Another favorite of mine from 2017 sees the pages of the blog! As far as “comeback” albums go this is super freaking good; the right amounts of catchy caveman violence and ear-shredding guitar harmonies. I still haven’t had the luck to catch them live, but hopefully that’ll happen some day.
FFO: Necrot, (newer) Mammoth Grinder, Vastum
Comeback Kid. The only thing I really knew about this band was from a promotional copy of their album “Wake The Dead” that has been on my shelf collecting dust since I don’t know when. That was until my own band got the opportunity to support them on a small handful of Scandinavian dates in 2017. This was a tour before they released the album this post is about, but those new songs that they played were really, really good in my opinion, so I was excited about the release. September then came around and, oh man, the album is goooood – fast parts, catchy parts, mosh-worthy parts! I’m seeing them again on a string of dates later this year and I can’t wait to hear all the goodness from this album played live.
FFO: (this is from Last.FM) Stick To Your Guns, Counterparts, Terror and Stray From The Path
Aaah, death metal. The sweet sounds of destruction.
Relapse Records are really knocking it out of the park currently, with releases from Primitive Man, Mammoth Grinder (I previously posted about their masterpiece “Cosmic Crypt” here), Gatecreeper, and now Genocide Pact.
Genocide Pact is a melting pot of all the good stuff from death metal; the fast, the slow and the brutal. I don’t really know what else there is to say other than you should get this in your ears right now!
FFO: death metal… death metal… DEATH METAL.
Ok ok ok, hold up! 2018’s best album got released back in the end of January? This is not a question as such, more of a statement in the form of a question. The album talked about is Mammoth Grinder’s primitive caveman-like “Cosmic Crypt”.
For me there is no weak spot on this whole 29-minute banger of a record. I’ve followed the band for a number of years and the evolution of this monster, which is centered around bassist/vocalist Chris Ulsh, has really been staggering. Also, adding current and former members of Iron Reagan and Darkest Hour only heightens the qualities. The progression into this fusion of death metal and hardcore punk is right up my alley, my cup of tea, and all other versions of this saying that there is.
FFO: raw punk, old school death metal and ALL THINGS THAT ARE GOOD
PISSED OFF. That’s what this is. The epitome of angry music. Get ready to break a lot of stuff around you when this is playing. John Hoffman/Snyder/John Caution/Bot Fly The Cockroach (and more aliases) of Weekend Nachos put this together with crushing production from Andy Nelson (also previously in Weekend Nachos).
FFO: Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Primitive Man
Ok, this one has a funny backstory for how I found out about them: I recommended the Icelandic punk-beast Dauðyflin to a Scottish friend (she has a blog over here) – that band subsequently releases a split with Xylitol. Xylitol gets posted by my friend and, well, here we are – digging up music from across the world while being in different places. Fuck borders, right? ENJOY!
FFO: Dauðyflin, Sudor, Kurrakä
Debut album from this Icelandic raw punk-quartet. Super noisy and super cool!
Dauðyflin on Facebook
FFO: raw punk and anger
Crawling forth from the American sewers… ugly and crusty – in other words very good!
Petrification on Facebook
FFO: old school death metal, Vastum, Engulfed
Pretty crushing demo from this new Copenhagen-band. I’m looking forward to a full album!
Konvent on Facebook
FFO: dooooom, Dirt Forge
Great, great, great split EP from two powerhouses of death metal. Also be on the look out for Phrenelith‘s forthcoming full length.
PHRENELITH on Facebook
FFO: Undergang, old school death metal, black/white drawings of disgusting shit