First of all, thank you Festerday for your name, as it has been a blast having to almost rage break my computer for every time it autocorrected your name to Yesterday. Also for your album name, which constantly has me pronouncing it “Italian!” (exclamation included) even though it is, in fact, called Iihtallan. All is forgiven, though, as once I actually play your music I am greeted by the sweetest of Swedish death metal of the old school variety, filtered through the dank and depraved lens of your Finnish heritage. In other words, good stuff. Continue reading →
We are cutting it *waaaaaay* close on this one. But we did it, folks…by golly we somehow picked ourselves up by our bootstraps and delivered another edition of our Album of the Month series. This time the gang got together to discuss the technical chops and marvels of Beyond Creation and their latest offering to the technical death metal world, Algorythm — our album of the month pick for October! Continue reading →
Every so often you come across an album draped in vivid details and haunting melodies that it makes you forget what you were doing. Those are the kinds of albums that make you miss your exit when driving or forget where you were going all together. The introspective listens on a cold winters day while drinking coffee (or whiskey) type albums. Sylvaine’s third full length album, Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone, is one of those albums. Continue reading →
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 →
My weekend festivities consisted of healthy doses of horror and metal, as it should. How many of you caught the new Halloween? I thought they did a great job with it and the fact that they packed it with stuff for fans of the original was a definite plus. And I’ll leave it at that in case you haven’t seen it yet. As for the metal, read on to see what’s in store this week…
Hate Eternal are back with their seventh full length of wildly technical but oh so good death metal on Upon Desolate Sands – I’m not calling it a triumph over Infernus yet but Rutan and co. kill it as usual. No matter what camp of Bloodbath you frequent the most, their fifth full length The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn offers enough horror fueled Swedeath for any and all parties, I dig it. Norway’s Sjukdom keep it frosty with 90s style black metal but offer just enough melodicism to trip my trigger on Stridshymmer Og Dodssalmerand Oregon’s Megaton Leviathan turn the psychedelic drone of Mage into an entrancing ritual which makes it a worthy successor to their stunning Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell.