Sunday, November 10, 2019

WITCH RITUAL - Death Beyond review



WITCH RITUAL - Death Beyond

DHU Records




For the past decade there's been a decent size crop of female fronted doom bands who have an occultist, mystical influenced theme within their sound. Personally I thinks that's a good thing, women in metal, especially when they have talent. As far as those bands go some of em had an added psychedelia touch. Other acts were rooted in the 70's hard rock era. While some bands were basic traditional doom. The stoner rock acts are a dime a dozen. 



WITCH RITUAL are a new doom act out of Berlin who follow along in the whole occult themed sub genre. Basically we're talking about witches, demons, Satan and rituals. Musically their sound is CANDLEMASS-lite with a vocalist who reminds me of Jex Thoth. Yeah that's a good thing to me because I use to like her vocals. They're a cool, gutsy witch style which are never airy or wailing.


This release is their debut full length. I never heard their EP, Rising Doom, from 2016 which is my loss. But what we have here is a solid album and with some standout tracks which are kick ass. First off "The Earth Rises Up" is exceptional since the riffs and vocals/screams complement one another. Then there's "Ruins" which is totally reminiscent of JEX THOTH with a better vocal delivery.


All in all WITCH RITUAL's Death Beyond is a solid debut release. But I'll hold out to see and hear what they'll do next. I think the production values missed out. Lacri's vocals could've been more prominent on certain tracks. The guitars, bass and drums could've been more thunderous at times. Instead the subtle-ness is sleep inducing. Next time.


https://witchritual.bandcamp.com/album/death-beyond

https://www.facebook.com/WitchRitual/


Monday, November 4, 2019

CULT OF SORROW - Invocation of the Lucifer review



CULT OF SORROW - Invocation of the Lucifer

Black Doomba Records




So whenever I here a doom band who go beyond the SABBATH-ian influence and just shoot for homage I think of a Canadian band called DAYGLO ABORTIONS. Many years ago that band did a cool song called "(Acting Like) Black Sabbath". You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrNUlRutnhY



Now with that said yeah CULT OF SORROW are heavily influenced by the early days of the SAB-4. In their case it's a good thing. On this their sophomore full length, the Cincinnati, Ohio four piece display a song writing craft which is widely infectious. The grooves, riffs and vocals all invoke the doom and gloom of old. And yet even with the obvious influence it does come across as fresh as opposed to some other acts who simply run through the numbers. All in all it's an amazing release. 


https://cultofsorrow.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/cultofsorrow


SAVAGE MASTER - Myth, Magic and Steel review



SAVAGE MASTER - Myth, Magic and Steel

Shadow Kingdom Records




By now everyone into True Metal should know who SAVAGE MASTER are. But for those of you still in the dark I'll throw some light your way. SAVAGE MASTER are a five piece metal act from Louisville, Kentucky. Since starting out in 2013 they've rode the wake of old school metal's revived thunder. Fronted by a curvaceous siren and backed by four masked menacing henchmen. They a combination of WARLOCK, MANOWAR and  Mario Bava Italian style horror chic.





Since starting out a few years ago the band has released two solid full lengths and two equally good EPs. With this their third full length you, if you're a naysayer, might think a slump is in order for a band with a shtick. Not so with this one though because Myth, Magic and Steel continues the string of solid sounding release momentum. 


From the opening salvo of it's catchy title track getting things moving. You get another crowd chanting chorus style cut tailor made for the hungry metal crowd raising their horned fists. There's even a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6btx8W_z1zA


From that point on you've got fiery follow-ups, reminders of past efforts and some explorations into new territories. My highlights were fast paced rockers like "The Devil's Ecstasy", "Crystal Gazer" and "Lady of Steel" which to me is easily an ode to Stacey Peak.


"The Owl" is a change of pace for the band. It's a slower Hard Rock/Doom style cut which breaks out into some galloping rhythms and dynamic guitar soloing. It invokes memories of CIRITH UNGOL as far as the song goes. Strangely enough the cover artwork of Myth, Magic and Steel also reminds me of CIRITH UNGOL or at least Heavy Metal Magazine covers from the past.


