Sunday, August 7, 2011

Haggatha - Haggatha LP (2010)

2010, Killbomb

1. Circle of Salt

2. Hog Tied

3. These Grey Days

4. Eremozoic

5. Gulag

6. Acquiesce

7. An Old Way Begins Again

From Vancouver, Canada, Haggatha's first LP offers a truly heavy landscape of slow, downtuned riffs. After being blown away by their live performance and previously released seven inch, I had to hear this full length. Truly a band that deserves some attention. Order the LP if you like this!


Cianide - Gods of Death (2011)

2011, Hell's Headbangers

1. Desecration Storm

2. Forsaken Doom

3. Rising of the Beast

4. Dead and Rotting

5. Idolator

6. Terrorstrikes

7. The One True Death

8. Contained and Controlled

The heaviest band out of Chicago returns with their sixth LP, "Gods of Death". You should know what to expect - Venom/Celtic Frost inspired death metal at its finest.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dysplasia - Fuck

2011, Self Released

1. Accept/Resent (2:00)
2. Fucking Rules / F.O.A.D. (0:29)
3. Remember My Lai (2:06)
4. Life Is Precious... (And God, And The Bible) (2:07)
5. Under Control (1:58)
6. One Small Push (0:59)
7. The Human Race Disgusts Me (1:05)
8. Media Distortion (F.B.O.) (1:18)

First demo from this d-beat/grindcore band from Edmonton. Featuring members from such bands as Begrime Exemious, Cope, Falsehood, Cygnus, Mahria, Relentless Ben, etc, this demo will destroy you in a matter of 12 minutes. Recommended for fans of Nasum, Skitsystem, His Hero Is Gone, and Cursed.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cygnus - Heresy of the Stargazer

2011, Dark Descent Records

Cygnus was formed by members of various Edmonton metal/hardcore bands to unite their visions of slow heavy music and the usage of copious amounts of marijuana. This demo is the result of that collaboration. Featuring 6 tracks, Cygnus weaves together their influences from Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, and Grief to make their spaced out brand of sludge Available on Dark Descent Records on green cassette tape, limited to 250 copies. For those without tape decks, I present a rip.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Nokturnel - Nothing But Hatred (1993)

1993, JL America

1.Human Termite04:00
2.No 2nd Chance04:33
3.Sliding Down The Razor02:45
4.Global Suicide04:08
6.My Hell03:31
7.Final Punishment03:38
8.Target Planet02:22
9.Revenge of the Corpse02:16
10.Welcome to N.J.03:52

Nokturnel is an American death metal band from the early 90's that often gets over looked. Formed by Tom Stevens after his former band Savage Death (one of the earlier pioneers of death metal) bit the dust, Nokturnel blends high speeds with technical riffs to create some really fucking savage songwriting. It reminds me of the first Deceased album, as it's full of Voivod-esque riffs and ridiculously fast drumming. Check this out, any fan of early 90's death metal will dig this.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Nasum - Human 2.0 (2000)

2000, Relapse

1.Mass Hypnosis01:04
2.A Welcome Breeze of Stinking Air01:40
3.Fatal Search00:28
6.Multinational Murderer's Network02:18
7.Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow00:41
8.The Black Swarm01:23
12.Gargoyles and Grotesques01:01
13.När dagarna...01:00
15.The Idiot Parade01:32
16.Den svarta fanan00:59
17.We're Nothing But Pawns00:51
19.Sick System00:19
20.The Professional League02:38
21.Old and Tired?01:12
22.Words to Die For02:03
24.The Meaningless Trial01:02
25.Sometimes Dead Is Better02:58

In the year 2000, Swedish grindcore masters Nasum released their second album, "Human 2.0". Between their debut and this album, Nasum was at the peak of their game - writing really fucking brutal songs with heavy riffs and high velocity drumming. This is probably their heaviest sounding album, but it's got hints of melody and groove scattered throughout to hook you in. Whether you like classic grindcore like Napalm Death and Terrorizer, or you like Swedish d-beat like Wolfpack and Skitsystem, this record will satisfy your tastes.


Deathspell Omega - Paracletus (2010)

2010, Season of Mist

1. Epiklesis I 01:42
2. Wings of Predation 03:43
3. Abscission 06:07
4. Dearth 03:47
5. Phosphene 07:03
6. Epiklesis II 03:06
7. Malconfort 04:57
8. Have you Beheld the Fevers? 02:59
9. Devouring Famine 05:09
10. Apokatastasis Pantôn 04:01

Finally, the third installment of this French band's trilogy has arrived! Fans of Deathspell Omega will not be disappointed - we get a lot of the cool experimental chords heard on "Fas", as well as the chaotic blasting parts heard on SMRC. For those who haven't heard Deathspell Omega before, they are in for a treat. Black metal at heart, but with a sense for writing outside the box, Deathspell Omega crafts very eerie sounding songs full of dynamics and some pretty heavy lyrics to boot. One of my favourites from 2010.


The Chasm - Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm (2009)

2009, Lux Inframundis

1.Entering a Superior Dimension08:23
2.Callous Spectre/Vehement Opposition08:27
3.Fiery Rebirth06:52
5.Structure of the Seance06:56
6.Vault to the Voyage11:13
7.The Promised Ravage06:38
8.The Mission/Arrival to Hopeless Shores (Calling The Paranormal Abysm)11:52

Most bands tend to lose direction and the original vision they had after three or so records. The Chasm, on the other hand, is one of those bands that has always stayed true to their sound, while at the same time writing music that's loaded with creative riffs, complex arrangements, and blistering speed. This is the band's seventh album, and in all honesty, I haven't stopped listening to it since I received it in the mail. Everything about this album is just pure metal - the riffs are pretty thrashy and quick with some pretty impressive finger work thrown throughout, not to mention some pretty bad ass solos. Neveyr heard The Chasm before? This is as good a place to start as any. The production is pretty clean without being polished, it sounds nice and big without anything being overpowering. Half the songs don't even have lyrics, but it doesn't even matter, the music says everything it needs too.