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?
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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:
It’s no secret that Nile’s George Kollias is an absolute animal behind the drum kit and one of the most universally-respected names in the realm of mind-bending speed in death metal. What may have been lesser-known, however, is that he apparently knows how to play every instrument in a standard metal set up and has been working on solo material for years now! Lambgoat has the most recent stream of the song available, but we have it embedded below for your convenience.
Kollias will be releasing his debut solo album, Invictus, on May 18th and you can preorder it now on Season of Mist’s webstore. Fans can also now get a taste of what kind of riffs Kollias is bringing to the table with “Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead.” Head over the jump to check it out:
Hailing from Jerusalem, Israel (and Amsterdam currently), Melechesh have returned with their sixth LP entitled Enki which is set for a March 10th release. The band and Nuclear Blast Records have decided to go ahead and let fans check out the album in its entirety with an exclusive YouTube stream! After all, it’s been almost five years since the release of their previous record, The Epigenesis. Check it out below!
We’ve been excited for months about Relapse Records’ plans for 2015. Late last year, the label announced plans that throughout their 25th year of operation, they will be tapping into their extensive back catalog of records and re-pressing a selection of favorites that have long-since been out of print or are just now seeing vinyl release for the first time ever. The first round of represses have been announced and include influential albums from Human Remains, Pan.Thy.Monium, Amorphis, Incantation.
After the jump, be sure to check out cuts from each album. You may end up making an incredible musical discovery.