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Dan Vs. ‘Necrocracy’ by Exumed.

I seem to be talking about Carcass a lot these days. It’s probably not that surprising considering how far reaching the British legends’ influence is. Their influence has spawned many ‘Worship’ bands that attempt to capture the feel of certain parts of the bands career. Exhumed along with General surgery are two of the most masterful examples of this. At least they are, in my opinion.
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Exhumed’s earlier material sounded like a very faithful and effective channeling of Carcass’s first two albums: ‘Reek of Putrefaction’ and ‘Symphonies of Sickness’. After disappearing for around 5 years Exhumed came back in 2011 with ‘All guts, no glory’ which had Matt Harvey handling all vocal duties. Instrumentally, ‘All guts, no glory’ followed a similar instrumental frame work as their earlier stuff, delivering fast Death metal inflected Grindcore. Necrocracy marks a return to two vocal styles, with Matt Harvey delivering the shrieks and the lower growls provided by Rob Babcock and Bud Burke. Despite the return to the old vocal dynamic, ‘Necrocracy’ could be, as far as musical direction is concerned, thought of as Exhumed’s ‘Heartwork’. This is due to the more melodic and wider appealing sound. But honestly, it’s no where near as good as Heartwork.

 

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Dan Vs. ‘III The Rommel Chronicles’ by Hail of Bullets.

Hail of Bullets combines a love for war history and old school Death metal in the vein of British metal stalwarts Bolt thrower.

Hail of Bullets continues this artistic direction with III: The Rommel Chronicles, the bands third effort since forming in 2006.

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Dan Vs. ‘Surgical Steel’ by Carcass.

Originally formed as a grindcore/D-beat band in the mid 80’s, Liverpool UK’s Carcass grew to be one of the most beloved and influential Death Metal bands. Their first album Reek of Putrefaction was a brief, roughly produced, and abrasive effort. Despite the bands dissatisfaction with how their debut turned out, it managed to catch the attention of the late DJ John Peel. Peel invited the band onto his show where they recorded an EP entitled ‘The John Peel Sessions’. The EP featured songs that would end up on the bands second effort ‘Symphonies of Sickness’. Symphonies marked a vast improvement over ‘Reek of Putrefaction’ in the production department, and marked a stylistic change towards a Death metal sound.

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Carcass recruited British-Swedish guitarist Michael Amott(then of the recently defunct Carnage), to join Bill Steer as a second guitarist. The band then went into the studio and recorded ‘Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious’. The album featured a slightly more melodic edge, particularly in the leads department. Amott and Steer made an interesting team trading off different types of guitar soloing technique; Amott’s more melodic and influenced by the Swedish Death Metal scene, and Steer’s more atonal and decrepit sounding. The transition towards a more melodic sound continued on the bands magnum-opus ‘Heartwork’. ‘Heartwork’ featured a combination of crushing riffs with dual guitar harmonies, melodic solo’s, and Jeff Walkers savage shrieks. ‘Heartwork’ became a pioneering and extremely influential piece of work that continues to inspire bands working within the melodic death metal genre, to this day. Before the release of ‘Swansong’ Michael Amott made his exit, and went on to form Arch Enemy. Carcass went back to performing as a 3 piece. Taking influence from more traditional rock and roll, and combining it with the intensity of death metal, ‘Swansong’ -released in 1996- would become the bands final album before ‘Surgical Steel’.

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Dan Vs. ‘Legends never die’ by R.A. The Rugged Man

ratheruggedman_legendsneverdieR.A. the Rugged Man (Richard Andrew Thorburn) has been in the game for a long time now. Despite the fact that he was originally signed to a major label in the early 90’s, and received support from big names in the business such as ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’, he was continuously shelved in favor of other artists.
He eventually made his full length debut in 2004 with ‘Die Rugged Man Die’, an album that contained some quality beats and guest slots, but ultimately was lacking in the lyricism department. Legendary Classics Volume 1, released in 2009, was a compilation that contained many collaborations and unreleased tracks spanning his career. Included was the stellar Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story from Jedi Mind Tricks’ 2006 album ‘Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell’. The song showed vast growth in R.A’s ability as a lyricist and had me very excited as to what he would do next.

It was only this year that his full length followup to ‘Die Rugged Man Die’ was released, and while it was a very long time coming, it was completely worth the wait.

 

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Metal Dan Vs. ‘Passages into deformity’ by Defeated Sanity.

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There are very few bands within the Brutal Death Metal scene that are able to be extremely brutal but dynamic at the same time. Defeated sanity is one of the few bands who has managed to pull it off with such finesse since Suffocation birthed this subgenre in the early 90’s. Continue reading

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Metal Dan Vs. “Cryptopsy” by Cryptopsy.

Cryptopsy have been around for a while and despite some fairly large lineup changes from time to time they have managed to stay afloat and release albums relatively consistently. Whether or not the musical quality of these albums has been consistent is another matter entirely and opinions vary greatly from person to person. This time Cryptopsy has released a quality record after the backlash from “The unspoken king”, where the band tried their hand at death core. Continue reading

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Metal Dan Vs. “Reign Supreme” by Dying Fetus

Dying Fetus is one of the first Death Metal groups that I ever heard of besides Cannibal Corpse of

course. Despite this fact it was only within the last 18 months that I actually listened to them. Starting from “Killing on Adrenaline” I went through their discography and found a uneven mix of chugging break downs, misplaced technical death metal wankery, but no clear song writing prowess. Enter “Reign Supreme” an album that shows both song writing maturity and wider audience accessibility. Continue reading

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