New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: October 23, 2013
Blackout – ‘We Are Here’ (Self)
Blackout might seem like the umpteenth band from Brooklyn, but this crew of Melvins loving doomsters are out to prove they too are different. From their King Buzzo vocalist to the sludgy sections of riffs the band is straight out of Bullhead.
We Are Here doesn’t click right away, but after about moving in neutral for about 5 minutes the band showcases their power on “Amnesia,” which is surely what you should be feeling if you have ever heard “If I Had An Exorcism.” It’s a solid debut for a band that has plenty of upside.
Cult of Erinyes – ‘Blessed Extinction’ (Code 666)
Code 666 Records
Genre: Black Metal
Following the same epic and random path as Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, Belgium’s Cult of Erinyes explore the unpredictably cold aspect of black metal. With the release of their sophomore albumBlessed Extinction, the band cements their authenticity and songwriting prowess. The record is overflowing with fast picked tremolo guitars, blazing double kicks and guttural vocals that reach inhuman levels.
“Jibaku” is a lesson in how to create a stunning atmosphere while utilizing stark contrast. The song blends a straightforward black metal song with a jazz inspired breakdown that showcases guitarist Corvus’ ability. “Dissolve Into the Stars” is the epitome of angular cold black metal riffing. A chanting like vocal melody is blended with a black metal rasp punctuated by another stunning guitar lead.
Eden’s Curse – ‘Symphony of Sin’ (AFM)
Genre: Progressive Metal
With the release of their fourth album Symphony of Sin, the UK’s Eden’s Curse have unearthed unknown Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic to front the band. With the addition of Mijic, they sound reenergized and focused. At over an hour in length, the band explores different genres from progressive to pop metal.
The title track leads off the record and is a tour-de-force. Clocking in at just under eight minutes, the song creates an epic atmosphere with the use of a 46-piece symphony orchestra. Produced by Pink Cream 69 and Unisonic bassist Dennis Ward, sonically the record is outstanding. The band members are all incredible musicians and are each showcased throughout.
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life – ‘Invivo [Exvivo]‘ (Density)
Invivo [Exvivo] is the sophomore full-length from Pennsylvania deathcore merchants The Last Ten Seconds Of Life. Their approach to the genre is a bit different from the norm.
Breakdowns are an integral part of ‘core music, and you’ll hear plenty of them on this album. But TLTSOL play them at a glacial speed. It’s a marked contrast to the faster, groove-laden verses and choruses. It’s a unique approach, and sets them apart from the masses. It’s also better for the neck, since you’ll be head banging in slow motion during the breakdowns. The vocals on the album are excellent, with bile-ridden gurgles and angry barks.