Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wintersun - Time I (2012)

I think you all know what this is. Eight years of hype.  Are you ready?
Includes the instrumental tracks on disc 2.
Download: Part 1 2

Friday, September 7, 2012

Hooded Menace - Effigies Of Evil (2012)

The latest Hooded Menace album is upon us and, though I think it doesn't need any introduction, I'll do a short one for all you people out there who are just discovering the beauty of the occult damnation in the form of some excellent death metal.

This is a relatively new band, but they fucking blasted their way out of the basement due to some well known names in the metal scene, as well as those abominably good riffs throughout their opus. You'll have the fortune to witness those on this release as well, don't you worry. Another thing that will keep you captivated are the vocals, which can only be described as something monstrous created in some horrendous unearthly depths by the undead child of H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley.

So, yeah, haven't written in a while, words kinda fly out by themselves. Anyway, I'm throwing some great death/doom your way. You'd have to be a fool to miss out on this one.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Alter (2012)

Brand new from next month.  Get ready for some spacey psychedelic stoner/doom.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Conan - Monnos (2012)

I've been travelling a lot lately so I don't have much time to post shit, but I'm gonna post this nice slab of doom so you can chill the fuck out while getting stoned, listening to this.

Alright. It's some real heavy shit. Monolithic riffs played at mid-to-slow (mostly slow) pace with a bottom heavy sound, echoey vocals, and hypnotizing beats. The kind of stuff that immediately comes to mind if someone asks for a recommendation of 'heavy' music. It's pulverizing, but has more variety and is considerably more approachable than Horseback Battle Hammer (which is also an amazing release, check it out), Monnos if definitely one of the better albums I've heard this year.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Nile - At The Gate of Sethu (2012)

Alright, after listening to it, I'm amazed and blown away with the fact that they actually managed to offer something entirely new! After so many vocal experimentation on all of their previous albums, they've once again succeeded in providing a completely fresh approach. It's truly mind boggling.

The melodies are out of this world, especially on Supreme Humanism of Megalomania. It's just pure evil that immerses you in your entirety. Kollias is still the biggest beast in death metal, regardless of musical taste and misguided opinions. Rhythmically, the album owns with intensity, diversity and complexity. Rarely do we have a chance to hear a release that offers so much fresh and new moments, yet still manages to stay that which makes Nile the band it is. No bullshit.

In fact, this one is definitively the one to battle Annihilation of the Wicked and In Their Darkened Shrines for the Nile throne. Don't trust me? Listen to it for yourself.

CBR320 up, with previously missing track.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage (2012)

The re-inventors of the metal genre and the inventors of everything that metal should and will be in the future are back with another monstrous release.

It's heavy, it's green, it's emotional. The immersion of this thing is just out of this world, the riffs sound like they were written by the gods themselves and Mario is breaking shit up like there is no fucking tomorrow. Also, Joe sings like a fucking angel... An enraged whale-loving angel.

Fuck it, I shouldn't be writing anything at all, just get it and I ensure you, it's a must-buy.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Putrid Pile - Blood Fetish (2012)

Well, well... Look who's back with another dose of feces, gore and those guttural love sounds that I know some of you fuckers secretly masturbate to. Shaun LaCanne, sickos!

As far as the actual review goes, there won't be any since every single Putrid Pile album owns like owning was invented alongside it. This one is surely no exception. Get it, play it, be disgusted, play it again.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Black Sheep Wall - No Matter Where it Ends (2012)

I've had this for about two weeks but couldn't post it due to the lack of internets in my apartment. The internet has been restored, so I'm back to post some shit.

It's the new album from THIS band, also known as one of the most bonecrushingly heavy sludge outfits today. It sounds less abrasive than the previous one, a bit more 'traditional' sounding. I'd say it's clearer, a bit softer, and more approachable. It's also slower and focuses more on atmosphere and immersion. The previous one was a lot more dynamic and packed a bigger punch with its gritty sound, I found this one a bit monotonous at times, but it did have its moments.

Although I prefer I am God Songs, No Matter Where it Ends isn't a bad album, just different in a way I didn't quite expect.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kraanium - Post Mortal Coital Fixation (2012)

Kraanium is a Norwegian slam death band; in fact, they're the only Norwegian slam death band I know of. Their 2008 album had a fairly well produced, bottom-heavy sound, which I really liked, and lots of high pitched inhales. The follow-up didn't do much for me, as the sound had turned to shit, but they're back to the good old fuzzy heaviness with the new one. Also there are more deep gutturals rather than squeals. It's really good.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Beneath The Massacre - Incongruous (2012)

Mechanical tech death with lots of breaks. I wanted to post this weeks ago but I'm totally out of ideas to write, hungover as fuck, and on my last beer. I don't care anymore.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Krieg - Full lengths+

