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

TEMPLE KOLUDRA (Germany) – Seven! Sirens! To A Lost Archetype (Black​/​Death Metal)

German band TEMPLE KOLUDRA are merging their fascination with Indian spirituality with black/death metal music and the results are astounding. The fusion has happened on an intrinsic level, imbuing the music with extraordinary qualities that make their music stand out from the rest of the bands. The vision has remained fierce and the execution flawless, as members of this enigmatic band use all their experience in other bands to create something that will stand the test of time, warranting multiple listens and unearthing of multiple facets buried in their music. This is the band’s first full length and easily their most accomplished material yet, encompassing various sounds and instruments in order to make the experience intense and haunting, and quite simply put, unforgettable. This is otherworldly, mystical black/death metal of the highest order.

 

 

 

GOREGӒNG (US) – Neon Graves (Death Metal​/​Crust)

Death metal/crust maniacs GOREGӒNG have worked hard on their first full length album after causing a bit of a stir with their short debut. With members of reputed bands like VENOM INC., RIBSPREADER, SOILWORK (live), etc. in their lineup, everything is top-notch and well-thought right down to the Mark Riddick logo, the jaw-dropping Juanjo Castellano artwork, not to mention the impeccable production and execution of the music that can be summed up as a perfect amalgamation of death metal with a lethal dose of crust/grind. There’s added menace in the vocal delivery, with Kling mixing it all up and pacing it beautifully to the undulating music. There’s an undeniable charm to the proceedings as the songs chug along with maniacal glee, breaking into faster punkish parts and rampaging till the end. It’s an album littered with so many variations that you’ll need to get back to it to keep track of it all. It’s a rare album that eschews the standard template and does things its own way to keep it entertaining and yes, brutal.

Line up –
Jeramie Kling – Vocals, Guitars (VENOM INC., RIBSPREADER, ex-WOMBBATH)
Taylor Nordberg – Drums, Guitars (RIBSPREADER, ex-SOILWORK [live], ex-WOMBBATH)

Artwork –  Juanjo Castellano (NATTRAVNEN, REVEL IN FLESH)
Logo  – Mark Riddick (FETID ZOMBIE)
Layout – Turkka Rantanen (RIBSPREADER, ROGGA JOHANSSON)

 

CHALICE OF SUFFERING (US) – Lost Eternally (Atmospheric Death​/​Doom Metal)

US band CHALICE OF SUFFERING put out a remarkable debut that was very well received the world over and they’ve followed it up with what’s possibly one of the best albums in the doom/death metal style. Where this kind of style goes, it’s more about the emotions than the heaviness, and that’s where this band excels. ‘Lost Eternally’ perfectly encapsulates the grief, the stinging loneliness and its bleak outlook. It’s a well-rounded album that exudes the right feelings and it’s something that’s perfect for this time of the year, while being strangely palpable. The album plods on powerfully despite the weight, showing moments of melodic respite and even contributions from several guest musicians and vocalists to further enhance the proceedings. This is as genuine as it gets right from the underground. Delve into this heart-wrenching slab of doleful, atmospheric death/doom metal music and experience life at its cruelest.

Line up –
John McGovern – Vocals
Will Maravelas – Guitars/Keyboards
Aaron Lanik – Drums
Nikoley Velev – Guitars/Keys/Drums (on The Hurt, Lost Eternally, Emancipation of Pain)
Neal Pruett – Bass
Kevin Murphy – Bagpipes (on In the Mist of Once Was)

Guest vocals –
Danny Woe of (WOEBEGONE OBSCURED)
Demonstealer of (DEMONIC RESURRECTION)
Giovanni Antonio Vigliotti of (SOMNENT)
Justin Buller of (WOLVENGUARD/IN OBLIVION)

Artwork – Ohrwurm (SLOW)

 

ILLIMITABLE DOLOR (Australia) – Leaden Light (Atmospheric Death​/​Doom Metal)

Australian atmospheric death/doom metal masters return after releasing a brilliant self-titled debut that was lauded the world over for its sincerity and purity of expression. ‘Leaden Light’ carries on where they last left, drenched in wistful melancholy and stirring up faded albeit rich memories. The sound is purer, more refined and clearer in expression than before, and lingers for long in your thoughts. With three artworks made for the CD, LP and box set editions exclusively, this is an ambitious release from the band that features some of the best music in the style without overdoing any aspect of it.

