Necrotted – Worldwide Warfare (Deathcore/Death Metal)


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.

Label: Rising Nemesis Records
For fans of: Despised Icon and Thy Art is Murder
Favorite song: Hunt Down the Crown
Score: 2.5/5


Thy Art is Murder – Dear Desolation (Deathcore)


Even as a fan of deathcore I’ve always had a weird relationship with Thy Art is Murder. While everyone seems to praise their early albums (especially Hate) I always had a soft spot for Holy War. With Dear Desolation and the singles that’s been out it was clear the band was moving in a new direction. More towards death metal than deathcore. Is this something that will fit Thy Art is Murder or will it be a big disappointment?

The truth is I initially did find the album rather lacking something. It took me a few playthroughs to really get to enjoy this album but once I did I found Dear Desolation being a good album. Thy Art is Murder isn’t the first, nor the last, deathcore band to change direction to evolve beyond the somewhat harsh label deathcore has. Whitechapel and Suicide Silence have both done this recently (with mixed results) but Thy Art is Murder is actually the first band I think does this well. CJ McMahon’s growls makes perfect use here for both styles so the transition works wonderful. The songwriting is still spot on, which is something I think have made Thy Art is Murder stick out from most deathcore bands from the very start. Whereas I think some songs are a bit weak tracks like Puppet Master and Slaves Beyond Death shows that this is the right direction for the band that they can keep on improving with the next release. It’s not as good as their past two releases but this change of wind is good for them in the end and I am certain the follow-up to Dear Desolation will be spectacular once they take this sound even further.

Label: Nuclear Blast Entertainment
For fans of: Whitechapel and Carnifex
Favorite song: Puppet Master
Score: 3/5

Oceano – Revelation (Deathcore)


What’s hard hitting, got gutturals that can give you nightmares and breakdowns that makes you go wild? Oh but it’s one of the giants within deathcore, Oceano! The band is certainly one of the biggest acts going, having done headliner shows for quite some time now and got a huge fanbase. Their latest release Ascendants was a huge hit two years ago and the expectations for Revelation has been off the charts really. I’ve said it before and I will say it again though, 2017 is the biggest year in deathcore. Never before have I witnessed so many good album releases from the genre in such a short amount of time. So can Oceano still be a king among kings?

One thing is certain, Oceano still got their sweet brutal touch intact. Their songs are crazy heavy, with Adam Warren leading the charge just as well as he always has. The breakdowns are on point, the slow but brutal deathcore grooves gets you headbanging and the low death metal growls sweet music to my ears. It’s a great album that’s sure to be a hit with songs like The Great Tribulation, Human Harvest and Revelation being the icing on the cake for me. It’s hard to say if this is Oceano’s best work yet, not because Revelation doesn’t cut it but because I think Ascendants and Incisions are such a great albums (their whole discography is actually good, just their last two albums I think really hit the spot).

Oceano just keeps on giving great deathcore and Revelation is sure to keep their fans happy, it’s more of the same great formula we all love by them. If it aint broke don’t fix it. Are Oceano still kings of deathcore? Seeing they don’t seem to be able to release a bad album, I say yes and I think this is a contender for deathcore album of the year. If they win it or not is another question though!

Oceano – Revelation is out now through Sumerian Records.

For fans of: Thy Art is Murder and Carnifex
Favorite song: Human Harvest

Pure Wrath – Ascetic Eventide (Atmospheric Black Metal)


Indonesia is not a country I think of when looking at atmospheric black metal. However Pure Wrath are sure to make both me and many others change their views on where great atmospheric black metal is produced from. Pure Wrath started as solo project in 2014 by Januaryo Hardy (aka Ryo). Energized by the essence of Earth, including nature, vision, and the call of solitude Ryo set off to create the Pure Wrath of nature itself in musical form. The end result is nothing short but greatness, a wonderful debut that will surely make a mark in the atmospheric black metal scene.

Pure Wrath brings a lot of energy and the use of various sounds and instruments (such as flute and piano) to create different emotions to the listener is wonderfully put together on Ascetic Eventide. The tracks really catches the atmosphere just like their names implies. Colourless Grassland feels desolate but yet calm and one with nature, Mountain Calls feels cold, harsh and barren (takes me back to the whole Wayfarer experience I had last year). This feeling of solitude and being one with nature that Ryo wanted to capture the essence off with Ascetic Eventide he has really achieved. It’s epic and raw, just like nature itself.

Ascetic Eventide is a work of art and stands tall in the vast atmospheric black metal discography that’s out there. I look forward to hear more from Pure Wrath in the future, until then I am more than happy to have one of this years big surprises on repeat when I want my mind to wander away and try to become one with nature. Pure Wrath’s debut album Ascetic Eventide is out now through Hitam Kelam Records.

For fans of: Saor and Wayfarer
Favorite song: Clouds Retiring

I Shall Devour – The Misanthropist (Deathcore)


After an amazing EP Manipunation that came out in 2013 the Australian deathcore deities I Shall Devour have come with their debut full-length release The Misanthropist. I have to say I Shall Devour has come a very long way in a short amount of time and has to be one of the bands every deathcore fan should follow, if you aren’t already. The band got some of the most refreshing sound in the genre, mixing it up with some symphonic parts, sometimes almost sounding like melodic black metal meets deathcore. They are one of the more technical bands I’ve come across in deathcore, those thundering riffs will leave you in awe, while they switch tempo so smooth you can hardly notice it.

There is not a single bad track in The Misanthropist, you can listen to this album over and over again and yet you will still find something new to dig. May it be that dreamlike guitar in the distance in Of Delusion you all of a sudden fall in love with, how sick the drum-tempo is on VI and just adds to that headbanging urge. Or the grooviness coming from the bass in Awaken All, really making you waking the fuck up. Whatever it is you can be certain I Shall Devour has released, or unleashed, a beast in The Misanthropist. One that will be going hard in my stereo for years to come. If you are only getting one deathcore album this year then choose wisely and make sure you take I Shall Devour – The Misanthropist.

For fans of: Thy Art is Murder and Walking Dead on Broadway
Favorite song: Spiteful Nature

Beacons – Dark World (Deathcore)


Dark World is the follow-up from Beacons much liked full-length debut in 2014 Dead Thoughts. The duo Taylor Bryant and Kyle Carter that is Beacons have taken their music to the next level with Dark World as this album features a wide range of different metal styles. You got your melodic metal in Moving On, brutal deathcore in The Serpent Shepherd and sweet metalcore coming from A Product of Lies. Playing with several genres over an 13 track album isn’t that strange. However within the deathcore genre I usually find bands sticking to their one style throughout several albums without changing anything. Nothing wrong with that, if it aint broke don’t fix it. I just find it extra cool an deathcore act go with many styles. Thumbs up!

I got nothing but praise to give Beacons. From what I understand this album might not even have happened due to a lot of problems. To go from that and releasing one of the best albums yet released in 2016 is somewhat astonishing. Beacons does live up to the meaning of their band name and everyone should join the Dark World (join the dark side!) and what it has to offer.

For fans of: Thy Art is Murder and Oceano
Favorite song: A Product of Lies

Slaughter to Prevail – Chapters of Misery (Deathcore)


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.

For fans of: Oceano and Thy Art is Murder
Favorite song: As The Vultures Circles
Slaughter To Prevail – As The Vultures Circle