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Slugdge- The Cosmic Cornucopia- triple threat review 9.3/ 10 \m/

I have a very special review of Slugdge – The Cosmic Cornucopia.

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Slugdge is a fantastic 2 man studio Death Metal project from Lancashire, UK. The band consists of Kev Pearson on instrumentation, guitar & bass performance, main composition and Matt Moss on vocals, lyrics and composition. I have been following Slugdge for a few years now, and it makes me so happy to see them finally able to physically release their material. They play an absolutely enthralling take on Blackened Death Metal with prominent elements of OSDM, Sludge, Prog-Death & Doom Metal. They mix these genres so well and fluently, it really makes for an amazing musical journey. When I first heard them it was about a week after they dropped Gastronomicon. My friend showed me them on bandcamp and we each bought both of their first albums for $20 each. (They are on bandcamp for NYP download).

This album is the Bible of The Greatfather Mollusca, harvester of the universe. An epic, 24 track, reverse chronological order compilation of Slugdge’s 3 full length albums, Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms, Gastronomicon & Born Of Slime. Each album contains 8 dark and progressive Death Metal tracks.

First you have their newest album Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms. The songs are pretty long, with only 1 song clocking in just under 5 minutes and most of them being between 6 and 8 minutes. They do not drag on though. They progress wonderfully with great songwriting that allows the riffs to flow to one another perfectly. This album is definitely the most diverse Slugdge album. It has the most technical riffs out of any of their other albums, and some of the blackened parts, always present in Slugdge, are more Technical and Progressive in this album. One thing that may come as a downfall to some, is that this album seems to have more clean vocal range and cleaner clean vocals & ‘Priest Chants’ as I like to call them. The gents have clearly progressed at their respective instruments. Definitely noticeable in the advancement of the clean vocals and the grim highs as well as the technicality of the riffing. That’s not to take anything away from their previous works.

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The middle of the album consists of most of my favourite Slugdge songs, in Gastronomicon. It has a really great instrumental intro whoch flows directly into the title track, which is almost 8 minustes long as it is. I like to think of the intro, Dark Side Of The Shroom (LOL) as part of the song Gastronomicon. This song also contains the lyrics which they will choose for their compilation title. This album has a very bleak, but yet spectral feel to it. It is dark, epic, and fantastical, all at the same time.

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The last third, Born Of Slime, this is Slugdge’s first full length album, and it’s pretty much just as great as the other 2. It’s place on this compilation is well deserved even though it does sound more primitive and raw than the other 2. Slugdge, to this day has a very dark vibe to their songs, but this album is especially grim and bleak. One interesting piece of trivia is that this album’s cover art was very obviously inspired by The Destruction of Soddom and Gomorrah, painted by John Martin in 1852.

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Sometimes people tend not to like compilations, and for me, it depends on the case but I generally don’t care. This one is great because it makes all 3 of Slugdge’s fantastic releases, available physically to the fans. The first 2, physically for the first time. Plus, the albums do flow really well. Though I do kind of feel that it should have gone oldest release to newest release, they obviously chose this order for a reason. One thing that I like about Slugdge that is not musical is that their titles are parodies of classic Metal titles that most fans of Slugdge have probably heard before. It is a fun Easter egg and reminds me of Cannabis Corpse and Dethklok.

For fans of Behemoth, Bal-Sagoth, The Chasm, Apocrophex, Emperor, Nile

9.3/10 \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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The Finite Cycle Rithiya Henry Khiev

 

RHK

The Finite Cycle E.P.

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Out  today March 1st, 2017

Featuring:

Chris Dovas on Drums (Seven Spires)

Jeff Demarco On vocals (Solium Fatalis)

Ryan Knight- Guitar (Arsis, Black Dahlia Murder)

Nick Scarfo Guitar (The Hours End)

Dmitry Demyanenko Guitar (Shokran)

Joey Conception Guitar (Absence, Armageddon)

Jim Gregory (Solium Fatalis) and Charles Ayala (owner of the Wreck Room) on lyrical content

