Album reviews by Mark J-More awesome releases-Part 3-Writhing, Burner,Firepower, Une Misere,King, Crisis Act, Inner Light and Abyssal Tomb. All fucking bangers.
Album reviews-More awesome releases-Part 3-Writhing, Burner, Firepower, Une Misere, King, Crisis Act, Inner Light and Abyssal Tomb. All fucking bangers.
These are the dog bollocks, concise short reviews of shit you need to buy now. Got it, now read, buy and thank me later fuckface.
We have a blindingly awesome selection of releases here as the year draws to a close.
Let's go and get into these bangers.
Indeed a 2022 release, but fuck it you cannot miss out on this OSDM banger of a release. All the good shit is repped here hard like Immolation, Cannibal Corpse and Incantation etc. Everything is visceral and abrasive whilst musically and song structure-wise these cats are way ahead of most of their competition. That Which Becomes Death is gory, skin peeling and so crushing that it is up there with the best of Deicide or Morbid Angel. This is slightly groove-driven and every track is brilliant. Well recommended, killing it live and more releases in the works. Essential Brutality.
This is barfight/whiskey-drinking music for the working man, love it.
Have a listen:
Une Misere-Damned. This new EP is from a sensational band from Iceland whose debut Sermon totally floored me on so many levels. 2022 saw a lineup change with a new vocalist and to state they have become heavier and grittier is an understatement. Damned is incredible, griping and heavy as hell. Opener and lead single/video Sever is raging, unhinged blackened hardcore that is brutal and deeply engaging, it reminds me of when metalcore was free from trends. This track also has a borderline powerviolence feel mixed with death metal and is my fave single of the year. Nothing ever is diluted and the tension is off its head. Une Misere seems more agitated on this release and I'm all for that. Near Death is as psychotic and has a nasty groove that is almost beatdown crossed with classic Deathcore vibes and the phattest breakdowns that you love. Plus the gore-dripped backing vocals on this were mental and so wicked. Kudos to the grim guitar tone on this track and to the whole release. Hard to believe this band has gotten heavier.
Drown is a high-paced hardcore banger that is sensational with the best vocal performance on this release, and this would be wild live. The brilliant Nocturne closes out this superb release and is as chaotic as the rest, but this is demonic yet atmospheric. The lyrics are wicked on this, and it isn't offset by the small amount of slightly clean vocals(which generally I hate) because they balance it out and the groove element really works so perfectly. Cannot wait for a full album from these legends.
Inner Light-Structure. Earlier this year, we reviewed their s/t Ep and praised how solid this band is with their modern take on metalcore. The foundation is super tight metallic hardcore with tension-filled moody guitars, super solid drums and bass and a brilliant vocalist. This release sees the band getting heavier in both the ferocious nature of the guitar work perhaps more metal influence and definitely harsher vocals. The first three tracks are very solid and still sit in that adored Walls of Jericho/Venom Prison vein, but these tracks are quite similar; for me that is cool but I feel the track order is slightly out. This is because the two best tracks are the final two and I think they should have sat earlier up in the order. Exist is more in that Jinjer style and has excellent cleanish vocals in the middle and is a quite dramatic track-atmospheric, but heavy as hell. Circle was the video for this release and is the huge highlight for this release-so searing, raw and crushing. The song is very hardcore and the chuggy breakdown and riff trail was wondrous. As I said I can't fault this EP, although the track order for my tastes is slightly out. Here's hoping for a full album next year from this amazing band.
Abyssal Tomb- Buried. This one is an OSDM ripper featuring Rohan from Battlegrave, Stu from Sylvan Awe/Brace and Tim from Munitions so you know this is going to be killer. Think Dirty, nasty OSDM like Obituary, General Surgery, Australia's own Anatomy or early Six Feet Under. The guitarwork is severely nasty and so effective, combined with a fantastic use of a slower tempo. Tracks like the title track, Wild, Sun God and the mighty Swamp of Viscera all soar with that deep, plodding pace combined with the savage vocal performance of the year. This is a killer, confident and stunning debut and I cannot wait for an album of this dark, hefty and disgusting filth. For me, this style is where Death Metal really was the best and I don't care if I ain't progressive-this writer needs this caveman Death Metal desperately.
Buy this and support this band hard!
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