death metal

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

Sun of Nihility - Single

Artist: 
Job for a Cowboy
Label: 
Metal Blade

The Glendale, Arizona monsters of death metal and deathcore have returned with a new single off of their soon-to-be-released album Sun Eater entitled "Sun of Nihility". Though it is nothing born seemingly out of pure aggression like previous tracks such as "Entombment of a Machine", it is still very much Job for a Cowboy. The vocals are brutal and hit almost every register and the drumming as always is intense and a driving force of the band, and the guitars never disappoint. It's very well put together and I love listening to it.

Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitation
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2014

The Satanist

Artist: 
Behemoth
Label: 
Metal Blade

Dear sweet mother of all things that are holy - I can't believe this album. It's no doubt that this is the best release in death metal so far this year, but I would go so far as to say that it's one of the top blackened death metal albums of the past five years...perhaps even decade. This album will absolutely devour you. It's not one of those albums you can just sit and passively listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Nile
Sounds Like: 
Satan
Sounds Like: 
The apocalypse
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2014

Ritual Death Metal

Artist: 
Deathchain
Label: 
Svart Records

Many of these songs are long. Unfortunately, Deathchain struggled to keep my attention throughout pretty much all of these songs. It wasn't for a lack of being able to play their instruments well, it was probably more of a lack of quality song writing. I don't mean to say the songs are bad, just not my style/tempo. The songs don't transition much and tend to continue the same style throughout. Added to this that the album has a tendency to blend together and this is a tough album to listen to in one sitting.

Sounds Like: 
Death
Sounds Like: 
Masterstroke
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2013
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