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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Werewolf Records, the label founded by Werwolf of the infamous Satanic Warmaster (among tons of other bands) has recently entered into a partnership with Hells Headbangers. The label is kicking off 2017 with a slew of interesting releases as a result of this recently forged alliance, so without further ado, let’s take a closer look.