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Devangelic: Phlegethon

November 13, 2017
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For not having been around for entirely too long, Devangelic has certainly made a name for themselves in the brutal death metal community and rightfully so. 2014 saw the coming of their acclaimed debut full length Resurrection Denied, and now three years later Devangelic graces us with yet another brutal death work of art. Phlegethon is the title of this new release and within this album you will find ten tracks of brutalizing, mutilating and purely unholy brutal death metal. Once you press play on this monstrous record the flood gates open and you are presented with nothing but unrelenting and unapologetic death metal that gnashes at your flesh and tears at your very existence.

Once Phlegethon begins it keeps on rolling spreading devastating and death for ten straight tracks. There is no filler or fluff within this record and never for a second does Devangelic let up as they keep their already caked in blood knife on your throat for the entirety of the listen. From track one to track ten you are gifted with pulverizing brutal death metal that aims to expunge you from the face of this earth no matter what. Phlegethon is a record that embodies pure savagery and blood lust and you may be lucky to escape with only a few limbs missing.

Devangelic takes what they did well on Resurrection Denied and make those elements even better on Phlegethon creating an even darker, even more twisted and insane listen. Phlegethon is also an intricate work of brutal death metal, and even with it being a more intricate work it doesn’t detract from the ultimate brutality that Devangelic is known for. Phlegethon is a slab of punishing and dehumanizing death metal that rumbles on from start to finish laying waste to everyone that dares come across it. Each track is sickening, twisted, dark and undeniably heavy gifting you with one hell of an entertaining listen.

Through and through Phlegethon impresses as it certainly is one of the better brutal death metal albums that has been released this year. This record is an undeniable slaughtering machine that wants nothing more than to shed blood and pile up the bodies. This release offers just about everything that a brutal death record should offer and then some. With Phlegethon, Devangelic has upped the ante providing you with something that is better than their last release as well as a release that is-as mentioned-one of the better brutal death metal releases this year.

Phlegethon is a cohesive barrage of destruction and death. Each track rolls nicely in to the next never really giving you time to catch your breath before the next onslaught comes barreling through your speakers. The only reprieve that you are allowed is when the seventh track Wretched Incantations appears, but even then it sets a dismal tone for the rest of the record. This release is a gore filled madhouse that you just can’t get enough of. Phlegethon is an addicting slab of brutal death that you just can’t seem to get out of your head once you have listened.

Links to follow:

Comatose Music Bandcamp: https://comatosemusic.bandcamp.com/album/phlegethon

Comatose Music Official Site: http://comatosemusic.com/

Devangelic Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/devangelic.official/

Comatose Music Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Comatosemusiclabel/

 

 

 

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American Standards: Anti-Melody

November 11, 2017
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Founded in 2011, American Standards has released a self titled EP, three full length records one right after another year after year, and now in 2017 they have released their most emotionally charged and pointed record. Within this record, American Standards has found a way to incorporate their social commentary with loss and sorrow. This is a solid and cohesive record that is fueled by plenty of anger, depression, sorrow and many more emotions that you get to experience alongside with the band. Everything on this record seems to be left out on the table. No punches are pulled and no emotions are spared with this release and that makes it just makes this release just that much better.

Throughout this release, you can really feel where American Standards is coming from, whether they are talking about social and political issues or personal loss. Each emotion can be felt and each lyric can be felt as they hit you right in the chest. Once you press play, you begin a chaotic, noise filled hardcore ride with these maniacs and it definitely is incredibly enjoyable. There isn’t a track on this release that you could do without or that you would want to take out as each of them are just as solid as the ones that came before it.

The majority of the tracks on this release are chaotic and filled with plenty of neck snapping hardcore noise for you to bruise your brain to. The spastic riffs and the tumultuous drumming has your head spinning in minutes as the sharp and throat shredding vocals poke through-and add to-the sonic madness. Each track is a whirlwind of harsh noises, turn-on-a-dime tempo changes and just pure neck breaking energy. Once you begin listening you have no choice but to head bang until your head does fall off and I’m sure American Standards would have it no other way. This is a heavy, head stomping and unrelenting release that comes at you full tilt all the way through.

