Album Review: Cannibal Corpse — “Violence Unimagined”

Fans can always rely on Cannibal Corpse for consistency as the band has been dropping mind-blowing, instant-classic death metal album after album over their 32 years of existence.  Every record follows a similar formula that is timeless and never grows stale.  Each is unique, but no one sticks out of the band’s discography as an outlier as they fit together like a puzzle.  From the sound to the overall feel to the cover art by Vince Locke, Violence Unimagined, the 15th and latest release, is a Cannibal Corpse album through and through.  It is another slam dunk by this legendary band and one of their best (quite possibly THE best) album to date. 

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Profile: Andrew Lanza of Chain Gang Grave

Acidic and grimy are just a couple of ways to describe Chain Gang Grave‘s sound on their debut full length Cement Mind. But, even that is a bit of a limiter. Death rock, death metal, sludge, noise, punk, and hardcore are the genres covered across these nine tracks which, on paper, sounds ludicrous but the way this two piece approaches this amalgamation is nothing short of astounding and electric. The production trudges through the sewers and that’s just part of this album’s glory; it’s nasty yet holds a ton of fuck you punk energy, its fangs are sharp yet wildly off kilter. This is one of those albums that comes along and kicks your teeth in but never lets go. What more can you ask for? Just ahead of this beast seeing the light of day we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist, bassist, and vocalist Andrew Lanza and the results can be found below. So, dig in and get your fill. Be sure to snag a copy from the links provided within.

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Profile: Chris and Butch of French Death Metallers Akiavel

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France’s Akiavel may be a relatively new band but the impact they’ve made on the death metal scene with a self-titled EP and follow up full length V cannot be denied. The band’s touring plans may have been cut short due to the pandemic but their creative fire is at an all time high seeing as their upcoming second full length Væ Victis comes just over a year removed from their last. And, it’s a BEAST. Death metal that is brutally vicious yet ominously atmospheric is tough to pull off but this band wildly succeeds and charts a path all their own. V was a great record but Væ Victis is an excellent record with sharp songwriting and laser precise instrumentation. Definitely one you don’t want to miss. Just ahead of the album’s release, we posed our set of Profile questions to drummer Butch and guitarist Chris so head below to see how it went down.

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Album Review: Kankar — “Dunkle Millennia”

I love reviewing debut albums and discovering new to newish bands.  It is always fun to see what fresh, creative minds and talents bring to the scene.  I am here to throw another one atchya.  This time, from German black metal band Kankar with their debut full length release Dunkle Millennia.  The duo joined forces in 2016 and released an EP in 2018.  They have polished their craft since, and have come through with a dark, striking, electric, eleven-track album.  The production is beautiful and crisp, the songwriting is skillful, the musicianship is bewitching, and each song flows perfectly into the next to create a cohesive story.

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Embracing the Descent: March 7 – 13, 2021

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Losing L-G Petrov this week hurt like a mother fucker. If there ever was a champion of death metal and loving it, he was it. So, as we always do, let’s turn to music for some solace since there’s some exceptional albums to talk about this week. Do run out, after reading up, and buy all of the ones we chose to speak on and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.  

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