New York death metal demigods Immolation are back with the release of their ninth full-length album, entitled Kingdom of Conpiracy. The album will be released on May 10 through Nuclear Blast Records. It is now streaming in full on Terrorizer Magazine‘s website and showcases the band essentially putting on a clinic on how to write truly evil riffs. While the album might not be an extreme departure from anything they’ve done in the past few years, it’s refreshing to see one of the genre’s staples honing on their now signature sound and schooling most younger bands in the process. Some personal favorites of mine include “Echoes of Despair” and “The Great Sleep.”
Technical death metal outfit Arsis drops a track from its forthcoming LP, Unwelcome, which will be out on April 30th on Nuclear Blast Records. Enjoy!
Australian death metal outfit Portal has a sound that impenetrably thick and noisy, and they use it to bombard listeners with an ever-changing series of riffs and dismal melodies. However, when it comes to the composition of these riffs and melodies, the album is pretty run-of-the-mill by death metal standards
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Stream: Portal – “The Back Wards”
A twisted new track from the forthcoming album from death metal maniacs Portal. It’s as technical as it is atmospheric, and seriously disturbing with its sour melodies, abrasive guitar tones, and soupy mix.
Portal’s next album is titled Vexvoid, and it’s looking at a Feb. 19th release via Profound Lore.
Nails are probably one of the most vicious acts in underground American music right now, and their new song “God’s Cold Hand” shows that if anything, they’ve gotten more pissed off. Sandwiching the grind mentalities of bands like Rotten Sound and Gaza with the fuzzy distortion of classic Swedish death metal, Nails is out for blood. This is without a doubt the heaviest song I’ve heard in 2013 thus far. Their new album, Abandon All Life, comes out on Southern Lord records on March 19th.
Death metal outfit Abyssal drops its second full-length LP, and it’s an extremely atmospheric take on one of music’s most extreme genres. To most people out there, death metal sounds like pure noise; however, I wouldn’t be surprised if even some death metal fans came away from this album feeling that way. The reverb-heavy production drowns much of what this album has to offer in a cloudy, hellish haze. To me, though, it gives the eleven tracks here a certain kind of allure.
The band’s blast beats and down-tuned guitars come off every distant, sounding as if they’re flying at me from the darkest depths of a, well, abyss. The band manages to throw some surprisingly harmonic guitar leads out there in numerous tracks as well. Give it a try, and see if it gives ya some chills.
Suffocation is gearing up for the release of their seventh LP, Pinnacle of Bedlam, and have been beginning to leak out new material to slake the thirst of their devoted, death metal masses. Prepare yourselves for a no-frills, balls-heavy lesson in how death metal simply needs to be executed in 2013. Hobbs is still smoking almost every rhythm guitarist in the genre, new and old; drummer Dave Culross has no trouble rejoining and readapting to the band’s signature sound; and vocalist Frank Mullen still manages to stay as deranged as ever. Definitely one of the more extreme releases to be on the look-out for in 2013.
Fearlessly sampling Lenny Kravitz, Shad’s latest single is a great tease toward the Canadian rapper’s next project is. The original song’s strings are incorporated tastefully into this beefy instrumental, and the music also sets the perfect tone for Shad’s nostalgic and personal musings about life and the world at large.
Oh, yeah, the video is fun, too!