Shokran releases preview to new album Supreme Truth

Earlier today, djent band Shokran, releases a preview video for their upcoming new alum Supreme Truth. The album is set to release February 22, 2014. There is currently no pre-orders up for the album, so be on the look out for that. This album is their second new album, Sixth Sense being their first release. If you’re into progressive metalcore, or djent, you will enjoy Shokran.

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Assyria – Ardenti [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Deathcore

Assyria’s first single of 2014 is “Ardenti” and it’s a fucking banger of a song. The pace of the song is slow going, similar to what you would hear in a down tempo song, but there are some parts that are a lot faster than others. Instrumentally, it sticks to a guitar chugging type of sound for majority of the song, with the exception of a minor guitar solo in part of the song. There is also a massive breakdown near the end of the song. The vocals used are low screams and high screams, the former being used the most. The low screams are very, very low, raw, and sound like they have a lot of power behind them. The high screams are similar to the low screams in the sense that they are raw and powerful sounding. Overall, “Ardenti” is one hell of a deathcore song, and I recommend any deathcore fan to give it a listen!

Score: 4/5

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Conscious Control – Feed The Machine [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Melodic Death Metal
Conscious Control’s debut EP, Feed The Machine, has five songs and roughly 20 or so minutes of listening materials. The EP isn’t officially released as of this writing, however, it will be released on February 21, 2014 at their CD release show. Therefore, the songs listed on their Soundcloud are just bits of the full EP, to get a taste of it before purchasing it. Conscious control is a melodic death metal band that hails from Melbourne, Australia.
The first song for review is “Apex.” The pace of the song is upbeat, but not overly fast paced. The instrumentals sound very melodic for majority of the song, except there are some breaks here and there. The vocals that are used is high screams and low screams, the former being the main vocal style used in the song. I like the use of the high screams being the main vocal style, because Scott’s highs sound better than his lows. But, his lows are good too and are well placed in the song.
The second and final song for review is “Prisoner.” When this song is compared to the previous song reviewed, the pace is a bit slower and is nowhere near as fast paced. Instrumentally, it is still very melodic, but with the slower pace, the listener can really hear all the melodic elements and sounds used throughout the song. In the introduction and near the middle of the song, there are purely instrumentals used. The former is a build-up for the actual song, and the latter is a guitar solo. The vocals are roughly the same as “Apex” as well, but Scott doesn’t use low screams too much for this song. Like stated before, Scott’s high screams sound great and fit well with Conscious Control’s sound.
Feed The Machine is a melodic death metal album that provides some awesome instrumentals and fitting vocals. Some of the songs are a bit faster and heavier as others, but that provides a good mix of slow and fast songs for the listener. This EP is Concious Control’s first EP, and it sets the pace for the band really well. I highly recommend you checking out Feed The Machine, and picking up the album when it goes up to purchase. It’s some really good melodic death metal.

Score: 4.5/5

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Species – Pineal Sweat [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Progressive Deathcore/Groove/Djent
Species’ recently released single “Pineal Sweat” is a combination of progressive deathcore, groove, and djent. The pace of the song is upbeat, but slower in some parts of the song. Instrumentally it sticks to the standard progressive deathcore sound, with the exception of some groove near the middle of the song. When I say standard, I mean that the ‘guitar twang’ sound you normally hear in progressive deathcore/metalcore band is what is mainly heard here. The vocals used are low screams and high screams, and they’re both gritty sounding, which I like quite a bit. Overall “Pineal Sweat” is a solid deathcore song, it doesn’t stray away from the already established path of progressive deathcore, but solid nonetheless. Pick it up on their Bandcamp page for name your price!

Score: 3/5

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Remains of the Tyrant – Filth [REVIEW]

Listen / Name Your Price (via Bandcamp)
Genre(s): Death Metal/Deathcore
Remains of the Tyrant’s EP Filth is a mix of raw death metal and deathcore, more of the former than the latter. It has six songs and roughly 15 minutes worth of listening materials. It’s a tad bit short for six songs, but beggars cannot be choosers.
The third song is “Embalming Fluid.” It is an instrumental song filled with grunge-y and raw sounding guitar playing. There is a guitar solo midway through the song. Other than the guitar playing, there are some drums to be heard, but they are subtle.
The fifth song is “Programmed to Slavery” and this song hits you hard from start to finish. The pace of the song very upbeat and fast, kind of similar to the pace of trash metal. Instrumentally, it sticks to guitar riffs and blast beats for the most part. It is a bit technical here and there also. Vocally, the vocalist sticks to high and low screams. The high screams are the main type of scream used, and they’re quite high pitched. The low screams are very brutal and raw sounding, which is awesome.
Filth is a very raw, sometimes brutal, fast, and overall heavy album. The audio quality of the EP is okay, but I think with the lack of quality it gives the album a more grittier sound that I enjoy more. The only gripe I have is that the album is pretty short lived with only having 15 minutes worth of materials, but I cannot complain too much as the album is ‘name your price.’ Other than that, it’s a pretty solid death metal album that I recommend you checking out!

Score: 3.5/5

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