Sepultura – Machine Messiah (Nuclear Blast, 2017)

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.

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Graveland – 1050 Years of Pagan Cult (Heritage Recordings, 2016)

Much has been made of the woefully varying results of long-running metal bands deciding to re-record their classic material; let’s be honest, ninety-nine times out of one hundred the results are nothing short of disastrous.  Typically, they fail to capture the same magic that made the original recordings such classics to begin with.  Rarely do they bring anything new to the table and seem to exist largely to fulfill the artists’ contractual obligations to whatever label happens to be screwing them over at the time.

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Heisenberg – The Empire Business (Amputated Vein, 2017)

 

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.

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The Great Witch Hunt

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.

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Oodles of Brutals VI: Enter The Bru-Tang

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?

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Nyogthaeblisz – Apex Satanist (Iron Bonehead, 2016)

To say that Texas’ Nyogthaeblisz exists on the outermost fringes of black metal would be an understatement.  Their highly corrosive, blown-out sound has a lot more in common with an album like Venereology or Inner Mind Mystique than it does with Transilvanian Hunger. There very well might be something resembling traditional black metal lurking under the layers of distortion, but it is buried so deeply that it becomes something completely and utterly alien in Nyogthaeblisz’s hands.

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