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SAIBOGU by Shinda Saibo No Katamari

I am rarely impressed or excited about a death metal band, so this comes as a surprise after hearing Japan’s Shinda Saibo No Katamari! did I say that correctly? a 3 piece who in their own words play “Brutal Death based technical riffing with complex song structure but keeping super brutality.”. Nothing is further from

Seversun – New World Chaos

I was given the opportunity to review this release, and I am feeling a bit privileged after hearing their material. Seversun is a 3 piece from Russia, playing what is definitely progressive and groove oriented, it mixes together many elements to be precise. I was a little bit apprehensive when I noticed in their Metallum

Supplication/Embodyment

Embodyment/Supplication was a death metal band who started out in 1993, in Texas. They gained “some” notoriety in christian circles being on Solid State Records, this being their later material. I don’t wish to talk about their newer work, or anything relating to it. To me their best was when they started out as a

Vital Remains evil ~ death ~ live

Alongside the recent Abdullah purchase I grabbed this vital remains dvd. I never got too into vital remains, but always wanted to give them some more attention, so I thought this was a good addition. What sold me on buying this though was the amazing artwork included. I might give my thoughts on this one

Pestilence – Spheres – 1993

PESTILENCE – SpheresRoadrunner 1993Credits: Marco Foddis – Drums.  Jeroen Thesseling – Bass. Patrick Mameli – Vocals, Guitar.  Patrick Ulerwijk – Guitar. In the early 90s, a small flurry of death metal bands experimented with mixing death metal and jazz fusion.  Improbably, the results are almost invariably remarkable.  Pestilence was one such band, and Spheres was

HYPOCRISY – The Arrival 2004

HYPOCRISY – The ArrivalNuclear Blast 2004Credits: Peter Tatgren – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards.  Mikael Hedlund – Bass.  Lars Szoke – Drums.  Dan Swano – Lyrics.  Silenoz: Lyrics. – After a relatively quiet January 2004, the year’s first heavyweight release dropped rather quietly onto store shelves.  Hypocrisy, always what I consider a criminally overlooked and underappreciated band,

Disgorge 2000 Forensick

Disgorge(mex), ForensickRepulse Records, 2000Edgar Garcia- guitars. Willy – Drums, Antimo Buonnano – Vocals/Bass The real deal Disgorge, the singular brutalists from Mexico… churning out the most indistinguishable noise and splatter. The production value is left to nil, maybe a little pocket change and a one attempt to finish the disc. The sound is unlike anything I’ve heard before,

Meshuggah – Catch 33 – 2005

MESHUGGAH – Catch 33 (Nuclear Blast, 2005)Credits: Fredrik Thordendal – guitars.  Tomas Haake – drum programming.  Jens Kidman – vocals.  Marten Hagstrom – bass. Oh God, save me from this eternal boredom.  Meshuggah is sometimes entertaining and sometimes a drag.  Unfortunately, this horribly disappointing release makes a minute feel like an hour.  It’s the complete

Sentenced the Funeral Album 2005

SENTENCED The Funeral Album (Century Media, 2005)Credits: Ville Laihiala – vocals.  Miika Tenkula – guitar.  Sami Lopakka – guitar.  Vesa Ranta – drums.  Sami Kukkohov – bass. Sentenced goes out with a bang, or at least one last slab of ridiculously catchy, old-school heavy metal with amusing lyrics and sometimes disappointingly simplistic guitar playing.  But so

Broken Hope Repulsive Conception 1995

Band: Broken HopeAlbum: Repulsive ConceptionYear: 1995 When I was first introduced to death metal music it was by bands like Slayer and Venom, two of which it took me years to appreciate on their own. But one thing bands like the aforementioned did accomplish, they lit the spark that spread like wildfire over the genre.

Funerus – Festering Earth

Artist: FunerusAlbum: Festering EarthYear: 2003 Incantation is responsible for creating a form of death metal, that emphasis itself in slow foreboding melodies and speedily transitions, without warning. I say they are responsible because there is more than a handful of bands that play in this style. I think in popular terms, they call it blackened

Incantation – Upon the Throne of Apocalypse

Artist: IncantationAlbum: Upon The Throne Of Apocalypse Year: 1995 Limited to 1000 copies, Upon The Throne Of Apocalypse  is the remastered edition of Mortal Throne Of Nazarene. Separated by only a year apart, the sound difference takes a little bit of repeated listens to actually understand the purpose of remastering in the first place. Most notably is the

Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare 2014

Artist: Mayhem Album: Esoteric Warefare Year: 2014 I have never been a huge fan of Mayhem, sure loved the old classics like Chainsaw Gutsfuck and the mega opus Freezing Moon, and of course the extensive lore and fascination with bands history. But I will be the first to admit that I don’t necessarily care too

Moonspell ripoff Infinitum Obscure

I am not one to get into any kind of gossip like news, but I thought this was worth mentioning if for nothing more than offer exposure to the underground. It seems as if a poster, for the band Moonspell ripped off a lesser known band Infinitum Obscure.

Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria

Artist: PissgraveAlbum: Suicide EuphoriaLabel: Profound Lore RecordsYear: 2015Wiki: N/A One thing Dead Congregation taught me, is that not only is their music brilliant but the label Profound Lore has an equally respectable reputation. I used to throw around this accolade in the past without much validation, but I can say with certainty that Profound Lore has

Gorguts – Colored Sands

Artist: GorgutsAlbum: Colored SandsLabel: Season of MistYear: 2013Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorguts Gorguts never being the most accessible of the death metal variety, experimental and rather unconventional in their approach. But in a genre bent on the moribund, bands like Gorguts offer the vigor and vitality much needed to proceed death metal into the current generation. It seemed as if

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

Artist: LeviathanAlbum: Scar SightedLabel: Profound LoreYear: 2015Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan It’s alright, but it never really had much longevity. I was big into it when it first came out. But now I am annoyed by it.

Interview with Dead Congregation

Much of today’s metal bands are a dying stagnant breed. We do still have a handful of new and old faces, that offer a refreshing change to the bunch. But it is rarely happening by new and upcoming faces. Which brings me to the music of Dead Congregation, a death metal band from Greece, that

Dead Congregation -“Promulgation Of The Fall”, a routine of tangents wrapped in a seminal review

Artist: Dead CongregationAlbum: Promulgation Of The FallLabel: Profound Lore (check them out!)Year: 2014Wiki: super cereal There is a greek band I was recently introduced to just this year, and they put out some pretty amazing music. Where most of the current generation Death Metal bands are trying to oust each other is production and technicality, Dead  Congregation relies heavily

Tourniquet -“Stop the Bleeding”. (quasi-review)

Artist: TourniquetRecord: Stop the BleedingLabel: Intense RecordsYear: 1990Wiki: jesus metal!!!1 There is a almost contradictory way about “christian” metal, a sub-genre for disambiguation sake. I have never been one to get into the extremes of what genre’s have become today, to me it is simply metal, death/black metal, thrash and grindcore. Those are the subtle most

Carcass Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious

Artist: CarcassRecord: Necroticism – Descanting The InsalubriousLabel: Earache, Relativity RecordsYear: 1991Wiki: follow the link ya wankers My history with the band Carcass is a bit jaded, of course they had some memorable tracks that were great to listen to. But I didn’t necessarily jump on the bandwagon, I was a fan by association. I mean who can

Cannibal hamsters running amok

Artist: Cannibal CorpseAlbum: Butchered at BirthLabel: Metal Blade RecordsYear: 1991Wiki: you bet your ass! To dig into Cannibal Corpse’ discography is probably one of the most difficult task as far as pinpointing their definitive sound. They started out as a death metal band that was largely influenced by thrash metal. They went balls to wall with Butchered

Hate Eternal, 1999 – “Conquering the Throne”

Artist: Hate EternalAlbum: “Conquering the Throne”Label: Earache RecordsYear: 1999Wiki: haters eternally gon’ hate When I first got into death metal, there were a few considerable memories of some bands, that always had left an impression on me. It might not even necessarily be the band, but a particular album from their discography. I won’t go into too

Hour of Penance, 2014 – “Regicide”

Artist: Hour of PenanceAlbum: RegicideLabel: Prosthetic RecordsYear: 2014Wiki: dat shit right hurr A year or so back I wrote about Hour of Penance release, Sedition. A very memorable release, alongside Paradogma. That sound, the raw energy they can produce, has always been an ingredient to to keep me coming back to listen. To me the only thing

Triptykon “Eparistera Daimones” (2010)

Artist: TriptykonAlbum: Eparistera DaimonesLabel: Prowling Death Records, Century MediaYear: 2010Wiki: yep For better or worse there is an undeniable quality to Ttripykon’s music that revolves around the variety of instrumentation, the several changes in vocals. I find the songs on this album a lot more aggressive than say Melana Chasmata, that is not to say that the similarities

darth vader – Tibi Et Igni

Artist: VaderRecord: Tibi Et IgniLabel: Nuclear BlastWiki: may the force be with you In high school a friend of mine highly recommended to me Vader and Slayer, and the time neither impressed me. My young adolescent mind was so consumed with the shocking and appalling, and low guttural vocals were an absolute must.  Lets pull the tape

Incantation Dirges of Elysium

Artist: IncantationRecord: DirgesLabel: ListenableYear: 2014Wiki: does kyle have a moustache? I feel like I was just beginning to peel the layers from Incantation’s Vanquish in Vengeance. Their sound is definitely solidified, you know when you are hearing Incantation, their sounds is variably identified within death and doom. They take the whole “I am evil, spooky” theme a

Deeds of Flesh Portals to Canaan (a continued experimentation in music reviews)

Artist: Deeds of FleshAlbum: Portals to CanaanLabel: Unique LeaderYear: 2013Wiki: Indeed My greatest memory with Deeds of Flesh began with their 1998 release, “Inbreeding the Anthropophagi”, I remember them always delivering the goods in the brutal department, rather heavily. I have admit a lack of interest after that release, it all seemed mundane to me, repetition had

Beyond Creation “The Aura”

Artist: Beyond CreationRecord: the AuraLabel: Season of MistYear: 2011Wiki: no? Canada has some of the most unique and memorable death metal bands. The obvious Gorguts and Cryptopsy mentions, but we also have Neuaraxis and now Beyond Creation. The Aura is a definite traditional blend of progressive and technical, all the while abiding in the role as

ghost of the rice pudding mystery bus

Just heard this band by the name of Ghost, they are one of those more theatrical bands with a stage presence consisting of a vocalist decked out in full priestly garb with skull paint on his face, meanwhile the rest of the band is all in dark hoods. The music is very reminiscent of old psychedelic rock and metal,

quasi-review of Defeated Sanity, Chapaters…

Artist: Defeated Sanity, Album: Chapters of Repugnance, Label: Willowtip, Year: 2010, Wiki: derka derka jihad The German death metal band Defeated Sanity was one of those random picks I grabbed from the willowtip roster and wasn’t overly impressed with their sound until I listened to Chapters of Repugnance a very chaotic and brutal form of death metal, very reminiscent to me what the

Death Disco

If I was to single handily point out the one band who has most assuredly kept with my ears since my inception into their sound it would be none other than Death. The music of Chuck Schuldiner and camp is nothing short of a melodic yet chaotic blend of pure genius. To be able to be amazed

music growing up

I wanted to talk a little bit about the genre’s of music that I have been into while growing up and what I listen to today, and how it hasn’t all really changed much. Nostalgia aside. Growing up I was into hard rock and alternative music, particularly ac/dc, alice in chains, soundgarden, pearl jam, nin…

Anima Morte “Viva Morte!”

I know lately all I have been posting is a shit ton of youtube videos, but I have been lacking creativity lately. I promise in the next week or so, I will get some art or more philosophical rambling by yours truly. With that being said here is a video from a swedish psychedelic metal

Hooded Menace – Beauty and The Feast

Another Autopsy-clone. Just bloody amazing! the cover art, the beautifully haunting composition. Just dark and slow the way its supposed to be done. I can tell this christmas season is going to be a death/doom soundtrack. Razorback records has to be one of the most consistent and the integrity of their releases is highly admirable.

chakra

“Divine motherFree my mind from all obstacles of delusionAnd lead me safely to thy shores of fulfillmentAwaken within me increasing strength, positivethinking, courage, faithAnd above all fill my heartWith thine unconditional loveWith thine unconditional joy”This is a prayer by Paramahansa Yogananda, taken from a Sri Daya Matalecture, president of the Self Realization Fellowship

Cynic Carbon Based Anatomical Mixtures

Artist: CynicRecord: Carbon Based AnatomyLabel: Season of MistYear: 2011Wiki: ammunition to nitpick this review This album had caught me off guard because to be honest aside from Focus, a lot of their newer material hasn’t impressed me much. It has nothing to do with musical ability, or I think they should stay “true” to their roots, nothing

hour of penance – sedition

Artist: Hour of PenanceRecord: SeditionLabel: ProstheticYear: 2012Wiki: hablas no espanol  Delivering what seems to be indistinguishable noise with lack of transitional distinction. A forethought of my first time listening to this album. With a hook line sinker “cannibal gods” I refused to give up on this. My persistence proved to be a rewarding, yet disappointing (the

[REVIEW] the FACELESS – AUTOTHEISM

Artist: the FacelessRecord: AutotheismLabel: Sumerian RecordsYear: 2012Wiki: any accuracy or inaccuracy can be credited hereI finally had a chance to listen to the Faceless new album Autotheism. It was a love hate relation upon initial listen, but after a while it seems to have grown on me. First the negative criticism is only due to a lack