Heavy Metal Album Reviews: December 10, 2013

Bloodgood – ‘Dangerously Close’ (Doolittle)

Bloodgood - 'Dangerously Close'
Doolittle Records

Genre: Heavy Metal
22 years after their last studio album, the Seattle Christian metal bandBloodgood return with Dangerously Close. The 2013 lineup includes original vocalist Les Carlsen and a few others from the band’s golden age, along with Stryper guitarist Oz Fox.

If you liked Bloodgood back in the ’80s, you should enjoy their comeback album. The songs are straightforward in their style and message, with crunchy guitars and big hooks. It’s good to have one of the pioneers of the genre back after all these years.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)

Caina – ‘Earth Inferno’ (Church Of F–k)

Caina - 'Earth Inferno'
Church Of F–k Records

Genre: Black Metal
2013 has been a prolific year for Caina. The British one-man black metal project has already released a studio album and a live album, and now comes the EP Earth Inferno.

It’s a compilation of previously unreleased material recorded between 2008 and 2011, along with a new track “The Last Lantern.” More than just studio scraps, the songs are excellent. Much of the material is raw and feral, in the vein of the old school. Caina also injects parts that are majestic and mellower, and the song.”Mancun” is ambient and drone-y. It makes for a diverse five songs.

Rating: 4
(Chad Bowar)

Derogatory – ‘Above All Else’ (FDA Rekotz)

Derogatory - 'Above All Else'
FDA Rekotz Records

Genre: Death Metal
They formed in the 2010s and hail from California, but Derogatory would have been right at home in Florida during the rise of death metal in the early ’90s. Their debut album Above All Else is obviously influenced by bands of that era.

The album is dense and bludgeoning, following a path that was blazed long ago. Although the style is not original, Derogatory throw in a few twists and turns and add some solos to the brutal riffage. Subtle variations in tempo and texture help add variety as well.

Rating: 3
(Chad Bowar)

Disfiguring the Goddess – ‘Deprive’ (Decomp)

Disfiguring the Goddess - 'Deprive'
Decomp Records

Genre: Brutal Death Metal/Deathcore/Electronic
When he’s not hardstylin’ and dubsteppin’ as Big Chocolate, Cameron Argon is a one-man brutal death metal engine by the name ofDisfiguring the Goddess. Embracing the DIY ethos, Argos does it all — writes, records, produces, sings, plays all instruments — with the exception of Toshihiro Igawa’s cover art. After the success of his debutSleeper, Argon is back with Deprive, another futuristic death metal meltdown.

Over the course of seven tracks, Argon’s influences are heard in violent, spooky profusion. Amid the clanging and the crumbling are occasional ambient passages, many of which are of a decidedly Japanese flavor, making the atmosphere of Deprive sound like it would fit into the closing moments of Akira. Although short, and the mechanical nature works both for and against it, Deprive is another dazzling example of alien warfare.

Rating: 4
(Evan Mugford)



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