Dig Me No Grave – Immemorial Curse (Death Metal)

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Up for some Russian old school death metal anyone? Dig Me No Grave provides exactly that, and more, as their sophomore album Immemorial Curse is Lovecraft death metal at a high level. Formed in 2010 the band waited until 2014 to release their debut Cosmic Cult, which received good ratings from the critics. Immemorial Curse gives you more of the same concept that worked for them in the first place and it’s just as good.

Starting with an intro that tells the horror of the curse Dig Me No Grave blasts off with Ritual Slaughter. Catchy riffs and a lot of groovy from start to finish with some great solos to top it off, Dig Me No Grave got it all for you. As I’ve said before I am a big fan of death metal and Lovecraft, it’s simply a mix that goes very well together. The album is a bit of a mixed bag for me though. All in all it’s a good listen but it lacks consistency for it to reach the even higher scores as some tracks doesn’t feel quite as strong to me as they could have. In many ways this reminds me of a band I reviewed last year, Grond. Both from Russia, plays death metal and creates music about Lovecraft lore. Must be something in the water over there right?

Immemorial Curse is a great follow-up and Dig Me No Grave is sure to make old school death metal fans happy. It isn’t something I haven’t heard before quite a lot recently and it has it’s dark spots but it’s a solid album nevertheless.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/digmenograveband
Label: Satanath Records / Sevared Records / Wings of Destruction
For fans of: Grond and Monstrosity
Favorite song: Edge of Eternity
Score: 3/5

Katalepsy – Gravenous Hour (Brutal Death Metal)

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Ah Katalepsy, one of the two Moscow giants of slam together with Abominable Putridity. Both who recently signed with Unique Leader Records, a label known for their quality brutal death metal. Saying that the stakes have been high for Katalepsy to perform after their latest brutal hit Autopsychosis.

With Gravenous Hour you can see the band move away a bit from the slam, leaning a bit more towards technical death metal. I am sure a few of the older fans will see this as a bad step and that it isn’t brutal enough anymore and I can get that. I however really like this new direction. Blindead Sultan and Critical Black Mass are freaking great and even though they are not on par with the bands monster of a song Cold Flesh Citadel (one of the best brutal songs ever made in my opinion and got me into the band) they do add something different to Katalepsy’s releases and there is no denying that it’s good brutal death metal.

So to sum it I think it’s a good album, a bit different from what I expected but still a really good listen. Katalepsy consists of some very talented musicians and I like they changed it up a bit, but didn’t do it too much. A great buy for any fan of the brutal metal school. Katalepsy – Gravenous Hour is out now by Unique Leader Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Katalepsymoscow
For fans of: Abominable Putridity and Pathology
Favorite song: Blindead Sultan

Decomposition of Entrails – Pestilential Synthesis (Brutal Death Metal)

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Russian goremasters Decomposition of Entrails are back with their slamming brutal death metal and they are just as sick as ever! The original duo Rustam Minuraziev and Kirill Nazarov are this times joined with guitarist Dmitriy Ustinov and I dare to say this is better than their debut album Perverted Torments. A fun fact is that the band turns four years old in just four days, so I almost clocked their birthday when finding out they had made a new release in 2016 at the right time. Oh and if you wonder how these bastards got so freaking brutal it’s due to the band formed in 2013 in the depths of the harsh Ural Mountains. Obviously you would get a bit twisted, sick and vile getting a joy out of gore as a result of it.

I missed a lot of good brutal death metal last year, Decomposition of Entrails sophomore Pestilential Synthesis being one of those. This was definitely one of the better BDM releases last year that you shouldn’t miss. There will be a lot of brutal death metal reviews coming these next days and I advice you to check all those demented and twisted bands out, starting with Decomposition of Entrails!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DECOMPOSITIONOFENTRAILS
For fans of: Whoretopsy and Analepsy
Favorite song: Epicyclic Biomorph

Taiga – Sky (Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal)

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How about some Russian depressive black metal? Taiga is a three piece band who has existed since 2013 and Sky is their third full-length album. Really quick work. The album starts off with massive riffs and reels you right in to stay and listen an hour to what Sky has to offer. Taiga slows it down on the later songs and gets into a more gloom and depressive mode with shrieking vocals that feels quite unsettling, quite cool.

Taiga has managed to release yet another class depressive black metal album with an very melancholic atmosphere and emotions. Sky brings you into a state of mind of anguish and sorrow in a very beautiful way. They mix the slow and heavy riffs with faster powerful ones in a way that just adds to the album and doesn’t feel forced. I can recommend this to any atmospheric or/and depressive black metal fans out there.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TaigaOfficialPage
For fans of: Is and Rotten Light
Favorite song: Вверх

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

Grond – Worship the Kraken (Death Metal)

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These crazy Russians brings H.P. Lovecraft to life through their music. In stormy weathers Grond is there to spread their horror music with old school death metal that just may summon the hordes of the deep vast sea. Be it the Hydra, Kraken or even the mighty Cthulhu one of those horrific beast will be heard through Grond. Apart from the awesome songwriting and style of Grond the music in itself sounds wicked. Imagine if Bloodbath and Nile spawned a creature so frightening it had to be banished into the lowest depths of the sea there you will find Grond.

Worship the Kraken isn’t just a good old school death metal album, it’s a story from H.P Lovecraft made into music.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/grondrus
For fans of: Bloodbath and Nile
Favorite song: Blood Monk