Putrified J – The Deep End of Horror (Slam/Brutal Death Metal)

The relentless killing machine from Belgium that is Putrified J started off as a one-man project by Jason Lambert (Klysma, Neuromoral Dissonance, Impure Violation and Human Barbecue) but eventually expanded into a duo in 2012. Since then Jason has worked with a few different people and joining him for this EP The Deep End of Horror we got Hervé Dieudonné on guitar. Putrified J has been one of the most active bands the past decade (celebrating 10 years this year) as there has been a release each year up until Kill the Living in 2016. Since then it’s been rather quiet, up until now that is!

The Deep End of Horror contains six songs clocking in on 12 minutes. Meaning it’s a rather short offering but we all know sometimes less is good, quality over quantity and all that. Does The Deep End of Horror offer the listener just enough quality music for the buck? The opener and title track “The Deep End of Horror” starts of a bit slower than I expected but on the follow-up track “Sickening Decapitation” all is good again in the slam world where the crushing drums together with the buzzsaw guitar tones and gutturals of Jason hits you straight in the face. Just the way it’s meant to! “Relentless” turns out to be even better as here it’s a more varied track on both tempo and use of vocals. Then “Undead Terror” comes along and just decides to curbstomp your face with the fastest track on the album. You don’t get any time for rest though as the previously released single “Seeds of Infamy” comes along that just like “Relentless” is showing just how varied Putrified J can bem with a killer solo to boot. “Infected Oath” closes out the album with a pure brutal death metal vibe and while I think it ends a bit abrupt it was fine while it lasted.

In the end The Deep End of Horror showcase Putrified J at its best. The only negative is that it’s short but at the same time it offers a very varied album for being slam/brutal death metal with each song sticking out and holding their own. Quality is the most important factor of course, but obviously the EP would be better with a couple more songs in it. Production value is top notch, they might even have made it a bit dirtier for that extra slam feeling but I dig it just the way it is too. Putrified J fans will get their fill here and this is yet another fine release during a Summer that’s seen already releases from Organectomy, Disentomb, Vulvodynia with Pathology and Visceral Disgorge coming up. 2019 is looking heavy!

Written by J.B.

Artist: Putrified J
Label: Comatose Music
For fans of: Abated Mass of Flesh and Placenta Powerfist
Release date: June 28th, 2019
Favorite song: Seeds of Infamy
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Albums of the month: June

Half the year is over and with that we can look back and see there has been a lot of great metal albums released so far. Will the next half be even better or has the best music of the year already been released? Time will tell! I found June being a bit slower after having a couple months seriously stacked with album of the year contenders. Still there were good albums released this month as well and here are some releases you should check out!

Album of the month

Panzerfaust – The Suns of Perdition I: War, Horrid War

Having never heard of the band before this promo dropped into my mailbox I didn’t know what to expect. Safe to say their album blew me away and has been the album I’ve listened to the most since it’s release. Released June 14th via Eisenwald.
Read the review here

Runners-up

Organectomy – Existential Disconnect

Organectomy keeps on pushing brutal and slam metal forward. One of the best, if not the best, albums in the genre this year. Released June 21st via Unique Leader Records.

Golgata – Skam

With each album Golgata grows stronger. Skam is their best release yet and this hidden gem of the finest Swedish black metal craft should be hidden no longer. Released June 17th via Satanath Records.
Read the review here

Enthroned – Cold Black Suns

It’s always a safe bet grabbing a new Enthroned album. Even with all the band member changes the heart and soul always remains intact and Enthroned is yet to release a bad album. Released June 7th via Season of Mist.

Kingdom – Rotting Carcass Arise upon the Burial Mound

Kingdom is another hidden gem from Poland and their vast death metal market. With their latest album they evolve their sound to new heights (or should I say underground lows?) and this was easily the best death metal album I head all month. Released June 6th via Godz ov War Productions.

Honorable mentions

Beheaded – Only Death Can Save You
Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind
Hate – Auric Gates of Veles
Serpent of Gnosis – As I Drink from the Infinite Well of Inebriation
Ingested – Call of the Void
Vulvodynia – Mob Justice
Temple Of Demigod – Onslaught Of The Ancient Gods
Heilung – Futha
Bestialord – Black Mass Wedding
Ov Lustra – Tempestas
The Odious – Vesica Piscis
Birdflesh – Extreme Graveyard Tornado
Flub – Flub
Shinda Saibo No Katamari – Saibogu
Yellow Eyes – Rare Field Ceiling
Putrified J – The Deep End of Horror

Panzerfaust – The Suns of Perdition I: War, Horrid War (Black Metal)

From Canada the band sharing the name with a certain German anti-tank weapon, Panzerfaust hails. Their black metal is to no surprise (seeing their name) much about war and anti-religion. Since their creation in 2005 the band has been very active having released new material almost every year up until their 2013 full-length album Jehovah-Jireh: The Divine Anti-logos. Since then they’ve taken it a bit slower, with an EP release in 2016 and now their 4th full-length album The Suns of Perdition I: War, Horrid War is out.

After having this album spinning on and off for the past month I can tell you straight away this album is a grower. Not just in the sense that it starts slow but get better with each spin. This album is good from the first track alone, just keeps getting better and grows in taste like a fine wine.

