Apotheon- Mechanically Consumed-E.P. Review- 9.3/10 \m/

Apotheon

Mechanically Consumed

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Andrew Morris – Drums
Fernando del Valle III – Guitar
Ibrahim Jimenez – Bass
Reece Deeter – Vocals

Ian Burnside – Guitars

Releases on June 22nd, 2017

 

Premonition

This song begins in an epic sounding way. This is something you put on right before you are ready to start something big, whether it be weight lifting, sparring for boxing or another martial art, to just getting yourself in an amped up mood and ready to attack all obstacles that life will throw at you. If there was going to be entrance music for someone and they wanted to be able to effortlessly project their attitude without a single word expressed. This track gets this E.P. set up very well and based on what Apotheon have delivered in the past. I can say that without a doubt the songs that follow are going to be erupting with some tasty riffs, and killer blasts.

 

Tyken’s Rift

This song is the song that will make any gamer past or future feel some connection to the music and also vivid scenery. Just wait until the one-minute mark where you will understand the last statement and then you will be immersed in a world of metal, and video game like imagery.  Now come back to the track titled Premonition, it really jives with this song. Again you get that uplifting and melodic style form the music and also creates a perception of imagery, scenery, and a different dimension or world. I feel as though Reece is hitting a lower range than on the previous songs but then again. I keep getting wrapped up in what sort of imagery you get while listening to this song and having the dialogue at the 1:09 that sounds straight out of a game.  Apotheon are taking the metal making game to some new levels as they are creating music that is not only heavy and addicting but also energizing and spawn images from words and musical notes. However as great as this song is, I know that my favorite track is about to follow.


 


 

Mechanically Consumed

This song begins quietly with a really a subtle amount of notes being played almost at random, before a stringed instrument like a cello lays down what one might expect from an old movie, a horror or thriller to be exact. But then the drums and the distortion begins and the pace of the song goes into high speed.  This song is my favorite off the E.P. in my opinion this is the heaviest track, it has the most jarring riffs, and the vocals are on point.  The hardest part for me is to narrow down what section I like the most, which part of the song gets me the most amped up and excited to listen.  The whole song has that effect on me. For example, right around the 1:43 mark the guitars and drums set up a badass section that is contagious. And it hits right before a solo, the vocals give way for the guitar solo, but only for so long before they are layered over the solo and really add to the reasons why I love it.  Now if that was it I’d say you have a solid track, but it’s not. Because right around the 2:50 mark they slow things down to an almost sideshow or circus sounding section.  Under most circumstances I would have heard this and thought “gimmicks” or “ yea why did they do that, it doesn’t even sound right with the song” but I can’t say that in this situation. It works, it sounds odd, and if they started or ended the song with it, it would have been a flop. But its smack dab in the middle of the most badass song on this E.P. and you haven’t even gotten to the second solo of the song. And this song is minutes less than the previous two tracks.  Apotheon have again packed so much into the song it’s almost unbelievable that they managed to make another killer E.P.

 

The Flesh Machine

All you need to know about this song, is that  some things should be left to mystery,  I typically will not breakdown the last song on an E.P. only because there aren’t that many songs and I want at least one song to be a little bit of a mystery. I just can’t find it in me to do that for this one. It is just too damn good.

The song begins with a subtle progression of the guitar playing a riff that’s panned from left to right while the drums are playing a jazzed up beat to go along with the guitars, while the bass is holding things down. A keyboard strikes a note at the :18 second mark and continues playing with the other instruments. leading up right at the :44 second mark Reece slices through all that buildup with a growl that sets up his next few lines perfectly.  Right around the 1:14 mark they have a section of solid riffing before the next verse. I’m beginning to have conflicting thoughts on which song I like more “Mechanically Consumed” or this one. Right at the 2:43 mark the song takes a deep dive into an uplifting and euphoric section that lasts just shy of a minute and then the vocals attack again. At what is roughly the 3:50 mark, the listener begins to become activated by the music.  Whatever you may be doing at this moment in time, whether it be driving, walking down the street, rocking out in your room, or getting your jam on at the office. This is where you lose all of your collective shit and fucking throw some haymakers, air guitar or air drums and rock the fuck out. I dare anyone who listens to this E.P. to not get ready to take on the world when this song reaches this point. As they come out of one of the most badass moments on this, Ian pulls off a whirlwind of a guitar solo. There is no better way to put it, this song wraps everything up brilliantly.

 

 

 

This E.P. is an awesome little banger to be dropping at the beginning of this summer like this. There is soooo much killer music coming out in 2017, but summertime is the time of year where I look forward to killer tunes and having speakers blasting  with the windows rolled down. This E.P. follows their 2016 E.P. titled The Acension (which gathered attention among Facebook groups following the Technical metal and deathcore scene) and then also the single Tyken’s Rift from January. Apotheon are making a name for themselves, and in a very short amount of time I might add. I am very pleased with this E.P. and has been some solid music to listen to while working on projects. While the E.P. is great I must admit, I have been listening to the advance copy, including instrumental tracks.  Whether or not the guys decide to release this with the instrumental versions or not, my recommendation would be to do it. The music is so damn good. An amalgamated blend of equal parts technical, melodic, and and heavy.  I strongly suggest anyone and everyone who is looking for something new to jam to this summer. Get yourselves over to their bandcamp page and get your copy ordered up because this drops on Friday. 9.3/10 \m/
****UPDATE****

I had to find out about the instrumental versions and I cant tell you how happy I was to hear from Fernando that they will be releasing an instrumental version of this E.P. as well.

“On streaming sites (Spotify being one of them) will have the ep + the instrumental tracks. Bandcamp will be vocal and instrumental versions sold separate.”  “Going forward we will always be offering instrumental mixes. We love the offering, and while we love our vocalist and what he brings to table, we also write this music without vocals considered! And as fans of instrumental music ourselves, it’s always cool to hear A different version of a song!”

So there you have it, there will be instrumental versions available. Now imagine how many,  videos can be made by people doing vocal or other instrument playthrough covers over the instrumental copies. I think Apotheons view on instrumental versions is a brilliant idea.  Metal fans, and metal bands, lets make that a thing shall we?

 

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Dark Matter Secret -Perfect World Creation album review 9.8/10 \m/

Dark Matter Secret

Perfect World Creation

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Released June 2, 2017

Denis Shvarts – Guitars
Pavel Semin – Fretless Bass
Andrey Ischenko – Drums

 

  1. Chaos Born

This song is a minute and forty-three seconds long of noises, that are eerie sounding but also sound to me like the sounds are just the instruments being manipulated in ways other than conventional playing thus creating some cool and almost visual soundscapes. What a cool way to start this album off.  I must admit when I listened to it for the first time I was almost disappointed. I mean its dark matter secret I was killer tunes now. But I was also caught up in the daily busy work life and wanted something fast. So I gave this a few more spins and really just let myself open up to it, and it made me appreciate that introductory track that much more.

