Ara – Jurisprudence (Technical/Progressive Death Metal)

Ara is a new name to me but a quick google search made me realise the band has actually been going for eight years, having released an EP and a full-length album before Jurisprudence. The original members are all still there where three of four members have the sludge/post-rock band Northless in common. Quite a step away from that genre when they dabble with technical/progressive death metal. Interesting as it sounds I obviously had to give their past work a spin before going into their new offering.

Giving a listen to Devourer of Worlds I found it being a bit dull truth be told, a bit too progressive for my taste. Now enter Jurisprudence and all that is gone! While the album is still on the progressive spectrum of death metal this is more of a mix between the technical and progressive than the previous album, exactly what I was hoping for when going into this. Jurisprudence is even a bit on the brutal side, especially the vocals are gnarly as hell where Cryptopsy and Deeds of Flesh comes to mind and I didn’t hear any of that before. As I stated earlier Ara was a new band I’ve familiarized myself with but the time I’ve had with them shows that Jurisprudence is in my opinion their best work to date, by far. I love the mix between the brutal, technical and progressive sides of death metal which they execute with ease. Actually quite impressive seeing the band hails from the sludge and post-rock world, really a world a part from what’s being played here. Loving how they as musicians break their own boundaries like that, I’m sure they learn things along the way they can incorporate in their other projects in the future.

This is definitely an album I will come back to more than just this once even though it probably won’t win any non-believers of tech-death into the genre as it’s nothing you haven’t really heard before. It’s far from perfect but for fans of the genre who likes a big bag of mixed candy with everything brutal and technical this will be a sweet weekend treat to you. Also big plus on the beautiful artwork by Eliran Kantor who just seems to do no wrong and keeps delivers some of the best work in the business.

Artist: Ara
Label: Independent
Release date: May 15th, 2020
Favorite track: Cytokine Storm
For fans of: Anata & Deeds of Flesh
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

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Unfathomable Ruination – Enraged and Unbound (Brutal Death Metal)

I don’t know about you but England’s Unfathomable Ruination has quickly become my favorite brutal death metal band this past decade after having had Cryptopsy, Dying Fetus and Defeated Sanity as my trio to go to for many many years when kicking back with some heavy music for the gym sessions, getting those extra gains. Already on their debut Misshapen Congenital Entropy in 2012 you knew something special was at work here, they then released Finitude and with that release one of the best brutal death metal albums of this decade. You didn’t think they could top that, but here we are and Enraged and Unbound is upon us. Buckle up because Unfathomable Ruination is coming in hard!

Wasting no time Enraged and Unbound starts just like you would thought an album with that title would do, pedal to the metal and enraged like a motherfucker with “An Obsidian Perception”. Nothing is left to chance here, production value has always been one of the things that I think Unfathomable Ruination almost perfected for the genre with Finitude and of course this album is just as crisp, making each element pop like it should at the right times. The vocalist, and gamer, Ben Wright pulls of his most varied performance yet and does it incredibly well (check out “Occulta Violentiam” as an perfect example of this). The title-track and later on “Codebreaker” gives you no room to breath as the sledgehammer keeps on bashing your brain in with mighty riffs, thundering drums that Odin himself would love and Ben’s sick vocals. “Defy the Architect” might start of a bit slow but it’s all a ruse as it gives you breakdowns and heavy hitting music that will make you want to mosh with your dogs at home straight away. Hell they even try an Cattle Decapitation approach on “A Prophetic Compulsion”, with elements of Suffocation and Morbid Angel on “Maniacal Disillusion” and does so with ease. This is one of those albums where every single song can be put into the favorite song section. Usually that’s because a band does an album where a lot of the songs sound the same but here it’s due to Unfathomable Ruination give life and identity to each and every one of the tracks, there simply isn’t a bad song here and every one could be put into singles. There is something for everyone of the brutal school here and I’m sure if I asked five people what their favorite track was I would get five different answers. That speaks volume on what they’ve created here.

Enraged and Unbound is a new step for Unfathomable Ruination that shows a band that’s not scared to try out some new things, be it vocals or instrumentals they are really pushing themselves here. If Finitude was the perfect album for how to make old school brutal death metal fresh then Enraged and Unbound is the perfect album for how brutal death metal can evolve into a new monster. There is nothing holding this album back at all. I can go as far as to say this is the None So Vile album of modern times and the best brutal death metal album I’ve heard since Defeated Sanity’s Passages into Deformity in 2013. This is how brutal death metal is made 2019, you try to break the boundaries with every single note to production and artwork being nothing but the best of quality. A pure gem for the genre that will blow you away and you will see this in the single digits on my album of the year article, that I can assure you.

Written by J.B.

Artist: Unfathomable Ruination
Label: Willowtip Records
For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Abysmal Torment
Release date: November 22nd, 2019
Favorite song: An Obsidian Perception
Score: 5/5 Masterpiece

Interview: Unfathomable Ruination

It’s been close to three years now since the modern brutal techdeath classic Finitude from Unfathomable Ruination saw the light of day. It was time to check in with vocalist and fellow gamer Ben Wright for a talk!

I want to start by asking some of your metal history. How did you get into metal and what made you start doing vocals? Any specific band/vocalist that got you into it?

I first saw a band on TV that looked pretty crazy, there was 8 dudes jumping around bashing shit with masks on so I checked them out, bought a CD and was hooked. It was the vocals that got me first, after that I just kept discovering heavier and heavier bands, I then found a CD in a store with some skulls on it and thought that looked pretty rad and it turned out to be hammer smashed face, that blew my fucking mind and since then I knew I wanted to be in a band, Chris Barnes and John Gallagher were my main inspiration to start vocals, I tried my best to emulate them as a kid.

