Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fear Factory reveal new cover art "Genexus"

Fear Factory recently unveiled the artwork for the upcoming album "Genexus" due out in August 2015 on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Check out the track listing and cover below.

“Genexus” track listing:
01. Autonomous Combat System
02. Anodized
03. Dielectric
04. Soul Hacker
05. Protomech
06. Genexus
07. Church Of Execution
08. Regenerate
09. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Limited digipak bonus tracks:
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Torrens Conscientium - All Alone With The Thoughts

Torrens Conscientium is a three piece band consisting of Sergei Korolyov, Alina Tishenko, Sergei Rachinskii. Genre described as Doom Metal. Band origin Simferopol (Crimea)

All Alone With The Thoughts album released on October 20th 2014, Solitude Productions. I spent a considerable amount of time listening to this album to the point of obsession. The music has a way of wrapping its dark tentacles around your mind. With many bands starting to explore the doom metal genre, it is hard to find bands that know how to do it well. This band managed to capture the essence of those doom metal roots and are highlighted well in the projection of each and every riff in this album. The production is great, the guitars sound really good on both clean strumming passages as well as the heavier distorted riffs. The bass is pronounced and well defined. Solid and crushing drum sound. To be honest, this is one of those albums that once you hit the play button, you can just let every song play in full and never skip any of them. If I must pick a favorite, it would be "Immersion", this track is just monumental in its melodies and heavy transitions. The drums just make this song intense at every turn and the dual low and high vocals are done perfectly evoking deep and dark emotions, it is absolutely amazing to my ears and I never get tired of listening to it. Hitcher, thunderous in its delivery, the opening is wall shattering. The vocals are just brutal and destructive and fit the massive riffs perfectly. The melodic clean symphonies linger in my head and are memorable long after the song is finished. Being Lonely, one of the longer tracks on this album but, a most epic and dark experience for my ears. Consider the fact that the albums I listen to consist of 80% death metal, it is seldom that I find myself enjoying a good and well executed doom metal album such as this. 

In conclusion, the band has created an epic and memorable album that can rival most doom bands out there. Think of bands like Paradise Lost, Novembers Doom, End of Green and Dreadful Shadows. An album that should not be passed up and it is worth adding to your collection.

Hacavitz - Darkness Beyond

Hacavitz is a four piece band consisting of Antimo Bounanno - Vox & Guitar, Ivan Ochoa - Guitars, Cesar "Led" Sanchez - Drums, Ulises Sanchez - Bass. Genre described as Black Metal. Band origin Mexico

Darkness Beyond album released on February 24 2015 on Dark Descent Records. Seven bone crushing hymns of madness and torture in classic B/M style. Catchy and well thought out arrangements. The production is very solid. Raw distorted guitars and powerful drums. The vocals are spine shaking and are heavy on the reverb effect which adds to the evil being projected. With a large amount of bands exploring this style, the band does not break any new ground but hold their own ground with its gritty and punishing riffs. Some of the tracks that stood out the most to me would have to be "Livskit", reminds me of old Mayhem rhythms. De Humo Negro y Ceniza which is translated to Of Black Smoke and Ashes, obviously the lyrics are mostly in spanish but I was still able to make out the evil verses with no problem. Time Is Now, this particular song reminds me of old Behemoth with its clever and catchy phrases and devastating slow crushing progression.   

In conclusion, a well delivered slab of evil with the b/m roots well established and defined. fans of early black metal bands like Behemoth, Demonic Christ, Bathory, Mayhem and Black Witchery will want to add this one to their collection. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Whorehouse Massacre - Altar of the Goat Skull​/​VI

The Whorehouse Massacre is a four piece band consisting of W.P. Guitars, Drums, Bass, Vocals , K.H. Bass , K.M. Guitar, Bass , (S.S. Solo on Bowels of Hell and Artwork) 
Genre described as black/death metal. Band origin Canada. 

Altar of the Goat Skull​/​VI album released on February 20th 2015 Transcending Obscurity. Raw to the bone. Here is some meaty are destructive metal for you guys into raw and dirty recordings. The album consisting of thirteen songs of pure darkness. The music is rooted in the old ways of the b/m genre. Thinking of bands like Grave, old Satyricon, Samael or Bathory. In terms of production, it sounds like they kept everything simple, no overproduction, just straight forward recording. Heavy distorted guitars and simple drum production. Some of the songs that peaked my ears were, End of Mankind, Sewer Dreams and Altar of the Goat Skull. Although I prefer a better production, I still found the song arrangements and the raw quality reminiscent of the old days of the metal  when the genre was just making waves.

In conclusion, the album captures the essence of the early days of B/M. If you like that obscure and raw sound, than this will most likely peak your interest.