Latest release from the Finnish Black Metal band Teloch. This Ep deals with such subjects as mankind’s fall from grace, the tragedy of life and various aspects of descension on the left hand path as one strifes to ascend from mere mud into alikeness with the Gods.
Legendary New York Death Metal! Debut album, recorded at Morrisound in 91.
Crushing examples like the title track, “Infecting the Crypts” and the masterful “Seeds of the Suffering” probably frightened many unprepared listeners with their unapologetic onslaughts, but Suffocation’s quick rise to prominence proved that even more were willing to endure the initial shock in order to appreciate the band’s maniacally complex time changes and the lead and rhythm guitar acrobatics (notably in the brilliantly titled “Reincremation”). Not for the weak of will even today, Effigy of the Forgotten, is a death metal tour de force. - 4
Classic Florida Death Metal! The third Obituary album.
Its two predecessors, Slowly We Rot and Cause of Death, had been near perfect and were quickly deemed classics of the early death metal era. But here the band has done itself one better, bringing West back into the fold and getting a better production job from Burns, and the result is arguably the definitive Obituary album and, consequently, a prototypical death metal album. It don’t get much better than this, folks. - 5
Unholy German Black Metal!
French Death Metal split, the final material from Deep Vein.
Sepultura’s second album, part of their incredible early trilogy - released between Morbid Visions and Beneath the Remains.
All fans of true Thrash should have this in their collection. It is a vital and truly inspired piece of work and its likes will never be seen (ehrm, heard) again. At least not from the current incarnation of this band. - 5
Debut demo! Sick Death/Doom from Finland, drawing influence from 90’s death/doom and traditional doom metal!
This tape reissue includes A Call to War, which was originally intended for a split with Cataleptic.
This is death-doom, pure and simple and total old-school. Think of early Candlemass, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Trouble, Runemagick, Black Sabbath and perhaps the slower, doomier Pentagram stuff blended with the hellish horror metal of a Hooded Menace and you have the sound and style of Solothus. So we are talking about ground-breaking originality or anything new but I am talking about infectious chugging riffing and ominous atmosphere. - 5
I am the harlot that shaketh Death.
Hefeystos started life as a great atmospheric black metal band in 1995 - and early on included members from such Polish giants as Scarilegium and North. Their earliest song (…w Krainie Drzew) was recently covered by Drudkh. Following the self-titled demo, their self-titled album incorporated more doom and gothic elements; two years later their final album Psycho Cafe was released. Nergal and Frost (Behemoth) appear as guest vocalists.
Folk Metal/Post Rock hybrid from Glasgow - Where Distant Spirits Remain is the debut album from 2011.
Fans of Alcest, Empyrium, Agalloch and all such bands similar could definitely do a lot worse than to check this out. Weathered, airy post-rock influenced folk metal which utilizes seamless transitions between the harsh distorted wash and the serene calm. The folk passages are presented with tact and authenticity unlike so many of those plastic European ‘folk’ metal bands. Sit back and let Where Distant Spirits Remain seep through your veins. It may not be instant, but when it does finally settle, it’ll be worth it. - 5
The epic second MF album and as with Melissa a year before… completely essential!!
All of Mercyful Fate’s potential was fulfilled on Don’t Break the Oath, a doomy, gothic collection of post-Priest/Maiden black metal preoccupied with Satan and the occult. Hank Shermann and Michael Denner keep their progressive rock tendencies reigned in while still delivering plenty of the neo-classical feel that gives the music its atmosphere, and King Diamond uses his vocal range to great theatrical effect. Fate’s sound and attitude were highly influential on later gothic/black metal bands, especially in Europe, and Don’t Break the Oath consistently encapsulates their appeal. - 5