Oodles of Brutals VIII: Season of the Slams

After another lengthy hiatus, Oodles of Brutals returns! To these ears, there hasn’t been a ton of noteworthy brutal death metal and slam released this year, but I’ve managed to dig up a few new releases and crucial reissues that I think you’ll enjoy. So without further ado, let’s dive headfirst into the gore.

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See All You Were: Beyond the First Four Danzig Albums

For many metalheads, Danzig’s discography ends with either III: How the Gods Kill or 4p. I on the other hand, celebrate Danzig’s entire catalog. While there’s no doubt that many of his latter-day works signaled a shift away from the bluesy, metallic hard rock that the Evil Elvis made his name on, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad albums, it just means they’re different.  So without further ado, let’s dig beyond the first four Danzig albums; deep, down you go…

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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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Dark Fury – This Story Happened Before (Lower Silesian Stronghold, 2016)

Formed in 1997, Wroclaw’s Dark Fury is one of the longest-running and most infamous bands in the Polish black metal scene. Their ninth album, This Story Happened Before, sees the group shifting their contempt away from the traditional targets of Judaism and Christianity in favor of an all-out black metal assault on Islam.

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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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