Technical Death Metal hailing from across the pond in Sweden, Sundsvall based band Soreption have put out their second full length titled Engineering the Void. The latest effort came out early February along with a reissue of their first album Deterioration of Minds through Unique Leader Records. If you haven’t listened to this album yet, you have no idea what you are missing. The level of precision that these guys are pulling off is some of the best I have heard so far in 2014. Stefan Nordlander and Anton Svedin lay down some killer guitar riffs that have a brutal rhythmic groove and time shifts that just catch you off guard mid-headbang. Tony Westermar leads the group with his massive drum lines that can be akin to a satanic war march. The precision and double bass is ever present and shines brilliantly. Fredrik Soderberg lays down some vicious vocals and truly conjures free thinking and unique mindedness with his lyrics that speak of breaking out of the mold and standing on your own.
As per usual, the bass line, provided by Rickard Persson, is present but merely a tool of maintaining rhythm which the drums handle quite well on their own. One thing that truly stood out, or two things I should say, was two specific tracks on the album; Breaking the Great Narcissist and Monumental Burden. These two tracks stood apart from the rest in an amazing way that I truly appreciated. I feel that music has lost its drama and its theatricality. These two songs not only deliver on the Technical Death Metal front, but Soreption breaks into these operatic and black metal themed rhythms that just invoke the Lord Satan himself and just as your soul is about to be transported to Hell, a guitar solo comes in and pries you out of Lucifer’s dark clutches, to then bring you into a truly impressive duel harmonized solo by Nodlander and Svedin (at 2:09 in Monumental Burden for those interested.) I can go on and on about this album but do yourself a favor and listen to this impressive album yourself and you be the judge. Beezlebub would approve. Robb Napalm/ Capital Chaos TV
Citrus Heights, California brings a unique brand of Power Metal in the band Dire Peril. Sci-fi Power Metal to be exact. In their brand new EP Queen of the Galaxy, Dire Peril delivers four tracks that will cater to any listener. Happen to be a gamer? They have you covered with the first two tracks. “My Vengeance is Everything (Chaos Reigns)” and “Space Invaders”. The first track is the most aggressive on the EP and is inspired by the video game God of War. You can feel the anger of lead character Kratos in the lyrics and Norman Skinner’s soaring vocals that are reminiscent of a young Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares). “Space Invaders” is inspired by the 1980’s game of the same name. Rocking guitar riffs by Jason Ashcraft and Jearme Greathouse which really make you feel like you’re listening to VG music turned into metal.
Following those two tracks is the song that I feel is the diamond of the album is the title track, Queen of the Galaxy. In this song, prominent vocal duties are given to Brittney Hayes (Lead Vocalist of Unleash the Archers) and the duality between her vocal tone and Norman Skinner’s epic singing voice make for a beautiful Power Metal tour de force. Rounding out the album is a cover of Boston’s “Something About You”. I love covers as much as the next guy, but I feel this is the weakest song on the EP. While not a horrible cover, it just doesn’t have the gravitas of the other songs and after following the powerful vocal and guitar track, Queen of the Galaxy, this cover just feels out of place. All in all, Dire Peril delivers a great 4 track EP and I absolutely look forward to seeing what they bring to their next EP.
-Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV
Abre Ojos is an audio-visual project by Melbourne, Australia native Scott Baker. He has had over 20 years of experience working in the fields of experimental music, video and illustration. Abre Ojos is Baker’s exploration of synthetic music along with geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. I had the pleasure of listening to his latest installment for his project called Gates which was quite impressive to listen to. The album has an accompanying DVD which enhances the music with visual images created by Baker but this album is quite interesting to listen to on its own. The music is very ambient in style and meant to be listened to bring you into a meditative state of mind. The sounds are very eerie and possibly make you see visuals in your mind akin to that of Clive Barker or Stephen King, depending on what twisted creatures lay in your mind.
This album can easily be the score for a thriller/horror movie. I found myself frequently transported to the darkest recesses of my mind and conjured twisted visions of my own. The music is soothing and yet equally haunting. One thing I found very intriguing as well is that all the song titles, when read together, make for a poem with a message that Scott Baker connects with our souls. If you ever wanted to listen to ambient music that can make your skin crawl but also give you a free trip through your own spirituality, Abre Ojos’ album Gates is the way to go. I also suggest getting the accompanied DVD as well to get the full effect of Bakers work.
The Kennedy Veil is a death metal outfit from Sacramento, California who have released their latest full-length, Trinity of Falsehood, and it does not disappoint. With the addition of vocalist Taylor Wientjes, their sound is rejuvenated and has an extreme sound that must be heard to appreciate. Gabe Seeber does a phenomenal job with blast beats that you will feel in your chest and double peddling that really ramps up the BPM. The guitars, played by KC Childers, are especially crunchy and really soar in the title track of the album. Rounding out the lineup is bassist Shawn Peterson, who has his moments where he stands out but the mixing in the album almost makes him get lost in the flurry of guitar tracks.
Not all the time, but I’d like to hear Shawn more and really show his bass chops more. You can hear the influences from such heavy hitters such as Suffocation, Morbid Angel and Decapitation which The Kennedy Veil uses to bring brutally heavy tones and lyrics filled with a light being shed on the inconsistencies and greedy nature of religion. Overall, lyrically, thematically and musically, The Kennedy Veil have released an amazing follow up album and have really stepped up their game since The Sentence of Their Conqueror back in 2011. Trinity of Falsehood is a must have album for 2014 to add to the death metal collection. Go out and get yourself a slice of Sacramento brutality…..Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV
The new Cannibal Corpse album “A Skeletal Domain” due out September 16, 2014 is one hell of a beast of an album! From start to finish it doesn’t disappoint. Some notable tracks are the title track “A Skeletal Domain”, The opening track “High Velocity Impact Splatter”, “Sadistic Embodiment”, and “Icepick Lobotomy”. The band sounds tighter and more driven than ever. Corpsegrinder’s vocals are still just as strong as ever. He still sounds like a demonic ghoul from the darkest depths of Hell preaching to the Metal Masses!
Let us hope that they have a U.S. tour next year with the same ferocity as “A Skeletal Domain” with a lineup to match it. As it stands we are looking at a possible U.S. for early next year after they are done with Japan and Europe this fall. This album is right on par with earlier releases from the band and it is definitely their best since “Kill.” So, all in all make sure and pick it up in two weeks…you won’t be disappointed! Jon Rexius/Capital Chaos TV
Melana Chasmata is the second full-length album by Swiss extreme metal band Triptykon, released through Prowling Death Records/Century Media Records on 14 April 2014 in Europe and on 15 April 2014 in North America. Melana Chasmata follows in the nightmare created by its predecessor Eparistera Daimones quite stylishly and effectively. “Eparistera Daimones”, the album was produced by Triptykon’s singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura’s own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at Triptykon’s rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014.
Like so many before them, Metallica “Ride The Lightning” and Iron Maiden “Killers” to name a few the band has truly found their way on this sophomore release. From the opening feedback squeal of “Tree of Suffocating Souls” to the final crusher “Waiting” the album is a pulverizing celebration of doom and despair, compete with artwork once again by legendary Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer
H. R. Giger. Must have for fans of doom, death and all thing’s heavy metal…..pre-order here.