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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.

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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/

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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

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Carnal Decay – You Owe You Pay- 6.8 \m/

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You Owe You Pay

Released February 10, 2017

Carnal Decay is:
Vocals: Michael Kern
Guitar: Isabelle Iten
Bass: Nasar Skripitskij
Drum: Markus Röthlisberger

 

 

 

 

Today we take some time to cover last month’s fourth full length album by Swiss BDM outfit Carnal Decay.  The first thing I will point out is the over the top album artwork. You can’t help but like it, it’s not some sort of spacey multi-dimensional abstract piece of art.  Its cover art that really projects to the viewer what the album will be like. Its blunt, and straight forward just like the music is. its a little over the top, packs a punch and seems like its definitely something worth checking out.

They start the album with “No Sequel” a blast saturated track that is heavy hitting from the first note. You have to really appreciate breakdowns in metal to fully enjoy Carnal Decay, this first track delivers the breakdown and sets the bar. When I listen to this song I just think of all the live performances this band does, and how there must be some poor bastard that got tickets to a show that they were not prepared for.  This song really sets the album up for the few who have not heard Carnal Decay before.  I think this albums track list is very appropriately laid out.  Not sure everyone will agree with me, however I figure it would be hard to argue after listening to this album start to finish. This album has many elements of brutal death metal, and hardcore/ metal.  You Owe You Pay really walks a line of brutal death and hardcore fueled breakdowns. The vocals have a very wide range to them, while the guitars don’t.  And I am not saying that is a bad thing either. All I am saying is, Isabelle seems very confident in her sound and style.  When you listen to the album you don’t hear a mixture of different guitar tones, and experimental sounds. There is a plan, and she sticks to it, playing BDM, with catchy riffs, and a heavy sound. The ability to throw a really catchy section in, songs like “Show Your Fucking Face” around the 1:12 mark it doesn’t come off like something you would hear form a BDM band. But I really dig it.  This band is playing really catchy, heavy, and fun BDM.  Yes I said fun, you look at the album cover, and you listen to the lyrics, read the song names, and get to the breakdowns. Yea it is fun to listen and enjoy the album that they created.  It’s not boring, it’s not dull, “Murder  A La Carte” is another great example of a song that is not only fun, but should come with a warning that the haymakers will be flying and people will be spitting Chiclets if they don’t stay alert.  Song after song I find myself enjoying this album for what it is. It’s a full length album just overflowing heaviness, and breakdowns that will cause some listeners to lose their shit altogether.  The guest vocals on this album are pretty tight too. You have Julien Truchan on Your Guts my glory, and also Melchoir Borg on Show your Fucking Face. This album is a good listen, its heavy, it has guest vocalists, and it has fast rapid fire blasting as well as killer breakdowns. The guitar, and bass are matched sonically to not overpower one or the other, but to provide equal destruction to the listener’s ear holes. It doesn’t seem like they came into this trying to win Grammy, and they didn’t come to make little to no impression either. They came to fuck shit up, plain and simple, and I think that’s exactly what they do here. They didn’t re-invent the wheel. They came to make heavy music, that’s exactly what they did.  They don’t pussy foot around it, they just come right out, and do what they came to do.  While I must admit I did enjoy this album let it be known it won’t win album of the year. There are too many people that look for that album of the year and focus on it. Well what I can say about this album, is if you have heard Carnal Decay before, than you won’t be disappointed, if you haven’t heard them before. Be prepared for a style you have not witnessed before or often. It’s a solid album, no fluff, and because of that I don’t feel this is anything less than 6.8/10 \m/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Condemned- His Divine Shadow 7/10 \m/

Condemened

His Divine Shadow

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Release Date March 10th, 2017

Sam Townsley – Vocal
Steve Crow – Guitar
Ryan Reidy – Bass Guitar
Tyson Jupin – Drums

 

Today we take a listen to the latest Condemned
Album set to be released on March 10th, 2017The artwork really catches the eye, and I feel as though that is something that many of us metal heads do appreciate about the genre. The cover of His divine shadow really pops out and males you want to hear what the album will sound like.