This is the solo project by guitarist RHK. This is also his debut E.P. as a solo artist. He has amazing talent that has has graced listeners ears over the years whether it was in Mortis Deveia, Alterius, or simply demonstrating or reviewing guitar amps, pedals and others on his YouTube chanel. He is an endorsed artist by Airis Effects, Xvive, and is the founder/owner of RHK studios. He has shared the stage with many bands and notable musicians like Within The Ruins, Shadows Fall,  Misery Index, Lord Dying, The Human Abstract, Die Cast, God forbid, Arsis, 1349 and even when Angel Vivaldi did his first mini tour as a solo artist. Since the last time we heard him on a recording was with Alterius from their E.P. “Voyager” it has been a pleasure to hear his music again only a few short years later with a solid E.P. as this one is. With guest musicians like Ryan Knight, Dmitri Demyanenko, Jim Gregory, and Alterius band mate Nick Scarfo. The first track is “Industrial Demise” a heavy track with plenty of Djent feel, and is a killer song with copious amounts of shred. The guitar work between RHK and R. Knight is an impressive instrumental track. It has so much flavor in that track right away. This E.P. is saturated with talent right from the beginning. The following song veers towards a slightly darker blend of metal. Not exactly what you were expecting after that first track. The title track features vocals by Jeff Demarco from Solium Fatalis giving the music a darker and more abrasive edge to it. It helps to hear Rithiya’s guitar skills against vocals of a different style than his other bands/ projects. It also allows people who may have not heard Alterius or Mortis Deveia to grasp the talent,  that he can play to different styles and still end up sounding great. Maelstrom of War follows up the title track quite nicely. But the track that has gotten the most play from me has been Voyager II which is the follow up to Alterius’ E.P. with the title track.  while that one had vocals this one is an instrumental track. it certainly shows how far Rithiya has gone with his guitar abilities. This track also features Alterius band mate Nick Scarfo and  the two of them pull of an amazing job with this track. right at the :39 second mark you experience one of the most infectious riffs of the year. They just build and build on this song, it is bursting at the seams with talent. Because this is a five track E.P. I don’t want to give up too many details, but its worth mentioning that Rithiya has immense talent when it comes to music, the guests he landed on this E.P. are also very much impressive. This E.P. is killer and you need to check it out. 8/10 \m/

 

 

 

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Follow Chris on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.dovas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenspiresband/

Follow Nick on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehoursendofficial/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nscarfo83/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/nscarfo83

Follow Ryan Knight on:

https://www.facebook.com/ryanknightguitar/

Follow  Joey Conception on:

 

https://www.facebook.com/JoeyConcepcionGuitarist/

 

Follow Dmitry Demyanenko on:

https://www.facebook.com/Sh0kran/

 

 

 

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Desecrate The Faith- Unholy Infestation Album review 7/10 \m/

Desecrate the Faith

Unholy Infestation

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Releases: 3 March 2017

John Hull – Vocals
Jonathan Bayliss – Guitar
Tyler DTF – Guitar
Coleson Cowden – Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals
Mike Caputo – Drums

 

 

Track Listing:
1. Daemones Nos Ave Satanas
2. Predatory Impalement
3. Malignant Divinity
4. Shrine of Enmity
5. Unholy Infestation
6. Magna Daemonia
7. Ceremonial Invocation
8. Sacrilege Reborn
9. Angel Eater
10. Septic Womb
11. Ascension of Belial
12. Let Us Burn (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)

The album begins with the track titled “Daemones Nos Ave Satanas”. This song begins in such a meat grinding brutal fashion.  The sound clip is filthy and the music fades in slowly and heavy as hell. Really giving an ominous vibe to the music that has just begun to project from your speakers. This is more a less an introductory track as the song is really just a slow roll of punishment, and growls. But they follow that up with Predatory Impalement, what a way to kick things off. The setup is quick and simple but the blast beats and the guitars are relentless.  They blend technical riffs with brutal death chugs.  Not to mention the vocals are solid, a low guttural style, but the backing vocals match almost perfectly to fill in some areas here and there.  After listening to Predatory Impalement I was wondering if they would be continuing this album in a step by step progression towards a heavier and more brutal track each time. Malignant Divinity follows that theory, as it is one of my favorite tracks off this album. It’s a very catchy song, the guitars halfway through that track show another side to them. It’s not just going to be brutal riffs and blast beats. They slow things down for a few bars while the guitars play a short and melodic sequence with some pinch / squeals before transitioning back to that driving brutal death. The hits keep coming with tracks like “Shrine Of Enmity” it follows the saying “everything is bigger in Texas” including the brutal hits to the gut that this album delivers.  Just like the album artwork, this is a filthy and brutal album.  With tracks titled Septic Womb, and Unholy Infestation, they aren’t following any political correctness and worrying about who they offend. They set out to create a brutal album, which will sink its hooks deep.  The music is unwavering, blunt and brutal.  I will always gravitate towards the drums, and Mike does an impressive job on this album. His drums are crystal clear and the overall sound of this album is great. This album is one of those that are going to go the distance in 2017. I see myself spinning Unholy Infestation many times over as I have been listening to this one and I love it. What a way to start your morning than to be blasting this at 6:00 A.M. and preparing for my work day like I’m preparing for a cage fight. 7/10 \m/

