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"Blacken the sky Can't stand to see the sun The truth of light Reveals the hatred that has won" – I Saw The End by Pallbearer

Owler: Waves EP

October 31, 2015

12046677_433675990148890_8546726921881353841_n If you are looking for something to assault your ear drums, pummel your tiny brain and squash your bowels in a frenzy of metal and death, then you would be looking in the wrong place. Instead, Finnish post metal band Owler is here to assault you in an entirely different way than what you are use to. Without being a pummeling discharge of fiery flames and destruction, Owler slows things down a bit to create atmosphere which allows them to tell their story. Through four songs you get twenty-five minutes of post apocalyptic metal which you can follow a story, sing to, and head bang to all in the same EP.

Through the entirety of Waves you get a good mixture of melodious harmonies as well as that crunching riffage that everyone so craves. The very beginning of this EP begins with a song titled Throes which begins with a soulful intro that melts right into the aforementioned crunching riffs. However, even with the heavier riffs that come into play the song never breaks into death metal or thrash or anything else, it just simply sticks true to its original formula of being hard hitting as well as entirely melodic.

Waves covers a lot of different spectrums with only four songs. Each song is melodic, symphonic, packs a ton of atmosphere, has heavier riffage than what you may normally expect, has silky cleans as well as gravely growls. If you are a fan of all of those things just mentioned in the list or even just a couple, you are bound to find yourself enjoying this EP.

There is a great balance that Owler strikes between the heavy and melodic. Within the same song you will witness a smooth transition between a heavier and harder sound, and a softer more symphonic sound. The longer run times of these songs allows them to mix both the heavier elements with the more melodious ones to create a story and tell it very well.

The four songs on Waves are very well executed and crafted. Owler has an innate ability to create wonderful soundscapes and stories no matter how dark they may be. Waves tends to suck you in and engulf you in its beautiful darkness. Before you know it, you are already all the way through the EP. As mentioned before, Owler does a great job mixing a lot of different elements within their music. You can growl along, you can sing along to the sweet cleans, you can headbang to the heavy, and you can get lost in an almost dream like state through the symphonic parts. Waves has everything that you  would wish to hear, and with everything that is going on in this EP, Owler executes it perfectly. If you are wondering what post metal is all about, I would suggest starting by listening to Owler, or if you are already a fan of post metal or just metal in general, then Owler is what you need as well.


Open Tomb: Dead Weight

October 30, 2015

a1749966469_16 Do you like things that make you entirely uncomfortable? If your answer just so happened to be yes, then boy do I have a treat for you. Open Tomb hails from New Zealand and plays an excruciatingly slow style of doom. Doom generally is slow, but this a special type of fuzzed out glacier slowness. The music is so slow in fact you end up feeling like you move back in time instead of forward. On Dead Weight you get three tracks, but over the three tracks you end up sitting in a mind numbing stasis for a good thirty-eight minutes.

You heard me right, thirty-eight pain staking minutes. Over those minutes you get subjected to incredibly suffocating music, and if there was any other way to put it I would but there isn’t. The music that Open Tomb makes is meant to drive you to the brink of insanity and even give you a little nudge off the edge of the cliff just so you dive face first experiencing first hand what it is like to be driven to madness.

Even as slow as they are, Open tomb is bone crushingly heavy. The overwhelming slow style of play mixed with overly fuzzed out guitars is what makes this release as heavy as it is. Dead Weight is the equivalent of having an anvil placed on your chest and that anvil is slowly sinking little by little into your chest cracking your sternum. Sounds pleasant right? Well it shouldn’t, because the amount of pain that you experience through these three tracks is tremendous.

Thirty-eight minutes over three songs sounds like a lot, and it truly is, but with the terribly slow speed at which each song is played at feels like Dead Weight lasts a life time. Open Tomb is frightening for other reasons as well. The content of this release is sickening to the core as it oozes black blood and chunks of flesh and excrement.

The overall sound through and through is dirty as each riff is filled with an incredible amount of fuzz, the drums pound away at your sanity and the bass provides a thick and sturdy back bone. On top of the noisy filth, the lead singer screams his way through each song sounding as demonic and possessed as humanly (or demonly?) possible.

The sound of Open Tomb is that of death itself. The music consumes you, bringing you into its dark lair just to strip the flesh off of your bone. If organ stopping, glacier slowness is what gets you riled up, then Open Tomb and their new release Dead Weight should be right up your alley. Listen at your discretion, but just be ware that the sanity you came in with, will not leave with you.

