Katalepsy-Autopsychosis1Katelepsy – Autopsychosis

[Unique Leader Records]

Katalepsy are the type of band that you will have heard before, even without listening to them. You can probably tell that from the name and artwork, but, in addition, brutal slamming death metal out of Moscow, Russia can only bring with it so many surprises and Autopsychosis is not exactly filled with them. Opener ‘Lurking In The Depth‘ bursts through the speakers in a flurry of blasts, riffs and sludgy bass in a way that easily channels and matches the ferocity of their contemporaries like Krisiun and Vital Remains, before ‘Cold Flesh Citadel‘ shows up and gives away just exactly how competent this band really are, as they effortlessly meander through a combination of mid-paced slams and fret-board abusing riffs that would give even the mighty Pathology a run for their money. From there on, the album progresses much in the same way, injecting a deep foundation of groove into brutal death metal that relentless assaults, only ever really drawing  breath for the subdued interlude of ‘Needles Of Hypocrisy‘. However, as standard and as unexciting as that description may appear to be, Autopsychosis is far from boring. The band has an undeniable knack for crafting infectious and brutal riffs and ideas, that could easily appeal to even the most jaded death metal fan and much of the weight behind Autopsychosis is carried by that fact alone. So while they’re not pushing any boundaries, Katalepsy have created an extremely solid death metal record and that much alone can be respected. – DL



Neaera-OursIsTheStormNeaera – Ours Is The Storm

[Metal Blade Records]

Melodic Death Metal is a really niche genre. In all honesty, you either love it or you hate it, and not too much can be done to it without it not being considered as melo-death anymore. Neaera found their niche on their sophomore record, and ever since then have continued to put out melodeath that people have been divided over, with one camp in love and the other camp thinking it as nothing special. And for their newest record, unfortunately this review will fall into the latter camp. From start to finish it’s a strong melodeath record, but that’s it. It’s more of the same that they’ve been doing over their previous albums. There’s something about this record that makes it unmemorable, whether it be a lack of catchy songwriting or just laziness. The band seem to have realized they have a specific sound and feel comfortable within it and don’t feel compelled to change. This is all well and good, but unfortunately for the band, it seems as if they have just written the same songs over and over again. So if you’re a fan of the band, you know what you’re getting, but in all honesty, this record won’t please you if you’re not into them. – SS




Yard of Blondes - MurderologyYard of Blondes – Murderology EP

[High Desert Lo-Fi Records]

In a time where metal and underground music is getting more digital and mechanical, there seems to be an opposing reaction that sees many fans of underground music branch off to more organic and nostalgic genres like occult rock and folk. Ancient VVisdom, Chelsea Wolfe, and others that mix folk instrumentation and metal’s darker aesthetic have been faring surprisingly well within metal circles. While Los Angeles’ Yard of Blondes aren’t quite as dark as either aforementioned artists, their EP Murderology can be seen as following in this tradition of crossover appeal, as if the EP’s title didn’t make that clear already. With roots in folk rock, Yard of Blondes have amplified their sound to create some strange blend that invokes the idea of a collaboration between Silversun Pickups and Mastodon. This unlikely set of influences is shown right away in the EP’s infectiously catchy opening title track. Yard of Blondes are oddly unique and diverse in their shape-shifting, even in Murderology‘s short 15-minute runtime, which sees the group spiraling in a waltzy dirge in ‘Requiem for a Lover’ and the uptempo indie rock romp ‘Monomoria.’ Ending Murderology with the dynamic ‘Sailers‘ that flips back and forth between parading folk and powerful stoner riffs, Yard of Blondes never paint themselves into a corner. This leaves plenty on their sonic palate to draw from and elaborate on in future releases, which are sure to go over well with many listeners once word gets out about this well-kept secret. Yard of Blondes are a band to watch, and Murderology makes a good first impression. – JR




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.