mardi 18 juillet 2017

Dying Fetus - Wrong One to Fuck With (2017)

Wrong One to Fuck With is the first Dying Fetus album since Destroy the Opposition to managed to grab my attention. Can't say exactly why but I'd say that i feel with this one they went straight to the point, wih a songwriing really focused on the key elements of the Dying Fetus style : catchy riffing and fast technical lead guitar combined with heavy breakdowns. On this album, maybe more than on the previous ones they kep it simple, the song are based on a few ideas and it helps making it more memorable  and puting aside the unnecessary. So even if you lost interest in DF in the last fifteen years I suggest you try this one, another really enjoyable album from Dying Fetus. Really nice!

The Bandcamp page.

vendredi 14 juillet 2017

Birdflesh / Organ Dealer split (2017)

This is a truly excellent deathgrind split album, two excellent bands, the veterans Birdflesh and newcomers Organ Dealer, each one playing a different kind of grind.

Birdflesh are on the old school side of deathgrind, in a Repulsion style. With memorable riffing and grooves aplenty. Highly enjoyable.

Organ Dealer are on the modern side of deathgrind, more dense, faster and sharper. Their songs here are similar in style and quality compared to heir excellent album Visceral Infection released wo years ago.

Both bands are excelling at what they do. A split highly recommended to anyone into grind.

The BC page.

mercredi 12 juillet 2017

Ex Eye - Ex Eye (2017)

Ex Eye is another exemple of a "supergroup" that is producing good results, with this first self-titled album (released by Relapse). The band is composed of the renowned forward-thinking saxophonist Colin Stetson (most known for his bass saxophone play), Greg Fox on drums (also in Liturgy, so yes there are some blast beats parts), Shazad Ismaily with synth (he also plays in Secret Chiefs 3) and Toby Sumerfield on guitar. Their music can't really fit in a genre category nor really sounds like some other bands. They produce some mysterious and quiet melodies wih a nice combination of the sax, synth and guitar, but they also bring some heavy grooves, especially with he good drumming, and the bass sax tones. Really good and interesting music.

The Bandcamp page.

jeudi 6 juillet 2017

Dephosphorus - Impossible Orbits (2017)

Impossible Orbits is the new album from Dephosphorus. Following two very ambitious and more "progressive" albums (the mysterious "Night Sky Transform", still my favourite one, and the double one "Ravenous Solemnity" that covered the wide spectrum of Dephosphorus music) Impossible Orbits sounds like a return to something more straightforward and less complex. You'll still find the different elements that makes the bands music (a mix of grind, black metal, Slayer and Neurosis we could say) and its uniqueness, but this time the focus is on the most aggressive side of the band personnality, more thrash/black/grind, shorter songs, less post-metal/atmospheric elements. Is it a successfull move? Well, it sure succeeds in making another great album, with many great moments and memorable songs, and even though the songwriting feels condensed and maybe simplified, still each song manages to have it's own specificity, like is usual with Dephosphorus. It also succeeds in making a different kind of album, avoiding repetition. Yet, even though I enjoy listening to Impossible Orbits, I think most of the times I'll prefer going back to their older stuff. Very worthy of your time anyway. excellent stuff again.

The Bandcamp page.

dimanche 2 juillet 2017

D.E.R - Rancor (2017)

Rancor is killer new stuff from D.E.R, released by Nerve Altar (which is now clearly one of the best label for grind). The band from Sao Paulo plays a very potent mix of old school grind (think Napalm Death or Blockheads) and vicious black / death metal. Very fast, relentless and intense (even for grind standards), with great riffing and a sound sharper than on their previous album. My only complain about this new release is that it's only ten minutes long. But when the music is so intense this is ok. Highly recommended stuff!

The BC page.

vendredi 30 juin 2017

Skullflower - The Black Iron That Fell From The Sky, To Dwell Within (Bear It or Be It) (2017)

The Black Iron That Fell From The Sky, To Dwell Within (Bear It or Be It) is a new vinyl release from Skullflower (Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies) and it is an excellent one. The noise / psychedelic /drone duo (noise / drone made mostly with two guitars and a saturated synth) found a really good balance between the noisy element and the melodic one, the noise is quietly droning and trippy, also charged with a feel of anguish and terrible things coming, the melodic element is subtle and infusing a sense of mystery and exploration. Great stuff to get lost into it!

mardi 27 juin 2017

Warp Transmission - Tamám Shud (2015)

If you don't want to choose between tripping or rocking music and have both then Warp Transmission is a good pick. The band from Finland released two years ago a really cool album called Tamám Shud that is a nice mix of stoner / psychedelic / doom and garage rock, evoking bands like Monster Magnet or Electric Wizard as well as The Stooges. And their spaciest moments are as goods as their hardest rocking ones. Easily better than the average stoner band. Really enjoyable stuff.

Their Bandcamp page.

ps : one of the guys in WT is also in Sonic Poison, which old school grind evoking Repulsion is a really different stuff but is also excellent (HERE is my review).