semblance ov death

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Angel Sword Rebels Beyond the Pale4.5
So much replay-ability on this one. Riffs are too fun and I personally love the vocalist. wicked cool stuff.
Art Pepper Winter Moon5.0
ya, perf
Arvo Part Passio5.0
Perfect beyond words.
Asia Asia5.0
Asphyx Incoming Death4.0
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
Asphyx Last One on Earth5.0
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.
AUM Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum4.0
When primitive caveman death metal finds spiritualism. A beautiful thing.
Auroch Mute Books3.0
The band continues honing a style that they're good at but isn't a great style to be good at.
Barrow Wight Kings In Saurons Service4.5
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.
Big Blood Dark Country Magic4.5
Black Magic Wizard's Spell5.0
Blood Incantation Starspawn4.5
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.
Bolzer Hero4.5
This album seems to be pretty divisive, I suppose from people who were expecting more typical or "complete" black/death metal, or perhaps those who just aren't into this style. I can understand not digging it (not saying "urgh you just don't get it"), but personally I'm really fucking feeling this one. Takes the sound of their EPs to a whole new level, and the enhanced atmospheric and even sludgy influence to it is really sounding unique, not so much like it's copying anything from any current or past black/death/sludge/post-metal circles.
Cadaveric Fumes Dimensions Obscure5.0
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.
Carnivore Retaliation2.5
Carnivore Carnivore5.0
Chthe'ilist Le Dernier Crépuscule2.5
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.
Church of Disgust Veneration Of Filth4.0
Straight filth from the swamp, come to devour the world with death metal sludge.
Code Orange Forever1.0
Kurt Ballou-core Goes Nu-Metal! Vol.1
Coprocephalic The Oath of Relinquishment4.0
Cultes Des Ghoules Odd Spirituality4.0
Cultes Des Ghoules Spectres over Transylvania4.5
I visit it less than their other work, but this is still better than most black metal going round today and it worth a listen regardless of its overshadowed place in the band's discography.
Cultes Des Ghoules Häxan5.0
Raw bass and pure evil.
Cultes Des Ghoules Henbane5.0
One of the greatest black metal albums of all time. This is a true occult ritual that brings sounds made ugly by bands like Beherit, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia and Bathory. This is what black metal sounds like.
Cultes Des Ghoules The Rise of Lucifer5.0
Cultes des Ghoules continue to command respect as the single greatest "modern" black metal band to exist. Creating a legacy of what black metal should have been post-1993. The Necromantia cover is just as evil and fucked up as the original.
Cultes Des Ghoules Coven5.0
Don't let the cover fool you, this is raw, ugly, ritualistic black metal that doesn't compromise its style for over a hour and a half. Utterly brilliant.
Da Zai Shogyoumujou4.5
It's very rare that a modern prog record would have me so smitten, but this album is divine.
Dark Millennium Midnight In The Void1.0
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.
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder4.5
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.
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun4.0
Dead Congregation Sombre Doom3.5
Pretty good.
Death Worship Extermination Mass2.5
After three years of waiting, I'm calling this the biggest disappointment in recent memory.
Deathhammer Evil Power5.0
Have you ever heard a modern band that worships classic thrash and black metal so hard that you
think they'll probably suffer an aneurysm should they even attempt to thrash any goddamn harder
than they already do? If so then you've probably heard Norway's Deathhammer. They aren't your
basic 80s thrash cover band, and they probably couldn't be even if they tried. True thrash courses
through the veins of Salsten and Sadomancer, and if there's a tighter, more vicious and visceral
blackthrash album released in recent years, there isn't.
Deathspell Omega The Synarchy of Molten Bones4.0
Has a bunch of those classic Deathspell moments that make each track worth revisiting over and over again. On par with Paracletus and Drought.
Depressive Silence Demo III5.0
d&d soundtrack
Desecresy Stoic Death4.5
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.
Eordeslajyr Haxan3.5
Interesting enough to stand on its own but perhaps a bit too dependant on the fact that it's a soundtrack to the silent film
Eternal Champion The Armor of Ire4.5
Probably the best heavy metal album of the year, gives Spell and Wytch Hazel a run for their money.
Garroted In the Court of Nyarlathotep4.5
In the Court of Nyarlathotep is an eldritch, unnerving mess. It’s all over the place. Instrumentally,
everything is working overtime in perfect sync in order to create these fascinatingly uncanny
compositions, and it has everything that creates my perfect death metal ideal. It has that essence
that makes it feel all that more real. Garroted have only just begun to show the death metal scene
what they’re capable of, but it’s one of the best beginnings in a long time.
