Not many grind splits have been released lately, especially not something as aggressive and unique as this. Retortion Terror has guitar work i have not heard before in a grind album. There are lots of surprising solos. Of course a grind album has to be brief, but there is a lot to be told in by this band. I love the imagery and the vocals. It has a mincy feel to it. I would very much like to see this band live, grind needs to come back like this.
Invidious really caught me by surprise. The death metal- like grind vocals set the pace for how the rest of the songs flow together. This band has the ability to piss me off but in a good way. Invidiosus is probably one of my favorite bands now. This split really left me wanting more and i know that with time they will only continue to improve their sound. The only thing this split is missing is more time. That is the frustrating thing about grindcore, you start getting excited about listening to it and 9 minutes later it is over. My favorite song on the album is “From The 16th Floor” it showcases everything grind should be. I has the mincy guitar/ drum work and the sharp and violent vocals that stand out. Hopefully there is more from these bands in the future. 9/10
Author: Aldo Guzman
Southern Californian hard-rock legends Fu Manchu released their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. Their record is their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. The band will be playing 2 album release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the US in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.
You want the neck brace now or later? Because after listening to Fu Manchu’s 12th album, “Clone of the Universe” you’re gonna need one. Fuzzed out guitar riff after fuzzed out guitar riff, actually audible bass guitar, and vocals that fit the sound perfectly, you can actually smell the weed smoke billowing up from the crowd. The album’s opener “Intelligent Worship” kicks things off and let’s everybody know that this band has pretty much perfected the stoner rock sound.
This album really has something for everyone, “Don’t Panic”, the albums 3rd track has a much faster tempo to it, while the song “Nowhere Left To Hide” slows it down a bit to let you exhale that 4th bong hit. The albums closer “II Mostro Atomico” which translates to The Atomic Monster, clocks in at 18 minutes long. Yeah I know. An 18 minute song! Fuck that. I thought the same thing. But this song is absolutely killer! This is a musical direction Fu Manchu has not really explored before. This song really showcases Fu Manchu’s ability to really go outside their comfort zone and try something different. Plus it has a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson of Rush.
So with “Clone of the Universe” Fu Manchu has released an epic slab of stoner rock that really embodies everything that Fu Manchu has in their musical arsenal. The production is phenomenal, every instrument can be heard and appreciated. Nothing is buried in this record and it just comes across crystal clear.
So what do we have here? Well, we have a musical odyssey brought to us by a band in Fu Manchu that have really perfected their sound through the years. 12 albums in and they still sound as good and fresh as that Oz. of green bud you bought the other day. So i recommend going out and getting this album, kick yourself in the ass for not listening to Fu Manchu, and get on that dirty smelly tour van and enjoy the motherfucking ride.
Author: John Adams
After garnering substantial praise for their long sold-out 2016 demo, OF FEATHER AND BONE returned to Goldberg Studios and recorded with Steve Goldberg (Cephalic Carnage) at the helm. The resulting album delivers a tumultuous salvo of blasting death metal; a more than thirty-two-minute exploration of the genre’s most vile tactics. Mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound, and featuring stunning cover art courtesy of Stefan Todorovic, Bestial Hymns Of Perversion’s seven tracks of unrelenting death metal portend the destruction of the modern age.
Pulverizing their way through the dark depths of Denver, with seven delicious tracks of disastrous death metal. Starting the album off with the blast beat cacophony of “Repulsive Obscurity’ to the pinch squeal slaughter of “Lust For Torment”. “Bestial Hymns Of Perversion” slows down a bit towards the closing of “Mockery of the Ascension” before our faces are once again smashed in with “Hymn Of Perversion” With a Bolt Throwerish beatdown, this Terrorizer like combo deliver like a pizza boy to a frat house on superbowl Sunday.
OF FEATHER AND BONE is plotting live actions in support of the new album, having confirmed sets at several festivals this year. The first up is Total Death Over Mexico City On April 1st Dead Congregation, Ascended Dead, and more. June 1st will see the band at Northwest Terror Fest performing with Primitive Man, Gloam, Lago, and Mortiferum, and on June 15th OF FEATHER AND BONE will perform at Austin Terror Fest alongside Yob, 40 Watt Sun, Bell Witch, Pinkish Black, and more.