Starting with the first track it seems as though it is simply the introductory track. With some ominous and Industrial sounds that fade in until a pattern begins formulate and lead right into the following track titled ‘Dawn”. Which is the first you hear Condemned’s brutal assault of death metal in a few years. The drums are tight, no power lost with the blast beats, but I find the balance between drums and guitars is a little more in the guitars favor. However, the drums actual sound is crisp, every cymbal strike is clear, the snare has a nice tone, and matches the guitar tones very well. There is no denying that the chemistry between all instruments is on point. considering I typically go for songs that are more uptempo, i really have gravitated towards “ascending the Spectral Thro” as one of my favorite tracks. there is something about the way it starts out. Listen to the first thirty seconds and it just grabs you, its a low and slow beginning that eventually evolves into something with some quick blast beats. but the groove is what hooks the listener, and the guitar riff around the 1:27 mark. its infectious and is actually when I really began to enjoy this album more and more. but i do have to point out the way Sam’s vocals sound at the 2:38 mark reminds me of some Chris Barnes SFU guttural vocals.(that should earn this album some bonus points in my book)  The entire album is filled with gut punching groove and a heavy dose of brutal breakdowns. The overall sound to this album will appeal to fans of bands like suffocation. Ten tracks long, this album contains nine tracks of complete unwavering brutal death goodness. I have found that the more I listen to this album the harder it have deciding which tracks I like the most. But one things for sure, when you listen to tracks like; “Ascending The Spectral Thro”, “His Divine Shadow”, and “World Reading Terror” you will understand how easy it is to get hooked. This album has plenty to offer, and has a ton of groove to get caught up in. I am digging this album, make sure you check this out.  7/10 \m/

 

Tracklist

  1. Penumbrae
  2. Dawn
  3. Omniscient Perturbations
  4. Legion
  5. Ascending The Spectral Thro
  6. Nefarious Sanguine Decree
  7. His Divine Shadow
  8. Pestilential Reign
  9. The Hive Ablaze
  10. World-Reaving Terror

Recorded at Trench Studios

Mixed at Mana Recording and mastered at West West Side Music

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Desecrate The Faith- Unholy Infestation Album review 7/10 \m/

Desecrate the Faith

Unholy Infestation

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Comatose Music

Releases: 3 March 2017

John Hull – Vocals
Jonathan Bayliss – Guitar
Tyler DTF – Guitar
Coleson Cowden – Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals
Mike Caputo – Drums

 

 

Track Listing:
1. Daemones Nos Ave Satanas
2. Predatory Impalement
3. Malignant Divinity
4. Shrine of Enmity
5. Unholy Infestation
6. Magna Daemonia
7. Ceremonial Invocation
8. Sacrilege Reborn
9. Angel Eater
10. Septic Womb
11. Ascension of Belial
12. Let Us Burn (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)

The album begins with the track titled “Daemones Nos Ave Satanas”. This song begins in such a meat grinding brutal fashion.  The sound clip is filthy and the music fades in slowly and heavy as hell. Really giving an ominous vibe to the music that has just begun to project from your speakers. This is more a less an introductory track as the song is really just a slow roll of punishment, and growls. But they follow that up with Predatory Impalement, what a way to kick things off. The setup is quick and simple but the blast beats and the guitars are relentless.  They blend technical riffs with brutal death chugs.  Not to mention the vocals are solid, a low guttural style, but the backing vocals match almost perfectly to fill in some areas here and there.  After listening to Predatory Impalement I was wondering if they would be continuing this album in a step by step progression towards a heavier and more brutal track each time. Malignant Divinity follows that theory, as it is one of my favorite tracks off this album. It’s a very catchy song, the guitars halfway through that track show another side to them. It’s not just going to be brutal riffs and blast beats. They slow things down for a few bars while the guitars play a short and melodic sequence with some pinch / squeals before transitioning back to that driving brutal death. The hits keep coming with tracks like “Shrine Of Enmity” it follows the saying “everything is bigger in Texas” including the brutal hits to the gut that this album delivers.  Just like the album artwork, this is a filthy and brutal album.  With tracks titled Septic Womb, and Unholy Infestation, they aren’t following any political correctness and worrying about who they offend. They set out to create a brutal album, which will sink its hooks deep.  The music is unwavering, blunt and brutal.  I will always gravitate towards the drums, and Mike does an impressive job on this album. His drums are crystal clear and the overall sound of this album is great. This album is one of those that are going to go the distance in 2017. I see myself spinning Unholy Infestation many times over as I have been listening to this one and I love it. What a way to start your morning than to be blasting this at 6:00 A.M. and preparing for my work day like I’m preparing for a cage fight. 7/10 \m/

 

 

 

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Maze Of Sothoth- “Soul Demise” album review \m/

Maze Of Sothoth

Soul Demise

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Released 01/09/2017

Fabio Marasco: Guitars/Synth
Matteo Moioli: Drums
Cristiano Marchesi: Bass/Vocals
Riccardo Rubini: Guitars

 

Tracklist

01 – Cthulhu’s Calling

02 – Lies

03 – Seed Of Hatred

04 – Multiple Eyes

05 – The Outsider

06 – The Dark Passenger

07 – At The Mountain Of Madness

08 – Blind

09 – Azzaihg’ Nimehc

10 – Divine Sacrifice

The album begins with the track titled Cthulhu’s Calling which is an ominous introductory track really playing towards the dark and intriguing nature of this band. Now I have never heard these guys before, but I gotta admit, the moment those guitars kick in for the second track titled “Lies” I was hooked. Those guitars sound mean.  It reminds me of old Morbid Angel, it’s got me mean mugging while I’m head banging here. They have a solid minute and a half of spine splitting guitar riffs before the vocals join in. The ferocity of the sound is impressive, they walk the line of technical death metal. Is it too early to say that Lies is my favorite track? Holy shit that song blew me away. But they follow that up with an absolutely crushing track like Seed of Hatred. Now I usually will focus a lot on the drums, however I really want to point out the guitar tones. Riccardo and Fabio’s guitars just sound nasty, when thinking about a death metal sound. These guitars deliver the death blow by blow and throw in those classic old school pinch squeals. I dig the guitar solo on “Multiple Eyes” that song really leaves you wanting more. One thing that I really enjoy about the music on this album, is that for every track there is a solid set up between the guitars and the drums. They have really grabbed your attention within the first minute of every song and managed to get the listener hooked rather easily. The sound quality is great, and I dig that artwork. Looking for some new school death metal with a bit of old school influence and technical riffs and blistering drums. Then you will want to check out Soul Demise by Maze of Sothoth. 7/10 \m/

 

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Acranius – Reign Of Terror- Album review 7/10 \m/

Acranius

Reign Of Terror

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Album release date:  January 27, 2017

Kevin – Vocals
Björn – Guitar
Lars – Bass
Rob – Drums

 

 

Reign of Terror starts out with a solid introductory track beginning with radio transmissions growing in volume and fading in,  then the drums and guitar kick things off musically to break this song out of its package. And also to give the listeners a simple two minute acclimation period to get adjusted to the brutal slamming death garnished with a dose of groove.  They follow up  that with Kingmaker This song starts out with the drums getting started with a ten second set up and then the song takes on the personality of an armored tank. It’s a low and slow style song, with a killer groove on the guitars for the verses.I must admit that I was not expecting so much groove from these guys. I mean listening to Outlaw it has this virulent edge about it. And it’s not just the rhythm or the chorus. I mean everything about this song is magnetic.  The drums are perfect, there is literally nothing more the drums needed to do, to accomplish something this satisfactory.  I mean quite frankly I just really dig Rob’s drum style. The sound of the drums is great, snare does not have a ping to it.  And it doesn’t seem like he puts too much thought into things like gravity blasts. In fact it seems like he wants the listener to be able to follow with the beat, but he pulls off some great sounding fills. For example the very beginning of Warpath is such a killer yet simple set up.  Alternating snare bass drum and the tom, and then rolling the bass with the rest of the fill and when you hear it, it is in fact a simple enough fill. But it’s the sound of the drums themselves, the tempo, and really the confidence Ron projects from his drumsticks. Speaking of Warpath let’s talk about that section right around the one minute mark. You know what I am talking about when you listen to the track. It’s going to hook you right away but if it doesn’t then the solo snare pop at the 1:20 mark followed by the drum fill and heavy dose of double bass is going to get you going. But the song hits that breakdown at 1:55 and that’s when shit has hit the fan in the pit. There is no way you can listen to this song without wanting to throw some haymakers. I just don’t see how it is possible after I have listened to it myself.  But they follow up with Battle Scars and holy shit does it have this solid thirty seconds of menacing brutal introduction.  Vocals come in only seconds after that killer intro. It’s a bit of a slower song coming in at around 120BPM but they seem to have this ability to get the listener hooked every song regardless of tempo, blasts, anything like that.  After spinning this album for a bit, I have come to really enjoy their sound. They have no gimmicks, they have no need to sound like anyone else. They don’t live by anyone’s rules, they just play a really catchy form of slamming death metal. Lastly they seal the deal on this album by ending with tracks like “The Executioner” (holy shit what a punishing track it is too), and “Died a Liar” They came to fuck shit up, it’s apparent that what they set out to accomplish was to make some slamming death that’s going to get you hooked and to detonate the pit when they play.  I really enjoy this album,  I was not expecting this album to have so many killer hooks it really is a rock solid album. 7/10\m/ go on an have a listen for yourself to the track Kingmaker

