I discovered Long Island, NY’s Heisenberg recently while trawling Bandcamp for new bands. I was immediately drawn to them because they took two of my favorite things, Breaking Bad and ignorant slamming death metal and mashed them up to great effect. Although I’m not entirely sure if Walter White would approve of their guttural brutality, here at Doomsday Device I can safely say that their latest EP The Empire Business is one of the most engaging pure slam releases I’ve heard in a long time.
We’re only a month and a half into 2017 and it’s already turning out to be a great year for all things brutal death metal, so it seems like as good a time as any to resurrect Oodles of Brutals. For those not familiar, I have an unhealthy obsession with this most ignorant of subgenres and its various offshoots, and OOB started over at my old blog as a way for me to round up all all things brutal, gory and slamming in one space. So w/o further ado, let’s dive back into the BDM cesspit, shall we?
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.
What’s this? War metal with good production? On Mortal Grinder, Brazil’s Seges Findere immediately set themselves apart from the current glut of Blasphemy-inspired bands with a very professional sounding recording, as opposed to the murky, chaotic clattering that is so typical of the war metal sub genre. Granted, unlike many of the bullet belt-toting Johnny-come-latelys currently infesting the scene, Seges Findere began life in 1999, so they’ve had nearly two decades to refine their sound, but that doesn’t make Mortal Grinder any less impressive.
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.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of Facta Loquuntur, the debut album from Germany’s infamous Absurd. While the band typically garners more attention for their criminal exploits and socio-political beliefs (as sensationalized by the 1998 book Lords of Chaos) than for their music, it cannot be denied that their first album is a heavily flawed yet weirdly engaging work that deserves a place in the annals of black metal.