You were a part of the band Fleshrot for many years until the split-up. I noticed a couple of the members, including you, are current or ex-members of Unfathomable Ruination. Was that how you got into the band?

Me and Dan go way back, he played in some local bands that played with Fleshrot at times and we got speaking through that, he ended up being our guitarist for a short while and we stayed in touch, he randomly sent me a message one day asking if I wanted to jam with UR and the rest is history! To this day he regrets sending me that text! Haha!

Unfathomable Ruination has risen very fast in the ranks of death metal with every release receiving amazing reviews. How has this affected you as a band?

I’m not sure it has, really? Were still a bunch of drunk retards who like making loud noises together! I’d say if it was to have any affect I guess it has made us more and more hungry each time to up the anti, keep on progressing and writing heavier, more technical, and powerful music.

Finitude is in my personal opinion one of the best brutal techdeath albums made in years, how will you top that on your next release. What can we expect from it?

Thanks man! I was really proud of all of us for that album, I’m not sure how we’re going to top it!? We have for sure set the bar high for ourselves! It’s been a really organic process writing for the new album, the material we are churning out is ridiculous! I’m pretty sure you guys are gonna dig it.

How far in development of the upcoming album are you? Can we hope for a 2019 release?

We recently announced the artist who is creating the cover art, Eliran Kantor. The album is in full swing, many cogs are turning! You’ll have to stay tuned for further updates but I can say we are expecting a 2019 release, yes.

You recently went on tour with Aborted, Cryptopsy and Ingested. How was it?

Insane. The shows were packed and it was great to tour the UK again as we hadn’t done that since the Malignancy tour a few years back, Ingested are old friends of ours so it’s always a pleasure hanging with those guys, it was amazing to watch Aborted, they really are a spectacle live, the stage show, the tightness, the props, it was awesome! The Cryptopsy guys were top blokes and great fun to party with.

Do you have any tours planned for 2019?

There a couple of ideas being thrown around at the moment, nothing set in stone currently. We are focussing most of our efforts on the album. We do have a few shows in and around Europe throughout the year, Brutal Assault & Kaltenbach etc.

As I know you like to hit the gym, what bands do you usually spin to get you doing that extra rep? Any special album even?

For me, anything with a good groove/rythm. I find that super techy or fast stuff kicks me out of sync! My last session I was spinning “Suffokate – return to despair” its got a perfect pace to it! And the new Whitechapel track, Brimstone gets me PUUUMPED!!

As a fellow gamer, what’s your favorite game of all time?

Wow that’s a ridiculously hard question!! I’d have to say if I was forced to choose, for its nostalgic value, and the fact it’s on my favourite console and my favourite movie series, Star Wars – Rogue Squadron on the N64. I’ll never forget the pure excitement as a kid flying an X wing around destroying tie fighters!!

Cheers for your time Ben! Any parting words?

No worries bro! Stay tuned for the new album, its going to be immense!! Add me up on Steam if ya wanna get owned on PUBG! Benrot138

Desecravity – Anathema (Technical Brutal Death Metal)

Japan’s very own answer to Origin are back with their third full-length album! After a change in the line-up since their last critically acclaimed album Orphic Signs I was interested to hear what that would do to Desecravity’s sound. I mean not only is Shogo Tokita a great guitarist, he also did vocals in the band so it’s not an easy member to replace. Now the growling duty falls solely on Yujiro Suzuki (who plays guitar as well), while they’ve added Yuya Takeda (Deadly Spawn) on guitar to the band.

After a beautiful intro on the epic side in Aeon and Ashes the technical brutality is unleashed on Impure Confrontation, the single I’d heard many times before but still haven’t got tired of. The utter chaos is created with such a technical precision it’s almost silly. Bands like Defeated Sanity, Origin and Cryptopsy will be proud to know there are bands like Desecravity out there that keeps the legacy going for years to come. If you think Impure Confrontation left you breathless then wait for Ominous Harbinger and Bloodthirsty Brutes which are two of the heaviest tracks I’ve heard in a long time and an instant favorites of mine. Anathema never lets you breath either, track after track it hits you with fast, technical and skull splitting tunes for you to devour and after the ride is over you will need to sit back, relax and take in just what the hell just happened to your now blown mind. It isn’t an easy feat to create such well crafted, well balanced, brutal techdeath that Desecravity has done. While their previous efforts were good in their own rights they weren’t finding that sweet spot between chaos and order. Now they have and we as metal fans can only be joyful that Japan gives us a band that can challenge any 2019 best of the year list in January already.

This is Desecravity’s best album yet, a band that keeps exploring and striving for improvements, and I only wish they can keep this lineup intact so that we can get even more of this insanity for years to come! A must have for any fan of the technical death metal scene.

Written by J.B.

Label: Willowtip Records
For fans of: Origin and Cryptopsy
Release date: January 25th, 2019
Favorite song: Bloodthirsty Brutes
Score: 4/5 Incredible

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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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!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/suffocation
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/suffocation
Label: Nuclear Blast
For fans of: Dying Fetus and Cryptopsy
Favorite song: Your Last Breaths
Score: 4/5

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.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Scordaturaofficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Scordaturaband
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.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DeityMetalCA
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!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Enragement
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EnragementMetal
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.

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