Review: Genocide District – Scourge

Orange County’s Genocide District may not match up with the taste of the djent/tech crowd. If you’re expecting a meticulous display of musicianship, complex song structure and a progressive feel, this is not your EP.

That does not mean that G.D. are not talented, don’t get me wrong – their blend of misanthropic death metal/hardcore is 100 % on point, especially if you’re into Harm’s Way, Xibalba, No Zodiac (to name a few).

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Review: Visions of Disfigurement / Chainsaw Castration – Involuntary Cranial Excision

Review by Adriana.

Two great slammers, Visions of Disfigurement and Chainsaw Castration, came together to create this tasty little side album, with Chainsaw Castration leading on the first 3 tracks and VoD with the last 3. The first track doesn’t seem to do anything more than establish what is to come: dirty, violent slam. “Contorted and Aborted” is where this album really starts. It’s fast right from the get-go and already makes you want to kick something. Low­ tuned guitars that play slow notes contrast perfectly with the fast, cymbal smashing drums. The vocals sound more evil as they get higher and overlay angry, beatdown madness that is “Contorted and Aborted.”
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Review: In Dying Arms – Boundaries

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.

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Review: Nightland – Obsession

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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