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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: Sabbatory – Endless Asphyxiating Gloom

Sabbatory - Endless Asphyxiating Gloom

Sabbatory [Canada]
Endless Asphyxiating Gloom
Full Length
Unspeakable Axe Records
Death Metal

The chaos that Canadian bands present so far, especially with the brutality of the war metal genre certainly leaves one with an impression of endless destruction for bands out of the region. Sabbatory instead potentially presents a rather different sound on their debut full length album, Endless Asphyxiating Gloom.

Kicking off the album with Being, Thy Eternal Perplexor, one is thrown into a myriad of thrashy, death metal riffs, and instantly one is reminded of the death/thrash style of Paul Speckmann’s projects, such as Master and Death Strike, not only with the furious picking of guitarists Marshal and Kier, but also with the latter’s vocal style that bears a rather striking similarity to Speckmann. But Sabbatory presents a more punkish sound over here, with the high energy that is on the record bringing to mind the crossover style of Birth A.D. or even Joel Grind’s various punk-influenced projects. This punk influence is especially obvious on the intro of Hypnotic Regression, with the nice buildup before allowing all hell to break loose. Marshal and Kier’s chaos and formless leads also bear resemblance to early thrash bands such as Slayer, helping to make Endless Asphyxiating Gloom an even more exciting, high-octane record.

As per the title of the album, not all is just speed on Endless Asphyxiating Gloom, as the slower moments on the album bring in the more gloomy side of Sabbatory‘s songwriting. While the speed may be shed at certain points throughout the album, Sabbatory ensures that the tension in the air remains high, resulting in a listening experience that is not unlike Asphyx‘s or Grave‘s slower and gloomier works, or even the crushing aural experience that Incantation usually presents.

While Endless Asphyxiating Gloom may be Sabbatory‘s debut album, the quality on the record manages to show what the band are truly capable of – good, old-school thrashy death metal.

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

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Album Review: Omnivore – Omnivore

Omnivore - Omnivore

Omnivore [Italy]
Full Length
Unspeakable Axe Records
Death/Thrash Metal

Merely 2 years after the band’s formation, Italy’s death/thrash metal horde Omnivore was put on hold. Fortunately, this wasn’t until a deal was done with Unspeakable Axe Records, and here we are with the debut full length release of Omnivore, their self-titled and only studio material available to-date.

The melodic, instrumental Intro track is rather deceitful in presenting the band’s style of music to the listener, and once Dead hits the listener, one instinctively knows that he is in for one hell of a high-octane, intense journey. The riffs of Josh and Pol, along with the speed, courtesy of drummer Ste all help in making Omnivore an extremely frantic album. The speed and aggression that is exhibited in the band especially reminds one of classics such as Sadus and Morbid Saint, what with the usage of gang vocals on tracks like Hypochrist to give the album that extra bit of muscle. The barking vocals of Pol are also extremely charming, and reminds me of the works of more recent bands such as Diamond Plate and their sharp, Bay Area-inspired thrash metal, especially on songs like Trust. Also notable is in the lead guitar works on the album, often keeping up with the speed of the album yet having that melodic touch in them, displaying the mastery of the instruments of the guitarists.

But the thing that is the most charming about Omnivore is in the overall tone and feel that the band manages to emanate on their debut. The raw tone and unpolished production quality of the band even brings in that nice 80s/early 90s touch to the band’s music, and Omnivore would sit comfortably amongst the ranks of the death/thrash bands of the era.

The horror aesthetics are also rather heavily prominent throughout the album, not only in the usage of the more melodic passages but also the dark and heavy cloud that shrouds the music on the album as well. There are also the usage of spoken samples like on Dead that help to reinforce such a chilling atmosphere as well, and though the spoken parts on the intro of Hypochrist might be slightly funny, there is still that overall dark tone. The instrumental interlude Nothing More than Dust also brings in some rather melancholic moments, a nice break from the chaos and intensity thus far.

The included cover of Sepultura‘s Arise is also worth looking out for, perhaps the best Arise cover since Havok presented their version of the track.

Omnivore on the internet:
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Heavy Metal Tribune #010 (May/June 2013)

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OUT NOW: Heavy Metal Tribune #010

This month The Monolith Deathcult tells us more about their history, what inspired them to start playing industrial/progressive death metal, and their new album, Tetragrammaton! We then have Jungle Rot talk to us more about their seventh full length, Terror Regime and their work with Victory Records thus far. Our Asian Spotlight features Taiwanese old school thrashers Masquerader, with the band telling us about what inspires them and their art. We also talk to crossover/thrash outfit Birth A.D. and Italian progressive/ambient black metal band Progenie Terrestre Pura (q[T]p). We then have sludge/doom maniacs I Klatus tell us more about their spiritual beliefs, and how it works with their music.

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We will be announcing outlets where you can grab your copy of #010 soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Foreign friends of Heavy Metal Tribune, as usual, cancontact us for a copy of issue #009 (P+H of USD2.00 applies).

Album Review: Birth A.D. – I Blame You

Birth A.D. - I Blame You

Birth A.D. [USA]
I Blame You
Full Length
Unspeakable Axe
Thrash Metal/Crossover

Birth A.D.‘s 2009 debut EP, Stillbirth of a Nation left me craving for more, with the high energy and high intensity punk-infused style of thrash metal. The band this year finally returns after four long years with a brand new album I Blame You as the debut release under the new Dark Descent Records sub-label, Unspeakable Axe. With Dark Descent Records’ reputation of releasing good music, this certainly bodes well for the band, having gone through numerous obstacles along the way leading up to the release of the album.

Fans of bands such as Municipal Waste are gonna love I Blame You, as the band’s music is fast and furious, not unlike the aforementioned, and even the vocals of of Jeff are rather similar to Tony Foresta, as he spits out his lyrics with hate and spite. At the same time, songs like Mission Statement see the band giving a slight nod to bands like Slayer in the song progression, though what is present over here is much more straightforward and has a much higher presence of a somewhat punkish attitude in the energy that is emanated. Throughout the album though, the band manages to ensure that the experience is as mosh-friendly as possible, with the tunes on I Blame You being mostly catchy as fuck, with plenty of fist-pumping moments throughout.

The drums of Mark stands out in the band though, and apart from the usual punkish beats that are utilised, there are moments where he goes into an almost grindcore style, with the heavy usage of blast beats and rolls that are more akin to a death metal style like on Violent Retribution, though things are obviously much faster and much more intense over here. To be honest, this is one of the most enjoyable things on the record, and he certainly provides much of the energy that is present on the album.

Lyrics-wise, the band sticks to their usual themes of social commentary and some slight political rants, though songs like Wrong Again provide some (perhaps unintentional) comic relief, with the spoken sample in the middle of the track never failing to give me a chuckle whenever I listen to the track.

While there are a couple of songs that the band has reused from Stillbirth of a Nation, there is sufficient new material over here. But with the quality of the music that the band has already presented on their EP, who cares if some of the material are reused, as long as it provides for a moshing good time?

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Birth A.D. on the internet:
Official website
Unspeakable Axe