Jan 052013

This is Part 8 of our list of the year’s most infectious extreme metal songs. Each day until the list is finished, I’m posting two songs that made the cut. For more details about what this list is all about and how it was compiled, read the introductory post via this link. To see the selections that preceded the two we’re announcing today, click here.

Well, it’s time for some fucking death metal, also known as death fucking metal and metal of fucking death, depending on how excited you are or how much you’ve had to drink. I’m pretty excited about both of today’s bands. They’re both from the UK and both of them produced 2012 albums that vaulted them onto lots of people’s radar screens. They both churn out music that’s the aural equivalent of sticking your head in a blast furnace, and as a side note, their album covers remain among my favorites of the past year.


I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve written about this band and their self-titled 2012 album, which remains one of my favorite releases of the year (as explained in my January review). In April,we featured an official video for a track from the album called “Visions”, and in August we followed that with their video for “Godless”, which is the song I picked for this list. Continue reading »

Mar 052012

That is still one uber-badass album cover, isn’t it? The album also remains one of the biggest, most pleasant surprises of the year for me. To quote from my January review (because I always turn to myself for quotes whenever possible): “In a nutshell, Bloodshot Dawn’s debut album is a shockingly strong explosion of fused thrash and melodic death metal, driven by a guitar duo who have bright days ahead of them. I’ll be surprised if we see a stronger debut from anyone this year.”

Today is another red-letter day for Bloodshot Dawn and their fans, because today they’re putting the album up on Bandcamp for streaming and for digital download directly from the band — and this is the link for that page.

And to celebrate the digital release, the band have teamed up with the formidable UK-based extreme metal zine Terrorizer to stream the album in full on the Terrorizer web site between today and March 14. To check that out, go here. Terrorizer will also be giving away the album with subscriber copies of Issue #221 beginning March 22. Continue reading »

Jan 062012

I’m sure that eye-catching cover art up there looks familiar to you — less than a month ago I splashed it across this site in a post that featured the first single from this UK band’s forthcoming album, And So It Came To Pass, which will be released on Feb 27 by Siege of Amida Records. Well, now Dyscarnate have not only premiered a second track from the album, they’ve also given us an official music video to go with it.

The new song is called “The Promethean”, and it’s a killer explosion of technically oriented, groove-heavy death metal, with great vocals, jolting rhythms, galvanizing guitar work — and even a breakdown that works.

By the way, I’ve now got this album in my greedy clutches, and I’m very fucking sold on Dyscarnate. Whenever I can kick my ass into higher gear, there will be a review . . . But for now, headbang to “The Promethean” video after the jump. Continue reading »

Dec 192011

I decided I couldn’t leave that last post sitting at the top of this page for the next 15 hours until we start tomorrow’s postings. Someone might get the wrong idea about what this blog is all about or, worse yet, about my sexual prowess. Someone might come away with the impression that I need ED drugs. Ha ha! That would be, like, a total misimpression, 180 degrees off course, really wrong-headed, and just a dumb idea. Wrong.  And dumb.

But still, I decided to put something up here for overnight, and what I picked was a song called “A Drone In the Hive” by a three-piece UK death metal band called Dyscarnate. Their second album, And So It Came To Pass, will be released on Feb 27 by Siege of Amida Records, and this song is from that album. It debuted on their Facebook page.

The album art is very cool. It’s by Valnoir Mortasonge of Metastazis, who has done covers for the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, Morbid Angel, and Watain. The band recorded the album with Chris Fielding at Foel Studio in Wales, and it was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Xerath) in Denmark.

So after the jump, check out the song and let us know what you think. Continue reading »