Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse - Relapse Records



Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse from 2010 is one of my favorites from the Relapse Records Bandcamp. Few concept albums tell their story so well as this one does. The story here being the struggle between a vengeful god and the deposed angel Lucifer leading to the Battle of Armageddon. It's starts with the Mastodon proggyness of Last Resort and the lines
master of light
creator of sky and sea
And ends with the massive riffing and soloing of The Seventh Seal
you keep telling me I'd have everything
you promised me everything I want
and you'd keep telling me you're going to help me
that you're going to save me, but you won't
and now I'm in too deep
all I have left is sleep
Read the reviews from Angry Metal Guy and Doommantia and check it out.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Afgrund - Vid Helvetets Grindar


Willowtip added Afgrund's Vid Helvetets Grindar from 2009 to their Bandcamp. Political Scandinavian grindcore in the Nasum and Rotten Sound vein. Excellent drumming and touches of sludge and doom spices things up. Here are two reviews from Metal Review and AllMusic


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Æsahættr - Æsahættr


Æsahættr is one-man band from Canada that plays black metal inspired by Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Lovers of the books will recognize song titles like The Sundering Blade of Bolvangar and The Fury of the Panserbjørn - and Æsahættr itself is off course The Suble Knife, a knife with a blade so fine it can rip through the fabric between the worlds.

The music is atmospheric black metal with pained croaks buried under layers of riffing. The closing epic Teleutaia Makhaira ends with a long rainfall outro that is very calming. Here is a review from Cvlt Nation that somehow misses the Philip Pullman connection entirely.


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The Devil's Blood - Come Reap


The Devil's Blood is another Dutch band (see previous post about Akelei). Their 2008 debut Come Reap was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. This is occult psychedelic rock, at times reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane. Read the reviews from Invisible Oranges and AllMusic and listen to my favorite track, the hypnotic ballad Voodoo Dust.


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Akelei - De Zwaarte van het Doorstane


Dutch band Akelei's De Zwaarte van het Doorstane (The Burden of the Weathered) is emotional and atmospheric doom. It's certainly heavy enough, but in general this is really well played mellow doom. Read the Doommantia review and check it out.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Canopy - Menhir - Dissension Records



Canopy's Menhir is a punchy, dynamic, and slightly proggy take on melodic death metal. Another example of melodic death metal done right! (like Voice of the Soul). Here's a couple of reviews from Metal Review and No Clean Singing.

Dissension Records is a small record label run by Canopy vocalist Fredrik Huldtgren. Besides Canopy they also have albums by black metal act Obitus, check out their newest release The March Of The Drones.


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Infernö - Downtown Hades / Utter Hell


Infernö - Downtown Hades / Utter Hell is a compilation of two Infernö albums from 1996 and 97. It's Thrash Metal with punk vocals & attitude as noted in this review of Downtown Hades from The Metal Archives.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles


Willowtip added Fleshgod Apocalypse's Oracles from 2009 to their Bandcamp! It's intricate brutal death metal mixed with orchestral interludes. Read a positive review from Teeth of the Divine and a little more neutral one from Metal Review.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Hemoptysis - Misanthropic Slaughter


Hemoptysis - Misanthropic Slaughter is lean and mean trash with a blackened crust on the vocals. And a shitload of really capable melodic solos. Here's a review from Teeth of the Divine.


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mitochondrion - Parasignosis


Artwork by Alexander Brown

Profound Lore Records added Mitochondrion's 2010 album Parasignosis to their Bandcamp. But Mitochondrion already has a Bandcamp where they sell the album, so which one to choose? I went for Mitochondrion's because the album is a little cheaper ($5 CAD vs $6.66 CAD) and the money goes straight to them.

Parasignosis mixes dissonant black metal with blistering death metal. The songs are very unpredictable, yet the transitions still feel natural. Here are two reviews about the music from Heavy Blog is Heavy and The Number of the Blog and one about listening to the album from That's How Kids Die.


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Sleepbringer - Compendium


Sleepbringer's Compendium; On one hand the riffing is traditional heavy doom, sludge and stoner. On the other hand the songs and arrangements are actually interesting, they do not rely on the heaviness alone. Read more in the Doommantia review and check it out.


