Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

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.

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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.

necrophagiaWhen you look up some of the major influences of Death Metal, some of the bands that pop up are bands like Death, Possessed, and the one and only Necrophagia. Necrophagia was one of those bands that was very influential on the scene, but they had the luck. After releasing their debut album Season Of The Dead, the band essentially disbanded in 1987. It wasn’t until a chance meeting between vocalist and founder Frank “Killjoy” Pucci and Phil Anselmo that Pucci decided to take Phil’s advice to continue making music. In 1998, along with Phil who was going under the name Anton Crowley (Guitars), Wayne Fabra (Drums), and Dustin Havnen (Bass) rounded up the lineup for the band’s second album Holocausto de la Morte. The reason I chose the album for today is because we are celebrating Halloween all month long on the blog and there was no bigger fan of horror than Frank “Killjoy” Pucci who modeled a lot of his lyrical themes around the genre of horror. We are also paying tribute to Killjoy who sadly passed away earlier in the year.

holocausto-de-la-morte-4fd8eb77-06a2-4f01-a397-48e29357502-resize-7501. Bloodfreak– The track starts with some dialogue from a film I can not make out with some really evil sounding music before the true terror comes in this song about a serial killer who is also a necrophile. 4/5

2. Embalmed Yet I Breathe– This punishing track is the story of a zombie who wakes up still inside his grave wondering why and craving flesh. 4.5/5

3. The Cross Burns Black– An interesting track that I believe to be about the apocalypse or end of the world. The track starts off with sounds like demons talking to an ominous drum beat and it does it for a bit before it changes into an all out metal assault. 4/5

4. Deep Inside, I Plant the Devils Seed– These have some pretty interesting lyrics as it’s a track about a demon who impregnates a woman withe the anti-Christ who will bring the end of the world.  4/5

necrophagia vinyl5. Burning Moon Sickness– A real crushing riff to start off the track that I believe is about Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who created lamp shades out of human skin. 4.5/5

6. Cadaverous Screams of My Deceased Lover– A Sabbath like opening kicks off the track that is about a guy who loves his girlfriend or a woman even after death if you get what I am saying. 4.5/5

7. Children of the Vortex-an in your face track that I believe is a tribute to the film Hellraiser. 4/5

8. Hymns of Divine Genocide– An outro track with a pretty interesting message. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I do have to say that Phil is a pretty decent guitar player and that he did well for himself on this album, but I didn’t hear any guitar solos. I think that was what I was waiting to hear the most out of it, but that’s OK cause the music was punishing. My favorite track on the album is Embalmed Yet I Breathe while my least favorite track is Bloodfreak. I don’t have a problem with Killjoy’s vocals on the whole album, but that one song. I am giving the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

MI0002497429One of my earliest memories of Norweigan Black Metal was through a picture of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo who was wearing a Transylvania Hunger shirt from Darkthrone on a poster that I received from Metal Edge Magazine when that was still a thing. So of course, I became curious about Darkthrone and they instantly became one of my favorite Black Metal bands. The band which was made up of Nocturno Culto (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Zephyrous (Rhythm Guitar), Fenriz (Drums), and Dag Nilsen who played bass for the last time on the band’s 1992 album A Blaze In The Northern Sky which was self produced. The album is considered the first chapter in the band’s Unholy Trinity which also included Under a Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger which are the band’s most popular albums. The album had some controversy surrounding it because it was the first black metal record after originally being a death metal band. The decision caused bassist Nilsen to agree to record his bass parts as a session musician because he was done with the band. The band’s label Peaceville Records also disliked the change and would only release the album of the band agreed to allow them to remix it. The band threatened to have the album released with a different label and then Peaceville succumbed to their threats. The album was voted the 46TH greatest metal album of all time out of 50 by Loudwire.com which is why I am reviewing it.

MI00014803031. Kathaarian Life Code– A 10 minute track to open the record which starts with a very evil and ominous intro with someone saying something before the band kicks in with some face melting riffs. I’m not 100% positive on the lyrics, but it seems to be about the creation of what was good and evil. 4.5/5

2. In the Shadow of the Horns– A bad ass metal track with poor production sound in a seven minute track is what we have here in this track that touches upon Ancient Egypt and other evil topics. 5/5

3. Paragon Belial-an interesting track lyrically which explores a man that comes face to face with a being that tells him that what the Christians had been telling him is wrong and to create his own “devil”. 4.5/5

a-blaze-in-the-northern-sky-500cf616bfd494. Where Cold Winds Blow– another track that just sonically rips your face off as they sing about the one and only evil one. The track features some pretty sick guitar solos. 4.5/5

5. A Blaze In The Northern Sky– The title track hits you right from the start as it doesn’t let up in this interesting story of how they lived a thousand years as pagans before Christianity came storming in looking to erase their history. 5/5

6. The Pagan Winter– I feel like this track just is a continuation of the same story as the last track, but in a sense of how terrible the time was when it happened. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a line in the last track and I swear that is how Phil Anselmo named his side project Superjoint Ritual. Anyways, this was a ballsy album for the band and it paid off for them in the long run as it’s a highly recommended black metal album and number 46 on Loudwire’s list. My favorite tracks on the album was definitely the title track and In The Shadow Of The Horns while my least favorite track was The Pagan Winter. I am going to give the album 4.58 stars out of five for a final grade.

I-Loved-You-At-Your-Darkest2018 has been a weird year because it’s been a year where we are seeing many things we love in the music industry come to an end. Slayer is calling it quits after 35 years in the business, The Warped Tour is coming to end this year, and Ozzy Osbourne is starting his retirement tour this year as well. A very interesting question was raised the other day with all of these bands calling it quits who will rise to be the next headliners? I believe that I have the answer and one of them is certainly Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth. After touring successfully on 2014’s The Satanist and taking some time off, the band is back with a vengeance in the form of a new album and single for all of us to enjoy. On October 5TH, Behemoth will be releasing their 11TH studio album in I Loved You At Your Darkest and to help celebrate the big news the band has unleashed a new single and a video for it. The name of the track is God = Dog and the music is bold as Behemoth flex their musical muscles at first before launching into an all out metal assault. The music video itself is very bold and if you are religious in any way shape or form then you may not want to view this as Nergal reenacts the crucifixion of Christ. The video itself is visually stunning, but it’s a very bold move against Christianity with all of the imagery that appears. The track is bad ass and it’s an example of what is to come. If you want to pre-order the album, you can do so here. Check out the video below:

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS CHAMPIONThe dust has finally cleared and we have a clear cut winner by a mile and there is nothing controversial about the win. BABYMETAL won the match fair and square with the power of their fan base. I’ve seen this happen over the years during the Pedal To The Metal Tournaments when the fan bases of Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche all led them to be winners. I post a link of the tournament to every single band’s page giving everyone a equal shot at winning and they did just that beating Behemoth 334 to 80. I gave everyone three options on how to vote and the fan base killed it and showed up in style for sure. It was definitely one heck of a win for the Japanese Kawaii Metal band, but that wasn’t the only match you could vote on. We also had the third place match that saw the final four runner ups Moonspell take on Morbid Angel. Moonspell jumped out to an early lead and believe me they never looked back earning them a third place finish. It’s sad that this is over for now and it won’t be until 2022 until we do another one, but we have the Euros coming up in two years so we’ll see you there. Once again, Congratulations to BABYMETAL!

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