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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

Ardormort: S/T

December 10, 2018
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Ardormort is a newer band with its inception coming about earlier this year and their debut EP Exist For Nothing… only coming about a few months ago. Fast forward to the present and this one man band has unleashed yet another offering that is self titled. Immediately you can tell the difference between the EP and this self titled release as the musicianship is tighter as is the song writing as a whole. Within the seven tracks that are presented within this release you are treated to a menagerie of genres as Ardormort sews black metal, doom, synth, atmospheric tendencies and much more together to create a unique and intriguing sound.

This murky release shape shifts constantly, ever providing you with diversity and variety, never for you to hear the same sound twice. Ardormort does a great job of mixing and matching genres creating an all together fluid and cohesive sound. Never once do other genres trip over each other as each one works together pretty seamlessly. With all of the genres that are within this release listed above, you may seem to think that the sound would be jumbled and chaotic, but it is quite the opposite. This self titled release is a fluid and comprehensive from beginning to end.

There is no denying that the overall sound is odd, that much you cannot fight, but all at the same time it is compelling and unique. More than just black metal and doom, the most interesting aspects of this release are the synth oddities and strange atmospheres that work in coalescence with the black metal and doom genes. The synth elements work well within this offering as it provides you with a dark undertone and atmosphere that is hard to ignore. 

With all of its oddities and with all of the genres that are worked in here, this self titled release is a nice step up from the debut EP. Everything comes together nicely here and nothing feels out of place as each element finds its right place among the blackened noise. 

Omgeving: Wijde Wijdte

November 18, 2018
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Boiling down numerous genres to create something all together atmospheric, heavy and gripping is Omgeving. This experimental band incorporates the likes of doom, sludge, rock, black metal and ambient to provide you with a compelling and enveloping sound. Wijde Wijdte is an instrumental record that comes complete with eight tracks of gripping and mind warping metal. From beginning to end you fall deeper and deeper in to the darkened recesses of the atmosphere that is provided here for you. As soon as the first note hits your ears you are compelled and gripped, never wanting to leave the listen until you have heard the final note call out through the void.

Wijde Wijdte is wholly striking and intriguing and Omgeving seamlessly sews numerous genres together to create an overall unique sound. Never once do you hear the same sound twice as Omgeving does a great job of mixing things up through each track. Wijde Wijdte is a labyrinth of sounds as it is forever changing and forever leading your mind around twisting and contorting corridors for its entirety. Wijde Wijdte has a knack for pulling you in and submerging you under its ever compelling and hypnotizing atmospheres never to let you leave until your mind has been completely filled with darkened reveries and dirges of doom.

Omgeving presents you with a sound that is grand, fluid and ever shifting never keeping the same shape as it contorts and twists its way through numerous genres only to provide you with a cohesive and comprehensive listen.The smattering of genres within this release is on full display as each and every track provides you with little elements of each genre that work hand in hand to create an overall inviting yet sinister sound. As each minute passes through these dirges of darkness, you fall further and further in to the abyssal soundscapes that are provided for you. Wijde Wijdte is hypnotic in its own way and gripping, ever drawing you further and further in to where the light does not reach.

Wijde Wijdte is a solid record to say the least as it offers up just about everything you could want coming from an experimental project. You are treated to ever foreboding atmospheres, slow burning doom passages, black metal cynicism and more as Omgeving pushes the boundaries of each genre to present you with something unique. Each of the eight tracks on this release are fulfilling and well constructed creating a fluid sound that you have a hard time breaking away from. This release warrants many listens not only to pick up on things that you may not have heard in previous listens, but because it is a solid and compelling record through and through.

Wijde Wijdte will be released December 6, 2018 through Hypnotic Dirge Records.

1914: The Blind Leading the Blind

November 4, 2018
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While there are plenty of bands that focus on the atrocities of WWII, 1914 decided to take a different direction and aim their focus on WWI instead. 1914 tell tales of hopelessness, fear and death, making this release to be relentless yet melancholic at times and gripping all the way through. Through each track, 1914 weaves tales of atrocities and death leading your mind through war torn battle fields and bloodied corridors leaving you feeling shell shocked and grim. The Blind Leading the Blind is a unique and ever twisting offering that presents you with eleven straight tracks of wonderfully crafted metal that grips you from beginning to end. Never once does 1914 let up in their assault as they press onward with the combination of death, doom and touches of sludge to present you with an all together incredibly heavy and memorable sound.

1914 leads their march with their opener War In,  which seems to sample a musical number from the time period before really getting you acquainted with their punishing and twisted sound. Right after War In concludes, 1914 barrels forth straight in to the next track without so much as a breather in between. These commandos march forth from track to track spinning tales of war and death that hit you square between the eyes. Just as punishing of a sound as 1914 gives off, it is just as engaging and mesmerizing in its own right as you become gripped by the cold hand of death from the very beginning never to leave until all has been concluded.

The overall sound of The Blind Leading the Blind is incredibly massive and monolithic. You can feel the weight of each kick of the drum and you can feel the strum of each riff rattle your bones. The musicianship is intricate and stellar as the vocals are just as savage and vibrant as they force their way through the cacophony of murky sludge filled noise. Each track is a cohesive offering that sews death and doom together and at points black metal to create an overall spine bending heavy and memorable sound. Each track is a labyrinth of intricacies as each track is forever changing and shifting shape, never to present you with the same sound twice, forever keeping you on your toes.

This is a well crafted record from beginning to end. The musicianship is top notch, the vocals are incredible, the over hanging dismal atmosphere is great and the tales woven of the first world war are all gripping. The Blind Leading the Blind is a great release, one that should not be over looked. This is a hell of a sophomore effort from these Ukrainian bulldozers, one that will stand atop with some of the best releases this year.

The Blind Leading the Blind will be released November 11, 2018 through Redefining Darkness for North America and Archaic Sound for Europe.

Links to Follow:

1914 Facebook

1914 Bandcamp

 

Ye Goat-Herd Gods: Ashes Shall Be Made of Them

October 10, 2018
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Classifying themselves as just metal might be appropriate since Ye Goat-Herd Gods doesn’t quite fit in one single genre or another, and that is what makes them unique, incredibly memorable, diverse and varied. Incorporating numerous genres in to their sound, Ye Goat-Herd Gods creates a sound that is potent and highly addictive as you find yourself coming back for more listens. As punishing and blackened as their tracks can be, they are just as melodic and memorable as they infect your mind like a disease never to leave. From beginning to end, Ye Goat-Herd Gods provides you with ten straight tracks of nothing but melodic, atmospheric and punishing metal that drives you deep in to a seemingly endless darkness.

These purveyors of death don’t wait around to grace you with their blackened metal as they immediately set in with Ribspreader. This sickening track provides you with everything that Ye Goat-Herd Gods has to offer. It is dark, melodic and as heavy as you could want it providing you with the perfect neck twisting opener to an album that will surely make you bruise your brain against your skull many times over. From this opening track you can immediately tell that Ye Goat-Herd Gods has built off of their sound from their debut Becoming Flesh, as they are even more tightly knit and proficient.

From Ribspreader onward, you are treated to nine more tracks that play much the same way. Each of the following tracks are cohesive atmospheric and melodic marches toward death that ultimately burrow themselves deep in your brain never to vacate. Each track on this offering is so well performed and so well crafted that you almost have no other choice but to listen over and over again. Ashes Shall Be Made of Them is a well put together record, one that has great fluidity throughout making you stay for the entirety of the record and then some. From beginning to end you are treated to nothing but top notch metal.

