Singularity- Place Of Chains – 10/10 \m/

 

Singularity

Place Of Chains

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Out 10/11/2019

Line up

Jack Fliegler – Vocals

Adam King Bass, Vocals

Nick Pompliano- Keyboards

Nathan Bigelow – Drums


 

 

Tempe, Arizona based misfits Singularity is back with a new album dropping very shortly, and I have to tell you people. It is awesome, I mean better than some of the stuff I have been hearing for the past ten months. There were not many albums that came out this year that impressed me thoroughly.  There were some I was excited about, and were exactly what I expected from them. Place Of Chains is on another level, its album of the year material in my book. I’m not going to waste any time hyping this one up.  I would only be talking about the first 5 tracks, however the first track is an introductory, and without lyrical content. I am also going to cover track #6 Desmoterion since that would make five songs with lyrical content, and also longer than 3 minutes in length.

 

 

#1) Bellum -The intro, what a nice lead up into the next track. I love when a band has a solid introductory track. While it may seem like a simple thing, some bands blow it in my opinion. This is how to lead in right. The first minute and a half has no drums. Then boom 1:40 things kick it up a level. The buildup is spectacular. A nice solo to finish things off and moving right in to the next track. More than just a mere introductory track. They pack a combo of killer instrumental work right before fading into Victory or Death.

 

#2 Victory Or Death- Hot damn this one is right out of the gate with rapid-fire blast beats, and menacing guitars. I need to give praise to these guys for beginning with “LET THE GAMES BEGIN” how can you begin an album with a more badass line than that. Jack just got everyone’s attention with that brilliant line.  I feel like I do not even need to listen to the rest of this song to make my mind at how awesome it is. They give you hell for a solid minute and then ease up on the listener. I am sitting in awe listening to Nathans drums. Dude this guy is nuts. I mean the guy was touring with Alterbeast and filling in on drums for others at the same time. He can definitely hold his own that is made clear right now. Man the guitars just lure the listener right in. Whoo, that is a Ric Flair-esqe guitar solo towards the end of the song there.  To be honest, this is my first chance listening to Singularity. I knew they were coming out with something so I held off listening to stuff from their first album until this album graced my hard drive.

 

#3) Sisyphean Cycle – Sisyphean cycle- grim intro with the vocals, a much slower start to a track than the last one. I get a bit more of a black metal vibe on this track. I’m not a big black metal fan, but, around 1:20, they eloquently begin to melt faces with that frenzy of blasts and guitar riffage. I must admit my interest was piqued with Blackened technical death metal but damn I like what I am hearing.  I am really digging the technical death metal bands that have the black metal style weaved throughout in subtle form. These guys blend so well. I believe this is one of the singles they released and for good reason. It really highlights their ability to go the distance with so much spice added to the song structure. That last solo starting at the 4:58 mark is spectacular. I love the orchestration behind that guitar solo.  I mean this is what I am talking about, absolutely brilliant sounding. The last minute and a half are killer. Goddamn these guys are on fire.

 

#4) Ritual of Regret – Nathan makes quick time getting this song set up and on target. It has a nice pace to it, and I am really digging the change of pace when the vocals come in. not a ton slower by any means, they still maintain a good pace. It was a damn good track to do some yard work too. Anything that requires your amped up energy levels, this is a good track.  I would say for any people who listen to metal and get motivated. This album will help you rip the shit out of whatever you are doing  Just a full disclosure, if there was one and only one song that I feel as though it is a little more 2 dimensional, or is a little leaner than the rest. It is the shortest track on the album not including the first introductory track.  Nevertheless, it does not lack in quality, let me be clear. The meat to this song is impeccable. I guess the only thing I can notice is less solo work, less Nathan Bigelow drum brilliance.

#5)-Consume and Assume – This is a solid example of Nathans kick ass drumming skills. Just listen to that beginning. The dude is just straight crushing it with something that is jazzy, technical and then flips his blast beat mode switch and completely decimates any room for a spare note.  Looking for a guitars solo that will make you want more, it happens right at the 1:43, mmmm listen to that solo. It feels like it had a double serving of soul in it. This is a fun track to listen to; the melody in the back is superb. They have constructed a sound so beautiful and yet damn they have such a razor sharp technical blackened death sound it is ridiculous. I genuinely am excited for anyone who is looking for something new, or have never heard singularity before, because this is going to be a fan favorite album. I am so impressed by this album thus far, it’s truly top tier metal.

 

#6 Desmoterion- Holy shit, this is absolute hellfire, mixed with legitimately everything you could possibly want in a track. This song clocks in around 7 minutes long, but have no fear you will feel like the song packs in a full 10. There is so much meat to this tune it is not even funny. In terms of how you will feel after listening to it. Well let us be honest with each other. You’re going to feel like there was life before Singularity- Desmoterion, and then life after this track. People are going to remember where they were when they heard it type of shit. Yeah, if they don’t release this as a single, it’s because they do not want to melt everyone before hearing the album in its entirety.  If you have managed to hold your shit together through the first half then just get a load of the moment 3:55 hits, because this sets up such a magical acoustic melody with the guitars. Drums come in with just the right zest and they work that, building up 5:10 when the vocals come in “Release me…..” and then one of the sickest solos one has offered up this year. This track is a pure display of superior musical power. God damn now that is a chart-topping track. This song alone sells the album for me, I do not even need to listen to the rest to know I am buying it, but since I’m writing a review, I have listened to more.

 


This album is going to be one of my top albums of 2019. I have not been a fan of any black metal or blackened anything that has come to me in months. However, damn, this is different. Starting out the album with the first words you hear for lyrical content is LET THE GAMES BEGIN. That right there is to me a small meticulous detail but the fact of the matter is that this album absolutely crushes because of all the little details. The pianos, the melody, the solos, how they blended black metal and technical death metal without any fluff. They do not need to trim the fat; they are a lean smooth running machine of some of the sickest metal I have heard in a while. The amount of “Technical black, blackened death” etc. I have gotten, and how many I have even considered writing about is two very different numbers. This album can and will stand the test of time. This album, this band has blown me away. There are some heavy hitters on the guest list too. Malcolm Pugh on every track for the additional orchestrations. Nick Padovani for co composition and guitar solo, Jared Christianson doing some guest vocals on Victory or Death. This album is packed to the brim with talent.  This entire album, from start to finish keeps the listener engaged. Every second of every song is musical platinum.  I cannot find a single thing I dislike about this album, I just cannot, and there is nothing that could be changed to better this album.

10/10 go out and buy this ASAP your ears will thank you

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Stortregn – Emptiness Fills The Void – Album Review 7.5/10 \m/

Stortregn

Emptiness Fills the Void

Released May 25, 2018

Romain – Guitars, vocals

Johan – Guitars (lead and acoustic)

Duran – Bass, Guitars

Manuel – Bass

Samuel – Drums


The Background:  Stortregn, hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, have been kicking around in the underground for just over a decade, and Emptiness Fills the Void is their fourth full-length.  Previous outings failed to make a strong impression on me, as their brand of Dissection-influenced black/death metal has been done to death, and no pretender has ever topped the original.  Perhaps conceding this point, Stortregn have emerged from the shadow of their primary musical influence with a massive dose of fretboard fireworks and blistering drumming.  They may have been black metal once, but they’re tech death now, and proud of it.  Luckily, all that prior songwriting experience was not left behind, which brings us to this album’s main draw: while this sort of flashy, tremolo-obsessed tech death has become considerably more common of late, this band is one of the few in the field with the wherewithal to write good songs.

 

The Pros:  There’s a focus on melody here that can be hard to find in extreme metal, and the band has the important ability to recognize when their own riffs are good; one thing I noticed consistently throughout the record is the re-emergence of only the choicest melodies, often backed with catchy vocal patterns.  This trick is immediately apparent from opener “Through the Dark Gates”, which hammers its primary riff with such dedication that it runs through my head for hours after listening.  Every track on this album has a selection of such moments, which is what brings me back to them repeatedly.  With a roster that boasts a dizzying and somewhat confusing abundance of guitarists and bassists, the subtlety of the two- and three-guitar harmonies and the agile, confidently melodic bass work take center stage.  The guitar solos and leads are suitably face-melting, and there’s finger-shattering riffs here (“Nonexistence”) that lesser bands could never keep up with.  An even-handed, if treble-y, mix helps to ensure that no band member is completely buried, though the guitars are clearly the emphasis.

