1.19.2019

OBITUARY
























"cause of death"
Year:  1990
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  41 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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"the end complete"
Year:  1992
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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"world demise"
Year:  1994
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  60 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal





















Obituary are a death metal band from Tampa, Florida. Formed in 1985 as Executioner, then changed spelling to Xecutioner, the band changed their name shortly before the release of their first album Slowly We Rot in 1989. The band are regarded as influential proponents of the Floridian death metal sound that emerged in the late 1980s and officially they are one of the best-selling death metal bands of all time. Following the release of their fifth album - 1997's Back From The Dead - Obituary disbanded, although a live album Dead surfaced a year later. In 2005 the band reformed, recording the reunion album Frozen In Time, since then, the band has continued to tour and release new material.
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"back from the dead"
Year:  1997
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  34 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal







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"frozen in time"
Year:  2005
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal







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"xecutioner's return"
Year:  2007
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  44 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal







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"darkest day"
Year:  2009
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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"inked in blood"
Year:  2014
Label:  Relapse
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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"idem"
Year:  2017
Label:  Relapse
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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1.14.2019

CATTLE DECAPITATION




















"the anthropocene extinction"
Year:  2015
Country:  US
City:  San Diego, CA
Label:  Metal blade
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal
















Review Summary: "Monolith of Inhumanity pt. 2" should please Cattle Decapitation purists and fans of technical death metal alike.

The vegetarian in me has always had a soft spot for Cattle Decapitation. The metal fan, not so much. Cattle Decapitation typically deploy a fast (really fast) and eviscerating form of death metal with all sorts of technicality and whatnot. Always fun at an arm's distance, the California band is like a really excitable terrier that doesn't understand why it can't be in your face at all times.

Monolith of Inhumanity was emblematic of this "in your face" delivery. The album never once rested on its laurels. Never did it stop the constant barrage of grind tinged tech death. It just beat on and on and on. Yet with such panache and acerbic prose it was actually a really fun record. The downfall of man, with our hubris and destruction was fittingly captured by the band, whose typically militant vegan message was done one a much grander scale. Everything was much grander in scale really. The production was tight. The message was clear. And Cattle Decapitation had never sounded more impressive.

All of this can be said of The Anthropocene Extinction. Cattle Decapitation's newest is the thematic and sonic sequel to their 2012 hit. Man is all but completely eradicated, so the band have approached this album with a darker, more epic tone. Logically, both records sound pretty damn similar to one another. In fact, it's rather difficult to see where they diverge. Everything from the production to the tight and concise technical feats are all ripped from The Monolith of Inhumanity. But that's okay. It makes sense. Said album was pretty good and by association this one is too.

However, where the two albums do differ is in the delivery. The Anthropocene Extinction sees Cattle Decapitation utilizing mid-range tempos all in effort to maximize the theme. It's different, mostly in a good way. Some times the little cracks show, such as awkward stop gaps and unnecessarily jarring transitions. These may have seemed seamless and harder to catch when the band was chugging along at break neck speed, but every so often the typically smooth songwriting has a few annoying hiccups.

Now for the controversial opinions. Cattle Decapitation are no strangers to vocal variety. Hell, Travis Ryan is one of the best in the business. His incredible range is only matched by his ability to screech the raspiest notes while descending into the depths of vocal hell. In other words, the man is a polymath of metal voices. Yet the cleans in The Anthropocene Extinction are far more numerous than usual. That's fine and all, as Ryan's cleans are really anything but. However, they're delivered in such a lofty and anthem like way that one can't help but roll their eyes. "Mammals in Babylon" was one such offender, with Ryan's belting prose coming off as slightly cheesy. This is no way a deal breaker, but it feels like a staunching of the visceral anger that's always been there, replaced with a feeling that the band isn't really as self aware as we had thought.

Don't get me wrong, Cattle Decapitation still sound killer. Somehow the band sidled through the back door after years of bland releases only to become an 400lb gorilla of the death metal world. While often a little too unfocused, The Anthropocene Extinction is a fine addition to their catalog. Few bands strive for and achieve the verisimilitude of humanity's ugliness. In a genre plagued with senselessly violent imagery, Cattle Decapitation avoid the peacockery while still offering the sights and sounds endemic to death metal. A good but not great offering, The Anthropocene Extinction should still please fans of Cattle Decapitation and off kilter tech-death. (*Review by  Xenophanes).
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1.13.2019

SLUGDGE




















"esoteric malacology"
Year:  2018
Country:  UK
City:  Lancashire
Label:  Willowtip
Format:  CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:  7
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal

















Slugdge is a progressive death metal band, formed in Lancashire in 2012. Originally a studio project headed by former No Sin Evades His Gaze guitarist Kevin Pearson and vocalist Matthew Moss, in 2018 the group expanded into a full lineup with the addition of No Sin Evades His Gaze bassist Moat "The Wobbler" Lowe, and The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Alan Cassidy. The group has released 4 studio albums to date. The band released their fourth album, Esoteric Malacology, on 2 March 2018 via Willowtip. The album was exclusively streamed via MetalSucks.net in the days leading up to the release. Shortly after the album's release, which topped Bandcamp's metal chart, the pair unveiled Moat "Mot the Mooter" Lowe as the group's full-time bassist. Then, on 9 April 2018, the full lineup was completed by the arrival of Alan Cassidy of The Black Dahlia Murder on drums.
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1.12.2019

GEOFFREY Oi!COTT




















"the good, the bad and the googly"
Year:  2008
Country:  UK
City:  Yorkshire
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!

















Best Oi! music in the classic tradition of Cock Sparrer or Cockney Rejects (contains cover), with a 4 Skins artwork parody and the same funny Hard Skin style. Treatet are topics like the favorit forms of sports britains darts, domino and cricket. You will notice that these guys don't take themselves too serious... but the opposite, their lyrics are full of sense of humor, jokes and parodies.
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"no. 1 hits like"
Year:  2011
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!







