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Spectrum Of Delusion- Esoteric Entity – Album review- 9.2/10 \m/

Spectrum of Delusion

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Esoteric Entity

Released 08/18/2017

 


Tracklist:
Intro     
Beyond Affliction
Dead Weight
Illuminate Eradicate
Reverie
Ruler of Cruel
Unborn Tragedy
Mixotrophy
Timelines

 

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Lineup

Douwe Negenman – Vocals
Nathan Bonkerk – Lead Guitar
Frank van Rijswijk – Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Kamer – Bass Guitar
Jeroen Mostert – Drums

Hey there everyone,  today I bring you the Netherland based technical death metal team Spectrum of Delusion and their recently released album Esoteric Entity.

Forged in 2013 by drummer Jeroen  and Nathan they built the band up from performing covers until Frank joined and then they began their journey into creating killer music. Now the interesting part of all this is they actually had another album written and ready back in 2014 however after reviewing everything they scrapped it because it didn’t adhere to their level of acceptable standards and their sound. A whole album with seven string guitars and a five string bass, scrapped because it wasn’t true to their core.  They set off to create something more pure to their sound and decided to put a fretless in the hands of Jerry and upon that brilliant idea, Douwe joined and everything came together to  get Esoteric Entity finished. This is the debut Album of Dutch Technical Deathmetal band Spectrum of Delusion.

The intro will take you for a melodic stroll into the music with very slight progression, and the only hint they give you is the bass only seconds before the intro ends and “Beyond Affliction” begins.  I am really digging the levels of all the instruments especially the bass.  It is right there and not hiding behind anyone; they deliver a nice simple guitar solo around the thirty-second mark before jumping into the verse with a blasting rhythm from the drums.  Damn this track is awesome, melodic, technical and has a great mix to it, what a great song to start the album with.  It really hooks the listener, especially with the bass, these guys did a killer job on this album.

Dead Weight

This track has a nice build up period lasting just shy of sixty seconds, but I really get hooked by their melodic and captivating sections with the instruments before the first verse begins.  The verse seems to sink the hooks in further.  They keep the song length around four and a half minutes long but I would say about two minutes of that is music without vocals. Nothing wrong with that though, showcasing the talent of all the musicians in the band is a great way to flex their muscles and give listeners like myself a solid idea of what we are working with here.

Illuminate, Eradicate

It has a much quicker set up, not much build up or progression before the first verse however they simply get right down to business this is one of my favorite tracks off the album, and yet it has some of the least instrumental sections of the album.  The song as a whole is very catchy, and the ability to really hear the bass is what draws me in the most.  Spectrum of Delusion is not one of those bands that has a killer guitarist, a drummer that can keep up and then the rest of the guys just fill in the blanks. No, each and every member of this band has talent worth the attention they get.  This song clocks in less than three minutes in length, but damn does it pack a mean punch.  I do wish it had a little more instrumental time however this is such an efficient track I respect the fact that they are able to hook me without the same tools as the previous tracks.  This is a track that has no filler, catchy with some tasty riffs, and still has a bit of a wow factor.

 

Reverie

This one seems to pick up almost the way Illuminate ends, it’s almost like “Reverie” should be a part of illuminate, it just follows up Illuminate so well. Tempo is nearly the same unit the first vocals are heard.  They slow the speed down for dramatic effect, and I find it to be effective right around the 1:36 mark Douwe adds another layer to that slowed down section, really emphasizing the vocals being held long.  This song is one of those songs where typically I hear it’s not as fast as the previous track. My mind begins to wander thinking that the song will just not keep my attention for long. That isn’t the case with this song, I did need to listen to it for a few spins. But the slowed down section grew on me, and it was all because of the vocals.  I went into this track not enjoying it as much, and then let it grow on me, and now I enjoy this song in a different light.

 

Ruler of Cruel

This song has a bit of an ominous buildup, but right around the :09 mark you can hear the bass hit a high note. And delivers two bars of that bass note, a few vocals and then back to that bass note. Jerry Kamer has taken my expectations of this album to a new level, but it’s the saxophone that has piqued my interest now.  Not many bands can pull off a cool album or a cool song and then also incorporate a saxophone into it and maintain the same level of heaviness. Cephalic Carnage, and WRVTH have been able to pull it off. But Spectrum takes things to a different level with the sound of the bass, then the saxophone and a jazzed up section in the middle of a heavy track.  Damn kudos to the guys for pulling it off and then also to Erwin Van Wieringen for playing the saxophone.  Which brings me to another item, session musicians don’t have to be guitarists or drummers they can be saxophonists that add another spicy level to some badass music.

