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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

Best of Bandcamp: Now Everything Fades: Suicide Theatre

April 15, 2018
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Through Suicide Theatre, each track is cloaked in a vast amount of anguish, misery and pain, and all of that billows through your speakers slowly but surely only to entomb you in your own sorrows. Now Everything Fades plays an incredibly harrowing brand of depressive blackened doom metal that really presents an atmosphere that is devoid of hope, ultimately providing you with a grim and somber listen. Nowhere throughout this release can light be found as Now Everything Fades slowly drags you down in to a never ending abyss.

Each track creeps along presenting you with haunting and incredibly bleak sounds that put you in a complete depressive state. Suicide Theatre is very effective in shrouding you with an atmosphere that is comprised of utter misery and anguish. This release is oppressive, not so much because it is an aural assault, but because it weighs you down until your bones crumble with a bleak, thick and ever present life taking ambiance. With the majority of the tracks within this release hitting around the five and a half minute mark, it really gives Now Everything Fades enough time to effectively infect your mind with some incredibly sinister and depressive tones that you will have a hard time forgetting.

This certainly isn’t meant to make you feel comfortable or welcome as it is established early that your soul will be draining from the very beginning. Complete with anguished cries and weeping riffs, Now Everything Fades presents you with a tortured and entirely pained sound that will haunt you. As Suicide Theatre trudges along you become submerged in their ever harrowing and dream haunting sound only to suffocate under the incredibly oppressive melancholic atmospheric qualities. As depressive as this release is though, it does a great job of sucking you in and having you stay for its entirety.

Suicide Theatre is an emotionally punishing record as it pushes you further and further in to dementia and desperation. You can’t escape this listen without coming out of it feeling bogged down and empty. The wailing cries will keep you up at night as the objectively bleak atmosphere will push your sanity to the darkest recesses of your mind. This is an all around solid record as each track is well put together and performed to provide you with a harrowing and overall sinister sound that is hard to forget.

Links to follow:

Now Everything Fades Bandcamp

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Northwind Wolves: Dark… Cold… Grim…

April 15, 2018
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Hailing from my home state California, where the sun always shines, the wind is a nice calming warm and where the beaches are always packed, Northwind Wolves take it upon themselves to spread a bitter darkness and dreadful cold across the otherwise sunny land. With their sound firmly rooted within black metal of the north, Northwind Wolves offer up a chilling, atmospheric and melodious sound that is sure to captivate. Through their newest offering Dark… Cold… Grim…, these blackened magik wielders present you with nine tracks of mesmerizing and completely soul ripping black metal.

These hellhounds don’t waste too much time getting you acclimated to their bone chilling sound as they set off nearly immediately with their opener Dark Skies For Black Sorcery, never to relent from then on. Swiftly moving from track to track like a spectral spirit in the night, Northwind Wolves summon track after track of swirling blackened blasphemy. Each of the nine tracks that are present within this release are just as grim, frigid and punishing as the others. Northwind Wolves weave in wonderfully dark and mystic atmospheric qualities through each track coupling that with their otherwise harsh and razor sharp sound to provide you with a damning yet enchanting sound.

Each offering is a melodious and atmospheric venture through frost covered lands. Dark… Cold… Grim… is as punishing as it is memorable and enticing. Each of the nine tracks that appear through the permafrost dance wickedly and devilishly through your speakers, greeting you with haunting, dark and sinister sounds that you aren’t soon to forget. Dark… Cold… Grim… certainly is the appropriate title for this release as that is exactly the sound that Northwind Wolves provides you and then some. Each track is a sinister and devilish offering that gifts you with chilling atmospheres as well complete soul ripping black metal that you cannot escape from.

From the onset, Northwind Wolves does a great job of capturing your mind and taking it through a harsh and bitter cold sonic adventure through shadow and frost filled soundscapes. These California natives capture the black metal sound of the north, and while that particular sound certainly is tried and true, they make it work as they create a well rounded and very well put together sound. Overall, Dark… Cold… Grim… is a solid record, one that is sure to please the cursed ears of black metal fans all over.

Links to follow:

Northwind Wolves Bandcamp

Northwind Wolves Facebook

Black Lion Records Bandcamp

Our Place Of Worship Is Silence: With Inexorable Suffering

April 13, 2018
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In an intense and abyssal offering titled With Inexorable Suffering, Our Place Of Worship Is Silence offers seven new tracks of dark and twisted death metal. This release is one that is as oppressive as it is dehumanizing as it seems to have a complete disregard to life all together. With Inexorable Suffering isn’t a record that is meant to make you feel comfortable as it makes your skin crawl and your blood boil from beginning to end. This offering is an acute and completely pummeling record that gets right in your face from the onset.

