Technical death metal trio Nightmarer (ex-War from a Harlots Mouth) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming full-length debut, Cacophony of Terror, via Metal Injection. Titled “Skinner”, the new tune is a dismal and sonically-crushing tune that fans of Gorguts, Ion Dissonance and Portal will eat up. The band offered the following on the new track:
It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.
2017 has come to a close, which means every blog and music publication gets to bombard you with their shitty opinions on what they thought the best music of the year was. Svbterranean is no different, I am sorry to say. Starting today, a bulk of our writers will begin posting their favorite releases of 2017. Feel to comment and tell us your favorites and what we might have missed. You can also troll us, we don’t mind.
Without further adieu, here is my top 30 releases of the year. There was a multitude of good releases this year and it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to JUST 30. These are the releases that made an impression on me and stuck with me the most year. Just like last year, my favorite records listed span across genres and are not limited to just the extreme music we typically cover on the site. I hope you find something you like. Get into it.
November 14th, 2017 – Narcotic Wasteland have been out on their first tour ever performing headlining shows across America and Canada. They came out to Kansas City, MO at The Riot Room and local bands P.G.S.K., Weaponized Decay and Marasmus brought forth great death metal to welcome Narcotic to the small venue. Let’s go over these opening acts real quick before we get into the meat and potatoes of this Narcotic Wasteland recap.
Dense, dynamic, highly complex and insurmountably heavy; Coma Cluster Void’s uniquely terrifying brand of technical death metal is something to behold. From their 2016 opus Mind Cemeteries, to their recently-released EP Thoughts From a Stone, it is clear that the sextet are on a path towards death metal greatness, refusing to sacrifice their singular artistic vision. Their music is meticulously constructed yet devastatingly chaotic, bringing together the best that technical and experimental metal has to offer.
Svbterranean recently caught up with five-sixths of the band to discuss their approach to their music, their new recording and more.
Coma Cluster Void descend further down the technical death metal rabbit hole on their new EP, Thoughts From a Stone.
By combining discombobulating rhythms and grooves with Gorgutsian angularity and dissonance, Coma Cluster Void present the auditory representation of pure chaos through their outre tunes. Their music is dense and claustrophobic, confining listeners to tight spaces to be tortured by ever-shifting, disfigured instrumentation. “Technical death metal” is merely a jumping-off point for this band as they transcend typical genre tropes and carve out a particular niche for themselves within the scene, as made evident by 2016’s monstrous Mind Cemeteries. It’s ugly and unique, frightening and enthralling. Coma Cluster Void shine like a diamond in a sea of dull death metal. Continue Reading
Legendary Philadelphia metal outfit Starkweather have announced the release of a new split release with Portuguese experimental death metallers Concealment (artwork above). The forthcoming split is due out sometime in 2018 via Translation Loss Records and Sky Valley Records. No other information regarding the release has been unveiled thus far. Check out a brief audio/visual trailer for the split after the break. Continue Reading
Enigmatic Australian death metallers Portal have released a brief video teaser for their forthcoming fifth studio album, titled ION, which is slated to be released by Profound Lore Records in the near future. No other details surrounding the release have been unveiled. Check out the clip after the break.
ION will follow 2013’s critically-acclaimed Vexovoid, which can also be streamed below.
Technical death metal horde The Kennedy Veil will unleash their new album Imperium later this month and they’ve shared a taste of the heaviness through a new lyric video. The video is for their track “Godslaughter” and it’s the album’s opening opus. It’s a brutal beat down and I’m digging it. Check out the track for yourself below. Continue Reading
Tech death instrumentalists Dark Matter Secret deliver over 40 minutes of jaw-dropping musicianship on their debut album, Perfect World Creation.
Following 2015’s Xenoform single, Perfect World Creation shows this Russian outfit crafting intense compositions rife with dazzling complexity and Sci-Fi atmospheres. Guitarist Denis Shvarts, fretless bassist Pavel Semin and new drummer Andrey Ischenko (Arkona) display their virtuosic, stringed wizardry and percussive prowess respectively across seven tracks of proggy madness that is cut from the same cloth as Blotted Science and Obscura. Those who prefer their death metal on the more elaborate and intergalactic sides of things will gleefully dive into Perfect World Creation head first.