Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Brutal Death Metal)

It’s not often I stumble upon bands that’s been going for quite some time but to me they are completely new. Mass Infection from Greece is one of those bands that I’d honestly never heard about until just over a couple weeks ago. What’s more, and just as rare, is that Shadows Became Flesh hit me so hard that I had to make an order for it straight away, while listening through the rest of their discography. Where has Mass Infection been in my life? What I found is that this is band that leaves no riff to chance, has a perfect blend of classic death to the brutal ways and are superb songwriters.

Sometimes you find an album that might not revolutionary the genre but they do just about everything right, Shadows Became Flesh is such an album. As I just had to listen through the rest of their discography, which is also incredible and much recommended, I found this being their most complete work yet. Everything is better all the way from how the snare sound, how the guitar is tuned to production. Also the addition with the very talented Giulio Galati (Hideous Divinity, Blasphemer (live), Bloodshot Dawn (live)) on drums have worked wonders as him and the band seems to be a great fit right from the start.

From Omnious Prevision to Shadows Became Flesh every single song is a massive bulldozer of quality death coming at you. One of the most complete albums of 2018 where every song stands well on their own and it’s a great example of how to create a near perfect album in the genre. Even the cover art is astonishing and helps paint the full picture as one say of what is to come from Shadows Became Flesh.

If you like Severe Torture “Slaughtered” era, Monstrosity, Deeds of Flesh or just death metal overall then Mass Infection is right up your alley. Simply put this is brutal death metal done right with all the punishing blast beats, technical riffs that you can’t get enough of and crushing growls for your needs. One of the best albums in the genre that came out a bit too late to hit my yearly list.

Written by J.B.

Label: Comatose Music
For fans of: Severe Torture and Monstrosity
Release date: December 7th, 2018
Favorite song: To the Lords of Revulsion
Score: 4.5/5 Near Perfect

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Habitual Depravity – Realms Of Abysmal Servitude (Brutal Technical Death Metal)

Habitual Depravity is a new name on the ever growing death metal scene hailing from Australia. I personally came around them as I follow the Realityfade Records quite closely as their releases is usually of really high quality and guess what? To no surprise at all fate would have it that so is this release!

What better way to start off one of the best brutal death metal albums of 2018 with a crushing intro where the drums will slam your face in? I don’t know about you but that’s exactly how I want to get up in the mornings, works better than coffee. Having Marco Pitruzzella (Six Feet Under, ex-Brain Drill, ex-The Faceless and ex-Vital Remains) on drums surely helps a ton as he is a pure mastermind on drums. Overall I think that’s one of the stronger points to take from Habitual Depravity’s debut Realms of Abysmal Servitude as it’s such a standout performance it’s hard not to take an extra liking to it. That being said it’s not like the other part of the deadly duo Jonathan Urwin does a bad job. Quite the contrary as his vocal range is great and reminds me a lot about Frank Mullen of Suffocation and if that wasn’t enough he also does all the other instrumental works. A very talented duo we got here for sure. The instrumental parts of Realms of Abysmal Servitude is a highlight of the year and even if the album would come without vocals it would be a joy to listen to, which can’t be said to many albums.

As each song passes by and I give the album more and more spins it gets to me, all the songs stand out very well on their own. They each got their own thing going on, and even though there is a brutal death metal core there is a lot of different technical aspect to it which breeds differently on the tracks. It’s brutal, technical and got a lot of variety to it with each song being a whole different beast that wants to tear you apart limb from limb. The production is great and the only real problem I got is that I would like the album to have a track or two more but from the 29 minutes we get this is pure technical brutal death metal on the high tier levels. The closing track, which is the album titled one, get my favorite song choice here as it offers me the perfect blend of brutality along with great riffs and bludgeoning drums.

A superb album that would land on my best of the year list if only it had only come out sooner. One every brutal death metal fan should have in their collection.

Written by J.B.

Label: Realityfade Records
For fans of: Suffocation and Brain Drill
Release date: December 30th, 2018
Favorite song: Realms of Abysmal Servitude
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Ineffable Demise – Beyond the Marrow Gates (Brutal Death Metal)

Who are Ineffable Demise you might ask yourself? Hell I didn’t even know until I had a look on Trevor Strnad’s top 100 list which always features a lot of great underground bands I might have missed. Seeing this was a year where I didn’t have a lot of brutal death metal albums coming in my mailbox his list was the best way to listen to the gems I had missed. Ineffable Demise is an international trio that hails from the United States and United Kingdom, both countries having had a lot of great BDM bands over the years. Ineffable Demise started only two years ago and with Beyond the Marrow Gates their debut was upon us.

