God Enslavement – Consuming the Divine (Brutal Death Metal)

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Formed only last year by some veterans in the brutal death metal scene containing members from the likes of Dying Fetus and Misery Index. Knowing that I instantly get my hopes up for what is to come from God Enslavement’s debut Consuming the Divine.

The band themself states they’ve made this album was done to worship old school Death-Grind like it is hardly played anymore. I can say nothing else than that they have succeded in doing so! Everything is well executed and you can really feel the Dying Fetus and Misery Index vibes. God Enslavement are simply shredding from start to finish and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next. Also never forget that there is no life without death!

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For fans of: Dying Fetus and Misery Index
Favorite song: Ritual Copulation

Anno Domini – The Cold Expanse (Symphonic Black/Death Metal)

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Australian Anno Domini is another veteran band I’ve come across lately turning 11 years old this year. Having only released one full-length album prior to The Cold Expanse however I might forgive myself for not knowing about them until now. This is one of the very few black/death albums I’ve review, maybe the only one even, that has some clean singing to it. The Cold Expanse starts very epic symphonic black almost Dimmu Borgir meets Ne Obliviscaris like, then change to clean singing but still keeps being heavy. I have to say it works and makes them a bit different than your typical symphonic black metal band, eventhough I think some songs got a bit too much clean vocals to them for being a black/death metal album. The songs really change character well, a trait not many bands try to do, Artificial Divine Intelligence for example got some Egyptian sounding touches to it whereas Primordium got no clean singing at all and is more towards the standard symphonic black metal sound.

Want to experience how it would sound like if Australian black metal had a baby with Norwegian black metal then Anno Domini’s The Cold Expanse is worth looking into.

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For fans of: Ne Obliviscaris and Dimmu Borgir
Favorite song: Primordium

Miasmal – Tides of Omniscience (Death Metal)

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Time for some Swedish Old School Death Metal! The band themselves aren’t really old but they are heavy influenced by the old school sound bands like Grave and Entombed had in the later 80’s/early 90’s, with a touch of trash metal. Everything you wish for is there as an Swedish old school death metal fan. The riffs, grooviness, solos, bad-ass vocals with lyrics about death and darkness.

Take caution though, there is no way in hell you listen to this album without headbanging! Every song goes with a guitar solo and drum beat even legends like Entombed or Slayer would be proud of is simply nothing any metalhead can just sit still to. It’s almost like the Venomous Harvest has really made the atmosphere poisonous and you just become a headbanging monster while listening to Miasmal. Yes there were some puns intended with the band and a track name in that sentence, sorry I just had to!

Anyways jokes aside Miasmal has released a sweet album with that old school feeling which is flirting with legends like Slayer, Grave and Entombed. Go grab it metalhead!

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For fans of: Grave and Entombed
Favorite song: The Pilgrimage

The Dialectic – The Dialectic (Deathcore)

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Mitch Howie, remember that name as his vocals are some of the best I’ve ever heard. I can understand that he’s won an award for his Whitechapel cover’s because wow is this top tier stuff that can stand against deathcore legends like them. He seems to be able to hit everything right with ease. Bring Mitch together with three other talented musicians and you got yourself a beast of a deathcore band.

The self titled album of The Dialectic is the bands debut after earlier releasing two EP’s. You got all your deathcore ingredients here, ruthless breakdowns, metallic riffs and sweet grooves. No down-tempo here but straight up deathcore with brutal death metal and speedy slamming.

Together with Osiah’s Terror Firma album this is definitely the best deathcore debut of the year so far.

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For fans of: Whitechapel and A Night in Texas
Favorite song: Misbegotten One

Virvum – Illuminance (Technical Death Metal)

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Ah Technical Death Metal, a genre that has really shined these last couple of years with great bands such as Black Crown Initiate and Fallujah showing how the heavy technical death metal side can sound if done well. Virvum continues the trend with good tech death metal bands spawning as Illuminance is a debut album worth taking an extra look at with their wicked riffs, solos and simply incredible musicianship overall.

Every song on the album is top notch (making it hard for me to pick a favorite song) and the instrumental play is so great it basically tells a story all on its own. Safe to say the progressive side on the album shines just as much as the death metal side. Which probably has a lot to do with Arran McSporran, De Profundis member, being a part of the band. Illuminance sets the bar very high for other contenders that might want to crown themselves with the “debut album of the year” title. As a side note the cover art is beautiful and really captures the essence of the album.

Illuminance  is an album you just have to listen to and be taken away to the fantastic world of Virvum. You won’t regret it!

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For fans of: Fallujah and The Faceless
Favorite song: Ad Rigorem

Unfathomable Ruination – Finitude (Technical Brutal Death Metal)

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Englands Unfathomable Ruination second full-length Finitude is packed with technical brutal death metal. Ben Wright’s growling is perfect to set the tone of the armageddon and destruction theme they got going on. I could easily see him as one of four apocalyptic riders wrecking havok. The chaotic, yet groovy, sound is sweet music to my ears and Ben Wright’s fellow riders of the armageddon Rosario Piazza, Daniel Herrera, Doug Anderson and Federico Benini have together made Finitude an album every fan of extreme metal would kill to get their hands on.

Finitude keeps being on that thin line between total chaos and technical melodic calm and they manage to pull it off so well that you can’t help yourself to headbang while listening. This is just great extreme metal music that you need in your life.

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For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Abnormality
Favorite song: Abdication of Servitude

Shokran – Exodus (Progressive Metal)

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This is the first time I ever experience Shokran and the first thing that hits me is that the sound is rather unique to me. These Russians are kind of hard for me to label into a genre since they mix so many, the band themselves call it Groove Prog Metal and I guess that’s one way to put it. Shokran mixes progressive, oriental, death, groove, djent, you name it metal. Closest I can call it is Fallujah goes Egyptian style with Nile, Born of Osiris and Black Crown Initiate or something. Still I think they differ a bit from those bands but they are definitely influenced by them.

Doesn’t matter what genre or label I put on Shokran’s album Exodus as it has hit me like a meteor. It’s simply great and offers a new sound to the metal market. This as an debut full-length album even and after replacing two band members since their EP “Supreme Truth” which came out only two years ago. Well done Shokran on going through that while also releasing one of the best metal albums of the year. You just got yourselves a new fan.

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For fans of: Fallujah and Black Crown Initiate
Favorite song: Praise the Stench (..Of Your Fallen Idols)