Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Within The Ruins - Phenomena (2014)

Artist: Within The Ruins
Album: Phenomena
Genre: Metal, Technical Deathcore, Deathcore
Release Date: July 22, 2014

Track Listing:

1. Gods Amongst Men
2. Clockwork
3. Eternal Shore
4. Dark Monarch
5. Sentinel
6. Ataxia III
7. Enigma
8. Hegira
9. Ronin
10. The Other
11. Calling Card


After "Elite" Within The Ruins cemented their originality and unique sound as their own. "Phenomena" is exactly where "Elite" left off. This album full of complex song structures and even more effect ridden guitar riffs, but seems to be missing the hooks that left most of us drooling after Elite. "Gods Amongst Men" was a great track to select as their single, as it may go down as the "Feeding Frenzy" of this album and definitely a crowd pleaser. 

"Eternal Shore" has an absolutely terrific solo. Joe has mastered the delicate blend of shred and melody as he again demonstrates in the highly anticipated Ataxia III. That being said...the instrumental Enigma has to be one of the funnest songs to listen to, as it throws in some highly recognizable bits of tunes as Mario and Inspector Gadget and some others I'm still trying to decipher.

The Drummer aka Kevin and Andrew really pull in some nice tight rhythms to lay the groundwork for Joe's imaginative riffs and leads. Tim does what he does best, and seems he's really trying to explore some new grounds as he puts in some different vocal ranges.

This album certainly has that killer Within The Ruins feel to it, pick a random track and any fan will recognize who it is. If you enjoyed their previous works, you will not be disappointed, but don't expect any new punches to be thrown. Seems they have found their sound and perfected it.

Phenomena is a solid 7/10.

Preorder the album and support these monsters on their upcoming tour on Summer Slaughter, album drops July 22, 2014.

- Doom -

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kinetik - Relatively Speaking (2014)

Artist: Kinetik
Album: Relatively Speaking
Genre: Djent/Progressive Metal

1. Reanimate Objects
2. Interference
3. Beyond Gone
4. Relatively Speaking
5. Carbon Blased
6. Eventual Horizon

Awesome new output from Kinetik, groovy and catchy! Download this shit!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Spectral Insight - Spectral Insight [EP] (2014)

Spectral Insight
Album: Spectral Insight [EP]
Genre: Experimental/Progressive Metal/Djent

Track Listing:
1. Arise
2. Absolute
3. Obdurate
4. Spectral Insight - Continuum
5. Spectral Insight - Remnant
6. Infinite

Support: Bandcamp ($3)

Self-titled debut EP, progressive/experimental metal, jazz and fusion music.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scream In Rage - In White (2014)

Scream In Rage
Album: In White
Genre: Hardcore/Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Blackened Memories
2. Fracture
3. Witness (feat. Guillermo Laorga from Memories)
4. In White
5. Wound Healer (feat. Javier Losada)
6. Tiare
7. Aireen
8. Ghosts In The Water (feat. Anthony Hamin from Merge)

Bandcamp (Name Your Price)

Spain underground scene slowly growing on great bands, like this guy from Madrid. Proggy metalcore/hardcore, with some djenty influence in their riffs.
For fans of: It Prevails, Beartooth, Hundredth, Counterparts.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunwalker - Full Circle (2014)

Full Circle cover art

Album: Full Circle
Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Track Listing:
1. Oblivion
2. Wander
3. Ghost
4. Triumph/Tragedy
5. Overture

Bandcamp (NYP)

I've been pretty inactive about posting on the blog recently and I really hope this post makes up for that. Sunwalker is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL melodic metalcore band. The atmosphere has me in a trance. This is seriously some of the most melodic, driving music I've heard. This band deserves your support so head over to the bandcamp link and help them out however you can.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dissolution - Natural Selection (2014)

Artist: Dissolution
Album: Natural Selection
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Death Metal, Technical Death Metal

Track List:
1. Ride to Devastation 5:41
2. The Pact 3:47
3. Abnormal Appetite 4:46
4. Falling in Shreds 3:30
5. Years of Redemption 4:05
6. A Rust Coloured Dawn 5:41
7. A Raven's Stare 4:22
8. Natural Selection 3:52

Preview and Purchase this and previous albums from iTunes

Canada has been a hot bed of solid tech death bands lately, and these guys do not fail at delivering some great tech riffs and leads on top of the beastly drums and bass laying down such a solid foundation. The best part about Dissolution is the subtle technicality they present, it's not so over bearing where you may need breaks in between songs to rest your mind, but just enough to leave you wanting more.

