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FilthxCollins/Skinlover: Split

January 22, 2018
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If you stop paying attention for just a second the split between FilthxCollins and Skinlover is over. This split is an incredibly fast and chaotic split that gets your brain doing somersaults from the very first second. In typical spine bending grind fashion, FilthxCollins and Skinlover provide you with fourteen total tracks that are chaotic maelstroms of searing skull rattling metal. FilthxCollins kicks the split off with Bacterial Empires which begins is vertebrae damaging fashion. The intensity that FilthxCollins starts this split off with is the same kind of intensity that remains throughout the entirety of this effort.

The first ten tracks belong to FilthxCollins and each one is just as insane and punishing as the others. Once FilthxCollins begins their buzzing skull mashing assault they keep on smashing their boot down on your throat until you stop breathing. Each track that FilthxCollins provides you here is a mayhem propelled grinding blitzkrieg that rolls from track to track bloodying and battering you until you are motionless. Each offering from these grind heathens is incredibly short with the longest track clocking in at just over one minute. For a very short period of time, FilthxCollins packs a massive punch leaving an indent in your skull. From the guttural vocals to the finger snapping riffs and the incredibly tumultuous drumming you are in for quite the detrimental, brain bruising and entertaining ride.

The final four tracks of this split belong to Skinlover, who combines more hardcore and powerviolence elements to their style. Skinlover’s four tracks make you feel beaten down and as though you are being repeatedly kicked and stomped on. Each of the four tracks are punchy, violent and unapologetic. Right from the get go Skinlover starts swinging and with each track they connect over and over again snapping your head back. Each track is filled with grind filled madness as well as slower more trudging passages that beat you straight in to the ground. Skinlover provides you with shredding anvil heavy riffs that are sewn together with manic screams and barbaric blasting drums to gift you with a powerful and menacing overall sound. Through their four tracks, Skinlover provides you with a heavy ear drum shredding listen that is hard to forget.

This split between these two anarchic bands is a solid one. This effort is a high velocity sonic assault that leaves your neck bent for quite some time to come.

You can find this split right on Bandcamp

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Zeolite: Sermones Mortis

January 22, 2018
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There must be something in the mid strength beer in Australia as it has become a breeding ground for heavy metal acts over the last however many years. That being said, Zeolite is a deathcore/technical death metal crossover band that hails from Melbourne, Australia. Sermones Mortis is their sophomore EP which contains five brand new tracks of incredibly punishing, brain rattling and bone shattering death metal. Zeolite kicks their explosive EP off with Malignant, which leads you in with a bit of an ominous intro  before kicking your teeth straight down your throat. Once the intro has concluded, Zeolite bring the blood spurting pain with blasting drumming, and disgustingly jarring riffs.

From Malignant on, you are treated to four more tracks of nothing but neck breaking brutality. There are no punches pulled within this offering and there certainly isn’t any fluff to be found as Zeolite rolls out track after track of deadly skull shattering death metal. Even when the third track Reticent appears-which is a straight forward instrumental-you aren’t given a breather what so ever. Each track on this release does its best job to make you feel as though your life is ending and at the end of the listen Sermones Mortis makes you feel as though you have taken a baseball bat to the face repeatedly.

Sermones Mortis is a punishing onslaught of nothing but metallic pain and fury. This five track offering is unrelenting and unforgiving as it provides you with nothing but violent and cutting tracks for you to turn your brain in to mush to. This EP is a bulldozer of death as it culls the weak and tramples the deceased. From beginning to end you are under siege by this sonic death machine. You are granted zero breaks or reprieve from the utter onslaught, and in only five tracks Zeolite puts you through the wringer only to throw you out like a useless corpse at the end of it all.

Once you press play, there is nothing that you can do other than sit back and let Zeolite smash your face to pieces. This is a harsh, jagged, technical and down right heavy piece of work and an overall great sophomore effort from these Aussies.

 

Veiled: Black Celestial Orbs

January 20, 2018
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Upon listening to the very first few minutes of Veiled’s new offering Black Celestial Orbs, you can tell that you are in for an enchanting and mystifying treat. Through and through, Black Celestial Orbs is a devilish and captivating record that is hard to deny and hard to pull away from. With only six tracks, Veiled creates something that is all together bleak, spell binding and haunting among many other things. From the drop of the first note you become encased in a thick never ending blanket of fog that invites you in to experience the mystifying and swirling darkness that Veiled has so greatly crafted.

Each track on this record pulses with an undulating and unrelenting darkness that ultimately pulls you in capturing your attention and your mind. With the right amount of bleak, melancholic and sinister atmosphere that is sewn in to each track, Veiled fills your mind with creeping shadows and unforgettable soundscapes. Each of the six tracks on this release are just as good as the others, and each track is filled with plenty of swirling, ever enveloping atmosphere. Black Celestial Orbs as a whole feels weighty when listening and a large part of that is the product of such dense and purposeful atmosphere and ambiance.