Throughout Anti-Melody, each note can be felt hitting you square in the jaw, each lyric can be heard clearly, and each emotion can be felt. Anti-Melody is a well crafted and executed record that not only brings social and political issues to the table, as well as plenty of deep emotion that you might not hear all that often. American Standards does a great job of portraying exactly what they are feeling and they do a great job of getting all of their points across clearly and loudly so that we all can hear them.

Overall, Anti-Melody is a great record. You are treated to so much while listening to this record. There is a lot of content that is packed within this record and all of it is spot on. The musicianship is great, the production is solid, the lyrics are on point and you are gifted with plenty of emotion that courses through this entire release. American Standards brings all of these elements and more together to create a cohesive and well constructed effort that is sure to win over the hearts and ears of many.

American Standards Bandcamp: https://americanstndrds.bandcamp.com/

Employed To Serve: The Warmth Of A Dying Sun

November 9, 2017
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Why it has taken me so long to discover Employed To Serve is well beyond me. Ever since stumbling upon them the other day and listening to their newest record The Warmth Of A Dying Sun, I have to say that they may be one of the finest hardcore acts out right now. Employed To Serve brings pure, raw, visceral energy to their music that creates a very catastrophic and devastating atmosphere. There is so much energy and aggression pumped in to this record that you almost feel inclined to just break shit and bash your skull against a wall.

From the first note on you are encircled in a chaotic moshpit of nothing but purely destructive and venomous hardcore and yet you don’t want to leave the pit. The Warmth Of A Dying Sun certainly is an abrasive and wholly chaotic record, but even so you feel the need to listen over and over again to get your skull grinding fix. Even as caustic as this record is, it still is hypnotic in its own twisted kind of way. Once you start listening you just can’t help yourself but to listen all the way through and then listen again.

Each of the ten tracks that appear on this release are gritty and grimy and make you feel uncomfortable because of how aggressive and in your face they are. These tracks are punchy, venomous, blunt and down right deadly. The Warmth Of A Dying Sun is an undeniably heavy and relentless record that chews you up and spits you out the other side once it is done with you. With that being said you end up jumping right back in and taking that beating all over again. This release is addicting honestly and the more that you listen, the more that you seem to not be able to pull yourself away from your speakers.

With all of their aggression, Employed To Serve ends with Apple Tree, where the band takes a different direction in their approach. Apple Tree is slower and more melancholic and somber in mood and yet it definitely rounds The Warmth Of A Dying Sun out perfectly. This track is more emotional and nearly serene compared to the other nine tracks that came before it. Apple Tree is a welcome and almost warm sight as well as a great way to end such a chaotic, well rounded and well crafted record.

The Warmth Of The Dying Sun is a great record. One that is harsh, punishing, chaotic, captivating and just an all around solid release. Employed To Serve is a unique band, one that takes hardcore and twists it to their liking creating a sound that is all their own and in turn creating such a solid record.

Employed To Serve Bandcamp: https://employedtoserve.bandcamp.com/album/the-warmth-of-a-dying-sun-2

 

Fister/CHRCH: Split

November 8, 2017
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To kick this split off between CHRCH and Fister is the brand new track from CHRCH titled Temples. This seventeen minute opening track begins with a melancholic intro that not only is melancholic but serene in a way, until you hit near the four minute mark. Around this four minute mark you become swallowed up in a wall of monstrous reverberating riffs, pounding drums and devilish shrieking vocals. From here on in you are provided with nothing but captivating, dark, twisted and ultimately bone splintering doom. Temples trudges along with the intent of dragging you along with it down a dark and twisting corridor to your ultimate demise. CHRCH create an ever looming and dark atmosphere within these seventeen minutes; one that follows you the entire length of the track. Temples is a wonderfully malevolent piece that does a great job of captivating and mesmerizing you from the drop of the first note. With longer tracks you tend to wonder if the listen will be a burden or longer than it should be, but that certainly is not the case with Temples. Even at seventeen minutes this track flies by because you become so wrapped up and involved with the track. This is a wonderfully crafted piece by CHRCH, one that you will have a hard time forgetting.

