Hailing straight from the country of Belarus, Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum gained attention to the public eye with their demo, in 2013, because of their absurdly lengthy and convoluted band name and song titles, but remained in our mind because their music was frankly good. They’re playing some [very] brutal death metal with a touch of tech-death and atmospheric thrown in for good measure. Moreover, behind the name lies hidden a very interesting, occult world and concept. It is, according to the band itself, an agglutinative neologism, with loans from Latin, Ancient Egyptian, Akkadian and Sumerian terms of “the Chaosatanic tradition”. I quote, … Read more
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Cetacean is a band from Los Angeles, California, that came to being in 2015 under the direction of David Sais, with members from well-established bands, such as Black Sheep Wall and Horse the Band, and other musicians. The result is a progressive blackened doom sextet and a 35-minute EP called Breach | Submerge, which was released on January 29th on CD, and will see a vinyl release on March 27th. The designation of EP for a piece longer than half an hour is quite unusual, but understandable given the lengthy nature of doom music, where slow and atmospheric riffs … Read more
Sunless is a band from Minnesota created in 2014 and comprised of four members. With heavy influences from dissonant death metal acts such as Gorguts and Ulcerate, and a surprising audio quality considering it’s labeled a demo, Sunless will most certainly get people talking, and chances are that Demo 2016 is only the first of many great albums they put out. But why is it so good?
If you haven’t noticed already, it dwells on dissonance, and equipoises technicality with atmosphere. Indeed, the very first, lone arpeggiated and distorted chord from the song Born of Clay immediately screams “You’ve come … Read more
Antlion is a progressive death metal quartet from Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Their debut album, The Prescient, came out on October 23rd.
First of all, they don’t do anything spectacularly out of the norm, but they do it well enough to keep it an interesting, and at times engaging, listen. There’s plenty of time signature changes and modulations throughout the album, the riffs are complex and driving, and the overall sound is tight. It just makes you try and fail to headbang to it. The album’s length is decent, giving you just enough juice to enjoy before getting overwhelmed, and … Read more
Acrania (not to be confused with the more popular but less interesting Acrania from the UK) is a Mexican progressive thrash/death metal band, the selling point of which is their unique incorporation of latin jazz rhythms. They’ve released their first EP in 2007, and then went on to release full-length, Fearless is their third and latest LP and it came out in April of this year.
Jazz, samba, bossa, and salsa are intertwined with more regular thrash and death metal riffs as an integral part of their sound, rather than just a gimmick used for infamous “jazz interludes” and other … Read more
You’re still craving for technical progressive death metal in the vein of Augury and Beyond Creation? Crave no more, for Quebec’s Deviant Process is here with strong independent bass lines, soul-crushing riffs and stampeding drums. They premiered the song Unconscious on PRC Music, from the album Paroxysm, that will come out in… March 2016. Well, that’s a fucking long time to wait! That’s like 6 months!!! Ughh… At least, the song is damn solid and shows great promises. Since the band is close to home for me, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see them live and maybe hear … Read more
From their name and song titles, you might have dismissed Slugdge as yet another band who tries to be funny. But although you would be partially right, there’s much more to them than that.
With a style of humour reminiscent of Vampire Squid, relying on puns and plays on words, like “Lettuce Prey”, which is found on their previous album “Gastronomicon”. The mollusc-worshipping blackened progressive death/sludge band is now at their third full-length album in as many years, and have truly refined their overall sound. The riffs are tighter and even more enthralling than before: I just feel the … Read more
Sutrah just released a 2-song demo that will shake the prog/tech-death world. Coming from the capital of modern progressive death metal, Montreal, birthplace of other great acts like Beyond Creation and Unexpect†, Sutrah seems to take example on the first of the two bands mentioned: Beyond Creation. With a mixture of fast-paced, shred-heavy, fretless bass-laden progressive death metal. The two songs on their demo release show great promises! The musicianship, above all, is tight as hell and intricate all the way through the 12 minutes of Effervesce (Demo), and the songs are well-balanced and are never stale or unimaginative.… Read more
Nylithia, the British-Columbian so-called “hyperthrash” band who was supposed, back in June of 2011 to release one new song and video each month for a year for their full-length Hyperthrash album. However, things didn’t go as planned when delays began to pile up, and now we’ve been almost 3 years without news of them, since their last song released was the eponymous “Hyperthrash”, back in September of 2012. Fortunately, they seem to have plans for the album’s release pretty soon so let’s hope everything goes right!… Read more