death metal

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
Artist: 
Carnifex
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Deathcore veterans Carnifex recently released their 6th studio album Slow Death, and I can start off by saying that they did not disappoint.

Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
08/31/2016
Artist: 
Whitechapel
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

This guy's voice is absolutely insane. The song is consistent with it's tempo. Rarely does the singer's voice change, even for "chorus" parts. Syncopated drums and guitar are the biggest highlight of this song. While the riff isn't brutal like many metal songs, it makes up for that by making it sound nasty. The lyric video for this song just has videos of saws and snakes and that is pretty much what this song sounds like. Overall, it is a very solid single for an album that I am now interested in.

Sounds Like: 
Death metal
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Aborted
Label: 
Century Media Records

If you like death metal and you don't like Aborted, then you don't like death metal. This Belgian band of destroyers has been melting faces since 1995, and Retrogore is definitely a testament to their ability to create some fucking brutal shit. Chaos reigns supreme in this brain-smashing masterpiece of death metal.

Sounds Like: 
Haemorrhage
Sounds Like: 
Severe Torture
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2016
Artist: 
Death Angel
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Old school thrash metallers Death Angel are back with their eighth studio album The Evil Divide and this track is the first single off of the album. "The Moth" seems to me to be quintessential Death Angel. For younger bands, or bands just starting up, the sound of true thrash metal solidified by the early greats of the genre is extremely hard to replicate, and this single shows why. Death Angel knows exactly what they're doing and produces some truly outstanding thrash in a world where many bands who try to do the same miss the mark entirely.

Sounds Like: 
Anthrax
Sounds Like: 
Bathory
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2016
Artist: 
Daemona
Label: 
Self-Released

For fans of the most brutal shit like Cannibal Corpse, Decapitated, and other death gods of today, Daemona and their single "The Demon Within" will blow your black converse and black socks off. I didn't think much of it when I first heard it, but the low-fi, hate-fuelled intensity that this track brings with it is hard to duplicate. The guitars growl just like you'd want them to, the drums carry an intense and mosh-worthy blast with them, and the vocals are the stuff of nightmares. There is definitely a demon within this band, and it is working to their benefit.

Sounds Like: 
Cannibal Corpse
Sounds Like: 
Decapitated
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2016
Artist: 
Souls Condemned
Label: 
Self-Released

Kingman, Arizona has given us one badass metal band. From the band's humble start in creator Danny Guerry's bedroom to the now four-man outfit, Souls Condemned has come a long way to deliver us some really heavy tracks. The first thing to note on this EP is the guitar work. Pretty much every song on here opens up with a really heavy-hitting riff that loops and grooves throughout the track, backed up perfectly with the drums, which give texture without getting in the way.

Sounds Like: 
Slow, almost sluggish death metal, with some groove and catchy guitar riffs
Name: 
Cullen Walsh
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016