Album line up –
Stuart Prickett – Guitars, Vocals (THE SLOW DEATH, HORRISONOUS)
Yonn McLaughlin – Drums, Vocals (THE SLOW DEATH, NAZXUL)
Dan Garcia – Bass (THE SLOW DEATH)
Guy Moore – Keyboards (ex-ELYSIUM)

Artwork – Varises Otak

Layout – Pat Di Palo

 

0N0 (Slovakia) – Cloaked Climax Concealed (Atmospheric Doom​/​Death Metal)

Enigmatic Slovakian entity 0N0 present two brand new songs which are in a league of their own for this release. Like the eccentric offspring of label mates DRUG HONKEY and P.H.O.B.O.S., their GODFLESH-driven vision of futuristic cacophony is both numbing and hallucinatory. It’s an acid trip to the alien dimensions of a parallel world while retaining some semblance of cognizance. Mired in swathes of electric fuzz are traces of human emotions, drifting away into endless oblivion. ‘Cloaked Climax Concealed’ is but a tantalizing precursor to the massive full length that is due from this band.

S – Vocals
A – Guitars, Vocals
T – Guitars, Vocals, Programming

Artwork – Viral Graphics

Layout –  Lenka Hamosova

 

EREMIT (Germany) – Carrier of Weight (Sludge/Doom Metal)

Monolithic sludge/doom band Eremit give us one of the heaviest and most ambitious album the style has seen in recent times. Featuring stunning album artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski (Bell Witch), the band trudge though turbulent, winding structures without letting them affect the overall momentum. There are three epic songs, with the longest being over 33 minutes, where they flesh out every nuance and showcase rare depth while retaining unparalleled brutality. Being the band’s debut, the emotions are all too raw and palpable, but perhaps that’s what’s needed to get the point across. This is undiluted, straight-from-the-heart, maxed out sludge/doom with moments of poignancy ensconced in the bludgeoning heaviness.

Line up –
Moritz Fabian – Guitar and Vocals
Pascal Sommer – Guitar
Marco Baecker – Drums

Artwork – Mariusz Lewandowski (Bell Witch)
Layout – Francesco Gemelli (Master)

FERAL (Sweden) – Flesh For Funerals Eternal (Death Metal)

Swedish death metal veterans Feral unleash their fiercest album till date. ‘Flesh For Funerals Eternal’ sets new standards for the style entirely, taking forward the existing template and expanding upon in every way possible. They’re not here to reinvent but to solidify in every imaginable way. The album is faultless – it’s got everything the style needs and in the right doses. The production keeps it delectable and the gnarly artwork by the master artist Costin Chioreanu only brings to life their twisted yet meticulous music. Feral are at the forefront of the Swedish death metal scene right now and are armed to teeth to drop what could be the best album this style needs.

Line up –
David Nilsson – Vocals
Viktor Klingstedt – Bass
Markus Lindahl – Guitar
Sebastian Lejon – Guitar
Roger Markstorm – Drums

Artwork and layout by Costin Chioreanu (CerebrumAt The Gates)

Track listing – 
1. Vaults Of Undead Horror
2. Black Coven Secrets
3. Gathering Their Bones
4. Dormant Disease
5. Of Gods No Longer Invoked
6. Accursed
7. Horrendous Sight
8. Stygian Void
9. Buried
10. Bled Dry

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VEILBURNER (US) – A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy (Experimental Black​/​Death Metal)

Veilburner from US have accelerated their growth and have presented mutated versions of their infamous black/death metal cacophony. This is complicated, unpredictable and frankly groundbreaking music in this style – no two songs are alike and go off in different directions after conjuring some of the most grotesque and vile music. This is experimental music of the highest level that manages to blend in weird passages, twisted solos and even singing in this intense black/death metal music, something that very few bands have managed to achieve without losing coherency and integrity. These are songs that will test your grasping power as there’s a lot happening at all times. The members have outdone themselves not just musically but also conceptually, creating special masks to bring to life their psychotic vision. This is yet another testament to the prowess and potential this style holds and how it can be elevated to new heights using experimentation while fanning the chaotic elements.

Line up –
Mephisto Deleterio – All music and backing vocals
Chrisom Infernium – Vocals and all artwork

Track listing –
1. Introvertovoid
2. Panoramic Phantoms
3. Agony On Repeat
4. Abattoir Noir
5. A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy
6. Glory Glory Grotesque
7. Upstream And Parallel
8. Where Torment Has Danced Before

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