Sunday, June 29, 2008

Decaying Purity - Phases Of Dimensional Torture - 2008 - Grotesque Productions

After having heard these guys on their Myspace, I knew this would be one of the best albums of 2008 in brutal death metal. Drawing heavy stylistic influences from newer Inveracity, some mid-period Disgorge (California one) in the slammier sections and a heavy helping of Deeds Of Flesh in other parts (epic tremolo riffing and chaotic sections), these guys really know how to write good brutal songs with a side of technicality. However, the techy parts never obscure the totally fucking brutal slamming and downtuned chugging riffs/breakdowns these guys throw out. In "Atrocious Execution" the band is found slamming in a very American style right after an unfocused intro which shows their willingness to experiment with different styles.

One thing I really like about this is that the vocals are extremely solid and the mixing of all the different vocals is very similar to some Italian bands like Vomit The Soul; there are even some dual vocal sections like VTS as well! Though Cenotaph is also from Turkey, these guys sound totally different from that band with some more melody and a less pronounced snare drum. These guys highlight no drums in fact, instead placing large emphasis on clear guitar breaks and catchy riffing, along with the aforementioned vocals (which three of the four members handle!).

Overall, this is excellent and seems like it will even grow on me more in time. With bands like Cenotaph and these guys on their front, Turkey will most likely be gaining more and more force in the international brutal/slam death scene.

And the best part of the album is the T2 sample:
"You just can't go around killing people!!"


Friday, June 27, 2008

Banishment Available for Preorder

As the title states Banishment is now available for preorder from Lacerated Enemy. Banishment are from LA and really exemplify the Californian feel of technicality and atmosphere that makes bands like Deeds of Flesh and Disgorge good. Definitely worth picking up. I will get it once Comatose or Sevared get copies because I've had horrible luck preordering from Europe (still haven't gotten my Decaying Purity CD/shirt package I ordered in February). Here's the official ad from Lacered Enemy:

Monday, June 16, 2008

MDF Review: Defeated Sanity

Sorry about the delay in posting. I've just started work and Andy recently visited his girlfriend (eww gay!) in Maine so we haven't had much of a chance to post. To help correct the problem though I'll post a quick review of one of the better bands to play at MDF, Defeated Sanity. Defeated Sanity are a pretty big name in the brutal death scene, especially after their 07 release of Psalms of the the Moribund. They play one of the better mixes of technicality and what we've termed "fast slam". Their first album sides more with the technicality while Psalms is slammier.

Defeated Sanity played in the early afternoon on Saturday and unfortunately we got there a little late because they were ahead of schedule. We caught most of the show though and it was one hell of an experience. They were immensely heavy and their music was really impressive in the live setting. The slams were very thick and the technical parts were more fun and interesting when you see them played by Wolfgang, who had to be one of the oldest guy at the fest (he still rocked the fuck out!). The bassist also looked badass and played music to match. Most surprisingly was the vocalist who I thought was rather pedestrian on Psalms. In the live setting he spit out some very sick gutturals.

Basically, if I had to sum up my opinion on Defeated Sanity I would say they are great on CD and absolute fantastic live.

Please feel free to comment and if you want request set reviews from any of the MDF bands.