Immediately following Temples is Fister’s The Ditch. The Ditch is a great follow up to Temples as it is just as grueling and twisted. From the get go, Fister greets you with throat shredding screeches, low, slow and murky riffs that are accompanied by the ever present pounding of drums. The Ditch is a dissonant and monolithic assault on the listeners ears as you are provided with nothing but harsh doom for twenty plus minutes. Around the eight minute mark is when you can breath again as Fister presents you with a calm, nearly serene break in the action until the track builds back up and finally pushes you back down in to the dark depths of despair with more trudging and life ending doom. Even as oppressive as this track is and even with its lengthy run time, you still sit and listen all the way through marching in syncopation with the drum beats to your doom. Much like Temples from CHRCH, The Ditch is just as an enthralling listen as much as it is a damning one. With dissonant soul shredding riffs paired with hammering drums and vocals that range the spectrum from high pitched shrieks to rabid larynx shredding lows, you are gifted with a harrowing, punishing and ultimately entertaining and heavy listen. The Ditch is a cohesive and well constructed track that slowly drives you to madness, but even so you will find yourself playing this track over and over.

The pairing of CHRCH and Fister on this split is great and utter madness. Each band compliments the other very well providing you with an all around great listen. Each track has a ton to offer, and while this split may seem daunting, it is definitely worth listening to all the way through. This is a great release to say the least, and you certainly cannot go wrong here.

This split will be released November 17, 2017.

 

Cruciamentum: Paradise Envenomed

November 8, 2017
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Coming off of their massive debut full length Charnel Passages, Cruciamentum is back with Paradise Envenomed. This brand new release is a two track EP that includes the title track as well as a cover of Absu’s Descent To Acheron. After gifting us Charnel Passages, you can’t expect anything less than stellar death metal from these morgue suppliers and with their new track Paradise Envenomed that is exactly what you get.

This new six and a half minute track provides you with more of what you have come to know, love and expect from Cruciamentum. This track is calculated, well constructed and ultimately skull grinding. Right off the bat Cruciamentum greet you with blasting drums that are paired with blood thirsty riffs ready to chomp down on your flesh at any given moment. Cutting through the dense wall of death are the gritty gnashing vocals that switch between virulent gutturals and hair raising screams. Paradise Envenomed is a blasphemous, blasting and life threatening track that chips away at your skull from the very first note on. The combination of doom and death metal here creates a devilish, end of times sound that fills you with a sense of dread and foreboding death. This is a dark and twisting track that grabs you immediately keeping you captive until the onslaught has finally concluded. Paradise Envenomed is a monster of a song, one that is well executed and crafted only to provide you with some of the finest death metal.

Paradise Envenomed is a nice follow up to Charnel Passages and provides you with a small taste of what is hopefully more to come. Before you know it, you are reaching for the play button again and again. Paradise Envenomed is an addicting track, one that you don’t mind listening to over and over again. It is a solid, well rounded and damning track that catches your attention immediately and keeps you coming back for more death metal punishment.

You can find Paradise Envenomed on the Profound Lore Records Bandcamp!

Coma Cluster Void: Thoughts From A Stone

November 6, 2017
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To begin, I’m going to say that there isn’t anything out there right now that sounds like Coma Cluster Void and there isn’t anything out there right now that sounds like Thoughts From A Stone. Both the band and this new release are entirely unique as they push the boundaries of metal and aren’t afraid to explore new avenues of metal and reach new heights. Coma Cluster Void is beyond technical death metal as they seem to be in a class entirely their own. Coma Cluster Void is an innovative band to say the least, and with Thoughts From A Stone, they further prove that there aren’t any bands out there like them and they further prove that they are in a class all their own.

