Here’s the thing about death metal: it has a tendency to become really stale after a while. I can only jam bands like Cannibal Corpse or Deicide or even Death for so long before growing weary, and it’s mostly because of the sheer intensity of the music. It also begins to blend together when listening to a lot of it at a time. However, sometimes bands come along that shake it up and make the music less focused on how heavy they can be and more focused on creating some really cool, experimental stuff. Contrarian is one of those bands, and they have a new album coming out titled Polemic. Check out a track from it below!
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For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to.
The clear highlight from this week’s update is Intronaut, with Aaron’s grid being almost exclusively composed of their back catalogue. Many members of our staff are stoked about their most recent release The Direction of Last Things, which we will be reviewing in the near future. Additionally, Nick has fittingly been spinning So Hideous‘s latest offering Laurestine, which he both reviewed (here) and filmed the live performance of (here). Any blackgaze fan would be foolish to pass up this Heavy Blog endorsed album. Finally, both David and Eden revisited Never Were the Way She Was, the exceptional collaboration between saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld, which Nick dissected back in April (here). The album is mesmerizing and worth a listen regardless of your typical musical preference.
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Head past the jump to see which receiving regular rotation on our headphones, stereos and turntables:
Sacramento-based The Kennedy Veil are no strangers to Heavy Blog; we’ve long touted the act as a major part of the post-Faceless wave of modern death metal that is gaining traction among extreme music fans. Their debut full length Trinity of Falsehood was an early highlight for 2014, and they’re quickly rising to prominence among the scene fostered by their label Unique Leader Records. While we look forward to a possible second entry in 2016, the band have deconstructed a few of the influences that have made Trinity of Falsehood possible.
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?
It’s always exciting when a new Nile album is upon us. The Egyptian-themed technical death metal masters always come up with a novel sound for each album, even though they’re always orientally-influenced, there’s always a different, unique flair to the album. Sometimes they go more experimental, sometimes they go more death metal. Their eighth album, What Should Not Be Unearthed, sees them going for a more straightforward death metal approach after their more technical and progressive musings on At The Gate Of Sethu. Given that it’s a Nile album, we know it’s likely to be good, but exactly how good? And what does it sound like? Let’s find out.
Singled Out is our weekly column to round-up the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. Read past entries here, and go on ahead below to get Singled Out!
In case you haven’t been following, Singled Out is our new weekly column to round-up all of the singles and new tracks from the past week dropped by bands we cover. Consider this our weekly mix to help keep you all on top of the latest releases from across the metallic and progressive spectrums. We’ve got an awful lot of new music to cover this week from all over the place, so let’s forego the whole introductory setup today and just get to it. Let’s get singled out!
George Kollias is a name that most death metal fans are probably familiar with. He’s the Greek drummer who helped defined the sound of Egyptian-themed technical death metal band Nile, and he’s also one of the fastest players of his instrument. Well, while his main project is working on their new album, he’s decided to get his guitar out and decided to make a solo album! And he does everything on the album, from the guitars to the vocals, and obviously, the drumming (there are a few guest solos from fellow musicians like Karl Sanders, Dallas Toller-Wade, Theodore Ziras and Rusty Cooley). Turns out he’s pretty good at everything! But the question is, can he differentiate himself from the music he normally makes, and regardless of his other output, does this album stand on its own as a good death metal album? Yeah.
The best Egyptian-themed technical death metal band out there is unquestionably Nile. Sure, you’d think it’s a niche way too small, but there is a surprising amount of those out there. But as I said, I don’t think anyone would question Nile created and won that game. Their ferocity and authenticity is unparalleled. Well, good news, as they’re releasing their eighth album this summer, and it will be titled What Should Not Be Unearthed. They’ve already talked about the album in some detail, so check it out after the jump!
Anyone who has spun a Nile record since 2005’s Annihilation of the Wicked is familiar with the percussion android that is George Kollias. Known primarily for his precision and blistering speed, Kollias elevated an already solid tech death band to a higher plain of brutality. Now, with four Nile records to his name, Kollias has decided to step forward from behind the kit and release Invictus, his first album as a solo-musician. Head past the jump to stream the album before it drops next week: