With the culmination of a remastered version of the debut demo as well as two bonus tracks comes Hymnes D’Outre-Tombe, a five track blackened assault. Wendigo’s overall sound seems to have been brewed in nothing but pure blackened essence and utter malevolence as they bring forth a gnarled and soul peeling sound. These Canadian blasphemers are vicious and venomous in their attack as they ladle their brand of blackened metal upon you in heaping sickening doses. From the very first track and from the very first note Wendigo you realize that you are in for an abyssal blackened treat that tears at your ear drums.
Through Hymnes D’Outre-Tombe, you are presented with five tracks that are bleedingly raw, uncompromising, dissonant and damning. Wendigo discharge their first spell of malignancy on to you with Degenerescence and from then on you become confronted with nothing but blasting black metal. From track one to track five, Wendigo gift you with ever skin blistering and blood draining tunes never relenting until you have been properly laid to rest.
Each of the five tracks on this release are dark, twisting masses of sonic poison that rattle their way in to your brain. Never once does Wendigo relent to give you any time at all to catch your breath and take a break from the all out punishing assault that they dish out from track to track. Once one track ends the next begins providing you with a hellish listen charged with the utmost disregard for life and the purest of malevolence.
With Hymnes D’Outre Tombe, Wendigo bring to you over twenty minutes of solid, well executed cyclonic black metal that you are surely not to forget. Even though Wendigo hasn’t been the most active of bands over the past decade, this offering show cases why they are a powerful blackened force to be reckoned with. There is nothing on this release but uncompromising black metal that is oh so devilishly crafted to infect your mind and poison your soul, and really what more could you ask for?
With a surge from the very beginning of destructive blackened hardcore, Ancst never looks back as they press on bashing your brain and twisting your neck from track one to eleven. The convergence of black metal and hardcore throughout Ghosts of the Timeless Void creates an overall sound that is abrasive, sharp and incredibly unrelenting. With their politically charged lyrics that add even more fuel to the already intensely burning fire, Ancst provide you with an angry, ever ceaseless sound that has a great knack for burrowing itself deep inside of your skin so that you are sure to not forget.
Ghosts of the Timeless Void is an ever charging furious record that is spearheaded by hyper speed blast beats that are only to be complimented by venomous, sharp riffs. Supplementing the frenzied sound even further and fleshing themselves out through the wall of mayhem filled blackened noise are the vocal chord straining vocals that are ever present and appropriately intense. Each instrument-including the vocals-come together in dissonant harmony to create an overall sound that is undeniably heavy and unforgettable. Each track is tightly woven together providing you with a seamless and cohesive spine twisting and unholy face melting offering that you have no problems wanting to listen to again.
With great cyclonic energy, Ancst properly tears through your speakers to gift you with a terrorizing force of blackened hardcore malevolence. While this offering can be destructive it has its moments of melodic clarity as well. Ghosts of the Timeless Void is a varied record that gives you plenty of looks and plenty of different sounds throughout its run time. Never once does Ancst repeat what they have already played as each track is as unique as the ones that stormed through your gnarled ear drums before it.
With Ghosts of the Timeless Void, Ancst creates something that stands apart from the crowd. This eleven track offering is something to behold and something that you will surely spend hours listening to. This is a well put together record with eleven really solid and well done tracks that are all undeniably great to listen to.
Ghosts of the Timeless Void will be released March 2, 2018
Flickering with black flames of madness, steeped in pure horror and terror and oozing malevolent sludge straight through your speakers in to your mind only to infect your sleepless nights with nightmares is ILSA with their newest offering Corpse Fortress. This hellish release marks ILSA’s fifth full length offering since their blackened inception in 2008. Each of the nine tracks that appear on Corpse Fortress are a murky nightmare that are filled with plenty of filth and depravity that aim to degrade and drown your mind in nothing but sludge filled demonic malignancy.
From the opening track Hikikomori through to the closing track Drums of the Dark Gods, you become shrouded in death doom misery. Never once does ILSA let up in their murky assault as they roll right from one track to the next never giving you reprieve from their hellish offerings. Their buzzing murky style of death riddled doom metal rattles your spine and boils your blood through and through. Corpse Fortress is an oppressive force that is to be reckoned with as it drains the life from your eyes and buries you under droves of relentless venomous noise from the onset.
Corpse Fortress is an ugly, filthy and incredibly demoralizing sounding record that does its best to lay you to rest early on. ILSA keep Corpse Fortress as ugly and damning as they possibly can through nine tracks as they barrel forth with fuzzed out mammoth heavy riffs that are coupled with rabid almost banshee like screams and ever present hammering drums that really begin to take their toll after only a few minutes.