From the get go Ineffable Demise goes hard and shows they aren’t here to fuck around, instead they want to use their brutal sledgehammer to leave your brain in a mush. Music wise this is classic brutal death metal on the more technical side where bands like Defeated Sanity thrives, with some heavy hitting slams being used from time to time to hit you extra hard. In all honesty this is a great example on how to showcase musical skills but within the boundaries of their peers. While I did mention the album starts off merciless, leaving nothing to chance, it’s on the fourth track “Tyranny” the real fun starts and the slams are more incorporated making it one of my personal favorites instantly. Then the last three songs “Undercity”, “Pummel” and especially the closing song “Abolition” ends the album on a really high note where the drums and bass are really dominant acting like a tank to destroy everything in its path. The good use of audio clips and instrumental parts hitting its peak makes “Abolition” one of the best BDM songs I’ve heard this year.

There is really nothing wrong here, maybe a bit too much of Defeated Sanity worship for some but if you, like me, think they are one of the best bands to ever reach your eardrums then Ineffable Demise and their debut Beyond the Marrow Gates is for you. The mixing is good, the album got a few standout tracks, length is perfect for this genre as it keeps you interested all the way to end. An impressive debut that can be built on and I am looking forward to hear what they do next now that I got my eye on them.

Written by J.B.

Label: Realityfade Records
For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Fixation on Suffering
Release date: July 20th, 2018
Favorite song: Abolition
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Klysma – Sick (Slamming Deathcore)

Klysma is inviting you to a slamming deathcore party with all their friends and what a party it is! This houseparty goes hard from the start and never stops until you’re completely wasted. When you got friends over like Scordatura, Devour the Fetus and Obsolete Incarnation you’re bound to have a one of a kind, fun, loving and cuddly bash. Add the fact that the members of Klysma can also be heard in bands like Human Barbecue, Putrified J, Human Vivisection and Brutal Sphincter then you know this is no joke.

Let me tell you a not so very secret secret. You know what makes a metal gamer like me go extra hard? When you add some gaming sample in the music! Guess what? Kylsma did just that on the ending of “A Thousand Rotting Corpses” where you can hear music from a Kirby level, that’s right people it’s Kirby slam time! Now that’s fucking brutal! I am not going to lie I’ve heard this kind of music a bunch of times before but Klysma with friends make a rather varied effort on the genre with a lot of sick tunes for the sick minds out there. It’s pure fun and sometimes that’s more than enough. If you just want to check out a couple of tracks to see what Klysma is all about I suggest “Viral Sickness”, “Burning the Dead” and “A Thousand Rotting Corpses”.

Great production, variation to the slaughter, perfect length for this type of music and a lot of fun. It might not end on my albums of the year list but this is definitely worth checking out for fans of early Ingested, Stillbirth and Purefilth!

Written by J.B.

Label: Ghastly Music
For fans of: Stillbirth and Purefilth
Release date: September 7th, 2018
Favorite song: A Thousand Rotting Corpses
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Nails of Imposition – Surpassing Carbon Decay (Brutal Death Metal)

Woho more brutal death metal! This time I took it upon myself to look through the latest releases from a label I personally enjoy, namely Lord of the Sick Recordings. There I found they had released an album in August called Surpassing Carbon Decay by Australian four-piece Nails of Imposition. With a new vocalist in Ewan Lambert (Corpseflesh, Facegrinder) since the bands full-length debut Bloodletting Eroticism they were now ready for the next step as a band.

My initial thought is damn this album is a lot better than the debut, which I was not a big fan of. Everything from the slick riffs, growls of death from Lambert to crushing drums is an improvement and there is little to dislike on Surpassing Carbon Decay. Their talent shows and if it wasn’t for the fact none of the tracks really stand out this album would get an even higher score. It kind of goes through without leaving a big impact on you but it’s still a perfectly good album that does few wrongs that’s a solid choice for those of you who want a fine crossing between old school American death metal and the brutal death metal scene.

While I’ve heard this kind of take on brutal death metal many times before I like this kind of thing. Sure there are bands out there who does this better but if you enjoy brutal death metal with a lot of technical aspects to it like Defeated Sanity, Suffocation and Deeds of Flesh then you’re sure to have a good time here too.

Written by J.B.