Forte Ruin: Self Titled EP

October 29, 2015

EP_Cover If I did my math properly and I know that I did, then that means that Finland has the most melodic death metal bands per square riff than anywhere else in the world. Now, with that being stated, Forte Ruin is a melodic death metal band from Lahti, Finland and they recently released their self titled EP. Within this self titled EP of theirs you can find and will find three very well written and executed tracks. For only coming around in 2011 they sound as though they are seasoned veterans. Within the self titled release, they take a genre and twist it and bend it to their will to create a unique sound all their own.

There are many melodic death metal bands out there now, and Forte Ruin have joined the cage match of melodic death supremacy. While they have a long way to the title fight, their self titled EP is not a bad offering what so ever.

From the very beginning of the EP you quickly realize that Forte Ruin is not here to play and they are not here just to be a flash in the pan. They lay all of their cards on the table and leave nothing unsaid, and leave no punches pulled.

Not only can this release knock you back on your hind quarters, it can also enchant you and suck you in. At the very end of this offering, you feel and know that you need more as three songs are not enough to satisfy your melodic death metal hunger pains. Once you hear the closing track Enter the Masquerade ends you quickly feel the need to press play again.

The only thing on this release that was recorded in a studio were the drums, which means that everything else was recorded by the band themselves, and that within itself is great because the production is crisp and clean. Every aspect of this album is executed very excellently, no detail is looked over and nothing feels forced as Forte Ruin as a whole has mastered their craft. The riffs are powerful and have that death metal chugging to them when needed but the guitars also break into blistering solos that are well placed and called upon when needed. The drums pound away in a blistering fervor but never fly off the rails as the bass provides a nice back bone for each song. All the while the keyboards provide a nice atmosphere and add an extra layer to each of the three songs that ties in very well and adds an extra layer. On top of everything, the vocalist does a seamless job of switching between screams that are in the mid range and melodious cleans. Now don’t be afraid of the cleans as they are probably the most potent and dangerous part of the entire EP. They suck you in, get you to memorize the lyrics and get you to sing along. If anything you should fear these cleans, not loathe them.

Forte Ruin has crafted an excellent metal brew for you to sip on. Their self titled release is metallic, it is hard hitting, memorable and catchy. Through three songs Forte Ruin make you want more, and make you continue pressing that play button. You can headbang as well as sing until your heart is content with this EP, so I suggest you do so.

Featured Interview: Marlow and Lowell of Xul

October 28, 2015

Earlier I was fortunate enough to sit down with Marlow and Lowell from Xul. The re-release of their critically acclaimed debut Malignance is right around the corner and on the tail of their EP Extinction Necromance released this year they will be releasing their second full length next year in 2016. Without further delay, I present the interview with Marlow Deiter and Lowell Winters.


 Your debut in 2012 has gotten some pretty high praise and has been critically acclaimed. Did you ever think that you guys would make something that has had such high praises among the music/metal world?

No It’s kind of surprising. We started out just having fun making music that we all wanted to listen to. Now we’ve been doing it for 7 years and we just keep working at it because it’s all we really want to do and we’re starting to get some attention for it.

With your second full length coming out next year, was there ever any pressure to try to top the success of your debut, or out do yourselves this time around?

It’s hard to say. We don’t necessarily want to out do ourselves musically because the songs on Malignance will always be what they are and someone might like those songs more than anything else we release afterwards and that’s totally okay but we want to write songs that allow us to grow as a band and as individuals. We have all improved at our instruments since the recording of Malignance and with that, our ability to write songs that resonate with us.

There are a lot of different components and elements that you add into your music such as: black metal, death metal, you’re technical and you add some atmospheric bits as well. Who are some of your influences musically to create such a diverse sound?

Oh man there are just so many. Haha.
Obviously Behemoth and Dissection. Those ones are brought up all the time. But to elaborate a bit further, Emperor, Death (we’re listening to Scream Bloody Gore right now), Enslaved, Decapitated, Wintersun, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Abigail Williams, Ghoul, At the Gates, Obscura and more recently bands like Beyond Creation, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Carach Angren…we could keep going but you get the idea that we have a fairly wide variety of bands that inspire us musically.

All very excellent bands! Can you tell me a little bit about the song writing and recording process?

Well its changed a bit over the years but typically Bill and Wallace will come up with a few riffs to throw together, they’ll show the rest of us and then we toss some ideas around. Then Bill and Wallace will make a rough recording of just the guitar tracks that the rest of us can write and practice to. Then the song will change a hundred times until it’s just right Haha. Actually we feel like were getting better at composing and that it’s become less tedious. We usually have the songs pretty much stage ready by the time we go to record. Very few changes are made during the recording process.

What would you say the biggest obstacles for you would be during the writing and recording process?

Having a day job Haha. Writing has never really been a problem for us, that’s the fun part.
As far as recording goes it has been difficult at times to get our vision across.

