Massive, shambling stoner metal that swings that riff-hammer without bias. This skull-slamming EP rips out the tasty licks and continues to bring the thunder from the moment that you bit play to the very last fuzzy second. Surprisigly these Polish dudes grasp the southern swagga better than most of the knuckle-draggers stateside that have turned stoner metal/sludge into the second coming of shitty groove metal. Here that is not the case. Blaze up and tune out, this shit is coming for your soul.
What is it about Poland that helps bands produce such great blackened death metal? There has to be something in their water. Azarath's new album blends Bathory-esque black metal with death metal from all over the map. This album is FAST but not to the point where it becomes incomprehensible. The pacing of the drums is met perfectly by the machine gunning guitars and commanding leads. Though don't worry this isn't some blast fest, the drummer does well enough to bring the more rhythmic elements of death metal percussion in to make some really great Immolation-esque stops and starts. This album deserves your time.
Crushing death metal riffs played at sluggish speeds. The Dead Youth's music is a mixture of extremes encompassing everything that was on the extreme metal map at the time (well, except black metal). When they do break from their prehistoric pacing they do so without warning and break into blisteringly fast runs of shredding death.
I'm not doing this album any justice so you should just CHECK IT OUT!
This split is easily one of the best to hit this year. Cruciamentum's side is 2 billion metric tons of ancient death metal destruction. With vocals remniscient of Rottrevore and Pillard-era Incantation you know this shit has gotta be the real deal. With creeping riffs that drone with a death-like patience coupled with gorgeous death, Cruciamentum bring their A-game on this split. The Vasaeleth side is pretty good but kind of a let down after the sonic ass kicking that Cruciamentum deliver. The riffs are all there and the songwriting is okay but it feels like they're going through the motions. I can still bang my head to it but their vibe is more bite than birth if you catch my drift.
I highly encourage you to pick this up if you like it. Not only is it inexpensive but the beautifully done packaging is a great addition to any collection and the sweeeeet purple/black splatter vinyl is definitely an added bonus. Jump on it while it's still out there.
Ravencult's newest offering is a great gem of blackened filth. The riffs come cold and razor thin through some of the best black metal production out there. If you haven't had a chance to pick the album up (because nobody's THAT dumb) you should listen to this mother fucker and find yourself a way to pick it up. Greek extreme metal reigns supreme!
For Fans Of: Watain, Skeletonwitch, Denouncement Pyre, (early) Deathspell Omega