Sad news this week about the passing of Erik Lindmark, founder of DEEDS OF FLESH and Unique Leader Records. We’re going to open and close procedings with some old and recent Deeds of Flesh and fill in the middle with some great underground stuff that just came out. RIP Erik and all our best to both the Deeds and ULR families.
DEEDS OF FLESH, “Paths of the Weakening” — This is classic Deeds and it was Unique Leader’s first release, ULE-001, all the way back in 1999. Talk about starting off on the right foot.
A CANOROUS QUINTET, “Embryo of Lies” — If you’ve never heard ACQ, imagine a Gothenburg band that sits somewhere between old AT THE GATES and old DARK TRANQUILLITY. This tracks is from Only Pure Hate MMXVIII, which is a re-recording of their classic Only Pure Hate (1998, No Fashion Records). Out now as an independent release.
CORPSEFUCKING ART, “Splatterphobia” — This is some thick and grisly stuff. Sounds like being beaten with your own severed limb. Out now on Comatose Music.
LIVIDITY, “Perverseverance” (Pre-Release) — Illinois’ perverts of brutality are back with their first full-length since 2009’s To Desecrate and Defile. Simple and gross. Nice bass tone. Out now on Metal Age Music.
ROTTENNESS, “Altered Cabron” — This is a 3-way split with COATHANGER ABORTION and SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER, but only ROTTENNESS meets the SV criteria for coverage so they’re representing. Raw, sloppy and out now on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
CANCER, “Down the Steps” — Opening track to the new album, Shadow Gripped. This has a bit of the experimental feel they were doing on the last album but done much better. Never let anyone behind you when you’re going downstairs. Out now on Peaceville.
OBSCENITY, “Invocation Obscure” — Another pre-release track from their upcoming Summoning the Circle LP. That guitar tone is thick. Out next week on Apostasy Records.
DEEDS OF FLESH, “Portals to Canaan” — Title track to the last (and final?) Deeds of Flesh album, Portals to Canaan (Unique Leader Records).
If you’re paying attention and wonder why the Deeds of Flesh albums aren’t in this list, it’s because they’re out of print and Amazon sellers have them set for stupid prices. Seek them out on Discogs.
This week we’ve got tracks from the five big albums that came out since last time, a couple noteworthy pre-releases and a few oddball inclusions to keep it spicy.
VENOM, “Bring Out Your Dead” (Pre-Release) — Cronos and crew return fire at VENOM, INC. with a chunky little number from their upcoming Storm the Gates LP. Available December 14th on Spinefarm Records.
CANCER, “Thou Shalt Kill” — Shadow Gripped made my summer. Not only are Cancer back, but they brought a slew of good tunes with them and Simon Effemy’s pitch-perfect production takes you right back to 1993. Dig that huge 3/4 riff about 2 minutes in. Out now on Peaceville Records..
HATE ETERNAL, “Portal of Myriad” — This is proving to be my favorite Hate Eternal album. A tad slower, a lot more musical, still brutal as fuck. Rutan hit it out of the park on the production as well. Excellent stuff. Out now on Season of Mist.
OBSCENITY, “Infernal Warfare” (Pre-Release) — Germany’s Obscenity welcome a new vocalist and bassist to the fold and release their 10th full-length album just in time to mark their 30th year in business. Available December 7th on Apostasy Records. Pre-order on Bandcamp
UNLEASHED, “They Rape the Land” — This White Christ quadrilogy has been iffy for me but they wrapped it up well with Hunt for White Christ. They’ve still got the modern Unleashed stuff going on (skittery riffs, killer solos, a slight black metal char), but they reined it in a bit and brought back some of the old chunk. Aside from a few moments of storytelling exposition, it just rips. Out now on Napalm Records.
CRYPTOPSY, “Fear His Displeasure” — Grinding headfuckery from their second EP in this series. Not sure if there’s a 3rd coming or this is it. Fun fact: You can get a cassette compilation of both EPs. Out now on Hammerheart Records.
AMON AMARTH, “With Oden on Our Side (Live at Summer Breeze: T-Stage)” — Amon Amarth lost me on the last album but there’s still a time and place for these guys and a documentary covering their 25-year existence accompanied by a massive live album that sounds as good as any studio album is well worth your time. Out now on Metal Blade.
EVOKEN, “Ceremony of Bleeding” — New Jersey’s funeral masters are back and it feels right. If you know Evoken, you know what to expect. If not, buckle up, Buttercup. Out now of Profound Lore Records.
BLOODBATH, “March of the Crucifiers” — It’s out, it’s massive, Nick Holmes is killing it. This one feels more in line with Bloodbath of old than Grand Morbid Funeral did, which is a bit less exciting for me but probably good for more dedicated fans. Out now on Peaceville Records.
