Bereft hails from Madison, Wisconsin. Which is noteworthy mainly because the State is not known as doom metal haven. But geography doesn’t mean a whole lot when it comes to talent, and Bereft thankfully have that in spades. Best prepare yourself for a harrowing trip through one of the best doom metal albums to be released this year. You’re in their world now. It’s heavy. It’s cinematic. It’s awesome.
Oftentimes, an idea or theme communicated via music can come off as underwhelming—some artists become so obsessed with the minutia of a philosophy or concept which influences them that they forget the fact that music can sometimes express emotions and information better than any other language can. It’s a problem…
Today’s offering is from a band we’ve recently featured: Massive Scar Era. They’ve been born and raised in the Egyptian metal scene but now call Vancouver their home-base. With a production that highlights the range of vocalist, Cherine Amr, and that folds all of the manifest bits and pieces of the band together this is, perhaps, the most ‘complete’ they have sounded yet. We’re very excited to premiere the video for the title track from their latest release, 30 Years.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a progressive metalcore kick as of late. Having a very particular and rarely reached sweet spot when it comes to metalcore, 2017 has proven a welcome surprise for the subgenre as several releases have been able to find that rarified zone technical skill, engaging songwriting, and total headbang-ability. So here we are, back at it again with another effective salvo of metalcore jams, this time from Southampton, UK metalcore destroyers Deference. Their second EP, False Awakening, incorporates many of the elements that make metalcore great, and points to a very promising future for the young quintet.