 

 
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The Devil’s Due- December 27th- Unfathomable Ruination- Finitude Review 8/10 \m/

Unfathomable Ruination

Finitude

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Released August 31, 2016

Ben Wright- Vocals
Daniel Herrera- Guitars
Ross Piazza- Guitars
Federico Benini- Bass
Doug Anderson- Drums

 

 

 

Today the Devil dropped this in our lap and we were thrilled to give this one a spin. Finitude delivers the brutality which is typical from the UK based death metal outfit Unfathomable Ruination. This album kicks ass, and is exactly what I had come to expect from these guys. They open with Pestilential Affinity which is a flurry of gravity blasts for a few bars on and off, but really setting the pace. Which is fucking fast and heavy as hell. The sound quality is great, absolutely top notch, and the guys really gave it their all. They continue track after track to deliver something heavy and fresh while you can hear and distinguish several influences throughout the music. Thy Venomous Coils is another track that comes out of the gate with a sick guitar line and the drums really set up the beginning of the song. By the time the verse starts and the drums are blasting I was hooked, now add the vocals and they come in with a groove. But the way that song ends is fucking brutal and is undeniably catchy. they have a strong formula that works because for every bit of heavy that they are, they have other elements that are just as appealing.  I really dig Finitude which is their second full length album. Having been together as a band since 2010 they have put out two E.P.’s and now 2 full length albums.  All I can say is they fucking nailed it with this album. Highlight tracks include; Thy Venomous Coils, Nihilistic Theorem, and the album ending opus Forge of Finitude. We have enjoyed everything Unfathomable Ruination has put out to date, but this album is simply solidifying their grip on death metal brutality.  8/10\m/

 

 

 

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The Devil’s Due- December 24th Unmerciful- Ravenous Impulse 8/10 \m/

Unmerciful

Ravenous Impulse

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Released July 22, 2016

Clinton Appelhanz-guitars
Kris Bolton-vocals
Jeremy Turner-bass
Justin Payne-guitars

John Longstreth- Drums

 

Today the Devil himself has brought us Ravenous Impulse, the second full length album by KS death metal bastards Unmerciful. Now they have already been able to establish a name for themselves and in turn built a fan base. But what triggered my radar was John Longstreth on the drums for this fucking awesome album. You know,  of Origin fame, yea the guy is a fucking beast on the drums. so it was no surprise that this album was going to have some killer blasting death overflowing and bursting at the seams. They  deliver again and again, this album is great with tracks like Kill Reflex, Abscission, Kingdom of Serpents, and ending the album with Methodic Absolution it’s a no brainer why this album with all it has to offer is one of the top albums of 2016. We enjoyed  Unmerciful a lot in 2016 and why we felt this album is a 8/10\m/

 

 

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The Devil’s Due- December 23rd- Cognitive “Deformity” Album review 9/10 \m/

Cognitive

Deformity

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 Released October 28, 2016

Jorel Hart-Vocals
Rob Wharton- Guitars
Harry Lannon-Lead Guitars
Armen Koroghlian-Drums
Ian Bainbridge-Bass

 

Today the devil has brought us “deformity, the sophomore album by New Jersey’s slamming death act Cognitive.  The album begins with a solid introductory track, filled with gruesome riffs, a hearty helping of blast beats, and samples to set the scene. By the time you get to the second track off this stellar album, you may have already decided that you were intrigued and ready to listen to what these guys are going to pull off. Well Birthing The Deformity is a cool track t follow up Awakening The Miscreation. Haunted justice is a solid track, but possibly my favorite track comes in fourth on the track list.  And that is Beneath The Floorboards. I really dig this track as it has gotten the most plays out of the album. But the album as a whole is fucking awesome. When we got our hands on this it was a great day because this album right here has gotten a lot of rotations by us. I’m am very pleased by this album, as it is meticulously catchy rhythms and the technicality for precise transitions between some killer riffs. I really dig this album and you know it is a great follow up to their 2014 self-titled album. While their self-titled album had a small melodic element about it, Deformity does not possess that characteristic, but is much heavier.  They really seal the deal by ending the album with a punishing track like Merciless Forest that solo at the end does it for me. This track rips. This album rips, and it’s why we have been enjoying it so much, enough to earn this one a 9/10 \m/