PSYCROPTIC, “We Were the Keepers” — Psycroptic barely meet the criteria for inclusion here at SV (their first album came out in 2000 but they formed in 1999, so they get in) and they’re not exactly death metal the last 10 years or so, but this new LP is kind of interesting. They dialed back the ‘core elements and threw in some ideas (like the female vocals you hear on this track) that really work for them. The drum/guitar interplay is as insane as ever, so listen for that if nothing else. Out now on Prosthetic Records.
TERRORIZER, “Failed Assassin” — Terrorizer aren’t death metal and it’s tough to support them continuing to use the name without Jesse Pintado, but damn if this isn’t one of my favorite albums of the summer. Pete Sandoval is tearing it up and the riffs are on point. Works for me. Out now on The End Records
DEICIDE, “One With Satan” — Lead track from Overtures of Blasphemy, out now on Century Media. Really liking this album. Solid, catchy tunes & punchy production from Jason Suecof, who also helmed the MONSTROSITY album that just came out. Of particular note is the fact that we can actually hear Glen’s bass!
BLOODBATH, “Bloodicide” — That is one goofy title, but with Nick Holmes (PARADISE LOST) once again at the mic and guest vocal spots from John Walker (CANCER), Jeff Walker (CARCASS) and Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER / MEMORIAM), it’s a bruiser. Sounds exactly like Grand Morbid Funeral, so you’re either in or you’re out.
ABHORRENCE, “The Four Billion Year Dream” — It took 27 years for the Finns to release this tiny little EP and there’s only 2 new tracks (plus an intro) to sink into at this point, but it’s definitely worth your time. Big, clean, heavy, simplistic, bludgeoning stuff. Out now on Svart Records
BEHEMOTH, “Wolves ov Siberia” — Sounds like Nergal & co. are backing off the experimentalism of The Satanist and getting back to smashing crosses. This is pretty symphonic for this site, and I could definitely do without the costumes, but they still hit like a death metal band and the song rips, so it’s going on the list.
HATE ETERNAL, “Nothingness of Being” — The older we both get, the more I like this band. Their early stuff was so crazy that I never really connected with it, but this slower-but-wiser version of Hate Eternal hits the spot scratches the itch that MORBID ANGEL abandoned years ago. Pairs nicely with GORGUTS.
CRYPTOPSY, “Sire of Sin” — This is from their The Book of Suffering, Tome 2 EP that just came out. It’s a follow up to The Book of Suffering EP from a few years ago. Sounds like Cryptopsy to me, Lord Worm or not.
ARCHGOAT, “Messiah of Pigs” — Did that poor pig just get crucified? Damn that’s harsh, bro. Pure, blasting primitivism from Finland with Demilich-ish vocals and – if you really listen to the lyrics – a subtle commentary on religion.
TERRORIZER, “Invasion” — Not terribly down with a Jesse Pintado-less Terrorizer, but when you have Pete Sandoval (MORBID ANGEL) teaming up with Lee Harrison (drummer for MONSTROSITY, but on guitar here), it’s worth a listen. Like the Behemoth track, this isn’t exactly was this shit is about, but it’s intense and the players have major death metal pedigree, so it’s on the list. Out this fall on The End Records.
VOIVOD, “Iconspiracy” — Third pre-release track from The Wake, due out September 21 on Century Media. This one’s more aggressive than the first two.
OPETH, “Demon of the Fall (Live)” — They’re a million miles from death metal these days, but Opeth brought it back with this first taste from their new live album, Garden of the Titans. Taped at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the recording and performance both sound like a million bucks and Mikael’s still got it in the growls. The last 2 minutes is banter, which is…an interesting choice.
PYREXIA, “The Annointed” — Some truly old-school NYDM going on here. First album in 5 years, out now on Unique Leader Records.
Everything else was on there last time. UNLEASHED, KRISIUN, ENTOMBED A.D., ABORTED, MONSTROSITY & SIEGE OF POWER. Cheers!
More details on the new CANCER album, Shadow Gripped.
The big news for me is it was produced by SIMON EFEMY (Foel Studios). Simon also produced and engineered Cancer’s Sins of Mankind (1993) and Black Vanity (1995), as well as all of PARADISE LOST’s classics, CROWBAR’sBroken Glass, NAPALM DEATH’s comeback albums and many more. His involvement bodes well for a big, clean production.
Also learned that Anders Nyström of BLOODBATH put in a guest appearance.
Down the Steps
Half Man, Half Beast
Crimes So Vile
Thou Shalt Kill
It’s not out until February 11, 2019 but BURNING SHED is taking preorders. All orders through Burning Shed come with an exclusive bonus digital track (mp3) from the release date which will be available on the account page.
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