Red Death – Sickness Divine

Crossover thrashers Red Death promise to trigger instant headbanging delivering all kinds of insane grooves on the third full length “Sickness Divine”. 

The title track is extremely enjoyable and marks a rather somber beginning as mellow sorrowful arpeggios build a suspenseful mood to introduce an overload of familiar heavier thrash dynamics with crunchy riffs and a terrific guitar solo. 

“Face The Pain” focuses on an impactful approach immediately unleashing ravenous rhythmic patterns and bold rebellious screams while the lead guitar adds sharp variations to the no frills heavy core. 

On  “Path Of Discipline” the rhythmic section aims to create a constant menacing groove with a faster old school thrash momentum while guitars will grab your attention with impeccable venomous leads. 

There is a pleasant sense of nostalgia on “(Refuse To Be) Bound By Chains” as guitars blend somber harmonies and soft arpeggios but the rest of the song is all about vigorous guitar driven grooves offering extra crunchy riffage and thunderous drumming. 

“Ravage” will impress for the overdose of sheer rage as the savage screams lead the way through the insanely heavy rhythmic segments where pummeling drums and fiery guitars just seem unstoppable while in the finale the bass work will add some ominous vibes. 

“Exhalation Of Decay” seems more elaborate starting with desolate guitar tonalities and obscure vocals setting a rather haunting mood that clearly influences the guitar work without sacrificing the beloved groovy thrash elements bound to always emerge with intense energetic blasts. 

If you had a chance to catch Red Death on tour you know what to expect in fact on the new offering “Sickness Divine” they stay true to the chosen heavy sonic manifesto spiced up by some interesting twists. 

Insomnium – Heart Like A Grave

There has been a major buzz around the long awaited new record “Heart Like A Grave” and Finnish melodic death metal purveyors Insomnium continue to evoke the irresistible melancholy that garnered so much attention on their previous releases.

Staying true to Insomnium’s signature style the beginning of “Valediction” is characterized by sharp guitar driven grooves with a prominent death metal spirit that will later embrace gloomy atmospheric arrangements and spellbinding darkened melodies carefully crafted by the refined guitar work. 

“Neverlast” perfectly balances moments of untamed aggression featuring fast rhythmic patterns accompanied by fiery growls and elegant melodic phrases enhanced by the wistful guitar tonalities that will actually stand out for the extremely passionate delivery. 

“Pale Morning Star” offers sumptuous melodic tapestries and an intricate approach starting with fragile acoustic guitars that open the portal to a dreamy sonic realm where melancholia deeply influences the harmonious instrumental crescendos yet you will find a fair dosage of rage through the bold guitar riffage and the monumental growls. 

On “Mute Is My Sorrow” vocals can acquire a solemn theatrical delivery and a profound melancholy lingers throughout the song generating compelling heartfelt melodies and delicate atmospheric layers in contrast with the triumphant rhythmic blasts that always reminisce of the band’s primal death metal roots. 

The title track shines for the opulent atmospheric grandeur and the consequent dramatic depth as the emotional essence of the bittersweet guitar melodies and the whispered vocals can easily move the listeners but there is also a palpable epic flair fully expressed by the majestic choirs and the powerful rhythmic section. 

The fascinating instrumental track “Karelia” marks a majestic album finale and sounds like an ideal wintry soundtrack as magnificent keyboards arrangements create glowing kaleidoscopic soundscapes naturally entwined with the somber beauty of the guitar work expressing cathartic feelings and unparalleled nostalgia. 

With the remarkable songwriting skills and the essential Nordic melancholy “Heart Like A Grave” proves that Insomnium are really becoming undisputed masters of melodic death metal destined to conquer even more fans worldwide.

Mayhem – Daemon

Once again the mighty Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem confidently arise from the darkest depths and invite you to enter the insidious sonic realm of the new offering “Daemon”, an album that probably will be remembered for the complex structures and the overwhelming obscurity. 

