Ingested – The Level Above Human (Slamming Deathcore/Death Metal)

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Lets talk some about what I think of Ingested. The UK band almost single-handedly acted as a sort of gateway to slam, together with Disentomb. When The Architect of Extinction came out in 2014 it blew my mind and I was sold on the whole slam scene, even though some say *cough* the slam police *cough* it’s more deathcore than slam (or slamming deathcore) I don’t care I liked it and it opened up a new genre for me. Granted I am not a diehard fan and my knowledge of the scene bar said bands and some others like Devourment, Pathology, Abominable Putridity and Katalepsy is very limited. With that in mind I was surprised with The Level Above Human and the direction Ingested went with it.

“Sovereign” starts off hard, really hard, and I am here thinking “damn this is going to be one of my favorite albums of the year”. The album has some good highs but also lows for me though. The production quality is almost too clear and while some tracks like “Sovereign”, “Invidious”, “Better off Dead” are of top notch Ingested quality and are in some ways a development from the bands past release. Mainly since they flirt with heavy hitters from brutal death metal like Dying Fetus and others creating a, perhaps, less slam sound but more of a death metal fused together with slam. Then you have “Last Rites”, a song that switches tempo well and is by far their most technical and well written track to date. Songs like that can make me see this as an evolution of their sound and slam in general, The Level Above Human will surely bring in more fans to the fray due to this. While “the slam police” will surely say this isn’t true slam but slamming deathcore/brutal death metal or whatever I can understand why Ingested takes this road, just like Thy Art is Murder with their latest release took more inspiration from death metal to change it up some. It’s bound to happen to some of the bigger bands in such underground or even hated scenes from the general metal community.

Change or no change you have your mid-tempo slams, Jason Evans on form (as always), angry hard hitting metal with that Ingested stamp on it. It’s a rather big change from The Architect of Extinction, less deathcore, more brutal death metal added to the mix, less monotone and it’s definitely got more technical aspects to it than any of their older releases. I should be all over this because of those elements but I can’t help but to say I personally liked The Architect of Extinction a lot more than I did with The Level Above Human, maybe even because of the more straight forward and monotone approach even. I can not deny however that this is probably the right step for the band to take in order to leap forward. Ingested are not afraid to change it up and I respect them for that and while some were scared that they would lose their slam when joining Unique Leader Records this was definitely not case. They simply evolved and while I may not be completely down with this change as of yet (give me time guys) I am sure many will.

Label: Unique Leader Records
For fans of: Acrania and Cerebral Bore
Release date: April 27th, 2018
Favorite song: Sovereign
Score: 3/5

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Pathology – Pathology (Brutal Death Metal)

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The self-titled album from heavy hitter Pathology is upon us. This is the 9th release from a band who’ve been the gateway for many when it comes to slamming brutal death metal. Formed in 2006 by legendary drummer Dave Astor (founder of Cattle Decapitation and The Locust) Pathology have released a new album every single year, amazing work if I do say so myself. Alongside bands such as Abominable Putridity, Devourment, Visceral Disgorge and Kraanium my journey into the slam world began a few years ago. I’ll tell you right now, I am not an insanely big slam fan just as I isn’t with brutal death metal (granted I enjoy BDM more). There is simply too much shit within the genre. As I read somewhere on Reddit some time ago “for every good slam band, there’s 50 shitty ones”. I think that summarizes quite well what I think of the genre. That being said Pathology is one of the bands that do produce some wicked good slam!

Pig squeals, gutturals, chuggy groovy riffs full of breakdowns your thing? Hell Pathology got you covered once again my friend! Their 9th release is just as brutal as their old albums and when tracks like Servitors, Putrescent or Shudder comes on you just have to get fucking mental. The thing with slam is I think it has a ceiling to it that prevents it from staying in my playlist for a longer amount of time. It’s simplicity and overall trying too hard to sound brutal as fuck all the time is good for a few spins during the year but it’s generally not something I remember. It goes in one ear and out the other.

Pathology suffers from the same fate. Whereas I think this is almost as good as it gets within the genre, the genre in itself has a limitation to it. I had a good time with Pathology, just as I do with all their albums, but this isn’t something I will remember for long. For you hardcore slam fans out there though this is a must have.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PathologyMusic
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PathologyMetal
Label: Comatose Music
For fans of: Abominable Putridity and Visceral Disgorge
Favorite song: Putrescent
Score: 3/5

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