2. Ancient Gods Genesis

Damn, that first ten seconds just grabs you by the ear holes and lures you right into riff after unrelenting riff. How does one listen to this and not hit the repeat button? I just simply do not know, but I will listen to this song over and over because I just can’t pick out a section I like more. I mean every note that gets played is executed with extreme surgical precision. Each riff raises the bar and leaves the listener in awe wondering how do these guys top this? I mean there is almost no way to distinguish which section, which riff or which block of time I like the most throughout the song. I can only say that I really enjoy eight minutes and nineteen seconds out of the eight minute and twenty seconds of song play. That last second is dead to me, because the song shouldn’t have ended. I mean I guess it has to end at a point. The song is just awesome and if this is what we should be expecting to follow this track I am ready for more.

 

3. Emergence of Time

This song begins in a way that actually reminds me of a song from an old video game. The sound gives a slumber land like vibe.  Giving you that feeling like you are floating away, before the drums start in and the song takes on its first change.  With every change they make though, I just can’t get past the tone of the strings. I really dig their sound; they sound like they have some soul. Some emotion to them, and they pull of riffs like the one around the 4:32 mark. I just find myself going form liking this song, to loving it, and it’s not close to over yet.  They pack so much into the songs that I really just can’t describe all that they packed into this track, but let it be known that as of right now if you are reading this, and you haven’t checked out their Facebook page or Bandcamp page, maybe even something on the Artisan Era Youtube channel. Well, then you did something stupid and wasted your time and dollars on something other than this impeccable release.  Get to it people this is fucking awesome so far, and there is plenty of time left for insurmountable shredocalypse to consume you.

4. Synthesis of Matter

This begins with a nice sweeping riff that sets everything up.  One of the things i really dig about this album is the amount of changes each song goes through, and with each change they all flow into the next. The songs continue progression constantly building and building. What makes it maybe more unique or special is the fact that they are an instrumental band. the progression has nothing to do with any lyrical content, there is no need for a vocalist to add any layers. therefore the strings are the main spotlight (sorry Andrey) and have so much more freedom to unleash their creativity, and talent. This song is becoming more and more another reason just to buy this album. If you like talented musicians, tasty riffs, and a rhythm you can get right into. Well then, this song is right up your alley.

5. Constellation Glows

So this is the first track I really listened to in full off this album I mentioned earlier that I didn’t like the opener at first and wanted something fast. So, like an asshole I skipped ahead, and landed on this gem right away. This is still my favorite song off of this album and often gets the repeat play treatment especially because of sections that just continue to build off each other.  If I simply put down every party, I did like about this song it would be the block of time from :10 to 7:38 because there is no bland moment in the middle of that block of time. I am completely hooked on this song, and is ultimately what enticed me to just sit and listen from start to finish.

6. . Organic Nucleation

Now this song starts with a little simple strumming on the guitars before the drums set up the beat, and the band moves into that direction, of beginning sequence, and then build off of that.  The sound of the guitar at the: 49 mark is so badass and soulful sounding.  However, the drums really hold that base layer of the beat down well.

I am really digging the transition from blasts to keeping a solid rhythm all the while the guitars are just attacking those strings with such unwavering confidence and speed. They take the song through different visual dimensions with sections like the one at the 2:39 mark. They have this nice little softer moment that lasts only about fifteen seconds but it really adds to the song. The up and down, the flow of the song and the fact that it is impossible to be bored or disappointed in this song.  At seven and a half minutes this song is yet another reason why you ought to just buy this.

 

7.  Perfect World Creation

No, I will not tell you how this song goes, or sounds. You just have to trust me that they didn’t end this album with a song that lets you down. But let it be known, it is also a track that justifies buying this album. It is just too good to give away all details.

 

 

All in all, what Dark Matter Secret have done, is make something that tip toes around several metal subgenres’ while also not being able to be labeled as an instrumental band to the likes of STS. Because for what it’s worth, there should never be a suggestion remotely revolving around statements like “For fans of Scale The Summit, Animals As Leaders etc.” sure Dark Matter Secret don’t have a vocalist, they are an instrumental band. But in no way are they like those other two groups I mentioned. The only similarities between them is the lack of a vocalist and that’s about it. Dark Matter Secret take Instrumental to a different level, adding more metal and technical metal influences into the songs. The guitars are on point. And the drums are razor sharp, and fluid. Meaning they go with the flow of the guitars so well, it’s hard to believe the drums aren’t programmed. Because they just sound like they were engineered, no flaws or anything. They never sound like they don’t fit the music, or the sound in general, there is no snare ping, no unbalanced levels. Just a perfect sound and execution. If you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to this, then you are missing out. Dark Matter Secret joined The Artisan Era family shortly before this dropped. If this is what their debut album sounds like with The Artisan Era, then I anticipate they are going to continue to raise the bar with their sound. As they will be surrounded by like minded artists within the Artisan Era organization and therefore gives all of us a reason to stay tuned to what Dark Matter Secret put out after this album. 9.8/10 \m/



 

 

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Lectern – Precept Of Delator-album review 7.5/10 \m/

Lectern

Precept Of Delator

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Released: September 23, 2016

LINE UP
Fabio Bava: vocals, bass
Pietro Sabato: guitar
Gabriele Cruz: guitar
Marco Valentine: drums

Today we look at “Precept Of Delator” the latest release by the Old School Death metal band Lectern.  This one has a massive dose of old school death, for fans of that style you may want to keep reading and check out the album stream at the bottom.

Gergal Profaner has an old school death feel right out of the gates, and I like that. I instantly know what I am about to get myself into with this one. And fuck am I pleased with the opening track. In a world full of so many different sub genres it’s nice to hear the bands locking up that old school feel still. Really taking that iconic FL death metal sound from the early 90’s.  Italy’s Lectern do that and then some on this album. Before you make it to the thirty second mark, you have already gone through a few tempo changes, but the riffs hook you.  Right around the halfway point the song has a bit of a set up for some drums and then a guitar solo which gives way to more blast beats, and then the song keeps adding more on.  This song has so much to offer but I am really digging the transition that happens around the 2:30 mark. They have this moment where the song comes back around and then they steam roll right back into the last verse of rolling double bass death.

Palpation Of Sacramentarian begins with a sound clip that is slightly ominous as it sounds like an abandoned building with random noises echoing throughout the empty carcass of a concrete structure. But I like the way the guitar lays down a very short riff, and a pause before the rest of the band comes in all at once with a heavier riff paving the way for more chugging riffs, and the occasional blast beat. This is an album you can easily find the groove and head bang to. This song is almost a solid two minutes longer than the previous track and has already packed in a lot considering. I am most impressed by the old school sound they pull off. For having formed in 1999, they really do a great job on this. Even adding that sound clip around the halfway point of the song, that sounded like chains or shackles.

