HELL has come to your little town

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HELL – HELL (Sentient Ruin Laboratories 2017)

I’m not sure if this is a start of a new trilogy or something entirely different, but what I do know is HELL is back with a brand new full length. It’s an absolute monstrous slab of metal.

Much like Dante, listening to this album will take you through the many levels of HELL. The start of this album is very noisy and very sludgy. Opening track “Helmzmen” has some heaviness very akin to Primitive Man. For those of you who are not familiar with heavy act Primitive Man, first and foremost go make yourself familiar, and second of all, they have the weight of jumping into quicksand while wearing concrete shoes. “Helmzmen” captures that sound and feeling exactly. It is a track that lets you understand what slow heavy doom sounds and feels like. It’s a very enjoyable album from the get go, but it isn’t until the middle of the album that it really hits my sweet spot. The triple attack of “Machitikos,” “Wandering soul,” and “Inscriptus.” These songs are home to the best riffs on the album (in my opinion of course), and dare I say they are even kind of catchy? They also hold some of the more black metal moments that HELL does so well. This album holds all kinds of dreadful sounds. The longest track on the album “Victus” showcases a little bit of all of them. This track even has a string section that makes the track extra special.  The new music by HELL is emotional ride that is a very demanding listen that doom lovers will be thankful they spent the time with. It is very aggressive and very solemn. For the best listening experience we recommend you lower your head and just let it take you.

A lot of these songs are available for streaming, but we recommend that you take this album in as a whole from start to finish if at all possible.

-REH-

 

Tapes available through Sentient Ruin Laboratories 

Here’s a link to “Matchitikos” 

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HELL has come to your little town

Of Flesh and Worship

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Glacial Tomb – Cognitive Erosion 

I heard about this band quite awhile ago and anxiously awaited to hear it for a few reasons. One of those reasons being that this band features current/ex members of Khemmis, Abigail Williams, and Cult of the Lost Cause. The other reason being that the band is based out of Denver, Colorado which holds a heavy music scene that has been killing it lately all across the board with the various sub-genres of metal. Glacial Tomb  fit nicely into the Denver scene because they manage to pull from several sounds and mold them together seamlessly. The music holds influence from black metal, doom metal, sludge metal, and there is even a hint of grind in there. If I had to compare them to another band I would have to go with Inter Arma just on how well they pull from many sounds and make them work together.

I think the riffs hit with the force of a hammer on anvil. This is definitely the case in the track “Of  Flesh and Worship.” The vocals howl like a wounded animal. The music definitely reflects the panic I would have if I woke up within a Glacial Tomb. My personal favorite track on Cognitive Erosion, is the closing track “Burial Shroud.” This track features abusive riffs, punishing drums, and a doom section. Glacial Tomb  is another band that can go on the list of promising bands from Denver, Colorado.

I urge you to give them a listen here

-REH

Of Flesh and Worship

Fade Away Into Oblivion

harvester.jpgGoya – Harvester of Bongloads (Opoponax Records 2017)

Those familiar with Goya know they are a three piece doom band from Arizona. Those who are not familiar with Goya may not know what to expect out of an album titled Harvester of Bongloads. If this is the first time hearing of Goya you have arrived at the right time because this is their  most complete release to date. The full length is set to drop March 3rd and if you like Stoner/Doom metal you are going to want to be all over this one.

Harvester starts out with a very ambitious 20 minute long song entitled “Omen” that consists of three separate parts. This will set the tone of the album and is great start to the journey. The first listen to this album is full of surprises. The build up in this sets up the coming of the first distorted riffs nicely. It’s best to just sit back and take it all in at this point. This makes up for an incredible first half of an album. The second half of the album is three separate tracks one of which is an instrumental. The flow is not interrupted from track to track and they all work together almost seamlessly. I think these are some of the best guitar solos on any Goya release to date. It almost feels like each one of these tracks gets more and more pissed off than the next. Germination serving a intro to Misanthropy on High. The final climax being Disease which is in my opinion the most aggressive track on the album and is a fantastic bookend to close Harvester when compared to the build up created at the beginning with Omen. This album also appears to tell a story about an individual who is just pissed off at the world, and perhaps tired of being alive. This is very much reflected in the lyrics and mournful vocals.

It seems to me that the three members of Goya were completely on the same page of this release. There is a solid foundation laid. This is doom metal so of course there is a huge focus on the riffs, but there is such a solid foundation made by the drums and the bass. Which all together makes for some incredibly heavy moments. These moments are so heavy and slow they may need an electric cart to get around a grocery store and I mean that in the best ways.  The thing I have also noticed on my listens of this album is how great the bass lines are underneath the guitar solos throughout this album. they make the solos stand out even more, and should not go unnoticed. There is a certain groove and atmosphere made by this album that just sucks you in because it is so cohesive. My recommendation is to just lay back and feast on this audio. Harvester of Bongloads is without a doubt an album meant to be enjoyed from start to finish. Which proves to be a very easy and enjoyable task.