Ghoulgotha To Starve the Cross4.5
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.
God Possession4.0
Grim Fandango Flicker Noise4.0
A messy, brutally Australian album for a hot, confused summer
Grok A Spineless Descent4.0
Haunter (TX) Thrinodίa4.5
One of the best black metal albums of the year, killer weird and progressive stuff. The demo quality is a little bit of a nuisance considering bands of this sound tend to do better with a neater recording, but it's not a big deal, just not ideally suited to the fuzz.
High Spirits Motivator4.5
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.
Hikrahe Lily (The Wilt)4.0
Wonderful stuff.
Ichiko Aoba Mahoroboshiya3.5
Immolation Harnessing Ruin3.5
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy3.5
Immolation Here in After4.5
Immolation Unholy Cult4.5
Immolation Shadows in the Light4.5
Immolation Close to a World Below4.5
Immolation Majesty and Decay4.5
Immolation Failures for Gods5.0
Immolation Dawn of Possession5.0
Jacob Scheppler & Volcanic Queen Black Tar3.5
Extremely pleasant and meditative noise and guitar improv that works wonders on repeat as just backing sound when reading or writing
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma In Summer4.0
Jenny Hval Blood Bitch4.0
Really lovely record, tastefully conveyed concepts and overall just an easy and wonderful listen
John K. Samson Winter Wheat3.0
'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.
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye5.0
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue5.0
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward5.0
Kayo Dot Coyote5.0
Kayo Dot Stained Glass5.0
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife5.0
Kayo Dot Live In Bonn, Germany5.0
Kayo Dot Hubardo5.0
Kayo Dot Kraków5.0
Kayo Dot Coffins on Io5.0
Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky5.0
Landmurks bring horrible production, musical ideas, shoddy transitions and the worst vocal performance I've ever heard in metalcore to the forefront for this mess of an album. Absolutely awful. It's all so thin, generic and just painful to listen to. The vocals especially make no sense, as the vocalist here seems to have no understanding of how vocals should work, and he fluctuates between screams and singing mid-word, like he doesn't know if he's meant to be singing, screaming or rapping, he just does it all at once.
Liers In Wait Spiritually Uncontrolled Art5.0
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.
Marching Church Telling It Like It Is4.5
In spite of the all the album?s wild inconsistencies, tonally, lyrically, musically -- that?s exactly why it succeeds. Each song feels so masterfully composed and deliberate. Recommended for fans of Nick Cave, Bruce Springsteen and post-punk in general.
Metallica Ride the Lightning5.0
Does anything go harder than the intro to the title track? The answer is NO, it's basically a death metal intro let's face and it melts faces
Mithras On Strange Loops4.0
Nothing but consistency here, they don't really expand their sound, but they do continue their style of atmospheric tech death beautifully
Morbus Chron Sweven3.5
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.
Morbus Chron A Saunter Through The Shroud5.0
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.
Mount Eerie Live In Copenhagen5.0
It's hard to encapsulate everything wonderful about this recording. It's two hours of personal time
with a man who's entertaining, witty, funny, sad and shy. There are innumerable highs and lows.
There's nothing I could write to fully envelop what makes this one of the most important albums in
my life and, in truth, what I believe is the most essential musical recording of all time.
Mystic Towers Caverns of Crystal4.5
The first track, a 25-minute slow burning dungeon synth masterpiece transports you to fantastical magical realms with its droning brilliance.rThe second track lets the release down somewhat with less impact, but it still an enjoyable dungeon synth piece nonetheless.
Negative Plane Et In Saecula Saeculorum4.0
Killer album, but nothing compared to what they'd later achieve with Stained Glass Revelations.
Negative Plane Stained Glass Revelations5.0
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree5.0
dear fucking lord this is the most devastating album i've heard
Nicolas Jaar Sirens4.0
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.
Nox Formulae The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy4.5
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.
Pestilence Doctrine2.5
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre4.0
Pestilence Chronicles Of The Scourge4.0
Pestilence Reflections of the Mind4.0
Pestilence Dysentery4.5
Pestilence The Penance4.5
Pestilence Obsideo4.5
Pestilence Mind Reflections4.5
Pestilence Spheres5.0
Pestilence Consuming Impulse5.0
Pestilence Testimony of the Ancients5.0
Pestilence Malleus Maleficarum5.0
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.
Pestilence The Dysentery Penance5.0
Pestilence's classic demos in one neat package, that's all you need in life, really.
