Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

maxresdefaultWhen it comes to the genre of melodic death metal or the Gothenburg scene as it is famously known, there is one band that has always been at the forefront of the genre. That band is Gothenburg’s own At The Gates which was made up of Tomas Lindberg (Vocals), Anders Björler (Guitars), Martin Larsson (Guitar), Jonas Björler (Bass), and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums). On October 3, 1995, the band released their fourth album Slaughter Of The Soul via Earache and has often been considered a genre defining album alongside The Jester Race by In Flames and The Gallery by Dark Tranquility. Unfortunately it was the last album the band would release for 19 years (2014’s At War With Reality) as they broke up for 11 years in 1996. The album wouldn’t chart in the states, but it peaked at 200 on the Oricon which is the Japanese charts. It would receive other forms of accolades as Rock Hard magazine ranked it 300 on their The 500 Greatest Rock and Metal Albums of All Time book, Metal Injection ranked it 8TH on their Top 10 Influential Heavy Metal Albums, and Loudwire ranked it 30TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list. Decibel Magazine inducted the album into their Hall Of Fame which is only the second album ever to do so in 2005.

CS691133-01B-BIG1. Blinded By Fear– Some unique sonic sounds start the track off before launching into an all out assault as the lyrics tackle the idea of being faced with the idea of having to make hard decisions. 5/5

2. Slaughter of the Soul– an amazing metal track that tackles the idea of someone who is fed up with listening to another and always doing what they say. 5/5

3. Cold– an awesome metal track from beginning to end that features what is considered the greatest metal guitar solo ever from Andy LaRocque who is famous for being King Diamond’s guitarist. The track is all about waking up and smelling the coffee and pulling the veil from over your eyes and finally living life. 5/5

4. Under A Serpent Sun– A bad ass track that tells you to stop believing in their God and just make your own decisions because we are all equal and we do not need religion to rationalize for us. This may be musically one of my favorite tracks on the album. 5/5

5. Into The Dead Sky– an instrumental track from the band and Anders Björler plays phaser drums on the track. 4.5/5

6. Suicide Nation-an intense track that talks about a society that was perfect until all of it’s flaws were exposed and it turned to chaos. 5/5

7. World Of Lies-Musically this is one of the most bad ass tracks that makes you want to enter a pit to just mosh it out. I’m not sure about the lyrics, but it seems to be someone who wakes up and sees things differently than all the sheep. 5/5

slaughter-of-the-soul-4fcf9d0967cfa8. Unto Others– I believe this in your face track is definitely based in religion lyrically, but I think it’s about mocking organized religion and everything that comes with it. 4.5/5

9. Nausea-a track that kind of takes a look at our society which has really just become nauseating to look at and think about. 4.5/5

10. Need-a track that takes another unique look at society and how we are enslaved to our every day hells and how sometimes it feels like there is no way out. That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. 4.5/5

11. The Flames Of The End– a short instrumental of sorts that only has a few lines in it, but it’s a cool end to the album. Humanity sucks because it’s enslaved to the madness that has been ruling the earth. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts- This is an excellent album and I can definitely see why it was so influential and important to so many in the coming years. My favorite tracks are the first six tracks or so, but Under A Serpent Sun may be my favorite overall track. I am going to give the album 4.77 stars out of five for a final grade.

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earache-entombed-wolverine-blues-lpWe started on a journey where we looked at Loudwire.com’s list of 50 Best Heavy Metal Albums and we started covering them week after week. We have done almost every single album from 50 to 30, but today, we are traveling into the 20’s to check out an album by Swedish Death Metal outfit Entombed. In 1993, the band made up of Lars-Göran Petrov (Vocals), Uffe Cederlund (Guitar/Tambourine), Lars Rosenberg (Bass), Alex Hellid (Guitar), and Nicke Andersson (Drummer) would create what Loudwire ranked number 27 on that list in Wolverine Blues. The album was an epic boom for the band as they had started incorporating more of a groove metal oriented sound like what Pantera was doing and match that with a commercial attempt by their label Earache in changing some of the album covers was huge. The label had scored a deal with Marvel Comics in allowing them to use the Wolverine character to try and boost them into the mainstream despite the band not wanting that. The edition of the album with the artwork featured a mini comic and a heavily edited album that even left out a track. In Rock Hard Magazine’s book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time the album was ranked 494 while Guitar World stated, “1994’s best death metal effort and quite possibly the finest death metal album of this decade.”

