Fractal Generator – Apotheosynthesis (Atmospheric Death Metal)


The Canadian trio (040118180514, 040114090512 and 102119200914) Fractal Generator calls their music Atmospheric Death Metal so I instantly jumped on yet another band that names themselves after a genre I haven’t really heard of. I personally would call it technical death metal but whatever really that’s not what I want to talk about. I am here to talk about how awesome Fractal Generator are!

This is sci-fi metal in the same kind of spacecraft Wormed makes their music. It’s brutal, got great riffs in it and a lyrical theme on space and time. This sci-fi journey is one you do not want to miss. From the very start Fractal Generator tell us how life, death, space and time is and my favorite track Human how cruel our race is. And I love every second of it. According to metal archives this album was originally an independent digital release in 2015 but I am very happy Everlasting Spew Records are releasing it this year as both a digital and physical release so people like me can get to know these hard hitting metalheads.

One thing I really liked on the album as a side note is that Reflections even uses Darth Vaders famous breathing as samples in it. Freaking awesome if I do say so myself. Apotheosynthesis is an album technical death metal fans would be wise to get, Canada has yet another great techdeath band coming for mankind.

Fractal Generator – Apotheosynthesis is out now from Everlasting Spew Records.

For fans of: Zyklon and Wormed
Favorite song: Human


Rapheumets Well – Enders Door (Progressive Death/Black Metal)


Are you ready for a sci-fi concept album? Follow the rogue travler Eryos and how he discovered an artifact that would change his place in cosmos forever. This one hour long journey will leave you wanting more of Eryos and his adventures. Rapheumets Well were formed in 2008, North Carolina USA, after changing name from Blue Man’s God (created 2002). Having had a very wide range of influences on their albums, experimenting in classical, ambience and metal music this band stands out. Enders Door is the bands third release after having told other stories within this multi-verse on Dimensions and The Exile.

One thing is certain when you listen to Rapheumets Well, it’s epic. Much like you find Dimmu Borgir’s symphonic black metal massive and sometimes overwhelms you with their orchestral music Rapheumets Well does the same. Differences are many though. The progressive elements and clean vocals (both female and male) makes you think about The Faceless more than Dimmu Borgir. There is also a lot of death metal influences in the music, still very symphonic, which bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse are known for. The whole sci-fi take on all this is awesome and at times I think on movies such as Tron or Ghost in the Shell while listening to Enders Door. The different directions the songs take is also what makes Enders Door sick out from the rest. It feels like a movie in musical form, and it’s freaking epic!

I can recommend Rapheumets Well to anyone who is out for something a little bit different. It’s a great concept album with various of influences covering a wide range of genres. I would also love to see this band live, from what I’ve read they seem to make it like a play when performing their music. I can imagine it being a great experience in the veins of what Fleshgod Apocalypse or Carach Angren does.

Rapheumets Well – Enders Door is out May 26th through Test Your Metal Records.

Also with this review I will leave you guys for two weeks. Traveling to Tokyo tomorrow and I will not be reviewing any new albums while there. Hopefully I will get the chance to catch a concert on some of the local bands there though!

For fans of: Dimmu Borgir and The Faceless
Favorite song: Lechery Brought the Darkness

Xenomorphic Contamination – Colonized from the Inside (Brutal Death Metal)


Having two of Italy’s most known brutal duo in Max (ex-Vomit the Soul and ex-Septycal Gorge) and Davide “BrutalDave” Billia (Beheaded, Hour of Penance, Septycal Gorge and ex-Putridity) Xenomorphic Contamination has been a band to watch out for in 2016. With their full-length debut Colonized from the Inside, that came out in April, their apocalyptic alien project has finally unleashed (with wicked artwork to boot).

As you probably guessed by the bands name the lyrical theme in the album is aliens. Together with the concept from the album cover Colonized from the Inside creates a sci-fi feeling even before you start listening to it. Once you put the music on you’re in for a ride, of alien kind. Starting off like an Alien movie with soundeffects Transformers style you get sucked right into the hellish world of the Great Devourer. The riffs are crushing and growls very deep and guttural, no high tones here just straight up brutal, just like it should be within the genre.

I’ve always loved myself some brutal sci-fi and Xenomorphic Contamination gives me just the perfect dose of that. The whole package, from lyrics, mixing, vocals, instrumentals and artwork are really well made and you would do best not to miss this one out. What did you expect though from two heavy hitters like Max and Davide? Oh and as a bonus the band has a handmade sculpture for sale on their store that looks like the character on the cover. How cool is that!?

For fans of: Analepsy and Infecting the Swarm
Favorite song: Onset of Infection