Logic of Denial – Aftermath (Brutal Death Metal)

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Italy, not just a beautiful country but starting to become my go to country for great quality metal releases. 2017 has been a great year overall for metal but for Italy it’s been insane. I’ve mentioned it quite a few times already but wow are bands from that region pulling all the stops this year. Logic of Denial hails from, yes you guessed it, Italy! The band started off as Collapse in 2003, eventually changed name to Logic of Denial in 2006 and got two full-length albums behind their name prior this release. This is my first time with the band but from what I see it seems they’ve evolved nicely, having somewhat average reviews on their debut but on the sophomore and especially on Aftermath getting really good reviews.

I have to say the reviews I’ve seen are completely justified. Aftermath is a fine piece of work that sets the bar high for what Logic of Denial can produce. Just as Unfathomable Ruination was a smashing hit last year with one of the best brutal death metal albums which saw the band take new heights I see Logic of Denial doing the same this year. This is 43 minutes of an unrelenting force you do not want to stand against. Go with it instead, give into the beatdowns, the crushing waves of drums coming at you, the tight guitarplay and gutturals. Tracks like Larvae of Eden are leaving even the mighty Dying Fetus wondering what hit them and here I am wondering how I could not have heard of this album sooner? Everything I want from a brutal death metal release is in Aftermath. Having had a rough week at work this album has been going at least once a day and I’ve loved every second of it.

Aftermath is one of those albums that makes me want to dig into the bands discography and listen to how they have evolved into this sweet sound of death. A splendid release from Logic of Denial and definitely a contender for the best brutal death metal album this year.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LogicOfDenialBand
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LogicOfDenial
Label: Comatose Music
For fans of: Unfathomable Ruination and Septycal Gorge
Favorite song: Larvae of Eden
Score: 4/5

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Hideous Divinity – Adveniens (Technical/Brutal Death Metal)

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Guess what? There is a third good album that came out April 28th! Hideous Divinity is a band I am sure many of you are familiar with. Being formed in 2007 (in Norway actually) and featuring two ex-Hour of Penance back then they took the brutal technical death metal scene by storm. Since then quite a few lineup changes have happened, one were Mauro Mercurio (ex-Hour of Penance) left forcing Enrico Schettino to rebuild. That didn’t stop him nor the band though as the debut album and sophomore received much praise from the metal community. Adveniens has been on many peoples minds when thinking what album can be a contender for best techdeath album this year.

What strikes me straight away is the punishing drums that keeps on hammering your skull. Enrico hasn’t lost his touch on the guitar either as he has yet another really strong performance. Stefano Franceschini on bass (Aborted) adds a lot of heavyness with his bass play, as expected from a man with his caliber and he already showed it on Cobra Verde, this time he is even better though. There is a lot here that you can hear have the roots from Hour of Penance, which isn’t a bad thing since it’s one of my favorite bands when it comes to techdeath. Ages Die starts off violent with some of the best work Hideous Divinity has done. Hard to top that you would think right? Be sure as hell they do though! Passages starts off slow (one of the few times you get to breath on the album) and it features several different “passages” throughout the song, showcasing a lot of different aspect to their music. The song got a bit of a Nile touch to it that way (I’ve always loved how they change tempos) and it sticks out for me.

All in all this is a great album. Hideous Divinity is definitely one of the best technical death metal bands going, having released three solid albums now. Getting slightly better with each one. Italy might just have Europe’s best techdeath scene right now with Septycal Gorge, Deceptionist (featuring two ex-Hideous Divinity members), Hour of Penance and Hideous Divinity all released top albums these past three years. And they don’t look like they are slowing down either!

Adveniens is out now through Unique Leader Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hideousdivinity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HideousDivinity
For fans of: Hour of Penance and Nile
Favorite song: Passages

Hour of Penance – Cast the First Stone (Technical/Brutal Death Metal)

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Italian brutal techdeath masters Hour of Penance are back with a flurry of blistering riffs and brutality some bands can only dream of to jell together into a perfect mix. And oh does it deliver! After having listened to the single XII Century Imperial Crusade a million times already I knew this album was going to be something special. However after listening to the album I am still in ave. XII Century Imperial Crusade, as great as it is, isn’t even one of the best tracks on the album!

Track after track Hour of Penance keeps on giving me some of the best riffs and music I’ve heard in a long time. The album is so polished, yet undeniable crushing and I can only applaud them for keeping such high quality during their career even on their seventh release. The addition of drummer Davide “BrutalDave” Billia (Beheaded, Septycal Gorge and Xenomorphic Contamination) only seems to have fuelled this tank of destruction that is Hour of Penance. I have to say time after time again when I hear Davide he rises on my list of the best drummers in the world, he puts in a lot of hard work and has never let me down so far.

Hour of Penance has already released a contender for album of the year. I urge you, do not miss this album!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hourofpenance
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HourofPenance
For fans of: Nile and Origin
Favorite song: Cast the First Stone

Beheaded – Beast Incarnate (Brutal Death Metal)

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Malta’s brutal death metal heroes Beheaded are back after a long five years wait since Never to Dawn came out. So what’s changed since then? Well the band has seen two new additions to it’s lineup with Davide Billia (Hour of Penance, Septycal Gorge and Xenomorphic Contamination) joining on drums and Simone Brigo (Blasphemer) on guitars. Also their sound has changed a bit, might be due to the change of members but that I am not sure of. The band has taken a turn into the more old school death metal sound, while still keeping it very brutal death metal. While I personally think this is a good way to go seeing how popular OSDM has become yet again, plus the fact that I love the genre, but I can understand if some of the older fans of Beheaded might see this as something bad. This is something the band has slowly changed into since Never to Dawn though so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Beast Incarnate is a solid album, you can be sure of that (if you even thought otherwise). The album will surely grab the attention of new fans to the band but might also drive some of the older ones away. It’s always a big and hard step to move away from your comfort zone and try something new. I think Beheaded does it really well though and are now a sweet mix between the likes of Suffocation and Death. A mix I am sure most death metal fans will enjoy.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BeheadedMT
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BeheadedMT
For fans of: Suffocation and Death
Favorite song: Fid-Dlam Ta Dejjem

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

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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!?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/xenomorphic.contamination
For fans of: Analepsy and Infecting the Swarm
Favorite song: Onset of Infection