Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

Tribulation-Down-BelowEvery once in a while, it takes me a little time to discover new music and thanks to a playlist on Spotify, I discovered Swedish metallers Tribulation. The band is sort of a hybrid metal band as they mix elements of Death Metal with more traditional heavy metal, goth rock, and even psychedelic rock as well. In short, this is a very kick ass band that if you have not heard yet, you need to start getting to know them because they are about to release their fourth studio album Down Below on January 26TH via Century Media. The band unleashed a music video for the track The Lament last month and we have it for you here as this week’s Metal Video Of The Week. The video balances itself from being a part performance based to actually telling a story as well. Tribulation talked about the video saying, “We always plant strange seeds, seeds that when fully grown and ripened have taken their own often unexpected twists and turns. When working with this video we got to share that process with someone else who is also planting strange seeds. Director and producer Robert Piel approached us and wanted to make a collaboration, which was something that we gladly accepted after seeing his previous work and after seeing how well we got along and how our cinematic references really overlapped. It’s rare that you find people who have that creative spark that lacks in most of us and the discipline to fully get the job done. Robert and his entire crew had that! They all put a lot of effort and work into this and we all gladly endured the long and cold German nights. We hope you all enjoy our artistic amalgamation!” Check out the video below and follow this link to pre-order the album and to get your hands on the Lady Death EP on vinyl as well.

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635297If you knew the process I have been going through to find unsigned metal and rock bands from all over the country, most would probably quit, but I am determined. We have visited a lot of states already, but now we are about to go back to southwest United States as we park the tour bus in Albuquerque, New Mexico to check out a Blackened Death Metal act that took me some time to find. The band I am talking about goes by the name of Deforme who in 2016 released their first full length album in God-Like Strength. The track That I am showcasing for you guys off the album is the seventh track Dianetics which right when it kicks in you will notice the brilliance of the duel guitar attack as well as the amazing bass playing from Blair Robey. Juan Martinez’s vocals are as intense as the lyrics and the music itself as he helps drive the song forward. These guys need to be snatched up and signed as they have proven themselves playing with such heavies as Overkill, Nile, Soulfly, and so many more. Check them out on Facebook, give them a like, and check out their music. Check out the track Dianetics below:

serenI have explained my mission with this post week after week as far as exposing new bands on this blog, but I have a new mission. I have a music video show called The Monster Hour that I am looking to bring online and I want to do it with unsigned bands who deserve the exposure. I’ll have more information up soon as far as that is concerned. Right now, we need to get back to the bands and this week are leaving Seattle and we are heading to the Mile High city Denver, Co to check out the band Seren. Seren is a Progressive Death Metal band that recently just released their second full length effort in Ashes. The song that I chose to check out from the new album is the track Ancestral Ghost which is an epic 10 minutes long, but it showcases exactly what the band can do with all the tempo changes and the intricate changes in the music which leads us on a musical odyssey. If you are prepared to go on this epic journey, then I suggest you check out the album which can be found on the band’s Bandcamp page and you can like their Facebook page as well. These guys are great musicians and they deserve the listen.

ghostbloodIt has been our mission with the Unsigned Band Of The Week post to do two things with one being to try and give some exposure to some deserving bands and the other being to have a band from all 50 states. I think that we have done a pretty good job so far and after covering Michigan last week, we are going all the way to the west coast for our very next band. When most people think of Seattle, Washington, they think of Grunge music, Heart, and Queensryche, but they fail to recognize the diversity in the scene. The band that we chose for today can be best described as, “Gore-splattered ghostly thrash-blackening death-blood music from Seattle! Smash, burn, and eat the dead!” which is a direct quote from the heavy metal power trio GHOSTBLOOD. These guys are the real deal as they mix in punishing elements of thrash metal (maybe even a little Crossover?), Black, and even death metal all in a rage filled harmony on the track I provided for you today in Eviscerama. The track is amazing and is leaving me wanting to listen to more. So, if you want to check out more from the band, pay their Facebook page a visit and give it a like. Otherwise, check out the track below:

220px-MakdcoverAs you can see above is that we have also split the Single Of The Week post into two with one for rock and one for metal. One of the most punishing bands that I have been lucky to witness in a live setting is the one and only Morbid Angel who return with a brand new album that comes out tomorrow (December 1ST) in Kingdom Disdained (their first since 2011) and it features one of their former members in Steve Tucker who returned to take over bass/vocal duties in 2015. Earlier in the year, the band had unleashed Piles Of Little Arms which let fans know that the band was not finished after their previous effort Illud Divinum Insanus  was considered a failure. Now the band has released a second single of the album in For No Master which continues the notion that there is still plenty left in the tank for the Death Metal legends. The track is punishing and unforgiving as new drummer Scott Fuller lets you know that he is there with his excellent drum riffs while Trey Azagthoth melts your face off with his guitar shredding. It doesn’t get any better than this, can it?  I guess we’ll have to listen to the new album to find out! Check out the track below:

