death metal

Crypt of the Devil

Artist: 
Six Feet Under
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Yes. Just yes. If you've never heard of Six Feet Under, then you cannot call yourself a true metalhead, and if you're not at least a little bit excited about this album, then I'm not sure we can be friends. Formed by the vocalist from the legendary Cannibal Corpse, Chris Barnes, guitarist Allen West of Obituary, former Massacre and Death bassist Terry Butler, and drummer Greg Gall, this band was designed to damn souls and melt faces.

Sounds Like: 
Cannibal Corpse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015

The Tides of Damocles

Artist: 
Dawn of Azazel
Label: 
Self-Released

This album was brutal and I loved it. That's all that really has to be said, but I'll elaborate anyway. Dawn of Azazel brings a brutal, fast-paced, just hardcore edginess to the table with their new album The Tides of Damocles. It was a lot like the Ovid's Withering album that I reviewed a few weeks back. The vocals were unwaveringly powerful and hellishly throat-wrenching, the drums were full of blast beats and unadulterated power, and the guitars were technical, skillful, and just a joy to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Ovid's Withering
Sounds Like: 
CONTINUUM
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015

The Hypothesis

Artist: 
CONTINUUM
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Where to begin with CONTINUUM? This album was one of the most relentless albums I've heard in a long time, and judging from what I've heard come my way from Unique Leader Records in the past, it is a great fit for them. The time signatures that this band are able to play in are absolutely insane, as well as the range of vocals that their vocalist achieves. This band is still relatively underground, but perhaps they like it that way.

Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2015

Scryers of the Ibis

Artist: 
Ovid's Withering
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Just to preface, I heard that this album was sweet before being given it to review, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Ovid's Withering is a motley crew of death-metallers out of Tampa, FL who are obsessed with myth, fantasy, folklore, video games, and all things nerdy (as they put it) as well as brain-exploding metal.

Sounds Like: 
Meshuggah
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

Scryers of the Ibis

Artist: 
Ovid's Withering
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Just to preface, I heard that this album was sweet before being given it to review, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Ovid's Withering is a motley crew of death-metallers out of Tampa, FL who are obsessed with myth, fantasy, folklore, video games, and all things nerdy (as they put it) as well as brain-exploding metal.

Sounds Like: 
Meshuggah
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

Tyranny

Artist: 
Lago
Label: 
Self-released

Lago released their self produced album Tyranny late in 2014 but this album was pretty great. They are a local band based in Chandler, AZ and they are a prime example of black metal. Their dark, death oriented lyrics with a hint of religious disdain are sung by a traditional grungy, deep, growling voice and accompanied by an eerie almost demon voice in the background. Besides the vocals have a creepy yet powerful tinge to it, Lago kicks butt.

Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitationn
Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Never Ending Cycle of Atonement

Artist: 
Inanimate Existence
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

California-based technical death metal band Inanimate Existence has released its second album, entitled Never Ending Cycle of Atonement, and its nothing to scoff at. While this band has only been around since 2010, they definitely know how to write and compose great pieces of music. Their new album clocks in at about 45 minutes, but is only 8 songs long. One might be a little concered that the average song length is just over 6 minutes, but every song is heavy, intricate, and complex enough to keep one's attention.

Sounds Like: 
Amon Amarth
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2015

Ungod

Artist: 
Morgoth
Label: 
Century Media Records

After over 12 years without playing or performing, and almost 20 years spent outside of the writing process and studio, Morgoth has returned with their fourth studio album, entitled Ungod, and unfortunately, it is not much to write home about. It might be that Morgoth has lost their touch, or that it simply is not an enjoyable album for someone like me, but the album fell flat for me in a big way.

Sounds Like: 
Immolation
Sounds Like: 
Kreator
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2015

Even Less

Artist: 
Gristnam
Label: 
Housecore Records

Gristnam are a New Orleans grind-groove death metal band, and Even less is a 30 minute non-stop assault on your ears (in a good metal way). Featuring five tracks from their Bandcamp released Releases 1, as well as six brand new songs (which can also be downloaded on Bandcamp as Releases 2), this album rocks hard and fast from start to finish. The vocals are the perfect mid-range screamo pitch, which along with a rich low metal distortion and the occassion blast beat from the drummer, makes for a very satisfying listen.

Sounds Like: 
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Sounds Like: 
Retox
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2015

The Cosmic Trance into the Void

Artist: 
Hic Iacet
Label: 
Iron Bonehead Productions

Very heavy and dreadful, it is the soundtrack to a feeling as if some sort of spiritual doom is imminent. This is a quite awesome listen,  tempos and styles change frequently; so you are left to wonder is this doom, death, or black metal? In the end, it really doesn't matter, these guys capture your soul and rip it apart piece by piece with each gut wrenching riff. The sound is very raw and low, almost as if they are going for the sound a rusty chainsaw makes when it is trying to be started up with sludgy gasoline.

Sounds Like: 
Dissipation
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2015
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