Preoccupations Preoccupations4.5
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.
Pylon Chomp4.0
Catchy as heck.
Rude Remnants...4.5
Scalare At the Edge of Darkness4.0
The best worst vocalist you can imagine. I love this shit.
Sleepwalker (JPN) 57724.0
The ideas a bit haphazard, but they're all executed wonderfully. Though the first two tracks and their mix of dirty death, grind and psychedelic noise rockerhythms appeal to me the most.
Strange Game $TRANGE GAME$5.0
Sun Kil Moon Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood5.0
T.A.G.C. Digitaria4.5
Teitanblood Woven Black Arteries4.5
Coupling the band's epic 'Purging Tongues' 12" with a brand new track, this EP is a monstrous
addition to the band's stellar discography. I reckon if Purging Tongues, Sanctified Dysecdysis and
Accursed Skin were all saved to be released together as one full album as opposed to being mixed
and matched over three separate releases, it would make for a much more fulfilling experience.
Teitanblood Accursed Skin4.5
Considering this features a track previously released on Woven Black Arteries (which in turn was a
release with another previously released song), it's hard to be super satisfied with it. The new
track is a brilliant expansion on the longer and more complex compositions featured on the band's
past few releases, and even features a clearer and less-dense production style, but musically is
just as challenging and in-depth as ever. Just leaves me wanting more new material rather than
deeply satisfied like with Death.
Teitanblood Seven Chalices5.0
this thing is the perfect vomitous ode to death metal undergrovnd
Teitanblood Purging Tongues5.0
A massive and intriguing conceptual track that the band considers their best work, and it's
certainly their most unique.
Teitanblood Death5.0
The cancer that ravages the bodies of the weak from the inside. The sheets in the hospitals that can?t wash out the death of the thousand hosts they?ve harnessed. The ruination of nations. The sepulchral monuments to which the bodies lay buried. The rituals of sacrifice. The cults of lives stolen. The genocides of peoples. The dolmens of the ancient, unheard of and enigmatic lost peoples who had succumbed to life?s inevitability before our time. The confrontation of everything that has and will be drawn to an end. The breath of life given to dead bones--the learnings from those passed and the monolith of their impression. The silence, the cacophony, the burial, the pyramids, the temples, the sky and watered earth, the petrichor that rises from old graves. The nails and hair that grow long after the flesh has decayed.rThis is death metal.rThis is Death.rmortui vivos docent
Teitanblood Black Putrescence of Evil5.0
Genocide Chants is one of my favourite demos of all times, and this compilation with the demo and the band's split material is absolutely essential for any lover of unique and barbaric black/death.
The Dead C Trapdoor Fucking Exit4.0
The Dead C Harsh 70s Reality5.0
this is what love feels like
The Drones Wait Long by the River...5.0
The Drones Gala Mill5.0
The Drones Havilah5.0
The Drones The Miller's Daughter5.0
The Drones Here Come the Lies5.0
The Drones I See Seaweed5.0
The Drones Feelin Kinda Free5.0
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure2.5
Ulcerate Vermis2.5
Ulcerate Shrines of Paralysis3.0
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire4.5
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All5.0
Vasilisk Acqua5.0
Since the first moment I heard it, 'Acqua' became one of my all-time favourite ambient albums. This album is just about everything right with ritual ambient music and is, by far, Vasilisk's crowning achievement. The serene and melodic beauty of 'Thorn' opens up the record and segues into the tribal percussion of 'Awakening'. The two tracks are contrasted by vastly different approaches but both hold the same overwhelming beauty, especially with how 'Awakening' builds into a heavy and atmospheric pounding track with drums and clapping and noise in the background. The album from then onward doesn't change it's formula much, driven almost entirely by this noise and tribal rhythm. The studio tracks only last short of a half an hour, but are impactful and lasting in their effect on me. Never have I heard such heavenly, ritual music. This is a gem that's not to be forgotten.
Vicarivs Filii Dei Non Cogitant Sed Tamen Sunt4.5
Absolutely insane, twisted melodies.
Void Meditation Cult Utter the Tongue Of The Dead4.0
Band's improved a great deal from their already excellent demos, really heavy vomitous black metal magic
Vuvr Pilgrimage5.0
The purest mix of death metal and jazz fusion there ever was, this is a classic.
Washer Here Comes Washer4.0
A wonderfully catchy and achingly familiar indie rock record that ticks a lot of boxes in all the right ways.
Zealotry The Last Witness2.5
Another mammoth disappointment this year, along with the new Chttkjtt''ksisjsllksishest record.

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