Fortunate man that I am, I once again get to jump into a very hotly anticipated album on the 2020 docket, this time courtesy of Las Vegas newcomers Cordyceps. Their EP Black Blood Butchery took the underground metal scene by storm way back in 2017, being especially highly praised by The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad as “thinking man’s brutal death metal.” Now, after hectic touring, a lineup change and being signed to a label we’ve got a full-length debut with Betrayal. If it’s good enough for Trevor Strnad, it’s gotta be good enough for the rest of us, right? Continue reading
Regular readers of this column will no doubt notice brother Vincent’s absence. He’s on his way to Fire In The Mountains, and I’m not, so you’re stuck with me this week and lucky you, I’ve got a brutal death metal pick paired with an amazing bourbon choice. So buckle up buttercup, this might get bumpy. What exactly is so bumpy you ask? Read on, dear readers and by all means drink up, you’ll need it.
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fluids’ Exploitative Practices and Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Weller Antique 107. Continue reading
Some of heavy music’s more extreme and repellent subgenres, like war metal and brutal death metal, are ripe for a particular kind of criticism. “I hear a bunch of angry white boys,” was the first remark from a decidedly anti-metal friend upon hearing Murdered‘s Killed To Death, the new and fiercely punishing one-man act release by Justin McNeil. Unfair though such rebukes may be, they are indicative of the time, and perhaps a kernel of truth. In embracing the raw, guttural essence of some corners of metal, there is a real danger in just sounding like yet another pastiche of drum machines, riffs and barking. Or, well, angry white boys. Continue reading
As a site that features regular metal related content, we get a staggering amount of music in our inbox. Sites similar to ours can relate and you writer types can as well. Bottom line is, with this much music to comb through we tend towards desensitization to what’s coined as ‘extreme’ and ‘brutal.’ But when I heard the intro, “Between Life and Death,” from Flesh Hoarder‘s debut full length Homicidal Necrophile it awakened that primal need for the kind of brutality I had latched onto early in my death metal exploration so many years ago. And as the songs ticked by, I noticed that spot in my stomach that hadn’t churned in awhile reared its ugly head — right then and there I knew I had hit on a gold mine. Brutal death metal is nothing new and there’s always been a smorgasbord of blood and guts to choose from but there’s something ultimately wicked and terrifying in this Texas based band’s delivery that stands out from the crowded pack. After a few hours of this album on repeat I had to know more so I reached out to guitarist Mike DeLeon to discuss the new album, brutal death metal in general and how they were able to hit that ‘pit in the bottom of your stomach’ feeling so easily. Read on to see what he had to say and be sure to grab your own copy on May 11 — links contained within. Continue reading
Portuguese brutal death metallers Annihilation have just released their second full length The Undivided Wholeness of All Things which steps outside the typical lyrical content of its own genre. Instead of horror and gore this album focuses on the creation and destruction of a universe complete with an alternate reality ruled by a reptilian entity. A mouthful for sure but it makes for a fascinating story set to a bone crushing soundtrack. In conjunction with the album’s release, we recently had the chance to ask founding member and rhythm guitarist Fábio Da Silva our set of Profile questions. Head inside to see what he had to say and take a listen to the included streams while you’re at it. Continue reading