-REH

This album isn’t streaming on  Goya’s  bandcamp yet but keep a eye on it and their facebook. March 3rd is right around the corner.

Keep up with us here we have something else cool involving Goya coming up soon.

Fade Away Into Oblivion

Doomed Planet

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Goya – Doomed Planet

Goya are a band that I have been quietly admiring from afar for a while now. I have been a big fan of the incredible Arizona heavy music scene that they are a part of, and Goya bring their own sound to that scene. They are hot off of two EP’s from earlier this year, The Enemy and another one featuring Nirvana covers. This new EP Doomed Planet goes back to the forlorn doom metal sound. It could be closely compared to my favorite Goya release Satan’s Fire.

Doomed Planet is four songs two long, loud, slow, and heavy songs. An ambient instrumental track and a cover of Marilyn Manson’s “Dogma”. The first track is the title track of the EP “Doomed Planet” which seems to be a very fitting title for current events. It’s a track with a sweet droning riff full of fuzz. It clocks in at nine minutes long and it’s a riff worthy of being heard for nine minutes. The vocals add a nice compliment to the punch of the riff as well.

The second track is one of pummeling heaviness. The riffs pack a punch that’s almost akin to doom metal act Conan. “Hoof and Bone” is Goya at their best in my opinion. The song was meant to be used for a film but didn’t quite make the cut. I think that’s a shame because such an epic song would fit well in a film, especially a scene calling for music that speaks and sounds of desolation.  At the very least the song is still being released for all of our enjoyment, and I definitely enjoy this one.

The Manson cover shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Goya have just released two Nirvana covers for the anniversary of Nevermind earlier this year. Goya kept with the 90’s theme and covered “Dogma” from Portrait of an American Family. When listening to this I can tell they had fun recording this one, and it’s a really good cover. Doomed Planet is a well done EP by Goya that fans of slow Sabbath styled doom metal should check out.

-REH

Listen to Doomed Planet here

Limited CD’s will be available through Opoponax Records  

Doomed Planet

Night Work Begins

take over self titleTake Over And Destroy – Self titled (Prosthetic Records 2016)

I guess first thing to say about this album is if you think all heavy music should fit perfectly into a little box, then stop right here and use your time for something better. Take Over And Destroy draw influences from all over the spectrum. I have heard them referred to as sludge and “black n roll”.  The point is with this new self-titled full length, it’s hard to pin down one easy way to describe it. I for one find this to be a good thing. It is always great to see bands pushing boundaries, as well as themselves musically. For those familiar with Take Over And Destroy this is undeniably them.

The album starts out with “By Knife” which is also the first single released for this album. It was a good choice for first song as well as single. For a band with such diverse sound this is a track that has a bit of it all. It has the heavy riffs and vocals as well as some softer diabolical crooning vocals by vocalist Andrew Leemont. There is also an excellent guitar solo shared by both guitarist on this album Alex Bank Rollins and Nate Garrett. The next song we want to talk about is “Let Me Grieve” which also happens to be my personal favorite. It just has the catchiest opening guitar licks I have heard in a long time. The vocal performance in this is fantastic. This album is without a doubt the best vocal performance on any TOAD album in my opinion. The harsh vocals are excellent as well as the cleaner ones. I find there to be a perfect balance between the two. The one thing I can guarantee on this album is you have not heard an album like this, this year, or most likely ever. Take Over And Destroy isn’t without its hooks songs like “Separate from the Shadows”, “Job Coffins”, and “Bring me the Rope” will demand repeat listens as well as work their way inside of your brain. The song “Out of Frame” is also quite interesting with keyboard parts that sound like they were taken straight out of John Carpenters Christine. The last two tracks have incredible instrumental sections. The track “Love Among The Ruins” has some riff worship with nods to doom metal. Then of course one thing that can always be expected out of TOAD is a good album closer. The final track “Night Work Begins” continues this trend.

This is heavy music with hooks, riffs, guitar harmonies, and catchy choruses. The bands intentions were to release an album that was a collection of singles and I think they achieved it. Fans of this release are bound to have differing favorite songs that may change like the weather. Take Over And Destroy are one of a kind and I hope they continue to stay that way.

-REH

Give it a listen here

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Night Work Begins

Cruz – Culto Abismol

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Cruz are a Barcelonan death metal band with a style that urges for the attention  of old school death metal fans. Culto Abismol starts out with “Mundos Disformes” which if I’m correct roughly translates to “Shapeless Worlds”.  This may be important to those who speak the language, but I am personally focused on the riffs. “Mundo Disformes” just takes off, which is something Cruz does well. This entire album goes at a fast pace and doesn’t let up much at all. The second track “A Cops De Destral” continues this trend of aggressive death metal.

