Tuned down to the bowels of hell, Encoffination offer up a grisly mind melting brand of death addled doom. In forty-three total minutes, you are subject to an oppressive sonic embalming that is as terrifying and morbid as you could imagine. We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord is packed with seven tracks of crawling funereal death and evisceration. Each track present here is spine shaking ode to death and disease as they crawl along, wafting over the bones of the damned and long forgotten. From front to back, you will find within We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord some of the heaviest, most damning doom out there.
With the trudging of each passing minute, light begins to fade as you become submerged in the murky depths of obliteration and damnation that Encoffination creates here. There is no reprieve and there is no escape as Encoffination trudges forth wraith like to provide you with nothing but purely morbid doom. Their overall sound is incredibly suffocating and mind melting as you quickly become buried under the droves of buzzing life eating metal. This record marches forth, marking your time of death as it ticks minutes off of your life.
We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord oozes death and despair and the longer you listen the more you get dragged down in to the fetid temples of death. From the start, Encoffination entombs you in a sickening sound that rattles your spine and drains the marrow from your bones. We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord is an unforgiving record as it ushers forth seven incredible tracks of death, doom and despair without pause. The ever unrelenting charge from these low and slow burning offerings is something to behold as each track has its own unique way of burying you under gruesome slabs of grisly down tuned doom.
We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord is a menacing, deadly and down right heavy offering that is hard to forget. This release puts on display some of the heaviest doom out there at the moment and you would be remiss to pass this up. Seven tracks, forty-three minutes of nothing but stellar and life stealing doom, what more could you ask for?
We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord will be released May 17 through Selfmadegod Records.
Capturing your mind and imagination, Pythia offers up an incredibly bewitching and memorable sound in the name of symphonic metal. Through their upcoming offering The Solace of Ancient Earth, Pythia offer up ten incredible tracks of well executed and damn near perfect heavy metal. While riffs spill out of your speakers with great melody and enchanting clean sung vocals spin tales, Pythia capture your attention never to let it waver or wander for the duration of their release.
With ten wondrous and melodious offerings to its title, The Solace of Ancient Earth provides you with nothing but stellar symphonic heavy metal. Great ambiance is coupled with incredible clean sung vocals that are all joined by heavy and melodic riffs and solid drumming all to gift to you an all around well executed and cohesive sound. Each track within this offering is well performed and constructed providing you with one enchanting track after another.
The Solace of Ancient Earth is a spell binding and engaging effort. Weaving tales of sorrow, heroism and more it is easy to get sucked in to this release and be transported to worlds not yet known to you. This record has a great ability to draw you in to its world and keep you there for some time as one listen turns in to many. As each track bursts through your speakers providing you with wondrous atmosphere and majestic heavy metal, it is easy to get swept up in all of it and taken on a thrilling and engaging journey.
In all of its melodious majesty and grandeur, The Solace of Ancient Earth is a great record. Each track is excellent with each one getting better and better as you listen. This is ten tracks of great symphonic heavy metal that provides you with great musicianship, incredible vocals, lyrics and production all coming together in cohesion to present you with a release that is down right superb. Everything within this offering is done so well making this to be a must listen and one of the best heavy metal releases so far this year.
The Solace of Ancient Earth will be released May 17 through Golden Axe.
In the names of death, disease and destruction, Hypoxia presents us with their brand new offering titled Abhorrent Disease. Within the ten tracks that are offered here, you are gifted with forty total minutes of death metal bludgeoning that will leave you as nothing more than a bloodied husk. Never to relent, Hypoxia charges forth from the very get go to provide you with some of the most deadly marrow draining death metal. No bullshit is to be found here as Hypoxia march forth with malevolent and blood thirsty intent to offer up nothing but pure gnarled death metal.
With no hesitation Hypoxia blasts straight through your speakers with their brand of pure bludgeoning death. You are given no time to prepare for the skull blasting onslaught that ensues once you press play as these corpse hoarders summon the filth a disease early. Never does Hypoxia relent or cease in their vein draining assault as they rumble forth from track to track suffocating you under droves of fetid offal severed remains. Abhorrent Disease will pick you apart track by track, minute by minute as the bone shattering death just does not stop for forty straight minutes.