Ashes Shall Be Made of Them has just about everything you could want. It is packed with melody, atmosphere, great musicianship, powerful shredding vocals, solid production and overall well constructed intense tracks one right after another. This is a certain step up from their last effort as this is an overall well rounded offering that just cannot be denied. Fans of black metal, death metal or just metal in general will find something here for them as this is just purely ten tracks of outstanding metal.

Ashes Shall Be Made of Them will be released October 31, 2018.

Clawing: Labour

September 30, 2018
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Totaling near thirty minutes, Labour is a track that is separated in to parts by spoken word that spin a harrowing tale of drug addiction and that the only thing that brings this person in the story any happiness is digging a hole. Labour is consuming, enveloping, atmospheric, ambient, harrowing, melancholy, gripping and so many more descriptors that could not do the weight of the music justice. Clawing has a great ability to draw you in to their music, gripping you tightly and bringing you along for the tale that they weave. This track is broken down exceptionally giving plenty of time to tell the tale as well as completely encompass you in the dark and melancholic ambiance that they provide.

As Labour swells up from out of the darkness, it begins with ambient noises of dirt being dug accompanied by melancholic guitar tones that comes complete with one striking line, “will you put me out to pasture?”. From here on, Labour creeps along at a slow burning pace, ever filling you with darkness and ever encompassing you in bitter, cold and mind breaking atmospheres and ambiance. This ambiance is filled with hopelessness, devoid of all light and humanity. As Labour marches forth, it guides you down darkened corridors, ever pressing your mind back in to the shadows, ever needling at your emotions, making you feel unsettled and uneasy.

Labour brings everything down to earth, as it spins a tale that hits close to home not only for me, but for many others out there. The overall sound of this release is one that represents a lot of emotion that goes along with dealing with addiction. It is dark, twisted, grounded, melancholic and terrifying all in the same. Clawing has presented something here that evokes a lot of the emotions that their track is trying to portray. Every note can be felt and the ambiance hangs over you like a darkened cloud never to fade until the final note has receded back into obscurity.

This is a great release, one that is grounded in reality and one that can hit home for a lot of people. The music overall is great, the noise elements, the ambiance, everything about it is well done. Mix that in with a story that hits you like a ton of bricks, and one that really evokes emotions that you may not have wanted to touch on, you get a release that really draws you in. Overall, Labour is a very solid release, one that should be heard.

Labour will be released October 31, 2018.

Doldrey: S/T

September 26, 2018
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Hailing from Singapore comes Doldrey with their self titled release that comes complete with five ripping tracks that are sure to leave you banging your brain against your skull. Fusing death metal and punk together, Doldrey create a dissonant, raw and bombastic sound that you just can’t deny. Each track is a ripping and razor sharp offering that aims for the jugular. These are blitzkriegs as they are short tracks that pack a massive punch within their short run times. There is not a single hint of bullshit here as Doldrey get right into the thick of things from the very beginning never to relent in their assault for the entirety of the release.

Doldrey set out for blood  immediately with their opening grave stomper War. This track is a venomous beginning for an overall potent and savage release. War rages on taking no prisoners and leaving no weakling not stomped in to the ground. This opening track gets your head banging immediately and your body moving as sitting still just isn’t an option. War sets you up for even more rampage and blood letting as each track that follows is just as ruthless and gutting. Each of the five dissonant tracks that are present within this self titled release are venomous and filled with a massive amount of intensity that knock you back a couple of paces.

Doldrey is relentless as they provide you with razor caked riffs that are only to be supplemented by ever spastic and tumultuous drumming and savage blood dripping vocals that howl out from beyond the crypt. Each track is a bombastic offering that mixes death and punk together seamlessly to create an unholy alliance of noise, disease and death. This is a no holds barred offering that confronts you from the very get go, gripping you by the throat never to release you from your ultimate demise.

Overall, this self titled release is a complete ripper. The five tracks that are present here are head caving in the best possible way as you keep wanting to replay the savagery over and over again.

