Cut Up – Wherever They May Rot (Death Metal)

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Ah Cut Up, a band everyone that got some love for Swedish Death Metal should in all honestly know off. Why you may ask? Because they were formed from members of the legendary band Vomitory, that’s why! Not only that, drummer Tobias “Tobben” Gustafsson is currently active in God Macabre (one of the very fist death metal bands in Sweden) and Nifelheim. Not a bad lineup to say the least. As you might guess Cut Up plays old school death metal very much in the veins of Vomitory. That said it is not a straight up Vomitory clone, even if I would love that haha, as influences from God Macabre and Nifelheim can be heard at times.

One thing that does continue the Vomitory legacy is the lyrical theme. It’s full of death, gore and violence just like you remember it, making it a more brutal death metal experience than some other bands out there due to the song-writing alone. In the Aftermath and Behead the Dead I would take with me as my two favorite songs on Where They May Rot. In the Aftermath gets that groove harsh death metal style down just the way I like it just to the go all heavy speed on your ass, while Behead the Dead is just straight up brutal with a melodic solo to top it off. Giving me that Vomitory feeling that I crave.

Death metal fans will have a good time with Wherever They May Rot. Cut Up lives up to the hype surrounding a band of their caliber. It’s a solid release from some of the veterans that helped make the genre big in the early 90’s. Definitely worth a listen from old Vomitory fans around the world.

Wherever They May Rot is out now through Metal Blade Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cutupofficial
For fans of: Vomitory and Vader
Favorite song: Behead the Dead

Red Moon Architect – Return of the Black Butterflies (Doom Metal)

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Not too long ago I reviewed Kaunis Kuolematon, a Finnish melodic doom/death metal band that I found being a hidden gem from the Finnish metal scene. I’ve kept on digging for more doom and gloom sound from the cold heart of Finland and I didn’t even need to look far, actually I didn’t need to look at all since Inverse Records were kind enough to email me a promo with exactly what I was looking for. Red Moon Architect were formed 2011 in a very fitting environment, namely a town called Kuovola. The town is often called the ‘largest lighted cemetery’ in Finland, so it’s no wonder the town gave birth to a doom metal band.

Compared to Kaunis Kuolematon and Swallow the Sun this is a bit heavier music in some aspects and touches on funeral doom sound. Shape of Despair is the closest I can come to their sound (that being said I am not the most experienced doom metal listener). It’s haunting sound and heavy doom will surely get to you and it’s an emotional journey that Red Moon Architect guides you through beautifully. The addition of vocalist Ville Rutanen (ex-The Final Harvest and ex-Casket) after losing Juuso Turkki (Hypothesis) was a really great move. He does a superb job in his debut taking over the doom mantle and it’s burdens like he has been in the band since the start. Anni Viljanen sings just as beautiful as ever, while Saku Moilanen, Jukka Jauhiainen and Matias Moilanen pulls off their best performance yet.

I’d never heard of Red Moon Architect until last week. After listening to this album I was hooked, had to dig into the rest of their discography (which was the reason this review didn’t get out yesterday) and I had a really good time going through it. It’s great doom metal and for me they are now one of my go to bands within the genre. Return of the Black Butterflies is out May 19th through Inverse Records (another great release by them) and until then I suggest you listen through their discography to prepare yourself for what is to come!

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RMAmetal
For fans of: Swallow the Sun and Shape of Despair
Favorite song: NDE

Hideous Divinity – Adveniens (Technical/Brutal Death Metal)

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Guess what? There is a third good album that came out April 28th! Hideous Divinity is a band I am sure many of you are familiar with. Being formed in 2007 (in Norway actually) and featuring two ex-Hour of Penance back then they took the brutal technical death metal scene by storm. Since then quite a few lineup changes have happened, one were Mauro Mercurio (ex-Hour of Penance) left forcing Enrico Schettino to rebuild. That didn’t stop him nor the band though as the debut album and sophomore received much praise from the metal community. Adveniens has been on many peoples minds when thinking what album can be a contender for best techdeath album this year.

What strikes me straight away is the punishing drums that keeps on hammering your skull. Enrico hasn’t lost his touch on the guitar either as he has yet another really strong performance. Stefano Franceschini on bass (Aborted) adds a lot of heavyness with his bass play, as expected from a man with his caliber and he already showed it on Cobra Verde, this time he is even better though. There is a lot here that you can hear have the roots from Hour of Penance, which isn’t a bad thing since it’s one of my favorite bands when it comes to techdeath. Ages Die starts off violent with some of the best work Hideous Divinity has done. Hard to top that you would think right? Be sure as hell they do though! Passages starts off slow (one of the few times you get to breath on the album) and it features several different “passages” throughout the song, showcasing a lot of different aspect to their music. The song got a bit of a Nile touch to it that way (I’ve always loved how they change tempos) and it sticks out for me.

