Sunday, December 9, 2018

Lyric Video Review: HECATE ENTHRONED Temples That Breathe by Dave Wolff

Temples That Breathe (Official Lyric Video)
From the forthcoming album Embrace Of The Godless Aeon, out on M-Theory Audio January 25, 2019
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Place of origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Blackened death metal
Release date: December 6, 2018
Hecate Enthroned is another band I lost touch with way back when, and happened to hear about by chance the other day. Their first album in five years will be released next month. I have catching up to do, but their lyric video for Temples That Breathe is something I wanted to check out beforehand. When the song’s overture unfolded with its churchlike keyboard passage, I was immediately struck with an impression that a sort of sacred hymn to ancient times was beginning. But nothing is as it seems. As stated by bassist Dylan Hughes, the overture and the song that follows feels like an entity come to breathing life, as real as anything seen or touched. What emerges from this sensation, instead of the angels you expected, is a legion of virulent monsters not too dissimilar in their appearance to those in Cradle Of Filth’s video for From The Cradle To Enslave. Depicting atrocities committed (whether consciously or otherwise) under the guise of religion is no new statement; bands have made such statements countless times in one form or another. However Temples That Breathe is intended to evoke feeling through the music as well as to evoke thought through the lyrics. It compels you to experience their point emotionally as well as experiencing it intellectually. In twenty-four years since their first demo’s release the band has refined their symphonic and orchestral attributes to correspond with their technical maturation. Five years of inactivity hasn’t taken away from their appeal as the keyboards described earlier become like a nightmarish carnival, a suitable soundtrack to lyrics showing what results when religion is used as a vehicle for pride and lust for power. This challenge to fallacious sanctity still needs to be made today, if anything to remind us that it’s not a sweeping charge against religion itself, just those who misuse its message. -Dave Wolff

Lineup:
Joe Stamps: Vocals
Andy Milnes: Guitar
Nigel Dennan: Guitar
Dylan Hughes: Bass
Pete White: Keyboards
Gareth Hardy: Drums

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Full Length Review: GRINDZILLA Toshinquandon (Bizarre Leprous Production) by Devin Joseph Meaney

Toshinquandon
Bizarre Leprous Production
Place of origin: Belarus, Russia
Genre: Death grind, gore grind, groove
Release date: May 31, 2018
I originally intended on doing a holiday oriented review, but as I could not find any heavy, newly-released holiday music, I decided that I would review a band that I have been listening to over the past few days. A few days ago I came upon ''Toshinquandon'' by Grindzilla. The album is listed as deathgrind/groovy goregrind, but I can for sure hear influences from other genres. The band has been in existence since 2015, but this is their debut full-length album. The first thing I will mention is that the vocals on this release are highly entertaining. Ranging from low-pitched inhaled gutturals to squeaky high pitched squeals, these guys warm my heart, making me want to jump around my room like a drunken lunatic. I am normally not a fan of pig squeals, but for these guys it works well. The guitars shred fast, the music meshing together in a flurry of awesomeness. The drums are tight, bringing the whole thing together nicely. ''Grind'' is usually taken way too seriously if you ask me. To me, this whole album comes off as light hearted, something that is sometimes lost in a sea of perversion, crime scene photos and offensive song titles. The clucking chicken at the beginning of ''Chicken Bubblegun'' is a good example of how this album is meant to be fun and entertaining... not just offensive. I mean, I have no problem with music being offensive, but sometimes it is nice to listen to something amusing in nature. I also really enjoy the cover art! Featuring fifteen blasting tracks, I suggest that you check this beast out. Grindcore purists might have issues with this album, but personally I will be listening to this again. This is a great album! -Devin Joseph Meaney

Lineup:
Andrey: Vocals
Aleksey: Guitar
Artur: Bass
Vladimir: Drums

Track list:
1. Gopatech
2. Murderous invention
3. Dibilicon
4. Yoba-bi-bee
5. Moshpig with sledgehammer
6. Chicken bubblegun (that's what chicken wants)
7. Seven days of fuck
8. Morbid charge
9. Quintessence of insanity
10. Hellhaze
11. Grind-n-roll
12. Mutant wrestle mania
13. Swine party
14. Megalodone attack
15. Bury your pet



Monday, December 3, 2018

Full Length Review: LORDRAN Divulgence of the Rotten Spire (Independent) by Devin Joseph Meaney