In the end I have to admit my bias. I like SAVAGE MASTER because they've brought back a cool attitude and theatrical sense to metal which does come across as fresh to a point. I think their first two albums are perfect and I saw em earlier this year for the first time. Yeah I was singing along to their songs. They put on a great show so I'm hoping to see em again on their latest tour.


So as far as this one goes I'd say half of it reminds you of what they've done before which is good. Then there's a part where you think those cuts are good but don't reach what they could be capable of. And next come the experimental ventures which are good and welcome because you don't want to have a one trick pony. It's that last part which kinda makes me excited. Just listen to "Warrior vs Dragon" and wonder what could come next. 
  

https://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/

https://savagemasterofficial.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/savagemasterofficial/




Monday, October 28, 2019

VESICATION - Total Fecall review



VESICATION - Total Fecall 

Horror Pain Gore Death




I was in the mood for something else tonight but this gem of a release came my way so what the hell. Earlier this year I said some good things about a compilation of older material put out by these Canadian filth mongers who are in total worship of IMPETIGO. 


Total Fecall, this band's second full length makes me wanna vomit. The pig squealed vocals by new singer (?) Matt Hilden, killer fuckin bass lines and groove by Kimio Hatashita, trudging riffs by original guitarist Eddie Pharoah and the rock n roll plus pure metal drumming by Geoff Hodsman make this one pure puke ready.


Seriously I'm vomit ready by a band who are in total death grind mode to invoke an eruption of my stomach. Seriously (now there's a joke) the songs relating to tits were rocking. But my biggest laugh comes when the thought of the face of some loser listens to "Crouching Pink Hidden Stink". After than it's slam pit central with this old fucker giving you the fore-arm sandwich in the pit. Hell Fuckin Yeah!


http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/

https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/total-fecall


ABBATH - Outstrider review



ABBATH - Outstrider

Season of Mist



So where do I start? Alright back in 2016 Abbath, formerly of IMMORTAL, came out with a new band under his name and the eponymous titled debut full length ABBATH. It even had his fuckin face on the cover. Now aside from everything offensive to me about that release's packaging and rock star aura, I actually liked it a lot. 


I've been an IMMORTAL fan forever and I saw that ABBATH debut as a follow-up of IMMORTAL's All Shall Fall release from 2009. It was great and continued the IMMORTAL legacy. But then in 2018 Demonaz and Horgh got IMMORTAL back and released the amazing Northern Chaos Gods. Personally I thought it blew Abbath's release away as far as being true to Norwegian black metal.


So now we have ABBATH's second release and he starts by having a completely new line-up. As far as the sound and direction on Outstrider go, it was a good move. Sure it's practically impossible to remove Abbath's past legacy as far as the basic song structures he uses. But these new members do give him some added help in changing lanes. 


In that regard you've got veteran guitarist Ole Andre Farstad who brings aboard lead work with a varying awry of styles. Whether we're talking thrashy leads (he use to be in a proggy thrash band ILLTI MITA) to some blues as well as some hard rockin metal. It's evident that Farstad frees Abbath from trying to come up solos that sound rehashed. 


Next up comes the new rhythm section of drummer Ukri Suvilehto and bassist Mia Wallace. As far as Suvilehto goes, this guy is a young Finnish drummer who is phenomenal. A great modern metal style of drumming that cuts within death metal as well as black metal. Personally I think he's as good as Kevin Foley (aka: Creature) from the debut. 


As far as the Italian bassist Mia Wallace goes she's no King ov Hell as far as playing and song writing goes and that's a good thing. she fills the bass role just like Ole Jorgen Moe (aka: Apollyon) did in IMMORTAL's final days.


Which brings us finally to the music portion. During ABBATH's first tour they were doing some original stuff, some obscure IMMORTAL cuts as well as an I (as in the band) song, "Warriors". So basically this release comes across like a mix of past efforts by I as well as a less BATHORY influenced IMMORTAL and some grim & frosty hard fuckin rock.


