I think this is the first time since I’ve started doing these Throwbacks again that I’m actually nailing an album look-back post down on its actual birthday. Progress, folks! Anyway, today we’re here to celebrate Absu. Over close to three decades, the world’s come to know these Texans as a pretty much unimpeachable institution of black / thrash metal. But on their debut full-length, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — which turns 25 today — the then-quintet actually leaned more toward death metal than anything they’ve done since. Unsurprisingly, there was still a healthy amount of theatricality to it. Even less surprisingly, it’s still worth your time. 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 →
Sigil‘s debut album, Kingdom of the Grave, is a fun little thing. Perhaps that’s to be expected when your core sound combines Wolverine Blues-esque death metal with crusty, D-beat-driven overkill, as is the case with these Texans. Still, putting the pieces together on paper and doing so on a record are two entirely different phenomena, so it’s to the band’s credit that they’re able to walk the walk on that count. Despite some notable shortcomings, it’s ultimately a decent album that’ll put a big, stupid grin on your face and make you want to jump in the pit and thrash about. Continue reading →
The guys take the music discussion a bit broader than normal and assess whether the launch of Apple Music spells doom for Spotify. Don’t worry, things get metal-centric again when they jump into news from Otep, as well as new releases from False, Gorgoroth and Temple of Dagon. And then, since it’s been too long since we’ve had a good rant, they then go on about recent news-making events down in McKinney, TX!
All that and much, much more in Episode 4, so check it out!