death metal

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

Putrid Death Sorcery

Artist: 
Necrowretch
Label: 
Century Media Records

Necrowretch is a French death metal band, but their sound is heavily rooted in Scandanavian black metal. The vocals are especially black metal-sounding. Overall, it has awesome riffs, great musicianship, and pretty decent production value. Good shit I say!

Sounds Like: 
Krypts
Sounds Like: 
Vorum
Sounds Like: 
Grand Supreme Blood Court
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2013

Galloping Blasphemy

Artist: 
Satan's Wrath
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

This Greek duo harkens back to the early days of black metal when the genre was more rooted in thrash. The production and overall sound is very raw and dark, which should please purists. It's a good throwback to the days when extreme metal had a consistent sound and wasn't plagued with endless (sometimes unnecessary) subgenres.

Sounds Like: 
Venom
Sounds Like: 
Impaled Nazarene
Sounds Like: 
Desaster
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2012

Results

Artist: 
Murder Construct
Label: 
Relapse Records

This Cattle Decapitation/Exhumed side project has finally released their full-length debut after holding us over for 2 years with a pretty beefy EP. The full-length picks up right where the EP left off, with unrelenting blast beats, frantic riffing, and the combined guttural vocal tandem of Travis Ryan and Leon del Muerte barking their commands over the hail of gunfire. It can be a difficult listen, but it doesn't compromise.

Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitation
Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2012

Last Man Standing

Artist: 
Legacy Of Disorder
Label: 
Black Orchard Music

While "Last Man Standing" starts out strong, as most metal albums do, it unfortunately does not keep the listener as attentive throughout the whole album. Some of the positives include strong guitar work, but does not have the strength to carry a mediocre vocalist. Legacy of Disorder plays on the staples of metal (rage, hate, "bodies lay in piles") to the letter, and does not offer much versatility. After a while, the songs become redundant, but are consistent, and do not offer the sometimes too-typical ballad/slow song that many other records have.

Sounds Like: 
Machine Head
Sounds Like: 
Hatebreed
Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Name: 
Dave Hentz
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2012

Tales From The Tomb

Artist: 
Evocation
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Evocation's full length debut was released in 2007, but their first two albums have just made landfall in the US via Metal Blade this year. They formed in 1991, broke up in 1993, and reunited within the last decade. Their music is definitely rooted in 90's, mixing the old school melodic death from the Gothenburg and Stockholm scenes. If you long for the days of pre-Colony In Flames, this is your album.

Sounds Like: 
Dismember
Sounds Like: 
At The Gates
Sounds Like: 
old Dark Tranquillity
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2012

Whitechapel

Artist: 
Whitechapel
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

I had just about given up on this band after 'A New Era of Corruption,' but I gotta say, this is one impressive piece of work. Whitechapel have really come into their own with their self-titled album. The musicianship is much more impressive this time around, but unfortunately, the only clean songs on the album don't do a good job at showing it. Nevertheless, while there are still plenty of slower-tempo breakdowns, I feel as if the band are, much like their peers in Job For A Cowboy, shedding their deathcore label and becoming a legitimate death metal band.

Sounds Like: 
Job For A Cowboy
Sounds Like: 
Carnifex
Sounds Like: 
Despised Icon
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2012

L'Enfant Sauvage

Artist: 
Gojira
Label: 
Roadrunner

The progressive hippie juggernaut from France shows no signs of stopping for their fifth full-length album. It's even good enough to impress those pretentious hipsters at Pitchfork. (I'll let you be the judge of whether that's a good or bad thing.) But make no mistake: the riffs are crushing, the lyrics are well-written, and the whole album is a marriage of brawn and brains that is undoubtedly one of the best albums of 2012.

Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Sounds Like: 
Cynic
Sounds Like: 
Strapping Young Lad
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2012

Monolith of Inhumanity

Artist: 
Cattle Decapitation
Label: 
Metal Blade

 PeTA Metal? Hardly in tactics as these are the sounds that could qualify as cruelty if played against the desired will of another living being. New dimensions of extremity that have yet to be created describe the sound of Cattle Decapitation's 7th album not counting a demo and EPs (5th on Metal Blade). Hailing from San Diego, California from the Three One G family, Cattle Decapitation has been consistent in a message of misanthropy through highlighting the perceived horrors committed by mankind.

Sounds Like: 
Aborted, Gaza, Exhumed
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