10.16.2020

BENEDICTION

 












"scriptures"
Year:  2020
Country:  UK
City:  Birmingham
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal









The last time I seriously considered Benediction must’ve been on their The Grotesque / Ashen Epitaph EP. That was 1994. Now, I know all 27 people who bought and will defiantly defend The Dreams You Dread (and the three albums after it) are already lining up on Facebook to call me derogatory British words they fully don’t understand, but that’s life, and Benediction, for better or worse, have been writing middling, paint-not-peeling music for too long.

Scriptures finds not only the return of frontman Dave Ingram after 21 years away, but founding members/guitarists Peter Rew and Darren Brookes very spirited, as if they’re 19 again. This is still the hardscrabble, workaday (West) Midlands-style of death metal that put Benediction and many famous others on the map—make no mistake. There are no flutes, keytars or light-up electronic hardware to be found on Scriptures. That’s right—this is straight-up, arms-folded, circle-pit death metal from the factory.

It’s as simple as it is effective. Ingram towers over songs like “Iterations of I,” “The Crooked Man,” “We Are Legion” and early single “Rabid Carnality.” And Rew and Brookes are riffing (and soloing!) like they’re the British equivalent of heyday Rick Hunolt and Gary Holt. Indeed, there’s a fresh stab of kinetic energy in Benediction’s eighth full-length. That’s the kind of deal the two guitarists imbued on my fave EP, or maybe they’re feeling the challenge of newcomer/drum whiz Giovanni Dürst, whose previous experience in White Wizzard, Omicida and Monument is providing much-needed thrash-power metal oomph.

Expect not to be floored by innovation or intrepid, progressive ventures into former vocalist Dave Hunt’s scary backyard. What you should be ready for is unadulterated, thrashing death metal the English way ( Chris Dick ).

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"killing music"
Year:  2008
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal





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"organised chaos"
Year:  2001
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal





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"grind bastard"
Year:  1998
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal




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"the dreams you
Year:  1995
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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"transcend the rubicon"
Year:  1993
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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"the grand leveller"
Year:  1991
Label:  Nuclear Blast
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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10.13.2020

OLD GHOSTS

 













"crow"
Year:  2020
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  State Of Mind
Format:  LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore


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10.11.2020

TURBOCHARGED






















"above lords, below earth"
Year:  2020
Country:  Sweden
City:  Forshaga
Label:  Go Fuck Yourself
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Metal


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10.02.2020

ELDER












"omens"
Year:  2020
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  Armageddon
Format:  CD, 2  x LP
Tracks:  5
Time:  55 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Rock        Psychedelia















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"elder the gold and silver sessions"
Year:  2019
Label:  Blues Funeral
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  3
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Rock        Psychedelia


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9.18.2020

ANCST














"summits of despondency"
Year:  2020
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  Lifeforce
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  44 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Black Metal





Anti-fascist, anti-sexist and anti-religion black metal band from Berlin, Germany. Created in 2011 and formerly known as Angst, they changed name in October 2012.

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9.17.2020

CARCASS


























"reek of putrefaction"
Year:  1987
Country:  UK
City:  Liverpool
Label:  Earache
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  22
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal















Carcass are an English extreme metal band from Liverpool, which was formed in 1986. The band have gone through several line-up changes, leaving guitarist Bill Steer and bassist and vocalist Jeff Walker as the only constant members. They broke up in 1996, but reformed in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons. To date, the band have released six studio albums, two compilation albums, four EPs, two demo albums, one video album, and six music videos. Carcass are regarded as pioneers of the goregrind genre. Their early work was also tagged as "splatter death metal", and "hardgore" on account of their morbid lyrics and gruesome album covers. Their fourth album Heartwork (1993) is considered a landmark in the melodic death metal genre. The band's lyrics often focus on animal rights issues. Walker and Steer are both vegetarians. Steer used to be vegan and Walker was a hunt saboteur. Carcass are influenced Metal bands like: Death, Master, Morbid Angel, Macabre, and other acts such as Slayer, King Diamond, Discharge, Mayhem and Diamond Head.
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"symphonies of sickness"
Year:  1989
Label:  Earache
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal
















If this album had been my introduction to death metal years and years ago, I probably wouldn't have shied away from the genre. Symphonies of Sickness seems to have more of a death metal mentality to the way everything is structured and to the instrumental and vocal approach. A bit more grandiose and disciplined than most other interpretations of grindcore I've heard, this is an obvious bridge for death metal enthusiasts trying to get into grind and, more than that, it's simply an excellent extreme metal offering. Given the brevity releases in this genre tend to have, this album could be considered “epic grind.” The songs here clock in at 4 to 5 minutes apiece and all contain a great deal of progression. As previously mentioned, they often feel like death metal tunes with frequent tremolos and drum patterns that sound like they emigrated to this album from Leprosy or Altars of Madness. 'Reek of Putrefaction' starts the album off with some slow, grandiose riffs juxtaposed with ghostly symphonic effects and continues the dark atmosphere with its menacing riffs through the rest of the song. Though the faux-symphonic elements are almost nonexistent from here on out, the rest of the album largely follows suit, with well-executed grinding interspersed with all sorts of spacier, more calculated riffs. Even within some individual songs, there's a good deal of variability. ‘Empathological Necrotism’ has some grooving that anticipates Pantera as well as an ominous guitar-driven fadeout. The sections where Symphonies of Sickness reaches its peak in terms of extremity are fairly nondescript, though the muddy production lets everything, including the sickening rasps and howls, slosh together in evil maelstroms that are plenty effective in their own right. Where the album truly shines is in its more disciplined moments, though, when creepy guitar lines poke their heads up above the carnage or a satisfying riff or groove takes over, which I’m pleased to say, happens through most of the 43-minute runtime. This monumental release blurs the line between grindcore and early death metal, providing fans of the latter a great introduction to the former, as well as a listening experience as intelligently written and passionately performed as it is savage (*Review by Valfars ).
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"necroticism - descanting the insalubrious"
Year:  1991
Label:  Earache
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Death Metal








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9.02.2020

POISONOUS CUNT
























"make me a sandwich"
Year:  2020
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  24 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk














all female band from London, UK, started in 2017. they have recorded an EP plus an album "make me a sandwich". their musical style can be remind bands such as: Disorder, Chaos UK or Discharge, due to their extreme punk music with doses of noise and distortion. Lyrical themes such as: feminism, anarchism, pacifism, queercore... and similar subjects.
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8.13.2020

DEATH BY STEREO


























"we are all dying just in time"
Year:  2020
Country:  US
City:  Orange County, CA
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hardcore
















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"black sheep of the american dream"
Year:  2012
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore








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"death for life"
 Year:  2005
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore








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"into the valley of death"
Year:  2003
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore








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"day of the death"
Year:  2001
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore





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