 

Unborn Tragedy

This song really unearthed similarities to bands like Beyond Creation, and Necrophagist and I find myself really impressed by this album.  This song starts out slower than the others, and it has a bass filled melodic introduction that sets up the base layer of the song, and when that bass fades out the next section is up tempo and builds up that next layer in which the vocals are going to start, with a faster energy and a heavier attack.  The tempo changes several times in the song, and yet each transition is very fluid.  There is one section of the song I am not 100% sure I dig it or not.  But halfway through the song they have a section that is a bit repetitive and while it’s not sloppy, it’s not hooking me either. The saving grace for this track  is the drums and the bass.

 

Mixotrophy

The song begins with a quick set of blasts, and then a heavy bass line with a guitar over that making some sweet melodic build up. When the vocals start in, shit has gotten real at this point. The song heads into a fast paced tech death barrage of blasts and just when you have succumbed to that catchy section, they change time and direction slightly.  I am not sure what impresses me the most about this album, there are too many things to list. But I find with some bands too many changes can ruin it for the listener.  We want to be pulled in and stay with the song the whole time.  But with this track the changes are so subtle that they just flow into each other with very little set up for each transition.  They just flow right through the song.  from 3:10 to about 3:49 there are no vocals but a killer instrumental section. I love these instrumental sections Spectrum have added to some of the songs.  I find I enjoy these moments so much because the instruments all blend in well, there is no overshadowing, every instrument is clear, and it adds to the quality of the music.

 

Timelines

This is a great follow-up to Mixotrophy, because of the seamless transition from one track to the next.  This is really the only track I can say has some chugging coming from the guitars, the tone is a bit darker sounding to me, but the actual pace of the song and intensity is right around the same level. But I really absolutely dig the part at the :52 mark, where the vocals have an old school style to their delivery for just a few lines before the blast beats begin. The head movement starts to kick in and you are already hooked by the 1:10 mark. And the song has really only just gotten started. This track is the longest running track on the album but only by a second. The reason I bring that up is because there is so much packed into this song, and it really could have gone on longer. But Spectrum takes the last forty seconds of the song to finish the song out, but at the 5:15 mark they kick off a guitar solo and then fade out. Really leaving me wanting more to come out of my speakers.

 

 

All in all, this album kicks ass, this was my first time hearing Spectrum of Delusion, and I am glad I did. They remind me of a mix between Beyond Creation, Virvum, and Necrophagist.  A truly nice blend of melodic, yet technical/progressive death metal.

This album is great, the production, the balance of instruments to each other as well as the vocals. These guys don’t make up a band, they make up a team. A team that come together and don’t have any one member pulling the most weight through sound and musicianship. The intro track does a solid job getting the listener warmed up and then everything after flows perfectly.  This is an album you can hit play and leave all the controls alone.  Push play, listen, rock out, repeat.  The production of this album is well beyond expectations considering what these guys are asking for in price. Because who doesn’t have two dollars to spare for nine tracks ( eight and an introduction track)? I am digging this album, and I will be keeping my eye out for more from this badass bunch.  9.2/10 \m/

 

Check out the links below

https://www.instagram.com/spectrumofdelusion

https://spectrumofdelusion.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/SpectrumofDelusion

https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumofDelusion

 

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Inanimate Existance- Underneath a Melting Sky- Album Review – 9.9/10 \m/

Hey guys, got an early album review for you! One we are all super  stoked for ,and that I have already pre ordered…
That’s right, the brand new Inanimate Existence album ‘Underneath A Melting Sky’ which comes out this Friday, August 25th!

 

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Inanimate Existence line up:

Cameron Porras – Guitar & Vocals,

Scott Bradley – Bass & Vocals,

Ron Casey – Drums

Barely a year after Inanimate Existence’s 3rd album ‘Calling From A Dream’ was released, they unleash their The Artisan Era debut. This is also their first release as a 3 piece and damn, Inanimate Existence is not fucking around. They explore new horizons with each release and they seem to absolutely master each new direction they take. This album combines the dark brutality of ‘Liberation Through Hearing‘ as well as the fantastical soundscapes and atmosphere of ‘A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement‘. This is a very different album from its predecessor (I personally really enjoyed ‘Calling From A Dream‘).

