October/November (2016) – In Review

The month of October was an absolute nightmare work wise and the November came round and made it look like child’s play. So I’ve been severely slacking with updates, but at least I didn’t stop listening to music. This post is incredibly late, get off my back for christ’s sake.

The deep dark rabbit hole that is Death Metal had most of my attention during these two months as I was thoroughly sucked into the likes of Blood Incantation and Krypts, both who had had incredible releases. The aforementioned both made their way to the top of my end of year list.

Blood Incantation – Starspawn

Colorado-based Death Metal outfit Blood Incantation is my album of the year and if you’re familiar with the album, it isn’t hard to see why. The best incorporation of technical guitar riffs into any Death Metal release I’ve heard in the last hand full of years. This is what Death Metal is all about, riffs, riffs, and more riffs. This being said Blood Incantation has taken it to another level, no another dimension, laying waste to the astral plane with cold, eerie, interdimensional Death Metal that will send chills down your spine.

 

Starspawn is a  discography defining masterpiece and will be talked about fo years and years to come as one of the best albums ever in my opinion. I’ve not heard such technicality and musical showmanship since the mighty Demilich. They bare super technical and make the riffs work and execute it in such a way that it breaks the Old School Death Metal mold by enhancing it. That’s the highest compliment I can give this band that has absolutely blown me away.

 

Krypts – Remnants of Expansion

October was a long, hard bastard of a month, where I basically had music to keep me sane. At the end of October, Finnish based Death-Doom outfit Krypts release their second full-length album titled “Remnants of Expansion” and it dropped on me like a ton of bricks. Incredible riffs, tremendous build ups and one it started going, it’s an unstoppable force that just keeps on going.

 

Remnants of Expansion is heavy, it’s slow and the riffs just keep coming. When I listen to it, it’s like being hammered into nothing by the force of an ever expanding universe. It’s very dark,  menacing and malevolent with the soul purpose to destroy.  I thoroughly enjoyed this record and it’s an incredible follow-up top their debut full-length.

 

Tomb Mold – Bottomless Perdition

Ontario Death Metal fiends Tomb Mold released their 1st demo titled “The Bottomless Perdition”, which is just a barrage of riffs and old school worship from start to finish. It stays true to the classic style that I have come to love and appreciate over the years.

 

Tomb Mold is no thrills Death Metal, just crushing, eerie, spectral heaviness. It is one of my favorite releases of the year for sure and a band I would highly recommend to anyone who can appreciate riffs.

 

Church of Disgust – Veneration of Filth

Texas based Death Metal outfit, Church of Disgust was introduced to me this year by a good friend of mine. I got hooked on Unworldly Summoning and the heard that there was a new release coming later on in 2016. I was super excited to see what would come of it and I am happy to report that it is a monster of an album

 

This album is definitely one of my favorites and I am 100% on the Keep Death Metal Disgusting bandwagon! If you love good Death Metal, this filth from Texas will not disappoint.

 

Taphos – Demo MMXVI

Death Metal has very specific sounds and different nuances in terms of styling depending on where in the world it’s from. Sure we’re all pretty familiar with the sounds o Sweden and even that of Finland and of course the united states.

Denmark is starting to carve out their own sound and niche within the Death Metal underground. Enter Taphos and their first demo. I was absolutely blown away by this release. It has everything that makes it a well rounded underground release. 4 tracks of skull crushing raw Death Metal. I would definitely recommend you give it a spin and get your hands on one of these demos.

 

QRIXKUOR – Three Devils Dance

QRIXKUOR is a 4 piece Death Metal band based in London, U.K., and they dabble in the occult and death as all good bands do. They unleash a healthy dose of unadulterated Death Metal. It’s raw and almost reminiscent of Teitanblood in terms of the utter chaos that is overwhelmingly eerie from start to finish.

 

The occult is strong with this one, so the sky is the limit. Light some candles, draw a sigil with the blood of innocents and let us worship!

 

 

 

 

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September – In Review

I have not done much on here in a fair while, the whole working 9-5 thing has eaten into my free time, surprising I know.  I have not been able to finish my series on lost releases from 2015, but I guess doing the label and working will do that to you.