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"sticky wickets"
Year:  2015
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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1.08.2019

I AM




















"hard 2 kill"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Dallas
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal
















In discovering I AM, we came to get another fun stop on the subgenre train. I AM (perhaps the all-caps is to recognize the anger in the disc) have staked their claim with ‘Texas Death’ as their description of choice. Being from Texas obviously, but what does it all mean? There’s New York death metal, or Swedish, but what happened to the metal at the end of this one? Perhaps they stopped short of adding the stigmatizing ‘-core’ to the end of it.




Thankfully though, I AM isn’t straight-up deathcore. A few tracks offer a sizeable addition to the formula in more old school thrash injections (the band citing heavy metal’s ‘Big 4’ as influences), but the strongest element is by far that of ‘core.’ Be it hardcore or deathcore, I AM seem to be happiest (angriest?) when they are delivering some downright thunderous chugs and breakdowns. While some of them are of the overly predictable variety, this is also a band that actually works for these moments. It’s not a scatterbrained ‘let’s toss another breakdown in’ sort of affair, and their overall intensity is more reminiscent of early Fit for an Autopsy than anything else (even down to the snarling barked vocals). It’s tightly packed from start to finish on any given track, which keeps the punches rolling so to speak. Some solid guitar leads squeeze their way in as well (“Ill Intent”) and some darker atmospheric vibes keep the album from going down too many predictable wells. Polishing things up is a guitar tone that is suitably thick and raw, unleashing an additional point of ferocity to the experience.




While some more stereotypical moments hold the band back ever so slightly, they have managed to slip through the deathcore minefield relatively unscathed. They take with them the monstrous heaviness the genre is known for while giving some strong metallic qualities to round it out. Hard 2 Kill is a great jumping in point that we can only hope gets even better with due time and diligence (*Review by Kyle McGinn ).
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1.04.2019

BRUTAL YOUTH



















"sanguine"
Year:  2017
Country:  Canada
City:  Toronto, ON
Label:  Gunner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk

















Brutal Youth has been fighting to be one of the most unique contemporary hardcore bands to come out of Canada and with the release their third full-length Sanguine they have arguably done just that. The album is not what you would call a concept album, but it is fair to say that the theme of death plays a major role. Just by taking a look at the track listing you will see that the record is split up into five “chapter songs” all titled and ordered in the five stages of grief (I. Denial, œII. Anger III. Bargaining, IV. Depression and Acceptance). On top of that, when you look up the word sanguine in the dictionary it means “optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation” or “a blood-red color “either way it all fits together quite nicely.

When you go through the band discography you can see that they have been able to incorporate fantastic melodic vocals and screaming/yelling vocals together in their fast and abrasive hardcore songs. And they have definitely taken that skill to a higher level on this album. Sometimes the band just includes big, anthemic who to their very heavy, more hardcore-based tunes like “Denial.” Even the inclusion of gang vocals in the song Thick As Thieves gives the track a ton of angry emphasis that only a band like Brutal Youth could pull off. There are other songs though where they allow melody to be much more prevalent most notably in the song The King. This track is also where you hear just how creative the band has gotten when it comes to their instrumentation, too. The use of muted guitar notes that slowly build up into these piercingly loud high notes in the main guitar riff is nothing short of brilliant as are the gloomy bass fills that occur in between the showered guitar chords as they ring out. It is also worth mentioning the wailing guitar introduction to Spencer St. (or Sandpit as it is called on their Bandcamp page) is something you really don hear in hardcore punk album. What it shows is that the members of this band are true musicians that strive to continue to master their craft and to be different and stand out from the type of hardcore that consists of basically three or four chords played quickly with some screaming that we tend to get a lot of.

For those of you that might not know, Todd Serious was the lead vocalist of the canadian punk band The Rebel Spell (Check them out if you haven yet. They rule!), who died in March 2015 in a climbing accident. The theme of death on this album really comes to a head when you get to the second to last track on the album titled “Todd Serious.” With lyrics such as, “And now you’re gone/And now you’re gone/But I’ll always carry you in my heart and in my mind,” suddenly the whole theme comes full circle. I don't think the fact that this song comes right before the last track “ V. Acceptance” was any sort of coincidence.

Brutal Youth is one of those bands where each release gets better compared to the last and Sanguine is no exception. It is clever and intricate on the instrumental and vocal sides, and yet very deep and thoughtful at the same time. Sanguine is truly a remarkable album and is one of the best to be released this year (Review by Ricky Frankel ).
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12.21.2018

ARCH ENEMY



















"burning bridges"
Year:  1999
Label:  Century media
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal








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"wages of sin"
Year:  2001
Label:  Century Media
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  44 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal


















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"anthems of rebellion"
Year:  2003
Label:  Century Media
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  43 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal








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"doomsday machine"
Year:  2005
Label:  Century Media
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  49 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal








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"rise of the tyrants"
Year:  2007
Label:  Century media
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  45 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal







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"war eternal"
Year:  2014
Label:  Century media
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  50 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal







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"will to power"
Year:  2017
Label:  Century media
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  53 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Thrash        Death Metal







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12.17.2018

WILT





















"idem"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Seattle
Label:  Profane Existence
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal

















Self titled second LP from Seattles WILT. 10 brutal tracks of blackened music that festers somewhere in the void between death metal and thrash metal. highly recommended for fans of Bolt Thrower, Hellshock, Instinct of Survival. Pressed on transparent green and black "cryptic haze" vinyl. comes with an 11x17 glossy poster designed by Andy Swarthout. LP jacket design by Mike Roberts.
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