Having a day job certainly is a big draw back, I suffer from that as well haha.With all of the different elements that you guys do add into your music, is it difficult at times to strike a balance and find that perfect cohesive mix?

Yeah but sometimes you don’t realize that until afterwards and sometimes songs don’t make the cut. We’ve never been scared to step out of our comfort zone or even the comfort zone of our fans. We like to explore new pathways and sometimes the path isn’t pleasant but it’s another path that we’ve walked. Venomous Inquisition is a song that originally didn’t make the cut for Malignance but now its our most recent recording as a bonus track on the rerelease so you never know what to expect when you write a song.

You guys have been active for a while now-seven years as you mentioned-did you ever think that you would become somewhat of a household name in metal?

Not really but it wasn’t totally out of our scope of thinking. We’re in a band that wants to play live in front of crowds of people. We’re working towards touring the world playing metal music.

Do people ever stop you guys on the street and say “Hey it’s the guys from Xul” and ask for autographs or any of that fun business?

Ha no street autographs no. Maybe the odd one at a show. We live in a pretty small town so we pretty much know all the metalheads around.

 I just have three standard questions left. The first being: Which of your band shirts is your most coveted?

People really like the Extinction Necromance T-shirts at the moment but there are probably just as many people walking around with our old shirts that had the leprous sorcerers on them. Both pieces were done by Remy C. of Headsplit Design as is the new Malignance artwork which we’ll have shirts for very soon.

While growing up which album(s) were your most coveted? Metal or otherwise.

For the sake of keeping it simple: 

Lowell: Dark Medieval Times – Satyricon
Marlow: Individual Thought Patterns – Death

And the last question: If you were to work with anyone who was alive, deceased, or both who would they be?

Chuck Shuldiner

That would produce some incredible music for sure. Well guys that is the end of my questioning. Thank you again for taking the time out of your night to do this interview!

Thanks so much for a having us Jared and for spreading the metal word! \m/

xul_cover The re-release of Malignance will be out October 30th through Redfining Darkness.

Brain Famine: Exploding Paranoid Universe

October 21, 2015

a1355602439_16 Combining the likes of death metal, grind and thrash creates a wonderfully accosting assault, and since Brain Famine combines all of those elements they themselves have created something that is entirely butchering. Even though Exploding Paranoid Universe is their very first full length, Brain Famine sound like they have been sitting on it for a while, fine tuning it until it was just the right amount of destruction and chaos. Through the ten tracks that are on this debut you end up violently banging your head to the point where your brain explodes. And at the very end of Exploding Paranoid Universe it would be shocking to find out that you have not destroyed your house in violent spastic outbursts.

The particular style of metal that Brain Famine plays is intense, and they may even be disappointed in themselves if at the end of the record your organs haven’t burst and your brain hasn’t boiled. And if those two things have not happened by the ending of Implement Systematic Dogmacide then you are warranted more listens until organs burst and your brain catches fire.

Combining thrash, death metal, and grind sounds like something that could go completely wrong in a heart beat. And by that I mean that it could have sounded something like two trains colliding head on with each other. However, Brain Famine doesn’t sound like a train wreck. In fact, Exploding Paranoid Universe is a wonderful mix of all three genres. The music is executed very well, the musicianship is tight and the song writing ability is great.

As chaotic as Brain Famine sounds, they are a controlled blast of C4. Throughout the entire album they straddle the line between blistering chaos and controlled chaos, and for the most part they do a great job of mixing both control with the insane.

Exploding Paranoid Universe is a dark album filled with visceral hatred and pure energy. Once this debut gets rolling there is nothing you can do to stop it from crushing you, squeezing the life out of you as you gasp for air. Brain Famine is a powerful grinding assault to say the least. The terrifying assault begins with the ever shredding riffs which are backed up by the pounding and bone cracking drums as well as the thick spine snapping bass. On top of the expert musicianship, the vocals are menacing as they are barked and screamed at you from the get go.

Every element that went into the making of this debut is put to good use here. And with each element being just as fiery and combustive as the last, Exploding Paranoid Universe is a terrifying nerve shredding experience. The very ethos of Brain Famine is grinding madness, and that is exactly what they bring to the table with their debut. Every song hits hard, shreds, and decimates lives in the process. Exploding Paranoid Universe is sure to make the crazy in you come out, and every once in a while it’s good to have that psycho side come out.

Grilled Human Brain: Horrific Subjugation

October 20, 2015

a1844210146_16 Maybe some of you would think that sixteen minutes isn’t nearly enough time to be tortured, but you would be wrong. Grilled Human Brain hails from the most sickening and perverted reaches of Italy to bring you Horrific Subjugation. Slam as a genre is most notorious for gruesome lyrics and a complete bludgeoning style of play. And much like the rest of heavy metal, slam doesn’t take itself entirely seriously. Slam is overtly gory, grotesque and is here to shock and induce vomiting. And while you are spewing putrid chunks of bile and last night’s dinner, Grilled Human Brain is standing over you with a mallet smashing you over the head.

After smashing your wonderfully bright pink brain, Grilled Human Brain feasts on your remains. Showing no remorse, Grilled Human Brain and their album Horrific Subjugation dig right in gorging on your sickeningly diseased skin and putrid flesh. The more rancid you are the better, and the slower the kill and torture the more satisfying.

Slam has been a mainstay now in heavy metal for a decade or more whether you like it or not, and the slam genre is not about to bow out any time soon either. With its quickening rise to popularity, slam has made a name for itself as a whole over the past few years. At first the genre was hidden away like that red headed step child that you like to beat over the cranium with a two by four, but now it is out in the light and there is nothing you can do to stop its rampage.

Grilled Human Brain joins that rampage and the ever growing existence of slam. Born once as a putrid and vile creature, the genre has grown into something completely respectable. As big as it is now, it will only grow bigger, and it will only devour more victims.

Grilled Human Brain has only joined the ranks recently however. And as a new inductee, they follow a pretty standard formula. Throughout the sixteen minute torture session, you don’t exactly hear anything that is new or fresh. As a matter of fact, everything that is brought forth to you is pretty standard.

Even though the music is pretty standard, that is just enough to get anyone that is remotely involved or interested in slam to check the album out. “Horrific Subjugation” doesn’t have to revolutionary to garner attention, it just has to be heavy and intestine lacerating and that is the exact formula that Grilled Human Brain follows.

Throughout the entirety of Horrific Subjugation there are completely down tuned riffs, violent slams, slaughtering rhythms, skull cracking bass lines and organ rupturing vocals. Everything that is needed within a slam release is present here, and anyone that is a fan of slam would be foolish not to have this on their shelf.

Hypoxia: Despondent Death

October 20, 2015

a3977269649_16 Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation among others started something that was quite revolutionary for metal at the time. Twenty plus years ago no one realized that brutal death metal as a genre would expand quite as big as it has. And with that being said, here we are some twenty plus years later and brutal death metal is still very much alive and breathing. Hypoxia hail from New York and play a visceral brand of old school brutal death metal. The style of brutal death that they play is reminiscent of the bands that began the genre, and Hypoxia waves that old school brutal death banner very high.

If you like interludes or fillers, then you had better look elsewhere since there are no frills and or fillers present within Despondent Death. From beginning to end Despondent Death is pure brutality. Every song that is featured on this release is blasting and purely destructive.

Despondent Death showcases ten songs with the outro aptly titled Dismal being the most calm track in the entire album. As soon as Schizophrenic Killing begins there is nothing that you can possibly do to stop this pummeling and torturous chaos.

Despondent Death doesn’t exactly sneak up on you either, nor does it have to. It is such a brutish album that complete and overwhelming technicality isn’t needed to create such a monstrosity. In fact, Hypoxia stick to original brutal death plan and attack, shred, bloody anything that gets in its way. Now don’t get me wrong. The music is technical in its own right, but it isn’t tech death. This is straight up and down raw punishment that takes absolutely no prisoners.

Flying that unwavering flag of hatred, Hyoxia punish and bludgeon anyone or anything that opposes them. Despondent Death is reminiscent of the monster that use to hide in your closet, or the stalker that haunts you today. Hypoxia is big and brutish and they’re not afraid to flex every death metal muscle that they have. Hypoxia is that ax wielding psycho that you see standing outside of your window every night. Despondent Death is a monolith, it is a force against all forces, a slayer of false idols.

With all of their might, Hypoxia try to tear the heads off of the innocent and corrupt any souls that need corrupting. And through the course of the album, Hypoxia stay true to their roots. They never waver from the type of band that they truly are by adding elements that are entirely unnecessary. There is nothing present within Despondent Death that would muddle up what Hypoxia’s message is. Everything here is one hundred percent true and gut ripping brutal death metal.

Hypoxia realizes their conquest of the brutal death kingdom with face melting riffs, the occasional guitar solo, sledge hammer heavy drums, a bass that rips and tears at your tender flesh and vocals that sound completely monstrous. The main staple of brutal death vocals is something that is entirely guttural, and for the majority of the time can’t be understood. The powerful organ rupturing vocals of Hypoxia display some diversity as the vocals range from demolishing mids to volcanic lows.

The album runs smooth as all of the songs have the same purpose, and that purpose is to destroy your life. Hypoxia is a wrecking ball of hate destroying anything that dares to come near them, and Despondent Death as a whole is complete force to be reckoned with. So enter if you dare, see if you leave with your head on your shoulders.

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