Funeral Mist, Deathspell Omega and 1914 are the first bands that came to my mind as a major influence when the opener “The Day After ‘Trinity'” hits you like an avalanche, a superb opening. The tank doesn’t stop there though as it bulldoze it’s way into your mind, pummeling your brain with the follow-up “Stalingrad, Massengrab”. The epic 13 minutes closer “The Men of No Man’s Land” does exactly like it’s intended to, close the album in style. A much slower song than the rest of the album, but oh so atmospheric and a great showing of wicked good songwriting. Which is actually the main part I will take with me from listening to Panzerfaust, their very well-written songs. Memorable, dark and deep lyrics accompanied with great music is all you need really and for that I give Panzerfaust a near perfect score. One of the best albums I’ve heard this year!

Written by J.B.

Artist: Panzerfaust
Label: Eisenwald
For fans of: Funeral Mist and 1914
Release date: June 14th, 2019
Favorite song: The Decapitator’s Prayer
Score: 4.5/5 Near perfection

Golgata – Skam (Black Metal)

I’ve followed the Swedish black metal band Golgata very closely since their EP Trälen came out in 2017, followed by De Dömdas Gryning last year where they took another step in the right direction. Finally though they’ve released a full-length album with Skam being their fourth offering (their debut EP Industrial Thoughts came out 2015). The Swedish duo don’t hold back at all and with Skam Golgata has put out their most complete album yet. It’s dark and sinister atmosphere, Swedish lyrics and varied songs makes it an easy album to get back to again and again. They also have their, so far, best tracks on this album with the opener “Förrädiskt Vaggas Vi Till Sömns” and “Opus IX (Lidandets Moder)” being two of my favorite black metal tracks I’ve heard this year (still quite a few months to go I know).

Golgata keeps their dirty underground, yet melodic, sound intact and throughout the album there is a red line on both lyrics and atmosphere that grabs you and never let you go. Difference here compared to their older albums, which makes this a winner in my book, is that it offers a more varied spectrum on fast, adrenaline pumping black metal accompanied with the more slow paced songs. Together with the intermission parts on spoken words, use of organ, acoustic guitar and more Skam pushes the band and is an album any black metal fan should listen to. I can’t stress this enough, Golgata is a very underrated band which just keeps on improving. Don’t sleep on them!

Written by J.B.

Artist: Golgata
Label: Satanath Records
For fans of: Skogen and Dråpsnatt
Release date: June 17th, 2019
Favorite song: Förrädiskt Vaggas Vi Till Sömns
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Call of Cthulhu

A game I’d been looking forward to for a long time is Call of Cthulhu. Being a huge Lovecraft fan, especially after trying out the pen and paper roll-playing game a bit over a year ago, I try to devour as many games (and metal music) as possible that’s inspired by his work. Call of Cthulhu seemed to be the most ambitious and promising game on the concept for years and even though I didn’t get the game on launch I bought it as soon as I saw it on a sale.

You play as the private investigator, and war veteran, Edward Pierce who has bizarre nightmares and self-medicates with sleeping pills and alcohol. The game starts with you getting a new case that leads you to investigate the death of the Hawkins family in Darkwater Island. It doesn’t take long until you find there is something very strange going on here, eventually leading to bizarre encounters, cult stuff and more. The story, which is based on “The Call of Cthulhu”, is awesome to play through. Even more if you’re a fan of the Mythos, read the short story or/and played the role-playing game before. So for me it ticked a lot of boxes instantly.

There are a lot of choices, paths you can take, along the way. Some changes the story quite a bit, some are very minor. I’ve always enjoyed when games does this, makes the replay value higher and you think over your decisions a lot more. However there are very few games that I think utilize this to a full extent. Sure there are four different endings in Call of Cthulhu, which is awesome, but for most part of the game the your choices makes no difference. Which is a big shame and I think this is untapped potential that could of made the game so much better.

When it comes to bugs there were a few graphical ones I encountered but the most annoying one was the sound levels. Why oh why was it such a big difference between the in game dialogues and cut scenes!? It happened quite often I had to turn it up a lot to even hear what they say during the cut scene, just get a minor shock when it went back to in game….

Overall though I can recommend this to fans of the Lovecraft Mythos. Story is interesting all the way through and even with it’s bugs and how in basically more than the first half of the game your choices doesn’t really matter it’s an enjoyable experience. If you’re not interested in Lovecraft at all though then there are a lot better games out there though. A small note is that I changed the “Music” score to “Sound” to represent what I actually grade more.

Pros

  • It does the Lovecraft Mythos justice.
  • That it had multiple endings.

Cons

  • Your choices didn’t matter that much.
  • A bit buggy.

Platform: Playstation 4
Graphics: 3/5
Sound: 2/5
Gameplay: 2.5/5
Story: 4/5
Score: 3/5 Good

What Remains of Edith Finch

I got this game for free on Playstation Plus and while I did not know what to expect from it I knew it had got some hype surrounding it when it came out. At first I thought this game was really weird, scratch that. The game IS weird. However I came to love the weirdness of this games, the stories it tells and how it does it. It isn’t all that often when I think a game, especially indie titles, has some of the best voice acting I’ve heard together with a visual presentation of all these small stories of the Finch family that was simply stunning.

This is one of those games that you see more as an artform than just a game. While neither the graphics nor gameplay is what draws you in here it does it’s job well but it’s the Finch family that wants your attention. They deserve it too and I suggest you pick this up for cheap as it’s an rather unique experience that even if it doesn’t tick all the boxes is worth a playthrough for the story (and narrative) alone. Hell I’ll tell you what, I even cried at the end, it got me good…

Pros

  • Voice acting.
  • Unique concept and narrative.

Cons

  • A bit too short.
  • Could have more fun, and varied, gameplay.

Platform: Playstation 4
Graphics: 3/5
Music: 3.5/5
Gameplay: 2.5/5
Story: 4/5
Score: 3/5 Good