entombed1. Eyemaster– Some guitar feedback and some groove oriented kick off the album before the death metal fury takes over for the verses in this track that I think is about a man that feels he is the master of his own domain and that he is not afraid to question things that have been in place. 4.5/5

2. Rotten Soil– I think this in your face metal track is about a man that has chosen to walk with hell so now he pays the toll of his decision. 4/5

3. Wolverine Blues– a cool sludging track that I believe is entirely about the actual wolverine animal which is a vicious animal. 4.5/5

4. Demon-another in your face track whose lyrics are actually pretty interesting in a horror kind of way. The person in the track has obviously lost their mind as he wants to be possessed by a demon. 5/5

5. Contempt– Some bomb droppings kick off this doom inspired track that looks at how society has been destroying the world as we know it. 4.5/5

6. Full Of Hell-a bad ass song that is all about a man who is just one bad dude that you do not want to mess with because he has no care for human life. 5/5

wolverine-blues-by-entombed7. Blood Song-The opening drum riff to this track is identical to Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper, but right when the music kicks in it changes. The track’s subject matter is all about vampires. 4.5/5

8. Hollowman– I feel the track is about someone who is void of any real feelings towards anyone as he goes through the end of times, but he has faith in what he is doing. 4/5

9. Heaven’s Die– I’m not 100% positive on the meaning of the track, but I think this groove heavy track is about drug use. I could be wrong. 4/5

10. Out Of Hand– The last track is a thrash/groove inspired track that looks at all the religious freaks and how they have taken one’s mans words to heart and that sickens them. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was actually a pretty decent listen especially if you love that early 90’s metal sound. It’s not my favorite album that I have checked out on the list, but it’s definitely up there as I appreciate what Entombed brought. Full Of Hell and Demon are my favorite tracks on the album while Heaven’s Die and Hollowman were not bad, but not my favorite. I am giving the album 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

whitechapel singleThe deathcore genre is one that has gone under the microscope as fans have accused bands to selling out to the point that bands are defending their decisions. Back with the release of their album Mark Of The Blade back in 2016, Tennessee Deathcore originators Whitechapel began reinventing themselves with a little bit of clean singing. Now with their seventh studio album The Valley due out on March 29TH via Metal Blade Records, they have released a new track that explores the depths of what they can achieve a little more. Phil Bozeman has said about the album, “Sound-wise, it’s all over the place. There’s aggression, and then you’re hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It’s mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It’s a whirlwind of emotions throughout.” The track is called Third Depth and it has the feel of a Tool song with Maynard James Keenan like vocals mixed in with some deathcore growls. It’s an excellent track for what it is and it’s definitely one that you should check out with it’s eerie melodic tones and hypnotizing vocals. I give these guys a lot of credit for branching out and exploring themselves musically. Check it out below:

human by deathFor this week’s album of the week, we are looking at an album that from one of the founding fathers of the Death Metal genre in Florida’s Death. The band that featured the late and great Chuck Schuldiner (Guitars/Vocals), Paul Masvidal (Guitar), Steve Di Giorgio (Bass), and Sean Reinert (Drums). On October 21, 1991, the band would release their fourth album Human which Loudwire ranked 34Th on their Top 50 Metal Albums Of All Time list. The album was a huge change for the band as they decided to focus more on being more progressive and technically sound than they had been on their previous three albums and the lyrics were a lot more introspective than before where the lyrics focused on more gore related topics. This was also the last and only album to feature Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert while it was the first appearance of Steve Di Giorgio. Funny enough, Steve would leave the band right after the recording of the album only to return to record the next album. This album was very instrumental in the birth of the technical death metal genre and the extreme metal genre in general. It peaked at number 34 on the heatseekers chart on Billboard, but it didn’t crack the top 200 charts.

human back cover by death1. Flattening of Emotions– Reinert’s drum playing starts off the track as it fades in before the band follows suit in this absolute headbanger in this track that is about a man who is just unraveling in insanity. Incredible guitar work and solo in this track from both Schuldiner and Masvidal. 5/5

2. Suicide Machine– Another track that just flattens you like a bulldozer that Di Giorgio shines in as well with his incredible bass work in this track that is about euthanasia and the suffering someone goes through before going through with euthanasia. 5/5

3. Together as One– a pummeling track that is all about Siamese twins that are looked at differently by society even as they live life together as one. More incredible guitar work and solo from Schuldiner. 5/5