I’ve decided to do the previous month in review, so at least once a month something will be updated on this here blog and it doesn’t go entirely to the shitter.

September has been a mixed bag really in terms of music I’ve listened to, there have been a lot of death metal worship throughout and a lot of goregrind, which is fucking sick on all accounts. But let’s pay our respects to the masters, Darkthrone and their new record titled Arctic Thunder  Which I managed to get a hold of via their Bandcamp earlier on in September, not sure of that’s intentional or a mistake as the release date is only set for 14th of October.

Never the less I managed to indulge myself in Arctic Thunder and I was absolutely blown away by the raw savagery of the overall composition with some finesse here and there, but it’s a culmination of riffs that would make you check that you indeed still reside in wherever you live in and not fucking riff city!

The release on Bandcamp had to be a blunder since it has since been removed, but definitely, one of my top albums of the year as I have had it on repeat ever since I got it. As you can see, some good law abiding citizen did manage to upload the full album to YouTube.

So let’s get into the more gore and gruesome side of my September. We’ll start with the fact that Toilet Teeth Records has done a repress of the infamous Haggus/Glob split, which sees mincing madness from Oakland combine forces with 519 blastcore from El Paso, Texas! Limited to 50 copies, it’s a gruesome display of mincing goregrind that will leave you feeling disgusted yet craving more.

This release is just sheer brutality and it delivers quite the punch. I would highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t.

Staying on the topic of gore, one of my close friends recently got back from China and was surprised I had not listened to Parfumerie from good old Winnipeg, a constant source of extreme music savagery. I checked it out and I was blown away.

Packed full of protein, Transmundane and Unprofessional Delocation of Superfluous Extremities and Rare Tissues E.P.i s quite the mouth full and not to mention an ear full. Definitely one of the best releases out there.

Gore galore and no list at the end of the year will be complete without Proctologist’s debut release In Advanced Hemorrhoidal Conditions  EP. It’s taken what we know as goregrind to another level completely. The two-piece grind machine pummels you with pathological goregrind that incorporates foretaste riffs, gross vocals and some of the best gravity blasting I have ever heard. Consisting of members from Haggus and Fiend, it’s easy to see why this is going to be such a hit among the grinders out there who has an inclination to mince.

If you’re into the unspeakable, can appreciate groovy gore riffs and gravity blasts with an array of vocal styles that round off the entire package nicely, I would highly recommend this. It’s been something I’ve gone back to over and over again.

Earlier in the month it was all about the death metal. From coming across something from 1990 to some killer stuff from Chicago to Copenhagen and of course the new Krypts that will be out later this month, it was pretty good all round!

Age before beauty I guess, so let’s turn the clock back to 1990! At work I was busy with some rather tedious debugging and just had a YouTube playlist going and managed to come across Abhorrence’s 7″ and I was blown away by the sheer rawness and the savage riffs. I’m thoroughly on the team “forget Swedish Death Metal”.

After doing some googling, I managed to come across an article saying that their collective works were being released on Svart Records (who I’ve ordered from before), the only problem was that this was back in 2012. I took a shot and hit up Svart Records on Facebook and managed to get the very last copy. They, of course, had a sale, so you know, treat yourself. Anyway, definitely one of the all-time greats of Finnish death metal and death metal in its entirety. Check it out!

Back to the future and I managed to get myself hooked on a band called Nucleus from Chicago. They have their own unique style of old school death metal with lyrics predominantly about space, aliens, and extraterrestrial shit. Some killer riffs, intelligent songwriting and just all round eerie fucking death metal from the deepest reaches of space.

Their latest release is titled Sentient and it has a bit of everything I love in a death metal release including something that makes it stand out from your modern day death metal release. Definitely, something I would highly recommend.

Ever been to the Ossuary in Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic or heard of it? It’s a church that has it’s interior decorated with the remains of the dead.  That’s right, skulls and bones make up the interior in a rather grim macabre inspired Gothic style church in the middle of nowhere in the Czech Republic.

Now take that sight and imagine the stench of death and turn it into an audible horror from the undead realm and you’ve got yourself a band called Ossuary. Their debut is titled Cremation Ritual which was released last year, but I only managed to hear it this past week. I was absolutely blown away by the full sound and old school death metal worship they manage to bring to the table.