There is plenty of apparent keyboards and synth that is mixed in perfectly. The synth is done very different than ‘Calling From A Dream‘. Here there are several different tones used throughout and some really fantastic melodies as well. The vibe created this time is entirely different and rather epic. The guitar leads are immaculately written and just soar with the music, and if you thought you liked the bass tone and work in ANECOA, wait until you hear this! Tracks like Forever To Burn, The Old Man in the Meadow, and The Djinn will blow you away! The riffs and overall songwriting is phenomenal here though. The riffs are some of the catchiest in the Death Metal subgenres that I’ve ever heard, and the quality doesn’t drop for a second. There is no lame filler riffs and it all flows really damn well.
There are also some deadly grooves in this album. The title track, In Moonlight I Am Reborn, Blood Of the Beggar & Formula Of Spores all have outstanding groovy parts that will have you keep coming back and will be irresistibly stuck in your head. They leave you no choice but to get right into the music.

Ron’s drumming is completely insane as per usual. I particularly like the grooves he lays out on this album. Super creative with excellent cymbal work. It fits the guitar amazingly and the listener can easily got lost in his sick tightness and creativity. His cymbal and ride and hi hat work in particular just mesmerize me.

Every song is simply outstanding and completely unique. Not only this, but the album flows song to song absolutely perfectly. This album is an absolute masterpiece. Add the amazingly well thought out story behind the albums lyrics and the quite possibly best art I have ever seen to coincide with them, Inanimate Existence has the full package right now. This album is everything they need to solidify their name on some of the sickest tours and get the respect a hard working band like them deserves. Absolute album of the year contender!
There’s still time to pre-order the album!

For fans of The Zenith Passage, Decrepit Birth, Soreption, Virvum, Arkaik

9.9/10 \m/

Music and Lyrics by Cameron Porras
Engineered, Mixed and Masted by Zack Ohren at
Shark Bite Studios in Oakland, CA
Artwork by Justin Abraham

Formula Of Spores

Forever To Burn

LINKS

https://theartisanera.bandcamp.com/album/underneath-a-melting-sky
https://www.facebook.com/TheInanimateExistence/
http://www.theartisanera.com/products
https://www.youtube.com/user/InanimateExistenceUS 

Check out their new singles here

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheArtisanEra

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Metal News Update Weekend Edition

The Latest in Metal News, tour, and music released this week

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PG.Lost stream their full length “Versus” at Decibel.com

Also they are getting ready to do a handful of shows to suuport Alcest on Mono:

  1. LOST w/ Alcest, Mono:

11/18/2016 VK – Brussels, BE
11/19/2016 013 – Tilburg, NL
11/20/2016 P60 – Amstelveen, NL
11/21/2016 Uebel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, DE

11/22/2016 Lille Vega – Copenhagen, DK
11/23/2016 Pustervik – Gothenburg, SE
11/24/2016 Parkteatret – Oslo, NO
11/25/2016 Debaser Strand – Stockholm, SE
11/26/2016 KB – Malmo, SE
11/27/2016 Binuu – Berlin, DE
11/28/2016 B90 – Gdansk , PL
11/29/2016 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
11/30/2016 Szene – Vienna, AT
12/01/2016 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
12/02/2016 Tabacka – Kosice, SK
12/03/2016 Rockstadt – Brasov, RO


New Zealand death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has issued the heavy new track “Abrogation,” which hails from the band’s Relapse Records-bound fifth full-length, Shrines Of Paralysis on clrvynt  

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They are also on tour for the following dates:

ULCERATE Tour Dates:

10/21/2016 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ

10/22/2015 San Fran – Wellington, NZ

w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:

11/02/2016 Complex – Los Angeles, CA

11/03/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

11/04/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR

11/05/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA

11/06/2016 Astoria – Vancouver, BC

11/07/2016 The Golden Bull – Oakland, CA

11/09/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ

11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX

11/12/2016 Limelight – San Antonio, TX

11/13/2016 Acadia Bar – Houston, TX

11/14/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX

11/15/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA

11/16/2016 Atlantic – Gainesville, FL

11/17/2016 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

11/18/2016 529 – Atlanta, GA

11/19/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

11/20/2016 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD

11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

11/23/2016 Great Scott – Boston, MA

11/24/2016 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC

11/25/2016 Coalition – Toronto, ON

11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI

11/27/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL

11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

Turbid North Unleash the video for “Pyramid Drones”

from their second full length album ‘Eyes Alive’ which is set for release on 30th September via Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

