This edition of Quick Reviews is brought to you by big bands with one word for a name: Deicide, Aborted and Behemoth. All of these bands released an album recently and I let you know what I think about them within one or two paragraphs. Enjoy.
Deicide – Overtures of Blasphemy
Business as usual when it comes to Deicide and pumping out fresh death metal tunes. Dissecting Christianity and hating Jesus with fast riffs and blast beats while the growling rushes out at an almost non-stop pace. Deicide is legendary and there is no denying their backlog of releases, especially the early to mid-90’s was stellar. They released some sub par releases to finish their contract with Roadrunner, redeemed themselves during the 00’s with some great albums but I feel the band has plateaued over the past 8+ years. Not necessarily releasing bad albums but just releasing ok albums that are fun to listen to a couple of times and then got lost in the sea of death metal releases. With that said, this is the best thing they have released since The Stench of Redemption! Also that album art is insanely good.
Release Date: September 14th, 2018
Label: Century Media Records
FFO: Vital Remains, Cannibal Corpse, Krisiun and Aeon.
Aborted – Terrorvision
Aborted have been fucking killing it since they released Global Flatline and everything they have put out since then has been pure death metal gold. Their songwriting keeps getting better and better and their overall sound is much more than just your typical death metal sound. They are horror, they are death yet somehow they don’t take themselves 100% seriously yet put out some of the best tunes each and every time. TerrorVision is a return to it as they crush it riff after riff, song after song. The vocals this time around also seem much more expansive on this album in terms of range, hitting his usual lows and screams but there are some crazy lows and highs on this album that I have never heard him hit before. Kudos to the band, they released a great album….again!
Release Date: September 21st, 2018
Label: Century Media Records
FFO: Benighted, Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation and Carcass.
Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest
After releasing such a polarizing album such as The Satanist, you’d expect the band to simply just release a chapter two of sorts. Pushing forth more of what they did in 2014 and this could have been either a good thing or bad thing. However, we get a release that is forth more artistic, expressive and exploratory. Featuring a massive production and many elements of instruments as well as a children’s choir, they pull from their past writings as well as dive head first into the unknown with a new darker style. ILYAYD is in many ways The Satanist 2 but with a twist.
We get our moments of past Behemoth with some crushing riffs and fast sections but gone are the ways of Demigod and Zos Kia Cultus. We get some artistic style derived from Evangelion and definitely The Satanist. Songs such as “Wolves ov Siberia” and “God = Dog” were perfect songs to release early as singles as they can each let you in as to what you can expect for the remainder of the album. ILYAYD continues with this and more, touching base with some great black metal and post-metal tremolo work during “Bartzabel” (which is wicked in many more ways), and “Havohej Pantocrator” (which has a backing acoustic guitar lick that is pure black metal). While the band’s sound evolves, they still maintain past sounds and even a nod to their early 90’s black metal sound. There is a lot to love here and a lot to absorb. I Loved You At Your Darkest is a wonderful album.
Release Date: October 5th 2018
Label: Metal Blade Records
FFO: Hate, Belphegor, Schammasch and Vader