lundi 29 septembre 2014

Cannibal corpse - A skeletal domain (2014)

Cannibal corpse are still there 25 yeras after they started releasing death metal albums, and once again they are proving that they are the living (or should I say living dead?) embodiment of consistency when it comes to death metal. A skeletal domain is their thirteenth album and another damn good one, not their best for sure, but still an impressive tour de force, delivering the best brutal and technical US death metal you can find. you'll find in the new one what you love in the others, excellent vocal lines in the "corpsegrinder" own feral style, metronomic blast beats from a drummer just doing exactly what the songs needs, jaw dropping basslines, pure badass death metal riffing and soloing all over, and all that melted in excellent songs showing a killer science of how to to mix the monstrous groove the sheer brutality and the horrific atmospheres. this time what is different from their others albums (a bit, they never go very far from their tried and tested formula, and that's not a bad thing if you ask me)? maybe it has a bit more slower and heavier parts, maybe they were in a mood of turning a bit longer the knives into the wounds this time (no songs under 3 minutes, but the couple of songs in the middle of the album are the best illustration of this "turning the knife slower" approach).

samedi 27 septembre 2014

Earth - Primitive and deadly (2014)

Primitive and deadly is Earth's eighth full lenght and is their most accessible and catchy to date. they went closer to the rock format (but we could say this is a kind of experimentating for Earth!) and even have three songs with vocals. two with Mark Lanegan, as good as he is usually, and one with Rabia Shaheen Qazi the women singing in Rose windows, and she's doing good as well. but it's not just the singing, the music is less minimalistic, with some nice melodic guitar works. the atmosphere reminds the solemnity and subtly dark one we had in Hex : or printing in the infernal method, but sounds less desolate, with a lighter feel. I think overall it's really a success, they really managed to make their sound evolves while sticking to their strong identity and offering a subtle but very enjoyable listen.

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mercredi 24 septembre 2014

Kvlthammer - Kvlthammer (2014)

Kvlthammer plays some evil D-beat / trash / speed metal, somewhere between Motörhead and Entombed. The band from Indianapolis, featuring Carl Byers of Coffinworm and Nate Olp of Lair of the minoteur, released this summer a self titled full lenght cassette. It's some really cool old school no bullshit metal, the perfect soundtrack for getting pissed and raising hell. nice!

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dimanche 21 septembre 2014

Entrails massacre - Alienation anrchism (EP 2014)

Need your daily splice of new grind? this new Ep from Entrails massacre will do (this german band is grinding since a quarter of a century so it's a reliable dealer!). called Alienation anarchism it's 7 tracks of furious grind, in an old school vein with with a modern production. you'll get crusty trashy riffing, tight D-beats and blast beats , aggressive vocals with a range going from crust to death metal, mostly fast parts but also some more groovy ones. they sure don't reinvent grind but they play it very efficiently and Alienation anarchism might well be the  sonic assault you need to start your day with a good blast of energy!

the BC page.

mercredi 17 septembre 2014

OSK - We will never change (2014)

17 songs in 12 minutes. yes it's grind! We will never change is the new release (as a 10'' vinyl by Give praise records) of OSK, a band rightly recognised as one of the best in the canadian powerviolence / grind scene.  and We will never change is another blatant proof of their power. they have the raw poweviolence sound without never sounding messy, probably not only thanks to a good production but also because their songs are cleverly written and grips the listeners tightly. very efficient drumming, good riffing, screamed vocals never annoying, some slower parts never getting boring, the occasional hardcore mosh parts. well, you get it, their formula works really well and We will never change will clearly stay as one of the best grind related release of the year.

the BC page.

mardi 16 septembre 2014

VETTER - Vetterkult (2012)

Released in 2012 this album did not get the attention it deserves. Vetterkult by the norwegian one man band VETTER is a very interesting black metal related album. it shows a wide diversity, and while always sticking to a genuine black metal feel it displays it in a variety of different musical forms. a classical an choir samples instrumental intro, then one of the most black metal songs of the album, but with dissonant riffing and some cold distorted industrial elements, then a song with loud and heavily distorted bass and repetitive mid tempo beats. then another dark classical instrumental with choir samples. follows a long black metal / industrial song with some clean singing in the end. then a kazoo interlude (yes!) before a folk / neofolk song. then you have a noise instrumental before a last black metal song. an excellent album that stays true to the spirit of norwegian black metal while experimenting sucessfully with different musical forms. recommended!

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lundi 15 septembre 2014

Lobster priest - Hallucinatory pagoda (2014)

Lobster priest (with Mike Vest and Mike Smith of Bong) plays what they call "space-puk" and it's sure it's not the pretty flowers kind of psyched music, it's definitely spacey with some trippy layers of heavy noisy and psychedelic lead guitar works all over the place but with some heavy drumming and thick sludgy riffing and harsh drones. a powerfull mixture. their latest release, the aptly titled hallucinatory pagoda tape, is two jam like studio takes on the A side and two live tracks and the B side. if you're into the louder (I mean LOUDER!) and harder side of psychedelia or the more trippy and noisy side of doom this is something you must try. but I warn you, it's addictive stuff..

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