I am not sure what to call Man Must Die; perhaps death metal or grindcore might be a good fit, but labels don’t really mean much. What I should say is that the 10 songs on their new album Peace Was Never An Option are nothing less than guttural, brutal, bone-crunching, with a flair for melody. The Scottish quartet stitches together some brutal elements that remind me a little bit of Napalm Death with the vocal style and tempo changes. The big difference from a constant barrage of brutality is that they do find room for well-composed guitar melodies and short solos. They aren’t thrown in there like some metalcore bands do it…faced and out-of-place. Man Must Die does a great job of transitioning from harsh to heavenly when it comes to infusing melody with an otherwise devilish pace. Their overall feel transitions from a more standard death metal formula and touches upon grindcore and thrashy elements a little bit for a fairly brutal concoction of enjoyable metal. Their album was released on Lifeforce records and is out now worldwide.
Album Review: Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol 2
It’s time for the second edition of The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol 2; Five Finger Death Punch’s second album of 2013. As you may have read here, my impression of Vol 1 wasn’t exactly that stellar, but I found some redeeming qualities in some of the songs. I like their groove and level of angst they put into their riffing, but find myself lost on their lyrical content. It’s strange because usually lyrics are the least important thing to me, but I guess when they are so childish they throw me off preventing me from focusing on everything else I love about metal. Let’s face it, I am far from being a teenager and to me this is the audience they are appealing to. I am just not that angst-ridden anymore. I need more substance in my songs for those situations where lyrical content somehow strikes me. Just like they articulate in track #2, Weight Beneath My Sin…
…It’s the same old fucking story, the same old fucking lies, the same old fucking ending…
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This thrash/death outfit from Brazil formed 20 years ago this year. There have been many changes in the band’s line-up, but the music is still as solid and edible as you could want. The song is from their new album, “Esquadrão De Tortura”, released on November 15. Try to keep your head still when the music hits the 2:10 mark.
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Yay, it’s Friday! To prevent an overload of lovely progressive music here on the blog I decided to pick a song that our non-proggy readers could enjoy too. “Immortality Made Flesh” is a fast-paced and fun technical melodic thrash tune, with an abundance of catchy riffs and insane guitars. It’s a single from their upcoming album (I’m looking forward to it!) that will be released in February next year. A perfect energy boost for the beginning of the weekend. Enjoy and have a nice one!
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is the lengthy title of Sepultura’s 13th studio album. They have added yet, another new band member to the mix – drummer Eloy Casagrande who was able to add to the actual writing and recording process. The album was also produced by Ross Robinson who previously produced the very tribal-sounding Roots album; one that I am very fond of. So, before I even had a chance to listen to the album I had a couple of reasons to be optimistic that Sepultura would be fresh and brutal as they continue to churn out albums.
It’s time for another edition of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox. It’s been far too long and our inbox is (was) getting a lot of attention over the last couple of months, so thank you to all those that sent us clips and videos of your bands. As much as we’d love to review absolutely everything sent to us, it is just not possible, so we figure doing these short inbox bombardments help us spread the word about new music on the horizon or even something that’s not so new that requires your attention. Check out this set of bands I think you will find eclectic enough as a grouping that something should fancy your undivided attention.
White Empress is aggressive and boasts female vocals that aren’t pretty, but then again it depends who you are talking to. Gritty is pretty to many people….including me. What we have here is a demo version of a track called Erased and Rewritten. Like most demos, I am sure it will be cleaned up and prepped for future release which, for now, is listed as “very soon.”
Since I first caught their debut album, The Ultra-Violence (1987) back in my young impressionable years I have been pretty much hooked on Death Angel. I certainly appreciated the rawness of Frolic Through the Park (1988), and their Act III (1990) album is my favorite from them even though they embedded a certain funkiness into that one. Of all the bands that disappear for one reason or another, Death Angel is the one I wanted to come back more than any that I can think of. And, they did just in a different form called The Organization which took shape after Death Angel’s bus accident and eventual break up. The Organization didn’t live up to my expectations, but it was cool to see four of the five guys (minus Mark) back together again under the new name, but it wasn’t the same and it ended in 1995. When I got wind of the Death Angel reunion and ensuing album The Art of Dying (2004), I couldn’t have been more elated. But, for now, let’s talk about the present.
I have spent years defending Trivium’s music to those that have less fondness for what they bring to the table. From the first time I heard Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr, I felt these Florida boys had something to offer the metal world. I sensed they were more than just another metalcore band. Ascendency (2005) was a solid album and quite heavy at that. I thoroughly enjoyed Shogun (2008) melodies and more thrash-like songs. I even enjoyed parts of In Waves (2011) and thought the scream-less The Crusade (2006) wasn’t half bad either. Still, the haters hate, but I always found something about Trivium’s albums I like…must be the guitars. Vengeance Falls is the latest piece of Trivium art and here are my thoughts on their latest creation.
Consistency is certainly the key when it comes to Soulfly. It doesn’t take them long to record albums; the largest gap they had was three years between Dark Ages and Conquer. Other than that, their output averages about two years per album until now. Their 8th album, Enslaved, was released recently in 2012 and here we are already with Savages…album #9 which also happens to be the first father/son Soulfly album where Max Cavalera’s son Zyon is now a permanent member. Zyon did appear on Enslaved as a guest. Did the new additions make a difference? Well, let’s just say their consistency not only lies in album output frequency, but also in song composition.
Talking to other metal admirers has certainly opened my ears to a world of music I barely knew existed. I have to say, my library has expanded quite a bit over the years though meeting friends in blogs and social forums. A recent conversation on a facebook forum called “I, Author of Despair” led me to do some soul searching on songs that define my taste in music, more specifically heavy metal. When asked, I usually tell people I just like the aggressive nature of the music, but after thinking about it for a bit I realized there are so many other reasons that define my particular taste…reasons that opened the door to my favorite genres and opened further doors to new ones. Those 10 reasons in no particular order are Speed, Cadence, and Flow; Rhythm and Groove; Guitars; Presentation and Appearance; Disposition; Artistic Impression; Technicality; Poignant Intelligible Lyrics; Storytelling; and Aggression. Although some of the bands used to articulate the things that define my taste can cross over into multiple areas, I use them as good examples of why it defines my taste in music.