The feeling that you get when listening to this record is a feeling of inevitable death. The atmosphere and soundscapes that Coma Cluster Void create all throughout this record are ones that are grim and ever so deadly. Thoughts From A Stone has a great tendency to pull you in nearly immediately and take you through these vast and striking soundscapes taking you on a great sonic journey.

More than the devilish soundscapes is the pure wizardry displayed on all instruments. Each track is incredibly technical and precise but never dizzying or disorienting. Everything on this record is calculated and spot on with nothing out of place what so ever creating a wall of sheer uncompromising death metal. From the incredibly spastic and acute riffs to the acrobatic drumming to the visceral and ever powerful vocals, everything on this record is done pretty perfectly. Through and through, Thoughts From A Stone impresses and the more that you listen, the more impressed that you become and the more that you want to keep listening.

Thoughts From A Stone is a record that you can leave on repeat and never get tired of. It is a cohesive listen front to back never skipping a beat. Through each track Coma Cluster Void shows off their incredible ability to provide you with some heavy, compelling and head spinning tunes that plant themselves firmly in your mind for quite some time to come.

With Mind Cemeteries Coma Cluster Void pushed the envelope of extreme music and now with Thoughts From A Stone they do so yet again. They seem unafraid to take risks and experiment with their sound and because of that they are incredibly memorable, entertaining and in my opinion unrivaled in their sound. You can’t get much better than this, and Thoughts From A Stone is certainly a stand out record for this year.

Coma Cluster Void Bandcamp: https://comaclustervoid.bandcamp.com/

The Senate: Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

November 4, 2017
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In a galaxy far, far away, two guys decided to pair Star Wars with deathcore to create The Senate and ultimately provide you with galaxy shattering tunes in the form of a full length titled Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away. This brand new record contains eight tracks of spine breaking deathcore for you to bruise your brains and crank your necks to. Through and through, Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away is an entirely entertaining and enjoyable listen whether you are a fan of Star Wars or not.

Through eight tracks you are gifted with face peeling tunes that blast and chip away at your skull until the final note has sounded off. From the very first track on, The Senate blasts off at light speed providing you with some sickeningly heavy and bone crushing tunes. This onslaught doesn’t last for too long however as this record is pretty short in length, but what it lacks in longevity it more than makes up for in entertainment and quality. Each track on this record is well done as The Senate provides you with a cohesive and unrelenting cosmic pummeling.

Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away is down tuned deathcore madness done oh so well. This wall of pure maniacal slaughtering is incredibly heavy. The Senate hardly gives you time to prepare for an utterly bone splintering listen as they nearly immediately bury you under droves of blast beats and menacingly heavy riffs. The breakdowns that they incorporate in each track just about bury you under the earth and really give you no other option other than to head bang until your neck completely snaps. The vocals that shear their way through the wall of sonic madness are rabid and blood thirsty as they switch between throat shredding gutturals and just as grisly and gritty screams as well as the occasional pig squeal.

Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away is a completely unrelenting and unapologetic listen. Each track is just as heavy and deadly as the ones that came before it and for eight straight songs you are pummeled within an inch of your life. The marriage between Star Wars and deathcore is a good one here and it really does seem as though these guys are having nothing but fun with this and that just makes this release that much more enjoyable to listen to.

This is a solid listen for just deathcore fans as well as fans of both deathcore and Star Wars. If you are looking for some brutalizing tunes that are just purely entertaining to listen to, Tales From A Galaxy Far, Far Away certainly is the record for you.

The Senate Bandcamp: https://thesenateau.bandcamp.com/album/tales-from-a-galaxy-far-far-away

 

 

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