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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!

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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!

 

Ectoplasma: Cavern of Foul Unbeings

January 12, 2018
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Discharging their sickening filth upon the fiendish masses is Ectoplasma and spewing forth with them from the bile filled depths is their upcoming sophomore full length titled Cavern of Foul Unbeings. After their debut record in 2016, Ectoplasma is back after honing their gore filled craft to present to you an even better record. From beginning to end of Cavern of Foul Unbeings, Ectoplasma provides you with ten original tracks of nothing but incredibly depraved and rotting death metal. This is a solid record through and through, and each track is as blood letting and bone removing as the last.

Ectoplasma sounds as though they have been spit up right from the nineties, and even though the old-school sound is one that is tried and true, Ectoplasma make it work for them in a way in which it still is fresh and exciting to listen to. Throughout listening to this release you never think to yourself that you are listening to just another old-school death metal record. Each track that Ectoplasma forces down your slit throat is well written and executed providing you for an incredibly entertaining and bowel spilling effort.

Cavern of Foul Unbeings is a completely rotten and disgusting record, one that spews forth plenty of vile blood and rat infested entrails until you are buried far beneath the vomit inducing human remnants. Each track on this release is demented and purely eviscerating, ripping you limb from limb remorselessly as they rumble along. As a whole, Cavern of Foul Unbeings is a vicious and very well crafted death machine that can’t possibly rack the body count up quick enough.

Through contorted blood curdling roars and flesh gouging riffs, Ectoplasma presents to you a bloody, barbaric and mangling record that infests itself beneath your skin. Each track is a neck breaking death metal anthem that you don’t have any choice but to nod your head and head bang to. Cavern of Foul Unbeings is a piece that upon playing it, a foul stench of ripe death fills your nostrils and visions of unfiltered fetid death dances around in your mind. This album has that feeling of pure, raw and disgusting death that is such a welcome feeling.

This is a very well put together record from front to back. With their sophomore release, this definitely isn’t a slump and instead it is an upgrade from the previous effort. Each track is a driving force of blood drenched death, and the cover of Unleashed’s track The Immortals is something else that is great to look forward to at the end of all of the mayhem. Cavern of Foul Unbeings is one hell of a death metal record, and one hell of a great listen.

Cavern of Foul Unbeings will be released through Memento Mori January 22, 2018

Check out the official video of Amorphous Atrocity (intro)/ Entranced in Blood below!

Other Links to follow: 

Ectoplasma Facebook

Ectoplasma Bandcamp

Memento Mori Official website

 

Blaspherion: Restus Corpus

January 10, 2018
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Beginning their deadly career in 2004, Blaspherion has released a demo in 2005 one live album in 2016 and last year they unleashed their debut EP upon the world titled Restus Corpus. This offering comes with four tracks that are played in the vein of old-school death metal. This genre is tried and true with plenty of newer death metal bands adopting the grimy old-school sound. While with their new offering Restus Corpus, Blaspherion doesn’t necessarily break new ground or pave a new path with their sound, what they do well is hold true to the old-school sound to provide and entertaining and deadly overall listen.

After a brief haunting intro, Blaspherion gets right in to the thick of their new effort with three straight tracks of nothing but barbaric death metal. Each track is a ripping old-school death metal anthem that throws you back in time when death metal was first crawling out of its dim dungeon. Through four tracks you are presented with a gritty and slime filled sound that sticks to your ribs whether you like it to or not. With buzzing assaulting riffs that are paired up with rumbling blasting drums and hellish throat ripping vocals, you become trapped in a sonic wall of venomous death.

While this EP is a short one, Restus Corpus certainly does pack a punch within its short run time. This satanic blackened fire baptized release rolls out track after track of old-school butchering death metal that is hard to deny. Fourteen years after their inception this EP comes about and it is a solid debut EP to say the least. Each track on this offering is just as solid as the others and packs just as much of a deadly punch as the others as well. The overall rotten and fetid is a welcome one as well as one that will be sure to please the chewed up ear drums of death metal fans.

Overall, Restus Corpus is a solid EP, one that gets your head banging and your neck twisting in no time. As mentioned before, Restus Corpus doesn’t break any new mold here, but it does supply you with your fix of rotting death metal.

Links to follow: 

Blaspherion Bandcamp

Blaspherion Facebook

Zeolite: Sermones Mortis

January 10, 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.

Power From Hell: Blood ‘n’ Spikes

January 8, 2018
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Since forming in 2001, Power From Hell has released numerous full lengths (with the latest coming in 2015) as well as several EPs and demos, and now this year they are on the cusp of releasing an MLP titled Blood ‘n’ Spikes. This newest hell fire baptized offering features five original tracks as well as a cover of the Judas Priest track Freewheel Burning. Much like their other releases, Power From Hell unleashes a hellish black metal assault that is infused with some thrash metal to provide you with a completely relentless metallic assault. From beginning to end you are assaulted from all sides by Power From Hell’s gritty, grime filled and hell fire propelled maelstrom.

Each track on this release is pure burning chaos, the kind that whips you in to a frenzy and does its best to snap your neck before you have a chance to defend yourself. Never once does Power From Hell slow down or provide you with an opportunity to catch your breath. Power From Hell rolls right along from track to track providing you with a suffocating and devilishly whiplash inducing listen, one that gets hammered straight through your ear drums and smashed straight in to your brain. With only five original tracks to its title, Blood ‘n’ Spikes is a fairly short effort that is over before you know it. However, what this effort lacks in length, it more than makes up for in content.

