Suffocation – …of the Dark Light (Technical Brutal Death Metal)

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Another album I’ve been waiting far too long to review. Suffocation started same year I was born in 1988 and I’ve always had soft spot for them due to them being a major influence in what we hear in brutal and technical death metal today. When I saw them on tour last year in Sweden with Cattle Decapitation, Exuviated, Infernal Tenebra it was fucking sweet to finally get to see them live and I just hope they come here again for a EU tour on their new release.

Just like with Dying Fetus album Wrong One to Fuck With Suffocation are back with a message: …of the Dark Light is hell of a lot better than their latest releases. Even though I thought Pinnacle of Bedlam might have got too much shit I understand it didn’t live up to the expectations one might have on the band (just like me with Origins latest release). On this album no one can say Suffocation are done and dusted though. In many ways this album stands for exactly who they are, creators of the fine balance on technical and brutal death metal. I am quite happy to hear they have found their ways once again and while I still enjoy their first albums the most this might be their best release since Pierced from Within.

What a fine year for the more brutal ways of death metal this is turning out to be. Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Broken Hope and Origin (yes I know I’ve givem them some harsh words but it’s still good) all having released top notch records and the year isn’t even over yet! So far I hold Dying Fetus as my favorite release out of those but hell, anyone would be a good pick and it’s the small things and my personal preference that makes the difference in this case. All I know is Suffocation is back in action for real this time and I am sure they want to retake that crown!

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Label: Nuclear Blast
For fans of: Dying Fetus and Cryptopsy
Favorite song: Your Last Breaths
Score: 4/5

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Scordatura – Self-Created Abyss (Brutal Death Metal)

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It’s been quite some time since I put my teeth into a brutal death metal release. Lucky for me Scordatura are here to give me my fix! Formed in 2007 these Scottish madmen have spread their filth with several demo’s, toured with acts such as Aborted, Misery Index, Cryptopsy and Beneath The Massacre until they finally released their debut Torment of the Weak in 2013. Lucky for us we didn’t have to wait as long for the follow-up as Self-Created Abyss is the bands sophomore release.

If you’re familiar with Scordatura then don’t worry they are just as brutal as ever. Self-Created Abyss continues where Torment of the Weak left off just great. Same deep demon growls and gutturals, hard hitting drums and fast technical riffs. Wrapped in with some defiled gore lyrics. Throughout the album they don’t slow down for even a second and you would do best to prepare yourself for the onslaught that’s about to hit your ears. Self-Created Abyss also features a great guest performance by Malignancy’s vocalist Danny Nelson on Malignant Form of Inhumanity. Favorite tracks for me would be the opener Repulsive Miscreation together with Ritual Acts of Malevolence and the closing track Confessions Inscribed.

Brutal death metal fans would be wise to pick this album up. It’s the perfect drog to satisfy your thirst for brutal gore. Self-Created Abyss is out now through Gore House Productions.

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For fans of: Cerebral Bore and Guttural Secrete
Favorite song: Confessions Inscribed

Deity – Deity (Technical Death Metal)

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Deity were formed by the duo and long time friends Danny Alessandro and John Massey about 15 years ago (!). They have since then worked on material, letting it grow until they felt it was good enough to be released to the world. Personally I am glad they did as they seem to have unleashed the Deity in a pure form of metal.

The intro is a sweet symphony that doesn’t make you think about death metal at all, since it’s simply beautiful, and I was wondering if I really did listen to death metal act Deity. Beginning of Extinction brings the chaos right to my ears though on song number two and now I feel right at home. Take a bit of Suffocation, smidge of Gorguts and top it off with Death then you got the main influences in the sound of Deity. Lovers of technical riffs, no clean singing and shredding beware as this is an album made for you, the way Deity themselves would like it to sound. The album is filled with great solos and riffs that you can’t stand still on and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this Canadian (again a great techdeath band from Canada) duo live on stage as a supporting act to the likes of Gorguts, Cryptopsy or Archspire. Or why not even do it with other up and coming bands like Samskaras and Fractal Generator. Would be sweet lineups!

I think this album rocks. Anything from the instrumental songs From Which We Came, We Now Return, the acoustic In Time to the shredding tunes of Rituals is a joy for my ears. Favorite tracks on the album being Beginning of Extinction, Rituals and Illuminate the Unwilling.

Deity’s self-titled debut is out June 2nd as a independent release.

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For fans of: Suffocation and Gorguts
Favorite song: Beginning of Extinction

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

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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!

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For fans of: Beheaded and Immolation
Favorite song: Dead Flesh Treasury

Carnal Decay – You Owe You Pay (Brutal Death Metal)

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With a revamped line-up and years of touring Europe the Switzerland brutal kings Carnal Decay are finally back with their fourth full-length You Owe You Pay, six years after their latest release Top Of The Food Chain. For those of you unaware of Carnal Decay they deliver an onslaught of brutal death metal riffs, breakdowns and slams and have done so since 2002, making them veterans in the scene by now. Their lyrics are relentless and often about how the world is fucked up and that some people should bitch less and take actions of their own lives. Something I wholeheartedly agree with. Music wise I would say they are a mix of Dying Fetus with some added slam a la Ingested (yes I know a lot of you will say they aren’t slam but fuck it I think so). The band features cartoonish artwork on their covers, which shouldn’t discourage you on listening to them, as they are brutal believe me.

From top to bottom You Owe You Pay is a behemoth of class riffs and breakdowns. If you’re not banging your head while listening to this album then there is something missing in your metal veins and you should get yourself checked. It’s catchy and gives you a real energy boost, definitely something you want to spin while hitting the gym. Vocals are mainly middle-ground growl, which sometimes go deep or high pitched screams and I think it’s a really good variation that’s worked for Carnal Decay for years now.

Another high quality release and Carnal Decay are yet to disappoint me. All of their latest three releases are class albums any metalhead of the brutal death metal school should look into. You Owe You Pay being no exception and Carnal Decay has only added more sick value to their growing discography.

Digital release is out now through Rising Nemesis Records, with physical copies coming soon on Friday, March 3rd.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/carnaldecayband
For fans of: Ingested and Dying Fetus
Favorite song: Your Guts My Glory

Oncology – Infinite Regress (Brutal Death Metal)

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At first I was wondering about the name but a quick google search gave me the result that Oncology is the study and treatment of tumors. Question is though, can they do that with their brutal death metal? Answer is probably not but that doesn’t change the fact these guys can give you some crazy music instead.

Oncology brings the classic brutal death metal sound. There is no slam, deathcore or other elements but just the pure form of brutal death metal, and I love it. In times when talks about genres/labels is everywhere, wanting to stick out and mix different genres in the music industry it’s sometimes nice to just listen to an album that’s just classic old school.

This is extreme metal in the veins of legends such as Cryptopsy and Suffocation. Oncology can definitely be one of those bands that gets handed the bloody tourch once such veterans decide to take a step back. Rising Nemesis Records have done it again! Infinite Regress is a sweet album that originally went passed me last year but by now I know that Rising Nemesis Records comes with a stamp of quality.

Oncology’s debut full-length album Infinite Regress is out now from Rising Nemesis Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OncologyBand
For fans of: Suffocation and Cryptopsy
Favorite song: To Summon Pyriel

Samskaras – Asunder (Technical Death Metal)

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Samskaras are from the country known for their technical death metal bands, Canada. The duo that makes Samskaras are now newcomers to the techdeath scene as Samskaras consists of Eric Burnet (Derelict, Unburnt) and Alexandre Dupras (Teramobil, Unhuman). Since the launch in 2014 the duo have released two singles, both which were well received, and now in 2017 they are finally ready to release their first EP, Asunder. Drawing influences from heavy extreme bands with varied syles such as Gorguts, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Nile and Enslaved you are in for quite a ride.

Straight from the start you are also hit with a wave of thundering riffs and hammering drums with the opener Fuelscape. The hissing growls together with the aggressive deep ones make perfect harmony and when the cleans come in you can definitely get a feel of The Faceless. The follow-up Solar start out more progressive while fast changing to techdeath tempo a la Nile, the aggressive vocals also has a lot in common with the sound of Nile’s Karl Sanders.

Separate is probably my favorite song on the album since it shows the most variety from Samskaras and it’s just a great mix of the different styles they take influences from. That together with some very well-written lyrics makes this a perfect example of what Samskaras brings to the table. The song that ends the album Conquerer is the most trashy and “straight to the point” metal track on the album and it’s the perfect ending for Asunder to go out with a (head)bang.

Do yourself a favour and listen to Samskaras debut EP Asunder when it’s out as a pay-what-you-want option digital download through Bandcamp on Friday, January 20th.

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For fans of: The Faceless and Nile
Favorite song: Separate