With Inexorable Offering is both punishing and atmospheric all at once, supplying you with a truly damning and soul tearing sound. Each track is an oppressive force to be reckoned with as you become buried under droves of malicious and rotting death. Never do you get peace of mind and never do you get a chance to rest as Our Place Of Worship Is Silence shovels out track after track of flesh masticating metal that tears you to shreds. This is a devilish and malevolent record that buries you under droves of terrifying and skin crawling death.

Not only does death metal appear in Our Place Of Worship Is Silence’s sound as smatterings of grind and black metal can be found as well. Both the grind and black metal influences are woven in to the death metal foundation seamlessly making the overall sound cohesive and natural. Never does one genre muddy the sound as each one works hand in hand to create an overall malevolent and hellish sound. Our Place Of Worship Is Silence has an overall sickening and monstrous sound that crushes you beneath its mighty weight.

From beginning to end With Inexorable Suffering is a top notch death metal record. The instrumentation is great, the vocal deliveries are excellent and the overall production caps everything off to provide you with a wonderfully dark, dehumanizing and ultimately bone crushing release. The sound is cohesive, wonderfully abyssal and completely neck snapping. With Inexorable Suffering is a complete aural assault as it gifts you with seven tracks of nothing but all around solid rotting death metal. In my opinion this is one of the most solid and memorable death metal releases so far this year.

Links to follow:

OPOWIS Facebook

OPOWIS Bandcamp

Translation Loss Bandcamp

VHS: The New Batch

April 11, 2018
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In putrid and vile fun and glory, VHS unleash sixteen new blood curdling tracks that rot under the name The New Batch. Taking inspiration from movies such as: Silent Night, Street Trash, House By The Cemetery and much more, VHS create an overall incredibly entertaining yet blood draining offering in The New Batch. Through each of the sixteen tracks that make an appearance here, you are treated to grinding and blood spurting offering after grinding and blood spurting offering that snaps your neck back with intent. As much fun as these tracks are they are just as deadly as VHS seems to have a complete disregard for human life as they sand away at your cranium for the better part of a half an hour.

The New Batch begins with an intro titled Welcome to The New Batch which features a creepy and cackling monologue that assures you that you are about to have one hell of a ride, and one hell of a ride is exactly what you have. As soon as the intro is over, VHS hit you with a short but punchy track that gives you a bit of a rotted taste of what is to come. Each track is a neck twisting offering that features punk, death metal and grind influences ultimately leaving your head spinning. The majority of the gore filled offerings within this release are fairly short yet violent leaving you bloodied and mangled at the end of it all. For fifteen straight tracks and for thirty total minutes, you come face to face with bleeding raw and unrelenting grinding tunes that will be bouncing around your skull for some time.

Now, as brutalizing and skin carving as these tunes are, they are just as entertaining and memorable. The New Batch is an incredibly fun listen, one that has you coming back for more and more deadly mayhem. Each track is well constructed and well performed providing you with an overall cohesive and fully entertaining listen that you don’t want to peel yourself away from. Much sooner rather than later these tracks will be stuck in your head never to come out. The New Batch is packed to the bursting point with track after track of twisted, perverse, raunchy and incredibly addictive tunes that really is difficult to stop listening to.

The New Batch has just about everything that you could want. Death metal, grind, punk, horror flick odes, tongue in cheek song titles, solid musicianship, gritty and bloodied vocals and even more. This is an all around solid record with sixteen total well crafted and executed tracks providing you with an ultimately heavy and entertaining listen.

 

Boethiah: Invocation Of The Xenolith

April 10, 2018
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The old-school style of death metal is tried and true, and more and more newer death metal bands are taking to the old-school approach. Some bands hit the nail on the head while others fall short. Boethiah fall in to the former category. Boethiah take cues from their death metal forefathers but certainly create a sound all their own. Invocation of the Xenolith is riddled with nine blood craving and flesh starved tracks of nothing but shredding and lobotomizing death metal. This is straight forward death, nothing but. From beginning to end you come face to face with grisly effort after grisly effort that aim only to mutilate and snap necks.

Invocation of the Xenolith is a bleeding raw and unfiltered release, one that presents you with an oh so welcome ancient sound of ancient death. Kept raw and untamed, Invocation of the Xenolith presents you with a sound that hearkens back to when death metal first began to appear through a mist of crimson. This merciless record pours its sickness out in massive proportions as it nearly immediately begins to deflesh and gut you from the onset. Each track within Invocation of the Xenolith is just as brutalizing and terrorizing as the last track that came to take your life as Boethiah rattle off track after track of pure terror. These New Mexico and California natives firmly dig their blade into your throat from the very beginning never to relent until your head is rolling in the dirt and its contents have been dug out.

Each of the nine tracks within this blood letting offering support pretty substantial run times giving Boethiah plenty of time to carve your corpse however they see fit. Through each track you will get a taste of some doom aspects that are reminiscent of Autopsy as well as pure flesh shredding and marrow draining sonic onslaughts. These components work hand in hand to provide you with an overall skull grinding and flesh carving sound that is hard to want to stop listening to. Each of the nine tracks that appear throughout Invocation of the Xenolith are wonderfully crafted and executed providing you with nothing but pure, relentless and gutting death in monstrous proportions.

From the very beginning you get that wonderful tepid whiff of foul ancient offal that ultimately follows you throughout. This is old-school death metal done in the modern era to a tee. There isn’t a track here that is lacking anything as each and every one of the nine tracks throughout are superbly done. For a debut full length, Invocation of the Xenolith certainly is impressive and addictive. You won’t be able to get enough of this record. With its ever menacing atmosphere,  its ever charging onslaught of mutilating death and much more, Invocation of the Xenolith is an all around excellent record.

Links to follow: 

Boethiah Bandcamp

Boethiah: The Daedric Prince of deceit, conspiracy, treachery and sedition. Being Skyrim fans is just a bonus for these crypt dwellers.

 

 

As Flesh Decays: The Horror Of It All

April 8, 2018
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In pure old-school death metal and horror movie glory, As Flesh Decays offers up eleven brand new flesh gnawing tracks within their debut full length The Horror Of It All. Complete with artwork that looks like an ode to the classic movie The Thing, The Horror Of It All has it all. For eleven straight tracks you come face to face with grisly, gore and groove filled death metal that charges at you from the very beginning. In ever unrelenting fashion, As Flesh Decays pour their brand of bile and entrails soaked death metal out in sickening heaps supplying you with nothing but blood letting offering after blood letting offering.

The Horror Of It All begins with the appropriately titled intro And So It Begins which gives you just a little bit of a putrid taste as to what really is to come. Once the two minute opener concludes, As Flesh Decays pushes the knife deeper in to your flesh as they barrel forth with Descent Into Torment. From Descent Into Torment onward your face gets peeled back little by little by the ever blood spurting and gut ripping onslaught that As Flesh Decays supplies. Each track is a bombastic flesh carving ode to death and horror that snaps your head back with ease. These tracks are violent and relentless as they aim for your neck never to stop hacking away until your head is rolling in the dirt.

As a whole, The Horror Of It All is a powerful and monstrous release, one that is set on shedding blood and hoarding the corpses of anyone who listens. Filthy track seamlessly follows filthy track burying you under droves of sickness and rotting decay. As Flesh Decays does a great job of never giving you a moment to collect yourself as they swiftly shift from track to blood letting track suffocating you under a pile of putrid death. Mercilessly, As Flesh Decays hacks and slashes away, ripping you to pieces before everything is all said and done. Each of the murderous tracks within this offering are well crafted and well executed gifting you with a gnarled, blood thirsty and addicting listen.

The Horror Of It All is a highly entertaining and addicting record that is hard to get enough of. This is a solid debut release from these gore maniacs from down under as they supply you with eleven straight forward flesh masticating tracks that aim to maim and mutilate. Through and through The Horror Of It All impresses as it ladles heaping doses of vile death upon you relentlessly. Simply put, this twisted mass of death and decay is great.

Uuntar: Voorvaderverering

April 6, 2018
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Primitive and melancholic in sound, Uuntar strike at the heart with their new offering Voorvaderverering. Through six tracks Uuntar tell tales of warriors, their traditions now long gone as well as their values in which they fought for. This record is as mentioned melancholic when needed, yet bombastic and blasting when called for and incredibly melodic all throughout providing you with a diverse, cold and captivating listen. It is hard not to get sucked in to this blackened offering as you fall deeper and deeper in to the music the longer and the more that you listen. From the atmospheric intro track onward, Uuntar march forth providing you with blackened track after blackened track that ultimately captivate your mind as they weave tales of warriors and a time long since passed.

Voorvaderverering is a wonderfully crafted record that takes you through cold and fog filled soundscapes from which you don’t want to come back from. With this offering, Uuntar have created a record that is easy to fall in to and get lost in as one listen turns to many. Each of the six tracks that appear through the mist on this record-including the intro-are well done and well woven together creating an overall cohesive and comprehensive listen that you ultimately don’t want to pull away from. With its melodious and atmospheric nature, Voorvaderverering pulls you in from the first note on only to have it take you through the ancient times when these warriors walked the land and fought for their beloved traditions and values.

