Blast Radius – February, 2012

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Artist: Goatvermin
Album: Goatvermin
Label: Morbid Moon Records
Release Date: July 1st, 2011

Hailing from France, Goatvermin specialize in playing a very barbaric and aggressive form of black metal.  Think of Marduk‘s first few recordings and you have a decent idea of what Goatvermin is all about.  The production is very raw with lots of indistinguishable riffs and a snare that clangs like a trash can, all topped off with a healthy dose of deafening screeches.  The times where you can make out the riffs shows that these guys have some seriously good chops.  Tracks like “Jesus Flesh Cannibal,” “Satanik Holokaust,” and “Nekropanzer Execution” are perfect highlights for the visceral and sonic black metal that Goatvermin strives for.

There really isn’t anything more to say other than you should definitely keep your eyes on Goatvermin, for this group knows what the hell they are doing in the realm of black metal.

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Artist: Avgrunn
Album: Promo 2012
Label: Self-Released
Release Date: December 30th, 2011

It seems that Disgorge‘s reach is far and wide, as Avgrunn absolutely reeks of Disgorge-worship.  These Barcelona-born death metal maniacs have a pretty standard formula for brutal death metal and it seems to hinge heavily not only on the aforementioned band, but specifically California-styled brutal death metal.  The riffs are fast and chunky at the same time, plenty of blast beats and double bass, and vocals that are very reminiscent of Levi Fuselier’s (Disgorge, ex-Pathology, ex-Being Killed) guttural growling.  The only thing that doesn’t seem to be directly ripped from Disgorge is that the drumming, while tight and well executed, is not as adventurous as one would like to hear in brutal death metal like this, except maybe in the last minute or so in “Pyrophilia.”

This three-track promo-demo doesn’t exactly have a lot of variation to offer, but Avgrunn makes up for it in creating very similar catchy riffs as if they were done by Diego Sanchez (Disgorge) or Ed Talorda (Disgorge) themselves.  There is also a certain charm to the other two tracks, “Conceived Genetically Perverse” and “Fatal Fetus Metamorphosis” that lies within the production, and I also really dig the guitar tone.  Avgrunn, despite seeming to have some line-up changes in the two years they have been on this planet, seem to be getting started on finding their individual sound, and the way I see it is if it keeps hinging on this California-style of brutal death metal, then I will keep my eyes peeled for them in the future.

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Artist: Patriarchal Death Machine
Album: Yes!
Label: Pee Records
Release Date: January 24th, 2011

We have a racist Government that is controlling the lives of indigenous peoples in the Northern Territory.  You need to be aware of the lies that exist, and the lies that are continuing.  You can’t apologize on one hand, and maintain racist laws on the other.

Those are words of truth being spoken in “A Vulgar Display Of Brute Force, Ignorance And Colonial Imperialism.”  Quite a mouthful, I know, but these blokes from Adelaide, South Australia are not ones for mincing words with their brand of hardcore punk rock.  Patriarchal Death Machine are in the business of pumping out socially-and-politically aware tunes that are ridiculously catchy and energetic.  Seeing bands like this crop up in a place like Australia is nice, because if you do some research on the politics in Australia they are basically the little brother of the United States when it comes to soul-shattering racism, and P.D.M. wants that to no longer be the truth.

With quick bursts of visceral punk rock and lyrics that are akin to a social revolution, P.D.M. deliver their message in a very effective manner musically, and their song-titles reflect exactly what they are advocating, such as “Yes, I Will Continue To Mask Myself And Indulge In Molotov Cocktails For As Long As I Can See Clubs, Shields And Tear Gas,” “Don’t Try To Make Me Kiss Your Cronulla Cape Because I’ll Tear It From Your Shoulders And Shove It So Far Down Your Throat That You’ll Choke,” and “The Party At Skycity Will Fucking End.”  What’s really interesting to me is that sometimes P.D.M. will sometimes go into these spastic sections, almost proceeding into Cephalic Carnage-esque grindcore, which really helps the record keep you engaged.  I have been enjoying the hell out of “Yes!” since I got it over a year ago, and it’s about damn time I let you people in on the secret of Patriarchal Death Machine.  If you want really energetic and political-activist hardcore punk, then look no further.

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Artist: Corpsessed
Album: The Dagger & The Chalice
Label: Dark Descent Records
Release Date: May 1st, 2011

Corpsessed may have crawled out of their decrepit and maggot infested casket in 2007, but “The Dagger & The Chalice” is the only release I know from the band that has been produced.  Why the hell did it take four years for a label to pick up Corpsessed?  Seriously.  This is absolutely crushing old-school death metal at its finest.  I haven’t heard an album destroy this hard since Funebrarum‘s side of the split they did with Interment back in 2007, “Conjuration Of The Sepulchral.”  This EP reeks of old-school Swedish death metal, but these Fins know how to make it their own; the melodic leads are utterly ghoulish when on top of the deafening and plodding rhythm guitar, unholy growls and tortured screams with the perfect amount of reverb behind them, and an atmosphere that would spook a graveyard.

With six songs that spans almost 23:30, you are in for a devastating ride with Corpsessed.  After a terrifying 3 minute instrumental introduction, the real magic begins, as a thunderous growl and pinched harmonic lead destroy your speakers in “Crypt Infester.”  It is all over after that.  I was down for the count; Corpsessed have pure gold sitting in this EP, as every single track on it has the same perfectly haunting aesthetic that most “dark” bands could only ever dream of achieving.  “Nameless Cult,” “Altar Of Maggots,” “Massgrave,” and “The Dagger & The Chalice” will never leave one feeling underwhelmed when it comes to satisfying their death metal craving.  Corpsessed better be around for a long time, or else I am going to be really, really pissed, because these guys have hit their stride and should keep galloping at full speed.

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