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Grimentitiy – To Perfection (Brutal Death Metal/Grindcore)

For those unfamiliar the band Grimentitiy is a new challenger that’s arrived from Belarus and with the short EP titled To Perfection (also called Promo 2020) have released their first physical album. The band is a trio which features a known name in Pavel Lapkouski on guitars and vocals, you might now him as the bass player in Relics of Humanity or from his past band Stickoxydal. Stickoxydal actually plays a similar style as Grimentitiy (where Pavel did guitars and vocals too) so it’s safe to say that’s something Pavel has built on when founding the band along with Roman Drobishevski (drums) and Nikita Metelskiy (vocals, bass).

Instantly the album begins with some intense instrumental works, soon followed by Pavel’s and Nikita’s vocals which are a great combo. Mixing the brutal death metal and grindcore feeling just perfectly where you can’t help but to think about Dying Fetus. “The Power of Broken” then comes on and what a track! While I thought the opener was a nice introduction where I got to know Grimentitiy they just blow me away with the next one, literally skipping a few bases going straight to the finish line. Ending To Perfection they did a Lock Up cover on the song “Dead Sea Scroll Deception”. Truth be told I think this is better than the original version, it has more power to it and I simply just love the vocals of Grimentitiy.

There isn’t really anything to complain about on To Perfection, only that it’s too short! Less than nine minutes long it still managed to get my blood pumping and I can’t wait to here more from Grimentitiy. They do grindcore just the way I want to to be, with a touch of brutal death in the mix. It’s well executed, done by a trio that knows their shit, well mixed and pays homage to some of the best death/grindcore music you’ve heard. Done by fans of the genre and I’m sure will be loved by fans of the genre!

Artist: Grimentitiy
Label: Independent
Release date: February 10th, 2020
Favorite track: The Power of Broken
For fans of: Dying Fetus and Lock Up
Score: 4/5 Excellent

Grimentity

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Albums of the month: April

With 1/3 of 2020 having come to an end the year has shown a lot of promise. April have had new strong albums from heavy hitters like Ulcerate, Benighted, Testament, Unmerciful, The Black Dahlia Murder and Abysmal Dawn to name a few. That alone has probably got a lot of metalheads having an empty wallet but then you can add newcomers such as Skam, Symbolik, Nyrst and Akurion to the mix which will make you have to take a loan! Meaning April was a great month for metal and you should just go straight to the monthly playlist to start listening to all these awesome albums.

Album of the month

Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still

What can I say, Ulcerate lives up to the hype! One of the best death metal bands in the world who seem to do no wrong and keeps on pushing the boundaries.

Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still was released April 24th via Debemur Morti Productions.

Runners-up

Benighted – Obscene Repressed

The French masters of mixing brutal death metal with grindcore Benighted are back with yet another superb album. While I think Necrobreed was a better album (I honestly think it’s their best release ever) Obscene Repressed still showcase a band on form who got their own style that I love.

Benighted – Obscene Repressed was released April 10th via Season of Mist.

Abysmal Dawn – Phylogenesis

After six years Abysmal Dawn returns with what I think is their best album to date. Which says a lot since they have released some killer material in the past too. A new lineup with some new ideas seems to have done the trick and this is one of the best technical death metal albums you’ll hear all year.

Abysmal Dawn – Phylogenesis was released April 17th via Season of Mist.

Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed

The American titans of brutal death metal Unmerciful really goes full-throttle at all times, showing you they fit their band name well. Wrath Encompassed is even more technical and refined than their older work as the band has matured even more. Great stuff! You can read the review here.

Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed was released April 24th via Willowtip Records.

Malist – To Mantle the Rising Sun

Oh Malist what a band! The debut came from nowhere and just sucker punched me with how good it was. To Mantle the Rising Sun is even better! If you haven’t heard of Malist before now is the time, don’t miss this. One of the best black metal albums of the year.

Malist – To Mantle the Rising Sun was released April 24th via Northern Silence Productions.

