Incantation is releasing its latest full-length, Profane Nexus, next month, and what better way to welcome this release by a band easily enshrined in the death metal canon than to discuss our favorite albums released by the band. Take note that we steered away from Onward to Golgotha to assure that we give due credit to Incantation’s other quality releases, as many are sure to mention Onward to Golgotha to be Incantation’s landmark release, and an album widely considered to be one of the best in metal history.
Pathogen is a death metal band hailing from South East Asia, the Philippines. Pathogen is amongst a few metal bands in the area to attain international media coverage, making the band somewhat special. The band plays old-school death metal with tons of catchy riffs and blast sections. Some of their prior material, including Blasphemous Communion, are hard to come by, so I’ve chosen to share some of my thoughts on the band’s material that fans can still find at Bandcamp. Nine Circles fans who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s best-kept secrets will want to read further.
Behold Pig’s Blood, now signed to Godz ov War Productions. The band is releasing their debut full length Pig’s Blood after much fanfare accompanied the release of their demo last year. The band never compromises on brutality, playing death metal of high caliber. If you want death metal with plenty of blast sections playing to the accompaniment of downtuned rhythm guitar, Pig’s Blood are worth the price of admission. Far more than that, these guys know how to make death metal straightforward and fun to listen to.
Cloud Rat sometimes sound like punk grindfreaks, but they don’t sound that way on this commemorative split release care of Halo of Flies and Dry Cough Records. You might anticipate that Disrotted will go at a funeral pace, since they’ve been a doom band from the beginning, but Cloud Rat serve fans notice that they’re likely to change style fitting for their creative impulses. It teaches us not to expect things, which sometimes results in pigeonholing a band for doing one thing distinct.
Blood Harvest Records is a reliable label for all things old-school death metal. This time around, they send waves throughout the underground with Desekryptor’s Chasm of Rot released on tape. Old-school death metallers rejoice!