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SAVAGE ANNIHILATION -Soumises à la procréation-Digital/CD ( XENOKORP )
Ugly and unrelenting Death metal with some Tech and extreme thrash elements is what I'm getting from Savage Annihilation on this French barbaric onslaught. This has 4 originals and I Deicide and Mercyless so it should tell you the 90's Death meets Thrash vibe you will get from these guys. If you like your extreme metal old school welcome home you sick son of bitch. Brutal and Low end is what you get. There is a full on sickness in tone and arrangements going on with this duo. The production is so thick and heavy too work amazingly well with all that is going on. Soumises à la procréation is limited to 500 copies on CD never to be reprinted again . Otherwise it's the digital realm for you. This is a good beginning to this round of reviews I can say that for sure .
R.O.T. -Revolution Of Two-Digital (EFTM Records/Vault Lab Recordings)
I don't know what to think of this Italian band they mix Death metal, Grooves, Funk, Punk, Hardcore and Thrash into something that reminds me of Deadhorse, Anthrax, Mordred and Jungle Rot, Hatebreed, God Forbid and Shadows Fall. I'm not sure I like or fucking hate there there are moments where its interesting as all get out then they go into Shadows Fall moments or God Forbid and I truly hate this band. I really like when they are groovy fucked up with odd vocals and funky , sludgy riffs and sound like Deadhorse lol. The Synths are used in a very odd way over all too. I think R.O.T. is going to take many more listens before I can say if I like them or not. They has this wierd Dog Fashion Disco and Acid Bath Vibe going on which are both love/hate bands for me as well. Sometimes you just need to take the good with the bad and grow. I going to see where this band takes me over the course of time .
Funeral Leech- Death Meditation-Digital/LP (Carbonized Record)
Well Damn here we go this is Doom meets Ugly Slow and sinister Death metal. The 1st things I hear are Outer Heaven, Tomb Mold, Cianide, Bolt Thrower and Blood Incantation. Do we really need to say more holy shit Funeral Leech are crushing it on all levels here . I want 10 more records by you now !!!!. It Crusty, Doomy, Slamming , Mid tempo and Catchy and nasty as all hell. Listen to the riffs and cavernous and guttural wonderful vocals going on. It has the massive riffs Bolt Thrower and Cianide are known for!!! This as close as any Death metal band can to a total Doom fest. I not going to give anything but praise to this behemoth of a release and will be listening to it 20, 30 damn 100 times as that how much this album is speaking to me. It's giving those 1st time chills Tomb Mold gave me when I heard them. Music will never be the same after Funeral Leech and that says something.
Hammer the Sky- AARNI- Digital ( Inverse Records)
4 tracks of Finnish Ambient/ Folk . This reminds me of the Prison albums of Burzum , Parts of Summoning, Tenhi, The Folk sides of Dornenreich, Corvus Corax and Lord Wind. This brings in the most primitive of feelings simple percussion, acoustic strings, Scandinavian Pagan and Folk elements and a Dark Occult /Pagan over tone to it all with the deep tone and ritualistic vocals that over lay this as whole. I heard Negura Bunget , Triarii and Puissance. Let you feel like the story of creation and how we got to modern man came about. I love Pagan and Heathen music like this. It really does recharge the soul and make you think about what is truly important after it all. Let the Gods of old and the traditions that make the world a close knit tribe come back with a few listens to Hammer the Sky.
Khôra -Timaeus - Digital/LP/CD (Soulseller Records)
So I'm going to be very blunt with what I hear with this album and that just means it knows what to do and how to do so very well. So do not say its a clone as its not . Khora have some really innovative Ideas and challenges going on. This is the love child of Ihshan, And Oceans, Borknagar and Cradle of Filth . Have guest member of D.H.G, And Oceans and Finntroll just make it all the more solid of the Avant Atmospheric Post Black metal it's creating with every note and alignment . You can hear Code, D.H.G, Satyricon, Arcturus and Emperor as well. At times I would swear Garm and Simen from Arcturus and Borknagar are the vocalist . The music is a total take on what Ihshan and And Oceans have created over the last Decade. This album is just stellar. There is no need to bullshit about it . Futuristic, Forward thinking and just odd in the greatest of ways. Khora thank you for coming into my life and letting me hear this gem. That is two in this review cycle that have been just mindblowing ..