Festerday – Iihtallan (Death Metal)

Named after a Carcass song and originally started in 1989 the Finnish band Festerday are no newcomers to the death metal scene. However the group initially only had three demos and a split with Carnifex (Finnish death metal, not the deathcore act) to eventually disband in 1993. While some of the members have been apart of different bands like …and Oceans and Havoc Unit they regrouped in 2013 with most of the original lineup intact. After a couple compilation albums, splits and EP’s they were finally ready, 30 years since they formed, to release their full-length debut (!) Iihtallan.

What we are offered is exactly where Festerday left off, classic death metal but in their case there is also a punk flair to it a bit like Crawl at times. What start with a gnarly intro quickly evolves into “Edible Excrement” which is catchy like hell and brings me towards some of the high tier songs Autopsy has done in their time. “Tongues for Rotten Kisses” continues this path with juicy riffs and the tempo-changes are done flawlessly which would make even Obituary be happy about how well executed it is. Their Carcass history is also prominent from time to time all over the album. While Iihtallan keeps on spinning I get more and more references here and there, when I get those moments of “oh this sounds a bit like Slowly We Root right here” and so on I think after a while that “hell this band right here made music earlier than most of those songs I think of”. Makes you wonder what this album would of meant 25 years ago, or maybe it would sound a lot different who knows.

“Kill Your Truth” quickly becomes one of my favorite tracks but the follow-ups “Control Not Your Soul” and “Dreaming for the Dead” are not much worse as Festerday just continue to showcase how great old school death metal is made. Then comes the absolute banger, the one track to rule them all. I am talking about a song that crush it straight from the first note and never let you rest until the 3 1/2 minutes are over and you’re sitting there tiered as hell because it just turned your brain into a mush. The song in question is “Vomiting Pestilence” and I am already thinking this will be a good candidate for song of the year after “Tsar Bomba” by Necrophobic won it last year. The song has it all, great riffs, wicked lyrics, filthy vocals and perfect death metal pace. “Gravelove” is another song I need to highlight because as soon as you hear the “urgh” followed by relentless drumming and furious riffs it will make you add it to your favorite playlist.

There is only one real negative point for me to say about Iihtallan and that’s the two closing tracks “Let Me Entertain Your Entrails” Pt.1 & 2. While the title is freaking awesome the songs feel out of place from the rest of the album. I could live with Pt. 1 as it’s still an alright song but especially Pt. 2 I would just cut out all together. I take it they are simply old recorded songs they never released but Pt. 2 sounds like an very old black metal song, while that’s cool in its own rights I don’t think it should be on here.

However it’s all those moments of a varied album that takes bits and pieces here and there that makes this a pure joy to listen to. This is class death metal throughout from veterans in the scene that knows what they are doing all the way from songwriting to production. I wouldn’t want Festerday to release their full-length debut any other way. Death metal fans are in for a treat really early on this year!

Written by J.B.

Label: Season of Mist Underground Activists
For fans of: Abhorrence and Crawl
Release date: January 4th, 2019
Favorite song: Vomiting Pestilence
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Martyrdoom – Grievous Psychosis (Death/Doom Metal)


You like your music raw and in a big sludge pile of filth then Martyrdoom is the band for you! Heavy down-tempo riffs and death metal groove is what these Polish musicians gives you in a neat package. Poland as a country keeps on giving great metal. The amount of good bands I’ve discovered as of late that originate from there is really starting to stack up. Martyrdoom (fitting name) were formed in 2010 and has since then been working hard in order to finally release their full-length debut.

Their debut is a good one at that and been worth the wait. Already on the opener Betrayed Trust you get into this grime headbang friendly album that is Grievous Psychosis. The album keeps on spinning at a heavy brutal pace throughout it’s 37 minutes and you can’t help but to fall in love with yet another Polish band that knows how to present death through music. The slow doom passages that Martyrdoom uses is a perfect fit in their sound and Sociak’s voice. Mix Obituary, Triptykon, Grave and Autopsy in a blender and this would be the result basically. Menacing and vile stuff that’s sure to get most metalheads going.

I like the mix of death and doom Martyrdoom presents and Grievous Psychosis is a solid debut album, one of the better ones so far this year. A few tracks I wasn’t too keen on, such as Face Without a Person, but all in all a fine debut. Will be interesting to see how they follow this up and perfect their sound even more. My favorite tracks are Betrayed Trust, Lucifer Rise and Corpsefuck.

Martydoom’s debut album Grievous Psychosis is out now through Memento Mori.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyrdoomdeath
Label: Memento Mori
For fans of: Obituary and Grave
Favorite song: Corpsefuck

Enragement – Burned, Barren, Bloodstained (Brutal Death Metal)


I usually review albums that are already out or soon to be out. However this time I got a promo from Inverse Records on a Finnish band called Enragement and their sophomore album Burned, Barren, Bloodstained which isn’t out until June 9th. When I get an album that’s not released until so far away in the future I usually wait for the release date to be closer but this time I couldn’t, the album is simply too good and I couldn’t wait! Lets start with some background on Enragement. The band was formed in 2006 by Lasse Sannikka (drums), Erkka Järvinen (guitars) and Jouni Mäkelä (vocals), Erkka left to focus on hockey, Jouni later on left to focus on his other band Reflection Dies. Left with no members, nor any album releases, Lasse rebuild Enragement and the band is now a four-piece, featuring three vocalists (!). It took just a bit more than a year for Lasse to assemble the new group together and release their debut album Omnimalevolence of Man. Now three years later they are active with Burned, Barren, Bloodstained.

I did mention Enragement consists of three vocalists. That’s the part that makes this band really stick out. Jarkko Niemi (Brymir), Atte Ojanne and Tuomas Iivanainen all got different types of growling, all from classic death metal, brutal death metal and shrieks as taken from a black metal band. And it’s not just the vocals that differs, the music overall also demonstrates a wide range of musical influences all from old school death metal to grindcore. One song can lean towards black metal (Ashen Unity), just to on the next track, As the Acid Burns, become a groovy riff-fest classic death metal type of song. What makes it all jell together in harmony is the intense heavyness and brutality that never stops. Burned, Barren, Bloodstained is an album that will go down as a hidden gem in Finnish metal scene and I hope many of you out there will notice this rare display of brutal death metal from a country that hardly dabbles in the scene. I am actually quite stunned to find such rare talent with a unique sound and never heard of them before. Being half Finnish I try to give that market an extra ear (just like with the Swedish scene) but this has simply went by me. For that I am sorry but I am now a true believe of Enragement’s quest to create the ultimate song to capture the human condition at its darkest.

Enragement now got a new fan, this is one of the best releases of the year. Burned, Barren, Bloodstained is out June 9th. I suggest you mark it down on your calendars and get it from Inverse Records for your own salvation. This is Extreme Death Metal, this is Enragement!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Enragement
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EnragementMetal
For fans of: Beheaded and Immolation
Favorite song: Dead Flesh Treasury

Fatalist – The Bitter End (Death Metal)


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.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fatalistband
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fatalistband
For fans of: Entombed and Dismember
Favorite song: Bloodfest

Desolator – Spawn of Misanthropy (Death Metal)


Can’t wait for the new Vader album to be released? Don’t worry I got just the thing to help you out! Desolator plays an old school death metal sound very similar to Vader but with some more swedish death metal touches to it. Not saying they are a Vader copy or anything like that but they certainly got some influences by them. Not that that’s a bad thing though.

It’s a shame I am just listening to an EP since this is so good I want them to release their second full-length (Unearthly Monument being their first) already! Spawn of Misanthropy is four tracks, 22 minutes, of mangling old school death metal that gets every true metalheads headbanging until you break. Sadly with it only being 22 minutes long you won’t even get sore after listening to this, it’s more of a tease.

Spawn of Misanthropy gives you a taste of what Desolator got coming for you once they get their full-length out. It’s a burst of brutality that grooves like a motherfucker and it will leave you craving for more.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DesolatorSwe
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DesolatorSwe
For fans of: Vader and Autopsy
Favorite song: Dark Epitaph