“The Dying False King” hits you in the face with malevolent fast tremolo riffs and the consequent magnetic blackened momentum leads to total darkness even when the tempo slows down drastically to emphasize the song’s dramatic depth and the devilish vibes of Attila’s growls. 

“Agenda Ignis” can sound simply ferocious as the precise drumming dictates insane speed yet there’s space for diverse intriguing rhythmic dynamics and the guitar work aims to impress with alluring darkened melodies drawing energy from the intense haunting tonalities. 

The enigmatic aura of “Malum” is incarnated in the esoteric vocal delivery and its theatrical expression of pain and anger while the guitar phrases can easily channel immense sinister vibes lingering through the ravenous rhythmic patterns that rightfully belong to the realm of classic black metal. 

“Aeon Daemonium” is a memorable hymn to darkness filled with the shattering ominous instrumental tonalities and the slower tormented guitar harmonies that surround desperate laments and hellish growls fueled by the cold energy provided by the faster menacing rhythmic core.  

The arcane chanting on “Daemon Spawn” continues to convey an intoxicating theatrical allure and the consequent spiritual aura is further enhanced by the intricate guitar work that often focuses on the creation of hypnotic melodic waves in contrast with the full blown blackened rhythmic force.

The chaotic essence of “Everlasting Dying Flame” relies on a solid series of brutal rhythmic segments so the primordial black metal roots feel particularly dominant yet guitars have the ability to diversify such traditional sonic onslaught with bewitching gelid melodies. 

“Black Glass Communion” reminds you that this might be the darkest album of the year as the savage guitar riffs emerge straight from a hellish abyss and will continue to march fiercely through the perilous blackened grooves embellished by aptly mysterious vocals.  

For the true acolytes listening to the new diabolical opus “Daemon” becomes a ritual and at this point of their glorious career Mayhem know exactly how to express the darkest feelings while staying true to their crucial legacy and at the same time following an ex novo creative force. 


Implore – Alienated Despair

The insane grindcore-death-punk force of Implore is destined to generate a sonic onslaught on the brand new release “Alienated Despair” lyrically focused on socio-political topics. 

“Faculties Of Time” doesn’t waste any time as the massive rhythmic segments showcase clarity and brutality with death metal elements embedded in the memorable soaring guitar riffs and an aptly brutal vocal delivery. 

“Abandoned Desires” sounds absolutely obscure as the hostile drumming triggers breakneck speed amplified by the furious vocals and the frantic riffage yet there are brief less chaotic moments channeling a sense of anguish. 

“The Constant Dissonance” marks another ferocious sonic assault as guitar riffs generate a frantic almost claustrophobic mood that will acquire a sense of impending doom when the rhythmic section later slows down dramatically.

Featuring guest vocalist Tomas “Tompa” Lindberg of legendary At The Gates “Never Again” showcases a major death metal spirit and as expected the band unleashes vitriolic rhythmic blasts leading to merciless guitar driven grooves. 

On “All Consuming Filth” enraged vocals continue to channel darkness and despair matching the no frills savage rhythmic patterns but once again you can catch your breath when the guitar tonalities become utterly somber. 

Staying true to the album’s inner wrath “The Venom Comes In Droves” amplifies speed & fury as there is no escape from the relentless guitar riffs that will inevitably lead to a chaotic yet absolutely groovy sonic realm.

All the unrestrained energy and the abrasive dynamics on “Alienated Despair” truly match the album title as Implore never hold back and they clearly have the ability to maintain a quite rebellious approach from beginning to end.  

Borknagar – True North

So many have been anxiously waiting for the return of Norwegian metallers Borknagar and after spending three years writing and rebuilding the line-up the new album “True North” comes to life through epic dynamics with a true Nordic spirit. 

As the album begins with “Thunderous” you can immediately appreciate the impeccable detailed composition that aims to blend multiple styles as gelid atmospheres, gorgeous somber melodic progressions and solemn clean vocals certainly hold a crucial role in contrast with the tormented blackened rhythmic segments & venomous growls. 

