Theme Thursday – Polish Metal
Posted by Reggie
Some countries are better known for their metal than others. If I told you a hot new metal band from Finland was out, you could expect a certain style and quality of metal coming from that part of the world. A few of the more popular “metal” countries that come to mind immediately are Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Norway, United States, Italy, Canada, and Australia to name a few; it’s a good start anyway. Now you can add Poland to that list. Recently, we have discovered some seriously brutal metal bands coming out of the nation. Therefore, now is a good time to group these bands and talk about them for the Theme of the Week – Polish Metal!
First up is a band called Stillborn and they have been around for over a decade. Their latest single Stillborn II comes off the album Los Asesinos del Sur. The song is fast-paced and brutal. The video further solidifies the brutal elements of the music in graphic detail. They have an old-school Black/Death metal feel with lots of blast beats and harsh/scratchy vocals—teeters on the cusp of Black metal. The album was released on 1 Sep 2011. They describe themselves as a Polish blasphemous metal band. It surely seems appropriate.
Sphere Hails from Warsaw and became an established band in 2002. Their latest single Homo Hereticus comes off their album with the same name. Sphere is a straightforward Death metal band perhaps teetering on slightly on the Grindcore side. I hear some similarities with Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death. Their style of Death metal is less reliant on blast beats and focuses more on groove and double bass drumming to give it its ferocity. It’s a more head banging experience. If you look at the YouTube video below, they have a pretty cool album cover.
Annihilation and anti-human metal insanity Death metal is how Embrional classifies their metal subgenre. That’s one I have never heard of; they get an A+ for creativity. On March 31, 2012, their album Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors was released on Old Temple records. This 4-piece is in the ballpark of Deicide and other similar bands; nothing less than some of the most brutal metal on the market. Everything down to the album cover screams Death metal. Below is their latest song The Last Step to Nothingness.
With Satan as their general manager (as they put it), Centurion crafts a concoction of brutal Death metal along the lines of Morbid Angel (not the new one) and Deicide. Serve No One is the band’s second album. Based off the track, No One To Serve, they are quite wicked, yet still manage to squeeze in some melody which adds a bit of flavor to such heavy music. You can check out the audio track from the clip below.
With a name like Hellspawn it is probably safe to say these guys are going to be vicious. Diabolic, which you can listen to below, comes off the album The Great Red Dragon. Their listed influences are Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Behemoth, and Infernal War. The vocals are some of the most guttural of those profiled today. Their music is paced at relative lighting speed and they rarely seem to let up based on the song highlighted here.
Moving over to Black metal, Genius Ultor is a force to be reckoned with. It’s all about blast beats and blazing speed here. The vocals are appropriately harsh and scratchy. The track below is called Apage Katabas which is sung in Polish and appears on the album Dzien Nocy, released in 2010. There isn’t much I can find about this band on a more personal level, but maybe that adds to the mystique that Black metal bands sometimes embody.
The final artist of this Theme of the Week is Turin Turambar who described as Black/Avant death metal. Their album, Corona Regni Satanae, does sound a bit like Black metal blended with Voivod; that’s the best way I can describe them. The band is named after a man of Middle-Earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales for which The Tale of the Children of Húrin is a part of. Their latest album is their first full-length effort. You can check it out here.
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Posted on June 28, 2012, in Theme Thursday and tagged Black Metal, Centurion, Embrional, genius Ultor, Gods ov War, Grindcore, Hellspawn, metal, Polish Metal, Sphere, stillborn, Turin Turambar. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.