Musmahhu – Reign of the Odious
Musmahhu‘s hellacious blackened death metal drags listeners into the void on their full-length debut, Reign of the Odious. Helmed by Swedish black metal veteran Swartadauþuz, Musmahhu‘s no-holds-barred sound is one that could only be crafted by those who have a long history with the genre. The record immediately grabs listeners by the throat on “Apocalyptic Brigade of Forbidden Realms” and doesn’t relinquish its grip until the final melancholic moments of “Thirsting for Life’s Terminus”. The rampaging guitars, the violent drumming, the cavernous vocals, all of the instrumentation coalesces into suffocating displays of death metal supremacy. Buzzsaw death metal riffs are pushed to disemboweling extremes and drown in thick, devilish miasmas. The songs transition from typical tremolo-picked passages, to churning dissonance, and to sprawling cacophonies with ease and never conclude the same way they began. Reign of the Odious is simply an intense and satisfying blackened death metal release that shows how it’s supposed to be done.
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Favorite Tracks: “Apocalyptic Brigade of Forbidden Realms” and “Musmahhu, Rise”
For Fans Of: Mephorash, Sulphur Aeon, Taphos and Phrenelith
600000 Mountains – Mister Sartorius
Pounding sludge grooves and psych rock flourishes converge on the debut EP from Italian stoner doom instrumentalists 600000 Mountains, Mister Sartorious. The brief, 18-minute EP starts off strong with the hammering “Take Care and Survive”. Massive doom riffs stomp and gallop with considerable weight and collide with swirling psychedelia throughout its duration. The sprawling, eight-minute “Omelette Man” follows next with slow-burning, melodic riffs that build into towering desert doom and further into frantic hard rock. “Horse Suplex” then closes everything out with brooding desert rock verses that bleed into lava-drenched stoner metal riffs that march stubbornly toward the end. Though it is an enjoyable record, Mister Sartorious doesn’t really bring anything new to the table as far as stoner and doom metal is concerned. There are glimpses of great potential throughout these three songs, but it feels like the band mostly chose to play it safe. The songs are fun, heavy, but a bit on-the-nose.
Release Date: January 19, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Take Care and Survive”
For Fans Of: Karma to Burn and Kyuss
Vile Apparition – Depravity Ordained
Melbourne’s Vile Apparition crank out 40 minutes of no frills, putrid, flesh-grinding death metal on their debut album, Depravity Ordained. Throttling drumming, gut-wrenching guitar work, vomitory vocals, everything that makes for a vile and engaging death metal release is here and proudly put on display. From the stampeding filth of “Mauled and Nameless”, to the marching devastation of “Window of the Grotesque”, Depravity Ordained dishes out one unrelenting beating after the other. The instrumentation thunders with equal portions of bone-crushing groove and gore-soaked chaos. The guitars bleed back-and-forth between high octane, tremolo-picked insanity and palm-muted, slamming beatdowns, all while the percussion dishes out punishment of its own. There’s more than enough burly, steamrolling riffs to supply the bruising, and the right amount of frantic technicality to supply the face-melting. It’s the grit of early Cannibal Corpse meets the muscle of Suffocation. It’s not a revolutionary album by any means, but it’s just what death metal fans crave.
Release Date: January 21, 2019
Label: Memento Mori/Blood Harvest
Favorite Tracks: “Depravity Ordained”, “Dissect to Enucleate” and “Malevolent Aphantasia”
For Fans Of: Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Deeds of Flesh, Cryptopsy and Hate Eternal