GRAVEYARD GHOUL – “Slaughtered – Defiled – Dismembered”
The German epitome of raw and rude death metal music is back with this new album. And they didn’t moved from initial style: this is a crude form of creepy death metal full of rancid guitars, cathartic moments and rawness.
VULTURES VENGEANCE “Where the Time Dwelt In”
Gates of Hell Records
Great! Traditional heavy metal genre never gets too old, and after listening to these Italian guys I’m convinced that new blood keeps the flame alive, literally speaking.
ASTARIUM “Epoch of Tyrants”
More Hate Productions
This Russian entity is been active since 2006 or something, and has a very prolific discography of demos, split productions, and full length albums. It’s nothing less than melodic black metal with incisive keyboards and tons of musical arrangements.
ARKANA CODE “Brutal Conflict”
Metal Scrap Records
This is a good death metal album with high octane arrangements and very complex structures. Coming from Italy, these guys released a demo in 2010 before this debut full length, but seems like they practiced hours and hours behind rehearsal room.
Finally I found a strong candidate for my list of best releases I reviewed in 2017, although this album is from 2016. I can describe this like a step forward of death/doom metal genre, as this is forged in real obscured and oppressive atmospheres, but fueled by huge progressive elements and high octane sections, with music skills and good taste.
REVEL IN FLESH “Emissary Of All plagues”
I didn’t hear anything about these Germans since Split 7” with Zombiefication ‘Eyeless Ghoulish Horror’ in 2015 or something. Now they are back with a really good album (if I don’t mistake is the fourth in the career) which means a lot of fresh flesh and corrosive lines.
GROND “Worship the Kraken”
Holy shit! These Muscovites literally drowned my speakers in blood. It is pure fucking death metal with venomous guitar riffs, deep gutturals and touchy essence of the genre in early 90’s.
DEPRIVE “Temple of the Lost Wisdom”
A great second album is offered by genius Javier Sixto (aka Erun-Dagoth), and now he steps into doom metal, and corrosive death metal territories, with full knowledge of extreme music.
GRAND HEAD (Vinyl format)
Gorbie International Records
Tim Ward and Barry Brusseau are two brothers with very solid musical skills. And also, both of them know very well about heaviness in music and straight to the face rock n roll, as well as DIY attitude with self-promotion stuff and real underground lifestyle.
After I listened twice to this piece of obscurity, I can say it is one of the most interesting albums of black/death metal albums I’ve received lately.