As much as Cruz  like to go at a severe pace, the album isn’t lacking its moments of groove. I find the tracks later on in the album showcase this best. Tracks such as “La Caza”, “La Pitjor De Les Plagues“, and “Pesanta.” The latter of those is one of the few moments where Cruz  slow down for just a bit on Culto Abismol, however don’t let that fool you, they will pick things up again shortly. These three track all in a row are absolute bangers. For those who are looking to fill the gaping hole left by the retirement of Bolt Thrower, these tracks might help ease the pain. The final track “Tumbas Ciclopeas” is a very fitting end to such an aggressive album. It is full of groove as well as blistering riffs and abrasive drumming. This final track is also one of more groove with a middle section that might have some inspiration from Entombed.

Cruz deliver a ripper of an album, consisting of 8 tracks,  that is capable of breaking your neck. This is an album perfect for blowing off steam after a rough day. There might be a language barrier to some people with this band, but there will be no riff barrier. If crust punk influenced death metal is your thing than look no further. Give Cruz – Culto Abismol a listen on October 7th.

Give a track a listen here as well as pre-order the tape or vinyl. This will be a co-release through Sentient Ruin Laborartories, and To The Death Records (Sweden).

-REH

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Cruz – Culto Abismol

Demos and Singles

I have recently came across a whole bunch of great demos lately that have me excited for some new bands. I have also heard two singles for two different bands putting out new albums later this year that I cannot wait to hear.

The first band I want to talk about is an atmospheric black metal band called Embra they are from Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is already full of amazing bands so it should come to no surprise that this band would come from there. This demo features two songs titled “I” and “II” very simple names for not so simple songs. “I” features a build up that goes into some pummeling riffs which is exactly what I look for in atmospheric black metal. “II” is more straight forward but just as good with a really melodic middle section. I find this demo to be fantastic. The vocals come out quite nicely and the demo has really good production with the rawness everybody likes to have in their black metal. Embra released this in July and from here on out will be focusing their efforts on a full length. https://embraofficial.bandcamp.com/ (available for pay your own price as well)

embra demo                                                               Embra – Demo 2016

This next bit is for a single by a band that some of you may have become familiar with last year when Absolution came out, that’s right the new Khemmis song “Candlelight”. Upon first listen I heard exactly what I was anticipating, heavy riffs, triumphant vocals and guitar harmonies. The vocals have been stepped up ever so slightly and sound more crisp than on the previous release. Then I heard the harsh vocals used in this song which are much different than the ones used on the last album. This sounds like some straight up funeral doom type stuff that would be used by Lycus or Usnea. I absolutely love them in this song as if vocalist Ben and Phil are battling it out (assuming that its one of them doing the deep growls). The song ends with a great doom guitar solo and a return to the clean triumphant vocals. I love this song and cannot wait for October 21st when we will get to hear all of Hunted the new Khemmis album coming out on 20 Buck Spin. http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/hunted-2

khemmis                                    Khemmis – Hunted (track featured is Candlelight)

Alright this next one isn’t a single or a demo its actually an EP but I really dig it so I’m including it. It is Voidspawn – Pyrrhic which you may notice that the name of the band is also the name of a Chthe’ilist song. If you pick up on that you may wonder if Voidspawn also play incredibly weird super sick death metal, and you would be correct in thinking so. Pyrrhic features three tracks of out worldly death metal. Decibel Magazine had this to say about it: “These three songs will change the way you hear death metal from here on out.”  It is a very bold statement but I cannot say I disagree with it. I whole heartedly recommend this to fans of Gorguts, Nucleus, and  Chthe’ilist. Pyrrhic will be released on cd September 1st on Unspeakable Axe Records as well as cassette on a different label so stay tuned! https://voidspawn.bandcamp.com/

voidspawn                                                                  Voidspawn – Pyrrhic

I strongly urge you to hold up because there is even more weird death metal to talk about. Ossuary appear to be authentic death metal at first glance, which they still are completely authentic. They have thick riffs that really grab your attention, but the vocals are truly unique. They almost sound like they are being done from some kind of cave dwelling creature from within the walls of the cave they dwell in. The combined package of the riffs and inhuman vocals make something interesting that resembles something creeping in your backyard. Cremation Ritual is indeed a demo and a fantastic one at that featuring three tracks. If you like filthy death metal this is for you. https://ossuary-death.bandcamp.com/album/cremation-ritual

ossuary                                                      Ossuary – Cremation Ritual

A few years before Abusment Park was a thing Take Over And Destroy released Vacant Face which ended up being my album of the year for 2014. Now we are in 2016 and Take Over And Destroy have been signed to Prosthetic Records and will be releasing a new self-titled album on October 7th. The first single for this is “By Knife” which for those of you who have never heard this band, this track isn’t a bad place to start. Take Over And Destroy are a band of many different sounds from 70’s rock, death metal, sludge metal, and then some. “By Knife” features showcases their sound and has all the riffs with all the hooks as well as the twin guitar leads, and a really sweet guitar solo. If catchy and heavy music interest you than Take Over And Destroy are worth checking out. I can honestly say I’m incredibly pumped to hear the whole album and there aren’t many bands that sound like this one. https://takeoveranddestroy.bandcamp.com/

Bonus music video for By Knife:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41bGyyR9OzE

take over self title                         Take Over And Destroy – self titled album song is “By Knife”

Demos and Singles