Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

Fleshgod-Apocalypse-King-500x500When you think of Death Metal, the places that come to mind are Sweden, Poland, Norway, and Florida (among other places in the US because history has given us bands like Possessed (US), Behemoth (Poland), At The Gates (Sweden), and a young Darkthrone (Norway) before they turned to Black Metal. What if I told you that there was a death metal band from Italy? If you know the band I am referring to then props to you, but if you do not then I am talking about Fleshgod Apocalypse. The band is currently on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and I figured I would check out one of their albums and I am going with their fourth studio album King. The band at the time was made up of Paolo Rossi (Bass/Clean Vocals), Francesco Paoli  (Drums/Guitars), Cristiano Trionfera (Guitar), Francesco Ferrini (Piano), and Tommaso Riccardi (Vocals/Guitar) who would leave the band in 2017 making this his last album with them. When describing the concept of the record, Tommaso told Decibel Magazine, “The King in this album represents the brave part of ourselves: the one we should cultivate to become strong and rise again from this Dark Age. He’s the only positive figure of this story—a man who has integrity and love for the values and truth that we all should hope for ourselves. All the other characters in the court represent the fears that can lead us to make everything worse. They try to affect the King’s decisions for their own advantage and hope for a loss of power, regardless of the suffering they’re going to create for their own world and people. As we already said when we presented King to our fans, we should all hail the King who lives inside every one of us.”

FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE---KING-2016-German-Gold-LP-21. Marche Royale– an instrumental that slowly fades in kicks off the album and it kind of sets the tone for what to expect in this album conceptually. 4.5/5

2. In Aeternum– It continues right into this track that kicks off with some epic playing from the band and some insane double bass barrage that will have you headbanging. The title is Latin for Forever and that could be a direct hint to the theme where the King is saying that I am forever meaning his bloodline. 5/5

3. Healing Through War– The all out metal assault continues on this track as the band talks about how a general or war minster looks at war as the answer to solve societies problems. The track also contains a speech from ‘De Bello Gallico’ by Julius Caesar. Musically this is a dynamo track featuring an amazing guitar solo and some awesome drumming from Paoli. 5/5

4. The Fool– I thought that this was an interesting track lyrically because one look at the title and one could say it’s about a jester or fool. It seems to me they are talking about a man who wished for certain things and is now paying for it dearly because he is now the fool. It starts with the jesters song before launching into a symphonic metal assault. 4.5.5

5. Cold As Perfection– I see a lot of influence on this track from what Dimmu Borgir has done in the past and it works beautifully. It seems like the King in this track is trying to persuade a woman who has been down on her luck or as equally cold as him to join him. I could be wrong. This is one of two tracks that features Nate Kantner doing a speaking role. 4.5/5

6. Mitra-Mitra is a Indo-Iranian divinity that has been known as the protector of truth and order. I’m not sure in the context of this hammering track what they are talking about with mentions of the birth of christ, God of scum, and lord of cum. 4/5

7. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden)Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden literally translates to The passion brings suffering. It features lyrics taken from Trilogie der Leidenschaft’ by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and Veronica Bordacchini sings soprano on this uncharacteristic track by a death metal band. 4/5

FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE-King-LP-2-400x4008. And The Vulture Beholds– After a little break, it’s back to the symphonic operatic death metal that we love. I am trying to figure out the lyrics to the song because it seems that it’s about the devil saying that he wants to rise from hell and take the crown that is rightfully his. The semetrics are there with words like Lion (God), but then again it could be about the heir to the throne wanting to take his rightful place. 4/5

9. Gravity– The track opens and pummels through with an intensity that reminds me of Morbid Angel in a track that could be talking about the effects of greed or drugs. 5/5

10. A Million Deaths– The track keeps the all out assault raging forward with some amazing guitar work in this track about honor through war and showing your devotion to your king. 5/5

11. Syphilis– A seven plus minute epic from the band showcasing their talent musically. The track once again features Veronica Bordacchini in this track that seems to be a call and response track between the King and his Queen where the King wants to protect his bloodline at all costs while she just wants him to protect her now. 5/5