Independent
Place of origin: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Genre: Symphonic black metal
Release date: October 15, 2018
It has been a while since I have heard good black metal. Normally I would throw on my headphones, but as I currently have the entire upstairs of my house to myself, I decided I would blare this through my speakers on full blast. The first thing I will get out of the way is that these guys are phenomenal. Five vicious tracks with an intro overture and interludes between each track. The overture (From the Spires of Serenity to the Flowing Chasm of Mystic Pestilence) really grabs you and brings you into a different realm. It is almost as if it is meant to prepare you for the awesomeness that is this glorious release. The five tracks are splendid! The guitar work is highly professional, the vocals are aggressive and highly emotional and the drums are perfect to the point that I had to question if they were in fact a machine. The synth work is also on par. Another thing I will note about the tracks is that in places they are highly atmospheric. One minute the music will be heavy and intense... then it will switch up to a completely different sound. This is a good thing, though. It makes for an intense listening experience that is highly enjoyable. The interludes are eerie... creepy even. They are atmospheric just like the main tracks, and they really help add to the entire experience. In parts of the interludes, it feels as if the Devil himself is doing a narration on the album. Another thing I can mention about this release is that the names chosen by the musicians on this album are really cool. This, once again, helps add to the overall atmosphere of the release. The logo and album art are also very well done. I guess all in all what I am trying to say is that fans of black metal and atmospheric music in general should really enjoy this release. I have listened to this album three times in a row so far and I am still not bored of it. I guess that means it must be really good... at least in my opinion. Check it out, I really suggest that you do. As for me, this release is now playing through for the fourth time. -Devin Joseph Meaney

Lineup:
Tala'zjar: Guitars, lead vocals, synths
Asramis: Guitars: synths, lyrics
Mikëlaeth: Bass
Kr'tx: Drums

Track list:
1. Overture - From the Spires of Serenity to the Flowing Chasm of Mystic Pestilence
2. I - Vile Incantation
3. Interlude - Summoning Voidflow
4. II - Before the Unknown
5. Interlude - Divulgence of the Rotten Spire
6. III - Impious Majesty
7. Interlude - The Fires of Revelation
8. IV - From Darkest Murk
9. Interlude - The Path to the Eye Lies With the Sunken Dead
10. V - Eye of Quintessence

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Demo Review: GOLEM OF GORE Horrendous Summoning Of Gore (Independent) by Devin Joseph Meaney

Independent
Place of origin: Italy
Genre: Goregrind
Release date: April 13, 2018
For the past while I did not get the chance to do any writing. Work responsibilities along with ''chill time'' took up the majority of my days. I did not get a chance to listen to much music, either. Now that I have more time on my hands, I have managed to listen to some supremely rabid tunes and do some writing. This means that I am back at reviewing... at least for now. A few days ago I came upon the demo ''Horrendous Summoning Of Gore'' by Golem Of Gore. I threw on my headphones and what I now know to be putridly amazing goregrind assaulted my eardrums with a pinging splattery vengeance. The first thing that I will note is that these guys sound a lot like Last Days Of Humanity. I mean, like... a lot. Right down to the gurgling gutturals and that ever so lovely ping snare. The music is tuned so low that to decipher it properly you might need to be standing in the bowels of hell itself. The tracks are short in classic L.D.O.H fashion. Again, just like L.D.O.H, The track titles are offensive and disgusting in nature. This is goregrind, so personally I would have it no other way. Clocking in at under eight minutes long, this demo still proves to be a sexy little burst of gory, noisy fun. The production quality is very high end for goregrind, and by that I mean it does not sound like it was recorded on a tape deck in 1991. Who am I kidding? I would still like it even if it did! Self-released in April 2018, I highly suggest checking out this gem from Italy. Fans of L.D.O.H and goregrind in general are sure to revel in this gore laden blast of purulent discharge. Just check it the fuck out, homie! -Devin Joseph Meaney

Lineup:
R: Gore
D: Blastbeat

Track list:
1. Rectal Bowel Disgorgement
2. Consuming Purulent Flesh
3. Disgusting Suppurated Fetus
4. Festering Stabbing Scrotum
5. Ulcerous Intestinal Infection
6. Purulent Bacterial Meningitis
7. Rancid Industrial Sludge
8. Disfigured Carcass Exhibition
9. Defleshed Bowel Cumulus
10. Pulsating Vomit Mutilation