Through and through, Black Celestial Orbs is a mystifying and immersive record. The lengthier run times of each of the six tracks really makes you sink in to this release and really become shrouded in all of the sonic blasphemy that Veiled has to offer. Since each track is on the longer side, it allows Veiled to take your mind on an ever darkening wander through their blackened fog filled mires. Not only that, but the length of each track allows them to breathe and allows Veiled to create vast spectral soundscapes.

Sewn together through each track are howling screams, never ending pulsating drums, slithering riffs and copious amounts of atmosphere that draw you ever closer to the pits of the abyss. All of that and more is sewn together to create an all around great record; one that you can listen to over and over again and become mystified and captivated over and over again. This offering is cohesive, well put together and very well performed making it to be an enjoyable, dark, heavy and well rounded record. It is not a mystery as to why and how Veiled has began making a name for themselves, and through this record they certainly show why they have began to make a name for themselves. This is an exceptional offering.

Black Celestial Orbs will be released March 16, 2018 through Iron Bonehead

Take a listen to Luminous from Veiled’s upcoming release below!

Links to follow:

Veiled Facebook

Iron Bonehead Website

 

Whipstriker: Merciless Artillery

January 18, 2018
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Mashing speed metal and black metal together in a cyclone of chaos and mayhem is Whipstriker, and rumbling through the hordes of deceased is their fourth full length Merciless Artillery. From the front all the way to the back of this release, you are greeted with nothing but mayhem propelled metal that does its best to snap your neck and leave your head rolling on the ground. Through and through, Merciless Artillery is an unrelenting slab of gritty no holds barred blackened speed metal. Never once does Whipstriker lift their boot from your soon to be crushed throat.

Whipstriker gets Merciless Artillery rolling pretty damn quickly. After a very brief intro that is filled with gun fire and thunder, Whipstriker jumps straight in to the action never letting you really prepare for the ensuing onslaught and blood bath. From the first track on Whipstriker pours their brand of twisted, skull grinding blackened speed metal on thick never to let up and never to look back to see how many have been laid to waste. Through eight tracks you are greeted with skin bubbling riffs that are only to be paired with face melting solos that are backed by tumultuous and never ceasing drumming. Gurgling up from the depths of hell are the rabid and larynx shredding blood thirsty vocals. From the first few minutes on you become attacked from all sides constantly all throughout this release making it for a debauchery filled and incredibly dangerous record.

I am very confident that the word “slow” has been taken out of Whipstriker’s vocabulary as they propel themselves to a mach five pace without warning and they keep that pace for the entirety of the effort. Each track is a blistering eruption of unrelenting metallic fury. From the very beginning of Merciless Artillery on, Whipstriker does a great job of snapping your head back providing you with chronic whiplash. Each of the eight tracks on this offering are blistering blackened speed metal anthems that get pile driven straight through your skull and in to your brain. As dangerous and explosive as this record is, it is just as entertaining and memorable.

Merciless Artillery is a fairly short release clocking in at only just above thirty minutes, but within that time you are gifted with plenty of metal mayhem to satisfy your speed metal appetite. Each minute of those thirty is filled with nothing but metal. There is no filler and no time to kill within this record as Whipstriker provides you with eight straight tracks to mainline through to your ear drums. Overall, Merciless Artillery is a very solid record and a great addition to Whipstriker’s already great catalog.

Check out the opening/title track below!

Merciless Artillery will be released March 9, 2018 through Hells Headbangers 

You can pre-order Merciless Artillery here!

Frost Giant: The Harlot Star

January 17, 2018
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Storming out of the gates of Jotunheimr and stomping through your land is Frost Giant and their upcoming offering The Harlot Star. This effort is packed with eleven total tracks that combine the likes of folk metal, heavy metal, death metal and some hardcore elements to provide you with a unique and incredibly addicting sound. Frost Giant has an innate ability to suck you in to their album and captivate you for an eternity. Each of the eleven tracks that appear on this release are just as good as the others and just as memorable and intoxicating as the others as well. Even the interlude tracks are well done and help progress the album and sew everything together nicely.

The likes of each of the genres that Frost Giant has sewn together work so well together all throughout this release. Never does a track stumble over itself and never does one particular genre or element take control as each genre works in harmony to provide you with a wonderfully crafted and unforgettable sound. Frost Giant balances each unique piece that they draw from each genre they incorporate in to their brand of heavy metal so well. Each track is a seamless sonic display of powerful and incredibly memorable heavy metal. Through and through, The Harlot Star is an album to behold as you are presented with eleven frost bitten tracks that stick to you much like frost bite.

As a whole, The Harlot Star is a melodic, catchy and highly memorable record that won’t soon leave your mind. Before you know it, each track is imprinted on your brain and before you realize it you will be singing along belting out each track as they roll along. Through each track the musicianship is on point and the vocals that transition between troll like growls and wonderful clean vocals are well, wonderful. The atmosphere that accompanies each track is frosty, inviting and oh so well incorporated providing you with an ambient, atmospheric and incredibly captivating listen. Once you press play you will have a hard time pulling yourself away from your speakers.

