Saturday, March 8, 2014
It'd be easy to put Bulgarian one-man project Coalition of Abnormal Grinders into the too hard basket as it's not absolutely clear where the project fits. What exactly is it? Grindcore? Punk? Hardcore? An actual coalition? So many questions for such a short release.
The first comparison these well-worn ears made was to Japan's Mad Capsule Markets due to the celebration of noise in sheer chaoticness and the vocal style although C.O.AG. have much less in the way of melody and hark back to the rawer hardcore that was coming out in the eighties. The riff to track II is has a surf feel as a Dead Kennedys style guitar is given the grinding treatment. Track V is the aforementioned DK's crossed meeting a black metal band on a motorway and grinding it out as fast as humanly possible.
All ten original tracks have been given Roman numerals and all are strictly business falling under the two minute mark. The cover of Hatebreed's "Defeatist" is the only track given a name and also the longest. This release is well worth checking out.
Listen to this release.
C.O.A.G on Facebook
Friday, March 7, 2014
Tunisian band walk the line between death metal, post-metal and post-rock. The most obvious comparison that the band are likely to get is to recent Ulcerate. The death metal is often present with growls and blastbeats but the band are digging up ground that isn't familiar territory for a lot of metal heads. If the vocals were done away with Brood of Hatred would be considered a post-metal band. At times, Sonic Youth come to mind more than any metal bands as the instruments are more important than vocals and when a human sound comes into play it's more to enhance the mood although it is characteristically death metal. The samples used in the quietly "The Singularity is Near" and "Obsession and are well chosen as they compliment the music with academic musings on death and religion. "Predestined Suicide" has more layers than an onion. Strip away one part, and there's more on the inside. It's near impossible to listen to a single instrument on its own without your attention being grabbed by the band's turn of directions.
The initial track "Deconstruction" starts off quietly and haunting before becoming a brutal assault that later walks the not well-trodden path between brutality and atmospheric. This band knows how to gets a listeners attention right away and a listener needs to be hit straight away.
On the band Facebook page and bandcamp Brood of Hatred describe their music as some haunting atmospheres guiding you through progressive journeys and some unconventional writing inspired by a strange state of mind. The band are on the money as that description nails the sounds contained on this album. It's also assuring that what was once a one-man band has been fleshed out into a full band.
Brood of Hatred on Facebook
Brood of Hatred on bandcamp
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Just tip your head back slightly and say, "Aaaaarghh". Today's treatment is going to be brutal as you, the patient have really bad teeth that are beyond fixing. We'll just put you to sleep. Here's some brutal death metal to listen to while we operate.
Bristol band, Amputated's album, "Dissect, Molest, Ingest" warns the listener what's in store for them with radio samples from murder reports. If you hadn't guessed from the album cover and song this band revels in brutality. When the song titles include "Gorging On Putrid Discharge", "Skullfuck Lobotomy" and "When Whores Meet Saws" there's no way these guys have a huge collection of Disney movies. All Disney movies that I watched as a kid always had generic endings even if the guts of the story differed. It may be points in Amputated favor that they don't have the same Disney quality in this regard either instead they sound like tons of other bands flying the brutal death metal flag.
The vocals sound like a zombie puking out recently ingested innards and the guitars and drums are well played with the beats varying from crunchy and slow to million mile an hour blastbeats. The samples are fitting with the music and the production sound is clear but the major problem is it's generic brutal death metal. By the way, if you want to keep your teeth as a souvenir, they're on the table next to your feet.
The album can be listened to and bought at the bandcamp link below.
Album on bandcamp
Amputated on Facebook
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Is it even necessary to explain which genre a band who picked a moniker from an Exodus song and have an album title that isn't miles away from that of a Slayer live album? If you're guessing that these five Bavarians are in a jazz fusion band, then you're reading the wrong blog. It's highly possible that the title to the opening song " Intro" was chosen as a tribute to a Testament ballad.
Toxic Waltz are a throwback to the peak of eighties thrash metal. Exodus is indeed a major influence on the bands sound and style however there are pieces of 80's Metallica and Slayer in there too. The vocals fall somewhere between the spitting razor blades style of Steve Souza and the louder and throatier hardcore style of Gordo from Ratos De Paroa. The riffing is tight as hell. With two guitarist, it's the guitar sound that is in the forefront here with the drums mostly playing second fiddle despite the fact that the drummer is no slacker. The gallop leading into "World of Hate" proves this but it's the guitar sound that provides the crunch and there's a Metallica of old style slowing and breathing before going for the throat. "Toxic Hell" is pure Exodus but really what else would you expect? It's an enjoyable romp although not quite as hooky as the band Toxic Waltz take their major inspiration from. "Suicide Squad" however is catchy number that has hooks and riff in spades. "Priest of Lies" simply thrashes. Tight and fast. It's difficult not to imagine the song causing utter chaos in the front row whenever it's played live. Slayer plays a part in the serial killer ode "Obsession to Kill" with insane vocals that are a cross between Steve Souza and Scooby Doo. If this was an 80's song, this track would be considered proto-death metal.
A weakness on "Decades of Pain" is that a few of the songs do seem a little too similar to each other. The two closing songs, "Suicide Squad" and "Obsession to Kill" are the highlights as they veer a little from the path these Bavarians have set for themselves.
However, Toxic Waltz's thrashing is very welcoming. I'll definitely dive in and give it another try. Check out "Priest of Lies" on the band's facebook bandpage.
Toxic Waltz on facebook
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Too often music gets talked about as being dated when really what has changed is the writer's taste as they've grown older although some releases of yesteryear don't stand up in the present but there's bound to be someone out there that enjoys the retro feel and doesn't care that much for what's presently happening in music. It's not just your parents, man. It really
Italian band Signs Preyer have a sound that is set steadfastly in the nineties. The band's first track "Anger" is very Alice In Chains influenced despite starting out at a pace similar to nineties era Pantera.
There's a stoner rock vibe meets Load era Metallica to "Killer Instinct", which is understandable as Signs Preyer admit to a Corrosion of Conformity influence and 90's Metallica was definitely heavily influenced by C.O.C. A lot of quick riffing is the highlight of "Painless Pain" which has some quick near rap which doesn't detract from the song at all. The spoken part at the end is a moment Phil Anselmo would be proud of.
"Dark Soul" contains a laid back vibe that would have fit on my local rock radio station when Creed, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains were on heavy rotation. Alice In Chains were never really a grunge band and Signs Preyer channel all that was good about that band in "Hell". Signs Preyers weren't content to only have a self-titled album but decided a self-titled song was a necessity and it's an ode to rock 'n' roll with the vocalist sounding somewhere between Bon Scott, Layne Stayley and James Hetfield.
This album may be a mixed bag for many but it's definitely worth checking out if you were a fan of both grunge and metal during the nineties. It'll be interesting to see which direction Signs Preyer choose to go in the future.
Signs Preyer on facebook
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
As the TV commmercials often tell us, there's nothing quite like a refreshing beverage after a hard day's work and often after listening to a lot of Scandinavian metal hearing bands from countries where English is spoken as the main language can be a refreshing change. Suffer the Wrath are a death metal band from Illinois who list a bunch of pronounceable pseudonyms on their band bio.
The drumming is fast with furious blast-beats. The vocals fall somewhere between the breathless Scooby Doo rasps and Cookie Monster grunts with occasional growls.
If you get the feeling you've read this review before its because there isn't really anything that separates Suffer The Wrath from the herds. Thankfully this EP is only 4 songs long. Now where's that Goatwhore CD?
Suffer the Wrath's bandcamp
Suffer the Wrath on Facebook
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