Carnal Decay – When Push Comes to Shove (Brutal Death/Slam Metal)

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Let me start with saying I really enjoy Carnal Decay. Last years full-length release You Owe You Pay from them didn’t make my top lists but in all honesty the album has only grown on me and I still spin it from time to time. It’s easy to headbang to, a user friendly brutal death metal, with some slam to it, album if you can call it that which is sometimes more than enough. When Push Comes to Shove follow the bands head-on approach with three murderous songs that are just as heavy as their previous releases. The opener and title track “When Push Comes to Show” is a slower but brutal track that’s insanely catchy. Of course there are a few breakdowns and tempo-changes that eventually ends in a faster finisher. Perfect start to get you going. Next track is a lot faster from the get go and here Carnal Decay brings a friend with them as Igor Fil from Katalepsy does some sick guest vocals. “We All Bleed Red” ends these short but intense ten minutes. It instantly becomes a Carnal Decay favorite of mine as it shows the band on form with some of their nastiest riffs and breakdowns.

I have to say Carnal Decay sure got a way to even make even the easier breakdowns and tempo-changes get you hooked up, it’s an art really that gets you in the groove with ease. The music does exactly what it intends to do, no bullshit just pummeling metal and they aren’t sorry for it. They know what they are all about and deliver it. If you want a quick fix to your brutality and slam addiction then When Push Comes to Show is just about perfect.

Label: Rising Nemesis Records
For fans of: Acranius and Ingested
Release date: July 20th, 2018
Favorite song: We All Bleed Red
Score: 4/5

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Construct of Lethe – Exiler (Death Metal)

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Like death metal? Check! Like juicy riffs? Check! Like Immolation? Check! Hell from the get go Construct of Lethe knows how to rub me the right way. There are definitely worse bands out there to gain influences from than the mighty Immolation but at times I do think Construct of Lethe sounds a bit too similar to their peers. It’s not like the whole album is an Immolation clone either, Construct of Lethe does bring a lot of their own game to the table as well as some darker Horizon Blaze or Ulcerate elements here and there. I just wished they did it more often as it would make them stand out more to me. No denying this is music I like though and the 40 minutes Exiler offers is a joy to listen to which I’ve done so for many spins while writing this. I’ve said so before and will say so again, music doesn’t have to be insanely innovating and groundbreaking in order to be good.

All that aside there are a couple of songs I started pressing the old skip button on as I disliked them more with each listen. Those two are “Fugue State” and “Terraces of Purgation” who both started becoming a snoozefest the more I heard them. In the end it’s a good album with flaws and positive sides to it, a better start than finisher in my ears. Exiler is very different than their debut Corpsegod was, which is for both good and bad. This is instead closer to their EP, The Grand Machination, but with a better vocal performance. They do lack some of the heavy crushing sound they had going on back then. Which is a shame but at the same time the song-writing has improved. I think Construct of Lethe can do way better than this though. If they mix up the good parts from their different albums they will have something really great going. It’s not an album that will land on my best of the year lists and at times it seems like an Immolation light if I am being very rough to Exiler. However it is worth at least a couple of spins to anyone out there who likes death metal.

Label: Everlasting Spew Records
For fans of: Immolation and Horizon Ablaze
Release date: June 20th, 2018
Favorite song: The Clot
Score: 3/5

The Metal Gamer Top 30 albums of 2018 so far!

The Metal Gamer Top 30 albums of 2018 so far!

Am I missing any albums? Do you agree?

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The bands and albums featured are:

Sadistik Forest – Mordbid Majesties
At The Gates – To Drink From the Night Itself
Amorphis – Queen of Time
Nekrokraft – Servants
Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram
Rivers of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
LIK – Carnage
Gluttony – Cult of the Unborn
Totalselfhatred – Solitude
Svederna – Svedjeland
Svavelvinter – Mörkrets Tid
Avslut – Deceptis
Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality
Raven Throne – I miortvym snicca zolak
Skinless – Savagery
Unflesh – Savior
Demonical – Chaos Manifesto
Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
Depravity – Evil Upheaval
Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy
Begat The Nephilim – I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy
Kataklysm – Meditations
Ingested – The Level Above Human
Organectomy – Domain of the Wretched (went off the Unique Leader Records release)
Arkona – Khram
Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse
Augury – Illusive Golden Age
Mordant Rapture – The Abnegation
Chelsea Grin – Eternal Nightmare

Unflesh – Savior (Technical Death Metal)

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It’s been some time since I listened to technical death metal actually, at least a couple of months when the Inferi album dropped. Don’t know why I waited so long to listen to Unflesh as “Savior” has been out since May 25th. Here we are though and I’ve finally given the album a few spins during the week. Lets start with some background on Unflesh, who are they? The band is located in USA and began as a solo project in 2014 by Ryan Beevers. The first album, an EP named “Transcendence to Eternal Obscurity”, came out in 2016 and featured Hannes Grossman (Alkaloid, ex-Obscura) on session drums. The EP got a lot of praise when it came out so this debut full-length has had some hype to it. What’s changed since the EP is that Unflesh has gone from a solo project into a fully fledged band where Ryan added Peter de Reyna on bass, Chris Dovas on drums and Chris Gardino on guitars. Has this change elevated Unflesh game to new heights?

What struck me first is that the influences are many on “Savior”. While it is at its core a tech-death album that will please fans of Arsis, Alterbeast and Revocation there are also loads of elements gathered from the melo-death and black metal genres. You can hear hints of The Black Dahlia Murder, Naglfar, Dissection and even Emperor throughout the album and that’s exactly what makes Unflesh stand out from most bands out there. It’s a pure joy to give this albums several spins and each time you notice something new, getting that feeling when you have a hard time picking your favorite song on the album as it keeps changing with each listen. It is that good. Personally there are only a handful of albums that’s better than “Savior” this year. If it hadn’t been for the insane release of Rivers of Nihil I would say this is the best tech-death you will hear this year. However when many will undoubtedly name Inferi, Alkaloid and Augury (all good releases mind you) as tech-death albums of the year I will name-drop Unflesh. A modern tech-death release with a touch of the old school, what’s not to like?

A splendid EP became an even better full-length release once Ryan got his band together. Unflesh is a band on the rise that can battle with the best of them already. The “Dissection goes tech-death” approach is one I can get behind and fall in love with. This is an album that will land high on my yearly best of list.

Label: Independent
For fans of: Dissection and Arsis
Release date: May 25th, 2018
Favorite song: Caliginous
Score: 4/5

Inhuman Remnants – Solipsis (Death Metal/Deathcore)

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When I saw Inhuman Remnants got the vocalist from Somnium Nox (fantastic atmospheric black metal) on bass I got interested straight away. Besides that horror themed death metal is always something I can get behind and when it’s well executed it makes me get goosebumps. While Inhuman Remains EP is a short one that offers basically a nine and a half minute long track (I count it like that since it’s an intro, a song then and outro on the three tracks) it’s atmospheric and does give some chills down my spine at times. I can imagine a full-length album on this sort of music will do really well and once the EP (I am tempted to call it a single to be honest) is over I do want more of the same formula. One does wonder how many times the quote “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” can be used in metal though. Oh well it fits and isn’t just put in there for the sake of it so why not right?

The slow starts and mid-paced heavy music gives me some Black Tongue or Falsifier vibes and Inhuman Remnants usually keeps on the mid-paced range but have some spikes here and there where they go off to eventually get into a wicked breakdown almost newer Ingested slam style. It fits the theme they got going on and along with the sick vocals that’s around the deathcore area Solipsis became a short but sweet experience. Bring me a full-length album!

Label: Eschatonic Records
For fans of: Ingested and Falsifier
Release date: June 1st, 2018
Favorite song: II. Solipsis
Score: 3.5/5

Announcing the official The Metal Gamer shirt!

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Ok here it comes! I’ve been working for some time now with the very talented Mörtuus-Art in order to bring to life the official The Metal Gamer shirt! I am really happy how it turned out and I think it captures the essence of gaming and death metal into one sick design. Would anyone be interested in owning one of these? Then simply comment here, message me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we will sort it out.

Never forget, support your local scene and the underground! Only death is real!

Organectomy – Domain of the Wretched (Brutal Death Metal)

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New Zealand, a country that not only has beautiful scenery and was where my favorite movies were filmed Lord of the Rings but it’s also the home of Organectomy. The band was totally unknown to me until one day I got a single called “Beckoning the Horrors of the Depths” and since then I was hyped for their debut Domain of the Wretched. I am perfectly aware though that a good single and a good album are two completely different things so where does this leave Organectomy?

Well hell this is one sweet domain they got there. From the get-go this is kickass brutal death metal that’s everything I hoped it would be. This is the music your mother has warned you about and it reeks of filthy death metal gore. It’s heavy as hell and once the album got its claws in you it never let go. Domain of the Wretched honestly got it all going from what I want in a brutal death metal album. There are the breakdowns, got a lot of technical aspects, insane gutterals, some slam in there and heck even a couple classic filthy old school death metal riffs here and there too (like on Beckoning the Horrors of the Depths). It’s a complete package. For me this is a mix of Disentomb, Analepsy and Bloodbath getting mixed in a blender to produce this retched filth, and it’s glorious. Actually it’s not just those band getting put in a blender, so is your brain as this will leave it in a muss from all the brutality. It may not be as heavy as Pathology, it may not be as technial as Defeated Sanity or whatever but they use all the elements I enjoy and perfected the mix with just the right amount of each part.

It’s been some time now since I had so much fun with a brutal death metal album. Domain of the Wretched does just about everything right on their debut and I am glad it wasn’t just the single I heard before being good, it’s the whole album. Anything from Sanctum of Deceit, Carnal Bloodlust to the epic, closing in on eight minute long, instrumental track Cascading into Despair (how many BDM songs you heard being that long before?) with an acoustic intro are of high quality. The best brutal death metal album I’ve heard all year which uses all the tools available.

Label: Unique Leader Records
For fans of: Disentomb and Rendered Helpless
Release date: April 6th, 2018
Favorite song: Beckoning the Horrors of the Depths
Score: 4/5