 

Fluent Bilocation this song sounds like something falling and doing a little bit of a rattle around the ground before the vocals come in with a bit of effect to them and then they settle down into an old school slower tempo death metal vibe. The first verse has a good amount of build up to it around the :45 second mark. They hit a peak right there in the verse and add some blast beats and a catchy riff before going back into the next verse. This is a solid song, not much roof for fluff either, they keep it pretty trim, but they do throw a guitar solo in around 2:54 mark that takes the listener on a short ride before they come back into the last verse of the song.

 

Distil Shambles begins with a fast riff and a few notes to set up the first verse.  As the song really begins to unfold, I appreciate their old school flavor that they stay loyal to. I mean in a day where it’s cool to be old school sounding, but bands still add a modern flare to the music. They don’t really do that, they keep things simple, and keep it old school through and through.  They do a great job with this song keeping everything moving right along but still maintaining that old school groove to it. The thing I like the most about this song is that it has me consistently head banging to it.  It’s got a groove about it, which you lock right into and feel the music for the duration of the song.

 

Pellucid begins with some sort of chanting sermon style sound clip, but only for about twenty seconds before a chugging riff sets in and then the song rolls into the first verse. Not a bad song by any means, but out of the entire album this is the one song I just didn’t get into as much as the others. I’m not about to say the song is not good or that it is bad. It just didn’t affect me the same way the previous tracks have. But for best results you should listen to it and form your own opinion.

 

Diptych Of Perked Oblation has the song locked in from the first chugging riff, the slow but steady build up, just waiting to unleash the old school battery of death metal. This is a song that brings me back to when I first started getting into death metal. This is exactly what you would hear on a CD back in the day.  A simple but bad ass set up, no fluff just  playing and you know the band are all mean mugging while playing that bit.  It’s one of the characteristics that I find to be enjoyable. The changes are subtle, but the riffs are the best part of this song I would say. They stay in the zone and continue to deliver tone and riffs that are appealing. I am not ready to say this is my favorite song yet, but damn I have listened to this one a lot. Especially that guitar solo at the 3:00 minute mark. It has a different tone than I was expecting and it made it that much better for me. I must admit the first time I heard it, it threw me off because I really wasn’t expecting that sound. But hey it works, and now I am ready for the next track.

 

Garn For Debitors is the shortest track on the album, and it packs everything into that 2:15 long brief song.  The beginning is a barrage of blast beats that paves way for a more steady and direct roll from the double bass and heavy riffing.  This song is a good addition to the album because it really continues to push that old school death metal style. But I feel like there was something more I wanted from this song. Its great but it’s not exactly what I had been expecting. I like the energy it has from the beginning but I felt like there was something flat about it by the end of the song.

 

Precept Of Delator the beginning has a cool introduction of what seems like some ominous ambience with chanting and then the song really kicks off musically around the :25 second mark . By the time the vocals coming in you have had about a second or more of a steady double bass roll and the tempo is a bit on the slower side of things. But that does not take away from how heavy this track is.  I personally like this one a lot because it has a groove about it in the guitars, and then the old school flavor adds so much to the mix. It’s the simplicity and then the actual intensity of how heavy they are that really mixes well.  This song is solid and you will find yourself head banging from start to finish, not to mention they throw in a little guitar solo around the 3:31 mark that seems a little one dimensional, but I feel as if they almost do that on purpose to match the old school sound.  Either way whoever is playing the solo they don’t seem to push out of their comfort zone as much as I would have liked to hear.

 

Discorporation With Feral is the album ender, and they brought it all together to wrap the album up on a heavy htting note. They do a great job with this track because it is so straight to the point.  This track is exactly what you will want to hear at the end of this album, and it is exactly what you expect to hear also.  I like the fact that these guys did not under deliver, don’t get me wrong, they also didn’t over deliver. They didn’t go over the top with things, or re-invent the wheel. They play old school death metal, and made an album that is exactly that. old school death metal and it works, it sounds great even the production quality sounds a bit old school, not bad like they decided to save some money and cut corners. No they make it sound like some of the classic death metal albums you love

 

One last thing I want to point out is the killer album artwork, I know I don’t point out the artwork every time but it is still something I look at.  Growing up metal artwork was always something that appealed to me, something I was fascinated with, because not all albums had the same caliber artwork. This album art is exactly what I would come to expect, from the old school death metal sound they pair it with old school death artwork. When it comes to meal albums the artwork is the first thing you notice (if you haven’t heard the album) and it does trigger an impulse inside of you on whether or not it looks like you might like it. With this artwork, there is no mystery on what it’s going to sound like. To me that is some great album artwork, because it also sells the album.  If there was single blade of grass for the artwork, you would have no idea what type of metal, and what to expect. But this has demonic characters, pentagrams, ritualistic depictions etc.

When all is said and done, the album is solid, no matter how many times I have spun it, and how many times I have listened to something and thought maybe I need to listen to it again. The album doesn’t change for me, it’s a solid album but may not  satisfy every metal heads tastes.  7.5/10 \m/

 

 

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Tethys- Whispers Of Creation

Alright guys! The new Tethys EP “Whispers Of Creation” comes out tomorrow! Get hyped! This is some of the best tunes I have heard all year so far!

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Band line up –

Stevie Bosier – Vocals

Quinn Broderick – Guitar, Clean Vocals & Backing Screams (live)

Cory Medina – Guitar

Shea Broderick – Drums & Piano

Sev Rivera – Bass


Their songs are exciting and very upbeat. After an ominous but interesting sound clip about a supernova, ‘creation itself’, they go into an absolutely punishing series of melodic and technical riff mastery, with some killer groove throw in for good measure. The songs have an amazing flow to them as well. Some bands using groove riffing can get stale but these guys mix them with amazing and catchy technical riffing as well as excellent transitions and nice chordy parts and killer leads. Let me repeat that KILLLLER leads. With an amazing, heart piercing tone. Their grooves are catchy and not generic either. The guitars seem to weave between playing a completely different rhythm lead scheme in and out of excellent riffing with great harmonies as well and sweet grooves that can be accompanied by wicked leads as well. Both of the guitarists solo and both write some absolutely soul touching leads.

Quinn’s solos are the beautiful melodic, artsy ones and they hit RIGHT in the feels. Quinn definitely has a beautiful legato esque tapping technique that he likes to use in the middle of his solos. Fuck is it ever beautiful! Not to take away from Cory’s solos either. The dude absolutely shreds! And his solos are definitely really creative and have their totally epic moments too, the ending of his solo in “Etheral Cypher” has some killer feel, and the way they so fluently switch who is soloing mid-section, sounds amazing and flawless.

