Sloth - Slow as Shit (self produced)
Dragged Into Sunlight / Gnaw Their Tongues - N.V. (Prosthetic)
Morier - Two (self produced)
Bloodlust - Cultus Diaboli (Iron Blood and Death Corporation)
Demenseed - Granite Forest (self produced)
Sloth - Slow as Shit
Dragged Into Sunlight / Gnaw Their Tongues - N.V.
One of the strongest things about art is its ability to make people truly uncomfortable. True discomfort makes you look inward, to ask yourself what about this piece makes you feel this way and why; I would say that being made to be truly uncomfortable by something is a much stronger catalyst for personal change and growth than any reaffirmation of positivity.With the proper explanation and set up, it can lead to pensive intropesction and self-discovery; without it, you just gag. Dragged Into Sunlight has never shied away from discomfort, instead running full into the darkness and depravity of humanity and looking to echo those sentiments in their music. Now comes N.V., a collaboration with Gnaw Their Tongues, and as you've probably surmised by now, it's a fairly dark, discomforting affair. N.V. is a bleak affair, with voice over samples chronicling murder and rape in fairly despicably graphic fashion. The music is wonderfully grim, and the vocals (no luck on the lyrics, as DiS keeps those secret) add as muderous passion to the prcedings, and all in all N.V. is absolutely the soundtrack of our modern world, where people don't care about each other and strangers murder strangers out of love or lust or ideology or boredom. Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues have crafted a diseased album that is reflective of our times; it may not always be fun to listen to, but acknowledging the sickness is better than sticking your head in the sand.
Morier - Two
Bloodlust - Cultus Diaboli
Demenseed - Granite Forest
Hailing from Grenoble, France, Demenseed is a death metal outfit that tip-toes around thrash and progressive metal as well. With Granite Forest, the band’s sophomore effort, the band is found to lean more towards their death and thrash metal tendencies. Tracks like “Primal Swamp” and “The Witchfinder” dish out plenty of brooding riffs that weave back and forth between pummeling death metal and melodic thrashy riffs that chug along at an almost Bolt Thrower-like pace. In addition, the vocals from the aforementioned tracks sound like a slower version of Decapitated. This vocal formula remains steadfast with the exception of the track “The Shores of Styx”, where it goes into Chris Barnes territory. The final track, which also happens to be the title track, is ultimately where the big payoff is for Granite Forest, though. While I would maintain that this album, as a whole, is not a progressive one, the title track is where Demenseed mixes it up from the status quo. Harmonized guitar riffs, clean guitar passages, spoken word vocals, and mellotrons are brought into the fold to create distinct shifts in the song’s structure over its 17 minute runtime. Granite Forest doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, but it’s straightforward enough to be easily digestible. Throw that together with a fun closing track and you have an album that’s certainly worthwhile.