After a short yet menacing intro comes a pure onslaught of disgusting and vile death metal. With roots firmly planted in old-school death metal, Gravered offer up a raw and relentless EP by the name of Non. With five tracks in total to its name, this EP is a ripping and ever flesh carving affair as it doles out track after track of punishing and ceaseless death. Never to relent and never to look back at the number of bodies that they have strewn around the disease ridden crypts, Gravered desecrate and eviscerate as they stagger from track to track with malicious and murderous intent.
Each offering is riddled with grisly vocals that are backed by ever sinister, ripping riffs and complete skull shattering drumming and spine rattling bass lines. Through and through, Non provides you with vile and disgusting death and nothing but. Gravered offer up a bleeding raw sound that is hard to shake as it sticks to your ribs never to leave even after you are done listening. This disease ridden offering is foul and riddled with the stench of the long since deceased.
Through five tracks, Gravered offer up a great effort as each track is packed with pure death and demise. Uncompromising and unrelenting in their bloodied approach, these heathens stomp forth with blood lust and malevolence that pours through your speakers through each passing minute. Never does a track slow and never does one really provide you with enough time to dig yourself out of your early grave as you continue to get ripped to shreds from beginning to end.
Nonis a pretty straight forward old-school death inspired EP that provides you with five great flesh tearing tracks that keep you coming back for more blasphemy. This is just a solid EP through and through, one that is uncompromising, bulldozing, menacing and down right vile, and that is exactly what we ask for.
Filled with enough blackened malevolence to sink your soul in to the abyss and filled with enough thrashing madness to tear your face from your skull, Witchgoat offers up nine vicious tracks within their upcoming offering Egregors of the Black Faith. Save for the foreboding intro, each track that follows is a ripper, never ceasing or slowing their onslaught no matter how many souls have been claimed. Meshing two chaotic genres together such as this, creates an unholy and chaotic sound that leaves your neck twisted and your face properly melted. From beginning to end you are treated to nothing but pure chaos and debauchery caught all within nine ferocious cuts.
One right after another, Witchgoat ushers forth punishment in heaping three to six minute doses. Each track is just as venomous and wicked as the last as Witchgoat tears you limb from limb with their slicing riffs that are only to be backed by explosive drumming and dissonant wretched vocals. Track one to track nine you become enveloped in a blackened storm of chaos and malevolence. Never does Witchgoat relent in their onslaught as they mash their blade through your throat only to stop once the final track has concluded. These offerings are relentless from beginning to end, never gifting you a moment of solace as you ultimately become suffocated in the storm of blackened thrashing madness.
Witchgoat strikes a great balance between thrash and black metal all throughout, never to favor one over the other and instead having each work hand in vile hand to create a true maelstrom of flesh tearing metal. Each track gnashes at the flesh and cuts down to the bone with their overall wicked and malignant sound. Witchgoat has crafted a record here that is hard to deny and hard not to bash your brains in to oblivion to. From start to finish, you are greeted by nine excellent tracks that offer up top notch blackened thrash that has your neck twisted and your flesh melting in no time.
With technicality, blackened malevolence, and just a sheer onslaught of menacing metal, Witchgoat makes Egregors of the Black Faith a highly volatile, wicked and entertaining offering. Each track is just as solid and well put together as the last never to have a weak track that is lacking in any sort of way. Through and through, Egregors of the Black Faith is a very solid record, one that will please many a gnarled ear drums.
Egregors of the Black Faith will be released February 13, 2019 through Morbid Skull Records and Hell Productions.
As the blackened blood of the ancients flows through their veins, Transilvania offers up a sinister and venomous style of old-school black metal with their upcoming offering The Night of Nights. This eleven track release envelopes you in cold bitter darkness for its entirety, never to release you from its icy grasp until the final dissonant note has rang through the halls of the damned. Frigid riffs paired with ever blasting drumming and howling vocals from the bitter void, Transilvania offer up a truly wicked and enchanting sound.
Beginning their record with a short atmospheric intro, Transilvania set the tone for the remainder of their record. The remaining ten tracks are pure rippers from hell as they accost you from all angles, never relenting and never ceasing their blood thirsty charge. From beginning to end, The Night of Nights is a blistering and razor sharp record as each track continues to desecrate graves aiming to lower you in to your own damp final resting place.