 

Teleport: The Expansion

September 20, 2018
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In the short time that Teleport has been around they have been busy to say the least as they have released two demos and one EP up until this point. The Expansion is the title of their newest offering and within this title you will find three new tracks of ever expanding, prog tinged blackened death metal with some thrash flair thrown in the mix for good measure. Each of the three tracks that are present here are adventurous mind warping offerings that are all together gripping and compelling. These tracks that Teleport has so meticulously crafted run on the lengthier side which gives each song time to expand, breathe and ultimately draw you in to the fray of ever warping and mind shifting metal.

Teleport takes no time at all ushering forth their brand of sonic wickedness as they immediately set forth with their opening track thrusting you in to their ever collapsing and expanding sound without so much as a warning. Each track is a well crafted onslaught of black metal mixed with death, progressive tendencies and some thrash elements to create an overall very well sewn together and cohesive sound that is hard to deny. These songs are highly unique and incredibly intoxicating as they pull you in making you stay for the whole release and then some as you continuously reach for the play button.

Everything on this release is done damn near perfect. Each cut has great musicianship, the technicality is outstanding, the production is spot on and ultimately each track is heavy, neck bending and mind bending as they should be. From beginning to end you are treated to a stellar release complete with three incredible tracks that truly are something to behold. This is progressive, heavy, entirely memorable and addictive to be sure. The Expansion is an excellent piece of work as well as Teleport’s most impressive and well put together piece of work to date.

Gnaw Their Tongues & Crowhurst: Burning Ad Infinitum: A Collaboration

August 29, 2018
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Burning Ad Infinitum is like staring in to the maw of the void as it gnashes its gnarled and bloodied teeth, waiting to sink deep in to your psyche and flesh. This genre bending madhouse of a record brought to you by the ever twisted minds of Gnaw Their Tongues and Crowhurst, warps your mind and twists it in ways you never though imaginable. This nightmarish four track offering is a trek through never ending reeling darkness. This is not a split, this is a collaboration as Gnaw Their Tongues and Crowhurst mesh their own unique sounds together to present you with something wholly unique and never to be heard else where in this world.

This release is its own unique behemoth as Gnaw Their Tongues and Crowhurst weave their two wonderfully mind altering and chaotic styles together to create something that is nightmare inducing yet wholly addictive. Burning Ad Infinitum is a harsh and punishing release from beginning to end as it provides you with four lengthy dirges of psychotic mind breaking noise until the final metallic note has shot through the halls of madness. Riddled with influences from black metal, drone, doom, industrial and more, Gnaw Their Tongues and Crowhurst creates a sound unlike any other.

Sooner rather than later you get sucked in to the void and the more and longer that you listen the longer you want to stay and see what this release has to offer. Through only four tracks you are greeted to harsh and punishing noises that both creep up out of the abyss and startlingly grab you by the throat. Through industrial noises and through harsh sickening screams, these two bands present you with something that is truly terrifying and skin crawling. Each second of this offering is filled with sounds that are hellish and gruesome making you feel as though you are trapped within the mind of the insane.

This mind eating, ever contorting release is truly something to behold as it really is a monster all its own. There isn’t anything else out there like this as both Crowhurst and Gnaw Their Tongues inject their own creative stylings in to this offering to make it something that stands out prominently among the crowd. This is a dark, ever lurching and churning release that is just as addictive as it is unsettling.

Burning Ad Infinitum will be released August 31, 2018 through Crown and Throne Ltd.

You can pre-order this release right here.

InnerSphere: Amnesia

August 21, 2018
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Taking cues from genres like death metal, thrash and even hints of black metal and doom, InnerSphere present Amnesia, their debut full length riddled with ten tracks of ripping metal. Born in the wintery month of December 2015, InnerSphere became active just months later in 2016 to eventually put out a self titled EP in October of that same year. InnerSphere boasts a monstrous yet equally melodic sound that is the culmination of death, thrash and even tinges of black metal and doom. Each of the genres that these Czech monsters have employed for their assault work in cohesion to present to you a full bodied and well rounded sound that is easy to sink your teeth in to and twist your vertebrae to.