More great albums of April:

Aborted – La Grande Mascarade (best EP!)
Skam – The Sound of Disease
Symbolik – Emergence
The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous
Trivium – What the Dead Men Say
Live Burial – Unending Futility
Helfró – Helfró
Barishi – Old Smoke
Book of the Dead – Bound in Flesh, Inked in Blood
Forndom – Faþir
Testament – Titans of Creation
Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow
Venemous Skeleton – Drowning In Circles
Two Face Sinner – Spiritual Nemesis
The Projectionist – The Stench of Amalthia
Reptilium – Adrenochromacy
Khôra – Timaeus
Aspidium – Harmagedon
Vanir – 10 Years of Mead and Metal
Monolith – The Lord Conspirator
Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic
Cemetery Filth – Dominion
Myth of I – Myth of I
Abrupt Demise – The Pleasure to Kill and Grind
Akurion – Come Forth to Me
Wayward Dawn – Haven of Lies
Divine Chaos – The Way to Oblivion
Babylonfall – Collapse
Nyrst – Orsök
Xpus – In Umbra Mortis Sedent
Mental Disaster – The Repulsive Abomination
Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi
Endless Forms Most Gruesome – Endless Forms Most Gruesome
Illvilja – In Winters Cold
Eternal Armageddon – In Light In Dark In Hate

The Metal Gamer songs of the month Spotify playlist

Esophagus – Defeated By Their Inferiority (Slam/Brutal Death Metal)

Formed 2008 in Chile the band Esophagus has had some turbulent years. At the start they were a very active group, releasing two demo’s and two EP’s in four years. After that the band was quiet for a few years, trying out different members and it wasn’t until late last year we got new material in form of a split with Supreme Banishment that had two Esophagus songs in it. One of those two songs “To Reveal the Lifeblood of the New Race” has followed from the split to their debut full-length titled Defeated By Their Inferiority. Before I start the review it has to be said Realityfade Records and their founder Dimitri Sagaidak has done a superb job with the limited edition box of this album! Inspired with how the gaming (and movie) world does it with all the goodies that comes with a limited edition box it features a cool trading card and Predator inspired poster just to name a few things. That’s the way I want my limited edition boxes and I’ve personally ordered one (plus the Visions of Disfigurement box)! Only thing I really miss is a patch because I collect them. I’ve never seen a box like this before so thought it was a fun note but anyways back to the music!

What hits me first is the devastating vocals from the duo Fabian Muñoz and Hugo Ojeda. They complete each other so well and the sounds the two combines slays like a Predator on steroids. When “Pulverized by Misanthropic Behavior” comes on the filthy breakdown and tempo changes has now won me over, Esophagus sure knows how to mix brutal death metal with slam in a great way. On “Emperor Flesh Crown Supremacy”, “Offering to the Elder Gods” and “Beating Her to Deformity (Heinous Killings)” is where the really juicy slams drops though and those three tracks alone makes Defeated By Their Inferiority well worth your time. What an ending! The only thing I can actually complain about from this album is that I would of hoped the first part of if had blasted me away into oblivion just as much. There is no denying though that Esophagus has dropped a very good debut album with the last segment of it being totally killer stuff, much fitting a Predator on the hunt looking for blood. An interesting band to follow for the future to see if they can build on this!

Artist: Esophagus
Label: Realityfade Records
Release date: May 10th, 2020
Favorite track: Offering to the Elder Gods
For fans of: Abominable Putridity & Disnormality
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Esophagus

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Khôra – Timaeus (Atmospheric Black Metal)

Khôra has released it’s debut full length album, with the title of Timaeus. It’s an philosophical journey through cosmos, reaching far out to the very edge of it and beyond. What can almost be described as an existential storytelling, about where, what, who and why.

Originally formed in Freiburg, Germany by multi instrumental Oleg in 2013, since then have managed to release an demo, in 2016, and moved his base to Dublin, Ireland. According to the philosopher Plato, Khôra’s meaning is simply put it nothing and everything at the same time. Khôra is neither a being nor non being but something in lika a intervene which nothingness is originally being held.