Even when Frost Giant wanders in to the longer passages at the end of their release, they never overstay their welcome and they never feel longer than they should be. Tracks eight, nine and ten are ten, six and eight minutes respectively, and throughout their run times you are mystified and captivated. Frost Giant weaves these tracks together so well never making you feel as though you are listening to lengthier tracks. For their run times all you can do is fall straight in to the songs and let Frost Giant take your mind on wondrous atmospheric trips through frost covered forests where giants roam and wander.

The Harlot Star is a great release, one that will please the ears of death metal and folk metal fans alike. Each track on this release is really solid and even if your listen count gets up in to the double digits, this album still holds fast and steady and never gets boring or old. This is a beast of a record, and a great one at that.

The Harlot Star will be released January 19. 2018 through Transcending Records.

Check out the official music video for Prisoner of the Past below!

Links to follow: 

Frost Giant Facebook

Frost Giant Bandcamp

Transcending Records Official Website

Wyrmwoods: Earth Made Flesh

January 16, 2018
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Stylistically falling between progressive, atmospheric and ambient black metal is Finnish group Wyrmwoods. Earth Made Flesh is their debut full length record that clocks in at six total tracks that will take your mind on a vast and mesmerizing ride. Wyrmwoods does a great job of balancing elements they take from progressive, ambient and atmospheric black metal to create a full bodied and comprehensive listen. From beginning to end, Earth Made Flesh is an inviting yet punishing and harrowing listen that captures your attention only to keep it throughout the record.

Not only does Wyrmwoods do a great job of combining elements of different types of black metal, but they also do a great job of providing you with a balanced sound that mixes both harsh and serene passages. At certain points through each track, you will become under siege by dissonant pummeling drumming and razor sharp riffs, and the next moment you become surrounded by more ethereal and atmospheric sounds. Wyrmwoods sews their brand of atmospheric music together with blasting soul ripping blackened passages well to provide you with a varied ever shifting listen. Throughout Earth Made Flesh, Wyrmwoods has you guessing as to what you will be hearing next. Never once do you hear the same thing, and forever are you guessing what twist they might have up their wizard sleeves.

For only having six tracks to its name, Earth Made Flesh is a pretty lengthy album overall, however it never seems to overstay its welcome. Even though each track is pretty lengthy, you never feel as though you are trudging along through a murky mire of blackened noise. Each track on this effort moves along swiftly and expertly, never lurching and never making it feel like a burden to listen to. As a matter of fact, Earth Made Flesh does a good job of mesmerizing and enchanting you, keeping you listening and enthralled as to what you are going to hear next.

Each of the six tracks on this offering are put together well and executed well also. The atmospheric and ambient elements that Wyrmwoods pumps in to their brand of blackened debauchery takes your mind through harrowing, twisting and dark soundscapes all the while the face peeling blasting black metal snaps your head back with great force. Earth Made Flesh as whole provides the listener with so much variety and diversity, and the more that you listen the more that you will end up picking up on that you may not have before. This is certainly an ambitious record especially for a debut release, but it is one that works on all levels. Earth Made Flesh is a great listen and a great overall record.

Earth Made Flesh was released January 15, 2018 through Inverse Records.

Links to follow: 

Wyrmwoods Facebook

Wyrmwoods Bandcamp

 

Xenosis: Devour and Birth

January 14, 2018
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Xenosis is a band that you can’t really pigeonhole in to one single genre as they take from numerous to create an eclectic yet cohesive sound. Throughout Devour and Birth you will hear technical death metal influences, progressive death metal influences as well as some thrash elements among others. Xenosis sews all of these genres together to create a whole and well rounded sound. Never once does Xenosis’ overall sound sound muddled or like they are cramming too much in all at one time. Devour and Birth is a well executed and performed effort that provides you with ripping and flesh melting tunes through and through.

Each of the eight tracks on this offering are just as heavy and head spinning as the others. From track one to track eight, Xenosis rolls out head caving track after head caving track that leaving your mind in a complete tailspin. Each passage is melodic and groove laden, but punishing and deadly all the same. Devour and Birth is an ever rolling and unrelenting technical death machine that has your brain scooped out of your skull before you know it.

As a whole, Devour and Birth displays an incredible degree of technicality and precision. Each track is near perfect as each musician plays their respective instruments nearly flawlessly creating a head spinning maelstrom of death and malevolence. Even as technical as each track is they are melodic and groove filled none the less. With their new offering, Xenosis has created a listen that is seamless, air tight and down right bone shattering providing you with a highly addicting and memorable listen.

Throughout this release, Xenosis mashes the proverbial pedal through the floor to provide you with a whiplash inducing, non stop action, technical and well orchestrated record. From beginning to end you are gifted with nothing but some incredibly skull grinding and bombastic tunes for you to bruise your brain to. Devour and Birth is filled with great musicianship, unearthly vocals and solid production all to provide you with an entirely entertaining and well constructed record.

Overall, Devour and Birth is a great listen front to back. Though numerous listens this record doesn’t get old or tire you out quickly. This is a record that tech death, progressive death metal fans and just straight up death metal fans can and will enjoy.

Devour and Birth will be released January 19, 2018

You can pre-order Devour and Birth right here

Check out the first single Army of Darkness below!

 

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