Hail and well met, friends! It’s been a hot minute since this column was live, but I’ve got the tunes and the libations, and I think they both deserve a place to be talked about. Let’s get into it. This week’s offerings: Wombbath’s Tales of Madness and Beachwood Brewing Company’s Hayabusa Lager.Continue reading
Nucleus is an album that, by all accounts, should not have happened. Not only has it been seven years since Deeds of Flesh put out any new music, it’s also been two years since the tragic passing of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark. His legacy is gigantic, and his mark on the extreme metal scene cannot be calculated, and to try to put together an album without him would take an army of talent. Fortunately, that’s exactly what happened when the band teamed up with friends old and new for a fitting tribute to a fallen brother.Continue reading
So, I slept on Bestial Hymns of Perversion. I was definitely aware of all the hype around it, and it wasn’t like I had anything against it, but I just never got a solid listen in. It should have been the highest priority for me, given that it’s everything I love about death metal, but it just never quite happened. Now I find myself scrambling to catch up to the hype train Of Feather and Bone are currently riding, because Sulphuric Disintegration is about to surpass everything they have done before this point. Don’t make the same mistake I did.Continue reading
Each year I take a break from writing about metal on this site to regale the 10-12 of you who read Blood Red with reviews on horror films from every corner of the globe. Different sub-genres, different themes…vastly different modes of execution.
Kinda like metal, no?
Anyway, I’ve managed to vaguely keep up with some of what’s been going on in the extreme metal scene a bit, with different sounds catching my ears when I wasn’t knee-deep in Evil Dead homages and terrible, terrible remakes of mediocre horror films. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to say a few (very few – I’m tapped at the moment after writing over 16,000 words on horror movies) words on some metal that wasn’t coveted here on the site, but managed to stick in my ears long enough to register as something I dug.
Without further ado, let’s dive in. Continue reading
Death metal is having a banner year with established bands releasing comebacks, new bands making their mark, and fans of the genre are reaping the benefits of all of it. And with banner years come market saturation so for an up and coming outfit to really leave a mark, it’s not enough to just have a good death metal album. Enter London’s Cult Burial with their self-titled debut and what you’ll find is a band unafraid to employ weapons of sludge, doom and post-metal but also put a spotlight on stellar guitar work. The scattering of quick solos, the odd riff breaks, and well timed arpeggios all signal that Cult Burial is not your average death metal band and make it a point to stand out with stellar musicianship and songwriting abilities. The flow of the album is such that it draws attention by never staying with a train of thought across any two tracks but in totality is a very cohesive piece of work and a shocker, then, that this is just their full length debut. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist and drummer Simon Langford so head below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support.Continue reading