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Amputation Spree - Three / Inferno EP


Amputation Spree's Three / Inferno EP of progressive slam got a nice review at Metalattorney. He mentions the occasional dissonant chord progressions which gives off the impression of a slammier Ulcerate. The moniker thinking man's slam from the Amputation Spree Bandcamp is actually quite fitting.


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Ulcerate - Everything Is Fire


Ulcerate's Everything Is Fire from 2009 was added to the Willowtip Bandcamp. Claustrophobic and complex modern death metal, that really needs more than one listen to wrap your head around.

Here are three reviews from Teeth of the Divine, Metal Review and AllMusic who says this about Ulerate's playing: their ability to move the music forward at what seems like a crushingly slow pace while in fact playing quite fast is hypnotic.


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Ungoliant - No More The World Of Man


Art by the creator of the band Skinner

Ungoliant has released their new album No More The World Of Man. Heavy doom/sludge with massive walls of guitars and some psychedelic playing. It doesn't sound like all the other bands in those genres. Doommantia reviewed the track Wretched Mind here.


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Cosmonauts Day - Paths of the Restless


Album layout by Elena Snegotskaya

Cosmonauts Day from Russia has released the new album Paths of the Restless on their Bandcamp. Post-metal that is more melodic than progressive and also quite heavy at times. No reviews yet, so let your own ears be the judge.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Execration - Odes Of The Occult - Duplicate Records



Execration got my attention when Aversionline posted a review of Odes Of The Occult. I found out that their label Duplicate Records has a Bandcamp, so here we are. Odes of The Occult is just fucking good modern death metal with parts that sounds like a less chaotic Ulcerate. And it is all wrapped in a nice beefy old-school sounding production. Read another review from Don't Count On It Reviews and check it out below!


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Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge



Cloudkicker has released two new albums, Let Yourself Be Huge and its companion Loop. Let Yourself Be Huge is mellow ambient stuff, many of the tracks feature acoustic playing. The cover is pretty mellow too, it looks like one of those kissing couple in the sunset posters from the eighties.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Astomatous - The Beauty of Reason



Before Krallice there was...

Sometimes historical documents pop up on Bandcamp. Nicolas McMaster has added two albums from bands he was in before starting Krallice. The first is Hymn - Passage recorded in 2004. Very blackened doom with some progressive parts thrown in. The second is Astomatous - The Beauty of Reason recorded in 2006. Technical death death that has two wildly different reviews at The Metal Archives.

It's fun to note the similarities to Krallice in both bands: The dissonance, the non-melodic songwriting, the progressiveness and the terrific bass playing. Stretching it a little, you could say that Hymn is Krallice played as doom and Astomatous is Krallice played as death metal.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reflection - When Shadows Fall


Reflection's When Shadows Fall 2008 was added to the Cruz Del Sur Bandcamp. They play epic metal, the doomy version of Heavy Metal. It is a little plodding but this AllMusic review quite fairly describes it as a nicely crafted and enjoyable outing by a band who hold on to their love of metal from the 1970s and 1980s.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Cannibal Rites - Demo(2009) - NoVisible Scars


NoVisible Scars is a tape label that deals in dark electronica / noise / industrial and some death and black metal. They have added a demo from 2009 by Cannibal Rites of death metal in the ways of old. The production quality is really raw, but the playing is pure death and the whole thing has lots of atmosphere.

Cannibal Rites will re-record the demo tracks in 2012 for a NoVisble Scars cassette release. I look forward to that and hope that digital copies will be available on the Bandcamp.


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection


Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection from 2008 is in many ways a typical Willowtip technical death metal release: Brutal riffs, sweep-picking, Suffocation style vocals, neo-classical solos, dissonance and a few random jazz sections. Read more about it on Teeth of the Divine and The Metal Archives.


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Bosse-de-Nage - II


Flenser Records has added the second album by Bosse-de-Nage to their Bandcamp. This is black metal with just a of hint post-rock and some quite surrealistic lyrics. Check out two great reviews from Metal Review and Lurkers Path.


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Bosse-de-Nage wins the Metal Bandcamp best song title award for Why Am I So Lovely? Because My Master Washes Me.