4. Secret Face-a thrash like track that is all about how no matter who you meet in life, they all put up a facade that protects them from you until you break through that mask. The incredible aspect of the song truly is Chuck’s solo. 4.5/5

human-4de0d979669115. Lack of Comprehension– A very melodic intro starts off the song before the band explodes onto your speakers. The track is very interesting lyrically because it’s about the insecurities of some. It’s about those people who are so insecure about themselves that they put down others to make themselves feel good. 4.5/5

6. See Through Dreams– an incredible face shredding track that is all about a person who is born blind, but can make up images just by the sound of them in his head. This track features an amazing guitar solo. 5/5

7. Cosmic Sea– an instrumental track whose bass parts were mostly recorded by Di Giorgio’s replacement Scott Carino. I usually don’t give instrumentals a good grade other than four, but this instrumental kicks ass. 4.5/5

8. Vacant Planets– The last track on the album that just absolutely shreds as this might have been the best metal album of that year. The track is about how humanity can be stupid as we are ruining the planet to a point that it could be vacant one day. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– As I said, this might be one of the best metal albums of 1991 besides the commercially obvious ones. I loved every single track on the album as it never took it’s foot off the pedal at all. I love all the tracks, check this album out for yourself. I am giving the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

s-l640We are still chipping away here at Loudwire.com’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time and I am definitely excited to be checking out today’s artist which is one I meant to do a while ago. The first time I had ever heard of Tom G. Warrior or the band Celtic Frost was on two different releases. The first time was thank you to Brazilian legends Sepultura and their cover of Celtic Frosts Procreation (Of the Wicked) and the second was Tom’s appearance on the Dave Grohl led Probot record. It was an introduction too a world at a time that I had never explored before when I checked out the Swiss metal band’s music. Today, I have decided to cover the band’s second studio album To Mega Therion (translates to The Great Beast in Greek) which was released on October 27, 1985 via Noise Records. The band was made up of Warrior (guitars/vocals/effects/co-producer/assistant engineer), Dominic Steiner (Bass/Bass Effects), and Reed St. Mark (Drums/Percussion). The album is another one that is widely considered a very influential album in the early days of both Death and Black Metal respectively. The album artwork is a painting done by the late, great H.R. Giger entitled Satan I.

518LGWJ+v-L1. Innocence and Wrath– An instrumental track opens up the album and showcases what could be considered an influence to Symphonic Black Metal bands of the future with the French Horns in the track. 5/5

2. The Usurper– The first track leads right into this one which is a balls to the wall bass driven track that tells the story of a man who takes over kingdoms by force illegally for his king. 5/5

3. Jewel Throne-an in your face, go for the throat track about a man in kingdom that is slowly crumbling, but he still hides behind his throne. 4.5/5

4. Dawn of Megiddo-I like the eerie like tone of the track in the beginning and at one point in the track the French Horns make a comeback to give it that apocalyptic feel in what I believe is about the destruction of the city of Megiddo in Israel. 4.5/5

5. Eternal Summer– A track that starts off heavy then has a hardcore punk feel to the tempo in this track about the fall of ancient Egypt in my opinion. 4.5/5

to-mega-therion-5328156d04a6a6. Circle Of The Tyrants– an in your face track that explodes out of a cannon right from the start that talks about the causalities of war in this world. 5/5

7. (Beyond the) North Winds-A cool track that to be honest I am not exactly sure what Tom is talking about in this track. It seems to be somewhere in the dream realm if I had to take a guess. 4/5

8. Fainted Eyes– another track that has that fast punk tempo mixed with some metal beats along the way in a track that I believe he is referring to the dream world (not 100% sure). 4/5

9. Tears in a Prophet’s Dream-Another instrumental on the album that features lots of cool sound effects like crashing symbols, screams, etc. It honestly sounds like you are going through a nightmare with the suspense building. 4/5

10. Necromantical Screams–  the last track on the album deals with the fact of a person who has been so addicted to seeing the future through the dead that it’s haunting them now. I like the King Diamond like background vocals in this track, it kind of adds to it. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– You can definitely see how Celtic Frost would be considered an influence, but I find that to be more true as it relates to Death Metal more than Black Metal. Nonetheless, this is a really good record and definitely one you need to check out. My favorite tracks are The Usurper and Circle Of Tyrants while Fainted Eyes and (Beyond The) North Winds are my least favorite tracks. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