Label: Lord of the Sick Recording
For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Deeds of Flesh
Release date: August 1st, 2018
Favorite song: Contrived of the Spoliate
Score: 3/5 Good

Serocs – The Phobos/Deimos Suite (Brutal Technical Death Metal)

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Serocs were formed in 2009 as a one-man project by guitarist Antonio Freyre who released two EPs and a full-length while going solo. With the release of The Next in 2013 Serocs turned into a full-scale band but have since had a hard time with finding the right line-up. Fast forward to 2018 and we got a new edition of Serocs, one featuring members from Chthe’ilist, First Fragment, Funebrarum and Benighted. Not bad right? With that much talent in one line-up I was hyped to see what the fourth full-length offering from Serocs had in store to me.

Want gnarly riffs, blasting drums and meaty bass play? Then Serocs got you covered big time. Hell, right from the bat with the opener “Being” you get a nice Halloween treat of everything. This is how to open a album showcasing your skills the best way possible. You know what the best part is? It doesn’t stop there! Every single song features more of those sick and twisted solos, even more relentless drumming and blazing bass. You simply can’t get enough of it and with great songwriting going hand in hand with this fantastic display of musicianship The Phobos/Deimos Suite quickly turns into a album of the year contender. So which bands would I describe Serocs draw influences from? Well think of the brutality Cryptopsy along with the technical aspects of Spawn of Possession and Gorguts and you’re getting there. In all honesty I think Serocs are the perfect candidate to take over the crown from Cryptopsy of the brutal tech-death masters once they call it quits. Really impressive stuff and Serocs have now got a perfect line-up together who I hope stays for future albums too. It’s consistent with a ton of energy, fun, that’s full of variation which separates it from most music within the genre.

It may have taken Serocs a few albums to get here but with The Phobos/Deimos Suite they’ve created an album most bands can only dream of doing. I am actually in awe of how good this is, even after having had the album on repeat for a couple days I still find something new and keep on changing what my favorite track is (which does in the end fall on “Deimos”). You’ve probably explored hell many times before through music but this is one journey there where you don’t want to miss the ride. Add the incredibly beautiful cover art which makes me think of the underrated horror game Layers of Fear and you got yourself a complete package, a true masterpiece, which is not something I say often.

The Phobos/Deimos Suite is one of the best releases you will hear all year with enough brutality and technical aspects to make you want to go back to this record many times, should be an instant buy for any fans of the extreme music. You will see The Phobos/Deimos Suite fighting for the album of the year title here on The Metal Gamer that’s for sure. Everlasting Spew Records ends this year really strong having released the latest albums by Infuriate and Serocs, both which I think are among the top tier brutal releases of 2018.

Written by J.B.

Label: Everlasting Spew Records
For fans of: Gorguts and Cryptopsy
Release date: October 26th, 2018
Favorite song: Deimos
Score: 5/5 Masterpiece

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With All My Hate – Dehumanized Depths (Brutal Death Metal)

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I’ve had way too few brutal death metal albums coming my way this year (big hint) so whenever I get the chance to I am all over a promo with that genre label slapped on it. All My Hate is Oscar Company’s solo project, which isn’t too common in the brutal death metal world. When I went through the discography I thought the debut was a rather weak one but grew a bit on the sophomore album. While the addition of Seyerot (Carnivorous Voracity and Harsh) on vocals for this album is for the better, there are still some issues on Dehumanization Depths.

There are quite a few nice ideas on Dehumanization Depths but they weren’t executed properly all the way through. The album goes by without making any lasting impressions on me in the end. Even with some killer riffs and gutturals it is all over the place with the mixing which destroys the overall experience. I do have to give the band credit on trying to go their own way of creating brutal death metal. The technical aspects along with the sick and twisted atmosphere the album lays out are really good in theory, if only the mixing and consistency were with it… It doesn’t cut it though which is a real shame because this could have been a nice entry to the scene but now I doubt I will even remember this album by the end of the year. Slight improvements on each album though and even if I do ramble on about negatives in this review I do think Oscar is on the right track, the vocals are miles better than on Deed of Voracity for example. If they get the mixing right next time around you will see With All My Hate on the right end of the score spectrum. There is something brewing here that can become greatness in the end, just not this time around.

Written by J.B.

Label: Amputated Vein Records
For fans of: Catastrophic Evolution and Carnivorous Voracity
Release date: September 7th, 2018
Favorite song: Dehumanized
Score: 2.5/5 Decent

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