Some incredibly dense, layered, and technical death metal from the New York band Artificial Brain. “Absorbing Black Ignition” is the first song to drop from their forthcoming debut album, Labyrinth Constellation. The LP is currently looking at a February 18th release date on Profound Lore. I think there’s a lot to expect based on what’s being displayed on the track above. For one, the track is incredibly varied with guitars that crush, uplift, and wail with dissonance. There’s an interesting keyboard added to the last third of the song that breaks things up a bit, and the drums are absolutely insane. The percussion here is so fast, but the band has obviously opted for a more natural feel to their recording than some technical death metal bands out there these days. The atmospheric finish is a nice touch as well. Enjoy!
Some punishing, atmospheric death metal from this new Geryon album. Some heavy production to boot from Colin Marston. Enjoy via the widget above!
This past Halloween, Australian death metal outfit Portal shared this spooky music video for Vexovoid cut “Curtain.” The short was adapted from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,” using puppets to re-tell the story. Choice imagery includes a ghoulish orchestra bowing their instruments with femurs, and the titular toothed worm rising up into the theatre.
Check out the video for “Curtain” above, and watch a review of Vexovoid here:
After ten years of being a band, Kayo Dot releases what might be it’s gaudiest album. However, I can’t help but be enamored with the strong playing, ambitious concept, and impressive mix of influences most of the time.
The one-man Finnish metal project known as Dødkvlt has dropped a surprising new track, and I say “surprising,” because Dødkvlt’s music typically gives off a pretty strong black metal vibe. However, he seems to be embracing some of the tenants of death metal on “Of Dust and Bones.” It’s not a bad thing either since the track features some pretty evil death growls! On top of that, the track features a pretty progressive structure, building the song up to nine minutes of multifaceted mayhem. Enjoy!
Canadian death metal outfit Gorguts return with a comeback record of massive proportions.
Death metal heavyweights Carcass have a new album dropping on September 13th titled Surgical Steel, and it will be the group’s first full-length in over 15 years! Though the band’s harsh vocals and intense drumming play right into the death metal tradition, they bring a ton of melody into the picture with screaming guitar solos and riffs. To be honest, while the band isn’t sporting a particularly classic sound on this track, it does sound like they’re trying to get back to the vibe of their 1993 album Heartowrk. For the most part, I’d say they’re succeeding.
Look for Surgical Steel on Nuclear Blast Records.
Take Over And Destroy’s new LP has a heavy sound, and takes an occult approach to black, sludge, and death metal that’s both seamless and hellish.
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This new Dead In the Dirt album features a fantastically heavy mix, making it some of the most pummeling grindcore and powerviolence you’ll hear this year–even if a number of tracks here come off as slightly unmemorable.
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The new album from San Antonio hardcore outfit, Illustrations, is now available to stream and download via bandcamp. In Vain is an onslaught of caustic death metal growls, bonecrushing guitar riffs, and unrelenting percussion; all executed with exemplary punk breeziness. Give it a listen above!