I can think of few bands that have managed to battle their way back from the edge of oblivion the way Sepultura has, yet get so little credit for doing so. It’s no secret that following a major lineup change, the boys from Brazil spent several years in the wilderness, but what isn’t talked about is their defiant return to relevance after many had written them off. Their comeback began as early as Dante XXI, but with 2011’s crushing Kairos they regained much of their lost footing, and by the time the woefully underrated The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart rolled around in 2013, Sepultura were once again firing on all cylinders.
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 sixteen long years since we last got a full length from Brujeria, but with presidential candidate/racist fruit loop Donald Trump threatening to build a wall between Mexico and the good ol’ U-S-of-A, there’s no time like the present for everyone’s favorite south of the border Satanic drug lords to come out of hiding.
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.
First thing’s first; since this blog covers both pro wrestling and heavy/extreme music, this post has the potential to cause some confusion. So to clarify, this post is a review of the sophomore album from the great German sludge/rock/punk duo Mantar, NOT an article about the magnificently crappy ’90s WWE wrestler Mantaur.