Blood ‘n’ Spikes is an incredibly entertaining release that gets your head banging nearly immediately. This offering is an undeniably maniacal, satanic, twisted, heavy and most importantly solid and entertaining listen. Each track on this release is intense and in your face never backing down and never slowing down, gifting you with a head spinning listen. From the soul slashing riffs to the tumultuous drumming to the gritty dissonant vocals, you are provided with a raw and gritty overall sound that makes this release just that much better.

This effort is sonic madness in serpentine, venomous and completely deadly fashion. Each track is just as malevolent and carcinogenic as the last making for a destructive and explosive blackened onslaught. Blood ‘n’ Spikes is a solid release, one that is short in length, but one that also packs a great punch as well. If you are a fan of black metal and thrash, you just simply cannot go wrong with “Blood ‘n’ Spikes”.

Blood ‘n’ Spikes will be released through Dying Victims Productions February 19, 2018

 

Gravestone: Sickening

January 7, 2018
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Emerging from the eighties to graces us with their deadly presence is Gravestone and digging up from the stagnant crypt they bring with them Sickening. Sickening is the debut full length from these coffin huffers, and within this release you will be sure to find ten wonderfully grim, twisted and murderous tracks that you are sure to snap your collective necks to. The sound that Gravestone emits is that of old-school Swedish death metal, and without sounding like a mimic, they present an old-school sound with their own styling. Every trademark for the Swedish death metal sound is there within Sickening, but the way in which Gravestone plays you never feel as though they are just another band regurgitating that old-school feel.

Gravestone bursts right out of your speakers from the very get go with their hellish in your face brand of death metal. From the very beginning on, Gravestone pours their brand of Swedish death on thick never to stop pouring as they ultimately cover you in pustules, stagnant remains and mold covered innards. From beginning to end, Gravestone buries you alive underneath an avalanche of buzzing gargantuan gut ripping riffs that are only to be supplemented by bone rattling bass lines and vocals that are spewed forth from your speakers. Throughout this release, you are not entitled to breaks or breathers as Gravestone keeps on mashing that hatchet through your skull.

Sickening as a whole sounds grimy and unfiltered making it out to have that old-school unkempt kind of sound that is incredibly pleasing to your gnarled ear drums. This effort is a monster as you become under siege from the very beginning only to succumb to the ruthlessness sooner rather than later. Sickening is a bloody, entrails filled listen that gets you coming back for more and more no matter how beyond deceased you feel. This is the kind of record that you get hooked on nearly immediately and wear it out before the month is up. Each track on this release is solid, filled with plenty of stagnant blood and innards, and most importantly, no matter what number listen you are on, you can’t help but to head bang yourself in to oblivion.

For their debut full length, you couldn’t ask for a more strong outing than this. Each of the ten tracks on this release are just as solid and brain mashing as the others. Sickening really is sickening, grotesque, grim and morbid and that just keeps you coming back for more death metal punishment. As a whole, Sickening is an in your face, blood thirsty and gut ripping record that seems as though it was tailor made for all death metal fans. Sickening is some great face ripping death metal to kick the year off.

Sickening will be released January 31, 2018 through Raw Skull Recordz.

Ape Cave: Language of the Earth

January 6, 2018
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Ape Cave has always been a band that has stuck with me ever since I discovered and was thoroughly impressed by their 2015 debut EP Primordium. The turning of 2015 saw the coming of their debut full length Pillars of Evolution and now exactly two years later Ape Cave has unleashed Language of the Earth. With each release, Ape Cave get better and better and continue to push the psychedelic, doom and sludge envelope. Pillars of Evolution was a great debut full length, and Language of the Earth is a great follow up as it is just as good if not even better.

Language of the Earth is a lengthy sophomore effort as it shows off fourteen brand new tracks for you to absorb. As lengthy as this release is however, you never feel as though you are battling to sit through and listen cover to cover, and that has to do with the fact that this release is incredibly immersive and captivating. From the very first note on, Ape Cave grabs a hold of you, grabbing your attention and fully immersing you in the wondrous soundscapes and atmospheres that they create. The longer that you listen, the deeper and deeper Ape Cave pulls you in to their murky, fuzzed out and hypnotic world of sludge.

Through fourteen tracks you are presented with great song writing, intricate musicianship and and overall raw, unfiltered and mesmerizing tone. Through and through, each of the fourteen tracks that are present on this release are wonderfully crafted and executed providing the listener with something that is wholly unique and incredibly memorable. Each song on this offering is solid and one can’t do without the other as each track plays off of one another making Language of the Earth play almost like one entire track instead of fourteen different tracks.

This new effort from these sludge wizards is an enthralling and intoxicating record. Each track is unique in its own way and each track has an innate ability to hook you right from the get go. Even as lengthy as this release is, it is an easy record to sink right in to and disappear among the wall of rolling sludge filled riffs to. Language of the Earth is an incredibly solid, hypnotic and unique record that asks to be listened to front to back, and once you do you won’t be able to stop listening.

Language of the Earth is a great record and a great way to kick off 2018. This release is nothing but sludge filled doom mastery.

Links to follow:

Ape Cave Bandcamp

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