Death Metal

GOBLINSMOKER - "Toad King"

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Goblinsmoker - "Toad King"

(The Sludgelord) 

Heavy sludge drips over every inch of this driving slice of stoner metal. The toad king is indeed alive and well, and he's got some dastardly deeds in store for the dwellers of murky, shadowy places.

Crunchy guitars of doom lockstepped with throbbing stabs of toxic bass and banging thuds of percussion dominate the track as an unholy minion of the underworld screeches out gargled incantations of filth in the opening title track of this terrifying triptich.

The second offering in this slimy ritual is a lenghty tome of unfortunate, and muddy profanity known as Take the Dead. We are not certain where the dead are being taken, but we do not care to argue with the growling creature that directs the dead to be taken. A slowly churning chord progression of psychedelic death echoes across the swampy pits of ruin that the Toad King inhabits, only ordered from chaos by clang and clamor of orc-hammered drums. A inhuman litany of unspeakable deeds is hurled from the witch-mouthed amphibian as the dissoving waves of sludge boil and swirl faster, sweeping up into a funnel of dark, dingy muck.

At last, a dank stone door is heaved aside, and in a rank cave filled with toadlings, a dark ceremony begins in the track Time to Ride. The hideous creatures gather their ill-begotten powers to mount a new offensive, screaming into the night sky that "The time has come." As the final driving pulse of rotten metal surges in intensity, the Toad King laughs manically and orders his murderous army to march upon the unsuspecting inhabitants of the earth.

Gray Lee

 https://thesludgelord.bandcamp.com/album/toad-king

KOSMOGYR - "Eviternity"

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Kosmogyr - “Eviternity”

Eviternity is a full-length black metal album from collaborative duo Kosmogyr.

Kosmogyr is Xander Cheng of Shanghai and Ivan Belcic of Prague. Xander provides the ferocious guitar and bass work, while Ivan provides programmed drums, and pulls off some amazing vocals.

There is some good balance in here between dramatic, orchestrated pieces of instrumental storyline, and ear-splitting metal passages of violent action, creating a black metal experience that is filled with all the deep and dark anger, aggression, and hatred you're looking for, sweetened by emotive symphonic interludes.

The title track of the release is a standout hit, with Xander raging out on an easily accessible doubled riff that plays across a pulsating rhythm. The chorus comes in with a satisfyingly heavy thrash before locking back into the main drag. Ivan is a monster whose demonic howls and far-from-clean vocals capture the raw, tortured entropy that makes genuine black metal so compelling. Tracks such as Sui Generis and Refulgence bring orchestral and acoustic styles into the mix that balance the album, and provide further contrast when the big waves of metal come crashing down.

Eviternity is certainly a hell of an album, and if you were looking off the beaten path for hidden gems, you will find one here with Kosmogyr.

Gray Lee

https://kosmogyr.bandcamp.com/album/eviternity-digital-version

HESSIAN - "Mercenary Retrograde"

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Hessian - “Mercenary Retrograde”

(Urtod Void)

Get ready for an old-fashioned thrashin’ with this powerful anachronism from rock and roll soldiers, Hessian. Fueled by a great love an reverence for the early black metal of ‘The Old Ones,’ this four-piece of hard rock mercenaries who hail the city-state of Portland, Maine, are here to fight in '“the war against the jive.”

Heavy guitars, propelled by dusty, cobweb-covered amps from the 70s surge across this release like war pigs, gathered in their masses. Anthemic choruses and blistering guitar solos soar like angels of death across a black velvet sky. Throbbing basslines thud at the bottom of the track as furious percussion keeps the pace for the marching warriors.

“We are the rock and roll soldiers!

Rock and Roll will keep you alive!”

- So howls lead singer and ringleader Angus McFarland, who hurls electrified bolts of pure distilled rock and roll in each note, as his troops behind him wage war with their amplified weapons of music. From the opening execution drums of “I Wish I Was Dead” to the closing death throes of “Manos, The Hands of Fate,” Hessian delivers a rich, robust draught of rock and roll in is primal form, steeped in decades within casks filled with ancient death metal spirits.

While emulating the music of old certainly is their selling point, Hessian has got a lot to offer. Look past the obvious things, like the retro riffs and album art - and you’ll hear an album that has real heart. These people love what they are doing, and they are having the time of their lives doing it really well. The over-the-top song titles and lyrics are genuinely a lot of fun, and the music stands up to repeat listens. I think Hessian ultimately isn’t trying to get you to accept this record as an item for the past you somehow missed - but to instead wants you to find a new appreciation for the artistry and style of the music they hold dear. Maybe it’s time to dig up your old collection and give your favorite records another spin.

So all that’s left in the world is to ask yourself a question. Are you a rock and roll soldier? Then get your marching orders - from Hessian!

Gray Lee

https://urtodvoid.bandcamp.com/album/hessian-mercenary-retrograde