Royal Talons - 5 tracks


Royal Talons have five individual tracks of psychedelic doom on their Bandcamp. Doommantia did a piece on them and describes The Scroll as starting with a hypnotic vibe which builds into a nasty, violent piece of tortured doom. Also, what is not to like about these lyrics:
Energy collides
activates third eye
dagger slices skin
dimension born within'

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

10 Metal Labels on Bandcamp


I wrote a piece for No Clean Singing titled
BLACK GOATS AND CANDLELIGHTS: 10 Metal Record Labels on Bandcamp.
You can find it here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Watchmaker - Erased From The Memory Of Man



Willowtip added Watchmaker - Erased From The Memory Of Man from 2008 to their Bandcamp. Violent grindcore with a decent production and some seriously warped shrieking. Check out the reviews from AllMusic and Metal Review, who calls it some of the most savage 26 minutes of your life.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Agalloch rarities and limited compilation tracks


Photo by Carmelo Española.

Agalloch has set up a Bandcamp for some of their rare tracks, mostly from various compilations. Many of the tracks are acoustic instrumentals in the style of The White EP. The one track that features an electric guitar is the quite progressive Scars of the Shattered Sky, originally from side D of the Ashes Against The Grain LP.


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Swallowed - Swallowed



In this interview Swallowed describe their music pretty accurately: We play real death metal with doom nuances. We play slow and sometimes fast. Also check out this enthusiastic review from Cvlt nation and listen to the music off course. It is good.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Gathering - West Pole


The Gathering - West Pole from 2009 was a return to playing guitar driven music again, it was also the first album with new vocalist Silje Wergeland. Not metal, but all in all a solid album with post-rockish guitars, outstanding bass playing and some nice and warm melodies. Read the reviews from Sputnikmusik and AllMusic and check it out.


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There's a free download of a new track from the band here.

Electro Quarterstaff - Gretzky


Electro Quarterstaff's Gretzky from 2006 was added to the Willowtip Bandcamp. An Instrumental mix of highly technical death metal and trash. Check out the reviews from Sputnikmusic and Metal Review.


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Misery - From Where The Sun Never Shines


Photo by Carmelo Española.

Misery - From Where The Sun Never Shines is raw and heavy-as-fuck crust with some fantastic bass riffage. Apparently these guys have been around since 1987, they certainly don't seem to be slowing down! Here's a review from Old Punks Never Die.


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Deus Otiosus - Murderer


Deus Otiosus is a death metal band from Denmark (yay). Their album Murderer is solid death metal with elements of trash and black metal. It's old school in that it isn't a display of technicality, it also has a nice fat production with some seriously crunchy guitars. Read the review from Lurkers Path and one from The Metal Archives.


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Palace of Worms - Lifting the Veil


Palace of Worms - Lifting the Veil was originally released on tape, now Flenser Records has made it available as a free download on their Bandcamp. Raw, piously orthodox black metal as mentioned in this review from Lurkers Path.


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Dark Forest - Dawn of Infinity


Dark Forest's new album Dawn of Infinity was released on the Cruz Del Sur Bandcamp. Catchy traditional Heavy Metal with Iron Maiden style dueling guitars. I found an early review at The Metal Archives.


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Sulaco - Tearing Through The Roots


Willowtip added Sulaco's Tearing Through The Roots from 2006 to their Bandcamp. This is highly technical grindcore mixed with vicious death metal. Read the reviews from exclaim.ca and Metal Review and check it out.


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Sulcao has their own Bandcamp here where you can download a single track from each of their albums.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

GoreGazm - The Aporkalypse


The story needs to be told...
The year is 2086, Planet Earth is under attack by an unknown alien force referred to as the pig people from Planet Zorg. In an assault led by the pig-lord General Barbatus, the space-pigs slaughter millions of people within the first few hours, and broadcast an ultimatum to the human race. Submit to slavery or die. Unbeknownst to mankind, the pig people have visited planet earth nearly three thousand years ago, using a calculated approach to steer civilization into overpopulation by introducing basic technologies and sciences to nations across the globe. Throughout history, all the evidence was refuted and regarded as a hoax, until the day the pigs returned once the planet had enough protein and sentience. A rebel band of resistance fighters known only as 'The Pig Whisperers' went to see the oracle, witch doctor from the third world. Hoping to find an answer on how to liberate their race, she told them that the only way to prevent this attack is to go back in time and warn the world, through a mystical ritual that involes time-incarnation. 'The Pig Whisperers' were immediately born a hundred years earlier and recieved frequent visions from the oracle in one clear message: be prophets of the aporkalypse by any means necessary. Drawn together to tell the world of the fate of mankind, GoreGazm introduces their first chronicle ‘The Aporkalypse’. On sale 4 November 2011.

