As an interlude between our second and third Gojira reviews today, I have for you a big old death metal dessert: three big scoops of Swedish sweetness. You’ll have to find your own whipped cream and nuts (yeah, have fun with that line in the Comments), but I got you covered on the core of this three-flavored sundae.
Of the three Swedish bands featured in this post, Necrovation is the least well known, and certainly a new find for me. I spied them because they have a new self-titled album that Agonia Records released today in Europe (it will be out in North America on August 14). This follows their album debut way back in 2008, which I haven’t heard, though it has the mouth-watering title of Breed Deadness Blood.
I’ve started listening to the new album, and so far it’s very impressive. Today, Agonia put up one of the new tracks for streaming on SoundCloud, and that’s the first big scoop of rich death metal in this dessert. The song is called “Sepulchreal”, and man, is it a trip. It begins with a deceiving instrumental, just a dreamy bit of ambience to get your guard down — and then it begins to rip hell with a blackened torrent of double bass and eviscerating guitar.
But there’s a lot more to come in the song, as it switches both tempo and style and lays out an attention-grabbing guitar solo before ramping up again for a blasting finish. Hope you like “Sepulchreal” as much as I did. It’s right after the jump.
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Necrovation’s Facebook page is here.
This makes our fourth post about Miseration’s new album, Tragedy Has Spoken, which will be released by Lifeforce Records on July 2 in Europe and a day later in North America. I suppose if this continues, there won’t be much point in writing a review.
The reason for this fourth post is the debut of yet another new song from Tragedy Has Spoken. This one is called “Waylayer”. It’s a different flavor of Swedish death metal from that Necrovation track — though it also starts with a deceiving intro (I think there’s a hoot owl in this one). As on the other Miseration tracks that have premiered to date, Christian Älvestam pretty much steals the show with his vocal performance, though the song has some surprises in store for you, too. In its atmospherics, it’s like a melodic death metal ghost story, but a satisfyingly vicious one.
You can find Miseration on Facebook via this link.
To finish off this sundae, I’m turning to a video that just went up today. It’s a clip of Amon Amarth performing at the recently completed Graspop festival in Belgium, and if you happened to catch any of the live streams from that event this past weekend, then you know the camera work is top-notch. This clip was probably copied from that stream, because the definition isn’t as good as what Skynet.be was streaming, but it’s still pretty damned fine.
As I watched this, for some reason I thought about the so-called “Big Four”. And what I thought is that if I were putting together a current Big Four, i.e., a Big Four still worth watching, Amon Amarth would be one of them. I haven’t figured out who the other three would be, but yeah . . . I’m pretty sure these Vikings would be right there. Here’s “Guardians of Asgaard” live from Graspop, with flames: