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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Pestilent Reign – Pyres (Death Metal)

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Looking for breakdowns that slay, vocals that could scare the hell out of your grandmother and riffs that makes your neck break due to all the headbanging you will do? Then look no further because Pestilent Pyres got you covered. So far the more brutal death metal scene hasn’t had too much action in my opinion. Sure it’s only April but time flies and we all urge to get some neck breaking, go bananas style of death metal every once in a while. Last year we saw bands like Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Gutslit and more hit us with the brutality we crave. It would be nice to have a similar year every year of course but I understand it can’t always be like that.

However Pestilent Reign makes a superb effort to make 2018 just as good of a year. Instantly “Martyr” almost catch me off-guard with it’s hard hitting death metal but it’s when “You Will Kneel in Piss and Blood” the real action comes. Holy shit this song made me go wild. It has everything you want, fast paced brutal death metal with a lot of technical aspects into it and a solo to die for at the end. Dying Fetus, Defeated Sanity, Misery Index and Psycroptic becoming one of sort. Speaking of Defeated Sanity, Pestilent Reigns logo made me think of the band straight away but seeing one of their band members having a Defeated Sanity hoodie on made it quite clear they are probably big fans of the band.

“Saviour” brings and even more technical aspect to it, a bit less of the brutality but with more sick riffs instead. “Pyres” keeps on doing this throughout the entire album, taking in different influences, doing great justice to them and be it technical, brutal or simply death metal they pull it off. The album feels rewarding to listen to with a sweet balance between different takes on death metal which is sure to bring the listener some headbang worth material. Personally I would love them to stay on the more brutal side of things like they did with “You Will Kneel in Piss and Blood” and “I.M.T.R.M.” but whatever road they choose to walk on I am sure it will be great as the band evolves. A thing that holds me back from choosing the big scores with Pyres is due to half the album feeling a bit weaker than the rest. The tracks I will take with me from the album are definitely “You Will Kneel in Piss and Blood” together with “Zealot”, “I.M.T.R.M” and “Gutter’s Filth”. These songs present Pestilent Reign at their best from different perspectives. However the rest were “only” good. Great album that could almost have been a masterpiece from the 2018 releases but for now I am happy to have found a new band to follow on their wicked path of death.

Label: Rising Nemesis Records
For fans of: Misery Index and Psycroptic
Release date: March 16th, 2018
Favorite song: You Will Kneel in Piss and Blood
Score: 3.5/5

Necrotted – Worldwide Warfare (Deathcore/Death Metal)

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Coming out with their third full-length album just a few days ago we got Germany’s deathcore/death metal unit Necrotted. Worldwide Warfare has a lot, and I mean a lot, in common with Despised Icon and Thy Art is Murder. The breakdowns and brutality are on point which really does make me think of some early Despised Icon or newer Thy Art is Murder. It’s heavy and filled with class riffs. Worldwide and No War but Class War could be what Puppet Master and The Son of Misery is for Thy Art is Murder on Dear Desolation. Heavy but also really catchy.

My favorite however is Hunt Down the Crown. The drumwork on this song is so freaking fast and brutal, almost 1349 Hellfire style of intro and outro which I love! Overall the song just feels more aggressive getting me headbanging along wanting to get bat-shit crazy and mosh. I kinda wish they took this route more often on the album because the rest of the songs are too much alike Thy Art is Murder and Despised Icon for my taste. As much as I like those bands and think Necrotted does it well it won’t make me go back to this album much in the future as then I might as well pick up an album by TAIM or DI.

Worldwide Warfare is worth a listen for deathcore and death metal lovers out there. Necrotted promises fast, heavy music and they deliver just that. A bit too repetitive in the end so Worldwide Warfare loses me around The Lost Ones which also lowers the score. However I did dig the start of the album and especially Hunt Down the Crown has been on my playlist for a few weeks now.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NECROTTED
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NECROTTED
Label: Rising Nemesis Records
For fans of: Despised Icon and Thy Art is Murder
Favorite song: Hunt Down the Crown
Score: 2.5/5

Analepsy – Atrocities from Beyond (Brutal Death Metal)

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Portugals very own Analepsy have been on many brutal death metal fans minds since their debut EP Dehumanization by Supremacy came out in 2015 like a hurricane and destroyed any competition in its path. Follow up the EP Analepsy has finally given us their first full-length Atrocities from Beyond. Continuing their path to extinction Analepsy are more than ready to devourer their competitors in the brutal death metal slam scene. I have to say this is one of the best debut full-length albums I’ve heard within the genre. Even with the change of a vocalist from Ricardo Proenca to Diogo Santana getting both guitar and vocal duty they still keep it brutal and it’s like nothing has changed in the band.

Analepsy are producing some of their best tracks on this album. Rifts to Abhorrence, Witness of Extinction and Atrocity Deeds are instant brutal death metal classics that will put Analepsy on the map for even more metalheads out there. Analepsy deserves all the praise they get and they are here to stay folks. The share brutality, shredding and gnarly vocals mixed in a blender is a sweet symphony of destruction. Atrocities from Beyond is a perfect debut album in many ways and Analepsy has really paved their way to the top now.

Atrocities from Beyond is out now by Rising Nemesis Records (who by the way keep releasing great stuff).

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/analepsyofficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/analepsy
For fans of: Vulvodynia and Acranius
Favorite song: Witness of Extinction

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

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

Human Vivisection – The Perpetual Gap (Brutal Death Metal)

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I can’t say I’ve heard of any brutal death metal bands from Belgium before so I was stoked to see what Human Vivisection got to offer from, get this, the city of Bree (such a perfect name for a brutal band it’s insane). The road for the band has been a hard one because since the band was founded in 2012 by Roy Feyen Human Vivisection had trouble keeping a lineup so the band was quite fast put on ice. The in 2015 something happened, one after another Human Vivisection got new members joining who felt the same love for brutal death metal as Roy. At the end of 2015 The Perpetual Gap was recorded and mixed by the band itself, to eventually be released through Rising Nemesis Records (a label everyone should keep a close eye on) in May 2016.

The record is has a good mix of slam, brutality and plain groovy metal. Putting on The Perpetual Gap is a great way to get some headbanging action the more brutal way than regular death metal. You can not sit still to this one as you will soon start to drum and headbang yourself that’s for sure. I am glad to say that Belgium can produce brutal death metal with high quality and I hope to see more bands incoming, this is hopefully just the begining. I am also happy every time I hear a band on the brink of dying out rising up and produce something that’s really great. Because that’s exactly what this is, a great album that every brutal death metal fan should listen to.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HumanVivisection
For fans of: Analepsy and Xenomorphic Contamination
Favorite song: Feed the Warmachine