In “Progenitor Of Thought”, Quinn and Cory’s solos are separated by a brief and precise stop, powerfully welcomed into Cory’s face melting start along with a piercing scream by Stevie which compliments it perfectly, and builds up to a crazy sweet arpeggio section with a sick riff behind it too! That rhythm solo combination is so damn good! While Quinn’s solo prior to is just super melodic and perfectly written. Some killer ascending runs and arpeggios and then he blesses us with some more of that eargasmic tapping of his into a nice harmonic ending.
“Memoirs Of The Wanderor” is loaded with sweet grooves, they also give the bass the most time to shine in this song by toning down the ante in the middle section a bit. It is a nice moment for the song to breath and the music to diversify. This song also has some of the heaviest moments by far, and really cool alternating of back and forth lead playing over the grooves. Cory also gives us a super sick solo here which starts out really like a melodic lead and progresses nicely then finishing super epic with some nice slight whammy work.

“Astral Transcendence” is an amazing track. The riffs are exciting and there are lots of excellent little leads, with a beautiful tone. Quinn’s lead in Astral Transcendence, that he brings back (thankfully) later in the song, is just out of this world. He finishes the lead and goes into an incredibly catchy solo that hits in the feels hard. The second time he brings it back with a fucking amazing solo before it the second time and goes into vocals. Literally almost brought tears to my eyes. Definitely gave me fucking goose bumps. Only 2 other solos have ever done that to me, “Jealousy” by Death, my favorite solo ever and “Dedication To A Dead Cause” by Bloodshot Dawn, my second favorite solo of all time. Where does that put this sexy piece of magic? Congrats Quinn and Tethys I’m a huge fucking fanboy now. Fan for life. Like I mean really, it is soaring and just unreal feeling! One of the most epic leads I have heard in a long damn time! This goes into a really nice singing part by Quinn when the lead finishes. Oh, the beauty isn’t over, Cory comes in after with a super catchy and triumphant solo to end the EP with super strong momentum.

Sev’s bass totally adds to the punch too. At times the guitars will be harmonizing and the bass will hold down the riff or groove. It works really well. There are great moments of this in “Etheral Cypher” and “Memoirs Of The Wanderor” for sure. The bass has some nice distinct parts in “Etheral Cypher” just after a minute and a half in the song. He has really nice bass lines during the solo section. Again near the end he stands out quite a bit with the fills. At about 1:10 in “Progenitor Of Thought” they kind of soften it up for a brief bit, it flows so well and the bass has some really cool stand out parts during this section. Again after the first clean vocal section at about 2:35 they tone it down and let the bass shine.
There are other powerful moments as well as he just has a really good tone and fits the songs completely.
“Memoirs Of The Wanderor” is definitely the most stand out Bass track for sure. The whole song he just seems more distinct, and then middle section, it is loaded with cool bass lines that keep it very captivating.

This is one of my favorite vocal performances I have ever heard without a doubt. Stevie’s tone, range, delivery and articulation / enunciation of the words is beyond phenomenal. The way he matches the syllable rhythm of his words with the riffs is so excellent and clearly very well thought out. Not only that, but these lyrics are damn awesome to boot.

We enter the music of “Etheral Cypher” with a piercing scream and then he really shows what he can do for the first few verses. Sick timing, killer range and an amazing tone! He uses some really grizzly lows at times as well. The range displayed in this song is phenomenal. I love how he matches the vocal rhythms with the riffage too.
No beating around the bush. That whole song is just so deadly. Piercing highs, ridiculous enunciation. Super badass lows and a wicked range in this song. It just sounds amazing!
In “Memoirs Of The Wanderor” he uses a lot of powerful lows with wicked high accents and some cool layering. His delivery is timed perfectly with the music, especially in the groovy sections.

Quinn also offers up some excellent and fitting cleans in “Progenitor Of Thought” and “Astral Transcendence”. His vocals sound majestic and are smooth and powerful. And IN KEY! Overall they are great, they actually really add to the enjoyment of the songs, a lot.
While Stevie has some fantastic low mid vocals that are just bursting with power. He displays an amazing and tasteful use of range and tone on this EP but the vocals in “Astral Transcendence” are extremely powerful to me. The tone is just so awesome and passionate. I can feel it. But he switches the range a good amount in that song too. Some nice highs and lower lows used when needed. This guy has serious pipes. Watch the live set linked at the bottom to see for yourself. “WE ALL RETURN TO THE STARS FROM WHICH WE CAME”. Awesome.

The drums are killer. Some absolutely face-melting kick sections. The drums through the start of the album are consistently impressive and just punishing. Sweet blasting, and also good use of thrashy beats in a more tech Death setting. Killer groove and nuts kick all over. “Progenitor Of Thought” has some fairly brief but totally insane kick parts. When he isn’t melting our faces, he’s blowing our mind with creativity. He brings them back though, and also progresses with his beats a lot! “Memoirs Of The Wanderor” also has some really sweet kick patterns being used and great fills too. The performance is constantly interesting. Also some really excellent cymbal work on the album. He always keeps the flow of the songs perfect, and generally has a very upbeat and exciting pace to his playing. When it is less upbeat, he always makes it flow right. The third song “Memoirs Of The Wanderor” and the final song, “Astral Transcendence”, starts with a synth part, written by Shea I believe. In “Astral Transcendence”, it transitions smoothly into a great, kind of Thrashy section with really nice ride parts. Then into a sick groovy section. From here he generally keeps a good momentum for the majority of the song, keeping it uplifting and interesting, while going back to a deadly groovy while the sexy lead starts.

I am so excited about this EP, this band definitely has a bright future. They have the makings to be one of the best bands in all of Death Metal. Everything about them screams top quality. Their amazing tone. Their creativity and excellent songwriting. The fact that this is one of the best vocal performances I’ve ever heard. I mean, this can’t be just me? This guy is damn unreal! This band is unreal! And super sick live based on the set I watched about 10 times lol.

“I THINK; THEREFORE I AM”

For fans of Alustrium, Bleak Flesh, Vale Of Pnath, Black Crown Initiate, Equipoise

9.9/10 \m/

 

LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/Tethysband/
https://tethys1.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLMHOavPIUGai1UC3lN8pw

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FULL LIVE SET (pretty qood quality)

 

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The Hallowed Catharsis – Solar Cremation E.P. 9.5/10 \m/

Hey metal lovers! Let’s get stoked about this fantastic mid-week release from British Columbia Groovy Prog Death Metallers The Hallowed Catharsis and their new concept EP Solar Cremation!

