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Urgehal – Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal [Norway]
Aeons in Sodom
2016
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the unfortunate demise of Trondr Nefas, I thought that Endezzma‘s Erotik Nekrosis would be the last that I hear of his works. But Urgehal and Season of Mist this year surprised me with a brand new Urgehal record. Despite having lost much touch with the extreme metal genres, I decided to just have a listen to Aeons in Sodom without putting much thought into the background of the album.

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Abbath – Abbath

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You know Abbath means business when he uses his stage-name directly as the name of his new band as well as the title of their new album and to use his fierce corpse-paint ridden face adorn the album cover. And, hell, he sure does not waste any time to reminding the old listeners of Immortal and new unsuspecting listeners what he’s capable of musically.

From the first track of “To War!”, one is immediately transported back to realms of cold relentless beautiful brutality. The momentum does not let up, with “Winterbane”, “Oceans of Wounds”, “Count The Dead” and “Root of The Mountain” fast becoming my personal favourites. Especially with “Winterbane”, I found myself headbanging on the first listen – it really reminded me of how I felt listening to Immortal’s “At the Heart of Winter”, which is highly pleasant. Scattered throughout the album are sweet and succinct reminders of the sweeping soundscape found in Immortal’s “Damned in Black” and “Sons of Northern Darkness”, even bits of I’s 2006 endeavour. This is extremely pleasing for me since I’m a huge Immortal listener.

When Immortal was no longer, I admit getting negatively affected. When I listened to this massive album, I admit that Immortal has only changed its incarnation – to Abbath. Hails to Abbath!

Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge [Canada]
2015
Full Length
Behold.Total.Rejection
Season of Mist/Underground Activists
Black/Death Metal

I started the year being jaded with the whole black/death metal thing, but over the course of 2015 there have been some enjoyable releases of the genre, such as Archgoat and more recently, Triumvir Foul‘s debut full length. Unexpectedly, I am also ending the year with the genre, with Canadian chaotic horde Revenge‘s latest opus, Behold.Total.Rejection.

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Kylesa – Exhausting Fire

Kylesa - Exhausting Fire

Kylesa [USA]
Exhausting Fire
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Progressive/Sludge Metal

Seven albums and 14 years later, I finally got about to really discovering Kylesa and their psychedelic, progressive style of sludge metal. A little late to the party, nonetheless I guess it’s better to be late than not discovering good music. This year marks the release of Kylesa‘s seventh opus, Exhausting Fire and with the rather good run of stoner and sludge metal in the past 2 years, expectations are rather high for this trio’s brand new release.

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George Kollias – Invictus

George Kollias - Invictus

George Kollias [Greece]
Invictus
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Death Metal

With his reputation as the drummer for such acts as Nile, it is hard to shake off that association even when it comes to George Kollias‘ solo band. This year sees the release of his debut, solo full length album, Invictus and on top of handling the drums, George Kollias proves his ability as a versatile musician through handling all instruments and vocals on Invictus as well, giving fans of his works even more reason to accord him the highest levels of respect.

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Stellar

Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Stellar

Der Weg Einer Freiheit [Germany]
Stellar
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

The Season of Mist roster is getting pretty interesting these days, with Code and Decline of the I being two of the bands that have put out some of the most unique releases early in the year. Der Weg Einer Freiheit joins in the fun with the release of Stellar, their third full length album and their debut on Season of Mist. Solely on the visual aesthetics of Stellar, one instinctively knows what style of black metal to expect from this German horde.

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Tech-Death Madness: Interviews with Archspire and Beyond Creation

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It’s tech-death double bill month as we bring to you two of the most highly technical death metal heroes of the year, Archspire and Beyond Creation. While each band presents different face of tech-death – Archspire‘s brutal and intense style vis-a-vis Beyond Creation‘s neoclassical inspired style, the brilliance exuded by each of their latest masterpieces, The Lucid Collective and Earthborn Evolution respectively leaves one wondering what it is in Canadian waters that is spawning such musical excellence.

