Album Review: Hexis – “Tando Ashanti”

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Blackened hardcore post-metal doom acolytes Hexis don’t need monikers such as that. All that you need to know is that the music is violent, abrasive and intense. The beats slam on the brakes in sections where the guitar feedback is utilized, and the double-kicks send nails, hammers and the kitchen sink at listeners during the rapid tremolo-pick and blastbeat segments. Not entirely of the blast and stop style like some bands use, Hexis up the ante on modern violent metal the likes of which fans of Primitive Man and Fister will love to death.  Hexis’ Tando Ashanti is the shit, you bastards!

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Album Review: Hellkeeper – “A World Within Flesh”

Hellkeeper - A World Within Flesh

There’s a thing that happens when you hear an album that strikes hard and fast on the first spin. But even better is when somewhere along the double digit spin it still does the same. This is precisely what Hellkeeper‘s savage debut World Within Flesh has done and continues to do no matter the playcount. Blackened hardcore is indeed just a tag or identifier but this time out it actually nails the sound and attitude of this debut. It’s caustic, vitriolic, loud and in your face with barely a minutes rest to collect yourself throughout its half hour runtime but this is generally why we listen in the first place and Hellkeeper make it easy to return. Continue reading

Album Review: Bait – “Sunburst”

Bait - Sunburst

Dark atmosphere and destructive energy is what Germany’s Bait have to offer on their second full length Sunburst. Officially tagged as blackened hardcore it wouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s a bruising listen, much like its predecessor was. However for this outing the tough as nails hardcore that ruled the bands debut Cursed Among Saints takes a backseat to the methodically slower and subsequently darker side sparingly explored previously. At first it’s unexpectedly compelling but repeat spins prove it to be slightly overused. Continue reading