Micro Dose: Swarn – Black Flame Order (2019)

October 19, 2019 CarcassBOMB 0

Swarn make some filthy raw blackened death metal. It’s got fuzzed out, loud, heavy riffs with a strong throttling low end. The vocalist employs these very evil sounding guttural growls that blend black metal and death metal vocal styling perfectly.

The drums are very well produced and performed, the snare sounds tight as hell. All of this is topped off with a dark dingy tone and atmosphere. They also take a death metal approach to song structure with fast furious songs and the album clocking in at just under 30 minutes.

Review/Interview: Heráldica de Mandrake – Esto también pasará 8.7

October 16, 2019 CarcassBOMB 0

This is one of those scenarios where you don’t understand Spanish but can identify enough words capable of setting a tone. Get ready for some psychedelic action from this Chilean doom trio that’s wet with distortion, I may have even heard an amp blow at some point – unless it’s a drum they’ve down tuned or a pedal effect. There’s a strange aspect to it that a lot of people would describe as “not music”, bordering on noise doom, but it works organically into the overall sound. It’s an interesting release made ever more so by its distinguishable album art created by the frontman Francisco Rivera who offered some insight to the story behind their art as well as their anti-fascist stance (included at the end).

Album Review: The Ritual Aura – Velothi 8.2

October 15, 2019 CarcassBOMB 0

Before even pressing play I am more or less in love with this album and I think the concept of Morrowind Metal has been a long ass time coming. Morrowind was the game of my life, no doubt about it, I found it at Video Ezy on original XBOX when I was 11. I played Morrowind and only Morrowind until Oblivion was released on 360 when I was 15. I have an encyclopedia like memory of that game and its many quest lines, as well as exploits. I found that fucking Dwemer Cube about 300 times. I’ve played it plenty as an adult too, fully modded. This is even more in my wheelhouse than Dark Souls. The Ritual Aura are also an Australian band with great album art. The music would have to suck more balls than I can imagine being sucked to fuck this up.

Micro Dose: Lucifungus – Akuma Kin (2018)

July 17, 2019 CarcassBOMB 0

For a new doom duo these guys go pretty hard. As their Facebook asks, “How can 2 dudes be heavier than my whole band?” and that’s pretty accurate. These doom riffs are crushing and thicc. It also features the classic Australian sound that can so easily be confused for southern or groove metal. It’s very playful and progresses through the tracks very organically. I really like the track “Flesh” – it sounds very much like a Melvins song – which I never get sick of hearing.

The vocals are clean, as per the usual with stoner doom. The influences appear to be Buzz Osborne and Ozzy Osbourne. There’s never too much of an emphasis on the vocals or the lyrics though as the mixing seems to allow any kind of germination. It all blends together nicely in a complete package. It’s not too long or too short, just a really solid debut that should be an easy listen for any doom head.

Here’s hoping they do some more physical releases (tapes please!)

Micro Dose: Crypt Crawler – To The Grave (2019)

July 16, 2019 CarcassBOMB 0

Australia is just churning out old school death inspired records this year and it’s amazing. Crypt Crawler are less on the grind side of things than I’ve been covering lately and follow more traditional death and melo death structures and styles. A definite must listen for fans of Amon Amarth, Death and Obituary.

The general highlight of To The Grave is the consistent guitar solos. It’s something that a lot of modern slam and grind neglects, if only out of necessity. It’s nice to get back to familiar thrashier territory – the death sound that formed my teen years as a metalhead. Standout track is Soul Harvester. It has a really great clean guitar opening and some catchy hooks. It felt like the album arrived at this track in a way too, in that the track contains the entirety of album in a neat summary. Some good pay out.