AMON AMARTH – The Pursuit of Vikings
I could write thousands of words on this documentary and double live album. However I can also easily let you know what is going on in a couple of sentences. It’s Amon Amarth doing what they do best at Summer Breeze and you get 2 full sets. Out of the 30 songs featured on the live discs, they only repeat one song, which is featured as the first song and last. The entire setlist is wicked good, covering everything you love from the band from old to new. I enjoyed the hell out of this recording and you will to. Hail Amon Amarth!
November 11, 2018 – A night of many firsts for me as it was the first time I have ever been at The Truman and it was the first time I have ever seen Wolves in the Throne Room and At The Gates! The cold autumn air brought forth a chill in the air in Kansas City and the weather called for snow. Luckily, we were all tucked inside this venue with drinks flowing and loud music to keep us warm. At 7:30 PM sharp, the lights dimmed and the crowd roared. Wolves in the Throne Room took the stage.
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. Continue Reading
Finnish death act Corpsessed let us into their world once again with their sophomore effort titled “Impetus of Death”. This time around, Corpsessed hopes to achieve more when it comes to heavy writing and overall brutality. While taking their time in songwriting, they have achieved a sense of atmosphere and evil without having to go at excessive speeds at all times. This modern death delight should appeal to you fans of early 90’s death metal, Swedish death metal and death-doom genres alike. As simple as it sounds, it is rich with layers and that adds complexity to the mix. Corpsessed keeps it ominous and , yes this is cliche; brutal. Continue Reading
Tampa, Florida is a legendary city for all things American death metal. One of the bands to spawn from that city is Hate Eternal and they have been consistently releasing some damn good death metal ever since 1999. Their style of songwriting is a mix of groove with unorthodox rhythms and technicality at hellish speeds. Rutan’s vocal work has been steady and powerful since I can remember and this combo of events is what makes Hate Eternal a cut above the rest. Continue Reading
The Riot Room was the first time I ever saw Suffocation live with Frank and it was the last time I will ever see Suffocation with Frank on the microphone and it was just as exciting as I would have hoped. Something else was in the air that night though, Frank was thankful for everything and everyone, he was super chill and saying jokes between songs. It was up close and personal and when the music started it was all 100% business as usual. If Suffocation is coming to your town during this tour, you absolutely must see this. Continue Reading
Finnish Satan spewing blackened death metal cult ARCHGOAT are back with another blasphemous and delicious buffet of growls, riffs and grooves on their new album, The Luciferian Temple! The forth full length from Archgoat, you get exactly what you’d expect from the band if you’ve been a fan of them. If you don’t know what to expect, imagine a quartet of hellish beings ripping away at their instruments and stealing souls in the process. Yeah kinda like that.
Kraanium is a brutal death/slam band from…well all over the world. Members of the band live in Norway, Turkey, Denmark, Finland and the UK. Usually when a band loses it’s front man and vocalist, they don’t continue on or try to with another and it isn’t as good. Kraanium was quiet after the suicide of Martin Funderud (well to me atleast) but they found Jack Christensen (Decay of Existence, Septic Congestion) and rolled out new slams with brutal and foul vocal work laid over it. Slamchosis is a return to form and shows the world that Kraanium is far from done, even after 16 years of brutality and 5 full length albums: prepare for T H I C C slams. Continue Reading
Imperial Triumphant return with their 3rd full length release, a cinematic take on whatever genre this may be but I know it’s something great; Vile Luxury. It’s shockingly horrific, jazzy, exponential, aggressive and oddly intriguing to the point that you have to sit and do nothing else but digest exactly everything that Imperial Triumphant has done here. Blending melodies and terror of black metal and blending it with the unconventional sounds of technical death metal like Ulcerate, Artificial Brain and Gorguts, you get one seriously massive release. The dark jazzy elements added are just the tip of the iceberg. The listening experience of Vile Luxury is a hellish whirlwind of unstable melodies and unorthodox compositions. It’s divine. Continue Reading
Bleeding Through is a metalcore band based out of Orange County, CA and their style of music has always been more than just traditional sounds of the genre they are in. They incorporate more instrumentation into their sound, have a better sensibility of strong compositions and overall are just simply damn good. I was instantly hooked when I first heard their album “This is Love, This is Murderous” and enjoyed their brand of music. Admittedly, I haven’t listened to much from this band in a long long time, so to receive a new album from them actually had me excited to listen to see if they still have what it takes. “Love Will Kill All” is definitely true to their sound and what they have built all of these years.