semblance ov death

Reviews 24
Approval 89%

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News Articles 21
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Album Edits 116

Album Ratings 32
Objectivity 59%

Last Active 09-21-16 10:29 am
Joined 04-04-14

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Average Rating: 4.06
Rating Variance: 0.76
Objectivity Score: 59%
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5.0 classic
Asphyx Last One on Earth
God, has a more alien or just straight up abnormal guitar tone ever been recorded? Guitars sound the best when they don't even sound like guitars anymore, just krushing noise. You'll never hear death metal that sounds like this in this day and age.
Cadaveric Fumes Dimensions Obscure
Probably the best death metal release of the year. I've been going back to this consistently since release and it never ceases to amaze.
Liers In Wait Spiritually Uncontrolled Art
I AM YOUR FUCKIN' OVERLORD. This album is twisted and chaotic, full of dynamic riffs, atmospheric keys and just crazy music. Definitely one of my favourite death metal albums, it's just a shame the project was so short-lived. This is some of the most deadly death metal there is.
Morbus Chron A Saunter Through The Shroud
Morbus Chron were always a band that never really impressed me. Their early work was some solid horror dm but I always felt something was a little lacklustre. This EP was a revelation, some of the most brilliantly savage vocals in the genre along with the psychedelic death n roll vibes and the raw production made this a vicious package and held so much promise.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
dear fucking lord this is the most devastating album i've heard
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum
Bordering chaotic thrash metal and devastating death metal, Malleus Maleficarum is Pestilence's first full length and their most unabashedly brutish, heavy and wild album. They'd go on to hone their death metal style on Consuming Impulse, but without the haphazard thrash hooks and Van Drunen's raspy unique shouts, which turned into howling and wobbly growls.

4.5 superb
Angel Sword Rebels Beyond the Pale
So much replay-ability on this one. Riffs are too fun and I personally love the vocalist. wicked cool stuff.
Barrow Wight Kings In Saurons Service
Equal parts epic heavy metal, first wave black metal, punk-infused speed and progressive/heavy psyche, this album is an incredible and essential listen for 2016.
Blood Incantation Starspawn
There's an ambiance underlying the record that elevates it as a listen. Throughout its short
runtime, it captures the essence of mystery, horror, and the cosmos perfectly. Your mind could
wander all day with the imagery, nostalgia and general feeling that Starspawn provides within its
unrelentingly beautiful and chasmic folds.
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder
Rules, as expected. Arctic Thunder culminates all of Darkthrone's styles over the years into one insanely good record, with some new doses of slow and dark doom metal that Ted and Fenriz have injected into the mix.
Desecresy Stoic Death
And again, Hawks is W R O N G, don't let his falses reviews cloud your mind. This band makes
unique and chasmically transcendental death metal with atmospheric leads, rotten vocals and
heavy, catchy riffs that slay for days. Play this loud over speakers to fill your house with devouring
atmosphere. Not at all meant to be an Ulver, Convulse, Infester or Morbid Angel album. Hawks is
an idiot. This has been a PSA.
Eternal Champion The Armor of Ire
Probably the best heavy metal album of the year, gives Spell and Wytch Hazel a run for their money.
Ghoulgotha To Starve the Cross
Death metal isn't supposed to progress, nor is it supposed to remain stagnant. Stagnancy is
unchanging, it's boring. Progress is growth. Death metal isn't supposed to grow; it's supposed to
rot. Much like a corpse will decay and change, for its namesake, death metal needs to retain that
character. I feel like many people will disagree with this position. I don't care. Ghoulgotha
represent the eminent decay of death metal.
High Spirits Motivator
Big step up from 'You Are Here' which felt a bit dull after their killer debut. The leads on this might be their best ever and are far and away some of the best of the year. Absolutely astoundingly good riffs and solos here, and the energy is enormous.
Nox Formulae The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy
Brilliant Hellenic black metal. From the mastermind behind Serpent Noir, once again showing us the true sound of occult black metal and basically making all other bands in 2016 irrelevant.
Preoccupations Preoccupations
Preoccupations is the sound of dissecting every rotten feeling. An immediately familiar hood
hangs from its trappings and sullen, dancing monochromatic beats. From the opening drones of
'Anxiety', there's a brightly coloured ambiance that sounds as if dulled by some kind of blemish-
removing Instagram filter. I can't tell if it's triggered some kind of nostalgia, or if the album has just
tapped into some well of mundane, bare and utterly relatable ugly emotion.

4.0 excellent
Asphyx Incoming Death
Asphyx release their best album since Last One On Earth. Don't listen to Flug's poserisms, Van Drunen still provides the best death metal vocals around and this album makes death metal cool again
AUM Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum
When primitive caveman death metal finds spiritualism. A beautiful thing.
Garroted In the Court of Nyarlathotep
A deadly demo from these dudes who I'm sure will go on to produce some really mindblowing stuff in the future
Hikrahe Lily (The Wilt)
Wonderful stuff.
Jenny Hval Blood Bitch
Really lovely record, tastefully conveyed concepts and overall just an easy and wonderful listen
Mithras On Strange Loops
Nothing but consistency here, they don't really expand their sound, but they do continue their style of atmospheric tech death beautifully
Nicolas Jaar Sirens
A lot to take in on a first listen. Not sure if I enjoy it as much as his first album but there's a lot to love here.
Scalare At the Edge of Darkness
The best worst vocalist you can imagine. I love this shit.
Washer Here Comes Washer
A wonderfully catchy and achingly familiar indie rock record that ticks a lot of boxes in all the right ways.

3.5 great
Dead Congregation Sombre Doom
Pretty good.
Morbus Chron Sweven
This album was a letdown after A Saunter Through The Shroud. I didn't gel with this at first and even now I still need to be in the right mood, since this cuts out almost all the savagery in place for a cleaner sound and some very poorly paced music that gets repetitive quickly. Sometimes the payoff for all their pot-boiling on this album isn't worth it, but other times it's just the ticket.

3.0 good
Auroch Mute Books
The band continues honing a style that they're good at but isn't a great style to be good at.
John K. Samson Winter Wheat
'Postdoc Blues', 'Winter Wheat' and 'Virtute At Rest' are among Samson's best work. 'Virtute At
Rest' especially is the beautiful and powerful closure we wanted for Virtute's story, but the other
piece in the story, '17th Street Treatment Centre', while explaining the story from the angle of
Virtute's owner, feels...forced, and empty. And the rest of the album is inconsequential,
wandering, boring. Nothing special happens, every moment seems either overwrought or under-
thought, and none of it sticks, sadly.

2.5 average
Chthe'ilist Le Dernier Crépuscule
At least the biggest disappointment of the year has gotten itself out of the way early. I wanted to fall in love with this so badly, but it just feels so empty.
Zealotry The Last Witness
Another mammoth disappointment this year, along with the new Chttkjtt''ksisjsllksishest record.

1.0 awful
Dark Millennium Midnight In The Void
I like to pretend this band never made anything after the debut. Especially not this. Possibly one of the worst albums I've ever heard.

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