Beheaded – Beast Incarnate (Brutal Death Metal)

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Malta’s brutal death metal heroes Beheaded are back after a long five years wait since Never to Dawn came out. So what’s changed since then? Well the band has seen two new additions to it’s lineup with Davide Billia (Hour of Penance, Septycal Gorge and Xenomorphic Contamination) joining on drums and Simone Brigo (Blasphemer) on guitars. Also their sound has changed a bit, might be due to the change of members but that I am not sure of. The band has taken a turn into the more old school death metal sound, while still keeping it very brutal death metal. While I personally think this is a good way to go seeing how popular OSDM has become yet again, plus the fact that I love the genre, but I can understand if some of the older fans of Beheaded might see this as something bad. This is something the band has slowly changed into since Never to Dawn though so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Beast Incarnate is a solid album, you can be sure of that (if you even thought otherwise). The album will surely grab the attention of new fans to the band but might also drive some of the older ones away. It’s always a big and hard step to move away from your comfort zone and try something new. I think Beheaded does it really well though and are now a sweet mix between the likes of Suffocation and Death. A mix I am sure most death metal fans will enjoy.

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For fans of: Suffocation and Death
Favorite song: Fid-Dlam Ta Dejjem

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Alluvial – The Deep Longing for Annihilation (Technical Death Metal)

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Formed in 2016 by the mastermind Wes Hauch (Black Crown Initiate, ex-The Faceless) and Keith Merrow (Conquering Dystopia and Demisery) Alluvial had a lot of metal fans eager to see what the duo could come up with on their first release. The time is finally here and Alluvial gives us a late Christmas gift to kick off 2017 in style.

You will notice very fast that Alluvial is a different kind of band as it features no vocalist. This is purely instrumental (which some of you might guess seeing it involves Keith Merrow). It’s hard to pull off an album entirely instrumental due to many reasons. Will the listener be interested in the album for the whole 52 minutes? Will the duo be able to express themselves well enough with only instruments? Questions like these needs to be answered on everyone single one listening. A reason my girlfriend isn’t a big fan of, as an example, Moonsorrow is due to them having too long songs and she ends up changing to track five minutes in.

I have to say I am quite surprised how well this album is executed. Even without vocals The Deep Longing for Annihilation is emotional and gets to you. The album is not for everyone but any fans of atmospheric and technical metal can certainly enjoy their time with it. An interesting project to say the least that turned out better than I expected with this being the first fully instrumental album I’ve reviewed. I recommend you to listen to a song or two first before making your mind up on this album. Just don’t give this album a miss simply because it’s an instrumental one, since with Wes and Keith on guitars they know how to express themselves even without vocals!

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AlluvialMetal
For fans of: Black Crown Initiate and Conquering Dystopia
Favorite song: Mirelands

Mental Cruelty – Pereat Mundus (Brutal Death Metal)

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Dropping some insane downtempo and bree growls to kick the album off Mental Cruelty instantly shows they are the real deal. Mental Cruelty brings all kinds of pig squeals, gutturals and growls while slamming brutally. Beyond that they even got the time to stick in a sick guitar solo or two!

See this as a mix of slam and downtempo. Ingested having a love affair with Black Tongue creating a vile spawn made of hate and decomposed life. This is as brutal as it is good and grotesque. Switching from the fast and brutal slamming death metal to downtempo is an art for us sick metalheads and Mental Cruelty pulls it off really well. This coming from a completely new band that was formed the same year this album was released is awesome and I can’t wait for a full-length by these sick fucks!

In the meantime though be sure to check out these brutal Germans EP Pereat Mundus which is out now through Ghastly Music.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MentalCruelty
For fans of: Ingested and Black Tongue
Favorite song: Master Of The Void

My Darkest Hate – Anger Temple (Death Metal)

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I was surprised when I stumbled upon My Darkest Hate through the Spotify weekly playlist. Not only had I never heard of the band before but they’ve been going since 1998 and plays a genre I love more than anything, death metal! I was honestly quite shocked but glad there that are so much good music out there that it is almost impossible to know of all good bands, even within your favorite genre.

My Darkest Hate hails from Germany and since the bands formation in 1998 one out of four members still remains since their debut album, Klaus Sperling on drums and the creator Jörg M. Knittel on guitar. Sperling is also known for his time in power metal bands Freedom Call and Primal Fear. My Darkest Hate plays old school death metal but not like the Swedish Entombed or Dismember sound, but think of bands like Centinex and Bolt Thrower instead. If you’re a fan of those bands you will feel right at home here.