 

The Cons:  It’s hard to take much away from this album if you’re a fan of this particular style.  They do rely far too heavily on spoken-word passages.  This tends to detract from the music and is also a distraction that tends to crop up during the album’s brief quiet patches, making them less enjoyable.  An additional issue is that the proceedings are relentlessly one-note.  Tempos are almost universally very fast, and “slow” for this band is still a pretty brisk mid-tempo.  Though the riffing is pleasantly unrestrained, the bulk of the album is absolutely overflowing with tremolo picking, and even the more death metal-inflected riffs usually have an undercurrent of swarming notes.  This sort of constant activity will be a turnoff to some.  With the exception of well-placed instrumental interlude “The Chasm of Eternity”, which eases the pedal off the metal to provide a needed breather, the album just does not let up one bit.  And at a beefy 51 minutes, there’s not a lot of replay-ability.  You’re spent after one trip through these dark gates.

 

The Verdict:  Sure, it’s like an oncoming train gleefully tossing aside the brake lever and shoving the throttle all the way to the wall.  But isn’t that half the reason we turn to extreme metal?  Bands like this exist for the simple pleasure of spinning our heads around and knocking us flat on our asses, and we’re all fans because we keep coming back for more.  Don’t miss this one if you’re into blackened tech death.  It’s not re-inventing any wheels, but it is spinning them pretty damn fast.  7.5/10 \m/


 

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Voidthrone Spiritual War Tactics- Review 7.5/10 \m/

Voidthrone

Spiritual War Tactics

Released October 31, 2016

Ronald Foodsack-Guitars
Dan Morris-Vocals
Austin Schmalz-Bass
Josh Keifer-Drums

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Today we take Spiritual War Tactics for a spin.  Dark and gritty this is Seattle experimental/ dissonant black metal with Deathspell Omega, and Gorguts influences blended to create this interesting release. Now by standards an E.P. is 25 minutes or less, or 4 songs, however this is four songs and almost 35 minutes in length.  Let’s call it a mini album since it’s longer than the typical E.P. It was released a few months back in the fall but it comes with a Name Your Price option and when we got to listening to it.  It is really worth the listen, Mortification of My Legacy had hooked right in several times in the nine minute long period of some hauntingly appealing metal. But the last two minutes of the song really get you.  To be specific right around the 7:37 mark they have this really catchy riff.  I was really surprised by this first track, but I am glad that they chose that to be the first song on the album. They follow that up with Nullum Emperium which is just a few seconds longer in overall length of time.  And holy shit that song has two and a half minutes of solid buildup, they are not your average sounding band by any means. Sure they have the typical elements in their sound but the song writing, the song structure, the riffs and how catchy it is.  I don’t find myself to be a big fan of black metal. I will always listen to new stuff (or new to me) because just like every genre, there is good music and music that is slightly less appealing to my ears. So far I have really enjoyed this album and I was curious to see if they continued to impress.  So it was no surprise that Spiritual War Tactics followed the same pattern as the previous two tracks.  I will be honest, with this album, I really wasn’t even sure I was going to like it, by reading the description, and the tags on their BANDCAMP page.  But I am glad I did, Spiritual War Tactics was not at all what I had expected, I really dig this one. And for a NYP option picking up a digital copy is next to nothing in cost.  I liked this one, it was dark, but it didn’t lose me, it caught me pretty early on with some catchy riffage and for that, it kept my interest going.  I am thoroughly satisfied with this E.P. only I find myself wanting more.  The whole four songs is a bit deceiving, because while it’s a good half hour of music, it almost doesn’t feel like it’s even that much.  It’s a gem with that NYP option on Bandcamp and part of what made this something we had to review. 7.5/10 \m/

 

 

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Samskaras- Asunder E.P. review 7.5/10 \m/

Samskaras

Asunder

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Released January 20, 2017

Samskaras is:
Eric Burnet – Vocals, guitars, bass.
Alexandre Dupras – Drums.

