biophagous between the more melodic passages and the heavier neck snapping ones giving you plenty of variety and diversity all throughout the EP.
Throughout Biophagous you become surrounded by heavy yet melodic riffs that descend into searing solos every now and then that are only to be supplemented by acrobatic drumming and aggressive vocals that never subside even when the more subdued and melodic moments appear. The musicianship on this EP is great and will send your head into a head banging frenzy before you know it. As mentioned before, each element that is pumped into this release is executed very well and Protosequence never misses a beat as they supply you with some damn solid metal.
Biophagous is a solid EP overall, one that you can listen to numerous times without tiring of it. The only thing I will say is that this EP just isn’t long enough, but that’s just me being selfish and that really isn’t a gripe at all. Other than that this is a solid release.
Biophagous will be released August 18, 2017.
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Longing For The Untold was originally released in Spain on CD earlier in the year, and now it will be getting a vinyl and tape re-release through Sentient Ruin Laboratories. This re-release is complete with the original four tracks that appeared on the original release of the EP as well as three more bonus tracks that have been taken from past releases. In this review, the four original tracks from the EP will be reviewed.
Hailing from Spain’s capital Madrid comes the blackened force to be reckoned with Aversio Humanitatis, and tailing not far behind them is their newest release Longing For The Untold. This hellish release is filled with four tracks of nothing but progressive black metal to relinquish your soul to. Each track is miasmal, sinister and twisting providing you with a dark and abyssal listen. The more that you listen and the deeper you get in to the EP, the further and further you descend into utter darkness. Longing For The Untold is devoid of all light and there certainly is no light at the end of your life-or tunnel-and as each second passes you become shrouded in abysmal and frigid blackness.
Longing For The Untold jumps out of your speakers immediately never giving you time to prepare for the all out blackened assault. From the first note on, Aversio Humanitatis hammers away at you with slicing riffs that are coupled with pounding drums and unearthly vocals. This release is something wretched and soul stealing aiming only to plunge you further and further into the ever growing and forever breathing abyss. Never once does Aversio Humanitatis let up in their war against all things good and whole as they rage on with each passing track providing you with a hellish and nightmarish listen.
Each of the four tracks is bleak, damning and unforgiving never really giving you a moment to rest from the slaughtering barrage of blackened fury. Even though Longing For The Untold is only four tracks in length it still looms large wielding a scythe ready to cull the weak and damn their souls for all eternity. Longing For The Untold is a twisting and malevolent release, one that provides you with nothing but soul shattering content for you to revel and suffer in.
Aversio Humanitatis does a great job of mixing up their tempos, providing you with ultimately pummeling and neck breaking blackened fury as well as slower lurching passages that are just as heavy and damning. These hellions do a great job of pairing the two different styles together to create a whole and cohesive sound that aims to break the spirit of anyone who dares listen. Not only does Aversio Humanitatis present you with dirges of death and gloom, but they also provide you with an atmosphere that is without any hope what so ever. The ever present atmosphere looms over your head throughout the entire EP gifting you nothing but darkness wherever it is that you may go.
Longing For The Untold is a solid release, one that presents you with plenty of content within only four tracks. As mentioned, Longing For The Untold looms large commanding your attention and keeping it all the way through your listen. Overall, this is a solid outing by Aversio Humanitatis.
Obscure and off the radar bands is what Caligari Records seems to be the best at finding, and Vultures Vengeance certainly is no different, however, this Italian heavy metal act should definitely be on your radar. After releasing a demo in 2015, Vultures Vengeance originally released Where the Time Dwelt In in 2016, and now through Caligari Records it is getting a re-release in the form of a tape. Where the Time Dwelt In is a five track-including an intro-release that is nothing but heavy metal at its utmost finest. However, this isn’t just your standard traditional heavy metal act as they add in elements of the occult to provide a nice fresh take on an older genre that has needed a breath of fresh air.
Vultures Vengeance begins Where the Time Dwelt In with an intro that bleeds perfectly into the following track A Curse From Obsidian Realm. The intro does a great job of sucking you in to the rest of the release and the remaining four tracks do a great job of keeping you listening all throughout and then some. Each track on this release is performed and executed very well to gift to you a solid and head bang worthy listen that you ultimately cannot stop listening to. As mentioned before, Vultures Vengeance add a few twists to the traditional heavy metal sound to create a unique and intriguing sound, ultimately creating an intoxicating and highly memorable one.
Once Vultures Vengeance gets going they just don’t stop as they pour out track after track of nothing but heavy metal magic. This four piece certainly has a knack for and an ear for heavy metal as they display their heavy metal power and prowess through five great tracks. Where the Time Dwelt In is packed full of soaring solos, powerful vocals and great musicianship overall to provide you with a highly entertaining listen. Each track is smooth, melodic and atmospheric and has no issues with drawing you in and keeping you engrossed all throughout.
Where the Time Dwelt In is a great release and how it has flown under the radar for me up until this point is beyond me. It will be exciting to see what Vultures Vengeance has in store next as far as releases go, whether it’ll be a full length or another EP. Regardless of that, what we have now is Where the Time Dwelt In, and we’ll just have to wear this release out until another appears from the crypts.
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