Amnesia begins with a prologue titled Proem, which tells you what this record is about. Amnesia is a concept album centered around one man that experiences loss, love, sacrifice and death among other afflictions. Throughout this release these feelings are palpable as InnerSphere weaves their tale very well as Amnesia unfold much like a novel would. One track is a chapter in the story of this man that has suffered loss, experienced purgatory, death, love and sacrifice. Amnesia is a harrowing record, but one that sucks you in keeping you captive until you have listened to the final chapter in the tale that InnerSphere has created. Each track plays well with one another creating an overall cohesive sound and record in general.

As dark and cynical as this release is, it is just as melodic and memorable. Each track is crafted very well with the overall story in mind aimed at taking you on a harrowing and darkened journey. Amnesia is a well strung together record that provides you with ten total tracks that keep you hooked and wanting more of the story to unfold. As Amnesia plays and each track rolls out like a blackened fog, your mind wanders through numerous corridors of darkness ever steeping your mind in madness and pitch black darkness.

From the razor sharp riffs, to the ever charging drums and to the unearthly growls that transition to howls of despair as well as the ever present rumbling bass lines, everything in this record is done very well. Amnesia is an impressive debut record as InnerSphere has incorporated numerous genres in to its overall sound and they have worked in a compelling concept in to this record as well. Through and through, Amnesia is a good record, one that you can keep coming back to and enjoy over and over again.

Links To Follow: 

InnerSphere Bandcamp

InnerSphere Facebook’

InnerSphere Official Site

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P.H.O.B.O.S.: Phlogiston Catharsis

July 9, 2018
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Distorting your mind, plunging you in to eternal nightmarish darkness among other sadistic rituals is what P.H.O.B.O.S. is capable of. Phlogiston Catharsis is a sickening blend of black metal and industrial doom metal wrapped up crudely within eight ever blasphemous tracks. With the passing of each minute you feel your mind warping and your sanity draining as buzzing noise mixed with ominous nightmarish sounds ring out from the halls of insanity. Phlogiston Catharsis sounds as though death itself is calling out to you, waiting to drag your soul in to a pitch black darkness. This release is menacing yet wholly compelling and mesmerizing.

P.H.O.B.O.S. begins your sonic induced nightmare with Biomorphorror, a track that leads you in with already unsettling noise only for buzzing cranium splitting riffs to be introduced with raspy vocals that sound as though they are reverberating from beyond the halls of the damned. This skin crawling track crawls along for near seven minutes never to give you reprieve only to sink you further and further in to madness and delirium.

The seven tracks that follow Biomorphorror are much the same. Each of the eight tracks within this release are well constructed soul eating sonic epics. Phlogiston Catharsis is pure madness. Each track is a pulsing, sludge filled horror that seeps its way in to your mind ever twisting and contorting it until you can’t tell whether you are sane or if you have jumped off the deep end and in to a dark recess. These tracks are ominous and life harvesting as P.H.O.B.O.S. has created something here that is truly terrorizing and horrifying.

Phlogiston Catharsis is one of the most eerie records that I have come across and that in itself is one thing that makes this such a great record. Through and through you are greeted by walls of sonic despair in the form of ever buzzing riffs, sanity draining droning noise and hellish vocals that call out from beyond the ever thunderous wall of noise. Each of the eight tracks that belong to Phlogiston Catharsis are well crafted cacophonies of pure throbbing madness and they are truly excellent.

Phlogiston Catharsis is something unique, twisted and entirely engaging making this to be a very solid release. This is a devilish and warped record, one that will grab your attention and keep you coming back for more and more.

Phlogiston Catharsis will be released September 10, 2018 through Transcending Obscurity Records.

Links To Follow: 

Transcending Obscurity Bandcamp

P.H.O.B.O.S. Facebook

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