In the end yeah I like this release but after so many plays my bias can't stand up to the truth. Abbath's best effort on here is when he reverts back to I influenced blackened rock. But then he goes back to recycled riffs from IMMORTAL's All Shall Fall and even At the Heart of the Winter stuff. Personally I rather listen to those old albums after playing this.



http://www.season-of-mist.com/

https://abbath.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/abbathband/


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

COME BACK FROM THE DEAD - The Rise of the Blind Ones review



COME BACK FROM THE DEAD - The Rise of the Blind Ones

Transcending Obscurity Records




The first time I listened to this second full length by Spain's COME BACK FROM THE DEAD I was in full deja vu mode. Basically yeah I've heard the whole old school death thrash with early 80's hardcore influence many times. But once the first part of this release blew by the meat in the middle caught me by surprise. From that point on this five piece act had my attention.


COME BACK FROM THE DEAD are devotes, as far as musically, to old school death metal riff sounds circa late 80's Sweden. Whenever the lead guitar kicks in with a sweet lick you'll think ENTOMBED. That's as far as the influences go. The vocals by some guy named Paul are of the hardcore harshly shouted variety. 


Don't even consider this death-core or metal core because that shit is for kids. This band's music is for adult killers who go into pits to be bloodied but unbowed. I'd say half of this release is truly a fest of rage which I kinda liked. The other half of the cuts were pushing a generic style which lost me. All in all a good album by a band that probably leaves beaten down bodies after every performance.



https://tometal.com/

https://comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com/album/the-rise-of-the-blind-ones-death-metal

https://www.facebook.com/COMEBACKFROMTHEDEAD/



BONES - Diseased review



BONES - Diseased 

Transcending Obscurity Records




There are places in the mainstream metal media where they come out with lists of most anticipated releases of the year. Most of them are bullshit because of advertising dollars. But when I saw that Transcending Obscurity Records was putting out the newest BONES release. I was like yeah this is my most anticipated release choice for 2019 and here is why.


First off I was a huge USURPER fan back in the day. To me they were the US version of CELTIC FROST. But by the late 2000's they died. Then instead of rising from the ashes you had ex-band members rise up on their own. It's like that ending scene from the movie Jason and the Argonauts where the teeth of the hydra help raise the bones as warriors. 


That's what BONES were all about. In 2011 they (Jon Woodring - vocals/bass, Joe Schaeffer - drums and on guitar Chris Svoboda) came out with a debut release that was a death thrash masterpiece. Better yet they followed it up a few years later with Sons of Sleaze. And then the quiet set in which for a fan sucks.


Earlier this year the reformed USURPER released the comeback release Lords of the Permafrost which was pretty good so what will this new BONES release combat it with? Well starting out your new one with a song titled "Blood, Diarrhea and Tears" is a good start if not scary for older folks like myself who are worried about rectal cancer. That's alright since I'm OK.


As far as this new BONES release goes musically this is their most cornucopia type release so far. This trio drag various genres of extreme music through the filth. I mean there's times when BONES actually gets sludgey and doomish. Personally I was shocked but it always ended in a death thrash or even old hardcore style. Jon Woodring's vocals are maniacal in an old hardcore sounding way. There's good sounding albeit familiar riffs. 


On a whole it took me some time to get into this one. Personally I'm always going to like the first two so this comes in at third place. I'd say a few decades ago sound-wise this would've been called crossover. This is definitely a metal and hardcore hybrid style which is a reminder of cool times from many years ago.


https://tometal.com/

https://bonesdeathmetal.bandcamp.com/album/diseased-death-metal-crust

https://www.facebook.com/Bones-Chicago-113666132032091/


Monday, October 21, 2019

CURSE OF DENIAL - Coming For Your Soul review



CURSE OF DENIAL - Coming For Your Soul

Redefining Darkness Records




It's releases like this as to why I take my sweet time reviewing stuff sent in to SFM666. Then there's the fact that I work fifty hours a week and somewhere in-between I have a life. Be that as it may it took quite a few listens to this particular release to even get me to type a fuckin word. Sure I liked it but why I didn't know at first. Then the whole idea of Fall and Halloween coming up kicked in so there you go.


CURSE OF DENIAL are a cool as fuck band from the great state of Ohio. We're talking of the Midwest mecca of fuckin metal there people. What this five piece act is all about is strictly extreme metal. The genre tagline on them is blackened death metal but they are so much more and yes that makes them cool as fuck.