All in all this is a great album. Hideous Divinity is definitely one of the best technical death metal bands going, having released three solid albums now. Getting slightly better with each one. Italy might just have Europe’s best techdeath scene right now with Septycal Gorge, Deceptionist (featuring two ex-Hideous Divinity members), Hour of Penance and Hideous Divinity all released top albums these past three years. And they don’t look like they are slowing down either!

Adveniens is out now through Unique Leader Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hideousdivinity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HideousDivinity
For fans of: Hour of Penance and Nile
Favorite song: Passages

Shadow of Intent – Reclaimer (Deathcore)

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Released the same day as Firespawn’s The Reprobate I had to make a tough choice which to review first. Since I’d review deathcore albums for half the week I thought it was time for some death metal then. That said it doesn’t necessarily mean I like this any less! It’s actually only been a year since Shadow of Intent dropped their debut album Primordial, the Halo (video game) themed melodic deathcore sound was perfect for me to have as one of the first review on The Metal Gamer. I didn’t have it in my top 20 of the year but that was honestly a miss, Primordial mainly missed out simply due to me forgetting how great it was and took in some albums on my list that I reviewed closer in time to when I was making the list. Oh well I guess that happens to a lot of people. So does Reclaimer live up to one of last years best releases?

They got the epic entry down with We Descend… orchestral setting joined with Ben Duerr’s growls from hell (or space in this case), sweet guitar plays and roaring drums. The orchestral elements are a lot more present on Reclaimer than on Primordial, which is great in my opinion as it adds more depth to the music. It also feels closer to the Halo series due to it, more of an epic battle kind of feeling. The use of clean vocals I was a bit scared how it would turn out but already when the single The Horror Within came out I knew there was nothing to worry about. He nails it! What else is new on Reclaimer? Oh Shadow of Intent managed to get some really class acts to feature on Reclaimer. Or how about Jason Evans (Ingested) and Dickie Allen (Infant Annihilator) joining their evil vile forces on The Catacombs? Aleksandr Shikolai (aka Alex Terrible from Slaughter to Prevail) continues to remain an active presence having featured in quite a few albums so far. He does a great job just as well here on The Gathering of All. Then we also have a vocalist from a band I recently started getting into Tom Barber from Lorna Shore on The Prophet’s Beckoning.

While I see those three songs as highlights on Reclaimer, Shadow of Intent pushes their sound even further even if those songs wouldn’t be on the album. Songs such as The Horror Within, The Forsaken Effigy and The Great Schism (instrumental song with sweet guitar, piano solos) are more than great examples of that. Primordial was a great debut, Reclaimer is, only one year later, even better and really shows the talent Shadow of Intent got. To be able to develop so much as a band in such a short amount of time is nothing short but greatness in the making. Who knows how far these guys can go? Maybe it’s time to bring Shadow of Intent into the discussion who can be crowned as the new deathcore kings soon? All hail the king Shadow of Intent. The best deathcore band to have spawned these past years.

April 28th was a wicked day for music, one of the best death metal and deathcore releases of the year out on the same day. Shadow of Intent’s sophomore album Reclaimer is out now as an independent release. A must have for any deathcore fan.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShadowofIntentCT
For fans of: Angelmaker and Aversions Crown
Favorite song: The Catacombs

Firespawn – The Reprobate (Death Metal)

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I’ll be honest with you guys I shouldn’t even be reviewing this album. Know why? Because Firespawn is one of my absolute favorite death metal bands and I am bound to give it all the praise it should get. Then again fuck it, I loved this album before it was even announce and listening to the singles Serpeant of the Ocean, Blood Eagle and Death By Impalement didn’t make me love it any less. The album even starts with Serpeant of the Ocean and Blood Eagle, just to get me into the death metal mood and loving ways of the Firespawn straight away.