This album opens up with “Ride to Devastation” which is a great track to start with, displaying the bands full range of abilities and what they can offer. It has a heavy opening riff and immediately gets you to start head banging. They keep it banging until about halfway through they drop the harmonized melody on you that's reminiscent of Iron Maiden it makes you wish they’d solo right after…and of course they do, proving that with all the riffage, they have the leads as well.

Next comes in “The Pact.” It starts off hard and doesn’t let up. A little less than a minute in the double bass kicks in taking this track to a new level of intensity (which is my favorite part of the album). They were set to devastate with this track…mission accomplished. I couldn’t imagine on how hard the pits would be during this track.

“Abnormal Appetite” is the second single they released and the one that got me pumped for the album. The pinch harmonics used throughout these riffs are so intriguing. If you’re a melody seeker, this track will satisfy your auditory needs with the solo that just soars, changing the pace of this track in a subtle welcoming way that you don’t quite expect. Top that with lyrics about cannibalism, and I was hooked.

“Falling in Shreds” is full of lead work. It kicks off thrashy, but busts into an almost funky beat. They don’t let the vibe of punishment die though, as the next few riffs keep the pace up as the solos adds some spice.

Next is the first single they release, and the first track I heard, “Years of Redemption.” While I dug the track initially, it didn’t do much for me when I heard it except make me curious what else they had to offer. I do like the odd style of verse riffing on this one but may go down as my least favorite on the album (but in no way is it a bad track).

“A Rust Coloured Dawn” starts with a nice black metal tremolo riff and goes into an atmospheric feel that the whole band seems to shine in. Lasts long enough to let you groove to it, before they kick it into thrash mode and along comes more ripping solos. The atmospheric feel comes back in an almost Death fashion and kicks into some groove that should come with a warning label of sore neck afterwards. It also has some very unexpected additional elements that I’ll keep to myself, it’s worth listening for. Hands down my favorite track of the album.

Track 7 is “A Raven’s Stare” and is another great example of the amazing feet work this drummer has and also the musicianship these guys possess, each instrument complimenting the other as they create an awesome wall of sound for the vocals.

The closer is the title track, “Natural Selection.” It has a fantastic verse riff that compliments the vocals. This track contains probably my favorite solos on the album, and the post-solo riff they transition into is so fluid.

I’m incredibly impressed with this band. Every instrument is masterfully played, and to top it off, the guitarists do the vocals. This album is a solid 9/10 and any death metal head should love this intense style, specifically any fans of Beyond Creation or Obscura. 

Bandcamp (new album not up there yet)

- Doom -

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Codex - {Delusions] (2014)

Artist: Codex
Album: [Delusions]
Genre: Progressive Deathcore/Groove

1. Prologue
2. The Approach
3. Revelation
4. Delusions
5. Interlude
6. The Sacrifice

Very bouncy and atmospheric stuff. FFO: Northlane, Substructure, Clocks, Auras.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Voice Of Ruin - Morning Wood (2014)

Artist: Voice Of Ruin
Album: Morning Wood
Genre: Death Metal/Horny Farmer Metal

1.Welcome To The Stud Farm 01:27
2.Party Hard 03:58
3.Through The Eyes Of Machete 03:55
4.Day Of Rage 04:30
5.The Rise Of Nothing 04:30
6.Morning Wood 04:20
7.Viols Désinvoltes 04:17
8.Cock'n Bulls 03:27
9.Today Will End 02:41
10.Sex For Free 04:06
11.Big Dick 04:27
12.Dirty 04:09


These Swiss dudes have made quite an interesting concept to their band. The concepts and ideas are hilarious, and the music is crushing, and you can tell these guys are a ton of fun to hang with. Usually I despise clean singing, but the clean vocals on "Through the Eyes of Machete" with the overall culmination of guitars and growls I have to admit worked out great (not so much on the title track in my opinion).

Album opens up with an instrumental "Welcome to Stud Farm" and right away the track name lets you know what you're in store for. Music is gentle, a pleasant distraction that lulls you into a false sense of beauty before the band kicks in and just gets banging. Then it's off to metal land. This album is an onslaught of solid riffs and grooves any death metaller should find easy to headbang to.


Written by Austin Leiser

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Frozen Remains - Legacy (2014)

Artist: Frozen Remains
Album: Legacy
Genre: Deathcore/Death Metal

1. Arise
2. The Forgotten One's
3. Oceans Of Illusion
4. Last Of Our Kind
5. This Is Our Legacy
6. Endless Life

Support: Bandcamp($0.78)

This is really good, I think the mexican scene is really taking off. There's a lot of that Egyptian feel to this, especially the first two or three songs. Vocal's are super solid, same with the instruments as a whole. This is only seventy eight cents, which is a damn steal, so most definitely pick this up.