 

 

 

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Beheaded- Beast Incarnate- Album review 8/10 \m/

Beheaded

Beast Incarnate

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Released January 27, 2017

David ‘Cejca’ Cachia – bass
Omar Grech – guitars
Simone Brigo – guitars
Davide Billia – drums
Frank Calleja – vocals

Track List

  1. Beast Incarnate
  2. The Horror Breathes
  3. Crossing The House Of Knives
  4. Reign Of The Headless King
  5. The Black Death
  6. Cursed Mediterranean
  7. Fid-dlam Tadejjem
  8. Punishment Of The Grave

The guys in Beheaded waste no time with their title track opening for this album, that quick set up and then the drums rolling into a truly menacing riff. That riff is 100% responsible for my uplifted attitude and mean mugging while air drumming right now.  These guys have no subtlety to their brutal intentions from what I have heard in only two minutes of the first track. I can’t even begin to describe how much I am enjoying the title track. What a way to kick off an album. I must admit I have looped the title track several times now because they hit you with such explosive force and god damn those guitars and drums. The drums are a driving force and the guitars back it up with brutal and unwavering showmanship.  The album continues on the same destructive path, track after track.  I have yet to hear any particular track on this album that made me feel differently from how I felt listening to Beast Incarnate for the first time.  By the time you get to “The Black Death” the listener has already succumbed to the relentless pummeling they have endured for the first half of the album, but The Black Death has a slower approach, but the beginning with the sounds from an old ship just creaking as it sails through the open water with the wind as the only other background noise, growing louder and louder with the occasional waves crashing against the side of the ship. The drums and guitars fade in, slowly over the course of a few bars to build up to this eight minute long track. I really enjoy this track as it breaks the album up enough to show that they aren’t going to be sticking to a specific formula of driving guitars and blast beats.  They have more to this album than what’s on just the surface, the second half begins at almost half the tempo of the first four tracks. But it’s how they end the album with “Punishment Of The Grave” that brings back an old school melodic death metal feel and that guitar solo halfway through the track seals the deal.  I am very impressed by this album, and have enjoyed my time spinning this these past few weeks. The vocals stick to their style that works for them, I find nothing bland about them either. They just seem to follow the rule “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach. The guitars have a great tone, but the talent and craftsmanship is modestly distributed. They are not showboating their skills, and they have great skills they bring to the table.  The drums are on point, never over the top and keep the listener engaged. and it is worth mentioning that Dave also plays the drums for Hour Of Penance. So the drums kick ass as you would have expected them to.  8/10\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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Parius- Let There Be Light E.P. 8/10 \m/

Parius

Let There Be Light E.P.

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Out today January 17, 2017

Louis Thierry // Vocals
Ryan Rauch // Guitar
George Fenton // Guitar
Kenny Rentz // Bass

 

Parius are at it again this time with a brilliant four track E.P. featuring Ryan Knight of Black Dahlia Murder fame, and Michael Keene from The Faceless. So without getting too carried away from those guest spots let’s check this E.P. out.  First off this E.P. drops today so it’s available on Parius’s Bandcamp page .

 

 

  • Let There Be Light (Feat. Ryan Knight)

The song begins with a slow melodic acoustic guitar melody being played alongside a violin played by Michaela Nachtigall. They rock that melodic introduction for just shy of forty seconds before they come in fast and hard. Now I want to point one thing out that they didn’t have on their last album. And that comes around the 1:20 mark in the form of mildly clean vocals.  I mean they aren’t your normal caliber of clean vocals, they are layered and it sounds like are more than just Louis doing vocals at this point. I actually like them, it’s not like they are trying to get the points for clean vocals here.  They aren’t trying to sound like All That Remains with Phil’s over the top use of clean vocals. No they are orchestrated in a way that gives the song another element altogether. Not to mention they do it again a few times throughout the song and I can’t shake the fact that I really enjoy those clean sections.  I am digging the drums on this track, and let’s not forget the solo at the 3:07 mark that is a short and sweet shredding solo that fits the Ryan Knight format.  If this is how they kick off the E.P. with a solid track like this one. Than I am eager to listen to the rest.