12. King– a four minute piano track closes out the album kind of bringing an end to this epic journey that we were on. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is actually the very first record that I have ever heard from these guys and this was quite the journey musically. I love the fact that they are not afraid to keep a sense of nationalism in adding the operatic material to their arsenal. It definitely differentiates them from the rest of the herd and I won’t knock that. My favorite tracks on the album are In Aeternum, Healing Through War, and Syphilis. My least favorite track to be honest is probably Mitra only because of the lyrical content making no sense to me. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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morbid-angel-kingdoms-disdainedI think I described this memory before when I last reviewed a Morbid Angel album, but one of my all time favorite concert memories involves an interaction with Steve Tucker. You see, Steve Tucker is back in Morbid Angel and he told me at a concert to get off the bar top where I was sitting because no one sits down at a Morbid Angel show. I may have been disgruntled a little over his choice of words when referring to me, but I can’t blame the guy he didn’t know my name. Anyways, in 2017 Morbid Angel released their ninth studio album in Kingdoms Disdained which was their first album with Steve Tucker (Bass/Vocals) since 2003’s Heretic and it’s the first album to feature Annihilated drummer Scott Fuller with Trey Azagthoth on Guitars. The album has gained some critical acclaim since it’s release as it was voted number 9 on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017, number 14 on Revolver’s 20 Best Albums of 2017, number 19 on The Quietus’s The Best Metal Albums of 2017, and it took home the award for Extreme Metal Album Of The Year on this blog’s 7TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Steve Tucker talked about the mindset heading into the record saying, “The first thing Trey said to me was, ‘I want to make killer music with killer people.’ To go into any more detail than that, honestly, I don’t even remember, but it was really just about, ‘Hey, man, I want this to be MORBID ANGEL. I don’t want this to be what it was being changed to be.”

morbid angel back cover1. Piles Of Little Arms– The track opens right out of the gate at you going 200 MPH with that fierce double bass playing and the face melting guitar shredding. The track is an attack on religions being forced upon the people. We’ve seen this countless times before in society. 5/5

2. D.E.A.D. [Department of Eradication and Disposal]-An in your track that explores the idea of Machines taking over the world and their being nothing humans can do to stop it. 4.5/5

3. Garden of Disdain– The track talks about God and any other being that is disgusted over what humanity has done so they want to eradicate the Earth of us. The track has your typical death metal sound to it, but when it comes to the chorus, it turns into one heck of a metal track. 5/5

4. The Righteous Voice– Another track that deals with the fact that humans kill one another for the love of their God and how we have been doing it for a very long time now. A fierce track that smashes like a sledgehammer at first before launching into death metal mayhem. 5/5

5. Architect and Iconoclast– This is a track that kind of grooves with some real heavy elements like the double bass and shredding guitars in a track that I think they are talking about Satan. I am not sure because they reference the keeper of the soil which could be Cain from the Cain and Abel story. 4/5

6. Paradigms Warped-Another in your face metal track that is just unrelenting as smashes through your ear drums. The track seems to be told in the view of a God who is sick and tired of humanity and what it has turned in to that he is ok with eliminating it. 4.5/5

19554804_10155438277872748_6482179096562658997_n7. The Pillars Crumbling– It may not seem like a track that is declaring social awareness, but it is in my opinion. They talk about how we are being led by false prophets, we value personal possession more than life, and we have fallen into a society that is fighting addiction. Check out the lyrics for yourselves. 5/5

8. For No Master– This is a track all about being free my which that enslaves us from being totally free in mind which is religion. This is more of a traditional death metal track than previous tracks. 4/5

9. Declaring New Law (Secret Hell)– My version of the album did not contain this track for some reason as you can see above, but here it is. This might be one of my favorite tracks on the album musically as it just kills. It’s a sledgehammer like track that smashes your ear drums like a death machine. This track seems to be about any dictator that takes over, he wants total control or you die. 5/5

10. From the Hand of Kings– A track that breaks down the fact that these leaders your fear are not larger than life, they are just mere men like yourself who have been able to fool you. My favorite lines: “Caesars were men not gods/Idols change as needed through time
Generals are irrelevant without war/Kings mean nothing without fools” 4.5/5

11. The Fall Of Idols– The last track on the album that talks about taking down regimes or empires and how they will be erased from the minds as if they mean nothing. The track does not disappoint as it hammers away. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is an amazing record from the guys that is just solid from track one all the way to number 11. The band sounded like they had never lost a step even with losing so many members. I just want to send props to Scott Fuller who just killed it on the record. My favorite tracks are Declaring New Law (Secret Hell), The Pillars Crumbling, and Garden Of Disdain. My least favorite track on the album would be Architect and Iconoclast. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.

20479994_1139189879558610_2094935528623702243_nIf you are like me then you are always trying to find that band that gets you pumped up about the future of Metal n metal what sub-genre it could be. That is one of the big reasons that I started doing the Unsigned Band of the Week and I have to say that it’s worked because I have discovered some great bands. That is definitely the case when it comes to this week’s Unsigned Band which comes to us from the Windy City, Chicago, IL in Beyond Deth. If you love your Thrash Metal served up with a nice healthy dose of Death, Black, and a hint of melodic metal then these guys are what you are looking for. The band started in 2006 when Jon Corston found the inspiration to start writing music. The band officially formed towards the end of 2012 and into 2013 and they have been going strong ever since writing and recording some demos. Earlier this month, the band recorded a full length album entitled The Age Of Darkness and our feature track this week from it is The Cold. The track is everything you would expect from a band that describes themselves as Thrash/Black/Death and Melodic metal. The track is absolutely incredible as it incorporates all of those elements. I don’t understand for the life of me how these guys are unsigned because they are the total package. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, and Reverbnation. Check out the track below:

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.

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.