For fans of Napalm Death, Misery Index, Crowbar, Mastodon, Gojira, Isis and Pink Floyd


Line break

Goatwhore kick of a 15 date mini tour starting tomorrow and ending October 1st. When they plan on heafong vack in to the studio to begin recording.

GOATWHORE w/ The Blood Royale: 

9/16/2016 The District – Lafayette, LA *
9/17/2016 The Gig – Beaumont, TX
9/18/2016 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/19/2016 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
9/20/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
9/21/2016 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
9/22/2016 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/23/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA *
9/24/2016 Ozzfest – San Bernardino, CA *
9/25/2016 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
9/26/2016 Rojo’s – South Lake Tahoe, CA
9/28/2016 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO
9/29/2016 Launchpad – Albuquerque. NM
9/30/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
10/01/2016 Luna Live – Lake Charles, LA *
* No The Blood Royale


Helsott annouce plan for e.p,

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Pagan metal band HELSOTT is proud to announce they are recording their new EP titled ‘The Healer’ at Trench Studio in CA with John Haddad The EP will be the follow up to their 2014 album ‘Woven’, which the band toured the USA heavily in support of on the Pagan Rebellion tour with Arkona and Heidevolk. They are launching an indiegogo campaign to get the E.P. mixed and mastered.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-helsott-mix-and-master-their-new-ep#/updates


Garden State-based brutal death metal legion/recent Unique Leader signees COGNITIVE will drop the molten bounty of their Deformity full-length next month. Captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized) the record has nine tracks of solid brutal death

Decibel Magazine has put up COGNITIVE‘s official new video for the track “Birthing The Deformity.”

They are also planning a tour this fall starting October 28th and running through to November 13th.

 


Music out this week:

Virvum- Illuminance  out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Inanimate Existence-Calling From a Dream out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Barishi- Blood From A Lions Mouth out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Aephanemer- Memento Mori out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Mare Cognitum- Luminiferous Aether out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Sentinels -World Divide Out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Chariots Of The Gods- Ages Unsung Out 9-16-2016

Order Here


Warfather – The Grey Eminence Out 9-16-2016

Order Here


 

 

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Virvum premier yet another killer track off their upcoming album “Illuminance” over at tometal.com check this out

The Swiss tech death  heavy weights Virvum have premiered another track this time over at Tometal.com/Virvum  click this link to go to the full article.  or you can check out the video below \m/

 

 

if you like what you are hearing check out the other songs they have released ahead of the album release date

 

 

 

 

now go to FACEBOOK and give them a like,  and then head over to Bandcamp and pre order some bundles \m/

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Virvum unveil the track list and album art for their upcoming album titled “Illuminance”

Swiss metallers Virvum have recently unveiled the album art and track list for their upcoming album “Illuminance” due out on September 16th 2016.

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The band spent the past two years recording and getting this album ready.  Spending time at Ashburn Productions and Hardbeat Studios to get this album recorded, and mixed at Iguana Studios Germany.

The track-list, line-up, and recording information for Illuminance is as follows:

Track-list:
1. The Cypher Supreme
2. Earthwork
3. Illuminance
4. Ad Rigorem
5. Tentacles Of The Sun
6. Elemental Shift
7. I: A New Journey Awaits
8. II: A Final Warming Shine: Ascension And Trespassing

Virvum is:
Bryan Berger: Vocals
Nic Gruhn: Guitars
Toby Koelman: Guitars
Diego Morenzoni: Drums

Even better news, is that they will be premiering a track on July 22nd and for those of you, who have not heard Virvum before, here is a taste of what they bring to the table. This is a track they put out in 2015 and  this will give you a good idea as to what they are going to be hitting us with in the next few days.

 

So if you like what you hear, stayed tuned as a new track will be premiered this Friday, and also go check them out on FACEBOOK

and if you want to get this album and some other cool pre-order bundles head on over to their bandcamp page by clicking HERE

 

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