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Nucleus – Sentient

Nucleus - Sentient

Nucleus [USA]
Full Length
Unspeakable Axe Records
Death Metal

The early 90s was a great time for death metal, with different regions spawning different takes of an umbrella genre. Yet among the wide variety of death metal that was produced, the American style has always been the least intriguing, with my favourite bands coming instead from the Scandinavia and European regions. Now in 2016, it is nice to hear of bands such as Nucleus that have decided to follow in the path of the Finnish with their debut full length album, Sentient.

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Album Review: Question – Doomed Passages

Question - Doomed Passages

Question [Mexico]
Doomed Passages
Full Length
Chaos Records
Death Metal

My impression of Mexican extreme metal has always been its evilness, with bands like Zombiefication managing to put together elements from genres taken from other regions into a sound that stands out with its crushing intensity and added touch of evil and darkness. While taking a slightly different path than the aforementioned, Question also manages to provide a refreshing take on a death metal sound that leans more towards the Finnish side of the spectrum with their debut full length album, Doomed Passages.

While that ritualistic cover artwork left me thinking of Question more of a psychedelic or doom band, they manage to surprise me with the material that is contained on Doomed PassagesMournful Stench hit me without any warning at all, and in an instant the listener is thrown into a myriad of riffs that reminds one of classic Finnish death metal acts such as Convulse, Demilich and Adramelech, complete with the abrasive guitar tone of guitarist Roy and the deep growls of Marco. Roy’s chaotic lead guitar works and the at-times rather complex rhythmic patterns on the album, like on Nefarious Conclusion further reinforce this comparison with Demilich and Adramelech, creating that sense of unease that the listener already feels listening to the record.

Living up to the haunting and disturbing aesthetics that pioneers of the genre have created, Question has also included a number of surprises on the record. For instance, there is that rather psychedelic passage in the middle of the album, Through the Vacuous River, which, depending on the listener’s state of mind, can be a soothing interlude or 2 and a half minutes of disturbance with that omen lurking beneath that seemingly calm surface, the calm before the storm that is Universal Path of DisgraceBitter Gleam of Inexistence even puts the listener through 10-odd minutes of hell, and is easily the highlight of the record.

The entire Finnish death metal experience is completed with the cavernous backdrop that the band has managed to conjure throughout. For instance, there are moments when Marco’s vocals sound as though they were coming from afar. The darkness that Doomed Passages emanate at times even brings about some Grave Miasma or Dead Congregation comparisons, especially on tracks like Grey Sorrow, further pleasing fans of crushing and intense death metal.

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Question on the internet:
Chaos Records

Album Review: Adramelech – Psychostasia

Adramelech - Psychostasia

Adramelech [Finland]
1996/2014 (Reissue)
Full Length
Repulse Records/Xtreem Music(Reissue)
Death Metal

Adramelech was one of those names that I have heard being thrown around since my fascination with Finnish death metal began 2 years ago, and having encountered the likes of DemilichConvulse and Purtenance, it wasn’t until this year that I finally chance upon their debut, Psychostasia. Originally released in 1996, this year sees Xtreem Music reissuing their debut full length album, sure to please fans of the genre.

With the band often being compared to Demilich, it wasn’t until finally hearing Psychostasia for the first time that I truly understood what that meant. The opening riffs of Heroes in Godly Blaze quickly reminds one of the aforementioned, but that is not where the comparison ends, as Adramelech ensures a brutal listening experience with that grinding tone. The details on Psychostasia, down to the tone of the snare on the album are all extremely reminiscent of releases such as Nespithe, and it is no wonder that comparisons to Demilich are drawn. Even the rather complex lead guitar lines that are aplenty on the album sees such comparisons being brought about.

At the same time, the band also displays their similarity with other compatriots, most notably with bands such as Purtenance and Convulse, with the dense and dark atmosphere that is evoked on Psychostasia. This is all the more so with the inclusion of some of the more more melodic moments on tracks like The Book of the Worm, and although shows a slightly mellower side of the band, they manage to retain that haunting atmosphere.

With the quality of the material on Psychostasia, it is no wonder why Adramelech has come to be known along with the likes of ConvulseDemigod and Depravity as some of the classics of Finnish old school death metal.

The 2014 reissue by Xtreem Music sees the label including three live tracks as bonus tracks, and it is on these tracks where the band also shines, displaying their tightness playing as a unit, without compromising on the crushing intensity that is on their studio material.

Adramelech on the internet:
Repulse Records
Xtreem Music