Knaaves – January
Gigantic grooves intertwine with knife-sharp, melodic riffs on Knaaves‘ newest two-track release, January. Featuring former members of Enabler, Die Alone and Amora Savant, this Milwaukee-based quartet melds their collective experience into a dark, punishing, yet surprisingly catchy blend of metallic hardcore which permeates through these two songs. The release begins with the title track, “January”, which opens with foreboding feedback and lurching bass lines. Soon the guitars conjure serpentine, melodic riffs before launching into a thunderous death march of sludge. The short, but blistering track cycles back between these two extremes before coming to a cataclysmic close. The second track, “Nine Lives Lost”, comes galloping out of the gate with muscular hardcore grooves that bleed into spiraling, dissonant licks and back again. The melodies become more intricate and the beatdowns become more severe as the track progresses, the chaos spearheaded by the vicious vocals of frontman Andy Parmanna and bassist Amanda Daniels. The track stampedes towards a climax of atonal guitar acrobatics and skull-shattering heaviness as the release comes to close, prompting listeners to press “play” all over again. It may be only two short tracks, but January is definitely sign of great things to come from this Wisconsin act.
Release Date: February 20, 2018
For Fans Of: Call of the Void, Converge and Meek is Murder
Cist – The Frozen Casket
Old school death and thrash metal collide on Cist‘s new, flesh-ripping EP, The Frozen Casket. Much like other contemporary acts aiding in reviving the OSDM sound, Russia’s Cist give a modern twist to the styles of old. On The Frozen Casket, all of the grime and viciousness is pushed to brink with an impeccable sense of groove and rhythm along for the ride. The release begins with the gritty “Antiseptic”, which barrels over listeners with hyper-speed, gore-soaked riffs that rampage over throttling percussion. This death-thrash assault transitions into galloping, palm-muted riffs and further into tremolo-picked hell, before returning to the disemboweling riffs that began the track. The chaos continues in tracks like “Injected Obsession”, which rips and thrashes with its array of palm-muted grooves and gross, angular death metal that leaves listeners in pieces. The EP continues to increase in insanity before hitting its apex with “Cryonesia”; a maelstrom of atonal horrors, bludgeoning chords, and off-kilter, technical riffs. While Cist‘s old school-meets-new school style isn’t breaking any new ground, they are definitely one of the better bands to do it.
Release Date: February 22, 2018
Label: HTH Records, Metal Race, Camo Pants Records, Redefining Darkness Records and Reaper Metal Productions
Favorite Tracks: “Incubation” and “Cryonesia”
For Fans Of: Death, Pestilence, Gruesome and Asphyx