Pestilence – Spheres – 1993

PESTILENCE – Spheres Roadrunner 1993 Credits: 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

HYPOCRISY – The Arrival 2004

HYPOCRISY – The Arrival Nuclear Blast 2004 Credits: 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

Disgorge 2000 Forensick

Disgorge(mex),  Forensick Repulse Records, 2000 Edgar 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

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

Funerus – Festering Earth

Artist: Funerus Album: Festering Earth Year: 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

Pissgrave – Suicide Euphoria

Artist: Pissgrave Album: Suicide Euphoria Label: Profound Lore Records Year: 2015 Wiki: 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

Gorguts – Colored Sands

Artist: Gorguts Album: Colored Sands Label: Season of Mist Year: 2013 Wiki: 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.

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

Artist: Dead Congregation Album: Promulgation Of The Fall Label: Profound Lore (check them out!) Year: 2014 Wiki: 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,

Cannibal hamsters running amok

Artist: Cannibal Corpse Album: Butchered at Birth Label: Metal Blade Records Year: 1991 Wiki: 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

Incantation Dirges of Elysium

Artist: Incantation Record: Dirges Label: Listenable Year: 2014 Wiki: 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

Beyond Creation “The Aura”

Artist: Beyond Creation Record: the Aura Label: Season of Mist Year: 2011 Wiki: 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

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…


“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 Mata lecture, president of the Self Realization Fellowship

hour of penance – sedition

Artist: Hour of Penance Record: Sedition Label: Prosthetic Year: 2012 Wiki: 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