Saturday, November 27, 2010

Beyond Hell - The Sleeper Awakens (2010)

Band: Beyond Hell
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Country: United States

The Sleeper Awakens [Full-length](2010)

Hail of Bullets - On Divine Winds (2010)

Band: Hail of Bullets
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Country: Netherlands

On Divine Winds [Full-length](2010)

Diocletian - War of All Against All (2010)

Band: Diocletian
Genre: Black/Death Metal
Country: United States

War of All Against All [Full-length](2010)

Sodom - In War and Pieces (2010)

Band: Sodom
Genre: Thrash Metal
Country: Germany

CD 1:
01. In War And Pieces
03. Through Toxic Veins
04. Nothing Counts More Than Blood
05. Storm Raging Up
06. Feigned Death Throes
07. Soul Contraband
08. God Bless You
09. The Art Of Killing Poetry
10. Knarrenheinz
11. Styptic Parasite

CD 2 (Bonus Live At Wacken Open Air 2007):
12. Blood On Your Lips (Live At Wacken 2007)
13. City Of God (Live At Wacken 2007)
14. Proselytism Real (Live At Wacken 2007)
15. Christ Passion (Live At Wacken 2007)
16. One Step Over The Line (Live At Wacken 2007)
17. Abuse (Live At Wacken 2007)
18. Sodomy And Lust (Live At Wacken 2007)
19. Ausgebombt (Live At Wacken 2007)
20. The Saw Is The Law (Live At Wacken 2007)
21. Outbreak Of Evil (Live At Wacken 2007)

In War and Pieces [Full-length](2010)

Father Befouled - Morbid Destitution of Covenant (2010)

Band: Father Befouled
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Country: United States

Morbid Destitution of Covenant [Full-length](2010)

Malevolent Creation - Invidious Dominion (2010)

Band: Malevolent Creation
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Country: United States

Invidious Dominion [Full-length](2010)

Deathchain - Death Gods (2010)

Band: Deathchain
Genre: Old School Death/Thrash Metal
Country: Finland

After their last two lack-luster releases, Deathchain returns to form in 2010 with their fifth full-length, Death Gods. While the sound isn't quite as gritty or thrash-laden as on their past albums, sometimes sounding a bit like NMF-era Bloodbath, it's still a death metal album well-worth your time and it shows they haven't lost the ability to release quality material.

Death Gods [Full-length](2010)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Soul Devour - Apocalyptic Anti-Human Annihilation (2010)

Band: Soul Devour
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Country: Singapore

I'll admit, the Singapore death metal scene has never been a focus for me outside of a handful of bands like Rudra and Wormrot. It just seems to be one of those countries that shows a few promising acts but is so far behind the rest of the world, it could barely register a blip the size of a pigeon on the global death metal radar. Soul Devour is a relatively new death metal trio, having formed in 2006 and released one demo in 2008 before this, their full-length debut. They state their main influences lie mainly in American death metal bands, specifically Massacre, Monstrosity, and Morbid Angel which sounds very accurate when you listen to them (especially In Dark Purity-era Monstrosity).

Devoured and Daemonoz handle the vocal duties, one performing a low scream (in the vein of Deteriorate) and the other, a slower, deep guttural growl. This combination fits well with the varying tempo of the music which changes from mid to fast paced throughout the album. Even with the apparent revival of old school death metal that's been going on for the last two years or so, there are few new bands that I'd be comfortable putting in the American death metal scene in its hay day and saying that, not only would they survive, but flourish as well. With Apocalyptic Anti-Human Annihilation, Soul Devour proves that they deserve to be one of those select few bands and that they could turn a pigeon-sized blip into one the size of a small plane.

Apocalyptic Anti-Human Annihilation [Full-length](2010)