ESOGENESI (Italy) – Self​-​titled (Death​/​Doom Metal)

Death/doom metal band ESOGENESI have concocted a sublime blend that harnesses the power of death metal with the poignancy of doom metal, backed with an able, organic yet powerful sound that the band can call it their own. Even though this is only their debut, the quartet have outdone themselves in creating music with unfathomable depth and emotional poise. The five songs plod along with subtle but effective changes in mood, tempo and groove, and it often becomes imperative to revisit them to catch the brilliant nuances ensconced in the rumbling death metal-spiked parts. This is as good a debut as any to come out in the genre and it only solidifies the band’s place in the increasing death/doom roster of Transcending Obscurity.

Line up –
Jacopo Marinelli – Vocals
Davide Roccato – Guitars
Carlo Campanelli – Bass
Michele Adami – Drums

Cover art by Korvo
Internal layout and graphics by Luca Brusa

BONES (US) – Diseased (Death Metal​/​Crust)

Hailing from Chicago, US, BONES are creating some of the filthiest form of death metal/crust music ever created. Laden with riffs that will tear your head off, this is easily the band’s finest hour. The album is buzzing with this raw, visceral energy that’s impossible to replicate and is what makes this band stand out from the rest. There’s an innate sense of pulsating groove that is detrimental to your physical wellbeing and when coupled with the maniacal energy with which the band throws their music at you, it becomes the catalyst for widespread devastation. ‘Diseased’ is how you want your death metal to sound circa 2019 – raw, crusty and atavistic.

Line up –
Joe Warlord (USURPER) – Drums, percussion, vox
Carcass Chris (ex-USURPER) – All guitars, vox
Jon Necromancer (DOOMSDAY, ex-USURPER) – Bass, vox

Artwork  –  Matt “Putrid” Carr (UNDERGANG, HOODED MENACE)
Layout and art direction –  Francesco Gemelli (MASTER, PAGANIZER)

COME BACK FROM THE DEAD (Spain) – The Rise Of The Blind Ones (Death Metal)

Spanish death metal masters COME BACK FROM THE DEAD return to unleash their latest full length two years after their highly acclaimed EP on the same label. Playing a refreshing style of old school Swedish death metal meets dark American death metal, not too unlike ENTOMBED covering AUTOPSY, this band is creating unforgettable music that begs for repeat listens. The riffs are some of the sickest you’ll hear, savage and yet tuneful, which you will be humming long after it’s over. There’s an undeniable crusty edge to the proceedings which is hardly surprising given that there are members of NASHGUL and MACHETAZO in this band, and even the mighty BOKLUK. Just when you thought that this kind of death metal music has lost its charm or flavour, you get an album like this that changes your perception completely by expertly using the best elements of classic styles to concoct a formidable sound, one that is both consistent and individualistic. ‘The Rise of the Blind Ones’ is undeniably one of the best and most well-thought death metal albums to come out in recent times while upholding the glory of the old school sound.

Line up –
Marcos – Drums (ex-MACHETAZO)
Hector – Guitar (NASHGUL)
Miguel – Guitar
Iago – Bass (BOKLUK)
Paul – Vocals
Artwork by Cesar Valladares (ASPHYX)

ETERNAL STORM (Spain) – Come The Tide (Death Metal)

Spanish death metal band ETERNAL STORM have created a mesmerizing album full of elegant riffs and soul-piercing melodies. After releasing a very well received EP and a split release, they’ve come up with their debut full length which sets new standards for bands playing in this style. Everything is immaculately executed, right from the artwork to the production, ensuring that their much awaited release doesn’t leave anything to be desired. The music is breathtaking and takes influences from several styles to create a sound that is at once emotive and striking. Most bands lean excessively towards either side but ETERNAL STORM exemplify the perfect balance of melody and heaviness in death metal music. Nothing on the album is forced but flows naturally, almost intuitively, and transports you to a tumultuous place where you take in the beauty as well as the wrath – a place akin to the one featured on the album cover.

Line up –
Mateo Novati – Drums, additional vocals (growls)
Daniel Maganto – Guitars, additional vocals (growls), keyboard composition
Kheryon – Bass, lead vocals
Jaime Torres – Guitars, additional vocals (clean/growls), keyboard composition

WARCRAB (UK) – Damned In Endless Night (Death​/​Sludge Metal)

Monolithic UK death/sludge metal band WARCRAB return with a brand new release of unbelievable heaviness and groove. Carrying on where they last left with their unique blend of down-tuned sludge and ponderous death metal, ‘Damned in Endless Night’ is where they flesh it out and leave no room for doubt on the efficacy of this powerful and cohesive fusion of underground styles. Equipped with three guitarists emphasizing on mostly heaviness, the music is not only soul-crushing but also brilliantly composed and memorable. Each song adds its own value to the album and is irreplaceable and multiple listens, however devastating, will only attest to that fact. This long-awaited full length from the band is arguably the band’s best release to date. The juggernaut is in motion and unstoppable.

