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Nucleus – Sentient

Nucleus - Sentient

Nucleus [USA]
Sentient
2016
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
2014
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:
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Chaos Records

Album Review: Adramelech – Psychostasia

Adramelech - Psychostasia

Adramelech [Finland]
Psychostasia
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:
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Repulse Records
Xtreem Music

Album Review: Demilich – Nespithe

Demilich [Finland]
Nespithe
1993
Full Length
Death Metal
9.5/10

Demilich are one of the bands that anyone who is into extreme metal should listen to. Nespithe, their only full length album throughout their short career, is perhaps one of the main albums that has defined technical death metal. With the complete discography of the band available on their website, there is all the more no reason for any self-proclaimed fan of extreme metal to not listen to their pieces of artwork.

Nespithe is 40 minutes of insane technical death metal. The band’s minds are so warped that not only the album title and one track (Erecshyrinol) is encrypted (or to smartasses, merely jumbled up), the ridiculously long song titles such as The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired…) seem to confuse the listener and also ensures that Demilich leaves an impression to the listener, even before the listener has a chance to press the “play” button.

The main thing that struck me at first was Antti Boman’s impossibly low vocals, which according to him, were 100% organic and 0% processed. As mentioned in the booklet of the album, “Absolutely no effects were used on the vocals in any way.” His style of vocals is a hit-or-miss affair, at times even sounding as if he were growling and gargling water in his mouth at the same time.

The guitar riffs while complex and technical are nothing that bands nowadays tend to indulge in: wankery and mindless shredding. Take each of the instruments apart, you will get each person doing something that doesn’t seem to make any sense. Yet put the instruments together, and everything just comes together and becomes instantaneously coherent. That’s the beauty of this album and perhaps the reason why this album is considered a classic in the underground death metal scene.

The band also somehow manages to keep the atmosphere and the mood of the album evil and ominous throughout the album, perhaps due mainly to Antti’s humanly-impossibly vocals but also because of the guitar solos that come in at the right note and at the right time, such as on The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed) where the solo begins on a sharp note when least expected, causing the listener to have his hair stand on end, then marvel at Demilich’s genius after overcoming the initial shock.

The large number of reissues and rereleases of this album floating around, released by a number of reputable labels, is evidence of Demilich’s legacy, something that most bands can only dream of achieving yet already done by a band that took only 5 years to leave their mark on the death metal scene.

You can download your copy of Demilich’s full length album, Nespithe and their previous releases here: [Linky]

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©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune | Hong Rui

What’s Spinning? (July 2010, Week 2)

Every week we will have our editors and some of our guest writers tell us about what they have been listening to and recommend it to our readers.

Band: Austere
Album: To Lay Like Old Ashes
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2009

Hailing from New South Wales, Australia, Austere dishes out a brooding sense of frenzied metal deeply entrenched with themes of desolation and gloom. Coupled with indiscernible groans, a thick wall of guitars, and rapid drum work, Austere’s music can be likened to an invisible force encroaching into your proximity, exerting its melancholy down your throat, stifling the remaining positivity within and replacing it with indeed, a sense of stoic inhumane austerity. Enough of descriptive bullshit from me, give this a try, this band regales the tired genre of atmospheric depressive black metal. Unfortunately, the band has turned their melancholy inwards and discontinued their effort, almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Haha! Signature tracks include – “This Dreadful Emptiness” and “To Lay Like Old Ashes”. – LingNemesis

Band: Rainbow
Album: Rising
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Year: 1976

In light of the recent “birthday” of the legendary Ronnie James Dio (RIP) which fell on the 10th of July, this editor would like to recommend one of Dio’s first classic heavy metal album, Rising. Along with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, this album heralded the coming of age of Dio as a powerhouse heavy metal vocalist, as well as cementing Blackmore’s stature as one of the most influential guitarists to in heavy metal. The songwriting and compositions of this album is top notch, and Stargazer is definitely a song to remember for a lifetime. – JJ Yeo

Band: Enthroned
Album: Pentagrammaton
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2010

Pentagrammaton marks the second album to feature Nornagest on vocals and guitars. Despite having some line-up changes within the band line-up, Enthroned still puts up their very best on this album, having an ambient intro track (In Missi Solemniblvs) at the beginning, giving the album a good start. This is another uncompromising album from the Belgium horde, Enthroned. Those people who are into the new lineup might enjoy this album, but to those who prefer Lord Sabathan’s era it might be a bit experimental for you. – Clarence

Band: Demilich
Album: Nespithe
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 1993

If you’re looking for death metal that is at the same time brutal, crushing yet progressive and technical, Demilich is for you. The odd time signatures that the band tends to utilise are sure to catch the attention and captivate the technical metal fan. However, the guttural growls of Antti Boman which are so impossibly deep (and the band claims that no vocal effects were used) takes a little getting used to, and it still wonders me how one can ever sound this deep. The unique music, coupled with extremely long song titles such as “The Planet That Once Used To Absorb Flesh In Order To Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated To The Flesh That It Desired…)” and encrypted ones like “Erecshyrinol”, it is sure to captivate. Recommended if you like brutal/technical death metal bands like Gorguts. Oh did I mention, this album and their demos and promos are available for download on their website? – Hong Rui

©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune