It seems that whenever I get recommended new music, it comes from one of three places: Youtube “recommended” videos (which are usually full album streams), through staff members of our site, and through my good friend Bradley. While the first two can encompass a wide range of genres, Bradley is the strict go-to-guy for metal, and whenever I want to really get heavy, I check out what he’s jamming. Lately, I saw him talk about Lik, a Swedish death metal band that blends the sounds of early At The Gates and Entombed with modern death metal stuff like Cannibal Corpse‘s newest release, and it makes for some really crushing death metal. It’s the ultimate in Entombed-core style death metal, and you can check out a song from their first LP Mass Funeral Evocation below!
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If one major issue had to be pinpointed with the larger genre of hardcore music, it would have to be redundancy through imitation. More specifically, it’s an obsessive hang up that many hardcore bands seem to have with trying to emulate Madball, both sound-wise and lyrically. Normally, if only a handful of bands were doing this, it would be fine. Not every album has to be a ground breaking, art-filled masterpiece. Stupid thrash riffs thrown on a loop until the china cymbal, gang vocal filled breakdowns hit are not an issue, and can even make for a highly enjoyable experience. However, there is a certain point where the constant repetition and cliches become overbearing and cause an album to be more of a chore to listen to than anything else. With this in mind, enter Twitching Tongue‘s newest album, Disharmony, an album that tries to break free of clichés while still maintaining a clear love for its influences, but is ultimately bogged down by failure to tie it all together in a coherent package.
Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between playlist updates. We randomly select two of the participants from each update, have them pick their favorite track from each of the nine albums in their grid and then send the list over to the other person to listen to and comment on. Within these commentaries occurs praise, criticism and discovery, and we hope that you experience a few instances of this last point as well. This week’s post brought staff members Scott Murphy and Kit Brown together to peruse each other’s tastes:
In discussing Downfall Rising, it is impossible to avoid framing Wombbath’s resurfacing within two themes within the annals of death metal history. It is first obvious to focus upon Downfall Rising’s status as a comeback record; one would hope that the impetus for ceasing a two decade hiatus was a docket of invigorating material. Death metal has had a couple of resoundingly successful comebacks in recent years, seeing as both Gorguts and Carcass dominated metal discourse in 2013 with two of the strongest releases – Colored Sands and Surgical Steel, respectively – from both that year and within their own discographies. However, the second piece in this historical examination is the platform from which these comebacks sprung. Not every original death metal band has released as many undeniable masterpieces as Gorguts or Carcass; Obscura and Heartwork are the types of albums whose impact is a singular occurrence in a genre’s life cycle. The grand majority of original death metal bands either fizzled out in the days of tape trading or released a moderately respected classic before releasing a lackluster follow-up – if even that – and then breaking up. Genre purveyors label these mild classics as deep cuts rather than essential listening; God Macabre’s The Winterlong… and Carnage’s Dark Recollections, but they are no Left Hand Path or Altars of Madness. While there are instances of these types of bands initiating a comeback, their reception has thus been fairly lukewarm. Convulse’s World Without God did little to stir excitement in 2013’s Evil Prevails, and when Massacre released the underwhelming Back From the Beyond last year, some in the death metal community revisited their debut From Beyond and questioned whether or not it has truly held up as a genre classic. All of this considered, the present question is as follows: twenty two years after Wombbath’s moderate classic Internal Caustic Torments, within which of the aforementioned categories – if any – does Downfall Rising place the band within?
Only vulgar adjectives accurately describe the sounds fileted for public consumption by Danish trio Undergang. With a self-described M.O. of “regurgitating sewer death metal since 2008,” the band has spent the several years churning out bile-grade releases that harken back to the genre’s Nineties golden age. Indeed, albums such as Døden Læger Alle Sår manage to sound both currently relevant and inventive and satiating to nostalgia craving palettes. In this particular package of death metal atrocities, the band has crafted ten slabs of grotesque, punishing and well-crafted slime that remains consistently engaging. With plenty of reference points to be made with genre heavyweights as well as a signature garbage heap garnish, Døden Læger Alle Sår is an impressive feat of death metal butchery.
By the time this has been posted, All Pigs Must Die will have played Roskilde Festival in Denmark and probably left a few bodies behind in their wake. The crust punk “supergroup” (hate that term) features members of Converge, The Hope Conspiracy, and Bloodhorse, if you were not aware. I managed to share some words with Adam Wentworth, one of the Bloodhorse reps in All Pigs Must Die. Find out what he hes to say about the writing process for the band and what he thinks about the overuse of subgenres in music today after the jump.
Entrails – Obliteration
Not everything that glitters is gold, someone once said. This is painfully obvious when listening to Obliteration, the Metal Blade debut from resurrected Swedish death metallers Entrails. We are so used to the label releasing stellar records left, right and centre that when one comes along that stinks up the place, it comes as a bit of a shock. But for a few (barely) redeeming factors, Entrails have dropped a clanger. A big, gory, death metal clanger.
Few places lay claim to a specific type of sound more than Sweden. Even before becoming known as the birthplace of melodic death metal and the subsequent modern metal movement, the country spawned its own specialized death metal movement characterized by the buzzsaw guitars, thrashing speeds, and grinding chaotic brutality popularized by acts such Dismember and Entombed.
Since its origins as a spin-off of d-beat and hardcore punk, things have come full circle, with bands such as Nails and Trap Them bringing the sound back to hardcore. However, there are bands still actively pursuing the Swedish death metal ideal, and Gutter Instinct are making their name as acolytes of the sound while aggressively exploring further ground, citing influences from acts such as Portal and Bolzer. Catch a stream of the group’s debut track, ‘The Invisible Hand‘ after the jump!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but within the past few years, there has been a Swedish-influenced old school death metal revival going on that has brought with it a legion of exciting and innovative new bands. The best American example of one of these bands is Horrendous, but Sweden has naturally been the forerunner of this movement and is cranking out bands left and right that fall under what I like to call the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal. One of these bands is Tribulation, who started out as really good Entombed worship on their first album, The Horror, but became something entirely different on their second album, The Formulas of Death. In turn, they’ve become one of the most interesting death metal bands on the planet; if you don’t believe me, just listen to their wicked new song, “In the Dreams of the Dead.”
Pomona, CA death-sludge masters Xibalba have announced details and revealed artwork for their highly anticipated third LP, Tierra Y Libertad. The album will drop January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America via Southern Lord Records. The band commissioned renowned death metal artist Dan Seagrave for Tierra Y Libertad, famous for classic album covers like Malevolent Creation‘s Retribution, Entombed‘s Left Hand Path, and many more. Head on over the jump for the full track list and more details.