 

 

Track list

  • Fuelscape
  • Solar
  • Separate
  • Conqueror

 

Samskaras kick this E.P. off with a track like “Fuelscape” and at first, it sounds like a typical modern death metal act.  Its dark and heavy, I can’t put my finger on it but the vocals have a few different styles to them.  And I am not 100% sure that Eric is handling all vocals duties.  But the vocals from “Fuelscape” don’t sound exactly like them on the track “Separate”. They really grab your attention around the 1:20 mark of “Fuelscape” when you hear the line “see how easy it is, to destroy a planet.” The song takes on a ferocious and dark turn, the blast beats consume you and that riff hooks you. The accents on the bell of the ride during the blast beats adds some spice to it. But then they come out and have clean vocals layered and they sound like something you would get from BTBAM.  Not clean vocals in the sense that they are trying to get on the bandwagon of clean vocals.  But they aren’t growling, and they aren’t bad either. I like them.  I really dig “Fuelscape” so I was eager to hear more off this E.P. Solar begins like a song you would get from Animals as leaders, more melodic  for at least the first thirty seconds and then they get ready to crush you again in short time.  If you have never heard of Alexandre Dupras before, or heard him play. Well than this E.P. should be enough to get you familiarized with him.  The drums are on point for the entire E.P. they just mesh with the guitar tones well.  These two guys have a lot of talent. But having them together on this project, they are a force to be reckoned with. I have to admit the vocals on “Separate” had me thinking a few times that the vocals sound just like D. Randall Blythe from Lamb Of God, while the rest of the music going on is so much darker and heavier. Check it out on “Separate” when you get to the 1:10 mark there are similarities. But it’s the 1:43 mark that I really get this vibe.  They have a really great balance of melodic to technical guitar work. Alexander’s drums are superb they sound awesome and he has gotten my attention for his talents. I know this is a 4 track E.P. but it comes with a “Name Your Price” option. The production is great, the music is awesome, and some of those riffs just get you instantly hooked and ready to throw some fists. it is worth mentioning that this E.P. was mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson from The Grid so you know it sounds great.There is virtually no fluff as far as I am concerned, the clean vocals have a purpose and it’s not to show off their soothing voices.  So don’t get hung up on the clean vocals until you hear them for yourself.  I’ve been listening to this E.P. a lot personally and I dig it 7.5/10 \m/

 

 

 

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The Devil’s Due- December 21st- Noise Trail Immersion- Womb – Review 7/10 \m/

Noise Trail Immersion

Womb

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released November 4, 2016

Fabio – vocals
Davide – guitar
Daniele – guitar
Lorenzo – bass
Paolo – drums

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Today the devil has dropped something strangely interesting and dark.  It’s the first full length album by Italian noise makers Noise Trail Immersion. I feel as though their name should have included “Therapy” on the end because that’s what this album is like, a caustic  yet effective form of music, that to some could cause epileptic seizures and others like myself find a lot of peace within the music.  They are a really unique band with elements of blackened metal, mathcore, and extreme metal mixed together to create a blunt and chaotic sound that is actually very appealing. Yet melodic in some areas.  It’s a sound that you have to hear to understand, but from listening to this album every little element from the mathcore, to the blackened metal, I mean it all stands out.  they go from one end of the spectrum where they are playing a really smooth melodic riff, to going into some dissonance and poly-rhythms.  All in a matter of seconds and no warnings either and with fierce delivery. You still get plenty of catchy riffs and moments in tracks like Organism. its not all dissonant, dark, noise.  They have a rhyme and a reason, and you will have to go into this album knowing that you are going to  have a lot of unexpected sounds and things happening all at once and from different angles. If you are looking for something different,  something dark and chaotic.  or maybe you are looking for something that walks the balance between dissonance and catchy rhythms look no further. Noise Trail Immersion is the everyday carry utility tool consisting of many different elements and giving you the hardcore fuck you attitude as they deliver their brand through your speakers. I have really enjoyed listening to this and being surprised at what they pull off with their music. 7/10 \m/

 

 

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The Devil’s Due- December 17th- Ctulu- “Ctulu”- Review 7/10 \m/

 

Ctulu

“Ctulu”

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Released November 18th, 2016

M- Guitar, Vocals

A-Guitar, Bass, Vocals

I.D.- Drums

 

