Autumn is here and Halloween is quickly approaching, so my thoughts are beginning their seasonal migration into the darker side of metal. Detroit, Michigan-based death/doom act Temple of Void is back with their sophomore album, Lords of Death. Although this album released in the middle of summer, it slipped through the cracks and I hadn’t thought about it until a friend mentioned it recently.
Because I’m essentially running The Sons of Metal Podcast by myself now, my writing time is taking a hit. Here are some short takes on albums I’ve listened to recently, though.
As spring rolls in, vacations and family obligations are getting me behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.
Indian metal has always been a mixed bag for me, but Godless piqued my interest due to it being a “supergroup” of sorts, comprising members of Skrypt, Shock Therapy, and Eccentric Pendulum. While these aren’t huge bands, experienced musicians should produce a better-than-average album, right? Let’s see how the four-song debut EP Centuries of Decadence fares.
If you couldn’t guess by my handle, I love me some Viking metal. When the bassist for Immorgon, Joan de Ros Gotsens, reached out to me asking me to check out their first album And Thus We Raid citing influences like Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, and Unleashed, I was definitely interested.
Haiduk, hailing from Alberta, Canada, is a one-man blackened death metal act. When he sent me his second album, Demonicon, a concept album about nine demonic entities, I wondered if I was getting into a half-hour of self-indulgent, ham-fisted fuckwittery. Nothing could be further from the truth, because Luka Milojica is quite the talented individual.
As the year is winding down, holiday celebrations get underway, my second half of 2015 best-of list is being prepared, and I’m finding myself woefully behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.
I’m getting a lot of promos from bands calling themselves “old school death metal” lately. While I was (and still am) a fan of that sound, simply aping Unleashed or Entombed doesn’t do much for me because I’ve already heard those albums. That being said, I didn’t have much in the way of expectations when I pulled down the newest EP, Dying Alone, from the French band Affliction Gate. Never have I been so pleased about being wrong.
In recent weeks, Iran has been in the U.S. news a lot, but unfortunately it’s not regarding their metal scene. Maybe we can get the left- and right-wingers to at least agree on what constitutes good death metal. Is that too much to ask? Probably. In any case, let’s see how Nex Carnis do with their first full-length, Obscure Visions Of Dark.
Paganus Doctrina formed in the mid-1990s, but went their separate ways before the new millennium. They reformed in 2006, released a split with Morbid Funeral and Necrólisis, and then began work on their debut album, Omnipotense Aeternae Diabolous. Apparently the album was recorded in 2012, but due to various delays, it wasn’t unleashed on the world until 2015. After incubating for three years, did the music age like fine wine… or milk?