death metal

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
Artist: 
Xibalba
Label: 
Closed Casket Activities

Xibalba crafts an explosive and dynamic record, that clings on to the sound and style of their previous releases. With tones built in hardcore that also lend from aspects of metal, it's a hard-hitting set of tracks that seemingly passes by in an instant, not just because it's only three tracks. Instead, they all flow fluidly through to the next and never drop a gram of energy throughout.

Sounds Like: 
Harm's Way
Sounds Like: 
No Zodiac
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Immolation
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

"Destructive Currents" is a single off of Immolation's newest album, Atonement. To start, I'm going to admit I don't like death metal very much, so this single is kind of lost on me. The lack of clean vocals made the song very boring and same-y to me, but that's just my opinion. To focus on the positive, I did like how deep the vocalist's voice was! The instrumentals sound like something that would be exciting to listen to at a live show, just not so much off of an album.

Sounds Like: 
Incantation
Sounds Like: 
Suffocation
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
02/05/2017
Artist: 
ONI
Label: 
Blacklight Media/ Metal Blade Records

This album was thrust upon me by my good friend Andrew and honestly, I'm happy to have come across it. Oni's new debut album "Ironshore" is a technical metal masterpiece, mixing both the sounds of black, heavy metal, with the blustering sounds of upbeat pop and technical sound. This album features only nine songs, but each song is a different journey, and a different sound.

Sounds Like: 
The Human Abstract
Sounds Like: 
Protest the Hero
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Brujeria
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Initially I didn't really like "No Aceptan Imitaciones". It was a little heavier then what I prefer, but after listening to it a couple more times I grew to like it. The beginning is what mainly threw me off. It sounds really broken and robotic in the beginning, but once you're over that the rest of the song is pretty good. If you don't speak spanish to sum up the song its essentially saying fuck imitators, I'm the real shit. I'd definitely give it a listen if you're looking for something heavier. I enjoyed it although I prefer the less heavy stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Sounds Like: 
Divine Heresy
Name: 
Arabella Cavazos
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Black Crown Initiate
Label: 
eOne

Death metal band Black Crown Initiate released their second studio album Selves We Cannot Forgive via eOne Records. This album is their third release, following the EP Song of the Crippled Bull, as well as their first album The Wreckage of the Stars. I was initially drawn to Selves We Cannot Forgive because of my love for TechDeath, and for the most part I was very satisfied with this release. The album doesn't follow the typical direction that death metal follows, which actually really caught my attention.

Sounds Like: 
The Faceless
Sounds Like: 
Between the Buried and Me
Sounds Like: 
Gojira
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016
Artist: 
Karg
Label: 
Art of Propaganda

The ambience of the album presses through without becoming an overall shoegaze album and pushes screaming vocals out to the forefront while also letting the guitars chime in with more melodic moments and less dissonant tones.

Sounds Like: 
LantlĂ´s
Sounds Like: 
Amesoeurs
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016