Within Destruction – Void (Deathcore)

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Slovenian deathcore outfit Within Destruction’s second full-length album Void takes me to a world full of chaos, destruction, death and misery. This is some brutal slamming deathcore for sure that makes me think of other known bands within the scene such as Angelmaker and Acrania. The drumming is fast and vicious, the guitar and bas technical and slamming and the vocals deep as from the depths of hell. If you want to experience the apocalypse then Within Destruction’s Void is the way to go.

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For fans of: Angelmaker and Acrania
Favorite song: Rebirth of an Inverted World

Oracles – Miserycorde (Melodic Death Metal)

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Oracles was originally formed as System Divide by the couple Sven de Caluwé (of Aborted) and Miri Milman (of Distorted), but now reformed as Oracles after a messy divorce between the two. I am thankful Sven did reform the band while adding Ken Bedene and Mendel Bij de Leij from his main band Aborted. The album Miserycorde is a good mix of Lacuna Coil and Killswitch Engage sound while sometimes going into the more extreme parts and almost, just almost, sounds like Aborted. S(k)in for example has not just one, but two very good solos and the drumming plus vocals is just kickass on that track. The cover of Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People is a cool take on the song eventhough I think the original song is hard to beat.

All in all this is a solid album and definitely worth a listen from any fans of the genre, just don’t expect this to be as extreme as Aborted as with that mindset you will be disappointed. See it as a mish-mash of different metal styles that mixes male and female vocals in a great way that not many bands can pull off.

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For fans of: Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil
Favorite song: S(k)in

Fejd – Trolldom (Folk Metal)

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Lets say this straight from the start, Fejd has to be one of the best folk metal bands going. Can’t get much more folk than this. Even if it’s all in Swedish, if you love your folk metal you will love this. It feels like Fejd has taken a step more towards metal with each album and with Trolldom they have really hit that folk metal mix, and not just folk. If you want to experience true swedish folk metal I would say Fejd is the band to go for. I had the luck to see them live at Malmöfestivalen a few days ago and they make it become a real party out there. Both melancholy, due to their lyrics, but still real folk metal party like as if you want to dance like crazy.

Anyways, their live show aside, Trolldom is a really great album if you want to get into the folk side of metal. Even more so if you know Swedish and know what they sing about. If you don’t though these guys are still some very good musicians and will rock your socks off and you will, really will, headbang or even dance when listening to this album.

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For fans of: Månegarm and Otyg
Best song: Glöd
Score: 9/10

Shadow of Intent – Primordial (Deathcore)

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Oh man is this some great, heavy, deathcore! I’ve been waiting for a new band to really sweep me away with brutal technical guitar plays, drums and vocals from hell and I’ve finally found it in Shadow of Intent! And guess what, as The Metal Gamer that I am, I just LOVE that their whole lyrical theme is from the Halo series. Holy shit has this band really got everything right in my gaming and metal bone. During the whole album Ben Duerr’s vocals are relentless, just like everyone else in the band.

Primordial is the best debut album I’ve heard in quite some time, and an album every deathcore fan should have, simple as that.

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For fans of: Born of Osiris and Oceano
Best song: The Invoking of the Execution of Worlds
Score: 9/10

Despite – Synergi (Melodic Death Metal)

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Oh the Swedish melodic death metal, what got me listening to metal all those years ago. Despite’s third album Synergi brings a solid album for every fan of the genre, without doing anything groundbreaking. There are a couple of songs that sticks out for me like As you Bleed and Chaos Trigger. I advise you to listen to one of those songs if you just want a quick fix of Despite.

If you got a thirst for some Swedish melodic death metal then Despite’s latest release Synergi is worth looking into.

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For fans of: Engel and Soilwork
Best song: As You Bleed
Score: 7/10

Brymir – Slayer of Gods (Melodic Death/Viking Metal)

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Slayer of Gods is Brymir’s second album and the band is the latest epic viking metal band hailing from Finland after producing bands such as Ensiferum, Wintersun and Turisas. Their debut Breathe Fire to the Sun received a warm welcome and after waiting five years for their follow-up the hopes of the band creating something extremely powerful were high. The album starts off very well with the track For Those Who Have Died probably being their best song made yet but after that it feels like Slayer of Gods drop quite a bit in quality. Not that the album is bad but my hopes were that this album would be one of the best releases of the year after that opening so I do get a bit disappointed that it aint. It kinda goes from a close ten to “only” being good.

Their two singles from the album, The Rain and For Those Who Have Died will please any fan of the genre and Slayer of the Gods is definitely worth looking into. It is a good album and there really isn’t much to complain about, it just feel like Brymir got so much more potential than what they are showing in Slayer of the Gods. I hope that with their next release they truly find their place in the melodic death/viking metal genre and fulfill their potential.

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For fans of: Ensiferum and Wintersun
Best song: For Those Who Died
Score: 7/10

Infant Annihilator – The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch (Deathcore)

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Constantly brutal, grotesque even, while still keeping it very technical with some of the best breakdowns and slams the deathcore genre has to offer. Infant Annihilator has been one of the few bands that keeps rocking the Deathcore genre on a very high level and they keep on doing just that with this album. Still having some of the most insane and grotesque lyrics and track names I’ve seen (their last album had hits like Cuntcrusher and New Born Pron). Just take these three examples, Unholy Gravebirth, Motherless Miscarriage and Soil the Stillborn. Wicked names right?

What can I say about The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch then? If you want something that makes you sick and makes you question if you’re alright in the head, all in a good way of course, then get this badass visceral this-shit-will-fuck-you-up album!

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For fans of: Oceano and Carnifex
Best song: Soil the Stillborn
Score: 8/10