Once you press play you become attack from all angles quickly and relentlessly. Early on you feel the wrath and the blood curdling blood thirst as these heathens quickly descend upon you stripping your skin from flesh and flesh from bone. This juggernaut of death just does not quit until all has been laid to waste and you have been left in a hallowed grave. Abhorrent Disease is straight forward in its assault ushering forth a sound that is of pure devastation and malevolence.
With great technicality, precision and unparalleled brutality, Hypoxia provide you with an eviscerating and life removing sound that cannot be denied. Abhorrent Disease is a monolith of death and disease and will surely stand among the best death metal records to be released this year.
Abhorrent Disease will be unleashed April 26 through Selfmadegod Records.
Check out the official music video for the track Condemned To The Abyss below!
In under five minutes, Fixation provides you with fast, potent and highly aggressive hardcore that will leave you bones shaking for days to come. Each track within their upcoming offering Into The Pain is a furious and explosive offering that leaves little room to breathe. This release is a no holds barred offering that delivers four tracks of explosive hardcore one right after another without batting an eye. Into The Pain is a ripping, skull smashing effort that hits often and hits hard, leaving you bruised at the end of it all.
Fixation gives you no time to give a second thought to pressing play as when you do you immediately become under siege by nothing but metallic punishment for near five minutes. Ever ripping riffs become coupled with tumultuous drumming and savage gritty vocals all to provide you with an incredibly heavy and brain bruising offering. Once one track ends the next immediately crops up ushering forth more hardcore savagery leaving you beaten down and bruised.
As short as each track is, they are punchy offerings that hit hard and often. There is not a single moment of reprieve until the final note has rang through. Even under five minutes you feel as though you have been listening for an hour once all is said and done. Into The Pain is an anvil heavy, explosive offering that will get you bashing your brain against its skeletal cell.
Into The Pain is an undeniable and memorable release, one that dishes out four great hardcore tracks one after the next. Fixation delivers combative ever charging tracks that cannot be ignored. You can’t not like this release as it is straight up punishing hardcore in its most pure and unfiltered form. In short, Into The Pain is a great release, one that will please the chewed up ear drums of hardcore fans all over.
Into The Pain will be released May 10 by War Records.
Hailing from the frozen north and emerging from the permafrost is black metal outfit Bekmork. Emerging from the frozen tomb with them is their debut record titled Incantations of the Frigid North. There are five tracks total that are harbored within the title of this release that are as raw and dissonant as you would imagine. Each track is a gnarled piece of blackened metal that doesn’t wait around too long before getting you completely acquainted with their venomous and frigid approach.
Incantations of the Frigid North is a pretty straight forward black metal record. Through this release, Bekmork plays a stripped down, bare bones style of black metal that utilizes dissonant fuzzed out riffs, hellish howls and tumultuous drumming to provide you with a straight forward shadow dwelling sound. There are no gimmicks here and certainly no fluff as Bekmork offers up pure unfiltered black metal for your blistered soul.
Coupled with bits of frozen ambiance here and there, Incantations of the Frigid North offers up track after track of bleeding raw sonic darkness. Bekmork seems to have stirred their cauldron just right to provide you with this blistering piece of blasphemy. These six tracks here when needed are blistering straight forward blasphemous odes to darkness, and when needed they slow to a mid tempo romp through the frost to deliver and drive home an impactful buzzing sound.
With everything being said, and while each track is put together well, it is the execution that needs a little work. When Bekmork speeds things up and provides you with a no holds barred, soul stripping blackened offering, that is when things sound great and complete. At other times the sound seems a little discombobulated and incomplete. If overall execution is tightened up a little more, Bekmork would have a cohesive, unholy and wicked pure black metal sound that will be hard to ignore.
Incantations of the Frigid North will be released April 26.
After Smoulder formed in 2013 by Sarah Ann and Shon Vincent, they ran in to issues finding reliable band mates to round out their group. Finally, four years after forming, Smoulder rounded their line up out by recruiting Collin Wolf and Devin Hester. Shortly there after they marched their way in to the studio to record and eventually release their excellent debut demo titled The Sword Woman. Smoulder now fully complete with the addition of bassist Adam Blake are set to unleash their superb debut full length titled Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring. Featuring six tracks of power metal infused doom, this offering is engaging and gripping from beginning to end.
