Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music Releases Rising From The Underground

This October and November rolls out new releases from Apparatus, Under The Church, Grave Ritual, Insanity and One Year Delay, perfect for your heavy metal Halloween. As one of Denmark's newest death metal bands, Apparatus are releasing their self-titled debut album on October 2oth. The new eleven-track release begins with the dark, atmospheric setting of "Sermon I," before the band come together for the deep chugging bass-filled growl of "The Unreverberate Blackness Of The Abyss." The tempo quickens with the whirl of "Spheres," then come crashing down with the speed of "R'lyeh" as Apparatus chugs through the darkness. The feedback fueled "Miskatonic" has you falling deeper and deeper into their spell, while they blast your fears away with the reckless speed of "King God." The album finishes with the seven-minute progressive death metal journey into "Arkham." To find out more about Apparatus and their new album, please visit lavadome.org
Also arriving is the full-length debut album "Rabid Armageddon" from the Swedish death metal band Under The Church. The band features members from the iconic Swedish metal band Nirvana 2002 and have been gathering attention from the underground metal community with their two EPs. The new nine-song album begins with the blasting attack of "Sodomy And Blasphemy" as pure adrenaline comes flowing from the band's assault on your ears. The pounding drums gets slowed down with the full heavy bass line of "Triad Ov Inquistors," before returning to the neck-breaking speed of "Magus." The band experiments with tempos on "Suspended In Gore" as the gravelly vocals continue to dominate the songs. The album finishes with the powerful thrash-like approach to "Panance" and the grinding speed metal of "The Trail Of Cthulu" that has a "take no prisoners" approach. To find out more about Under The Church and their new album "Rabid Armageddon," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/UnderTheChurch
American death metal band Grave Ritual will be releasing their second album "Morbid Throne" on October 30th through Dark Decent Records. Since the release of their debut album five years ago, Grave Ritual have used that time to rediscover their roots in old school death metal as they deliver an album to be proud of. The new nine-song release begins with the mostly instrumental piece "Baleful Aversion," before diving into the underworld of "Autonomous Death." The music blazing a dark trail with "Adversary Crown" as the growling vocals adds to the song's dark tone. The speed of "Masters And Slaves" only adds to the band's energy as they continue right through to the album's close with the aggressive "Thone Of Continuum." To find out more about Grave Ritual and their latest release "Morbid Throne," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/grave.ritual
From the California bay area comes the death metal band Insanity with their first full-length album, "Visions Of Apocalypse," in over a decade. With 30 years behind them, the band has overcome turmoil to create one of their career defining releases. The new nine-song album begins with the outstanding musicianship of "Sacrefixion" as their sound gets drilled straight to your brain. The machine-gun rhythm of "When" and the electrifying guitar solo of "Sociopath" showcases the band's experience and they don't look to overpower you with shear speed. The howling vocals of "Disillusioned" and they adrenaline-fueled "Tired" shows that this band has a renewed sense of purpose to become one of the premier death metal bands on the planet. To find out more about Insanity and their new album "Visions Of Apocalypse," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/INSANITY.
Finally we get to the debut album "Deep Breath" from the Greek hard rock band One Year Delay (O.Y.D.). The short seven-song release begins with the nu-metal appeal of "Gunpoint" as the chugging guitars lead the way. The screams of the chorus of "Headhunters" and the soaring vocals and alternative feel of "Miss You" showcase the diversity in O.Y.D. delivery swings between heavy metal and grunge music. The album closes with the big hard rock sound of "5m, 9k" as they seemed to have mastered their high energy output to give their sound some originality. To find out more about One Year Delay and their new album "Deep Breath," please visit facebook.com/oydofficial.

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