Tag: Death Metal

January 12, 2021

Pantokrator - We The People (Official Music Video)

Swedish Death Metal band, Pantokrator, are back with a brand new song titled “We The People” off the album “Marching Out of Babylon” due out January 29th via Nordic Mission. Pre-Order the album in several different formats including CD, Vinyl, and Tape, right here. This is quality stuff my friends and showcases a band that straddles the line between the brutally heavy and melodic. It’s like a battle between darkness and light but in music format. Check them out.… Continued →

December 11, 2020

Song of the Day: Living Sacrifice - Not Beneath

There are so many different types of Living Sacrifice fans. People who started listening from the beginning, and those who joined somewhere along the way. Fans who praise their experimental phase, those who prefer the -core era, and those who swear by the traditional metal era. Heck, I even know one guy who claims they only released one album (he’s a thrash fan), and all the others were recorded by imposters! The band has certainly seen a number of different phases, most easily broken down into two main categories (metal and -core) with a few other splinters.… Continued →

July 24, 2020

July 20, 2020

New Death Metal Band, Mohler

There’s a new brutal slamming death metal band in the works, spearheaded by Grant Mohler (also of Crushing the Deceiver). The studio-only project will be called simply Mohler, and will not interfere with Grant’s other band, as there will be no touring. The heavier-than-thou project will feature a host of big-name guest vocalists as well. More details to come . . .… Continued →

June 12, 2020

Song of the Day: Crimson Thorn - Thy Neighbor

Lovers of traditional, old school death metal will know there is a significant lack of it coming from bands with a Christian worldview. The reasons for this are complex, and we won’t get into them here, except to say that it probably has something to do with the lyrical themes that often accompany their secular counterparts: death, gore, and the occult all being regular topics. Minnesota’s Crimson Thorn have often led the way in Christ-centered brutal death metal. Building on work from predecessors like Australia’s Mortification, CT got even heavier and unlike the boys from down under, Crimson Thorn didn’t dabble in other styles.… Continued →

June 5, 2020

REVIEW : Shadow Puncher - All Glory to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords Part II

I’ve reviewed 3 different releases from Shadow Puncher (for 2 different publications), and one of the things I’ve noticed is the diversity of sounds and influences on each project. While the one-man band from Norway functions within the death metal genre, each release has a different feel. The earliest material had a strong thrash influence, then moved into a djent-heavy sound. This EP is the first to utilise keyboards in a prominent way, thus adding a progressive element. After a 1-minute ambient keyboard intro, “One End of Heaven” rips into the speakers with brutal rhythms, blastbeats and plenty of time changes.… Continued →

May 8, 2020

Song of the Day: Extol - Reflections of a Broken Soul

When Extol’s first album came out in 1998, the Christian hard music scene had been dominated by hardcore and the then-developing metalcore sound. This was being spearheaded prominently by labels like Solid State Records (a division of Tooth & Nail), and Facedown Records. Enter Norway’s Extol. No one quite knew what to do with them. Sure, there was still an active underground metal scene, but Solid State had not signed any heavy metal bands yet–only hardcore bands that dabbled in metal. But Burialwas a full-on heavy metal cacophony, bridging subgenres–progressive, black, thrash and death metal–often within one song.… Continued →

November 15, 2019

Song of the Day: Paramaecium - I'm Not to Blame

Paramaecium. Legendary. Heavy as a concrete slab, and slower than a slug. The band’s debut, Exhumed of the Earth, shocked metal fans everywhere with slow, heavy riffs, string parts, and death metal vocals that were juxtaposed with occasional operatic female vocals added in for good measure. Their sophomore album Within the Ancient Forest changed styles somewhat by cranking up the folk and classical elements and adding a technical flair. But by the time A Time to Mourn came out, the band had shifted styles again–still within the doom metal category, of course–by adding a touch of groove and including Seventh Angel/Ashen Mortality frontman Ian Arkley (later of My Silent Wake).… Continued →

