148 – Not Gonna Title This That Number

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Lot of good stuff this week! New Born of Osiris album, new material from Crystal Lake, Maximum the Hormone, Astronoid, Downfall of Gaia, Shokran, Arcadia Libre, Children of Bodom, In Flames, and Grimes. Also a full pro shot live show of Trivium without Matt Heafy. Then we discuss a Decibel article about bands who successfully changed memorable vocalists. Then cool people time with Artifact, Bodyguard and Isinona. Enjoy!

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Best of – Brutal Death Metal

Brutal death metal has the rare benefit of being exactly what it sounds like. The differences one would expect between “regular death metal” and “brutal death metal” are manifold and, by and large, pretty predictable: guitars are more downtuned; riffs are chunkier and more visceral; vocals are far deeper and even less intelligible; the whole nine yards. As far as subgenres go, it doesn’t exactly shake up its progenitor’s foundations by a relatively large amount, choosing instead to just take everything that makes death metal an already pretty brutal genre and crank that bad boy up to 11. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the ensuing auditory carnage is not for the faint of heart, but it is for anybody that feels like extreme metal just isn’t extreme enough yet. If you’ve ever felt that way—the grooves could be groovier, the riffs could be riffier, the blasts could be blastier, the gutturals could be gutturalier—then brutal death metal is the answer to all your prayers. So without further ado, let’s dive in to what our staff considers to the be the Best Of – Brutal Death Metal!

Defeated Sanity – Passages Into Deformity

German brutal death metal band Defeated Sanity don’t need many introductions. Having a sound that is built on early Cannibal Corpse, but with a ridiculous amount of added brutality a la Disgorge, their blend of slam and technical death metal is delightful to fans of either genre. All of their releases have been met with at least some degree of acclaim, so their fourth album Passages Into Deformity has a lot to live up to.

Dave Astor of Pathology: The HBIH Interview

Pathology is one of the most well known bands in the love-it-or-hate-it slam metal genre. Partly because they rose to gain the respect of thousands in the underground with their no gimmicks brutality and partly because they got signed to Victory Records and have started reaching a much wider audience.…

Putrid Pile – Blood Fetish

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Disfiguring The Goddess – Sleeper

Disfiguring The Goddess Sleeper 01. Sleeper 02. Queen Kingdom 03. Daughter of Depths 04. Lady Epicenter 05. Vines of Aftermath 06. Mountain 07. Ocean Tomb [04/24/12] [Self Released] Slamming brutal death metal is probably the most hit or miss genre that one can come across in the realm of extreme…

Gorod – A Perfect Absolution

Gorod A Perfect Absolution 01. Birds Of Sulphur 02. Sailing Into The Earth 03. Elements And Spirit 04. The Axe Of God 05. 5000 At The Funeral 06. Carved In The Wind 07. Varangian Paradise 08. Tribute of Blood [05/08/12] [Unique Leader Records] 2012 has been an obscenely great year…