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Zeolite: Sermones Mortis

January 10, 2018
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There must be something in the mid strength beer in Australia as it has become a breeding ground for heavy metal acts over the last however many years. That being said, Zeolite is a deathcore/technical death metal crossover band that hails from Melbourne, Australia. Sermones Mortis is their sophomore EP which contains five brand new tracks of incredibly punishing, brain rattling and bone shattering death metal. Zeolite kicks their explosive EP off with Malignant, which leads you in with a bit of an ominous intro  before kicking your teeth straight down your throat. Once the intro has concluded, Zeolite bring the blood spurting pain with blasting drumming, and disgustingly jarring riffs.

From Malignant on, you are treated to four more tracks of nothing but neck breaking brutality. There are no punches pulled within this offering and there certainly isn’t any fluff to be found as Zeolite rolls out track after track of deadly skull shattering death metal. Even when the third track Reticent appears-which is a straight forward instrumental-you aren’t given a breather what so ever. Each track on this release does its best job to make you feel as though your life is ending and at the end of the listen Sermones Mortis makes you feel as though you have taken a baseball bat to the face repeatedly.

Sermones Mortis is a punishing onslaught of nothing but metallic pain and fury. This five track offering is unrelenting and unforgiving as it provides you with nothing but violent and cutting tracks for you to turn your brain in to mush to. This EP is a bulldozer of death as it culls the weak and tramples the deceased. From beginning to end you are under siege by this sonic death machine. You are granted zero breaks or reprieve from the utter onslaught, and in only five tracks Zeolite puts you through the wringer only to throw you out like a useless corpse at the end of it all.

Once you press play, there is nothing that you can do other than sit back and let Zeolite smash your face to pieces. This is a harsh, jagged, technical and down right heavy piece of work and an overall great sophomore effort from these Aussies.

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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/

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