From the beginning of Voorvaderverering you get swept away and planted firmly within the tales in which Uuntar tell. With each track supplying ample run times, it gives Uuntar plenty of time to unravel their tales and transport you back in time. The atmospheric qualities that run through the veins of this record are melancholic and bitter cold yet incredibly inviting and captivating. Once you begin listening you don’t feel inclined what so ever to leave and come back later as you sit and want to see in which direction Uuntar steer you next.

Voorvaderverering is a wonderfully crafted and wonderfully executed record, one that is certainly difficult to get out of your mind once you have listened. Through and through, Voorvaderverering is a very well put together, highly memorable and addictive release that is hard to get enough of. It’s time to take up your ax and march forth in to battle with Uuntar!

Aborted Fetus: The Ancient Spirits of Decay

April 4, 2018
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Since their hideous inception in 2000, Aborted Fetus have been dismembering, maiming and mutilating at an ever steady pace. With their newest offering The Ancient Spirits of Decay, Aborted Fetus show no signs of slowing down as they supply you with thirteen brand new brain mashing tracks. From gnarled beginning to putrid end, Aborted Fetus rampage onward as they shovel heaps of nasty, vile and twisted death upon you in unhealthy proportions. With nothing but terrorizing and dehumanizing tracks to its name, The Ancient Spirits of Decay offers up blood soaked track after blood soaked track that leave you lobotomized and rotting.

Aborted Fetus begins their new onslaught of death with their foreboding and ominous opener The Wind of Agonizing Spirits, which is the perfect track to set you up for what is to come. The Wind of Agonizing Spirits gives you just a little taste of the mayhem and carnage that you are about to encounter by cracking your chest with ever hammering drums and rotted riffs. From here on out you are supplied with more of the same inhumane and slaughtering sound that leaves you quartered. Once The Wind of Agonizing Spirits dies down, Aborted Fetus jumps straight into their first flesh gnashing and blood letting offering that immediately grabs you by the jaw, and then you are off on a nasty and perverse trek through the land of death.

From beginning to end Aborted Fetus grind away at your skull exposing your brain. They shift from track to track like a serial killer lumbering toward their next victim providing you with detrimental and gut ripping track after gut ripping track. The Ancient Spirits of Decay is an oppressive and flesh masticating force to be reckoned with as it scalds your skin and boils your blood. From the onset, this unapologetic release rips, tears and hacks away at you until you are no more than bone. This grisly and monstrous release is an unrelenting force of terror that grips you by the throat never to let go until the final blood soaked note has rang out.

Through and through, The Ancient Spirits of Decay is nothing but decaying and putrid death, nothing more and nothing less. And what you get from this release is thirteen very solid and very heavy tracks that aim for you to have your neck snapped by the end of it all. This offering is a highly entertaining and highly sickening record that is sure to have your brains mashed and your flesh torn before all is said and done, and really what more could we ask for from these death stalwarts? Overall, “The Ancient Spirits of Decay” is a well put together and well performed record that will surely please the chewed up ears of death metal fans all over.

The Ancient Spirits of Decay will be released May 11, 2018 through Comatose Music.

Sepolcro: Undead Abyss

April 1, 2018
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Rising from bloodied coffins in 2011, Sepolcro had released a demo in 2013 titled Festering Evocation, then in 2016 they released a split titled Horrendous Plasmation before splitting. Two years later-earlier this year-these mutilators reconvened to continue their rampage of sickness and death.

Undead Abyss is the title of their upcoming offering which features three brand new tracks that are grisly and rotten to the core. Sepolcro begin Undead Abyss with the wonderfully titled “Bone Totem”, which begins with an ominous doom centered sound that creeps slowly and ominously through your speakers. Bone Totem is the “slowest” track on this demo as it trudges forth at a slow to mid tempo providing you with an appropriate taste of what is to come, and what is to come is sickening and perverse death in heaping doses.

From Bone Totem on you are greeted with two more lacerating and maiming tracks. Nothing here is filler or fluff as Sepolcro blast forth with murderous and malicious intent. With buzzing riffs, ever pummeling drumming and blood thirsty vocals, Sepolcro offer up nasty and stagnant death in droves. In three tracks Sepolcro provide you with unfiltered, raw and blood drenched death that is intent on severing your spine before things are all said and done. The remaining two tracks after the opener are more uptempo offerings that blast and chip away at your skull from the very beginning never to relent.

As short as Undead Abyss is it surely packs quite a punch. With only three tracks to its name, Undead Abyss offers up sick, twisted and gnarled death that that seems to have it out for anyone that wants to listen. This is a solid demo overall and it will be interesting to see where Sepolcro takes things from here, but for now we are left with three defiling and deadly tracks to snap our collective necks to.

Undead Abyss will be released May 15, 2018

 

 

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