Corpse Fortress tests your sanity as it tries to break it down little by little with each passing second. Each track is a wicked offering that is steeped in madness and pure demonic essence that tests your mettle daring you to carry on listening through each mind bending track. With their cruel overall sound, ILSA beats and wears you down until you finally curl up in a hole. Corpse Fortress is an overall unforgiving and unrelenting record that assaults you from all sides from beginning to end leaving you looking like a defeated corpse.
You can’t deny that this is a disgustingly heavy release as ILSA pour their brand of molten sludge on thick from beginning to end creating an overall massive, oppressive and incredibly heavy sound. Corpse Fortress through and through is a good release that infects your mind and has you coming back to listen again and again to relive the sickening punishment that ILSA dishes out.
Corpse Fortress will be released March 2, 2018 through Relapse Records.
Links to follow:
Relapse Records Bandcamp
Appropriately and comically Pestilent Reign begin their new record with an Alex Jones clip that screams, “You people are cancer!…I’m not in a good mood now” before they really begin their blood letting. Pyres is eight tracks in total of dehumanizing and incredibly devastating technical death metal that drains the life from your eyes and tears the skin from your flesh. After the Alex Jones clip, Pestilent Reign jump straight in to their bone gnawing brand of death that is ceaseless and unrelenting. From front to back Pestilent Reign forces ever malevolent and malignant tune after tune upon you until you offer to bury yourself in a shallow damp grave.
Even as brutalizing and blood boiling as each track on this release is, each track is just as groove filled and technical which ultimately provides you with a melodic brain bashing torture. With plenty of ill intent, Pestilent Reign blasts through your speakers with an incredibly sharp and potent sound that threatens you within an inch of your life. Pyres is an unforgiving and incredibly brutal onslaught that does not give up on severing your head from your neck until the eighth and final song has had its say. Through and through, Pryes is a face smashing record that pours the deadly torment upon you early on and relentlessly until you are left looking like nothing other than a bloody pulp.
Pyres is menacing and monstrous and through eight tracks you are treated to a very thorough and brain bleeding beating. Other than the quick intro at the very beginning of this offering you are certainly not granted any solace or reprieve from the utter face shredding madness that Pestilent Reign offers up. From track to track you are greeted with technical flesh flaying riffing that is paired up with chest cracking drumming. Through the ever present onslaught come the bleeding guttural vocals that are enough to tear the throats of the fortunate listeners. All together, Pyres is a madhouse of death and despair that seems to seek out more cold cadavers for its seemingly ever growing fetid pile of offal.
This release is undeniably savage as it hammers you from all angles with nothing but true and pure death. Pyres is a technical, groove filled offering that is just as entertaining to listen to as it is terrorizing. For their debut full length, Pestilent Reign hit the nail right on the head as they gift you with nothing but great tune after tune making this to be one hell of an album.
Pyres will be released March 16, 2018 through Rising Nemesis Records and Rebirth The Metal Productions.
Links to follow:
Rising Nemesis Bandcamp
Rebirth The Metal Bandcamp
Pestilent Reign Facebook
When listening to progressive metal you expect to be provided with vast soundscapes and wondrous atmospheres that capture your mind to have it wander through said soundscapes and within The Shadows of The End that is what you get and then some. The Faceless Hunter combine dark metal, death metal and progressive metal elements to create a melodic, atmospheric and heavy sound that is hard to forget. The Faceless Hunter kick their new record off with a track titled The Final Journey which opens with what seems to be a news report until it fades in to a serene sound that is provided by pianos and acoustic picking. From here on out through The Final Journey, The Faceless Hunter gifts you with heavy melodic riffing that is only to be coupled by atmospheric grandiose keyboards.
The Final Journey is a solid opening track as it sets the overall tone as well as what you can come to expect from the rest of the record. The seven tracks that come after The Final Journey follow in its footsteps as they provide you with a similar formula of tight, melodic riffing that is paired with solid drumming and ever enchanting keyboards that entertain and take your mind on a wild journey through the soundscapes that they provide. Each track on this release has their moments of onslaught as well as their moments of atmospheric enchantment providing you with a diverse, ever expanding listen that grabs your attention from the get go. The Faceless Hunter does a great job of balancing their death metal tendencies with their more progressive tendencies never permitting one genre over the other gifting you with an overall cohesive sound.