American black metal with a completely unsubtle approach.  Nobody in Krieg has more than a whiff of death metal on their resume but you wouldn't come to that conclusion from their records; front-loaded but extremely well balanced at the same time.  I wouldn't go so far as to call them "old school", but they certainly don't have that "new" black metal sound that everyone hates.  No bad albums in this bunch, but god damn the The Isolationist is a keeper.
The Black House has a bit of a story behind it: N. Imperial claims to have nightly visions (since he was a child) of himself and loved ones being brutalized in some horrible dream house.  The album is an attempt to get over his nightmares as both medicine and therapy have failed.  Pretty kvlt.
There is also an EP named Patrick Bateman.  Unfortunately I don't have Kill Yourself or Someone You Love; that name is just too good.


Monday, May 7, 2012

The Grotesquery - The Facts & Terrifying Testament of Mason Hamilton: Tsathoggua Tales (2012)

Kam Lee is fucking back with another project. And I've waited for this too long.

It's the follow-up to Grotesquery's debut conceptual album. Both are amazing horror stories, originating from the darkest corners of Kam Lee's twisted mind, told through some great death metal that only the Master could create.

Apart from his brutal and legendary vocals, the riffs will just demolish you - from beginning to end! Rarely do we hear such old school riffage, especially when they are followed by thunderous bass lines and bone-crushing drums.

It also happens to be a legitimate gay test. If you don't like this, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. No, seriously, this is mind-shattering.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Colosso - Abrasive Peace (2012)

Modern fucking warfare. That's basically how I would describe this album, which I discovered a few weeks ago. What we have here is a new Portuguese band, which came into the world of metal not long ago. This is their first album and it brings some intense drumming, sick vocals, weird sound effects and mind-fucking solos from first song to the last. Really mind-blowing 33 minutes of modern death metal is what I'm talking about.

These guys really deserve some attention, at least for now. Go ahead, pump this trippy shit into your blood stream.

Review by: Vokill

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis (2012)

Is it me or is there a lack of good primitive black metal releases these days?

Luckily, the Russians are here to indulge our desires by releasing their debut album after eight long years. If you're into stuff like Archgoat or Proclamation, this should be right up your alley. Nothing ground-breaking, it's just solid as fuck.

Hypnos - Heretic Commando / The Rise Of New Antikrist (2012)

The new Hypnos release has arrived! A fairly well known Czech death metal band to those who are really into the genre. Also, get 'em if you've never heard of 'em.

What you'll get are sick riffs, extremely pounding and the occasional machine gun drums, all accompanied by bone-crushing vocals. Perhaps I'm being generous with the adjectives, but this morning has treated me well and this album is really fucking good.

Get it.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Misery - From Where The Sun Never Shines (2012)

Crust extravaganza up in here. Not as gritty as that Wolfbrigade release, but rather punk as fuck. Quite possibly the crust release of the year.

This one goes out to shitty-bill. Cheers.

Marilyn Manson - Born Villain (2012)

If there are still fans out there, which I highly doubt, this one is for their ears only. For the rest of us, it's utter rubbish, but hey - we're a bunch of great guys who love to share.

Wolfbrigade - Damned (2012)

Throwing some excellent crust punk your way. It's a brand new release from these fuckers (ex-Wolfpack) and it, simply put, owns. It should especially appeal to old school death metal fans, as this one is right up there. A true fine line between crust punk and old school DM, if there ever was one.

I'm not that much of a fan, hence the short review. However, I can't undermine or deny the obvious quality. My, my, the tolerance.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hour Of Penance - Sedition (2012)

One of Italy's prime brutal/technical death metal acts. This has been out for a few weeks, not sure why I haven't posted it yet. I found it on my hard drive and I figured it's about time I gave it a listen. Standard stuff if you like techy brutal death with elaborately constructed songs with melodic leads. You'll most likely enjoy it if you liked the new Spawn Of Possession.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Acephalix - Deathless Master (2012)

Finally! Something worth posting. Actually, that was just an excuse for not posting for quite some time now. What can I say, I live the life of a playboy.

Now, if you're a fan of underground old school death metal, this band should really come as a true gem. And if it doesn't, that's fucking cool too, it'll still be good enough. To make things sweeter, for me at least, I didn't even know this album was in the works. And, in the light of their previous death metal work, it fucking owns. Only natural, since I'm posting it.

It's heavy, it's dark. It's like a fully bearded fat uncle raping his nine year old niece while sitting on his own son's face.

