Epica is the band that introduced me to the metal scene and even though I have a taste for heavier, sometimes darker music now, I’ll probably always follow this Dutch six piece. Their previous effort, Requiem for the Indifferent, is one of my favourites in the bands career. Now let’s see how their sixth full length, The Quantum Enigma, measures up to that.. Read all!
Reviewing this album is like an early Christmas present for me to say the least. Catacombs of the Black Vatican combines all the elements of past Black Label Society albums and adds much more to it, giving the listener an experience unlike any they have heard before. Zakk Wylde was involved in every aspect of this album, from song-writing, producing and even mixing. he sound quality and mix of this album is second to none.. Read all!
It has been nearly two years since Delain released their We are the Others album and the band has been busy in between. Not only have they released the mini album Interlude, but since then, they have been touring all over the world. Now, Delain continues their journey with the new effort The Human Contradiction in which they still adress the “otherness” issues that humans cope with on a daily basis.. Read all!
With its first full length called Vinteroffer, the Norwegian black metal band Vredehammer wants to crawl from the underground, break its way through the permafrost and present their music to the worldwide metal scene. Backed up by a label as Indie Recordings and a pretty good debut album, they should have no trouble taking the first steps to world domination.. Read all!
Finland has always been a mighty Black Metal region, producing well known names in the genre such as Beherit, Horna, Behexen, Impaled Nazarene and the list goes on and on for miles, until one eventually stumbles upon Sargeist. Although it has been Shatraug’s (of Horna and Behexen) personal project at the beginning and later on was joined by other members of the two above mentioned bands, Sargeist quickly flourished in the underground and succeeded in making a name for themselves.. Read all!
Fumes of Decay – Devouring The Excavated
Label: Sevared Records
Releasedate: 11 March
The first time I heard of Fumes Of Decay was at Houten Deathfest. They were the opening band, but they got me interested. The band is from Groningen, The Netherlands, and produce brutal death metal. Devouring The Excavated is the first full-length they’ve released so far and I was actually waiting for this after I listened to the demo. The demo was pretty good, even though the production quality wasn’t.
Devouring The Excavated contains 9 songs and the 4 songs from the demo are on there as well. The first thing to notice is the big improvement of the production. Where the demo sounded flat and hollow, the full-length sounds strong and loud. The full-length is better in every way. Burial Desecration is the opening song of the album. The first part sounds like Cephalotripsy but Fumes Of Decay has much more complicated riffs to offer. And they don’t slow down, while Cephalotripsy is loaded with slow breakdowns. The more complicated riffs remind me of the American Disgorge, just like the vocals. I think Disgorge is the best comparison when you look at the big picture. My favourite songs are probably the opening song and the title track, but there is no weak song on the entire album.
I think Devouring The Excavated is a very good album. I recommend it for fans of bands like the American Disgorge. Good brutal death metal from The Netherlands.
1. Burial Desecration
2. Sadistic Butchery
3. Menstrual Blood Fountain
4. Shovel Disembowelment
5. Devouring The Excavated
6. Festering Abscess Fornication
7. After Death Humiliation
9. Cockfilled Cadaver
Jeroen Feiken – Vocals
Renke Oostindjer – Guitar (Sanguinary (Nld), Morblast)
Niels Bootsma – Guitar
Martin Vogel – Bass (Rasawr)
Henk Scherphof – Drums (Sanguinary (Nld), Rasawr)