Continue reading The Hallowed Catharsis – Solar Cremation E.P. 9.5/10 \m/

Fumigation / The Path To R’lyeh “INVASION” split review 9.1/10 \m/

 

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I’m stoked to bring you a look at the review for the upcoming split EP with Fumigation and The Path To R’lyeh.

FUMIGATION

Mat Desjardins (drums)
Jay Donnelly (vox)
Tom Hansen (guitar)
Chris Humeniuk (bass)
Matt MacIvor (guitar)

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The first four songs of the EP are Fumigation. This is them at their most gruesome and organic sounding yet. The approach to this EP was much more old school and gives a vibe of walking through an abandoned house that is covered in mold and cobwebs, to open up a cupboard and it be filled with a massive next of spiders.

The EP starts out with a grim build up into a cool heavy dissonant riff which transitions into a nice head-bangable verse that uses some of the same chords. The chorus is faster and has an enjoyable fast riff with more dissonant chords at the tail. I like how the theme of the first song seems to end riffs with a similar feel, but not the same part. There are some brief slams and more verses which flow well. They even make the main verse riff groovier which has a nice effect at one point. After the next chorus is goes to a series of wicked riffs that are made for a circle pit! The song continues to finish strong with sweet riffs and angry vocals. Their half of the EP continues to utilize some catchy tremolo riffs and lots of catchy Old School, bouncy but somewhat Thrashy riffs too. A Beard Full Of Maggots is full of exciting riffs and slows to a slower almost Death/Doom part near the end which is killer for a brutal and slow headbang.

The bass begins to stand out much much more in the second song, Forced Vaginal Harbourage. He weaves in and out of the riffs and the riffs themselves are more melodic as well and quite catchy, as well as pretty progressive in the intro. Near the end of the song the bass has some more sweet low but bouncy lines. Through most of the music, the bass is mixed in, making the tone nice and thick. It is audible but he only steps out of the rest of the arrangement occasionally. The parts all fit the songs and the low clunky tone sounds sweet.

You won’t really hear much blast beats in Fumigation at all. They have more Groovy and Old School vibes, especially in the drumming. There is some blasting in Forced Vaginal Harbourage. Aside from not utilizing much blasting the beats do fit, and there is some very consistent double kick. I like the organic sounding mix on the kicks and cymbals as well. Whole kit really. It has nice panning as well in the mix. Earwigs & Earwax has ripping double kick and super-fast tremolo riffs most of the time after an awesome and nostalgic King Of The Hill intro clip, perfect for the bands theme, featuring Dale Gribble leaving an angry and deranged exterminator phone message.

 
The vocals are also pretty old school in a good way. They have a low mid bellowy shout tone that almost reminds me of Psycrpotic but heavier at times. The vocals can also get pretty guttural at times and occasionally use semi high accents. While the vocals on this EP do not have the same badass powerful crisp low that their previous full length had, it is more comparable to the transition that Bloodbath went through vocally. This being a more putrid, organic and raw sound with plenty of passion. There are quite some brutal moments in Earwigs & Earwax, as well as some of the more “shouty” parts. It is a great and diverse performance. They are a unique tone that is hard for me to describe, and at times remind me of Deathgrind. The “shoutyness” that is incorporated almost reminds me of what could be the beginnings of those ‘hallowed priest shouts’ that Zombiefication and Apocrophex and Hour Of Penance use sometimes. It sounds kind of agonized and desperate. I like it. One other neat thing that adds to the vocal diversity is that each song has some guest vocals. Which becomes more apparent and distinct with more listens.

 

The second half is The Path to R’lyeh. This is their debut release and a rather impressive one at that. While none of them are brand new to the genre or scene either, they are still relatively unknown. They play an aggressive and technical Lovecraftian worship themed Death Metal and they have a pretty refreshing sound.

THE PATH TO R’LYEH

Alain Cloutier (guitar/bass)
Milann Vaidya (drums)
Yan Chatel (vocals)
Jonathan Lattimore Desabrais (guitar)

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It starts with a cool groovy slam with a blast and pauses before coming in full force with heavy blasting, cool tremolo riffing and powerful vocals. After they change heavy riffs a few times they go to a more almost atmospheric part with more prominent and great bass, vocals come in and they continue to fluently turn it into a sweet techy verse with equally prominent bass and guitar. I must say I really like this riff. They go back into the slam from the start with the blast. He goes on the mix up the cymbal work and it is really enjoyable. They then go to another fast but slightly “slammy” riff into a heavy ass slam with ripping double kick and pretty brutal but not overly guttural vocals.

The next song comes in with a catchy kind of Melodic Death style Thrashy riff. The vocals in this song switch depending on the verse, from a more love mid ranged bark to a wicked cool low tone to semi guttural and guttural at times. The vocals start to stand out more to me at the 1:10 mark when they change riffs and he goes lower. It is a very cool tone and I feel that it hits a bit harder than the more mid range tone, which is still a good one.

The following song starts out fast and strong, opening with a quick drum fill into furious riffs and drums and powerful low vocals. This is the first demonstration of highs in the album and it may catch some off guard. They are a rather blackened sounding shriek that has a piercing and agonizing pitch. Once you get used to them they are pretty badass, but definitely sound a bit unexpected almost every time. It almost reminds me of the ‘pterodactyl scream’ from Unhuman. The vocals and drums are totally furious in this song and they have some cool Origin-esque moments.

The final song starts with a super-fast riff with some quick gallops thrown in and techy fills. The drums are ripping the whole time with nice switching up on the cymbals quite often. The cymbal work right around the middle is totally excellent. The vocals are powerful and pretty brutal at times. Near the end of this song there is several sick groovy riffs that are really well executed.

This is a cool split EP of two bands that are different enough yet familiar enough to totally work and be enjoyable as one full listen. Their songs are quick and hard hitting. These bands managed to write some catchy songs, without any solos whatsoever. Proving that good songwriting really does topple over all. Though, I do love me a good solo. I would love to see the addition of tastefully placed solos into these bands music down the road. Perhaps that is not what they are going for, but here and there to mix it up like that is great in my opinion. Go pre-order the album now, it drops next Friday!

For fans of Skinless, Gorguts, Obituary, Cephalic Carnage, Bloodbath, Immolation, Konkeror

For fans of Origin, Demented, Cognitive, Brain Drill, Abysmal Dawn

9.1/10 \m/

LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/Fumigation-137024276331132/
https://www.facebook.com/PathToRlyeh/
http://www.cdnrecords.com/product/fumigationthe-path-to-rlyeh-invasion-split-cd-pre-order/
https://fumigationmetal.bandcamp.com/
https://thepathtorlyeh.bandcamp.com/releases

Fumigation

“Your Death Metal Pest Control Specialists” www.fumigationmetal.com fumigationmetal@gmail.com

 

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path.to.rlyeh@gmail.com

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Bleak Flesh- Overcoming Reality 9.5/10 \m/

Hi guys! I am honored and extremely stoked to bring you my review for the brand new release from my Chilean brothers in Bleak Flesh!

