Two and a half years ago in the good wintry month of February, me and my cousin happened to witness one of the best prog extreme metal bands, who were pretty much new to my taste buds. A month before that gig, I started jamming their songs religiously and it instantly struck a chord in my heart. I remember my cousin weeping in all his happiness midway their set when Tim Charles started to move the bow to and fro on his violin strings, thus resulting in the harrowing yet beautiful ‘Painters Of The Tempest(Part I): Wyrmholes‘. I remember asking him “Dude, why the fuck would you cry in a metal concert?”. Yes I know, I was pretty stupid back then and probably didn’t understand the catharsis music leads you to. It actually lead me to some long time contemplation, how could someone be reduced to tears with such heavy and intense sonic atrocity.
*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state*
This month’s state is Massachusetts’!
It’s time once again to shake off those Monday blues with an absolute earth-shaker of a band that are completely redefining the new-wave of technical death metal. Hailing from MA’s capital Boston are technical death metallers Replacire. Already described as “a new breath of life for the death metal genre”, Replacire have been taking the aggressiveness and complexity of modern death metal and infusing it with beautifully intricate progressive elements and technical complexity. Think of a masterminded cosmic mutation that would ensue from the intense atmosphere and progressiveness of Mikael Åkerfeldts Opeth, mixed with Obscuras and Beyond Creations technical virtuosity and death growls,with Katatonias haunting cleans and dynamacism. Whilst this may sound in print like it has been done to death (pun-intended), Replacire stand out from the sea of other technical metal artists and are certainly at the head of the pack. Who ever said that metal was dead clearly has no idea what they’re talking about, with young blood like this keeping death fresh and feeding our bloodthirsty desires, Replacire are redefining an already extensively innovative genre and they are certainly the ones to be keeping an eye on!
If you haven’t already heard, Canadian titans of technical death metal ARCHSPIRE have revealed a full album stream for their highly anticipated album “Relentless Mutation” one day prior to album release! “Relentless Mutation” (Season Of Mist) is without a doubt one of the most anticipated death metal albums of 2017, and this most assuredly comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the worlds metal community. Since their inception in 2007, and the release of ‘All Shall Align’ (Trendkill Records- 2011) ARCHSPIRE has been splitting ear drums with their utterly inhuman speed and machine-like precision. Continue reading →
Death Metal is brutality in its impurest form. The ferocious guitar riffs, earth breaking bass, deafening drum beats, and guttural growls define one of metal’s most extreme and unforgiving genres, and this abrasive sonic assault perfectly describes the style of weed obsessed death metal band CANNABIS CORPSE.
Despite the fact that the name CANNABIS CORPSE is a parody of gore loving death metal band CANNIBAL CORPSE (just needed to explain for all NONE of you who weren’t already aware), bassist/vocalist Phil Hall, drummer Josh Hall, and guitarist Ray Suhy take their doobie influenced and (admittedly) humorous metal quite seriously, and this can be heard on their most recent record ‘Left Hand Pass’ which is an absolute monster of an album with smashing guitar riffs, unforgiving guttural screams, and a slight hint of melody that hooks the listener from start to finish.
What do we metal fans like apart from free merch or concert tickets? An early album stream! Well, at least me, but I am sure you love it too. Especially when, its none other than Greek titans SEPTICFLESH, yes they are letting the fans take an early bite out of the cake before the party even begins. SEPTICFLESH‘s upcoming new album ‘Codex Omega‘ which in fact releases tomorrow via Season Of Mist on September 1 is available for an early stream in its entirety. So stop whatever the fuck you are doing and hop on to the gigantic sonic cruise as the band prepares to release its tenth album and add more epic-ness to their entire catalogue.
Progressive Death Metal overlords from down under, NE OBLIVISCARIS just released fresh new dates for a North American tour spanning the entire month of November and extending into the first few days of December. Australia’s one of the biggest exports in the extreme metal genre, NE OBLIVISCARIS will be touring the States and Canada in support of their upcoming third full length album, ‘Urn’ which is slated to be released on October 27th, 2017 via Season Of Mist. Joining them on the voyage, will be, American technical melo-death band ALLEGAEON who also will be out also supporting their 2016 album, ‘Proponent Of Sentience‘. Check out the tour dates below which is also the first of the ‘Urn’ album cycle.
It’s cliche to designate a heavy metal album as “epic.” The raging guitar riffs, thunderous bass, thrashing drums, and high pitch screams all create a sound that’s larger-than-life both sonically and thematically, and this go-big-or-go-home mentality was present at the genre’s inception with Black Sabbath and has continued into modernity with bands like Ghost and Avatar because let’s be honest here, if a metal band isn’t “epic” in some capacity or another then it isn’t worth its salt.
With that said, “epic” is the only proper descriptor that encapsulates my feelings on the wonderfully named symphonic death metal band Septicflesh. Originating from Athens, Greece in the mid 1990s and currently consisting of Seth Siro Anton on bass/vocals, Christos Antonou playing the guitar and writing the orchestrals, Sotiris Anunnaki V providing an additional guitar and clean vocals, and Kerim “Krimh” Lechner on drums, Septicflesh is one of the very few metal bands that can gracefully blend the rough brutality of death metal with the awe-inspiring sound of a sweeping orchestra, and this dark yet beautacious sound is ever-so present on Septicflesh’s 10th and most recent studio album ‘Codex Omega’ which is a more than worthy follow-up to their 2014 LP ‘Titan’ due to it being stunning in its scale and punishing in its ferocity.
Belgian deathgrind monsters Leng Tch’e just dropped a brand new, brutal track off their upcoming record ‘Razorgrind’. “Stentor of Doom” clocks in at just under two minutes. If it were any longer, it might just give you a heart attack. You can check out the track below along with other previously released tracks from the album. See what the band had to say about the track below. ‘Razorgrind’ is Leng Tch’e‘s sixth full length album and comes out on August 25th. The record will be released via Season of Mist. It is their second record via Season of Mist and their first album since 2010’s ‘Hypomanic’. You can pre-order it here. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook to hear more music from ‘Razorgrind’ early. Continue reading →
Technical death metal band Archspire continues to destroy minds everywhere with their new song. While it isn’t as fast as the first song “Involuntary Doppelganger” (which you can also check out below), it still makes everyone else look like amateurs. The speed and technicality of this band is unrivaled and remains a force to be reckoned with. These Canadians aren’t here to mess around. ‘Relentless Mutation’ drops via Season of Mist on September 22nd. You can see the epic album artwork in the videos below. You can pre-order the record here. This will be the band’s third full length album and the follow up to the highly praised 2014 release ‘The Lucid Collective’. Follow the band on Facebook to stay updated on more music being released before the record drops. This is shaping up to be another great year of metal! Continue reading →
Australia’s one of the biggest exports in the extreme metal genre, NE OBLIVISCARIS just released their first official music video off the upcoming album, ‘Urn’ for the track ‘Intra Venus‘, and it sounds beautiful yet ghastly. This new album is a follow up to 2014’s ‘Citadel‘ which in my opinion is a great album and worth mentioning if you want delve into progressive death metal. Prior to this, yesterday the band posted an update on their official Facebook page stating,
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