I enjoyed my time with Anger Temple. It’s classical death metal to the very bones, well produced, great riffs and vocals. What can go wrong with that? Anger Temple is out now by Massacre Records. Sorry for the bad image quality of the album cover, I couldn’t find a good one.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mydarkesthate
For fans of: Centinex and Bolt Thrower
Favorite song: Awaken from Slumber

Katalepsy – Gravenous Hour (Brutal Death Metal)

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Ah Katalepsy, one of the two Moscow giants of slam together with Abominable Putridity. Both who recently signed with Unique Leader Records, a label known for their quality brutal death metal. Saying that the stakes have been high for Katalepsy to perform after their latest brutal hit Autopsychosis.

With Gravenous Hour you can see the band move away a bit from the slam, leaning a bit more towards technical death metal. I am sure a few of the older fans will see this as a bad step and that it isn’t brutal enough anymore and I can get that. I however really like this new direction. Blindead Sultan and Critical Black Mass are freaking great and even though they are not on par with the bands monster of a song Cold Flesh Citadel (one of the best brutal songs ever made in my opinion and got me into the band) they do add something different to Katalepsy’s releases and there is no denying that it’s good brutal death metal.

So to sum it I think it’s a good album, a bit different from what I expected but still a really good listen. Katalepsy consists of some very talented musicians and I like they changed it up a bit, but didn’t do it too much. A great buy for any fan of the brutal metal school. Katalepsy – Gravenous Hour is out now by Unique Leader Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Katalepsymoscow
For fans of: Abominable Putridity and Pathology
Favorite song: Blindead Sultan

Fatalist – The Bitter End (Death Metal)

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Swedish death metal worship from California! That’s how the American band Fatalist describes their music and I can’t do anything else than completely agree with them. The Bitter End sounds a lot like the good old 90’s Swedish death metal scene, where bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Carnage, Evocation, Grave etc comes to mind. As you all know by now this is a good thing! One can simply not have too much death metal! Funny thing is the band was originally thought to be a Swedish death metal cover band called Stockholm Syndrome. Even though that never happened the idea was already planted to create old school Swedish death metal.

That being said there is good and there is bad death metal, so in which category does Fatalist fall into? Answer is the good one! The dark and gritty guitar plays, with blasting solos are exactly as I remember Entombed or Dismember in their prime. Mid-tempo melodic groove just waiting for a metalhead to go nuts on in the mosh pit. Whereas this is nothing new to the metal crowd this is well produced and a great homage to the old school Swedish death metal scene.

When listening to Fatalist – The Bitter End you get 44 minutes on 11 tracks 90’s death metal the Swedish way. Anyone wanting to reminiscence that era will be happy with this purchase, as it’s a sure buy for any fans of 90’s death metal. However if you’re wanting something new you haven’t heard before then this is not the album for you. The Bitter End is out now from German label F.D.A. Rekotz.

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For fans of: Entombed and Dismember
Favorite song: Bloodfest

Craving – By the Storm (Melodic Death/Folk Metal)

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Germany and Finland seems to almost have a stronghold of good folk metal bands as they just keep on coming and I keep on finding bands I’ve never heard of before from these countries that are great. From the same country that has given us the likes of Suidakra and Equilibrium Germany has a band that’s probably lesser known for most of you called Craving.

By the Storm is the bands third full-length release and since their formation in 2005 (as Erbos). The core three members Thorsten Flecken, Ivan Chertov and Maik Schaffstädter were together on the first two albums however with By the Storm the lineup has taken a big change. Craving now consists of Ivan Chertov on guitar/vocals, Leonid Rubinstein on bass and Tobias Petri on guitar, meaning Ivan Chertov is the only member left from the original lineup.

With the change though there isn’t really that much that’s different and fans of Craving will still feel right at home. Ivan is still a great vocalist, while Leonid and Tobias fills in the void left from the past members just fine. By the Storm is a really long album, the longest I’ve reviewed actually, clocking a whopping 1 hour and 18 minutes. I don’t think Craving offers anything extraordinary but at the same time it isn’t bad, it’s just compared to the likes of Equilibrium and Suidakra they are missing that little extra punch. For fans of said bands though Craving will be a nice surprise to anyone who haven’t heard of them before. If you have then don’t be alarmed by their lineup changes, they still still offers the melodeath/folk metal you’re used to.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cravingofficial
For fans of: Suidakra and Equilibrium
Favorite song: Spirits of the Dead