Review by Adriana.
The next band in our cross hairs is the Finnish death metal band Sotajumala. This 8 track album was released on January 16th of 2015, so it’s still fresh. The band is offering the option to purchase or download the album for free. The lyrics are in Finnish, but there is an English translation for each song there are links on their Facebook and Twitter pages for those.
On to the music: before I get into small details it must be noted that this album was unrelenting from start to finish. There are no preludes, soft intros, or anything of the sort. I’m left relatively speechless at how well the album turned out because I enjoyed every second of it. Even though I’ve listened to this album multiple times, it never fails to impress. The vocals are raw and angry, the drums pummel with harmonizing cymbal strikes, the solos won’t bore you, and the riffs for both guitars and bass give a warlike/battlefield (not the game) atmosphere to it.
Bands: Goliath Band, Invoker, Perplexity (3/9-3/19) and VERA (3/18-3/22)!
It’s not often that a band can pull from major acts and successfully incorporate them into a single album, while still managing to find a unique sound that defines said band. Breaking out in January 2015, Vilis accomplishes the previously aforementioned, with vigor and style. You’ll definitely hear influences from bands such as Sworn In, Barrier, Darke Complex and other popular hardcore bands, but don’t write them off as a Sworn In clone, they’re heavy, dark, and they know what they’re doing.
Review by Andrew W.
STYG are 5 piece melodic hardcore band from California and have been involved in the scene since 2003. Disobedient is the bands 5th full length studio album and it was released on February 10th, 2015 through Sumerian Records. Disobedient was produced by John Feldman (BVB, SWS, WCAR.)This record features a total of 11 songs with a surprisingly short run time of only 31 minutes. In this 31 minutes it is packed with many hardcore favorite guests such as Scott Vogel of Terror, Walter Delgado or Rotting Out, and more. The lyrics often talk about the hardships of life making it hit home for many. It seems with angsty lyrics like these that it is aimed more towards a teenage audience. The production is nothing special or over the top – which certainly is not a bad thing. It sounds raw, but not too raw. It sounds well produced, but not over produced and over edited making it very listenable for most.
Genre(s): Death Metal/Groove
PSAB: Why was the name “Hellucination” chosen for your band?
Hellucination: Well it’s actually a name I came up with almost 5 years ago while I was bored during a class at the University. It sounded cool because it’s some kind of a play on words as you can tell, summing up the idea of hell being an hallucination therefore not real. I have to say that now it sounds not as cool as it did back then, but we still feel attached to it and lots of people find it cool, so it’s a keeper!
PSAB: How’s the feedback been for your new song “Exile The Deviant”? Also, what can we entirely expect from Katabasis in March?
Hellucination: The feedback’s been really good and we are very satisfied with it, since it’s our first “real” album (we just put out a self-produced EP 2 years ago) us and our friends and fans were really looking forward to finally hear those songs we’ve been playing for pretty much 3 years. And “Exile The Deviant” is a great anticipation for what you’ll hear on Katabasis when it comes out March 20th, which is basically our version of death metal with as many twists as possible to keep it fresh and not boring. There are some pretty diverse songs in there so hopefully it will be 45 minutes of solid heavy music.