“Up North” successfully channels a multitude of feelings through the cold guitar tonalities and the consequent melancholia infused melodic splendor that will constantly engage the listeners with the variegated guitar phrases and the smooth rhythmic variations following a fascinating prog rock inspiration. 

The dramatic essence and the wintry feelings of “Wild Father’s Heart” are naturally generated by refined soulful guitar melodies that inevitably evoke a profound sense of nostalgia accompanied by poignant vocals within a graceful instrumental ensemble further enriched by shimmering atmospheric arrangements. 

The lengthy track “Tidal” still focuses on a spellbinding melodic palette perfectly embodied by the inspiring melodic passages as the guitar work is destined to steal the spotlight crafting many memorable leads while the occasional powerful heavier momentum still demands fiery riffage and thrilling rhythmic crescendos. 

“Voices” shifts the focus on an opulent melancholic soundscape almost leaving behind the harsh rhythmic blasts to create an intricate atmospheric maze around the utterly sorrowful vocal harmonies and to fully emphasize an introspective melodic approach.  

At this point the music style of Borknagar has acquired an ex novo diversity a bit distant from their black metal roots but definitely destined to attract a wider audience with compelling melodic aesthetics and the genesis of “True North” symbolizes such natural evolution leading to a grandiose multifaceted opus.

3TEETH – Metawar

Iconoclast industrial metal band 3TEETH has put together the ambitious new album “Metawar” that with its palpable raw energy and confrontational lyrical themes has the potential to ignite a certain musical activism that aims to inspire the audience.  

On “Affluenza” gritty guitar riffs and pulsating synths create a series of abrasive grooves rightfully enhanced by the filtered furious vocal delivery but also surrounded by elegantly somber atmospheric nuances.  

“Exxxit” has a post apocalyptic mood with loads of nightmarish vibes crafted by the intricate synths layers and matched by the bold scratchy vocals yet the mixture of chaotic guitar riffs and dancey beats feel absolutely catchy. 

The sonic manifesto of “American Landfill” can sound deliciously vicious with plenty of stomping quasi robotic grooves filled with blistering guitar riffs marching anxiously through obscure electro layers and vitriolic screams. 

There is a perceptible melodic serenity flowing through “ALTÆR” as the electronic arrangements acquire dreamy tonalities and clean vocals evoke sheer melancholy yet the main inflamed grooves tend to express unrelenting rage. 

On “Bornless” dizzy distortions and massive throbbing electro accents become the main focus ensuring a constant infectious groovy ensemble with familiar industrial dynamics and spiteful harsh screams.  

“Surrender” mainly dwells within a less belligerent sonic realm with slower rhythmic patterns and hazy atmospheric textures but occasionally picks up speed as the corrosive guitar riffs take over amplifying the darkened aspects of the song. 

On “The Fall” hypnotizing gloomy synths naturally create a decadent dystopian soundscape leading to haunting melodic moments and an irresistible catchy chorus spiced up by malicious electro twists and scattered heavier guitar riffs. 

Certainly you could say that “Metawar” is a solid industrial effort sometimes clearly angered yet quite entertaining but there is more under the surface as 3TEETH are delivering a wake up call and sharing their views on this decaying society through music & words. 


Dark Funeral Live in Chicago – Devastation On The Nation Tour

The Swedish ineffable kings of black metal Dark Funeral are currently touring in North America on the infamous Devastation On The Nation tour. At the packed show at Concord Music Hall in Chicago Dark Funeral once again impressed the devoted acolytes with their signature diabolical sound and dark theatrics playing a full merciless set that included “King Antichrist”, “The Arrival Of Satan’s Empire”, “Temple Of Ahriman”,“Unchain My Soul”, “Where Shadows Forever Reign” and many more. Make sure to catch Dark Funeral live on the Devastation On The Nation tour!