Album: Timelapse; this is their fourth album
Release Date: 3 Nov 14
Genre: Avant-Garde / Progressive / Post Death Metal
Length: 43 Minutes
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Centinex – Redeeming The Filth
I can first describe Centinex has a faster paced Six feet Under. They have that infectious rhythmic groove, but it’s just a little faster and equally ruthless. Death Glance and Bloodraze are born of scorching cadence along with many others; built for the pit. The good thing is that not all of their songs are just neck snapping fervor. Ok, the neck snapping part might be true, but Centinex tones things down a bit focusing more on a vicious groove with songs such as Stone of Choice, Unrestrained, and Rotting Below. In terms of death metal; it’s a diverse album highly recommended for anyone into death metal acts such as Cannibal Corpse, Six feet Under, and Obituary…just to name a few.
I have been sitting here trying to think of an approach to review Cannibal Corpse’s new album, A Skeletal Domain, their 13th studio album since 1990. I mean when you take a band that churns out speedy riffs and ruthless death metal album after album, what words can I use to describe the brutal consistency of the band? I guess if there is one thing Cannibal Corpse has going for themselves is their stability with their lineup; it’s been the same since 2005. As much as apprentice members can breathe new life into a band, having the same members for a long period can allow a band to grow together and become a leader in their genre; the example to emulate. This is where Cannibal Corpse stands out among their peers. Read the rest of this entry →
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!
Release Date: 30 September 2014
Length: 39 minutes
Genre: Old Swedish-style Death Metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut album
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There 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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Album Review: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
Label: Unique Leader Records
Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Studio Albums: Leper Colony (EP – 2009), The Harvest Wombs (2011), Nomadic (EP – 2013)
Location: CA, USA
Today’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.
Release Date: 6 May 2014
Length: 45 Minutes
Genre: Death / Extreme Metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut album
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 →
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
Genre: Death Metal
1994, #9: Dream Theater – Space-Dye Vest
Genre: Prog Metal