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Today the Devil has brought us a a dark and primitive extreme  black metal self titled album by the German metal trio Ctulu. This album is filled to the brim with catchy riffs, drivng rhtyms, dark lyrics, and blistering blast beats. some fucking killer blackened metal! This album surprised the shit out of me. I really dig the album art too, its dark and cult like. its like a page from some H.P. Lovecraft tale.  Track after track they really impressed me, the first song was a bit on the slower and darker paced side of things. But it sets up a lot of imagery within the music. I mean the more I listen to it, the more I wonder why I haven’t heard this group before.  However the second track follows up with faster pace and and fucking bad ass beginning. The guitars and drums really set up this song and it’s a fucking catchy track right from when the vocals begin. The third track begins to compete with the previous track in speed and contagious choruses and vocals in general. The guitars are a a driving force, even with how straightforward the riffs may be. This level of blackened hasn’t been on my radar for a while.  The album has only two dark and slow tracks and those being Serce krwawe and Rozgoryczona, rozczarowana, a gotowa na wszystko.  The rest are all a fast paced, with the guitar really grasping out you while the drums are so precise and blistering fast. This is what I love about finding a band I haven’t heard before. When it has a “WOW” factor and really impresses you. This gem came out just about a month ago and has been getting a lot of play these past few weeks. Our top played tracks are Totenhauswinde which means death house winds. And yea the song is about as badass as its name is. Von Mondeswächtern und Menschverächtern is also a killer track. This album is 100% worth being check out and luckily for you its on bandcamp so check it out below. For some really dark, and driving blackened extreme death metal that will certainly impress many of you. 7/10 \m/

 

 

 

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The Devil’s Due- Dec 6th- Veilburner “The Obscene Rite” album review 8/10 \m/

Today the devil hath brought us a dark, and brooding album to listen to titled “The Obscene Rite” the third release from Pennsylvania  experimental black/death metal band Veilburner.

 

 

Veilburner

The Obscene Rite

released September 30, 2016

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Mephisto Deleterio – All musical compositions/performance, engineering/mixing, and backing vocals

Chrisom infernium – Main vocals, lyrics/themes, and album artwork

 

 

 

Now this is an album that came out back in September and while trying to review this album in my own regular format (track by track) due to the nature of the album.  This is not an album you can really breakdown the way I do on most reviews. But after giving this album many spins it was apparent that to get the true and full effect you actually need to listen to this album from start to finish without stopping or skipping.  To listen to each track and focus on one is taking away from the album as a whole. The songs blend right into each other and it really needs that continues play through to get the big picture.  This is the third release by these guys and holy hell is it dark and intriguing. The first track (Postmortem Excordium)  is the one that is going to set the pace of this album  because when listening to it you really get the full spectrum of what they are going to be hammering you with for 9 tracks.  The vocals are the closest thing to a pure evil entity summoning a dark and malevolent being. Yea it’d kind of like that, its dark and ghastly to listen to.  The lyrical content follows very dark and thought provoking theoretical situations about the human race and evolving past physical and mental limitations.  I mean lets just take a moment to understand their lyrics for a moment.  They are writing songs with lyrics that are based on humans evolving beyond our limitations, if that’s not enough to get you interested I don’t know what is. I mean any band could make lyric content about the typical themes, gore,  and the like. But Veilburner focus on a different (if not darker) point of view and the music relays that. Vaterchen is a great example of this, because the darker the content the music is going to reciprocate the feeling.  This is where they excel, really pulling out the big guns to make this some of the darkest music you have heard in a long time.  fans of Deathspell Omega, Akercocke, and I’d say Dodheimsgard will really appreciate this album.  If you like your metal dark, sinister, straight up mind bending evil sounding,  Veilburner have just what you need with their latest album. 8/10 \m/ But don’t take our word for it, have a listen for yourself by listening below.

 

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Bonus:  since the album really should be played start to finish, and their previous releases are just as compelling as this one and it is cool to listen to Noumenon, and then The Obscene Rite from start to finish and back to back. But I must warn you, it’s probably going to fuck with you on various levels so make sure you are in the right frame of mind before you do.  Other than that get ready to have your mind warped from the brilliant and  mysterious Veilburner. Also it is worth mentioning that when The Obscene rite came out they were unsigned. And shortly after the release they signed to Transcending Obscurity Records.

 

 

 

 

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