 

  • A Shade Darker Than Black

A quick 1.2.3.4 and then some growling vocals kick this song off, while the vocals are being carried out the guitars are ripping it up the riffs with ferocity.  It’s like they took the intensity level of the previous track, and then decided they were going to make something heavier. Because this track has gone to a darker area of bar raising. I’m a big fan on Louis’s vocals, there is literally no weak point in them. For all his ranges it’s like he gives it to you 100% all or nothing, and I find his vocal style to be quite enjoyable. The guitar work on this song is impressive, but then again so are the drums. I know they parted ways with Ian, so I am not sure if he is who plays on this E.P. whether one of the guys played, or the drums are programmed its hard to tell, but at any rate the drums sound awesome.

 

  • A Somber Dream

I am really digging how this song starts off with a piano playing, a melody, and  just that piano opener is catchy,  but then when the drums join in so does the bass. This is a very visual interlude and fits the title perfectly. This is more or less a nice instrumental track that ties things together before the final song seals the fate of this killer E.P.

 

  • Another Kind Of Reckoning ( Feat Michael Keene)

I’m not going to tell you how this song is, because I really want you to check this band out and have a listen for yourself. It’s only a four track E.P. and the sound is all there. It doesn’t sound like something that was recorded in a warehouse basement, no this is the product of a group putting everything they could into self-releasing an E.P. just over a year after releasing their debut full length. I remembered hearing their debut album Saturnine and wondering why I hadn’t heard these guys before, and wondering if they would be touring. But the fact is they have been self-promoting and self-releasing everything they have been doing. Which many bands do also, but to get a sound like this, in just over a year, really only 14 months to putting out an E.P. with a few guest spots and sounds so professional. It leads me to believe that this group of guys here are really ready to be making a name for themselves. They are ready to show the world who they are and what they are all about. Picking up this E.P. would be in your best interest because I have a great reason to believe they could be putting out another or at least more music this year. Yup that’s right Parius didn’t record this and decide to take time off.  They are already back at the grindstone getting music written and moving forward to deliver another E.P. in the near future. now I don’t have anything more to tell you on an if and when, but I know they really enjoyed putting this E.P. together and have the drive to make some killer metal invade our airwaves sooner than later. I am very pleased with this E.P. they have a unique style and sound. They deliver some intense technical melodic death metal with ease.  I really enjoy this E.P.  And was surprised to see Ryan Knight and Michael Keene involved in this E.P. I think it goes to show I am not the only one who finds them to be a band worth investing some time in to.  Check out Let There Be Light 8/10 \m/

 

 

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Maze Of Sothoth- “Soul Demise” album review \m/

Maze Of Sothoth

Soul Demise

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Released 01/09/2017

Fabio Marasco: Guitars/Synth
Matteo Moioli: Drums
Cristiano Marchesi: Bass/Vocals
Riccardo Rubini: Guitars

 

Tracklist

01 – Cthulhu’s Calling

02 – Lies

03 – Seed Of Hatred

04 – Multiple Eyes

05 – The Outsider

06 – The Dark Passenger

07 – At The Mountain Of Madness

08 – Blind

09 – Azzaihg’ Nimehc

10 – Divine Sacrifice

The album begins with the track titled Cthulhu’s Calling which is an ominous introductory track really playing towards the dark and intriguing nature of this band. Now I have never heard these guys before, but I gotta admit, the moment those guitars kick in for the second track titled “Lies” I was hooked. Those guitars sound mean.  It reminds me of old Morbid Angel, it’s got me mean mugging while I’m head banging here. They have a solid minute and a half of spine splitting guitar riffs before the vocals join in. The ferocity of the sound is impressive, they walk the line of technical death metal. Is it too early to say that Lies is my favorite track? Holy shit that song blew me away. But they follow that up with an absolutely crushing track like Seed of Hatred. Now I usually will focus a lot on the drums, however I really want to point out the guitar tones. Riccardo and Fabio’s guitars just sound nasty, when thinking about a death metal sound. These guitars deliver the death blow by blow and throw in those classic old school pinch squeals. I dig the guitar solo on “Multiple Eyes” that song really leaves you wanting more. One thing that I really enjoy about the music on this album, is that for every track there is a solid set up between the guitars and the drums. They have really grabbed your attention within the first minute of every song and managed to get the listener hooked rather easily. The sound quality is great, and I dig that artwork. Looking for some new school death metal with a bit of old school influence and technical riffs and blistering drums. Then you will want to check out Soul Demise by Maze of Sothoth. 7/10 \m/

 

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Acranius – Reign Of Terror- Album review 7/10 \m/

Acranius

Reign Of Terror

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Album release date:  January 27, 2017

Kevin – Vocals
Björn – Guitar
Lars – Bass
Rob – Drums

 

 

