Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, May 24, 2019

Trench Warfare - Hatred Prayer

I've had my eyes on Trench Warfare for a while now. There blackened death metal assault is oppressive and over the top. In some ways it represents all the best that the TXDM scene has to offer. This sort of bloodthirsty and go for the throat death metal is addictive. It's powerful and in your face, wiling to plow you over with raw swagger. Their debut full length, Hatred Prayer comes after years of hard work. It's a massive sounding record from a band who seem determined to crack skulls across the globe.

The unrelenting grooves and chainsaw guitars of Hatred Prayer tattoo a rhythm of violence into your ears. The band refuses to let up, instead ensconcing the listener with riff after riff. These songs are endlessly exciting, unafraid to toss in a few rock and roll pick slides or guitar solos. All in all though, Hatred Prayer deals in hyper speed riffs that leave you scraping your jaw off the floor. I might even go so far as to describe this as raw black metal played with a death metal attitude. The blazing assault of a track like Spare No Wrath is a perfect example of the perpetual forward motion that makes this such a compelling listen.

With nods to thrash metal and hardcore roots tossed in intermittently, Hatred Prayer is a concentrated dose of extreme metal madness. The band has a clear sound and they stick to it. sure this isn't reinventing the wheel, but it's really fucking good extreme metal. Even as they tear through these songs you can see in your minds eyes countless long haired freaks windmilling obsessively to the sound of a band who seem destined to rip your face off. Hatred Prayer is the latest magic from Transcending Obscurity Records, prepare your soul.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kapala - Termination Apex

There is something to be said for the raw and unadulterated blasphemy of metal coming out in emerging markets. Termination Apex, the latest offering from the Indian blasphemers in Kapala is yet another great example of this. The grandiose sounds and tortured vomiting of this uncompromising and thoroughly twisted volume of work makes Termination Apex a masterful and spellbinding release. It is the sort of demented black metal that keeps us coming back, and grasping at our very sanity.

With elements of grindcore, harsh noise and so much more throughout, Termination Apex fascinates more because of its dedication to a stripped back and twisted sound than anything else. Herein lies a record that is truly oppressive and hard to listen too. It's as if the band set out to make sure only those of us who have truly devoted ti e to the genre would be even interested in getting through it. The raw chaos embodied here with the band barely staying together and production buzzing away is in many ways a turn off. Yet that's exactly what keeps me coming back. This is a band who truly don't give a fuck and are uncompromising in their vision.

In some ways, Termination Apex is a record that is going to make you uncomfortable. If you aren't already familiar with the world of brutal and raw black metal then you are not going to understand Kapala in the slightest. However if you're the kind of person who likes their metal reeking of maggots, warfare and desperation then Kapala have put together something for you. Intense, heavy and at times terrifying in its scope, this is a fucked up record for fucked up people and I can't look away.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces Of Palingenesia

The Furnaces Of Palingenesia is one of the most anticipated records of the year. Deathspell Omega have for years now been on the the black metal undergrounds favorite groups. They are forward thinking and uadacious, constantly pushing the listener to new heights. There is a maddening beauty behind their music, and on this, their seventh full length effort that comes together more clearly than ever before. Painting massive soundscapes and a sense of hellish humanity, The Furnaces Of Palingenesia is the sound of the world coming apart.

The deeper you dig into this record, the more you feel your sanity starting to come apart. This is an album that is chaotic and weird. It is over the top and powerful, constantly demanding more but consequently rewarding the listener. Every time I come back to Deathspell Omega's discography I think once more about how huge of an impact this band has had on the underground. There are countless bands who ape the devastating black metal madness of this band, but only Deathspell Omega execute with such aplomb. This is an album that encourages you to dive in and navigate its Dante-esque hellscape.

The Furnaces Of Palingenesia is a stunner through and through. It is more than worth multiple listens and constantly encourages the listener to pull back another layer of their own psyche in the name of black metal slaughter. Deathspell Omega remain firmly years ahead of the curve with a sound that is terrifying and grandiose. This is a record that is going to routinely have you grasping for sanity and begging for more from yourself. The more you invest, the more you fall in love. The bands brand of brazen and unwieldy black metal stuns once more.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Martyrdod - Hexhammaren

Bloodthirsty, fast and over the top - Martyrdod has consistently been cracking skulls for years now. As we look at the release of their latest record, Hexhammaren later this week it becomes clear that these d-beat obsessed Swedes are onto something special. A record driven forward by the insane beat of a drum, Martyrdod seem to continually one up themselves on Hexhammaren, pushing for bold new heights. The crazed magic of Martyrdod seems to see the band scrapping for new heights and ripping out throats across the world.

The black and roll touches that counterbalance some of the crustier elements of Hexhammaren make for truly addictive listening. Uncompromising in its raw approach, it comes as no surprise that many of the solos are improvised. I say this not because I think that they are poorly composed, but rather because they have that fast and furious thrown together vibe that acts like Hellripper so frequently trade in. In fact I might even go so far as to say that Hexhammaren is in some ways sort of a crustier take on a band like Midnight. It's completely uncompromising in its dedication to keeping the magic of rock and roll alive.

There is something strangely nostalgic about Hexhammaren and Martyrdod as a whole. They are like the best band you ever saw play a house show. They remain fully committed to not just their DIY ethos but overall stripped back insanity on this record, but it is still perhaps their best yet. They use the rawness to their advantage, to devastate you with a veritable fire hose of crusty d beat magic. Elegantly put together despite its jagged visage, Hexhammaren is goign to keep you coming back time and time again.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Misþyrming - Algleymi

Regular readers know that I have been a huge fan of the Icelandic black metallers in Misþyrming for quite some time now. Their cavernous sound and unique take on the Icelandic side of the genre is simply fascinating. This latest offering, Algleymi is just another gem in their crown. Only their sophomore full length the band has been able to once more knock it out of the park with this one, showing time and time again that they are among the brightest hopes on the star studded Icelandic black metal scene.

There is a melodic sensibility here that serves to make Algleymi a record you can't help but to love. The sheer scope of these tracks is intimidating and it pushes the listener to go back and spin Algleymi time and time again. To glean this records secrets requires a fair bit of dedication. Yet even from the first the bands brand of truly driven and punishing black metal will stun. The leads are beautifully arranged and the chord progressions remain vile. Misþyrming use this effort to prove that though they may have continued to evolve their sound they have not become fat on their previous successes. In fact this may very well be their strongest offering to date.

Algleymi is a record that you are going to get lost in. Misþyrming have proven that there are amazing new vistas of black metal that still need to be explored. Every passing moment with the band is another one spent getting closer to black metal absolution. This is a stone cold stunner, a record that continually demands more from the listener but rewards those who devote the time to it. What more could you want from a black metal release? It just speaks to the overarching power of what they have managed to craft here.

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