So say goodbye to Isolation Grind with me, and welcome to Unique Leader on Bandcamp. At the same time give a warm welcome to Doomsday Device, the blog that continues Isolation Grind's focus on extreme metal, as well as commentary on the world of professional wrestling.
|Cover art by W. Smerdulak|
Katalepsy might as well be crowned the new kings of slam. Ok, I’m no expert on this shit, and technically these Russians have been around since 2003 so I guess they aren’t really all that new, but they are just now releasing their second album, Autopsychosis on that bastion of brutality known as Unique Leader, and it is what I like to refer to as HOLY SHIT AWESOME. Seriously, this album is so retardedly goddamn heavy and brutal, with slams a’plenty and gnarly toilet-dwelling vocals galore, that it puts not only Devourment, but just about every other band attempting this style to shame.
It doesn’t hurt that the production is absolutely perfect for this style of death metal. The sound of Autopsychosis is dark and crushing but crystal clear, allowing the listener to fully grasp just how much sonic devastation these guys are capable of dishing out. (read the rest here)
|Artwork by Raphael Gabrio|
Soreption often incorporate the lurching rhythms Meshuggah helped popularize, but unlike their countrymen, they never slip into the monotony of repetition (and don’t you dare call them djent). They also benefit from the vocal versatility of frontman Fredrik Soderberg, who utilizes a variety of barks, shouts and growls to get the job done, lending a human element to Soreption’s cruelly precise musical attack. In fact these guys might be the tightest band covered here, as each track on Engineering the Void is a tightly wound death metal smart-bomb that’s er, engineered for maximum impact. (read the rest here)
|Cover art by Pär Olofsson|
I was pleased to learn recently that Unique Leader is reissuing The Anomalies of Artificial Origin, the second album from Russia’s Abominable Putridity. This album had the misfortune of originally being released on one of the sketchiest metal labels that ever existed, which means it wasn’t promoted for shit and good luck trying to find it at your local shop. It’s a damn shame too, because this album might just be the absolute pinnacle of knuckle-dragging slam.
Basically, The Anomalies of Artificial Origin is just one massive mosh part, designed as an optimum soundtrack for mouth-breathers to beat the living shit out of each other to. It’s one of the most awesomely ignorant slam albums I’ve ever encountered and that’s what makes it such a ridiculously fun, not to mention neck-wrecking listen. It’s also probably the best sounding slam album ever, with an absolutely huge production that just flat-out crushes everything in its path. (read the rest here)