Injecting an at times melancholic yet always foreboding atmosphere, Transilvania create a truly darkened and wicked sound as everything comes together in an amalgamation of pure blackness. The longer and the more that you listen, the further you plunge in to the frigid ambiance that Transilvania provides you. Each track is just as lashing and wicked as the last as each one rolls on to the next blackened offering, never really greeting you with a chance to escape from their icy grasp.
Through and through The Night of Nights, each track is just as light eating as the last, truly to submerge you in a never ending abyss. This record is a pure and raw black metal offering, one that is uncompromising and unrelenting as it ushers forth eleven very solid and well written tracks of nothing but pure venom and malevolence. Each track is just as solid as the last, making this to be a cohesive and highly entertaining offering.
The Night of Nights will be released January 31, 2019 through Into Dungeons Records.
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The first incarnation of Black Goat offered up a sound that follows in the foot steps of blackened death. Over the years, Black Goat’s sound has changed evolving to obscure and cryptic black metal. Magia Posthuma is the title of their newest effort, and within its title is harbored eight tracks that are atmospheric, obscure, punishing, unique and much more. These tracks are diverse and varied as you are never to hear the same thing twice through eight tracks. Magia Posthumais a gripping and ever compelling offering, forever pulling you toward the alluring darkness.
To begin their new record, Black Goat offers a foreboding two minute intro that sets the tone, and signifies your crossing in to a truly sinister and darkened atmosphere. Throughout the release, keeps their music poisonous and wicked as they unleash droves of wicked black metal that is only be broken up by thick, foreboding atmospheric passages. Never is one too far from the other as Black Goat balances the punishing onslaught of lashing black metal with the ever dense fog of cryptic atmosphere.
The atmosphere throughout this record is as wicked and good as it gets, but when you cannot hide in the thick atmospheric reveries, you are subject to unholy ripping black metal. Gnashing at your sanity are terrorizing dissonant riffs that are propelled by constant blasting drumming and rancid gravel filled screams and growls from beyond. As atmospheric as this record is, it is just as venomous and biting as the majority of tracks are pure onslaughts of raw vampiric black metal. These tracks are biting, sordid and malevolent and stampede out of the gate aiming to drag you under.
Each of the eight tracks here are ripping, hellish and atmospheric onslaughts of blistering blackness that take aim at you never to release you with their icy dead hands until you have rejected the light and faded away in to the never ending darkness. Magia Posthuma is a compelling, interesting and unique offering, one that holds your attention through and through never to let it waver or wander. This is a very solid record from beginning to end and is sure to please the ears of black metal fans all over.
Summoned from beyond the catacombs are two nefarious entities that go by the names of Ceremented and Malefic Levitation. The upcoming split between these two ghoulish bands features seven total tracks; five belonging to Ceremented with the last two belonging to Malefic Levitation. The two bands play an equally dissonant, dark and twisted form of heavy metal, but both bands offer up their own unique sounds. Ceremented cruelly sews together death, doom and punk where as Malefic Levitation supplies you with a ceaseless onslaught of bestial blackened death. As one track turns to the next, you are sure to hear nothing but grisly, disgusting metal.
Ceremented come out swinging first with their demented and bone gnashing style of metal. Fusing death, doom and punk together to create a Frankenstein’s monster of ghoulish noise, Ceremented offer up five gnarled and nasty tracks through their side of the split. Never to ease you in to the overall ghoulish and sordid split, Ceremented set in immediately with their first offering that sets the twisted tone for the remainder of their offerings. The opening track hits you with buzzing bass lines that ultimately collide with sharpened riffs, tumultuous drumming and dissonant monstrous vocals that transition between unearthly gutturals, bloodied screams and the occasional guttural gurgling. Through each of their five tracks, Ceremented seamlessly incorporate each genre that they employ to create such a grimy and twisted sound. Ceremented break in to fast paced romps through desecrated tombs only to slow things to a crawl, dragging you in to the dark recesses of the abyss with devilish doom. Each of the five tracks that Ceremented present through this split are well written damning offerings that showcase their ability to provide you with a unique sounding and entirely vile onslaught. These tracks run on the shorter side, never to cross the three minute mark, but even so you are provided with intense and ghoulish sounding metal. No punches are pulled through these tracks as the vile, tumultuous and haunting aspects of death, doom and punk are on full display through each. From the beginning of their side to the end, Ceremented offer up truly terrorizing and foreboding assaults that never rest until you have been fully rotted and lowered in to a damp grave.
