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Album Review: Revocation – Deathless


Revocation-Deathless-300x300Album:  Deathless

Label:  Metal Blade

Release Date:  10 Oct 2014 (US)

Songs:  11

Length:  53 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Empire of the Obscene (2008); Existence is Futile (2009); Chaos of Forms (2011); Revocation (2013); Deathless (2014).

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Album Review: Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral


640x360-1Album:  Grand Morbid Funeral

Label:  Peaceville

Release Date:  18 Nov 2014 (US)

Songs:  11

Length:  47 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Resurrection Through Carnage (2002); Nightmares Made Flesh (2004); The Fathomless Mastery (2008)

From:  Sweden / England

FFO:  Quality death metal  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Obituary – Inked in Blood


PromoImageLabel:  Relapse

Release Date:  28 Oct 2014

Genre:  Death Metal

Songs:  12

Length:  50 Minutes

Albums:  Slowly We Rot (1989); Cause of Death (1990); The End Complete (1992); World Demise (1994); Back From The Dead (1997); Frozen In Time (2005); Xecutioner’s Return (2007); Darkest Day (2009).

Location:  United States

FFO:  Groove-Oriented Death Metal  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Adimiron – Timelapse


a3305286590_2Label: Scarlet Records

Album:  Timelapse; this is their fourth album

Release Date:  3 Nov 14

Genre:  Avant-Garde / Progressive / Post Death Metal

Songs:  9

Length:  43 Minutes

Location:  Italy  Read the rest of this entry

Death Metal Mini Review Madness: Centinex; Deserted Fear; Fornicus; White Empress; Calm Hatchery


Centinex – Redeeming The Filth

Centinex

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.

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Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain


CannibalCorpse-ASkeletalDomain-300x300I 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

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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