First Degree‘s blend of brutality would suite the taste of both new- and old-school fans of beatdown hardcore. At first listen (glance?) ,F.D.’s sound may seem similar to Nasty, Six Ft. Ditch and Born From Pain – some excellent hardcore bands from Europe and beyond, which I whole-heartedly recommend.
The melodic deathcore behemoth’s In Dying Arms, consistently out-do themselves. With their most recently released album Boundaries, IDA has proved themselves capable of so much more than just playing music. They’ve mastered the art of eliciting emotion from even the most brutal songs, through absolutely incredible instrumentals, and unparalleled vocals.
Review by Adriana.
Nightland is a four piece symphonic death metal band from Pesaro, Italy. The album of discussion is Obsession which was released February of 2015 and is Nightland’s second full length. It is 44 minutes long and has 10 songs. Their music can be found on Spotify, Bandcamp, and iTunes.
Obsession opens with an orchestral piece that is very atmospheric. It has a crescendo into an intense suspenseful piece that gives off a horror-esque surrounding. The decrescendo slowly recedes until the two cymbal hits, and quick drum fills set the stage for the rest of the song to kick in. A guitar riff acts as a bridge for the speedy playing that entails from the rest of the band along with orchestral strings/horns playing in harmony. This is similar to Fleshgod Apocalypse, except the symphonic part done better. The soft strings and horns in the background do not overpower any instruments or vocals yet don’t hide behind the band. The song is so beautiful and relaxing, but still heavy. As far as the heaviness of the song, it has traditional elements of death metal plus the orchestra playing to accent the music.
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PSAB: Where does the band name “Abandoned Elysium” come from?
AE: The idea behind it, is that we live in a paradise that is on its way to doom. Just think about it, we have abandoned the idea to keep our planet alive… Even tough this paradise can provide for everyone, we still misuse it because of our greedy behaviour. The name itself came pretty randomly through brainstorming i guess. The word Elysium comes from Greek mythology, where Ēlýsion is described as the paradise in afterlife.
Hailing from South Jersey, New Jersey, the relatively unknown deathcore band, Cranely Gardens has released their debut EP Locust Valley. In an over-saturated genre, Cranely Gardens stands out from the rest. With technical metalcore/deathcore riffs, heavy hitting drums, a booming bass, and a fantastic vocalist, the Cranely Gardens quintet is likely to appeal to fans of everything from Chelsea Grin to The Black Dahlia Murder to Miss May I to Erra. Check them out, Locust Valley is sure to keep your attention fixated, your interested piqued, and your heart racing.
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