Album Review: Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands”

Hate Eternal - Upon Desolate Sands

Splayed across six full lengths, Hate Eternal have more than proven their spot high atop the mountain of thinking man’s death metal (hell, who am I kidding – their debut Conquering the Throne did that on its own). It’s not overly anything; technical but with a point, brutal but not without a reason to be, and energetic at ALL times. On their seventh effort, Upon Desolate Sands, the only thing that’s different is a peak into slower melodies which – no surprise here – Rutan and Co. rule with an iron fist. Don’t mistake that for ‘lax’ or ‘pulling back’ because that simply isn’t in this band’s wheelhouse. It is just their way of progressing within their own sound and it damn well works like a champ. Continue reading

Album Review: Morbid Angel – “Kingdoms Disdained”

morbid angel kingdoms disdained

Is there a place for Trey Azagthoth in today’s metal scene?  I understand the impact merging death metal with Eddie Van Halen style solos had for extreme metal in the 80s, but 30 years of twisting insanity from bands like Portal, Gorguts, and every band featuring an 8 or 9-stringed virtuoso made me wonder if Azagthoth and his 3.0 edition of Morbid Angel could continue to impress, especially after the brake screeching accident that was Illud Divinum Insanus.  Kingdoms Disdained, the new album reuniting Azagthoth with Steve Tucker on bass and vocals may not be the second coming of metal that Altars of Madness was, but truth be told it’s a damn solid death metal album, filled with great riffs and more than enough to convince the world Morbid Angel is back on track.    Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Behemoth, Gojira, Nile and more!

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Behemoth

July 10, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Yes, this thing still exists. Here’s some metal stuff you might have missed from…recently:

    • As per usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music over the weekend, including SkyeaterHeresiarch and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list.
    • Behemoth drummer Inferno is going to be sitting out the band’s upcoming tour with Slayer to go do dad stuff. Understandable. Congrats to him. Filling in will be Jon Rice, formerly of Job for a Cowboy. I’m okay with this because of the formerly in that sentence.

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Album Review: Warfather – “The Grey Eminence”

Warfather - The Grey Eminence

On the heels of a lackluster debut, Steve Tucker (ex Morbid Angel) led Warfather rectifies themselves with second full length The Grey Eminence. It seems that working in the studio with past bandmate Erik Rutan has made all the difference with this album, the overall sound has so much more depth to it. The drums sound absolutely mammoth and the riffs are pristine. The sophomore curse turns out to be a gift in the case of Warfather and while this album may appeal more to the technical death metal fans there is no denying how far this band has come in a short amount of time. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: J.J. Hrubovcak – “Death Metal Christmas”

Death Metal Christmas

Jingle bells, batman smells, robin…in case you didn’t notice it’s that time of year again when all the lights and decorations are pulled from the dusty old attic and put on the even dustier old tree. It’s also time for those horrendous old classic christmas ditties to be shoved in your earholes nearly everywhere you go. There’s simply no escaping it, just today I had to endure it on hold during a phone call. Thankfully I’ve got just the thing to make your holidays merrier in this edition of tbt, Death Metal Christmas by J.J. HrubovcakContinue reading