This is an album that right when you press play you very quickly realize that you are in for quite a treat. As a whole, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is an incredibly memorable and gripping release as it provides you with six great tracks that cannot be forgotten. With great song writing ability and imagination sparking lyrics, Smoulder pulls you in to each story that they are telling. Each track is an incredibly engaging and hypnotic journey that you want to keep listening to over and over again. There isn’t a cut here that will not get stuck in your head and there is not a track here that you will not belt the lyrics out to.
With great musicianship, powerful vocals and great song writing, you truly are presented with an all around stellar record front to back. As the minutes tick by through this release, you never want the hypnotic dirge of emboldening doom and power metal to cease. Each track has a great ability to capture your attention, never to let you go until the final second ticks off of the run time. Once the stories of glory, heroism and more begin to unfold, you come under Smoulder’s spell, never for it to be broken until Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring finally concludes.
In the name of glory and fantasy, Smoulder is here and here to stay. Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is a great record through and through. This release is enchanting and memorable from the very beginning all the way through the end. From great musicianship, to the incredible vocals to outstanding story telling and more, everything within this release is so well done. Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is a record to behold and will be one of the best records to be released this year.
Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring will be released April 26 through Cruz Del Sur Music.
Starting their careers off as a strictly goregrind outfit, Ovaryrot’s sound began to morph and include numerous genres in to the fold to create a sound that is all around nightmare inducing and brain splattering. With the additions of death metal, black metal, doom, power violence, noise and synth, Ovaryrot’s sound is ambitious and chaotic. Each track makes your head spin as you aren’t sure what you are supposed to be expecting from them next. As discordant and as non cohesive as you would expect their music to be, Ovaryrot make it all work to provide you with something that is well rounded and constructed.
Through Non-Flesh Scarring, Ovaryrot make their ravenous and ear bleeding style very known. From the drop of the first note you understand that you are about to come under attack from all angles. None of the seventeen tracks within this release cease their terrorizing assault as each one presses forth with bloodthirsty reckless abandon. Never are you really given a break from the sonic terror as Ovaryrot blasts from one track to the next, suffocating you under droves of chaotic metallic noise. Ovaryrot rips you to shreds from beginning to end, tearing at your psyche for the entirety of Non-Flesh Scarring.
With the addition of synths Ovaryrot adds just another element to their cacophony of twisted metal. Synths are a big focus throughout Non-Flesh Scarring as they are a feature on each track, and with them present that is what really creates an overall nightmarish atmosphere that is hard to shake. The synth elements are psychedelic, but in a way that makes you feel as though you are losing your mind. It adds a layer of an already diverse and varied sound that is hard to ignore and hard to forget.
As chaotic as each track is, there is no denying that they are flesh ripping offerings all the same. Each of the seventeen tracks that are present here are all terrorizing forces that come at you with ever skin shredding riffs, tumultuous drumming, vocals that are all together monstrous and synths that sink your mind in to a terrifying psychedelic coma. Non-Flesh Scarring is a blitzkrieg of noise and terror that twists your mind and bleeds your veins dry.
Non-Flesh Scarring is an all around destructive yet highly entertaining record. Each track is executed well and with as much as Ovaryrot packs in to each track, that is definitely saying something. This is a dense, diverse and well done record that’ll have your brain leaking from your ears before you know it. Ovaryrot has created a great record here, and if you are looking for something truly different, it would be a crime to look over Non-Flesh Scarring.
In the name of crusty, grinding death, Goregäng emerges from their rotten tomb to provide you with their upcoming twelve track flesh melter titled Neon Graves. Goregäng settles in to their torrid skull blasting pace early, never to let you prepare for their sickening onslaught of pure ravenous death metal. Each of the twelve tracks that are present within this release ooze putrescence and undulating horror as each one provides you with nothing but wicked and all consuming death.
Neon Graves is a record that grips you with the bony hand of death right from the get go, never to let your attention sway from the carnage that is unfolding before you. Try as you might, you cannot not head bang to these tracks as you immediately begin to bash your brain against its cranial tomb. Neon Graves is an incredibly infectious and memorable record that will infect your mind for some time to come. Each of the twelve tracks here are perfectly crafted hymns of death that are undeniable and unforgettable.
