Amentia – Scourge (Technical Brutal Death Metal)

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From Belarus a techdeath band named Amentia have come to surprise us all with some of the best brutal technical death metal you will hear all year. They might not be a household name within the genre, yet, but Amentia have existed since 2003 with Scourge being the bands third full-length release, six years after their sophomore album Incurable Disease. Having never heard of the band myself I was caught off-guard by the bands tight riffs and blasting drums. To me this is close to a perfect score, everything just seems to hit the right notes at the right times.

Not a single song on the album is even close to being bad and Scourge has been on repeat several times these past days. Only thing is that the songs tends to be a bit indistinguishable which makes it hard for the songs to stand out to one another. Sometimes that can be a good thing, sometimes not and in this case I would like there to be some more variation. In a year when heavy hitters like Decrepit Birth, Suffocation, Hideous Divinity and Hour of Penance are releasing killer techdeath Amentia are making a great effort to stand tall next to those monsters. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know a great upcoming band with an album you do not want to miss.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amentiabelarus
Label: Satanath Records / Amputated Vein Records
For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Decrepit Birth
Favorite song: Noble Death
Score: 4/5

Khragkh – Ersatz (Black Metal)

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Well this has come to be an interesting find. Khragkh, a black metal horde from Belarus who formed in 2013 contacted me a few weeks ago and being the lover of kvlt stuff I obviously had to check it out. What I found was a very atmospheric and spiritual wicked type of black metal. The vocals really caught my interest, the tormented growls is great for the music Khragkh plays and it brings out the truly haunting and suffering personal struggles they sing about. In many ways this music reminds me of the works from Shining and Funeral Mist (I know those two bands are quite different), which isn’t something many bands out there manage to do. It’s raw and primitive style adding horrifying samples (the cat sounds at the start of Jadłovy bukiet for example) made by great musicians makes this a debut album you do not want to miss.

The two closing songs of the album are to me the two best ones, Ersatz and Crom. Lech. Mań. – Kruh. Kamień. Čalaviek. I do recommend listening to the whole album though in order to get the full experience from their seven stories on human aspects like spiritual weakness and religion. Khragkh’s debut album Ersatz is out now as a digital release and coming later this Summer as a physical release from Der Schwarze Tod.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/khragkh
Label: Der Schwarze Tod
For fans of: Shining and Funeral Mist
Favorite song: Ersatz