The vocals vary from blast furnace throat-ed deeply growled vocals to harsh blackened screams. Musically we're ravaged by powerful riffs burgeoning on thrash or in other cases death doom as well as tried and true death metal. The one constant is the lead guitar work which slices it's way into every facet of this album. You get buzz-saw leads and fluid solos as if you're headed in tech death territory. 


With a title like Coming For Your Soul, ah yeah and it's not a suggestion. The song structures on here simply twist and progress in ways to keep you off balance. It's like being engrossed in a creepy novel. Turn the page and a new freaky development happens. From start to finish on this their second full length CURSE OF DENIAL have created perfection.



http://www.redefiningdarkness.com/

https://curse-of-denial.bandcamp.com/album/curse-of-denial-coming-for-your-soul

https://www.facebook.com/curseofdenial/


Monday, October 14, 2019

CRYPT SERMON - The Ruins of Fading Light review



CRYPT SERMON - The Ruins of Fading Light 

Dark Descent Records



When it comes to epic doom Sweden's CANDLEMASS will always be the standard bearer. As far as US bands go over the decades there's been a few who have captured the Swede's essence. But none have really pushed the peg a notch forward until now that is.


Enter CRYPT SERMON, a five piece act from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (of all places wow Hostile City does Doom) who have done so. The band gained notice in 2015 with their debut full length, Out of the Garden also out on Dark Descent Records. I remember listening to it and was like ok it's cool. But here we have their second release and it's the rubber hitting the road as far as bursting out.


Starting off with the vocals which are impassioned and amazing in an epic sense. Follow that up with the music which comes across like taking the platform of CANDLEMASS'S Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and SOLITUDE AETERNUS' Beyond the Crimson Horizon. Then retro-fitting it to modern times and audiences. Look anyone can be a copycat but it takes a bit of balls to push the genre style forward without losing one bit of it's significance. CRYPT SERMON has done that and that's why this is one of my favorite doom releases of 2019.

http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-ruins-of-fading-light

https://www.facebook.com/CryptSermon




Sunday, October 13, 2019

EFFIGY - MCMXCII Darkest Day reissue review



EFFIGY - MCMXCII  Darkest Day reissue

Redefining Darkness Records




What we have here people is a cool concept and one I wanted to do with various demos by extreme metal North Carolina bands from way back when. Basically Redefining Darkness Records has teamed up with Raw Skull Recordz (Europe) to put out the series called Forever Underground. The idea is to re-release obscure demos from bands that never got their due when first released. 


Now any of you readers familiar with bands on Deathgasm Records? Well I am and have a nice collection of CDs from them. Some of the members (the rhythm section) from EFFIGY moved on to form ABOMINANT which has had a decent enough career for themselves since the mid-90s. I have a few of their CDs and saw em once. As far as EFFIGY goes, they were from Kentucky as well as ABOMINANT and put out this demo in 1992. 


Now prior to writing about this release I pulled out two ABOMINANT CDs to compare. And of course there's a huge difference for example EFFIGY saw the future and it wasn't looking backwards as far as death metal goes. This release showcases a band that jumped on board the melody train with a tech death scene in mind. Remember this came out in 1992 and we all remember what changes were happening.


The four cuts on here showcase a band that was very cool with prog standards, neck breaking song structure twists and punishing crescendos. The vocals have a mix of deathly snarls and barks. Leads are very fluid like. The rhythm section has a touch and go jazz influence paired with your typical beat the shit out of everything mentality. In the end I think this is an amazing find. 


http://www.redefiningdarkness.com/

https://effigy.bandcamp.com/album/effigy-mcmxcii-darkest-day

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEffigy/


FUNERAL STORM - Arcane Mysteries review



FUNERAL STORM - Arcane Mysteries

Hells Headbangers Records




Just to be honest I was never overly impressed with the Greek black metal scene (aka: Hellenic Black Metal). Sure there's a couple of decent bands who put out some decent albums back in the day. But either those bands would later call it quits or go into territories like goth, symphonic or worse. 


