death metal

Artist: 
OVTLIVE
Label: 
Solid State Records

The band Ovtlive is one of the better metal bands I've come across, as one of the better-produced and well-developed albums, Demon Hunter, so accurately exemplifies. The album is slightly monotonous, as the tracks tend to sound similar, but each song has slight variations that make the sounds wholly unique. As I've said, the music itself is well-produced and melodic, with alternating patterns of heavy riffs and smooth vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Xmilk
Sounds Like: 
Rain on the Parade
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Igorrr
Label: 
Ad Noiseam

This single was my first encounter of Igorrr. The song begins with operatic vocals over a soft guitar background. These operatic vocals quickly become pained screams followed by a glitchy dubstep breakdown. This breakdown was then followed by beautiful female operatic vocals followed by another breakdown. In this breakdown the male screams and female vocals go back and forth in an epic display of vocal diversity. This is then followed by a continuing dubstep like synth. This is truly an interesting track that spreads many genres of music. I'm truly not sure who to compare this to.

Sounds Like: 
Volumes: For the sake of being eperimental
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Memoriam
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Memoriam released their single "Reduce To Zero" itheir upcoming album called For The Fallen. The UK metal band, often referred to as an "old school death metal," The track delivers a slow tempo metal track with rasping vocals. Though not much stands out, it is still a quality track if you're in the mood to slow things down and relax to some heavy guitar riffs. 

Score: 6.5/10

Sounds Like: 
Chapel of Disease
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Morta Skuld
Label: 
Peaceville Records

Morta Skuld's song "Breath in the Black" is the single off the February 2017 album Wounds Deeper Than Time. This is some old school death metal right here and it rocks. The blast beats on the drums are mind blowing and its dark and gloomy enough to satisfy any doomhead. The vocals are growly and dark, no pig squealing, but they rock. The guitar and bass are just insane and compliment the drumming so well. For me this song is heavily drum and vocal focused so its important to see the guitar/bass playing a role but not taking over.

Sounds Like: 
old school death metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2017
Artist: 
Once Human
Label: 
earMusic

I was truely glad to come upon such a fantastic example of modern day metalcore and local music. Once Human's album Evolution is one of the few metalcore albums I've listened to that truely encapsulates the feelings behind metal music and the aggression the artists seek to perfect, in terms of cadence, continuum, and rhythmic sound. The album begins with a wonderful introduction, with heavy riffs and mixed melodic sounds, it gives one a true sense of the word metalcore and also encompasses much of the sound one can expect in the album.

Sounds Like: 
System Divide
Sounds Like: 
Machine Head
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Valfreya
Label: 
Independent

Promised Land is viking metal band, Valfreya's newest release which has 12 songs on it. I already like viking metal and female vocals so I was already pretty excited for this album and I really wasn't disappointed. The songs are all interesting and engaging and combine both female and male vocals to create unique songs. Some have both and some have one or the other. I really enjoyed the female vocals and loved when classical instruments were incorporated into the songs.

Sounds Like: 
Nordheim
Sounds Like: 
Korpius
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Superjoint
Label: 
Housecore Records

You like Sepultura? Mudvayne? You like heavy, in your ear, dirty death metal? Well, open your earholes and get stuffed with Superjoint's album, "Caught in the Gears of Application". This album is so heavy, there's only one airable track, and the whole time you're listening, it feels like your ear canal is collapsing in on itself. That isn't wholly a bad thing. if you're into the sludge metal scene, as Superjoint purely presents to us in this album.

Sounds Like: 
Sepultura
Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Obituary
Label: 
Relapse Records

Obituary released their first single for their upcoming self-titled 10th album. "Sentence Day," the single, is pretty much exactly what you would expect from Obituary. Its death metal, its a bit groovy, and it has a lot of fast squealing solos. The song is really good and I really dug the main riff, but its pretty standard death metal nonetheless. Either way, I am excited to hear new Obituary. Check out their new album Obituary on March 17. 

Sounds Like: 
Obituary
Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Footage of a Yeti
Label: 
Independant

Queens, NY death metal band Footage of a Yeti released their new EP Purging the Human Conditions in late January. I'm going to start out by simply saying that this album is awesome. I was guilty of being one of those metalcore kids in high school, but now I listen to mostly death metal. This band took some of the coolest elements from both genres and managed to put together an incredible album. Sound wise, the album includes a lot of the key techniques for both genres: tremolo picking, breakdowns, some ambient background sounds, and fast paced riffing.

Sounds Like: 
Motionless in White
Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Kreator
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

German thrash legends Kreator are back with their fifteenth studio album Gods of Violence and this is the namesake single, and it is badass to say the very least. When it comes to thrash, it's easy to find stuff that is very bland and unexciting, at least in the younger bands trying to break into the genre. This is absolutely not the case with Kreator, since they have been doing this for 35 years. This track is a thrash masterpiece, with ripping breakdowns, unrelenting vocals, and a sound that makes you want to destroy things indiscriminantly.

Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Sounds Like: 
Children of Bodom
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
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