Timaeus is a pot where a lot of different genres have been molded into a unique constellation. Everything from Black, Death, Progressive and many more. This have created a powerful sound, that will live up to the bands name, universal. Here you will feel and hear their vision of the infinity/eternity that keep everything in balance.

Khôra have since it’s first demo release been reinforced by very exceptional musicians from acts like Dødheimsgard, …and Oceans, Finntroll and more.

If something needs to be mentioned, it will have to be the artwork, made by Sergey Shenderovsky. Here follows an interesting dialogue between three entities, celestial eternals before the world and time exists.

If you’re a fan to the mythos of H.P Lovecraft and in general extreme metal, then this is the album for you.

Written by Ķ

Artist: Khôra
Label: Soulseller Records
Release date: April 17th, 2020
Favorite song: The Purge
For fans of: Dødheimsgard & The Great Old Ones
Score: 3/5 Good

Khôra

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Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (Technical Brutal Death Metal)

Unmerciful really needs no introduction for brutal death metal fans around the world. The band was created in 2001 by Clint Appelhanz, who was also an original member of the band Origin. Another ex-Origin member eventually joined in 2005, just in time for their fantastic debut album in 2006 Unmercifully Beaten, Jeremy Turner and the duo had found each other again laying the foundation that would become one of the most solid brutal death metal bands around. There has been some turmoil in the line-up during the years were especially the vocal spot has been hard on the band with Joshua Riley being the sixth vocalist they have. Line-up changes aside Unmerciful has released two very strong albums during their time and obviously I expected their 3rd album Wrath Encompassed being yet another excellent addition to their growing discography.

Pummelling your skull with a fierce fury Unmerciful is here to deliver the goods of hard hitting riffs. The album never slows down nor lack focus and Wrath Encompassed is an even better output than their latest, also superb, Ravenous Impulse. The new members Joshua Riley on vocals and Trynt Kelly (Marasmus & The Messiah Complex) on drums kick some serious ass and in all honesty I even think Riley is the best vocalist they’ve had (his range is insane) so I hope he will be a long-time member of Unmerciful. Kelley, a.k.a Sgt. Blast, does a fine job replacing John Longstreth (Origin, Hate Eternal (live), ex-Gorguts) which was something I was worried for seeing Longstreth is one of the best drummers in the world in my opinion. Hard to replace of course but Kelley makes a valid effort for you to forget all about Longstreth.

There is nothing on Wrath Encompassed that’s left for granted and Unmerciful has once again shown they are a band that’s symbolic for high standard. The production is the best they’ve had yet, likewise on the vocals front and the rest is just as good as you remember it from Ravenous Impulse. Fans of Unmerciful can sleep well tonight knowing the band never slows down, always work hard and always delivers what they promise. Intense, angry, and destructive brutal technical death metal of the highest quality. This is an album I will have with me at every gym session for those extra gains!

Artist: Unmerciful
Label: Willowtip Records
Release date: April 24th, 2020
Favorite song: Blazing Hatred
For fans of: Suffocation & Origin
Score: 4/5 Excellent

Unmerciful

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Willowtip Records

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Albums of the month: March

When writing this April is soon coming to an end but life has been in the way to get this out, I will try to be better for the April edition! March was yet another great month with a varied mix of metal offerings. The death metal releases really stood out for me this month and there was a lot of wicked music to be heard once again with Sutrah, Vredehammer, Earth Rot, Temple of Void and Afterbirth leading the charge in March.

Album of the month:

Temple of Void – The World That Was

Temple of Void is one of the best, if not the best, death/doom metal bands going. The World That Was is yet another amazing album by the Americans who can rumble with even the best Finnish bands in the same genre.

Temple of Void – The World That Was was released March 27th via Shadow Kingdom Records.

Runners-up:

Vredehammer – Viperous

One of Norway’s best bands these past years have been Vredehammer in my book. Back in 2016 they blew me away with Violater and now they follow it up perfectly with Viperous. Don’t miss out on this one!

Vredehammer – Viperous was released March 6th via Indie Recordings.

Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh

Afterbirth is one of those brutal death metal bands which you can basically from the very first note tell it’s them. They got their own thing going and they do it with style. While I personally liked their debut from 2017 The Time Traveler’s Dilemma more this is some of the most innovating music you will hear in the genre this year.

Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh was released March 13th via Unique Leader Records.

Sutrah – Aletheia

What started of with me almost giving this album a miss after its first spin eventually turned into one of my favorite albums this month. What a grower! It just keeps on giving and I like it more with each spin. Big surprise to me and Sutrah has become one of my latest bands to follow closely. You can read my review of Aletheia here.

Sutrah – Aletheia was released March 13th via The Artisan Era.

Earth Rot – Black Tides of Obscurity

Earth Rot’s death and black metal mix has been something that’s been a homerun in my book since the debut album Follow the Black Smoke from 2014. With their latest offering Black Tides of Obscurity the band showcase themselves at their best and the band seems to only go from strength to strength.

Earth Rot – Black Tides of Obscurity was released March 6th via Season of Mist.

More great albums of March:

Violet Cold – Noir Kid
Deadspace – A Portrait of Sacrificial Scars
Disembowel – Echoes of Terror
My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion
Medium – Medium
Svengahli – Nightmares of Our Own Design
Rotting Kingdom – A Deeper Shade of Sorrow
Putrid – Antichrist Above
Aronious – Perspicacity
Klysma – Mental
Wardaemonic – Acts of Repentance
Graceless – Where Vultures Know Your Name
Angerot – The Divine Apostate
Tribe of Pazuzu – King of All Demons
Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth and Sacrifice
Wombbath – Choirs of the Fallen
Æra – The Source of Ruin
Unholy Desecration – Unholy Horde
Deranged – Deeds of Ruthless Violence
Raider – Guardian of the Fire
Ergodic – Ergodic
Nox Formulae – Drakon – Darshan – Satan
Aodon – 11069
Tethra – Empire Of The Void
Torn in Half – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
Hangatyr – Kalt
Chronicle – Demonology
Molested Divinity – Unearthing the Void
Vulcano – Eye in Hell
Brain Stem – Symptoms of Annihilation – Stage 2
Hemotoxin – Restructure the Molded Mind
Nexorum – Death Unchained
Hyperconvolutor – Hyper Convolution
Here and Beyond – Eternal Recurrence
Hyborian – Volume II
Borgne – Y
Aeternam – Al Qassam
Svartkonst – Black Waves

The Metal Gamer songs of the month Spotify playlist

Ande – Vossenkuil (Atmospheric Black Metal)

The one man project that is Ande, belongs to the multi gifted instrumentalist Jim Christaens. The third album to date is named Vossenkuil, and if I’am not wrong means fox-hole. Originated in the Flemish part of Belgium, Bilzen, Limburg.

The name suits perfectly to Ande’s characteristic style and sound. A man who have been taking his inspiration from the purest and in the same time most sinister what we can imagine, nature itself. From here comes life and death.

With Vossenkuil we will experience a dark descendant of the wild. Raw to the deepest core that stretches through the thickest root system to what is the given birth for the forest.

The world Ande is taken from the old English language and refers to anger, pain and hate.
That is what I believe Jim is trying to tell us, through his music. That everything which include in nature’s own consciousness and constructions have so much rage toward us, that we take it for granted.

With hate there will follow hope, a glimpse of light to the misery shall occur.
All this have been the seed to what gave birth to Ande’s self released third album.
An album of dark, raw atmospheric metal that will echoe through the forest, that will echoe through mountains, nothing will numb it’s message to sun.

Since Ande’s creation in 2015, it have been dwelled beneath the ground, but can this be the release that will reach all of us. To answer the desperate call for the wild.

Written by Ķ

Artist: Ande
Label: Independent
Release date: April 3rd, 2020
For fans of: Agalloch & Wolves In The Throne Room
Favorite song: Sneeuw Op Het Meer
Score: 2.5/5 Decent

Ande

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