The GoreGazm Bandcamp is closed now. It appears the pig people has won...

Valdur - Lightning Swords of Death split



Valdur have added their part of the split with Lightning Swords of Death to their Bandcamp. Straight up dynamic black metal. The split was reviewed by Teeth of the Divine.

You should also check out their excellent full-length Raven God Amongst Us. Here's a review of that one from Metal Review.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cyclamen - Senjyu


Cyclamen's Senjyu from 2010 is a mix of dexterous metalcore and beautiful noise-pop. And some huge post-rock crescendos. And some jazz. And some stoner rock... Better read the reviews from Heavy Blog is Heavy and Don't Count on it Reviews, and check it out below.


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Uneven Structure - Februus - Basick Records



Basick Records have released Februus the new album by Uneven Structure to their Bandcamp. The is progressive metal of the djent variety without some of the trappings of that genre: The clean singing in the ambient parts is actually nice and the drummer knows how to let the songs breathe.

The production is also excellent, no matter how many layers of djenty stuff they pile on top of the songs, you can always hear the clear and natural sounding rhytm section. Read more in the reviews from No Clean Singing and Don't Count on it Reviews


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Omitir - Cotard


Omitir's Cotard was released on the The Path Less Traveled Records Bandcamp. Omitir is a one-man band from Portugal who plays a particular interesting take on black metal, interspersing the raw blackness with ambient jazz pieces. In the words of The Path Less Traveled Records label owner: Check it if you like black metal with saxophones and shit.

And the last track Fase VII - "Belle Indiference" is a haunting black metal ballad!


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Anaal Nathrakh - In The Constellation Of the Black Widow


Anaal Nathrakh's In The Constellation Of the Black Widow from 2009 was added to the Candlelight Records Bandcamp. Industrial Death metal with heavy grind influence and EVERYTHING ON 11. Again reviews from Metal Review and AllMusic, which calls it a harsh journey, but one well worth taking.


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Dim Mak - Knives Of Ice



Willowtip has added Dim Mak's Knives Of Ice from 2006 to their Bandcamp. Catchy technical death metal with good quality riffing. And amazing drumming by new member John Longstreth of Origin fame. Sometimes all you need is a good yelling at like in the menacing "Devil Finding Mirror"
It Sees You And You Are Ugly
It Sees You And You Are Scarred With Lies
It Sees You And You Are Wicked
It Sees You And You Have Shifting Eyes

Liar, Liar Set Your Soul On Fire, Liar Liar
Fire Fire Set Your Soul On Fire
Dig into these two short reviews from Last Rites ("the riffs on this album are absolutely astounding") and AllMusic ("drummer John Longstreth is a virtual one-man speed clinic"), and off course the music itself.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings


The new Mournful Congregation album The Book of Kings is available on the 20 Buck Spin Bandcamp. One of the reasons I don't write reviews for the blog is that I'm not very good at it - they would be littered with 'great', 'fantastic' and that old cliche 'crushing'. But let me just say this about The Book Of Kings: It's great, it's fantastic and it crushes.

The title track is just huge in every sense, over half an hour of the most sorrowful and majestic funeral doom there is.


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Lauderdale - Life's a Beach


Lauderdale's Life a Beach popped up as a recommendation after downloading Fuck The Facts' Misery. Weird and fascinating grind / doom of sorts with interesting use of samples. Here's a thorough review of the album from American Aftermath. According to American Aftermath
The band is comprised of three prison inmates (two former, one still incarcerated) known only as #8478, #8744 and #2837. They recorded their debut album, Life’s a Beach almost entirely in prison facilities ... don’t expect to see any shows or tours because “they seemingly do not like each other and do not get along"

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Fun fact: All the songs on Life's a Beach are named after non-metal bands from the '90s...