Which brings us to this one here. FUNERAL STORM's claim to fame is that it features Stefan Necroabyssious of VARATHRON on vocals. But that was not always the case. FUNERAL STORM started out as a solo project way back when by multi-instrumentalist Wampyrion (aka: Sakis Axiotis). That act started under a different name entirely. But this modern act started around seven years ago. Necroabyssious came on board in 2015 and a second guitarist, Aliki Arcania Sarakatsanou, jumped on in 2017. 


Musically this is Sakis Axiotis' baby and since he has a band background in electronic and industrial music those influences are slightly touched on here. Add Necroabyssious and you've got some what of a throwback to VARATHRON's early days with enhancements. I wouldn't call this actual black metal at all. It's actually more in line with doom riffs plus a few sped up drum portions. Yeah there's some speedy riffs but hey. At least the keys are kept low in the mix to just add a subtle atmospheric melody. 


In the end I'd say hand this over to the goths or some VARATHRON devotees, who they are I don't know. But to be honest this release will satisfy em. Obviously I was never much of a VARATHRON fan to begin with. I have one early album and one later from the fuckin mid-90's. I don't know what people see in em but hey I was at a ROTTING CHRIST show not too long ago and they sucked. But the venue was packed and kids were buying $40 hoodies so there you go. 


https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/

https://funeralstormgreece.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/funeralstorm666


Sunday, October 6, 2019

SKUZ - Death Mince Discography compilation review



SKUZ - Death Mince Discography Compilation

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions




I've said this before and I know it needs repeating. Writing about music on a blog or website does not make you an expert. In fact for me personally doing this blog is always a great learning experience. For example here we have the full output by this band from New Jersey who I never heard of before but damm I'm glad I did because it's good.


SKUZ are a duo consisting of Trevor Pason (guitar & vocals) and Josh Walton (drums & vocals). They originally started out in New Jersey which is from where I was born and raised. But from what I gather they now live in Portland, Oregon. Wow that's a fuckin culture shock. I wonder how long it's going to take them to stop peppering their language with words like Fuck, Fuckin, Motherfucker, Cocksucker, Douchebag, Sonovabitch and Asshole in order to appease the Portland PC crowd. 


But anyways this is a complete discography of what this band has released since starting out in 2014. The thirty one songs here are from their output of demos, split releases (3) and their Endless Grief EP. Why so many songs? Well that's because SKUZ is musically a fuckin death doom and grind act. As far as influences go there's a litany I could mention. But better yet SKUZ could easily stand toe to toe with em. Plus if you do an anti hipster song, in their case it's "Total Hipster Extermination", you're automatically a winner in my book. 


But for the sake of some of you questioning types. SKUZ falls in line with the likes of CIANIDE and MORTICIAN for the most part. Once in a while they're kick it into high gear with some headbanging and slam pit inducing death groove. Strangely enough it always ends in a doom dirge. But then again people don't slam dance like they use to when I was young. All in all this compilation is a MUST HAVE for sick fucks who crave this kinda stuff.


http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/

https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/death-mince-discography

https://www.facebook.com/SKUZNJ/


Saturday, October 5, 2019

WRAITH - Absolute Power review



WRAITH - Absolute Power

Redefining Darkness Records




As the saying goes "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". In this Indiana band's case it's their blackened speed metal style. A style made notable by bands like MIDNIGHT and TOXIC HOLOCAUST. We're talking about that old school speed metal sound matched up with blackened deep harsh vocals.


There are plenty of other acts out there doing similar things but this band on this their second full length have nailed it. WRAITH, who are a three piece act, use the slash and burn short song attack, titles are chorus' for crowd educing shouts. There's some punk rock ethos as with their inclusion of a very obscure MISFITS' cover "Death Comes Ripping". In the end it's enjoyable.


http://www.redefiningdarkness.com/

https://wraith-us.bandcamp.com/album/absolute-power

https://www.facebook.com/wraiththrash/


DETHEROUS - Hacked to Death review



DETHEROUS - Hacked to Death

Redefining Darkness Records




For the past few months I've been narrowing the scope of releases I wanna write about. Yes the parameters are getting smaller because of so little free time and too many releases. So on first listen I wasn't too thrilled about this Canadian death thrash band's debut full length. Then two more listens later and I'm saying this is cool as fuck.