As each track chugs along, you find yourself consumed and enveloped in death. With malevolence and malignancy, Goregäng marches forth from track to track presenting you with nothing but pure twisted death metal. With the twelve tracks running on the shorter side, each track is a potent and venomous offering that aim straight for your throat right out of the gate only to stop the hacking until your head has been severed from your neck. This vein draining record is something to behold as it offers up twelve excellent tracks of pure death one right after another.
Through its twelve tracks of horror, Neon Graves will leave you as nothing more than an eviscerated hollow husk. This release is a vile and twisted offering, one that is executed perfectly to provide you with nothing but top notch death. One track right after the next, they get better and better. Neon Graves is simply a fantastic record that is so skillfully done and crafted that it would be criminal to pass over.
Neon Graves will be unleashed May 20 through Transcending Obscurity Records.
Check out the official track titled Goregäng from the upcoming record below!
With great sadistic intent, blackened scourge Widower blurs the lines between black metal and thrash to provide you with one truly wicked album that goes by the title of Cataclysmic Sorcery. This nine track scorcher is just that. It is a relentless, blood shedding offering of pure malevolence and malignancy that pries your soul from your lifeless body. With the two chaotic heads of thrash and black metal sewn together, what Widower has created is something unholy, blasphemous and down right vein draining.
Widower wastes no time getting you to be familiar with their overall blood thirsty sound as you are immediately placed within the belly of the beast. With no time to prepare for what you are about to witness, you become under siege by flesh ripping riffs that are only to be backed by machine gun drums and hellish tortured vocals that ring out from the depths of hell. Widower provides you no reprieve throughout Cataclysmic Sorcery as they provide you with one wicked track right after another suffocating you under droves of deadly, demonic blackened metal.
Cataclysmic Sorcery is an all together venomous and deadly album as it offers up nine sinister and down right nasty tracks that rip away at your soul. With great technicality and musicianship, Widower offers up nine very solid and life threatening cuts one right after the next. Each track is a ceaseless juggernaut of malice and malevolence aimed straight at your throat. Without reprieve you become battered and broken well before the final note has rang through the halls of the dead.
With everything stated above, Cataclysmic Sorcery is a very good record, one that provides you with ceaseless onslaughts of pure hellfire and brimstone. Not on a single track does Widower take a minute or second off as each one is just as furious and blood thirsty as the last. This release has everything you would hope it would have coming from a blackened thrash release and then some, making it to be a well rounded and cohesive offering that you should keep your eyes peeled for.
Cataclysmic Sorcery will be released May 24 through Black Market Metal.
Check out the officially released track Cosmic Holocaust from the up coming release below!
Fuzz, groove, doom and satanic worship all combine within the self titled release of Tumanduumband. Four tracks are present within this release, and this two man band offers up nothing but sludge filled doom that will rattle your spine. Each murky offering within this release is just as solid and brain buzzing as the last as Tumanduumband usher forth a truly jarring and inviting brand of doom. This is filthy, filled with attitude and presented to you in four slabs of murky, grimy doom that will stick to your ribs.
Tumanduumband offer up an ever inviting and enticing sound doing so all without a vocalist as their musicianship and instrumentation speak for themselves. Each track is riddled with riffs that vary from the low slow burning variety to a more mid tempo romp through murky hallways. Paired with the ever fuzzed out riffs are solid drums and an ever present foundation shaking bass that is hard to ignore. Each of the four tracks that are present here are as in your face with their brand of murky sludge filled doom as you could imagine.
As you wade through the thick, reverberating sonic mass that Tumanduumband creates, you quickly become submerged in nothing but filthy buzzing sludge. Along side the vast wall of sonic fuzz is plenty of groove and melody to keep your head nodding and brain spinning in its skeletal prison. Each track is a gripping and entirely entertaining piece of fuzzed out doom that you will find yourself coming back to more and more often. As mentioned previously, Tumanduumband’s overall sound gets stuck to you as each track will burrow itself inside your memory for some time.
Through and through, this self titled demo is great and all around cohesive and solid. Each track is just as entertaining and memorable as the one(s) that came before it. With great melody, groove, fuzz, doom, sludge and satanic worship comes great sludge filled powers, and Tumanduumband show that here with this release.