Saturday Slaylist 15/10/2016: Death Metal 101

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Take your pick from these…

Along with grindcore and black metal, death metal sought to push the boundaries and extremities of metal into nastier territories. Utilising grunted vocals, down-tuned thrash riffs and a flurry of drum-work, bands challenged themselves to create some of the heaviest albums that still stand the test of time. This month, as a brief introduction to the genre, I’ll select twenty tracks from some of the biggest names in death metal: from early progenitors such as Death and Morbid Angel, to lo-fi sludgsters like Obituary and Autopsy, melodic meddlers like Carcass and At The Gates, specialists in brutality such as Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation, all the way through to contemporary acts including The Black Dahlia Murder, Aborted and Job For A Cowboy. Continue reading

Saturday Slaylist 24/09/16: Darkthrone

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Darkthrone circa 2015

If you’ve kept your eyes and ears peeled for all the latest news in metal, I’m sure you will have undoubtedly heard about Darkthrone this past week. Although the news that their drummer Fenriz was elected to his local town council under ironic circumstances is humorous, the real news that should be grabbing the headlines is the impending release of their latest opus: Arctic Thunder. So in preparation, I’ve compiled this weeks Slaylist to focus solely on the bands back catalogue. Continue reading

Cover Your Tracks: “Keep On Rotting In The Free World”

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Carcass circa 1993

After a little break, Cover Your Tracks returns with a vengeance. Considering that I spent last week looking at some of the best bands to come out of the UK, I feel its only appropriate to feature one of my favourite British bands: Carcass. In the mid-90s the band transformed from grindcore/goregrind pioneers into towering titans of melodic death metal, culminating in their masterpiece- Heartwork. However, I’ll be drawing upon their following album, 1996’s Swansong, which upped the melodies even further and drew upon a more rock-orientated approach. Continue reading

Review: “Slow Death” by Carnifex

carnifexAt last the wait is finally over. When Carnifex dropped the news that they’d be releasing a new album that, according to vocalist Scott Lewis, was going to “reshape our genre and be looked back on as an album that started a new movement for aggressive, dark metal”, the metal community collectively sat up and took notice. The band had started incorporating a few black metal influences into their deathcore palette on their post-hiatus comeback Die Without Hope, but the news that they would be heading further down that route was exciting to say the least. The three singles that they release (“Drown Me In Blood”, “Six Feet Closer To Hell” and “Slow Death”) showed that they weren’t just talking a big game but were actually delivering the goods. And now that the whole album has arrived we can finally determine if all the hype was justified. Continue reading

Review: “Beast” By Despised Icon

despised-icon-beast2016 has been an excellent year for deathcore. Some of the genres key names have been releasing new albums (such as Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin and Caliban), are gearing up to release new albums (Carnifex, Thy Art Is Murder/The Acacia Strain/Fit For An Autopsy and Infant Annihilator), or have announced huge tours (such as the Straight Outta Hell Tour). Suffice to say its pretty exciting. However, by far the most exciting announcement out of the deathcore scene this year was the news that Despised Icon would be releasing a new album. After reforming back in 2014 and touring sporadically, they would finally have the chance to follow-up 2009’s Day Of Mourning. It raises an interesting question as to whether the genre’s pioneers could still remain relevant and fresh in a music scene that has grown stale and stagnant over the years. Continue reading