DETHEROUS, who are a four piece act, have both of their feet planted firmly in the past and that's a damm good thing. Their lead guitarist is a Chuck Schuldiner influenced devotee as in the early DEATH stuff. Vocals are kinda caustic 80's hardcore in style. And these songs, eight of em, are total throwbacks. I mean this sounds like it could've come out on Combat Records back in the late 80s. This is what death thrash is supposed to be.



http://www.redefiningdarkness.com/

https://detherous-ca.bandcamp.com/album/detherous-hacked-to-death

https://www.facebook.com/detherous/


Monday, September 30, 2019

KRYPTS - Cadaver Circulation review



KRYPTS - Cadaver Circulation

Dark Descent Records




Sometimes the third time is the charm. Case in point because this is KRYPTS a Finnish death doom act that's been around for a decade now. I've been following them since their debut full length, Unending Degradation, came out in 2013 on Dark Descent Records. All these years this label has stuck with em. Early on you could call them a HOODED MENACE clone and you would be right. So now we have their third full length and I believe they've finally stepped out of the influence shadows.


The greatest thing about this release is how the band has married the heaviness with the atmospheric arrangements. Add to that a good sense of deathly groove as well as neck breaking violence. Now with that said, long time fans of releases by Dark Descent Records will be like "ah heard it all before". Yeah the whole Finnish death doom scene has become incestuous to say the least. 


Still I listen to Cadaver Circulation and am captivated by it's sound, it's dragged out structure and the claustrophobic atmosphere. The music just reverberates off of my walls from the speakers as if I were in a cavern. The blast furnace throat vocals are on par with the best. There's nuance throughout these cuts that never leaves you bored. All in all it's a fantastic release.


http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cadaver-circulation

https://www.facebook.com/Kryptsdeath


MORBUS GRAVE - Abomination demo review



MORBUS GRAVE - Abomination demo

Redefining Darkness Records




Meanwhile in Italy we have a five piece act who love some late 80's Swedish death metal. Add to that some evil incarnate keyboards on their last cut and a weird opening sound bite. The three songs by this Italian DM act are straight up OSDM. It all makes me feel like it's 2008 again. Yeah that's when the whole revival of the old ways of death metal came back to smiles from old fucks like myself.


MORBUS GRAVE deliver musically with some low end hatred and an acid tongued vocalist. No name dropping on my part but they do sound exactly like a Swede band from the late 80s who only put out one demo. Love the BACH like keyboard ending on "The Horror".


https://redefiningdarknessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/morbus-grave-abomination


SCULPTED HORROR - Festering Death demo review



SCULPTED HORROR - Festering Death demo

Redefining Darkness Records



Yes a death metal demo oh now the nostalgia is really kicking in. I say that since this really kicks fuckin ass but it's the story behind this release which will really knock you over. SCULPTED HORROR is a one man DM act.


The one man is Tim Rowland who hails from Athens, Georgia. I'll give you a minute to pick yourself off the floor from that revelation. Yes Athens, Georgia the home of hipster sludge stuff for a decade and thankfully is dead. What you have here are four cuts of pure early GRAVE worship. You have the guttural vocals, distorted riffs via the boss pedal and some raging to slow burning cuts.  Honestly I like this better than GRAVE's last full length.


https://sculpted-horror.bandcamp.com/album/sculpted-horror-festering-death


CRUSH THE ALTAR - Abhorrent Oblation demo review



CRUSH THE ALTAR - Abhorrent Oblation demo

Redefining Darkness Records




OK I'm feeling nostalgic now, actually been so for two weeks now. I've gone from playing old demo stuff to now writing about new demo stuff. Thankfully I'm not still doing print. So here we have a three piece thrash act from New Jersey who forgot it's 2019. Now I won't call this retro-thrash because they employ some mold breaking moments. 


