Eyrth – Fracture
Eyrth‘s full-length debut, Fracture, is an atmospheric sludge record of cataclysmic proportions. For over 40 minutes, this Latvian act craft an utterly massive sound capable of splitting open the earth beneath listener’s feet. The instrumentation thunders like an unfathomable earthquake during its heaviest moments, with the drop-tuned guitars and bass struggling for dominance atop surprisingly seismic programmed drums. The guitars hammer upon the sonic landscape with considerable force, while enormous walls of ethereal atmospherics bring down the wrath of Heaven. Songs like “Burden” and “U-234” lurch and stomp at a steady, deadly pace with monstrous grooves and mountainous doom, while tracks such as “Fathom” bring forth the galloping, angular riffs in abundance. Moments of icy melancholia can be found on the record as well, as is the case with the penultimate “Snowbound” and the record’s intro and outro tracks in particular. Here snowy ambiance hover around slow-burning, somber post-rock guitars that are brimming with shimmering, albeit cold melodies, all of which eventually build to aural destruction. From start to finish Eyrth provide a dense, heavy-hitting experience that will have jaws of sludge and post-metal fans hitting the floor.
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Cold Front”, “Burden”, “U-234”, “Fathom” and “Snowbound”
For Fans Of: Hemelbestormer, Love Sex Machine and Hundred Year Old Man
Deveneror – Kenoma
Kenoma, the debut full-length from black metal entity Deveneror, is a 48-minute maelstrom of hell-spawned mayhem. This enigmatic duo craft unorthodox black metal instrumentation overflowing with equal portions of malformed guitars and sinister melody across seven sprawling tracks. Obvious comparisons will be drawn to the likes of Deathspell Omega, but Deveneror add their own unique flavor to the whole dissonant black metal style. Unrelenting assaults of malevolent, twisted guitars and furious drumming are delivered upon the listeners and are spearheaded by vile, snarling vocals. Tremolo-picked riffs spiral between extremes of intricate melodies and discordant insanity, often coalescing into horrendous cacophonies kissed by hellfire. Quick jolts of dissonant, staccato rhythms help keep everything in a constant state of disorientation, while haunting atmospheric add texture to the chaos. Kenoma constantly builds, disassembles, and reshapes into new, innumerable forms and will keep drawing listeners deeper into the void.
Release Date: January 5, 2019
Label: Breathe Plastic Records
Favorite Tracks: “Hound of God”, “Grave Tactics” and “Shroud of Fire”
For Fans Of: Deathspell Omega, Dodecahedron and Aosoth
Cane Corso – Demo
Former and current members of Revocation, Inter Arma, Khann and Backslider deliver off-kilter, grinding hardcore with Cane Corso. Comprised of three short, hellacious tracks, Cane Corso‘s debut demo teases the chaos to come. “Clean Break” kicks things off with quick bursts of galloping hardcore and angular grooves that eventually culminate in a lengthy, dissonant breakdown of skull-caving proportions. Sprawling sludge riffs open up the second track, “Feeding Freezy”, which quickly unravel into hyperactive guitar acrobatics and squirming bass lines. Unorthodox rhythms and caustic thrash gradually take control of the track as it reaches its final, ugly, disfigured groove. “Sunken Continent” brings the demo to a close with lurching dissonance that gives way to feverishly shape-shifting riffs that cause as much cerebral damage as they do physical. Cane Corso sport an impressive pedigree and an even more impressive first demo. Listeners will want to keep an eye out for what they do next.
Release Date: January 5, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Sunken Continent”
For Fans Of: KEN mode, Khann, Converge and Deadguy