 

It’s only 4 tracks, but it is a journey into the vortex of death, a journey into the belly of the only true immortal, death itself. Howling, spectral-like shrieks accompanied by eerie riffs with immaculate drumming. Mid-tempo death metal from Wisconsin. This record has some astonishingly haunting hymns that will drive chills down your spine.  Definitely, check out this band, they fucking slay!

Last but not least, Finland’s finest, Krypts are releasing a new record on the 28th of October. Remnants of Expansion will be the follow-up to their acclaimed debut Unending Degradation, which was astounding, to say the least.

There are only two tracks available for streaming, but it’s enough to give you insight into the terror they’re about to unleash come late October. This album sounds huge and is definitely on par if not better than it’s predecessor. This will be another one to add to the list of best albums come December.

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Spinebreaker – Ice Grave

As I’ve learned in recent weeks, there is a lot of music that kind of goes under the radar and you only discover it or it only gets recommended to you much later. I’ve made a point to make sure that a document these in my “Lost Releases” section. So it almost happened again, I almost missed one of the best releases of 2016 this time round.

I give to you, Spinebreaker, death metal 5-piece from San Jose, California. They’ve been around since 2013 and have released an EP and a single before their full-length this year titled Ice Grave through Creator-Destructor Records.

I hammer on about bands these days trying to be too technical and yes, I know, but fuck man, that shit is an epidemic and luckily there are still bands around who understand that death metal or old school death metal is all about the riffs and  Spinebreaker’s – Ice Grave is exactly that!

 

After an intro track that is eerie as all fuck, that guitar kicks in and it’s like Dismember worship from the get go with some of the coolest riffs available in one place. The dynamic yet simplistic riffage along with the punchy drums make one of the biggest sounds I’ve heard from a death metal band in a while, which they have made their own.  Keeping it simple and letting the groove do the work with some incredible vocal work to complete one of the best albums of 2016 without a shadow of a doubt. To be honest I’ve had this album on repeat this entire week.

SpinebreakerIce Grave is an instant classic and is like a gateway back to a time where this would have been lauded with the likes of Entombed, Dismember, Autopsy, Carcass and the like, which says a lot about the over all composition of the release. I would highly recommend everyone get their hands on a copy, I know I will, I ordered a long sleeve lately and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

 

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Fiend – Split 7″ w/ Suffering Mind

It’s always a treat when one of the best bands in the U.S. does a split with one of the best bands in Europe.

Fresno grinders Fiend have teamed up with Suffering Mind for a split and if the Fiend side is anything to go by, this is going to be a ripper! Primal rage from start to abrupt finish as it just blasts you into pulp with some incredible ferociousness.

It’s short, abrasive and fast, what more could you want? 5 tracks, 4 minutes and it includes an Excruciating Terror cover as well. The two-piece grind machine just keeps on releasing bangers and are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands out there at the moment.

 

This split 7″ with Suffering Mind will be out on Drop Out Records. Don’t sleep on this one, it’s bound to turn an already stacked year of releases on its head!

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Lost Releases of 2015 – Part 4

Savage – 2015 Promo.

Savage is turning into one of the rainy city’s most important powerviolence bands. It’s classic powerviolence and has all the elements you’d come to expect from a band from the west-coast along with whatever the gore and grindcore freaks come up with these days.

Since this promo, they have released more material which includes a split with M.P.G., which you can find on their bandcamp page. I would definitely recommend you check them out. They kick some serious ass. 

 

Skulls – Howling Abyss.

I’ve been on a bit of an old school death metal trip in the last two weeks thanks to some friends over in the U.S and in Australia. Skulls is one such band I’ve been digging and only discovered them via some flyers I saw go up on the Sewercide tour of the States. Death/Doom filth from Santa Monica, Skulls deliver an eerie, filth fueled drones and hymns from the abyss in a feast of riffs! If you’re into doom and death metal, I would highly recommend you check these dudes out.