Quality: CBR320
Encyclopaedia Metallum
Download: MirrorCreator

Stonehelm - Stonehelm (2010)

Stoner metal. Every song revolves around drugs, sometimes even aliens or pot-smoking zombies (I'm not even kidding), what's not to love? The production is thick as fuck, riffs are really groovy, guitars are downtuned, vocals are murky and echo-y. Sometimes you're slowly headbanging away to the tranquil buzz of the guitars and sometimes you get a catchy-as-fuck solo thrown into your face. It's nothing incredibly new or revolutionary, just stoner metal done right - and it's great!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Municipal Waste - The Fatal Feast (2012)

It's the new Municipal Waste. It's crossover thrash. It's not something that we would call "good music", but it has always been fun as fuck.
It's also disappointing. The songs aren't that good but what kills it is the production. Not only did they mix out the bass but the guitars sound like shit.
I'm upset.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Impiety - Ravage & Conquer (2012)

The internet tells me that this "should rule hard", so here's Impiety's 8th completely not kvlt blackened & thrashened church invitation. From Singapore.
Does it rule hard? If you're into this sort of untrve stuff then sure, this fucking owns. It's full, fast, and has sharper points than that chrome plated knife you like to show off. Feels a hell of a lot longer than 48 minutes, but take that however you want.

This should go straight on your "share with parents" playlist.

Legal Fingers - No Time For Tenderness (2012) [BAND SUB]

Usually this would fall under the prevue of 'things that don't necessarily get posted', but not because it's bad. Legal Fingers found us via my Wizard Rifle post; apparently they're/were touring buddies (slow post sorry guys). Anyway, Fingers are packing some dusty stoner rock that's worth taking a peek at.

Perfect honesty zone: I didn't dislike the album but it wasn't quite there for me. I felt like a lot of the songs started out with some great writing and riff ideas but never got finished. On the plus side, youtube + my opinion says these guys would kick ass live, so keep an eye out.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blackholicus - Full Lengths

Holistic music writing! Twinned guitars out every orifice! A chick vocalist that isn't used as some sort of marketing gimmick! A song about fucking Krondor! All these amazing things somehow coming from the hellhole that is Texas!
Blackholicus is clearly rooted in an old school heavy metal vibe (without feeling "retro"), but they also liberally borrow from prog and punk, then mix it all together to make something Slough Feg would be proud of. Each song is nothing more than a springboard for Nelson and Chiera to build off of for minutes of guitar duets. How often can you say that.
Class A act, both albums (though Variations is strongly my favorite).


Friday, March 23, 2012

Drakwald - Forgotten Lands (2012)

It's been a while since I've purchased an album much less a demo and Drakwald's Forgotten Lands is reminiscent of some other crustier folkish pagan metal acts that have graced my ears. Though only four songs are featured on this demo, Drakwald manages to keep things fresh by epic melodic interludes that keep the listener on the latched onto the song. The vocals kinda take a back seat probably due to the mixing but it doesn't hinder there effectual presence in the music. My favourite track of this short but stellar demo is without a doubt "Rage from the Battlefield". Ever since I heard it on youtube I was scouring the internet trying to get a decent copy for myself. I guess this thought should close out my opinions on Drakwald. I haven't bought an album or demo in since Bush's The Science Of Things (terrible I know) much less one that the artist asked me how much I wanted to pay. Awesome stuff for fans of the genre and another band that I look forward to evolving further.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Meshuggah - Koloss (2012)

New Meshuggah! No time for a review now, I'll just paste what was said in the IRC channel previously today, you'll get the idea.
[13:17] <+Gublet> I like this
[13:17] <+Gublet> Around half way through
[13:17] <+Gublet> Never really listened to Meshuggah before though
[13:18] * Gublet braces for impact
[13:23] <~Wormpaste> demiurge is a pretty cool song
[13:24] <~Wormpaste> the rest is forgettable
[13:24] <+Gublet> I'm taking it in as a whole experience
[13:26] <~Wormpaste> I don't like Meshuggah's more recent style
[13:26] <~Wormpaste> stuff after Chaosphere is just too static, all the emphasis is on immersion and polyrhythms
[13:27] <~Wormpaste> and most of the riffs and notes all around sound very bland to me
[13:28] <~Wormpaste> if you're done with the album, try listening to I am Colossus and then New Millennium Cyanide Christ or Inside What's Within Behind or Future Breed Machine
[13:28] <~Wormpaste> the older stuff rips you apart while the new stuff is just chug-chugg chug chugg-chugg chugg monotonous garbage for the most part
There, I don't really like it. But hey, some of you might.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spawn Of Possession - Incurso (2012)

Tech death fans rejoice, the renowned Swedish band is back with a new album, 6 years after the highly praised Noctambulant. I'm listening through the album for the first time as I'm writing this, and it's not that different from Noctambulant: death metal with elaborate guitar harmonizations and complex song structures, but this time with more quirky melodies. If you liked the previous stuff, you won't be disappointed, and I also recommend it for everyone looking for death metal with "mind = blown" level instrumental performance. This is some top-notch shit right here.