Oceano – Revelation (Deathcore)

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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.

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

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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

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

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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!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blimbmetal
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BUGS_UA
For fans of: Suicide Silence and Chelsea Grin
Favorite song: Masterpiece of Hate

Slaughter to Prevail – Chapters of Misery (Deathcore)

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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.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/slaughtertoprevailrus
For fans of: Oceano and Thy Art is Murder
Favorite song: As The Vultures Circles
Slaughter To Prevail – As The Vultures Circle

Signs of the Swarm – Senseless Order (Deathcore)

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First things that strikes me with Signs of the Swarm is their incredible cool logo. Very deathcore brutal like but also looks like a wasp. Freaking awesome. These five angry dudes comes from Pittsburgh, PA and let me tell you, they sure play brutal. The band came from nowhere for me and Senseless Order is their debut, not releasing any EP’s or before their full-length. So I had no idea what to look forward to before I started listening to Senseless Order.

They should have warned me though. They can’t just release a behemoth of an album like this out of nowhere! I need to prepare for this kind of brutality. The album starts off ruthless and only really slows down when Hour of Abhorrence comes on, as there are some segments that plays a bit slower down-tempo Black Tongue kind of style from there on. Then it goes back into full throttle mode at times and it feels like CJ McCreery and co just became even more evil and started mixing different tempo’s really well going all demonic on our asses.

I really like this album. I think it mixes Enterprise Earth and Black Tongue’s deathcore styles really well and fans of both down-tempo and fast brutal deathcore can look into Signs of the Swarm – Senseless Order to find this being right up their alley.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/signsoftheswarm
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/signsoftheswarm
For fans of: Enterprise Earth and Black Tongue
Favorite song: The Following

The Dialectic – The Dialectic (Deathcore)

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Mitch Howie, remember that name as his vocals are some of the best I’ve ever heard. I can understand that he’s won an award for his Whitechapel cover’s because wow is this top tier stuff that can stand against deathcore legends like them. He seems to be able to hit everything right with ease. Bring Mitch together with three other talented musicians and you got yourself a beast of a deathcore band.

The self titled album of The Dialectic is the bands debut after earlier releasing two EP’s. You got all your deathcore ingredients here, ruthless breakdowns, metallic riffs and sweet grooves. No down-tempo here but straight up deathcore with brutal death metal and speedy slamming.

Together with Osiah’s Terror Firma album this is definitely the best deathcore debut of the year so far.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TDialecticTx
For fans of: Whitechapel and A Night in Texas
Favorite song: Misbegotten One