First, let’s look at a bio of the band…

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Formed in 2004 in Santiago de Chile by Matias Quiroz under a different name. By 2009 the project had evolved to what is Bleak Flesh. Soon after, bassist Enrique Carvajal joined ranks. By 2012, talented drummer Sebastián Vidal had joined the ranks and they had recorded some demos which would later be released on a compilation in 2015 called “A Glimpse from the Past: The Unreleased Demo Collection”. In 2013 the band was complete with addition of Nicolas Martinez on guitar and Paulo Carcamo on lead vocals. The band would the release their 2013 debut EP, THE GATEWAY, presenting an interesting mix of genres like technical and melodic death metal with progressive touches and nice synth mixed in. In 2014 Bleak Flesh released their first full length album called TRANSCENDENCE. The album got great reviews from fans and critics alike and I even reviewed it a while back! The CD’s even sold out! This EP should be highly anticipated based on the great response Transcendence got, not to mention the brand new vocalist. On January 1st 2016 Radial Velocity came out as the first song recorded with Ngen Kerruff on vocals, being the first single for the new OVERCOMING REALITY EP. On December 19th 2016 they released the second single for the EP, The Spectral Path, along with a sweet music video.

Order or stream their new EP here:
https://bleakflesh.bandcamp.com/…/overcoming-reality-ep-2017

Their music is extremely well rounded within seamlessly molding different subgenres together. Not the same way Cyborg Octopus does, but these guys are still completely unique. They mix Progressive Metal with synths, Technical Death Metal, Djenty and other groovy and sometimes funky riffs, melodic Death Metal and more!

Line up for Overcoming Reality and current line up – Matías Quiroz – Lead Guitar, Enrique Carvajal – Bass, Sebastián Andrés Vidal Romero – Drums, Ngen Kerruff – Vocals

The vocals are powerful and have a great tone. His delivery isn’t quite as enunciated as their previous vocalist Paulo, however he makes up for it by having a really excellent tone and range. He does have enjoyable delivery as well and a wide range. He can go from gutturally low, which he only does on occasion, to a powerful, almost Polish DM sounding mid low and some soaring awesome highs which are also kind of dark and intense. They remind me of the blackened highs heard in Slugdge. Though overall, the bands are very different, they are both slightly experimental and incorporate similar vocal traits at times.
There is still clean vocals on this EP, like their previous work, but it is different and it isn’t coming off forced. That being said, no vocoder. Which I am OK with because I don’t really like vocoder and their previous work war the only use of vocoder I have ever managed to enjoy in any band. In fact the clean vocals in songs like Overcoming reality, where the cleans come in right away, before they even proceed to get brutal, and Sunshine, which has some great epic but totally add to the overall vibe and epic-ness of the songs. Sunshine by far has the most cleans and I think they are really fitting. It also has some great riffs and beats and grooves. The cleans remind me of the cleans that Cyborg Octopus lays out in their Neo-classical influenced song, Divine Right (In D Minor). I personally like them a lot.

The bass work sounds great! The opening and title track, Overcoming Reality has some sweet bass lines, especially during the parts with prominent synth. It sounds like there are some cool slapped bass licks and fills.
Expanding the Existence has an excellent bass solo when it mellows out and then goes in to a beautiful guitar solo section. They mellow it out the first time and he plays a great bass line and then they go to a nice upbeat riff for a bit and mellow it back down to the amazing solo sections.

The guitar is very enjoyable as well. Matiaz is an amazing player who can create beastly riffs and beautiful solos. The riffs are exciting and very upbeat. Expanding the Existence has some super catchy and quite intricate riffs and that absolutely lovely solo mentioned before after with wicked bass sections. Galactic Monolith is a great and varied song. Several awesome grooves and lots of really wicked fast parts too. I particularly love the little melodic lead near the end of the song!

The instrumental track, The Dawn of the Ancient Realms, is simply outstanding!

They soften it down at just before 2:00 and the bass has some totally awesome lines, then they go into a rather freely and super epic solo, into a sick groove with more awesome bass! This then leads into another fantastic solo! Love the tone too! The riffs are extremely exciting and quick with really blistering drums, though he has great feel when they need to let the song breathe too. The synth is pretty prominent through most of this song and it is used well. It fades out with a kind of tribal feel.

The guitar solo in Radial Velocity, which was one of the first singles for the album, released last year, is absolutely amazing. It is fairly lengthy and goes through several different ‘sections’ and is extremely well written. The solo section in the more recent single they released at the beginning of this year is out if this world as well. The Spectral Path has all sorts of incredibly catchy riffs, wicked intense drums and roaring and soaring vocals. But that solo is just absolutely fabulous!

The drums are killer. Great beats and mix. The cymbals sound great as is but when the synth is going, it is mixed really well too. The frequencies add a really nice angelic feel. He sometimes tastefully incorporates gravity blasts as well. Such as in Galactic Monolith, which also has some wicked groove at times and some excellent fast double pick and ride beats that I lust love. And also such as in Spectral Path, which has awesome blistering fast beats that are perfectly placed and not only speed, but excellent feel as they give this song room to breathe several times and every instrument totally plays into making it work, especially the guitar and drums in this song. All sorts of other enjoyable cymbal work as well. not only on that song. The EP is packed with awesome grooves, sweet super fast yet creative beats with lots of great cymbal and especially ride work, and seamless transitions.

It makes me proud to hear this EP. These guys are amazing people and musicians, creating truly unique and inspiring Death Metal. Fans of original and slightly experimental sounds with great melody and groove, this band is for you! The vocals are well ranged and have an exciting delivery and great tone. The drums have incredible speed and excellent beats and fantastic groove and feel when called for. The riffs are creative and very intriguing, with tons of stand out bass through this EP! I strongly urge you to give this a listen! I know this band can have a bright future in this genre if they reach the right amount of fans! It would be a dream come true to see these guys live or play with them some day!

For fans of Atlantis Chronicles, Between The Buried And Me, Dark Matter Secret, Cyborg Octopus, Slugdge, Flub, Black Crown Initiate

9.5/10 \m/

 

LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/bleak.flesh
http://www.bleakflesh.com/
https://bleakflesh.bandcamp.com/…/overcoming-reality-ep-2017
https://www.youtube.com/user/bleakfleshband
https://twitter.com/BleakFlesh

 

 

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Virulent Depravity- Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree 9.9/10 \m/

Virulent Depravity

Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree

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Releases April 7, 2017

Mike Low – Mixing
Zak Denham – Mastering
Justin Abraham – Artwork

 

 

I am thrilled to bring you guys my review of the highly anticipated debut Virulent Depravity album, Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree.

