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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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Roundtable Review: Sonus Mortis – Propaganda Dream Sequence


00_DigipakPhotosLabel:  Unsigned

Release Date:  1 Mar 2014

Songs:   11

Length:  63 Minutes

Genre:  Doom/Symphonic/Atmospheric

Studio Albums:   This is their Debut

Location:  Dublin, Ireland

WarpRider – Unsigned?  What shame!  I like the more melodic approach to this death/doom/atmospheric metal 1-piece act.  Often, these individual subgenres can be extreme, but under the right circumstances, together can be beautiful deathly hallowed music.  Sonus Mortis (the one guy); hit the nail with the hammer.  3.8 

Atleastimhousebroken – Neat-O album (horrible album art though.  Drop me a line, I’ll MS Paint you a masterpiece next time ;) ).  Went in expecting a Fleshgod Apocolypse/Septic Flesh rip off, left thinking that this album is near equal both those bands best albums.  While songs can meander here and there, the songwriting and performance is superb and packs a heavy punch when called for.  The vocals deserve special mention as they have that gut-rumbling quality I look for in my growly guy vocals. 4.0

Irmelinis – It was surprising to find out that this is a one-person-project. It’s pretty impressive considering this is an album packed with high quality songs and superb songwriting, in the same vein as Therion, Septic Flesh and at times even reminiscent of Devin Townsend. Recommended! 3.5

ChristopherMammal – This solo project by Kevin Byrne delivers the best blackened death-type music I’ve heard in a while. I’m sure my endorphin count went up to “Level: Bliss” while this album was playing. The overall impact is a smooth deluge of sound. But listen to the individual instrumental components – there’s an ocean of frigging good variation and skill, washing over you in swirls and drawing you in like a maelstrom. The same goes for the vocals, which span deep gutturals, higher-pitched growling, clean singing and gruff narration in an Irish accent. And all that from just one guy… fantastic job, Mister Byrne. 4.5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 4 out of 5 

Round Table Review: The Mother of Virtue by Pyrrhon


12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: Out Now

Songs: 9

Genre: Tech-Deth

Studio Albums: This is their 3rd album

Location: NY, USA

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Roundtable Review: Reflections by Ferium


Reflections CoverLabel: Transcend

Release Date:  Apr. 7th, 2014

Genre:  Groove/Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  Haifa, Israel

Recommended for fans of: Lamb of God, Pantera, Black Dahlia Murder

 

 

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Video of the Week: Exmortus – Foe Hammer


My favourite music videos are the ones that show the band in action. Studio videos like this one fit the bill very well, showing close-ups of the band making magic on their instruments. This track is from Slave to the Sword, the new album by these highly accomplished American death thrashers. I know one reviewer who’s going to ask why Exmortus insists on including stereotypical lyrics like “heavy metal forge of steel,” but I’ll just sit back and soak up the music. *Inserts smiley, then sits back and soaks….*

 

Roundtable Review: Mass Infection – For I Am Genocide


Mass Infection coverLabel: Comatose Music

Release Date: 1 April, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 36 minutes

Genre: Brutal Death Metal

Studio Albums: The Age of Recreation, 2009

Location: Greece

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Roundtable Review: Heresiarch – Waelwulf (EP)


GD17V4.pdfLabel: Iron Bonehead

Release Date: 31 March 2014

Songs: 3

Length: 14 minutes

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Studio Albums: Hammer of Intransigence, 2011

Location: New Zealand

 

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