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Stream of the Week: Bloodsoaked – Religious Apocalypse


Released just this month (Sept 2014), the new Bloodsoaked album, Religious Apocalypse, features three crushing new tracks combined with several live tracks and two covers of Cinderella and Ratt.  Yeah, I am not sure how 80s bands fit into this mix of death metal, but they definitely put their own twist on those classics.  Is anything out of the 80s “classic.?

First, focusing on the three new songs – Devouring, Abomination, and Religious Apocalypse…they are nothing short of brutal with that classic 80s (I said it again) death metal feel.  They are clean, but not overproduced; complete with that raw, unedited feel from some of the more classic 80s (damn, I did it again) death metal bands.

The live tracks represent a selection of their older material which are equally brutal, but live.  You know how live songs go.  They sound good, but don’t “sound” all that good.  It’s hard to capture the essence of a band with a live recording.  But, Bloodsoaked sounds like they nail it live.

And, lastly, what interests me are their glam covers of bands I used to love.  Ok, maybe I didn’t love Cinderella, but I was a big fan of Ratt back in their heyday.  Bloodsoaked basically kept the core of the song intact, meaning you should easily recognize them if you are into classic 80s songs (last time, I promise).  Throw in some growls and double bass and the covers are pretty cool, actually.  Overall, some cool brutality, cool covers, and some live tracks that demonstrate the band’s ability to play live brutally.  Here is the link below.  Enjoy!

http://bloodsoaked.net/album/168548/religious-apocalypse?autostart=true

 

Roundtable album review: Unwilling Flesh – Between the Living and the Dead


Unwilling Flesh CoverLabel: Eihwaz Recordings

Release Date: 30 September 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 39 minutes

Genre: Old Swedish-style Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: USA

 

 

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Album Review: Kings Among Men by Crimson Shadows


PromoImageThere are a few metal sub-genres that I’m pickier than a toddler at the dinner table with.  Of the ones I am most picky with, Power Metal would probably take the cake.  In my opinion, good Power Metal needs to have something I call the cheese factor (superfluousness, theatrics, high-flying-ness, not taking things too serious-ness, etc)  balanced in the right place.  Not enough cheese you end up with one of those sad solo Timo Tolkki records, too much and the band is just a parody of itself (Rhapsody of Fire excluded).  Get it in the right and you end up with some of the greats like Helloween and Stratovarius.  Now, to add to my pickiness, since I can go pop one of the already Ch-balanced records in any time I want, a new Power Metal band really has to do something unique and original to grab me by the shorty hairs and get me to pay attention.  That’s the hard part and probably why I haven’t fallen for a new Power Metal band in quite some time now.  Enter Canada’s Crimson Shadows and their major label debut and sophomore record Kings Among Men.

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Round Table Review: The Flesh Prevails by Fallujah


fallujah-thefleshprevails-620x619Album Review: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails

Label: Unique Leader Records

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 41:32

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Studio Albums: Leper Colony (EP – 2009), The Harvest Wombs (2011), Nomadic (EP – 2013)

Location: CA, USA

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1998 / #9 – #7


MetalCatToday’s posts reflect a minor problem that occurs constantly in metal – how the hell do you categorize a particular type of music? Sometimes it’s easy and obvious; heavy metal sounds like heavy metal. But when you have bands as different as Liquid Tension Experiment and Ayreon both labelled as progressive metal, that could easily confuse anyone listening to either band for the first time.

For each of us individually, there are only really two kinds music – the music we like and the music we don’t. If you prefer Elton John to Cannibal Corpse, that’s your business and nobody else’s.

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Album Review & Interview: Bloodhunter – Bloodhunter


coverLabel:  Suspiria Records

Release Date:  6 May 2014

Songs:  11

Length:  45 Minutes

Genre:  Death / Extreme Metal

Studio Albums:  This is their debut album

Location:  Spain

If you are looking for a dose of the hard stuff, look no further than Bloodhunter, whose guttural vocals behind the throat of Diva Satanica will make your ears bleed…in a good way.  Their debut album, released in May 2014, is a fierce dose of death metal on the more extreme side.  Blast beats – yes, quick riffs – check, all around viciousness – of course.  The First Insurrection opens with a sound clip from the movie The Shining which is one of the best parts of the movie where “Jack” breaks open the door with an ax trying to kill his wife.  It’s a cool start to an album laced with violent melodies. The rest of the instrumental track sets the album up nicely as its speed intensifies and the blast beat kicks in.  Read the rest of this entry

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #10 and #9


My, 1993 went by quickly. I have a feeling 1994 is also going to flash by in a week. This continues my personal hit parade. It is not a Metal State hit parade and I don’t claim these were the best songs of any year. They’re the ones I liked and still like.

1994, #10: Bolt Thrower – …For Victory

Album: …For Victory
Country: UK
Genre: Death Metal

 

1994, #9: Dream Theater – Space-Dye Vest

Album: Awake
Country: USA
Genre: Prog Metal

 

 

Roundtable Review: Deep in Hate – Chronicles of Oblivion


stillLabel:  Kaotoxin

Release Date:  3 Jun 2014

Songs:   9

Length:  35 Minutes

Genre:  Metal/Death/Deathcore

Studio Albums:  2007 – Only The Strong Survive; 2011 – Origins of Inequality

Location:  France

For Fans of:  Death metal in general, but specifically speaking Whitechapel, Aborted, Carnifex, and Decapitated. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Awakening Sun – Imbalance


ARTWORKI was impressed with the first full-length album from this Lithuanian quartet, now labeled as Lithuanian/Netherlands quartet.  Sold Out was a solid album of groovy death metal with a pleasant cadence of brutal beats and rhythms.  Six Feet Under meets Amon Amarth comes to mind for a quick comparison.  It was enough to keep this band on my radar.  When I saw they filmed a video for In The Clouds of Dust, I waited impatiently for the next chapter in Awakening Sun’s evolution.  Only, it didn’t come as fast as I had hoped.  Based on my cursory research, the band had some lineup issues and mostly all the same shit other new bands go through…time, money, etc.  Then, I realized the release of Imbalance passed me by somehow.  Only now, this very second, I am tickling my ears with their sophomore effort.  As indicated from their bandcamp page, this is the work of mostly one person.  Since then, the band has acquired full-time members and they are already working on new material. Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Process Pain – Outcast of Society


download (1)Label:  Inverse Records

Release Date:  9 May 2014

Songs:   10

Length:  38 Minutes

Genre:  Death Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album.  They have two previous EPs – The Beginning and The Prologue

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