Corrosion of Conformity are nearly ancient. Black Sabbath managed to hit 50 years and I think COC will too eventually. They had a real messy start but have been in the clear ever since. They aren’t trailblazers or savants by any means, but they know how to kick out some rock and/or roll.
These guys are heavy as fuck and I don’t just mean they use ridiculous amounts of gain, every element present is a source of chaos and menace. Only Self maintains a certain level of aggression and anger and then somehow still manages to transition into segments and breakdowns that take it to an even darker level. It’s no surprise that it had production from Andy Nelson of Weekend Nachos and mastering by Brad Boatright who also did Nails.
The Level Above Human is something I’ve been craving from 2018, an album with a blistering pace and full energy screaming. Something to blow your hair back, and then your scalp too. This style of brutal slam takes the blueprints set by Cannibal Corpse and fills with nuance and takes the extreme aspect as far as it can go. Often more average deathcore bands will do this to the point where it becomes flat but Ingested have surpassed that with some solid beat driven extreme metal.
Alright, time for a hardcore record. Beacon of Faith is very metallic to be fair, bordering on thrash metal. This is their first release in four years so for me this one kind of came out of nowhere and it’s a nice surprise. I hadn’t heard of them before but in the years since their last album I have grown an appreciation for metallic hardcore with bands like Converge and Code Orange. Baptists are similar to those bands but keep it much closer to hardcore punk thanks to the fact that what metal influence they do have is likely an older generation of thrash metal or even Motorhead more than metalcore. It works well, it maintains the heart of hardcore while making it more interesting than the usual stuff. There are a couple of tracks that are closer to being straight up metal, making this Beacon of Faith a good entry point into hardcore for metalheads.
This was my first Deafheaven album and working through their backlog has been an interesting journey. Each album is a distinct experience and Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is the most distinct of all. That isn’t to say it’s their best work but rather to validate its place within the discography. They are labelled as post-black metal, which is a less common label to see and can mean a few things, many of which are boring. Deafheaven is far from boring.