You might also wonder, “Jimmy how is it you’re such a fan of Firespawn?”. Well let me tell you why! The band consist of one of my favorite vocalists L-G Petrov (ex-Entombed, ex-Nihilist), with members from some of my favorite bands Unleashed, Necrophobic and Dark Funeral. Would you call this a super group? Fuck yeah! Does it live up to the expectations you might have of a band featuring those said members? Fuck yeah! This is Lucifer made into flesh. Darkness is upon us friends and it is bloody sweet. To me this is death metal perfection, it has the vocalist we all think of when it comes to death metal, the riffs that screams for a headbanger to groove to it and drumming of thunder that even Tor would be jealous of. I simply can’t give these guys enough praise. I did say I shouldn’t review Firespawn due to it but here you are still reading me rambling on about how great they are. If you like death metal you will like Firespawn’s sophomore album The Reprobate, that’s just the way it is. They might not have made everything right with Shadow Realms (that said it is bloody great, I just don’t think it lived up to the hype) but with The Reprobate they have. It’s an album filled with darkness and great music to come with it, wrapped up in a great album cover. What’s there not to like?

If I still gave scores to my reviews this would be a perfect ten. I like many genres but death metal is closest to my dead soul. This is the kind of music I live for, or die for. Firespawn – The Reprobate is out now through a brand that has most of my favorite bands signed, Metal Blade Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/firespawnofficial
For fans of: Entombed and Unleashed
Favorite song: Serpeant of the Ocean

Lorna Shore – Flesh Coffin (Deathcore)

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My friends I will be honest with but I’ve sinned. In the beginning I didn’t honestly like Lorna Shore all that much, wasn’t until The Underground (a metal group on facebook I can advise you to join) and especially Ben Duerr (Shadow of Intent vocalist) started writing about how great they were. I saw people getting tattoo’s of the Flesh Coffin cover and then I said “man I need to listen to this album”. Better late than never but here we are!

Lorna Shore have a really good mix of fast hard hitting riffs, wicked growls (Tom Barber has a wide range of growling styles), well-written evil lyrics, melodic at times and down-tempo elements (the Traitors kind). Songs like Denounce the Light are pure evil and features all of those things I just mentioned, quickly turning into a song I listen to daily. You also have the catchy course in The Astral Wake of Time that gets stuck in your head. FVNERAL MOON, the albums hit single, was the song that got me interested in Lorna Shore and it’s freaking great. I thought that song was going to be my favorite one on the album as it’s a good song that I’ve heard many times before coming into this album. However with tracks like Denounce the Light, Void and Infernum on the album it’s not even in the contest for favorite song. This in itself speaks of the high level Flesh Coffin brings to the table.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, 2017 is THE year for deathcore. The genre just keeps on giving great albums, a category Flesh Coffin easily falls into. Lorna Shore – Flesh Coffin is out now through Outerloop Records.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LornaShore
For fans of: Enterprise Earth and Fit For An Autopsy
Favorite song: Denounce the Light

So This Is Suffering – Palace of the Pessimist (Deathcore)

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As I did the Enterprise Earth review yesterday I realized I’d totally forgotten some deathcore releases I’d even looked forward to review. One of those is So This Is Suffering’s Palace of the Pessimist. Being formed back in 2006 they are one of the oldest deathcore bands going (yes I know the scene isn’t that old), having released their first EP Harlot in 2009 and eventually their full-length debut A Deathscene on Delay in 2012. Despite being formed 11 years ago Palace of the Pessimist is the bands sophomore album, having had to wait five years for this record. So the question is, is this worth the wait? Will So This Is Suffering stand their ground in this ever so growing scene?

Sleeper Hold builds up the album, starting slow and groovy but that changes less than one minute in as it unleashes chaos. To follow it up Lecherous got the most wicked technical riffs quickly turning it into my favorite song on the album. After that great start you might wonder what’s next in line. My answer is it doesn’t get any better than that, does that mean the rest of the album is bad? No it means Lecherous is simply too good of a song in my opinion. Other high points for me are Columbine and Dreameater, both tracks that’s become music videos and are probably the two tracks that’s drawn you into listening to Palace of the Pessimist. Rest of the album is solid too and if this release came out almost any other year I would place it as a contender for deathcore album of the year. The competition is simply too fierce this year though, a good or great album won’t win this year. A freaking amazing album that blows you away will. Who knows though, some albums grows on you more with time and some you like less with time. I might change my opinion giving this album more spins the coming eight months. Time will tell.

What I do know is that So This Is Suffering is a band some people might take too lightly. Even with them being veterans within the genre I sometimes think they are overlooked. Don’t be that guy. So This Is Suffering is a band among the greats of deathcore and Palace of the Pessimist will make any headbanger happy.

So This Is Is Suffering’s sophomore album Palace of the Pessimist is out now through your favorite brutal label Unique Leader Records.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sothisistweetin
For fans of: Boris the Blade and Fit For An Autopsy
Favorite song: Lecherous