As this is The Faceless Hunter’s debut full length since forming in 2009, this is a very solid offering. Each track is just as memorable and mesmerizing as the others and even though this release is lengthy and each track sport relatively lengthy run times, The Shadows of The End never overstays its welcome. Each track keeps your attention and keeps you listening through and through. There isn’t a song on this offering that is lacking in any way as each one is solid and well strung together creating an overall great sounding album that is sure to get plenty of spins.
Overall, The Shadows of The End is a very solid debut outing from these Russian maniacs. This is a well put together and well executed offering that offers up plenty of diversity and plenty of twists and turns through each minute.
You can find this release on The Faceless Hunter’s Bandcamp
Grisly death steeped in reaping malevolent doom come bursting through your speakers like fetid entrails. For four dominant tracks you are presented with something foul and flesh rotting as Grim Fate truly emerges from their crypt. After forming in 2017, Grim Fate put out a demo that same year titled Decomposition, and now they are on the verge of unleashing their debut EP Emerging From The Crypt. As mentioned, these cadaver hoarders present four brand new tracks within their new EP that are bone cleaving and flesh peeling. Each track is potent and treats you as nothing more than just another body to be thrown in to the fire.
Emerging From The Crypt is a dark and ever malevolent release that ultimately aims to put you in to an early grave. Grim Fate open with Decomposition that brings you in to their bleak world of death with bells that toll signaling your final day. Once the bells stop ringing through your ears, Grim Fate pours on a doom filled dirge that slowly drags on and slowly but surely begins gutting you, preparing you for the rest of the venomous onslaught. Decomposition ultimately picks the pace up around the three minute mark providing you with nothing but scalding marrow draining death. The remaining three tracks follow much of the same formula as Grim Fate guts and quarters you with a combination of pure blood thirsty death metal and wraith like doom to gift you with an unsettling and blood letting sound.
This EP is foul, raw and flesh peeling all the way through. Never once does Grim Fate lay off on their all out brutalizing assault as one track bleeds in to the next never giving you enough time to prepare for the next wave of putrid death. From track to track, Grim Fate bury you underneath droves of dehumanizing death and at the end of it all you become just another corpse added to the growing pile. Emerging From The Crypt with only four tracks to its title is a monster. Once you press play you feel as though death is looming and that is in part due to the deadly life swallowing atmosphere that Grim Fate provides. The overall sound of this EP is that of a reaper culling the weak only to drag them below to a cold, ever darkening abyss.
Emerging From The Crypt is a great EP. The sound is rough, raw and unfiltered through each track and through each of the four tracks you come face to face with really solid doom riddled death metal. This is Grim Fate’s debut and with only four tracks they put forth a great rotted release that is surely able to please the ears of death heads. It will be fun to see where Grim Fate takes it from here as far as releases go, but for now we have this flesh rotting EP to bruise our brains to.
Emerging From The Crypt will be released March 26, 2018 through Chaos Records
Comfortably dwelling between hardcore, catchy punk and straight up punishing heavy metal is hardcore hybrid Ondt Blod. Natur is the title of this sophomore effort and what you are to find inside are ten brand new tracks that are incredibly infectious and memorable. Throughout the ten songs off of this new offering, you find it to be very easy to nod your head along with these hardcore merchants and even sing along. Natur provides you with a mashing of several genres and the way in which Ondt Blod incorporates them all is done very well. Through this release you will come to find that Ondt Blod prefers to stick with their lighter more catchy punk/hardcore sound than anything else only to bring out the harsher more heavy hitting heavy metal elements when needed.
Each track is well crafted and each element that Ondt Blod deploys throughout Natur is sewn together well to create an overall cohesive, diverse and tightly knit sound. You will find yourself nodding to each track before you know it as Ondt Blod has a great ability to grab a hold of you with their catchy writing and suck you in to their music completely. Natur is an easy record to get in to and sink in to and before you know it you are nearing the end of your listen only to turn back to hear more.
It is hard to deny that each and every track on this release is memorable as each of them are unique in their own way and get stuck in your head before you really realize it. The amalgamation of numerous genres works well creating an overall clean, sharp and crisp sound that bounces easily from your speakers in to your ears. Natur has a very pleasing sound to it that is easy to sit and listen to without it being a burden or over staying its welcome.
This release is catchy and memorable when needed and heavy in other parts when needed and that formula flows throughout each of the ten present tracks gifting you with an overall enjoyable, diverse and varied listen. Not one track sounds alike as Ondt Blod does a great job of switching their sound up from track to track. Overall, Natur is a good record, as well as one that is surely to hit the mark with fans of numerous genres.
Natur will be released March 9, 2018 through Fysisk Format