Although CRUSH THE ALTAR do carry some influential baggage from past masters. They break clean on their own with gruff almost death metal vocals, phenomenal drumming and some choice ways to carve in a guitar solo. There's three cuts on here, cue nostalgia. These guys deserve a full length.

https://crush-the-altar.bandcamp.com/album/crush-the-altar-abhorrent-oblation


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

ROGGA JOHANSSON - Entrance to the Otherwhere review



ROGGA JOHANSSON - Entrance to the Otherwhere 

Transcending Obscurity Records





Here on Rogga Johansson’s second solo release he seems to have changed gears a bit. Fans know of his many bands which totally follow the old school Swedish death metal theme. Then there's his more crust/hardcore influenced acts which you could say are experiments. Entrance to the Otherwhere shows him still waving the Swedish DM flag proudly but in a melodic sense.


Now a few things I need to admit. The first is that I'm a fan of a lot of Rogga Johansson’s bands. Seriously the guy is prolific and musically he's damm good. But I never heard his first solo album Garpedans from 2017. Secondly I've never been a huge fan of melodic death metal. Sure I've got some releases which some people call classics. I've also got some new stuff that's cool. But dammit I still don't understand why people go apeshit over IRON MAIDEN meets death metal. If that's bad well then I still don't get AT THE GATES. 


But as far as this release goes, OK it's infectious as fuck because I like the guy. But then you think "well this song sounds like (place band name here)" and so on. And I'm not holding it to just Swede Death because there's times when I'd hear PARADISE LOST or early AMORPHIS. But hey when you're a guy who can deliver some chunk and groove riffs as well as great vocals then you can't complain about that.
  

https://tometal.com/

https://roggadeathmetal.bandcamp.com/album/entrance-to-the-otherwhere-death-metal

https://www.facebook.com/roggaofficial

TRENCH WARFARE - Hatred Prayer review



TRENCH WARFARE - Hatred Prayer 

Transcending Obscurity Records




What we have here is the debut full length by this Texas five piece act who delve in blackened death territory. If you're confused well so was I thinking this was a long time grind act also from Texas. But no and that would've been easier to write about. Still these guys are also from Texas.


TRENCH WARFARE remind me of South American blackened death performed by people involved in Satan worshiping death cults. They have that crass crunchy punishing speed which touches on death grind. Some times they toss in some death doom which comes across as meat and potatoes.


There are two basic components which make TRENCH WARFARE as well as this release worthwhile. First are the vocals by Jay Gorania. The guy has a singing style which comes across more like someone giving a sermon. Then again he puts forth something like a satanic hardcore/grind vocal with added curses. 


The second component is the punishing riffs with come across as scraping the sides of a granite wall. The genre tag line might say blackened death. But these guys are forging through grind, some death doom and even a straight up 80's style hardcore feel. Hey they're from Texas so what would you expect. 


https://tometal.com/

https://trenchwarfaremetal.bandcamp.com/album/hatred-prayer-black-death-metal

https://www.facebook.com/trenchwarfaretexas?fref=ts


WARCRAB - Damned In Endless Night review



WARCRAB - Damned In Endless Night 

Transcending Obscurity Records




So sludge and death metal is nothing new but when the Brit's get involved yeah we can take some notice. The key word here is "some". WARCRAB is a six piece act, yeah three guitarists, who started out a few years back and have consistently been putting out releases since 2012. This is their third overall and my introduction to em.


Obviously you can't help but think BOLT THROWER meets sludge via the USA. I mean look at their promo photo. They look like a bunch of dudes prepping for a hurricane party in New Orleans. By the third or fourth listen you might want to check their passports as far as their origins.



For me Damned In Endless Night has some highs and OKs. The highs are when their death groove hits maximum intensity. For example "In the Arms of Armageddon" plunges you into a SABBATH-ian state of mind minus Ozzy but plenty of Iomni worship by guitarist Geoff Holmes. In fact it is he who adds so much electric solos to some cuts on here which makes em worth waiting for. 


Add to that Martyn Grant's vocals which come across as venomous filth being spewed forth by a human sized viper. Of course the basics here are the riffs whether collected as doom, death or sludgey. To me that's the OK part and it's well executed to say the least. I found myself pushing replay on songs like "Abyssal Mausoleum", "Fields Collapse," and "Kraken Arise" strangely enough all appearing in the middle of the release. Yeah I'd call em the marrow inside of this decent size bone.


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