September 13, 2019

April 24, 2019

REVIEW : Cruentis - Alpha and Omega

This 5-song EP contains 3 songs of melodic death metal (tracks 2-4) sandwiched in between 2 longer, unusual songs that genre-wise feature a hybrid of nu metal, doom metal and some classical instrumentation. Stylistically, the middle 3 tracks are similar to bands like Pantokrator, World to Ashes and similar melodeath bands (or In Flames and At the Gates from a mainstream perspective), but there is not a huge emphasis on the lead guitar. These are the strongest tracks with the most cohesive sound. The first and last tracks are more original, but ironically also weaker.… Continued →

March 30, 2019

January 28, 2019

Come To Pass Signs With Bearded Dragon

Press Release – Come to Pass has signed with The Bearded Dragon Productions. Coatesville, Indiana. January 23, 2019. The new, up and coming, death metal act Come to Pass has signed a deal with The Bearded Dragon Productions. “Nick [Wiser] came to me and asked about representation. I told him I would love to make that happen. And once he conferred with his bandmates, everything was set.” Mason Beard stated. The band formed in December 2018. A month after the band formed, they released a lyric video for their single, “Confessions of the Cursed”.… Continued →

November 14, 2018

REVIEW : Shadow Puncher - Shadow Puncher EP

While this is being described by the label as “Norwegian death metal”, honestly that is a bit misleading.  To my ears, what we have here is a hybrid form of extreme metal.  For instance, you have some down-tuned nu metal rhythms, but they’re heavier than most.  The drum machine lends itself to an almost industrial-meets-groove-metal feel.  Think somewhere between Lucid and Malformed Earthborn, but lighter on the glitches and samples.  Genre-wise this is either really heavy nu-metal or generically “extreme metal.” The first song (if we don’t include the spoken opening track) has a really annoying “bree bree bree” section that I really hope is a poor attempt at humor, as it really seems to serve no other purpose. … Continued →

October 28, 2018

Lament Announce New Album, Release Lyric Videos

Mexican melodic death metal band Lament have been churning out metal for the masses since the 1990s. They have recently announced the issuing of a new album, The Ancient Battle of the Saints, to be released sometime this year. They are also featuring a lyric video from the album’s lead single, Apostle of Hypocrisy. So far, it sounds like a foray into straight-forward old school death metal, having played with some more melodic and slower styles across their existence.… Continued →

September 23, 2018

10 Essential Christian thrash albums that you MUST hear before you die

I don’t know what you think of when you hear the term “heavy metal” or more specifically “Christian metal.” Do you think of spandex or goat heads? Hairspray and makeup or the devil? Fortunately for the bands in this list, none of those things are really the issue. I started getting in underground music somewhere around 1988. (Yes, I’m old.) I started out listening to mainstream Christian rock like Petra and Russ Taff, then got into heavier stuff like Whitecross, Sacred Warrior and Jerusalem. And then .… Continued →

September 9, 2018

REVIEW : Outrage AD - New Blood

Having initially formed in 1992 as simply Outrage, the band released 2 independent releases by 1995 when they sadly broke up. Reuniting as the newly-christened Outrage AD in 2013, the band quickly began work on New Blood. On this debut the Canadian band apportion some classic thrash metal, with touches of crossover and groove metal. The 8-song full-length brings to mind mid-paced thrashers Thresher as well as Overkill, Bloody Cross, Detritus and Ultimatum. Their mostly-shouted vocals (hence the nod to Scott Waters of Ultimatum) occasionally employ a bit of death growls as well.… Continued →

July 19, 2018

REVIEW : Not Beneath - Memento Mori

Not Beneath is an exciting new project featuring ex-members of Narcissus, Outcry, North Meadow Park, and Vessel. In 2018 those names might not mean very much but if you were into hardcore/metalcore in the late 90s or early 00s, you’ll recognize them for sure. Memento Mori ventures into new territory though, pushing for a death metal vibe with progressive leanings at times, and occasionally some touches of –core. Having said all that, it’s a very rewarding listen. It caught my ear upon first listen, and almost immediately I wanted to listen again—lots of layers of sound, melodic and harmonic textures, and heavy as crap!… Continued →

