Archive for Extreme Metal

Review: Darkane – Demonic Art [2009]

Posted in Darkane, SOS Metal Update with tags on June 18, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon DarkaneWhen a band replaces a lead singer, issues with identity are bound to arise. Yet Swedish powerhouse metal squad Darkane, who are no strangers to singer shakeups having undergone multiple changes behind the microphone since their inception, appear to be a rare exception to the rule judging by the quintet’s fifth installment of extreme metal excellence DEMONIC ART. This 12-track offering, which finds the band settling in with Jens Broman (The Defaced) at the helm, pushes this unit’s brand of thrashing brutality with melodic inclinations further down the darkened metallic path forged on previous outings (“The Killing of I,” “Demigod”). As for the vocals, expect the patented blend of harsh growls, maddening yells, and Eurodeath melodies that truly fits within the framework of the compositions to remain intact (“Leaving Existence”). Retaining both their progressively-minded and savage aspects (“Still In Progress,” “Impetious Constant Chaos”), Darkane shows no signs of a lull period, as they’ve effortlessly picked up where they left off, cranking out another declarative round of crushing thrash metal technicality while radiating a murky brutality rivaled only by melodeath’s top-flight acts. -Mike SOS

3 StarsDarkane is Jens Broman (Vocals), Christofer Malmström (Guitar), Klas Ideberg (Guitar), Jörgen Löfberg (Bass), & Peter Wildoer (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Variations Of An Eye Crush”
  2. “Leaving Existence”
  3. “Demonic Art”
  4. “Absolution”
  5. “Execution 44”
  6. “Impetious Constant Chaos”
  7. “Demigod”
  8. “Sole Survivor”
  9. “Killing Of I”
  10. “Wrong Grave”
  11. “Still In Progress”
  12. “Wrath Connection”

Review: Rumpelstiltskin Grinder – Living For Death, Destroying The Rest [2009]

Posted in Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, SOS Metal Update with tags on June 14, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Rumpelstiltskin GrinderFortified with a well-rounded extreme metal assault, the sophomore release by Philadelphia, PA’s Rumpelstiltskin Grinder merges classic metal aspects with a blistering delivery on the 10-track LIVING FOR DEATH DESTROYING THE REST. Meshing galloping black metal, thrash metal guitar runs, beatdown breakdowns, death metal rhythmic devastation and a hardcore punk attitude (“Revolution of Underground Legions”), this quartet’s versatility warrants automatic crossover appeal (“Beware The Thrash Brigade,” “Fiends in the Mountains, Ghouls in the Valley”). Putting modern spins on sounds from thrash’s golden age (“Darkness Never Ending”) while injecting a bastardized sci-fi by way of horror movie lyrical slant that gives off a charming storyteller-like vibe and permits a form of chaos made famous by the likes of SOD (“Spyborg”), RSG’s stylistic switch ups will keep you guessing while their persistent headbanging crunch manages to project a vibe that is both seriously furious and a whole lot of fun. www.relapse.comMike SOS

4 StarsRumpelstiltskin Grinder is Matt Moore (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Ryan Moll (Lead Guitar), Shawn Riley (Bass/Vocals), & Pat Battaglia (Drums, Percussion)

Track Listing:

  1. “Nothing Defeats The Skull”
  2. “Graveyard Vandalization”
  3. Brainwasher C.1655″
  4. “Friends In The Mountain, Ghouls In The Valley”
  5. “Spyborg”
  6. “Traitor’s Blood”
  7. “Beware The Thrash Brigade”
  8. “Sewers Of Doom (Dethroning The Tyrant Part 1)”
  9. “Darkness Never Ending (Dethroning The Tyrant Part 2)”
  10. “Revolution Of Underground Legions (Dethroning The Tyrant Part 3)”

Review: Miseration – Your Demons-Their Angels [2008]

Posted in Miseration, SOS Metal Update with tags on February 24, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-miserationAt first acting as a side project for two of the members of Scar Symmetry before vocalist Christian Alvestam decided to leave the fold, Miseration explores a more extreme style more in tune with bands like Morbid Angel and the early years of In Flames on their nihilistic nine-track affair YOUR DEMONS-THEIR ANGELS. While there are traces of former breadwinner built into the foundations of tracks like “Chain-Work Soul” and  “Perfection Destroyed,” the overall feel leans on the ruthless end of the metal spectrum, with predominant pounding double bass drums propelling this entire abrasive affair. Sinewy death metal riffs and gruff vocals gloriously gel together here to make a huge part in this project’s sound, plucking the best from the early years of the Gothenburg melodeath movement to create a ferocious blend of forward thinking aggressive metal that’s fairly well-tread yet dark and gruesome enough to be gratifying (“Foul Invective,” “Seven Are the Sins”). -Mike SOS

Review: Arghoslent – Hornets Of The Pogrom [2008]

Posted in Arghoslent, SOS Metal Update with tags , , , on December 23, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-argolenthAfter a six-year hiatus, Virginia’s Arghoslent return with HORNETS OF THE POGROM, stirring the pot once again with their bastardized combination of controversial viewpoints and scolding death metal. This veteran unit’s latest eight-track affair contains a bevy of the most well thought-out riffs and sheer brutality put to disc in the extreme genre, as tracks like “Oracle of the Malefic Rhizome” and “Swill of the Knaves” slay with barbaric might while undertones of undeniable melodic beauty echo beneath. This underground act may be better known for their offensive lyrical content and left of center school of thought, but the musical output displayed on this album is chock full of death metal magnificence and should be rendered as mandatory metal listening for the most unflappable. www.drakkar666.comMike SOS

Review: Hackneyed – Death Prevails [2008]

Posted in Hackneyed, SOS Metal Update with tags , , , on December 21, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-hackneyedNeophytic German metal troupe Hackneyed play with the deathcore style sharply in focus on their nine-track disc DEATH PREVAILS. Undoubtedly heavy yet lacking development in spots, this act, whose median age is merely 16, have drawn from extreme metal’s elite to compose a rough around the edges sonic battering on cuts like “Gut Candy” and “Axe Splatter.” Liberal in their use of technical death metal elements and gore metal imagery, this band’s debut is a remarkable effort when considering their age and experience and will definitely appeal to those into Suicide Silence and Job for a Cowboy as well as old schoolers who remember the warmongering of Bolt Thrower. www.nuclearblastusa.comMike SOS