 

Acid Feast – Split w/Glob

Maggot infested splatter gore from Seattle,WA, Acid Feast is right up there with one of the most disgusting bands to have ever desecrated my cranium.  It’s just no bullshit, straight up gore from the rainy city and they just seem to keep pilling on the atrocities as time goes on. They’ve done several split with other mortuary mongers, but the split with Glob from Texas is definitely my favourite one so far. Remember kids, gore, not grindcore.

 

Spectral Voice – Necrotic Doom

Denver, Colorado based death doom outfit, Spectra Voice released probably one of the best releases I’ve heard to date. Incredibly slow, eerie and it’s riff after riff of necrotic doom filth unlike I’ve ever heard. The slow torment that is embodied within this release will rot you to your very core. This is has to be probably the best release I missed last year and would definitely have gone on top of my releases of the year list.

I highly recommend you get on it, who needs an Aura, let Spectral Voice rot yours away, one riff at a time.

 

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Sewercide – Immortalized In Suffering

There’s a lot of wank out there these days and I find it increasingly difficult to find bands I actually like since every extreme music sub-genre has become a cesspool of mediocrity and triteness.  Luckily, there are these mad Aussie cunts who make some incredible death metal. Based in Melbourne Australia, Sewercide has been around since 2011, doing a few splits and an EP that made a significant impact and I was fortunate enough to get hold of some of these splits from the band themselves.

Sewercide

They released an EP in 2015 titled Severing the Mortal Cord, which married death metal and thrash in an ungodly union that just annihilated eardrums, severed heads, and melted faces. A taste of what was to come?  Well, yes sure, so obviously I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground for a full-length, and 2016 is what dreams, or rather nightmares are made of.

 

Sewercide released their debut full-length titled “Immortalized In Suffering” through Unspeakable Axe Records and damn have they done a fine job! First impressions were that this was going to be a savage release that focused more on the old school death metal sound, without getting rid of the thrashy elements within the compositions. The first few listens were needed to just get my head around the absolute savagery and malevolence that was coming at me like artillery fire.  Incredible riffs, savage as fuck drumming with some ripping bass lines and incredible vocals.

 

When I started to deconstruct the various tracks with more detail, only then did I start to pick up on the subtleties that make Immortalized In Suffering an instant classic in my opinion. The variations and rhythms malformed into one disgusting piece of art that takes you on a journey from start to finish. The musical composition of each track is unique and doesn’t have so much going on that you can’t follow nor does it become one dimensional at any point. The final product is a brilliant death metal album that just crushes everything in its path. A true testament to what more modern death metal is supposed to be.

I would definitely  Immortalized In Suffering right up there with some of the best releases of the year and definitely on my list of releases I’m desperately trying to get my hands on. Don’t sleep on this one folks, it’s fucking stacked with some of the best material I’ve heard and will probably still hold up as one of the classics in a few years time.

They’re currently on tour in the United States, so look them up and go and support some killer death metal!

 

 

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Toilet Teeth Records

It’s bee quiet, too quiet for something to not be brewing and you’re absolutely right. The lack of posts are directly correlated to being busy as fuck and hustling hard. It all came about with a discussion about getting Big Idiot’s Tour Cassette on a label outside of North America. Some discussion with my homie over at Mind Ripper Records and it all came down to why can’t I just put it out on cassette?

I couldn’t answer the question and I’ve been toying with the idea of starting my own label for years. So I leverage some experience of friends who have labels abroad and some labels down in Cape Town and decided, fuck it, everything or nothing and that’s how Toilet Teeth Records was born.

The first release will be that of Corax and their debut S/T EP, which you can order here.

I quickly started getting in touch with bands from the west-coast of the U.S. and managed to hook up a second release through the release for Oakland, CA grinders, Your Enemy and their release Eradicating The Parasitic Hordes Through a Force That Cannot Be Overcome By Force, which was released earlier this year. The pre-orders are live and you can order your copy here.

Finally the 3rd release will be that of Big Idiot and their 2016 Tour Cassette. The Olympia, WA, powerviolence 3-piece unleashes some old school powerviolence tunes that will rip your head off from start to finish. The pre-order should go up this coming week, but for now I’ll leave you with the tour cassette release, which you can stream from their Bandcamp or on YouTube.

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