January 17, 2018

Introducing: Not Beneath

You need to check out this amazing band called Not Beneath from Ohio featuring ex-members of Narcissus, Outcry, North Meadow Park, and Vessel. Complex, technical, heartfelt and spiritual heavy metal. This is a band you absolutely need to give a listen to. Check out their debut full length “memento mori” below (or right here on bandcamp). If you are into early Becoming The Archetype you’ll love this. Thanks Marco for the recommendation!… Continued →

January 16, 2018

REVIEW : The Beckoning - The Desolation of War

Canadian progressive death metallers The Beckoning have been making noise since 2010.  This release combines two earlier demos—Desolate (2014) and War (2012) into one remastered full-length.  Truly progressive, this 4-song clocks in at over 29 minutes, making it either a very long EP, or a full-length with only 4 songs, depending on one’s perspective. While the formula has been done before—screamed/growled vocals + clean/operatic vocals + heavy riffing + melodic leads—it works well here.  Founder/drummer/vocalist Roy Turple pulls off the screamed and clean sung vocals, and when he chooses the latter approach, resembles Jimmy Brown or Eric Clayton. … Continued →

November 23, 2017

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October 16, 2017

Outrage A.D. joins the Nosral Recordings roster

The Canadian death metal act Outrage AD has joined Nosral Recordings roster of recording artists. The band began in 1992 as Outrage. Under the name of Outrage, the band, consisting of Vocalist/Guitarist Mart Marion, Drummer Nick Richer and Bassist Art Robillard, the band released a demo titled Hail God, closely followed by Waiting for the Son. In 1995, the band disbanded, going their separate ways. In 2013, Outrage was resurrected under the new name of Outrage A.D., featuring Richer and Marion and their friend Nicolas Miquelon on bass.… Continued →

October 13, 2017

Shadow Puncher Signs to Nosral Recordings

Shadow Puncher, a Norwegian death metal act, has joined the Nosral Recordings roster. The project formed in 2016, with Kevin Max Ølstøren running everything. Influenced by bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura, and Dimmu Borgir, Shadow Puncher brings a brutal representation of Norwegian death metal. Check out The Throne of Justice and Love, The Path of Challenges and No Despair EP. Ølstøren is working on the project’s new album coming next year.
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September 19, 2017

Nosral Recordings: New Bands, New Music

Nosral Recordings, the label of Mike “Sebat” Larson (Frost Like Ashes), has announced the signing of several new bands to their up and coming label. The first act is known simply as Enemy of Satan a project based out of Indonesia. It’s run all by Daniel Madha. The second is better known. Nuclear Blaze is yet another project formed by the legendary Fire, also known as Jarek Pozarycki, founder of Elgibbor, Fire Throne and a fellow member of Frost Like Ashes. The band primarily performs death-grind, a relaxing break from all of the black metal Fire typically performs.… Continued →

September 12, 2017

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August 25, 2017

Children of Wrath (Nosral Recordings) Releases "No Flesh Spared"

The death metal band Children of Wrath, signed to Nosral Recordings, has released their debut album, No Flesh Spared. The project is run by Luke Dinan, who performs all of the instrumentation. The album is available on Bandcamp and available for physical purchase here. Check out Nosral Recordings Bandcamp as well. Here’s “No Flesh Spared” off of the album. Continued →

August 11, 2017

August 8, 2017

The Showdown Recording New Track for Movie

The Showdown, the southern metal/death metal band from Tennessee, is recording again! For the first time since 2010, the band is recording new material for a film that will be in production next year. The film is called Silo: Edge of the Real World. The film is a meditation on life in a small midwest farm town. When a grain entrapment shocks their small community, Adam Fox, a young farmer and Clay Althoff, a senior in high school, both consider the risks and rewards of a corn farmer’s life.… Continued →