Hypocrisy – A Taste of Extreme Divinity

A Taste of Extreme DivinityI have been a fan of Hypocrisy since their 1999 self-titled album, and since then I have been hooked. Across their many albums they have been quite diverse; playing everything from brutal Death Metal, to Black Metal and everything in between.

This album, from 2009, can best be described as melodic Death Metal – catchy songs with good choruses are abundant here. Comparisons can be made to bands such as Amon Amarth in this respect; as this album follows in a similar vein to their output.  If you like this style of music, or indeed Amon Amarth; then it’s a safe bet you’ll like A Taste of Extreme Divinity.

With Peter Tägtgren behind the helm you should already know that the sound on this album is suitably huge, with his voice complementing this nicely.

Strongly recommended for some good headbanging fun!

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Birth Through Gore – Reign of Depravity

Birth Through GoreHere we have some brutal Death metal from Greece, and my my is this a brutal affair!  Sticking within the constraints of the genre; they nonetheless do a very good job of creating a very satisfying Death Metal experience.  Everything is in place here – massive, full-production sound; faster-than-everything drums; guitars that bite; and vocals that are deep enough to be brutal as hell, but not so deep as to descend into comedy pig-squeals.

The songs whizz by in a blur of technical riffage and brutality, but they are also not afraid to slow things down a bit now and again to break what might otherwise become monotony, (although this is a relative term of course – their slower bits would still be faster than a lot of other bands).

All in all a very satisfying release that grows in enjoyment on subsequent listens and as the nuances of the songwriting and guitar riffs start to make themselves known.  Recommended.

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http://www.last.fm/music/Birth+Through+Gore

Misery Index – Retaliate

Misery Index - RetaliateRetaliate is a quality grind album from 2003 – if you are a fan of intelligent grind then I heartily recommend this.

For fans of Napalm Death/Brutal Truth/Dying Fetus-style grind in the sense that there are actual songs with lyrics that are better than just the usual gore/sex/etc. tirade.

The songs are quite catchy in places, which just reinforces the quality of songwriting available here. Admittedly there is nothing groundbreaking here; but who needs groundbreaking when grind is done so well? I’d take Misery Index over a whole host of lesser “innovative” bands any day.

Check them out –

https://www.facebook.com/MiseryIndex

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Abnormality – Contaminating the Hive Mind (Review)

abnormalityFemale-fronted brutal/technical death metal, although if you didn’t know the vocalist was female you wouldn’t necessarily think so – that’s how brutal and guttural the vocals are.

If you like this style of music then you know what to expect here.  What is to separate them from any number of other brutal death metal bands? Well, quite simply the’re just better than most! How so? Excellent vocals and tight musicianship; combined with a massive production and great songs mean this is a must for any death metal fan.

I seriously recommend this album.

Find out more –

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Lykathea Aflame – Elvenefris

Lykathea_AflameAn older album here from 2000.  This is excellent, atmospheric, (but still with plenty of brutality), death metal with an Egyptian theme.  Now, this may immediately bring to mind Nile, but rest assured that this band are not copying and they sound wholly themselves, at least as much as any band does anyway.

Songs are well constructed and generally of the longer length, which gives the band ample room to explore their art. A good production and sound tops it all off, and there is some exceptional musicianship on display also.

I heartily recommend this album and think it is somewhat of a lost classic.

Apparently the band are still together, but this the only release that I am aware of.  Do yourself a favour and track down a copy of this album – you won’t regret it.

 

Valtari – Fragments of a Nightmare

valtariMelodic Death Metal in the vein of Dark Tranquillity.  Well written and well recorded; if you like the Gothenburg style of metal then you’ll be more than happy with this album.

I’m quite enjoying the songwriting on display here, and there is certainly an obvious passion for this style of music evident throughout.  The album is especially impressive when you consider that it is all the product of just one man: Marty Warren.

If you’d like to hear more –

https://www.facebook.com/Valtari

http://www.valtari.info/

Enjoy!