The line up for Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree is;                                                                        Colin Butler – Composition / Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Malcolm Pugh – Guitar
Kévin Paradis – Drums

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I believe for the next album, the lineup will remain the same, with different guest appearances to look forward to. This is some of the most complexly composed material I have ever heard. The riffs are unreal, but retain catchiness, and are melodic in their own, incredibly technical way. Lots of great harmonizations and riff counter points.

Some songs with particularly great riffs are; “Beyond The Point Of No Return”, there is a SICK harmony melodic riff that repeats. Definitely one of my favorite riffs I have heard in a long time. The solos are insane. Some very creative licks and a unique, but epic feel utilized. All of the solo tones sound awesome, and fit, but sound individualized, especially the difference between Colin and Malcolm’s tones. Malcolm’s seems to sound more melodic, similar to his “A Loathing Requiem” tone, but still fit for this project. Where Colin’s tone seems a bit more alien in sound. The guest solos are all rather distinct as well. Mark Hawkins (Devolved) rips the first solo on the entire album with a very crisp tone right into a killer solo by Malcolm and a sweet melodic solo by Colin. The most similar of all the guest solos to Colin’s tone is Elijah Whitehead, who performs a killer solo after Colin on “Mechanized Defilement”. One of my favorite solos on the album by far as well.

This album isn’t just technically proficient though. Your mind will be blown with its feel and passion as well. “Only Human” begins with a beautiful, clean section into an almost classically influenced lead, into the brutality. It comes back to awesome soulful sections later on as well, one, after an awesome guest solo by Craig Peters (Deeds OF Flesh, Destroying The Devoid, ex-Arkaik), flowing incredibly with a nice bass part into a sweet groovy riff and beautiful solo by Colin. The song has some more badass verses, a chorus and a few more killer solos by Colin. The ending is very soulful as well and goes back to that Neo-classical vibe.
The closing track, “Crushed By Futuristic Filth”, is one of the most well-rounded. It is crushing and beautiful and so much more. It has an amazing soft section with a keyboard solo by Jimmy into a completely heart wrenching, beautifully written, emotional but uplifting solo by Malcolm. It is really fantastic! After smoothly going back to brutality it then sounds like it is over at about 5 minutes in and it kind of spirals into a beautifully written guest solo by the young virtuoso, Sims Cashion, over a soft section with keys and more beauty as well.

The bass isn’t overshadowed either. Often in albums when it is performed by the primary composer who is a guitarist, the bass gets the role of simply “holding down the low-end”. Not here. Not only does it have an “EXCELLENT” tone, but Colin steps in and out (mostly out) of the guitar work and throws in a lot of perfectly placed, totally sick fills. He mixes up the technique a lot as well. Between finger picking, slap parts and cool tap licks. The bass has it all on this album. All the tracks have awesome bass. We’ve established this, but some songs have especially great parts that are worth mentioning. Such as “Only Human” has a great bass part during a soft instrumental section in the middle of the song. “Mechanized Defilement” has awesome fills, strategically placed to grab your attention through the entire song, and there is a stop with a nice bass sweep which everyone loves when done right. In the last song, “Crushed By Futuristic Filth”, following the guitar solo is a piano solo with an amazing bass line under it. Not overly shred-dy, just so good. The piano continues after the rest of the instruments stop to give a bleak, but slightly hopeful sounding end.

The vocals are just “WOW“! He utilizes so many different tones as tasteful accents, while the main tone seems to be a low mid to a low that are very aggressive. The delivery is what really gets me here. Most of it is well enunciated and while crushingly brutal and technical, still fairly easy to understand. At other times he uses what I call, “vocal artistic integrity” and just massacres us with some of the sickest deliveries I have ever heard. Especially during certain techy riffs, the speed and ability to manipulate words slightly to fit perfect, is incredibly impressive. The vocal speed and delivery in “Serpentine Messiah”, some of the line in “Your Demise” and, the vocals in “Beyond The Point Of No Return” are ridiculous and some of the verses in “Crushed By Futuristic Filth” are nearly inhuman. Simply astonishing performance. Hard to keep up to even reading along at times. “Your Demise” also has some really great delivery in lines that are not incredibly fast. My favorite being “as you sleep in your cocoon of ignorance, night approaches and we are coming for you” before Malcolm’s solo. The delivery is simply sinister and perfect. The whole song has excellent vocals, not to mention the whole damn album.

The drum performance is also totally crazy. Ridiculously fast blasts with meticulously placed but sporadic at the same time fills. He is capable of basically any type of beat he demonstrates. He tastefully and strategically places occasional gravity blasts, but mostly keeping to jarring blasts and crazy bursts and fills. The snare beats and kick bursts in the first verse of “Serpentine Messiah” is just nuts. Incredible doubly kick speed and stamina through the whole album. especially on that song, “Spineless Obedience, Your Demise”, “Bad Drug”, “Beyond The Point Of No Return”, and “Only Human”. As well as super tasty cymbal word with the changing between crashes / Chinas / splashes and even super tasty hi-hat use between hits. It is my understanding that Colin composed all of the riffs, and wrote general ideas for the drums, but it was all basically Kevin. He even records in his home studio. Which is a huge plus to me. The drums have a very refreshingly organic sound, which can especially be heard during the softer instrumental sections. The cymbals sound amazing and are panned great. Everything about the drum performance, engineering and mix is completely stellar in my opinion.

One thing I really love about the album is that while being absolutely mind-boggling-ly technical, it remains cohesive, and often even has a psychedelic vibe. At times the lead tone helps achieve this, such as the solo in “Spineless Obedience” and a lead section, in “Desecrating Eden”, which comes back at the end also and I just love it and the way the guitar mixes with the Keyboard solo in the middle. This is a largely unexplored sound in the genre and it has been demonstrated magnificently here. With classical level intricacy in the composition and a modern spin to the technicality and riff style mixed with the perfect levels of brutality and passion in the right places. There is even some Neo-classically influenced licks. If this isn’t one of the most creative and well-rounded albums in Death Metal history, then I must have a lot to learn. Definite contender for album of the year! Get on this people! Soon! … I want vinyl.

For fans of Spawn Of Possession, First Fragment, Anomalous, Archspire, Inanimate Existence, Ending Tyranny

9.9/10 \m/

 

Guest Musicians:
Jimmy Pitts – Keys (Track 4, 10)
Mark Hawkins – Solo (Track 1)
Nick Padovani – Solo (Track 6)
Craig Peters – Solo (Track 8)
Elijah Whitehead – Solo (Track 9)
Sims Cashion – Solo (Track 10)
Nathan  Bounds – Guest Vocals  (Track 10)

LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/virulentdepravity/
https://virulentdepravity.bandcamp.com/album/fruit-of-the-poisoned-tree
https://theartisanera.bandcamp.com/
http://www.theartisanera.com/
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Lock Up- Demonization- Album Review 8.5/10 \m/

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Lock Up

Demonization

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Released March 10th 2017

Shane Embury
Kevin Sharp
Nick Barker
Anton Reisenegger

 

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First started as a side project by Shane Embury, they are now on to their fourth album this time featuring Kevin Sharp on vocals. I had to go back and listen to “Pleasures” with Peter Tagtgren , and then albums with Thomas Lindberg on vocals to be able to compare Kevin to both. I have seen some people express dissatisfaction with this album, and a lot comparing Kevin to Thomas. However to really give Kevin the benefit of the doubt he needed to be heard alongside the Tagtgren style also.  And after listening to a lot of Lock Up recently, I can honestly say, I really enjoy this album. Kevin is a great fit in my opinion. However one thing I really picked up on was the fact that Nicolas Barker had more range on his drums and the clarity of his drums are fucking crisp.  If you have been under a rock and don’t know who Nicholas Barker is, or have known any of his other bands. He played with Cradle of Filth on five albums including Cruelty and the Beast, as well as Dimmu Borgir and a handful of other bands with albums an E.P.’s.  but the one thing I always wished you could get from a Lock Up album was to get better sound of Nicks Drums.  But with songs like “The Decay Within The Abyss” Nick rattles off a roll out on the toms that you just didn’t get on previous albums.  It has just that much more to offer than previous albums when it comes to the drums in my opinion.  The album starts out with “Blood And Emptiness” a solid opening track, music starts out hard and fast after a short sound clip.  They slow it down, but you hear the first example of Nick’s drums being so crystal clear around the :53 second mark.  This is the moment when my ears perked up, and I knew that this album was going to be a good listen. The song goes through a few tempo changes but really maintains a heavy dose of death grind in typical Lock Up style.  They follow up with The Decay Within The Abyss” and that tracks starts right out of the gates with such a clean and fluid rollout on the toms before engaging an arsenal of blast beats.  This song really gets the listener amped up with plenty of blast beats but also riffs that provide a thick layer of groove.  I find I enjoy this album so much because of the added elements with this album.  Nick is an unbelievable drummer, the guy has so much talent and unless you were a fan of his, you might not realize it. I think in all previous albums my biggest gripe was even though nick was the drummer, his name in the credits. I just didn’t hear the Nick Barker I had listened to for years. To be honest the only reason I became a Lock Up fan in the first place was because I saw Shane Embury, and Nicholas Barker were in a band, and I knew it was going to be cool.  There are still tracks like “Locust” that are basically saturated with grinding blasting mayhem that are going to keep the die-hard’s satisfied. I really have enjoyed my time listening to this album. The album has the same raw aggression as previous albums, but it has Kevin Sharp on the microphone, and that adds a few other spices blended into this album. Kevin has a bit of a blend between Tagtgren and Lindberg almost down the middle, he has similarities to both vocalists prior. I dig this album, and I like what Kevin brings to the mix, but being able to hear Nick’s drums with more free range and crisp sound really helps out.  8.5 / 10 \m/

 

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Slugdge- The Cosmic Cornucopia- triple threat review 9.3/ 10 \m/

I have a very special review of Slugdge – The Cosmic Cornucopia.

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Slugdge is a fantastic 2 man studio Death Metal project from Lancashire, UK. The band consists of Kev Pearson on instrumentation, guitar & bass performance, main composition and Matt Moss on vocals, lyrics and composition. I have been following Slugdge for a few years now, and it makes me so happy to see them finally able to physically release their material. They play an absolutely enthralling take on Blackened Death Metal with prominent elements of OSDM, Sludge, Prog-Death & Doom Metal. They mix these genres so well and fluently, it really makes for an amazing musical journey. When I first heard them it was about a week after they dropped Gastronomicon. My friend showed me them on bandcamp and we each bought both of their first albums for $20 each. (They are on bandcamp for NYP download).

This album is the Bible of The Greatfather Mollusca, harvester of the universe. An epic, 24 track, reverse chronological order compilation of Slugdge’s 3 full length albums, Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms, Gastronomicon & Born Of Slime. Each album contains 8 dark and progressive Death Metal tracks.

First you have their newest album Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms. The songs are pretty long, with only 1 song clocking in just under 5 minutes and most of them being between 6 and 8 minutes. They do not drag on though. They progress wonderfully with great songwriting that allows the riffs to flow to one another perfectly. This album is definitely the most diverse Slugdge album. It has the most technical riffs out of any of their other albums, and some of the blackened parts, always present in Slugdge, are more Technical and Progressive in this album. One thing that may come as a downfall to some, is that this album seems to have more clean vocal range and cleaner clean vocals & ‘Priest Chants’ as I like to call them. The gents have clearly progressed at their respective instruments. Definitely noticeable in the advancement of the clean vocals and the grim highs as well as the technicality of the riffing. That’s not to take anything away from their previous works.

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The middle of the album consists of most of my favourite Slugdge songs, in Gastronomicon. It has a really great instrumental intro whoch flows directly into the title track, which is almost 8 minustes long as it is. I like to think of the intro, Dark Side Of The Shroom (LOL) as part of the song Gastronomicon. This song also contains the lyrics which they will choose for their compilation title. This album has a very bleak, but yet spectral feel to it. It is dark, epic, and fantastical, all at the same time.

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The last third, Born Of Slime, this is Slugdge’s first full length album, and it’s pretty much just as great as the other 2. It’s place on this compilation is well deserved even though it does sound more primitive and raw than the other 2. Slugdge, to this day has a very dark vibe to their songs, but this album is especially grim and bleak. One interesting piece of trivia is that this album’s cover art was very obviously inspired by The Destruction of Soddom and Gomorrah, painted by John Martin in 1852.

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Sometimes people tend not to like compilations, and for me, it depends on the case but I generally don’t care. This one is great because it makes all 3 of Slugdge’s fantastic releases, available physically to the fans. The first 2, physically for the first time. Plus, the albums do flow really well. Though I do kind of feel that it should have gone oldest release to newest release, they obviously chose this order for a reason. One thing that I like about Slugdge that is not musical is that their titles are parodies of classic Metal titles that most fans of Slugdge have probably heard before. It is a fun Easter egg and reminds me of Cannabis Corpse and Dethklok.

For fans of Behemoth, Bal-Sagoth, The Chasm, Apocrophex, Emperor, Nile

9.3/10 \m/

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https://slugdge.bandcamp.com/album/the-cosmic-cornucopia-2
http://www.willowtip.com/releases/details/slugdge-the-cosmic-cornucopia-2.aspx

-Brett   /,,/(°o°)/,,/

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