Line up –
Martyn Grant – Vocals
Rich Parker – Drums
Paul “Budgie” Garbett – Guitar
Leigh Jones – Guitar
Geoff Holmes – Lead Guitar
Dave “Guppy” Simmonds – Bass

 

TRENCH WARFARE (US) – Hatred Warfare (Black​/​Death Metal)

One of the most highly awaited albums on the label this year is of TRENCH WARFARE who shocked listeners with their raging blend of black and death metal. They’re not holding anything back and vomiting forth their vile music with all the force they can muster. It’s a diabolical concoction of all that what makes this style work while adding an element of darkness and unpredictability to make them stand apart from their ilk. With a brilliant artwork from Misanthropic Art, the vision of the band is made clear and their ill-feelings towards major religions without discrimination are palpable through their music. Witness the sonic devastation that this new band is capable of and cower in fear at its overarching intent.

Album line up –
Tony Goyang Jr. – Guitars, bass
Lee Fisher – Drums
Jay Gorania – Vocals
Artwork – Misanthropic Art (UADA, SARGEIST)
Logo – Timothy Grieco (TRIUMVIR FOUL, MITOCHONDRION)
Layout and art direction – Francesco Gemelli (MASTER, PAGANIZER)

ROGGA JOHANSSON (Sweden) – Entrance to the Otherwhere (Death Metal)

ROGGA JOHANSSON is the eponymous band of the unheralded death metal legend who’s responsible for masterminding other bands such as PAGANIZER, REVOLTING, THE GROTESQUERY, NECROGOD and many others. This here is his solo project and he’s created some of the best music you’ll hear where classic Swedish death metal goes. He’s found a way to incorporate searing melodies without compromising on the trademark heaviness, and it’s a balance that few have managed to pull off in recent times. With a magnificent artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski (EREMIT, BELL WITCH, JUPITERIAN) bringing to life Rogga’s glorious vision of pristine death metal that disregards all trends and pays homage to the genre’s progenitors, ‘Entrance to the Otherwhere’ is immaculately put together and promises to linger in the minds of listeners long after the album is over. There is little doubt that this is Rogga Johansson’s finest hour.

Line up –
Rogga Johansson – All music and lyrics
Session drums – Brynjar Helgetun (THE GROTESQUERY)
Cover artwork – Mariusz Lewandowski (EREMIT, JUPITERIAN, BELL WITCH)
Logo – Christophe Szpajdel (EMPEROR)
Layout – T.G. Rantanen (DEMIGOD)

 

BURIAL REMAINS (Netherlands) – Trinity of Deception (Death Metal)

One of the most promising old school death metal bands with members of FLESHCRAWL, GRIM FATE, etc. give us their debut full length titled ‘Trinity of Deception’. Mixed and mastered by Jonny Pettersson of WOMBBATH, HEADS FOR THE DEAD and more, with guest vocals by none other than Ralf Hauber of REVEL IN FLESH, HEADS FOR THE DEAD, this is one death metal release that will send out shock waves in the underground. With phenomenal artwork from Mortuus Art of SADISTIK FOREST fame, every little aspect of this release has been taken care of by known professionals. Musically, this is a devastating slab of old school death metal that is worthy of being mentioned alongside the genre’s greats such as CARNAGE, DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED and GRAVE, with the difference being that these guys are faster, hungrier, and play with maniacal energy. It’s a breath of fresh air when most bands are trying to play safe and these guys are just rampaging through everything in their path.

Lineup –
Sven – Vocals (FLESHCRAWL)
Wim – Guitar (GRIM FATE, BOAL)
Philippus – Guitar and bass (DIMAEON, BOAL)
Danny – Drums (DISINTEGRATE, DIMAEON)

Vocals on Burn With Me –  Ralf Hauber (REVEL IN FLESH, HEADS FOR THE DEAD)
Artwork – Mortuus Art (SADISTIK FOREST)

 

 

HEX (Spain) – God Has No Name (Death​/​Doom Metal)

Spain’s best kept secret, HEX, return with a pummelling new full length of death/doom metal music with unconventional riffing and delivery. This is mid-paced death/doom metal that is reminiscent of early RUNEMAGICK, BOLT THROWER, PARADISE LOST, HYPOCRISY and UNLEASHED. But there’s more than meets the eye, as the music is interspersed with exotic riffing, female vocals, interludes and even breakdowns. There’s a certain appeal to their music that makes it stand out from the derivative lot as this doesn’t owe too much to any particular style or band. It’s a cohesive fusion of various influences melded into a sound that Hex can now call their own. With members of experienced bands in the lineup such as VIRULENCY, TOMB, INCURSED, to name a few, the outcome is simply phenomenal. The fiercely titled release ‘God Has No Name’ will go down as the breakthrough album for the band and perhaps even the whole of the current death/doom style with the band’s innovative and thoughtful approach towards it.

Line up –
Adolfo WB – Guitars
Jon – Guitars
Asier – Drums
Jonathan – Vocals
Endika – Bass

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