Reign of Terror starts out with a solid introductory track beginning with radio transmissions growing in volume and fading in,  then the drums and guitar kick things off musically to break this song out of its package. And also to give the listeners a simple two minute acclimation period to get adjusted to the brutal slamming death garnished with a dose of groove.  They follow up  that with Kingmaker This song starts out with the drums getting started with a ten second set up and then the song takes on the personality of an armored tank. It’s a low and slow style song, with a killer groove on the guitars for the verses.I must admit that I was not expecting so much groove from these guys. I mean listening to Outlaw it has this virulent edge about it. And it’s not just the rhythm or the chorus. I mean everything about this song is magnetic.  The drums are perfect, there is literally nothing more the drums needed to do, to accomplish something this satisfactory.  I mean quite frankly I just really dig Rob’s drum style. The sound of the drums is great, snare does not have a ping to it.  And it doesn’t seem like he puts too much thought into things like gravity blasts. In fact it seems like he wants the listener to be able to follow with the beat, but he pulls off some great sounding fills. For example the very beginning of Warpath is such a killer yet simple set up.  Alternating snare bass drum and the tom, and then rolling the bass with the rest of the fill and when you hear it, it is in fact a simple enough fill. But it’s the sound of the drums themselves, the tempo, and really the confidence Ron projects from his drumsticks. Speaking of Warpath let’s talk about that section right around the one minute mark. You know what I am talking about when you listen to the track. It’s going to hook you right away but if it doesn’t then the solo snare pop at the 1:20 mark followed by the drum fill and heavy dose of double bass is going to get you going. But the song hits that breakdown at 1:55 and that’s when shit has hit the fan in the pit. There is no way you can listen to this song without wanting to throw some haymakers. I just don’t see how it is possible after I have listened to it myself.  But they follow up with Battle Scars and holy shit does it have this solid thirty seconds of menacing brutal introduction.  Vocals come in only seconds after that killer intro. It’s a bit of a slower song coming in at around 120BPM but they seem to have this ability to get the listener hooked every song regardless of tempo, blasts, anything like that.  After spinning this album for a bit, I have come to really enjoy their sound. They have no gimmicks, they have no need to sound like anyone else. They don’t live by anyone’s rules, they just play a really catchy form of slamming death metal. Lastly they seal the deal on this album by ending with tracks like “The Executioner” (holy shit what a punishing track it is too), and “Died a Liar” They came to fuck shit up, it’s apparent that what they set out to accomplish was to make some slamming death that’s going to get you hooked and to detonate the pit when they play.  I really enjoy this album,  I was not expecting this album to have so many killer hooks it really is a rock solid album. 7/10\m/ go on an have a listen for yourself to the track Kingmaker

 

 
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The Devil’s Due- December 25th- Brought By Pain- Crafted By Society E.P. review + video for Broadcast 8/10\m/

Brought by Pain

Crafted By Society E.P.

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Released December 9, 2016

Olivier Bourbonnais-Allaire : 7 String Guitars

Kevin Chartré (Beyond Creation, Unhuman) : 8 String Guitars

Hugo Doyon-Karout (Beyond Creation, Equipoise, The Conflux Collective) : 6 String Fretless Bass

Guyot Bégin-Benoît (Ex-Beyond Creation, Voidmask, Equipoise) : Drums

Samuel Ouimet (Ex-Crimson Skull) : Vocals

 

 

 

 

 

Today the Devil has brought us a jazzed up blast filled tech death gem. The band responsible for this killer 3 track E.P. is Canada’s own Brought by Pain. They dropped this killer e.p. earlier this month. With one  hell of a line up this was something we wanted to get our mitts on. Starting with the first track titled “Ending”  the very way it begins with Kevin and Olivier with the guitars playing a killer opening riff, and than Hugo’s bass is nothing short of magical. By the time Samuel unleashes his vocal barrage we were already hooked and that only took about 30 seconds or so. Guyot is a machine behind the kit so it was of no surprise that this was going to be impressive. They open with a very catchy track, with surgically precise transitions and end the E.P. with just under five minutes of some infectious technical brutality with the track “Broadcast” This is the perfect little E.P. to get you interested in this group of musicians. It sure as shit has us ready to hear more stuff by them. Not to mention that if any of you guys are looking for a last minute gift for a metal head, this three track e.p. is only USD $3 and packs a big punch. Sound quality is great, and the line up is truly impressive. While it may only be three tracks each track is rock solid. Whatever holiday you may be celebrating today, if you are looking for something to listen to, check out the Crafted By Society E.P. Everything about this is impressive. 8/10\m/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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