23795720_1496729123767510_8583172679582363377_nIt’s always been a priority of mine to give just as much attention to unsigned bands as I have with the nationally signed acts. With all of that being said, the artist that I chose for today’s Unsigned Band Of The Week puzzles me as to why they are not signed to a label already. Last week, we were in Indianapolis and we have gotten back on the tour bus to head north to Lansing, Michigan which is the home of this week’s band in Bog Wraith. Bog Wraith describes themselves as a Deathcore/ Death Metal act that is truly going to be on to bigger and better things. They could be the shot of life the genre needs at the moment with kick ass music they are putting out and the kicker is they formed in 2016. The track I chose for you guys today is a track that the band did with fellow Michigan metal veteran Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder. The track is called All Hail and it’s bone crushing stuff. It’s an all out assault on your ear drums and I absolutely love it as these guys are now on my radar. All I need now is for them to have a music video and I’ll play it on my show! Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp where you can download the track as well.

altars of madnessI usually release my album of the week post every Wednesday and I have for the last four year or so. Unfortunately, Halloween lands on a Tuesday which means that my lost October Halloween themed posts were to end last week. In my right mind, I just couldn’t let that happen so I am releasing an album of the week post one week early this year and I have a good one. One band that has always always stuck out to me in the Death Metal community has always been Florida’s own Morbid Angel. There is a reason for that and it’s current vocalist Steve Tucker once told me on the Superjoint Ritual tour in 2003 to “get off your ass p*ssy because no sits at a Morbid Angel show.” I thought it was the coolest thing in the world because I was the only sitting on top of this bar top at the Worcester Palladium. Nonetheless, the band absolutely crushed it and I have been a fan ever since. The album I chose for today was based off a recommendation by MetalInjection.net and it’s the band’s debut album Altars Of Madness. The album featured David Vincent (Bass & Vocals), Trey Azagthoth (Guitars), Richard Brunelle (Guitars), and the “father of the blast beat” Pete Sandoval (Drums).

altars of madness back cover1. Immortal Rites– The track that kicks things off and the track is punishing as they sing about a ritual or offering to the lord of the dark. 4.5/5

2. Suffocation– a track with a real metal flare before the father of the blast beat takes over with the band whose chord progressions are insane. The track seems to be talking about a time when evil ran over the land just suffocating everyone’s judgement. 5/5

3. Visions from the Dark Side– A hammering track that is unrelenting as it bludgeons you to death in this track about how sometimes it’s the force of the dark that makes us do the things we do. 4.5/5

4. Maze of Torment– The intro has a real thrash like intro while integrating with their death metal sound. You can definitely hear a Slayer like influence on the track and it’s bad ass. This is one of the best tracks on the album in my opinion. 5/5

5. Lord of All Fevers & Plagues– The band pays tribute to various gods like Ningishzida who appears in the Simon Necronomicon and H.P. Lovecraft’s writings. 4.5/5

MOSH011PD-REVERSEsmall6. Chapel of Ghouls– A punishing riff that reminds me of early Slayer in a track that is about hell’s all out war against Christ and his churches. This is another amazing track on the album. 5/5

7. Bleed for the Devil– A track that is punishing like a sledgehammer that is all about what are willing to do for the lord of darkness. I love the guitar solo, it’s very Hanneman like. 4.5/5

8. Damnation– a hammering metal track that seems to be about hell on earth commencing and all of us being in damnation. 4/5

9. Blasphemy– Another blast beat heavy track that is all about being blasphemous towards God which is the ultimate unforgivable sin (I believe). I love the guitar solo in this track, it’s very cool. 4/5

10. Evil Spells– The last song on the album that is a very cool track with metal influences in it that put most Thrash bands to shame in a track that is all about hell. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is as bad ass as it gets people especially if you are thinking about getting in to Death Metal. I have always been one that says you don’t have to pay attention to the lyrics to enjoy the music, but know that the lyrics are an important piece of the puzzle. This album does put a lot of metal bands to shame as these guys wrote some amazing songs. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade. Happy Halloween everyone!!!