Usually, I’m not the one to follow Doom metal as closely as other genres I like, but from time to time, my musical mood shifts to one that likes to dabble in the nice niche of Doom and/or Stoner. Unfortunately, most of these bands sound quite the same today to my ear, whether it be the vocals that try to imitate the next band, the riffs that almost sound stolen, or the general feel of “I’ve heard this a shitload of times already”. This being said, sometimes I do happen stumble upon a Doom/Stoner release that actually catches me, as it the case with Fornjot, by three-piece Mammoth Storm.. Read all!
I got acquainted with the American
progressive/post-metal band Intronaut in 2013, with the release of their dense and atmospheric record Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones). While their layered soundscapes proved to be challenging to digest, the album turned out to be quite memorable. So when Intronaut’s latest effort, The Direction of Last Things, ended upon my desk, I was happy to take it, yet not prepared for what was to come.. Read all!
In the Name of Rape is a 4-way split with Rapemachine from Germany, Funeralrape from Italy, Clitorape from France and Razorrape from Sweden. The title now makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? With these names in mind, you can obviously expect a lot of goregrind with an overdose of sexual oriented humor, which may or may not lose your appetite.. Read all!
Not even two years have passed since the release of Kampfar’s previous album ‘Djevelmakt’ and now they already come forth with a new release: Profan.
It seems like the band is a nice flow the last years. They are releasing albums and playing an amount of live shows like never before. read all!
Dutch drummer Koen Herfst has built quite up a resume in the past years. You may know him from his work with one of the most renowned DJ’s in the world, Armin van Buuren or from metal bands such as Dew Scented, I Chaos, Epica and After Forever. This year, Herfst was also chosen as BeNeLux’ best drummer by the Dutch magazine Slagwerkkrant. In his apparent busy schedule the musician also found some time to release a debut solo record, called Back to Balance.. Read all!
Nephelium – Coils of Entropy
Releasedate: 7 February 2012
Nephelium was formed in 2001 in Dubai but they moved to Toronto, Canada, a number of years ago. The band is still unsigned but they will release this self-released full-length. From what I’ve heard, they deliver quality brutal death metal, so let’s check it out.
The six songs all take 5 to 10 minutes, which is pretty long for my taste. You can find some good complex riffs here and there but none of the songs really stand out to the others, really. What they do is pretty good, but they keep repeating it song after song. Most parts of the songs consists of mid-tempo riffs and some complex riffs and breaks here and there. The plus sides are the vocals and the solos. The vocals are a little bit similiar to the vocals of Abysmal Torment. And the solos are pretty fast and melodic. They stand out to most other riffs because the rythms miss a thick and heavy sound.
Coils of Entropy is an allright brutal death metal record. Nice solos, some good complex riffs and brutal but uncommon vocals. But on the otherhand, the songs are pretty long. The structures become unclear and the songs sound more or less thesame because of that. No riffs really stand out afterwards. A heavier production would have helped as well.
1. Burial Ground
2. Merciless Annihilation
5. Halls Of Judgement
6. Coils Of Entropty
Florian Ravet, bass
Alan Madhavan, drums
Alex Zubair, guitar
James Sawyer, guitar
Devil Anderson, vocals