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Album Review: Ascension – The Dead of the World

Ascension - The Dead of the World

Ascension [Germany]
The Dead of the World
2014
Full Length
World Terror Committee / Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the thoroughly impressive Dysangelium debut Thánatos Áskēsis, World Terror Committee unleashes yet another impressive black metal release, this time in the form of German black metal horde Ascension‘s sophomore full length album, The Dead of the World. With the band’s 2010 debut Consolamentum garnering critical acclaim, fans have awaited anxiously for four years for the follow up to finally drop.

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Album Review: Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution

Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution

Beyond Creation [Canada]
Earthborn Evolution
2014
Full Length
Season of Mist
Technical Death Metal

We all have our different musical phases, and just as I was stepping out of the technical death metal phase and starting to rediscover Swedish death metal, Canadian technical death metal horde Beyond Creation drops their brand new full length album, Earthborn Evolution. Having already been impressed by their 2011 debut The Aura, there was no way I was gonna give this a miss, knowing the quality of music that the Canadian outfit was capable of writing and playing.

And indeed, right from opening track Elusive Psychological ReverenceBeyond Creation is relentless in delivering high quality technical/progressive death metal. The riffs unleashed by guitarists Simon and Kevin, along with that equally impressive basslines of Dominic quickly brings technical death metal stalwarts Necrophagist and Obscura to mind, with their ability to produce complex yet addictive material.

The progressive aspects are also shown as the album progresses, as Earthborn Evolution sees the band exploring different musical styles, ranging from that Cynic-y title track to the more jazz-fusion styled moments on Abstrait Dialog is rather reminiscent of what I have heard from Exivious. And it is bringing these elements together in a coherent and logical manner that makes Earthborn Evolution such a charm.

With the stellar production quality on Earthborn Evolution, the album also creates quite a nice, soothing atmosphere at times. Furthermore, that entire space-y feel that Beyond Creation emanates on Earthborn Evolution through their playing and the sound of the album at times also reminds one of compatriots Augury and their brand of celestial-themed death metal.

The fact that the entirety of Beyond Creation‘s sophomore doesn’t run for more than 50 minutes adds to the sweetness, preventing the album from being overly mechanical and overstaying its welcome.

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Album Review: Misery Index – The Killing Gods

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Misery Index [USA]
The Killing Gods
2014
Full Length
Season of Mist
Death Metal

Finally, Misery Index drops their latest full length album, The Killing Gods, coming in just in time with my obsession with intense and high octane death metal, and after four years of anticipation since their last studio release in 2010, Heirs to Thievery.

While Misery Index has over the years come to be known for the intensity and grind-infused style of death metal, album opener Urfaust gives the listener a slightly different vibe, with the high melodic elements that are on the album, but without further ado, the band heats things up with The Calling, and once again it is business as usual. The riffs of Mark and Darin quickly bring in the usual Dying Fetus comparisons, though there are also moments throughout the axe-wielding duo presents a style that is also rather akin to Decapitated in the technicality displayed along with that tinge of groove that is infused. Of course, my personal highlight on such releases are on the drums, with Adam providing much of the speed and muscle with his almost effortless-sounding blasting.

As Urfaust has already hinted to the listener, The Killing Gods sees the band exploring a slightly more melodic side of their songwriting, and there are numerous moments on the album which go toward displaying this. For instance, moments such as the end of The Calling and the interlude The Oath see Misery Index playing with some acoustic/clean guitars, adding a fresh touch to their high speed musical style. The latter even has some sound samples of ravens cawing at the background, displaying the atmospheric element that the band has now included in their aural onslaught.

A friend (or rather professor) of mine, when introduced to the technical style of bands such as Archspire commented on how bands have such heavy focus on speed and technicality that they have lost that groove in their songwriting. Misery Index with The Killing Gods manages to avoid this pitfall, and has in fact managed to bring together elements that make death metal such an enjoyable genre, with a perfect balance of crushing heaviness, grooviness and melody to make this album one that is extremely enjoyable and headbang-able.

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