 

 

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The Devil’s Due- December 15th- Abnormality- Mechanism Of Omniscience- Review 10/10 \m/

Abnormality

Mechanisms Of Omniscience

abnormality

Released April 29, 2016

Mallika Sundaramurthy: Vocals
Jay Blaisdell: Drums
Josh Staples: Bass
Sam Kirsch: Guitars
Jeremy Henry: Guitars

 

 

 

Today we listen to Abnormality’s 2016 crushing album of pure unfiltered aggression titled Mechanisms Of Omniscience. This album is the type of album that when you push play you shut the fuck up and listen with a barrage of emotions ranging from anger, anxiety, and pure metal thirst.  Swarm will not be the track that’s got a nice little intro to help warm you up and get you ready. Nope they fucking blow the doors off with this explosive album from second 0:01. I will admit one of my favorite elements form this album is Jay’s drums, I love the sound of his snare, and on songs like the title track you can hear that from blast beat to a regular beat.  The snare sounds the same, all that means is Jay has some sick fucking  power behind his blast beats.  He’s not pulling his punches, he’s the real deal and that dude can play. But let’s look at a few of the other misfits that make up Abnormality and this album. You have Josh staples who could teach a college course on metal, the guy lives eats breathes metal, and the metal culture and is a pretty down to earth dude.  But the same can be said for the entire band, and what you really have here is a group of some really ambitious and driven individuals that are out to make killer metal, and kick ass.  This album is brutal as hell and really gets you amped up.  Mallika’s vocals are absolutely punishing, with her honed and brutal delivery, people may throw out that it’s a female fronted band.  Female fronted bands get a lot of hype because it’s a woman on the microphone, but that’s not the case here. I don’t think anyone has hyped them up because of who their vocalist is. scratch that, no one has, they dont care about that.   People are just blown away by the music, and Mallika’s vocals are fucking awesome and add that Abnormality flavor. They surprise you because yea it’s not what you expect, and shit she can sing some metal better than me, and most of the people i know.  Granted I am a drummer, but she has some pipes on her, and they are heavy fucking metal pipes because hearing the vocals on tracks like the title track and  she fucking comes in with these growls and it hits you. Damn near crushes you underneath the sheer velocity and power of her voice.  Abnormality are playing a caliber of metal that is almost on another level.  When you think of death metal Abnormality might not be the first name you think of, but I’d be damned if they didn’t take the death metal genre and extract all that is heavy, blend that up with some infectious hooks,  blistering drums, and charisma and you have a sound all their own.  That sound is what makes Mechanisms of Omniscience one of my favorite death metal albums of 2016.  I will forever have a biased opinion towards New England metal and hardcore bands because I feel that the music from that region has the biggest fuck you attitude on the scene. And it all dates back to the revolutionary war times. New Englanders wanted to do their own thing, and the metal coming from that region is very much the same. Mechanisms of Omniscience is one of those albums that every single track on it, kicks ass.  This album has so much packed into it for sound, and intensity.  I have not been able to listen to this without tapping my foot head bang or get amped up.  When you listen to the title track they come out swinging right away but get to the twenty second mark and they have already gotten their hooks in you. But keep listening to the one minute mark and you see the set up for something cool, sure as shit at the 1:22 mark Mallika lets out a growl and how do you not get fucking ripped at that point.  The song literally gets better with each second, and every transition. That’s the way the entire album is, it just gets better, and better and fuels you and gets you ready to throw hay makers. Not only does it get better as you listen to it, the more you listen to it, the more you appreciate the sound they have pulled off.  If you are looking for a solid album, something that would be the apex predator of death metal albums.  Do yourself the favor of checking out Mechanisms Of Omniscience, it will not disappoint. It may cause you to inflict damage to the surrounding structures, so proceed with caution, because once you hit play, you my metal head friends are going for a fucking wild and fun ride.

Mechanisms Of Omniscience has been a major part of my playlist for 2016, I absolutely love this album, everything about it, sounds great, music is very impressive, the driving rhythms. Everything about this album has impressed me 10/10 \m/ If for some reason you haven’t listened to this, well you fucked up. But your pal Badger is here to make sure you don’t go into 2017 without at least listening to it, so check it out below.

 

 

 

 

 

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