The second side of the split features the last two tracks by Malefic Levitation. Malefic Levitation plays a noticeably different style of sonic debauchery than that of Ceremented. Malefic Levitation incorporates the likes of death metal and black metal to create a truly chaotic and skull sanding sound that hard to deny. You have no more than a half second between the end of Ceremented’s side and the beginning of Malefic Levitation’s side before these heathens set in aiming to take your life within the first couple seconds. Malefic Levitation waste no time getting you acquainted with their dissonant, in your face and ever flesh ripping sound as the propel forth with blasting drums, blood letting riffs and gravel filled growls that make your blood curdle. Each of the two offerings that belong to Malefic Levitation are twisted abominations of the blackest of metals. Both tracks are ceaseless onslaughts of terrorizing metal that don’t never relent until you are truly slain. Malefic Levitation deploys track after track of demonic reckoning that pushes you in to the throes of blasphemous twisted darkness. Never leaving you a moment to breathe, Malefic Levitation bears down on you with each of their offerings, suffocating you underneath droves of vile and venomous metal.
This split between two truly nefarious and punishing bands is something to behold. Each band offers something unique and different gifting you with a diverse and varied listen. Both sides of this split are great and as a whole it provides you with seven excellent tracks that are not to be denied. This is a great effort, and a great showcasing of talents that both bands posses. This is not a split to look over or sleep on if you are a fan of any of the genres mentioned or extreme metal in general.
The split will be released January 18, 2019 through Caligari Records.
Rising from their rotted, frozen tombs, Gosudar greets us with their two track demo firmly rooted in the rotting soils of old-school death metal. Within the two tracks that Gosudar presents, you are treated to grisly and menacing death metal. Mutilating, eviscerating and ever flesh consuming, Gosudar set off on their grave stomping affair, never to slow as they aim to shed your blood leaving you in a long since desecrated grave.
Each track is a sinister and foreboding offering as they not only hit you with pure ripping death metal, but also consume and envelope you in complete poisonous atmospheres that leave you haunted. With waves of foreboding atmosphere come also crushing doom passages that sink you lower and lower in to your crypt. Gosudar combine vein draining death metal with low and slow doom like passages to treat you to a pure devilish and haunting listen. Gosudar build each track up only to have all of that momentum crash straight down as they ooze straight in to a slower burning tempo providing you with damning doom only to pick right back up only to blast your brain straight through your skull.
With great execution, a wonderfully raw production and blood curdling vocals, Gosudar provide you with two great tracks. Each one with its own unique qualities and tendencies and each one with a pure bulldozing sound that is hard to deny. Within only two tracks you are treated to a deadly and eviscerating display that you won’t be able to stop listening to.
This demo is pure death with tinges of doom thrown in the putrid mix for good measure. Each track is its own unique monster that ultimately provides you with a pure gut churning and flesh tearing sound. The two tracks that are harbored within this demo are relentless and ruthless as they gnash and tear away at you. This demo is dark, sinister, foreboding and ghoulish, everything that you could ask for from death metal. This is just a taste of things to come hopefully as this demo is a promising start for Gosudar and their foray in to the nasty swamps of death metal.
Meshing together the disgusting sounds of death metal and grindcore, Vomit Spell offer up a sickening and vile seven track demo. With viscera soaked riffs and ever cranium caving drumming along with rabid and ever bloodied vocals, Vomit Spell gnash at your flesh from beginning to end. There are no gimmicks and certainly no fluff as what you get is seven straight tracks of brutalizing metal. With no reprieve, no pause and no room to breathe in the stagnant vile air, Vomit Spell submerge you in grimy and crusted death grind from beginning to end.
Without so much as a warning, Vomit Spell set in immediately greeting you with nothing but a chaotic wall of blistering noise. From track one to track seven you become accosted on all fronts as Vomit Spell never ceases their relentless assault. They are unapologetic in approach and sound as Vomit Spell ushers forth one destructive brain melting cut after another. The neck twisting and flesh tearing never stops as these heathens stampede from track to sordid track, offering up sickening hymns of mutilation through and through.
