Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, May 29, 2020

Voidceremony - Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel

Man this is a nifty one, spiraling and intense death metal that seems to only get more evil with time! Voidceremony are masters of their craft with a sound that will turn your head over and leave you gasping for air. There is a lot to sink your teeth into with this latest offering from 20 Buck Spin. Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel captures the imagination because of its off kilter progressive death metal approach which seems to continually hint at strange new vistasts to unlock.

Seven years in the making, Voidceremony have found a perfect balance between old and new. While the fretless bass lines and jazz spirals seem almost like a growth of Rivers of Nihil, at times the production and songwriting is much more reminiscent of Atheist. Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel, brings a whole mess of ideas into the music though and picking through them will take even the dedicated listener quite a bit of time. That's part of the beauty of this record though. It is worth the countless replays and it will keep giving devout listeners more wonderful death metal madness to pick apart.

Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel is not afraid to beat you over the head with volume and pure hatred. The squirrelly guitar playing is never flashy for the sake of being flashy. The bass routinely shines as a highlight pointing towards bolder futures. In brief, this is a record that feels progressive and technical but is never obnoxious. Never lost up its own ass but instead endlessly interesting Voidceremony continually point towards the bold promise of death metals future reminding us the best is yet to come.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Pointed Mutation - Engineering The Unhuman

I've always tried my best to support underground metal from Iran. It's a country that has for a long time tried to suppress alternative music, and any sort of limitations on freedom of creativity should probably be combated against in my view. And so find ourselves listening to Pointed Mutation's new EP, Engineering The Unhuman. While frequently metal from this part of the world is fairly primitive, Pointed Mutation have done an amazing job of crafting some angular and exciting music that captures the imagination.

While there are certainly a few limits with regards to the production, as a general rule, Engineering The Unhuman is a truly exciting and deep listen. There is a magic to the precision riffing here and the deep understanding of the genre that helps to make this thing so good. Throughout the eleven minute EP, Pointed Mutation prove again and again that they are among the best in the world at what they do. They have conjured up a position as masters of their craft and visionaries driving towards a bold future. This is what extreme metal is supposed to be about after all, and Pointed Mutation are certainly pushing their hardest.

There is a very clear passion and energy behind the music here that makes it wonderfully addictive. The band have been able to position themselves not just as masters within Iran, but master of death metal throughout the world. While the band isn't really bringing anything new to the table here, they are doing a great job of delivering some of our favorite death metal tropes at a million miles an hour. Fun, tight and over the top, Pointed Mutation consistently prove that they deserve a place among the greats.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mandown - We Want Blood

This is an interesting one. It's heavy rock that borders on the transcendent. Not because of airy keyboards or gorgeous production (Though the production is excellent) but because the band is simply that honest. There is a raw and frantic magic to We Want Blood, and as Mandown guide you through just over ten minutes of rock and roll madness you will find that you want blood too. Yeah, there's a radio rock side to it, but Mandown lean into it, in fact that's a big part of what makes them so much fun.

We Want Blood is an inherently exciting release. This duo are driven forward by blasting drums and quasi shouted vocals. The strange reverberations that give breadth and vision to the EP's opening track, 'Try Or Die', only adds to the hard rocking magic of what's done here. Mandown stick to tried and true heavy rock tropes throughout, infusing stoner and groove metal riffs with a healthy punk energy. The primordial rhythms and pulsating vibes that define this album remind us that fundamentally rock and roll is about letting out the beast within. That's exactly what makes it so fun and so meaningful even after all this time.

Mandown drive towards the beating heart of rock and roll with We Want Blood, and though this offering is only a few minutes long it fills me with hope for what could come from these crazed English rockers. You're going to be fist pumping and bellowing along all night to a band who grasp the simple beauty of heavy rock music and who continually remind us that this is why we got into this stuff in the first place. Mandown are masterful, who are we to deny the simple magic of their existence?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Almyrkvi/The Ruins Of Beverast - Split

Van Records has always done an amazing job of bringing together underground bands for excellent splits. Their place as a curator of taste is unmatched. Furthermore, for nearly twenty years The Ruins of Beverast have carved out a reputation as one of the premier black metal bands in the scene. So when they decide to do a split with a much newer band you had better sit up and take notice. This is the starting point from which you've got to pick apart this wonderful new split they've done with Almyrkvi.

When Almyrkvi kick off the split you can tell that they are on some next level stuff. While their previous offerings have been excellent, the two epic length songs that they unveil here are truly excellent. It's another step forward for a truly excellent band. It further establishes them as newfound greats in the scene. When Ruins of Beverast come in with the majestic 'The Grand Nebula Pulse' to launch their side of things its a sort of completing of the circle. It's so thrilling to spend time listening to a band so committed to developing their sound over decades of existence. These two new tracks only add to their wondrous legacy.

This is a split that can't help but to capture the imagination and transport the listener somewhere transcendent. It's rare that you find bands with this level of bombast behind what they do. So to have two of them together on one split makes for a really compelling listen. The fact that each band only brings two songs to the split means that there is high replayability here too. This is a record you're going to get lost in if you are willing to take the time to breathe in and then dive deep into the ethereal magic.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

King Gorm - S/T

There aren't a ton of records that claim to worship classic rock that are actually good. Most of the time you just get bland rehashings of Black Sabbath through the lens of a devastatingly drunk High On Fire jam session. King Gorm however manage to distill a variety of exciting elements, ranging from Rush and King Crimson to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young by way of Blue Oyster Cult. In other worlds, King Gorm have the talent to sit among the greats and do something truly special and endlessly interesting.

The inherent bombast of this record is very much intentional. The record tells epic and bardic tales, transcending time and space to capture the imagination of the listener. King Gorm have gone far above and beyond here to unleash something that fascinates. The epic journey of a song like 'The Witch Of Irondale' is something that only the truly talented can pull off. Meanwhile the dark almost Sabbathian magic of 'Slaughter Of The King' proves that King Gorm can hang with all the heavier bands too. It's hard not to get lost in the magic of what unfolds here, as the band only seem to grow and embrace bold new heights.

It makes sense that this project might come from the mind behind Old Man Wizard. There are clear overtones of bands like Ghost but also a sense of power metal magic. This is a fun record that any fan of classic rock is really going to find something to sink their teeth into. It's rare that I find an album that is quite as fun as this one and which seems to so eagerly leap from peak to peak. King Gorm are far too much fun to listen too and their deep passion behind this music is exciting, clearminded and over the top.

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