Swedish black metal band Marduk recently had the Oakland, CA date of their tour with Incantation cancelled due to certain groups that shall remain nameless lobbing threats at the venue and the Oakland Police Department being unable to guarantee the safety of concert goers.
Long-winded intros are for jabronis, so without further ado and in no particular order, Doomsday Device nails the lid shut on 2016 with a list of ten metal albums that grabbed a hold of my crank and kept on yankin.’
It’s been a loooooong f’n time since I last checked in with Metal Church. And by long time, I mean the last thing I think I heard from them is 1986’s The Dark. I absolutely worship the long-running band’s first two albums, but for whatever reason I’d never allowed myself the opportunity to check out anything beyond that.
It took me a long time to finally track down a copy of Cold Lake. I was browsing through the metal CD section at a Rasputin‘s in Fairfield, CA a few months back when lo and behold, there it was smiling up at me with its garish pink and purple cover art. For the princely sum of $5.95, I walked out of the store with the mighty Celtic Frost’s red headed stepchild album in my hot little hands; I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
Is there another label that’s been pumping out technical and brutal death metal longer or better than Unique Leader Records? The answer is an emphatic no, and it is for this reason that I couldn’t think of a better way to resurrect Oodles of Brutals than to round up pretty much everything the long-running label has released so far in 2016 and write mini reviews of all of it. So without any further ado…
For the better part of three decades, Destruction has been pumping out albums like clockwork. And with the exception of 1998’s infamous The Least Successful Human Cannonball, they all kick ass to varying degrees. Their fourteenth(!) full length Under Attack is no different, in fact it’s easily their best since 2008’s D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. It’s as thrashy, heavy and catchy as we’ve come to expect from the Teutonic trio, but this one packs that extra oomph that was somewhat lacking on Spiritual Genocide just four years ago.
Katatonia’s transformation from doom/death overlords into the world’s premier purveyors of gloomy, metal-tinged rock has been nothing short of astonishing. That might sound like hyperbole, but let’s look at the facts; so many other bands that have changed their sound so drastically have also experienced a significant dip in quality, and have suffered from some pretty severe fan backlash to boot. Not so with Katatonia. Fewer long-running bands have been able to maintain a streak of brilliance that rivals Katatonia’s six album run from Discouraged Ones to Night is the New Day, and if anything they’re even more popular now than during their death/doom years.