With track times ranging from just over the one minute mark to the near five minute mark, you are treated to plenty of diversity and variety through each track. While each offering is as brain blistering as you would imagine them to be, you are also treated to more low and slow burning old-school death in the vein of Autopsy, Obituary and the like if only for brief moments. The lengthier tracks change the pace every so often, throwing you for a loop only to plunge you back in to your grave with more face melting and vein draining chaos. Not every single minute is filled with gut churning ferocity as Vomit Spell does slow it down to a manageable graveyard romp every now and then.
Each track is a well written offering showcasing both the grind and pure death metal elements from both genres. Both of these genres work hand in gnarled hand throughout this demo to provide you with a truly grisly, gnarled, death and disease ridden listen. There is not a track within this demo that will disappoint as each one is just as solid as the last. Vomit Spell keep it raw and visceral all throughout providing you with a completely viscera soaked and highly entertaining listen.
Upon seeing Booze Control’s name, one would assume that they are a more tongue in cheek booze propelled heavy metal band. While that was somewhat the case back when they first formed in 2009, Booze Control has since steered themselves in to the lane of more serious and comprehensive song writing starting back in 2013 with their release appropriately named Heavy Metal. Now, ten years after their inception, Booze Control is on the verge of ushering forth perhaps their most mature and well put together record titled Forgotten Lands. This release is packed with ten very well written and executed offerings of straight up heavy metal.
Bridging the gap between European heavy metal and American heavy metal, Booze Control offer up an addicting and wonderful old-school heavy metal sound that is incredibly infectious. Booze Control wastes little time before they get you perfectly acquainted with their overall head banging and fist pumping sound as they immediately set in with their opening track Forgotten Lands. From the opener onward, Booze Control stampedes forth with track after track of highly memorable and highly intoxicating heavy metal, the kind that will rattle around in your brain for quite some time.
Through this release you come to meet ever fiery, tightly knit riffs that are supplemented by solid drumming, great bass work and very solid vocals that can soar to upper echelons of piercing heavy metal vocals when needed. Each track within this release is a wonderfully crafted offering that provides you with great amounts of entertainment and just straight up incredibly solid heavy metal that gets you banging your head before you know it. Through and through, Forgotten Lands is a well written and well crafted offering, one that provides you with ten great tracks one right after another.
With much more mature song writing and plenty of charisma among many other attributes, Booze Control offers up their most compelling and infectious release with Forgotten Lands. This is a very good release, one that you can keep on repeat without tiring of it. With ten excellent tracks to its name Forgotten Lands is a very solid offering. This is the release to look for if you are looking for some new, clean, entertaining and memorable heavy metal.
Forgotten Lands will be released February 22, 2019 through Gates of Hell Records.
In a mad mashing of metallic noise that features genres like: grindcore, doom, punk, d-beat, sludge, death metal, hardcore and more, Split/Cross offers up an incredibly eclectic and unique sound within their newest offering Rise of Discontent. In eight tracks, never are you to get the same sound out of Split/Cross as they are constantly contorting and shifting their sound. The balance between the numerous genres that they deploy is great here as not one overshadows another and each work in cohesion to create an overall blasting and skull numbing sound.
Split/Cross wastes none of your time getting you acquainted with their overall harsh and punishing noise. From the very onset right after a little interlude, Split/Cross sets off splitting skulls. Track to track, Split/Cross never ceases in their unbridled onslaught gifting you with heaping doses of nothing but pure chaotic metal. Never does their roll slow even when their down tempo sludge filled doom dirges crop up as each track continues to push the envelope and continues to push the over powering metallic noise.
Forever shape shifting and contorting, each cut is as unique and diverse as the last. Rise of Discontent is a wild and chaotic ride from beginning to end, never letting you fully get comfortable as you are thrown for loop after loop. You can never expect one thing or another from Split/Cross as they constantly change their sound minute after minute and track after track making them a true Frankenstein’s monster of metallic noise.
Rise of Discontentis sharp, venomous, punishing and brain rattling through and through, never gifting reprieve as you become suffocated under the droves of heavy forward charging metal. Complete with anvil heavy riffs, frantic vocals, tumultuous drumming, spine rattling bass lines and lyrics shouting out against injustices, Split/Cross feeds you heaping doses of monstrously heavy metal that is incredibly hard to ignore and deny. Forever in your face and forever venomous, each offering within Rise of Discontent is a record to behold. It is unique, captivating in its own way and highly entertaining.
The writing on this release is great, the musicianship is excellent and the overall sound of this record is superb. This is a release you cannot go wrong with.
Rise of Discontent will be released January 31, 2019.