NECROPANTHER SINGLE OF THE WEEKThere are bands in this world that you hear their name and you say to yourself that the name is so bad ass that the band must be as well. Sometimes you are letdown when you finally hear them and then most of the time they live up to their bad ass name like Denver Death Thrash act Necropanther. The minute I saw the name Necropanther I was like why haven’t I heard of these guys before? The band which is made up of former members of Havok have just unleashed their latest EP titled Oppression and it definitely will not disappoint fans of both the Death Metal or Thrash Metal genres. Bassist Marcus Corich spoke to Kerrang about the EP saying, “This EP has been a decade in the making. I wrote these songs between 2008 and 2010, and they’re indicative of my music from that time. The songs feature elements from thrash, death metal, punk, and classical music. After I joined Necropanther last year, the guys and I decided to produce the material as a DIY-style follow-up to [our debut] Eyes of Blue Light, and I couldn’t be more proud of the results.” The track I chose for today’s single is the second track The Camp which combines the swagger of Thrash Metal with the death metal style vocals which absolutely works. Marcus spoke about the track saying “The original concept behind this song was to be a “fuck you” to anyone tainting music I hold dear, especially metal. I wanted a song that was catchy yet heavy, thoughtful but primitive. I melded straight riffing with punk sensibilities, death metal wrinkles, and some nods to composers I enjoy. The story fluctuates between raw suffering and cerebral reflection, united under a banner of “fuck you!” Check out the track below and check out the rest of the EP here. I have just found my new favorite band!!!

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cannibalcorpse_tombIf there was ever a band that freaked me out as a kid by their album covers, Buffalo’s Cannibal Corpse was definitely the band with their graphic artwork that depicted some of the most grotesque imagery. As a metal and horror fan, the band was a dream come true and now I appreciate the band I first saw in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. After spending a month doing Halloween themed albums, it’s time to get back to work and continue working down the list of albums on Loudwire.com’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time. On their list coming in at number 47 is Cannibal Corpse’s third studio album Tomb of the Mutilated which featured Chris Barnes (Vocals), Bob Rusay (Lead Guitar), Jack Owen (Rhythm Guitar), Alex Webster (Bass), and Paul Mazurkiewicz (Drums). The album was released via Metal Blade Records and was subsequently banned in Germany for the artwork and violent nature of the lyrics. This was also the last album to feature the original lineup of Cannibal Corpse as guitarist Bob Rusay was fired shortly after the album was released.

158817b1. Hammer Smashed Face– One of the most identifiable CC tracks as it was the track they were playing in Ace Ventura. The track is hammering with some metal might mixed with the death metal blast beats and the thrash like bass playing at times. I think the track is about a guy who feels the sudden urge to kill as if it’s someone else controlling him. 5/5

2. I Cum Blood– a track that is as brutal as it’s lyrics which I believe is about necrophilia. 4.5/5

3. Addicted to Vaginal Skin– This intense freight train that borrows elements in the guitar solo from Slayer features “Genesee River Killer” Arthur Shawcross (it’s believed to be him) describing what he did. 4.5/5

4. Split Wide Open-This track is a lesson in Death Metal 101 with the blast beat playing that is faster than what Satan could do on drums and features guitar riffs that will rip your face off in a track that is about a mom who kills her kids. 5/5

5. Necropedophile– another face melter that is all about a guy who likes to have sex with dead kids or as one person suggested to me that it could be about the government constantly screwing us. You be the judge! 4/5

CANNIBAL-CORPSE---TOMB-OF-THE-MUTILATED-2013-PD-LP-26. The Cryptic Stench– I love the beginning of the track because this is some of the most intense metal I have ever heard. This song proves to me how bad ass this band was and still is. I believe it’s about a vampire. 5/5

7. Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s C**t– Chris Barnes once said in an interview that the track, “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt was based on two brothers, one of whom was semi-retarded, who were serving life. They captured some girl, and the semi-retarded brother was talked into putting a coat hanger up her pussy to pull out her intestines. That story freaked me out.” 4.5/5

8. Post Mortal Ejaculation– The track I feel starts off with a guy who hangs himself in order to ejaculate, but then if you read the rest of the lyrics, it’s about a zombie who comes back to rape the living. The two minute mark of the track features an amazing riff that plays along with the blast beats 4/5

9. Beyond The Cemetery– The last track on the album follows the same lyrical content from the last track alongside the intense playing. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album proved to me who the best death metal band in the world is because this album featured some of the best playing I have heard and the best sound quality from a death metal band. Unfortunately after the band’s next album, Chris Barnes would exit the band, but they gained George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher to replace him. My favorite tracks on the album are The Cryptic Search and Hammer Smashed Face and my least favorite would be Necropedophile. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.