In just under fifteen years, Niigata City, Japan’s Gorevent have become the country’s preeminent purveyors of slamming brutal death metal. Their mission to distill the subgenre down to its purest form continues on their fourth album, In the Face of… and the result is one of their finest releases to date.
Has it really only been a month and a half since I last posted one of these? That’s got to be a new record. Whatever the case, we’ve got a lot of crucial slamz and mandatory brutality to cover this time around, from the nearby Bay Area all the way to the Land Down Under, so without further ado, let’s dig in…
Bloody hell, has it really been over a year since the last installment of OOB? Seems a little crazy since brutal death metal in all its wondrous guises has long been a major part of THKD’s bread and butter. But rather than lament the fact that these features are few and far between due to the laziness of yours truly over the past few years, let’s delve into what’s new and bludgeoning in the world of brutal death metal, slam, etc…
Those of you that follow the brutal/slam death metal scene are likely well aware of the fact that Asia has been positively killing it for the last few years. While many of the continent’s most celebrated acts hail from Japan (Vomit Remnants, Gorevent, Infernal Revulsion, Medic Vomiting Pus, etc), neighboring China is no slouch either, as evidenced by Deformity of Human Consciousness, the second album from Tianjin’s The Dark Prison Massacre.
Formed in 1995, Sweden’s Soils of Fate are OGs of slamming death metal. Their two early full lengths, 2001’s Sandstorm and 2003’s Crime Syndicate are the purest distillations of slam you’re ever likely to hear and are among the genre’s seminal releases. After a decade-long break from recording, the band returned in 2014 with Thin The Heard, arguably their grooviest and most crushing album to date. I recently caught up with founding guitarist Magnus Lindvall to discuss the band’s return, their influences and whether or not we’d have to wait another decade for the next Soils of Fate album.
Those of you that followed my previous blog should be well aware of my love for brutal death metal and slam. Given that I don’t get nearly enough good promos of this stuff, I like to trawl the web every so often in search of all things gory, gross and mosh-worthy. It was during a recent plunge through the depths of that wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Bandcamp that I came across the slamming sensation known as Rendered Helpless.
Holy shit you guys, I haven’t done one of these brutal/tech/slam death metal roundup features since 2014! Wasn’t this supposed to be a semi-regular feature?! I guess 2014 was also the year that I realized I’m far too disorganized/scatterbrained to pull off regular features, so they’re more like whenever-I-feel-like-it features and apparently I haven’t felt like it in almost two years.