Ah, midwestern Canada. Home to the Calgary Stampede, the Canadian prairies, oil drilling, and apparently, one of Canada’s best black/speed/thrash bands. Our local boys in Blackrat have really kicked their music up a notch with their most recent release.
Despite its late release date, Deceased’s newest spooky death/heavy metal album is one for the count; fashionably late, right? Every day is Halloween around these parts, so this really just fits right in, especially during a time when us ghouls have to start fighting back against all these damn Santas popping up everywhere. Everyone vote for Deceased in the 2020 elections, I hear they’re trying to replace Old Claus with Satan in a fashionable hat, all you’ve got to do is switch a few letters around!
20 Buck Spin has had an undoubtedly-phenomenal year. The record label has churched out release after release to critical acclaim. Culminating their 2018 roster is Ulthar, a blackened death metal band from California. The band is debuting with “Cosmovore”, with only a 2016 demo to their name; let’s see if this one lives up to the label’s high expectations.
If you haven’t already picked up on such from the band’s title, 1914 is a World War I themed endeavour which aims to further publicize its forgotten atrocities. However, rather than leaning towards political or regional biases, 1914 stands between the trenches, reducing historic battles to primitive warfare; man against man.
Boo! It’s that time of year again. The neighborhood kids are out knocking at your door even though your light’s turned off and you’ve got all the candy to yourself in the basement. Gone are the days where Halloween was all about the loss of teenage innocence, egging your neighbor’s side panelling, and raunchy slasher flicks. Man, I miss the 80s. At least we’ve got Vanik and their nine brand-new Halloween anthems to keep us company.
Enter Morbid Messiah, the newest death metal band that should be under your radar. Demoniac Paroxysm reeks of old-school death metal flair; this thing sounds like its been subjected to coffin rot for thirty years after being locked up following a 1988 release. Available as of October 22nd, your daily fix of death can now be satiated with some Morbid Messiah.
Signed to Relapse Records to release your debut full-length is a pretty great opportunity; underground metal bands pour their hearts into music for tens of years for a mere chance at such a dream. Either way, while Outer Heaven may have proven themselves to their label, they still have to prove their worth to those listening. Let’s see if Realms of Eternal Decay plays up to these massive aspirations.
What is stoner thrash? The term seems entirely antithetical to those familiar with the two subgenres, almost always occupying opposite ends of the metal spectrum. However, Matt Pike and the High on Fire boys have somehow figured out how to blend these two opposing forces into a blasphemous delicacy.
Rather than hopping on the pizza-thrash bandwagon beside bands like Havok, Municipal Waste, and Warbringer, Deathhammer is currently making a name for themselves via pure musicianship, instrumental skill, and by pushing their numerous strengths. For only being a two-man band from such an isolated region as Norway, the group’s wide presence within the current metal sphere comes as a result of pure effort and hard work, and their newest full-length certainly does not deviate from this citation.
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