Thy Art is Murder – Dear Desolation (Deathcore)


Even as a fan of deathcore I’ve always had a weird relationship with Thy Art is Murder. While everyone seems to praise their early albums (especially Hate) I always had a soft spot for Holy War. With Dear Desolation and the singles that’s been out it was clear the band was moving in a new direction. More towards death metal than deathcore. Is this something that will fit Thy Art is Murder or will it be a big disappointment?

The truth is I initially did find the album rather lacking something. It took me a few playthroughs to really get to enjoy this album but once I did I found Dear Desolation being a good album. Thy Art is Murder isn’t the first, nor the last, deathcore band to change direction to evolve beyond the somewhat harsh label deathcore has. Whitechapel and Suicide Silence have both done this recently (with mixed results) but Thy Art is Murder is actually the first band I think does this well. CJ McMahon’s growls makes perfect use here for both styles so the transition works wonderful. The songwriting is still spot on, which is something I think have made Thy Art is Murder stick out from most deathcore bands from the very start. Whereas I think some songs are a bit weak tracks like Puppet Master and Slaves Beyond Death shows that this is the right direction for the band that they can keep on improving with the next release. It’s not as good as their past two releases but this change of wind is good for them in the end and I am certain the follow-up to Dear Desolation will be spectacular once they take this sound even further.

Label: Nuclear Blast Entertainment
For fans of: Whitechapel and Carnifex
Favorite song: Puppet Master
Score: 3/5


Oceano – Revelation (Deathcore)


What’s hard hitting, got gutturals that can give you nightmares and breakdowns that makes you go wild? Oh but it’s one of the giants within deathcore, Oceano! The band is certainly one of the biggest acts going, having done headliner shows for quite some time now and got a huge fanbase. Their latest release Ascendants was a huge hit two years ago and the expectations for Revelation has been off the charts really. I’ve said it before and I will say it again though, 2017 is the biggest year in deathcore. Never before have I witnessed so many good album releases from the genre in such a short amount of time. So can Oceano still be a king among kings?

One thing is certain, Oceano still got their sweet brutal touch intact. Their songs are crazy heavy, with Adam Warren leading the charge just as well as he always has. The breakdowns are on point, the slow but brutal deathcore grooves gets you headbanging and the low death metal growls sweet music to my ears. It’s a great album that’s sure to be a hit with songs like The Great Tribulation, Human Harvest and Revelation being the icing on the cake for me. It’s hard to say if this is Oceano’s best work yet, not because Revelation doesn’t cut it but because I think Ascendants and Incisions are such a great albums (their whole discography is actually good, just their last two albums I think really hit the spot).

Oceano just keeps on giving great deathcore and Revelation is sure to keep their fans happy, it’s more of the same great formula we all love by them. If it aint broke don’t fix it. Are Oceano still kings of deathcore? Seeing they don’t seem to be able to release a bad album, I say yes and I think this is a contender for deathcore album of the year. If they win it or not is another question though!

Oceano – Revelation is out now through Sumerian Records.

For fans of: Thy Art is Murder and Carnifex
Favorite song: Human Harvest

Shadow of Intent – Reclaimer (Deathcore)


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.

For fans of: Angelmaker and Aversions Crown
Favorite song: The Catacombs

Lorna Shore – Flesh Coffin (Deathcore)


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.

For fans of: Enterprise Earth and Fit For An Autopsy
Favorite song: Denounce the Light

Bugs Live in My Bed – Errors of God (Deathcore)


Ukraine is not a country I typically associate with metal, only band that comes to mind is Nokturnal Mortum actually. Hence it’s extra fun to find an album from an upcoming deathcore act hailing from Ukraine and might be able to put the country on the map for more metalheads. Bugs Live in My Bed formed in 2014 and has since worked to release their debut full-length Errors of God which saw it’s light in December 31st 2016. The band draws a lot of influence from the big deathcore acts (or the big 4 as some call them) Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel and Carnifex. Meaning it’s straight up deathcore, breakdowns and no clean singing.

In times when a lot of bands who created deathcore are turning away from the genre it’s sometimes nice to get an album that brings me back to the days of The Cleansing, This Is Exile and Desolation of Eden. Errors of God is a great experience that will take you back to the early deathcore era. Bugs Live in My Bed doesn’t invent anything new or lifechanging to the genre but they don’t have to. They simply needed to bring us an album to make us remember that deathcore can still be just deathcore even today. Have to be said I am not totally sold on their vocals though, in my opinion they should stick to growls and screams for future albums.

A sweet debut from Bugs Live in My Bed and the self-released Errors of God is out now!

For fans of: Suicide Silence and Chelsea Grin
Favorite song: Masterpiece of Hate

Beacons – Dark World (Deathcore)


Dark World is the follow-up from Beacons much liked full-length debut in 2014 Dead Thoughts. The duo Taylor Bryant and Kyle Carter that is Beacons have taken their music to the next level with Dark World as this album features a wide range of different metal styles. You got your melodic metal in Moving On, brutal deathcore in The Serpent Shepherd and sweet metalcore coming from A Product of Lies. Playing with several genres over an 13 track album isn’t that strange. However within the deathcore genre I usually find bands sticking to their one style throughout several albums without changing anything. Nothing wrong with that, if it aint broke don’t fix it. I just find it extra cool an deathcore act go with many styles. Thumbs up!

I got nothing but praise to give Beacons. From what I understand this album might not even have happened due to a lot of problems. To go from that and releasing one of the best albums yet released in 2016 is somewhat astonishing. Beacons does live up to the meaning of their band name and everyone should join the Dark World (join the dark side!) and what it has to offer.

For fans of: Thy Art is Murder and Oceano
Favorite song: A Product of Lies

Slaughter to Prevail – Chapters of Misery (Deathcore)


Slaughter to Prevail has got a lot of hype surrounding the band. A lot of it due to Alex Shikolai’s (aka Alex Terrible) cover videos. Safe to say he is a great vocalist with a very wide range of growling who seems to be able to do it all, some might even say he does a lot of stuff better than “his peers”.

After listening to this album I just want more of the brutal manslaughter that Chapters of Misery brings. Sure it’s an EP and in a way only shows what is to come when Slaughter to Prevail release a full-length album. Which I am stoked about and hope they will release one soon rather than later.

This is brutal. This is the definition of a good deathcore album, or well EP in this case. 26 minutes of brutal high-speed madness you do not want to miss.

For fans of: Oceano and Thy Art is Murder
Favorite song: As The Vultures Circles
Slaughter To Prevail – As The Vultures Circle