Very rarely does a 12 minute song fulfill all the elements required to be a great piece of music. There has to be a clear path in which the song is taking you. It is very easy for instruments to get repetitive and for the vision to be lost. When i saw that this album was clocking in at almost 70 minutes, i thought it would be hard to find the “vision” that most bands aim for. I was gravely mistaken. I don’t want to say i went into this album with a negative attitude, i simply took the album length into consideration. For the most part, albums of this length are either amazing, or they are a jumbled mess that lost its perspective way before the halfway point of the album. The album “Surge Ex Monumentis” by the Swedish band JIRM is something I was not expecting at all. The instrumental work on the album is great, musically it is amazing.
The rhythm of the guitars and the drums lead into a groove that is brought together by the power metal type vocals. I don’t know how else to describe the vocal style. Great vocal range and a mix of high notes that are emphasized by the licks and fast tempo of the guitars. My favorite song on the album is “Tombs Arise”, It feels like a dark but exciting adventure that does not feel repetitive and it only gets more and more exciting as the tempo of the song gets higher and higher until the vocals peak which delivers a great solo and an amazing conclusion to the album.
There seems to be a lot of genuine emotion within the album that you can feel in the songwriting. It completely took me by surprise and i would love to see this band live. My only criticism with this album, would be that the vocals need to be pushed forward a little more. I would love to hear the screams and vocal range a little closer up. Other than that this is great album and i cant wait to see what this band does in the future. They nailed it in every aspect especially the guitar work and production of the overall record. 8.5/10
Author: Aldo Guzman
The “Last Arbiter” by Xael is one of those albums you know you have heard before but not really sure where. Their influences are very prevalent, but that is not to be mistaken for a bad thing. They have mixture of deep vocal work, as well the imagery of their storytelling and skilled instrumental work, which lay out dark, brutal, and vivid imagery throughout the whole album. The concept of how the album was released is still fairly new to me, as the band chose to release 2 songs a month until the albums complete release, I think it is very important for bands to show the progress they are making to show supporting fans that they are a pivotal part in the music writing process. The opening track ” Apathy of the Immortal” is my favorite on the album. It truly has everything needed to make a great opener, as well as introduce new listeners to what the vision of what has happened to the sky ghost and his journey into the wastelands of Tymeer. It has great instrumental work, the drum work sets the pace for the timing of the melodic vocals, as well as the growls and epic solos.
Overall in this album, the melodic vocals and death growls compliment each other, which really emphasize the different parts of the story. The production on the album is something i did not expect. It really makes you feel as if you were listening to something that took place in space, in another galaxy, in another realm of death and brutality. The instrumental tracks are good mood setters during the album as they act as a display of great vocal work, and as part of the journey that you are taking through the vast wastelands of this land that is timer. The album has a lot of substance, as well as a desire to know what else is to come for the sky ghost. I am curious to see how the band Xael will follow this album as they set the bar pretty high with almost every aspect of the album. Would recommend if you ever want to take voyage to another reality beyond your mortal comprehension. 8.5/10
Author: Aldo Guzman
Accuser is a German thrash metal band that has been criminally underrated. Accuser deserves to be right up their with their fellow German thrash metal counterparts, Kreator and Destruction. Why this band isn’t as well known as those is a fucking crime! Don’t believe me? Well, go check out their other ELEVEN albums and you’ll understand. As much of their early sound is rooted in the speed/crossover/ thrash sound, this album ditches the first two and focuses completely on thrash.
The album’s first single “Mission Missile” sets the table for the thrash feast you’re about to consume. Neck whipping riffs and gruff vocals which fit the music beautifully. Crisp, clean, face punching production, whether it be the chugging of the song “Solace in Sorrow” or the pit starter “Into the Black”, you get everything and more. The albums closer, fittingly titled the name of the album, “The Mastery” is fitting here because they do let you know that they have mastered pure thrash metal!
Kudos goes to Metal Blade Records for putting out their last two albums! If you like Bay Area thrash mixed together with classic German thrash (I mean who wouldn’t!), do yourself a favor and check out Accuser’s new album “The Mastery”! You absolutely not be disappointed!
Author: John Adams