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What I’m Listening To: Week of 05/30–06/04/2016 (Ben)

A selection of what I listened to last week, along with accompanying album and genre information:

  • The Dead Goats, “Path of the Goat,” their only full length release so far from 2012, but oh so good (death metal)
  • Blind Guardian, “Beyond the Red Mirror,” the 2015 full length album from the veterans of fantasy power metal (power metal)
  • Steelwing, “Zone of Alienation,” their 2012 full length album that could have come out in the mid-’80s and no one would have been the wiser (heavy metal)
  • Boris, “Akuma no Uta,” the 2005 reissue full length release by this ever-changing Japanese enigma (avant-garde/sludge/drone metal)the_dead_goats_path_album_cover
  • Wretched, “Cannibal,” their 2014 full length album (technical death metal)
  • Darkthrone, “Under a Funeral Moon,” the 1993 full length lo-fi classic. The perfect album for a cold Winter’s night (black metal)
  • Black Tongue, “The Unconquerable Dark,” their 2015 full length album. This one threw me. I thought it was going to be another doom metal throwback and then the death metal vocals kicked in. This one is growing on me (doomcore)
  • Merrow, “Awaken the Stone King,” the 2011 full length album of instrumentals from this talented solo artist (progressive metal)
  • Autopsy, “Severed Survival,” their classic full length release from 1989 (death metal)

— Ben

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Deflect the Flow (2015) – Italian Thrash That Screams “Come and Get One In the Yarbles!”

Ultra-Violence’s sophomore effort, Deflect the Flow, is a prime example of the quality metal that is being created in Italy at this time. In this particular case, it is exquisite thrash. The first track, “Burning Through the Scars,” busts out of the gate like a crazed thoroughbred horse looking to claim the Triple Crown. The pace doesn’t let up until the final note is played and you are left wanting more. The remaining nine tracks come at you hard and fast, with the exception of a mid-tempo number called “Bang the Gavel” and a short instrumental interlude mid-way through the album.

To be honest, the only reason I clicked on this album on YouTube was due to the cover art. I am a die-hard fan of the film version of A Clockwork Orange and found myself instantly drawn to this album. In fact, I could not bring myself not to click on the image of Alex and his Droogs crammed into the ultra-violence-deflect-the-flow-2015Durango 95. All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed what I found once I arrived. Aside from the obvious visual reference to A Clockwork Orange, the Death Angel album The Ultra-Violence should also be cited. Even if it is not a direct reference to the band’s name, it ties together in the grand scheme of all things thrash. The lyric content of the songs is not directly related to A Clockwork Orange, but like most thrash albums, the themes of anti-establishment, anti-government, anti-etc., reign supreme. The second track on the album, “Why So Serious?” is a direct tribute to Joker from The Dark Knight and all of the lyrics are dialogue taken directly from the character in the film.

Loris Castiglia’s snarling vocal style is reminiscent of Megadeth, but make no mistake, these guys are no copy cats. When watching the official video for their song “The Way I’ll Stay”, you can see the band literally wears their influences on their chests. T-shirts from Destruction, Overkill, Testament, and Anthrax are worn with pride to let us know they’ve done their homework. They borrow from all the great thrash bands without being trite or repetitive, owning each song with their finely tuned sound and tight compositions. Loris does double duty by also contributing as rhythm guitarist. He and lead guitarist Andrea Vacchiotti set a blistering pace that is deftly matched by the grounding of bassist Roberto “Robba” Dimasi and drummer Simone Verre. Andrea’s solos don’t feel wedged in and complement the songs as a whole. Many of the songs contain the obligatory backing vocal chants that are a thrash mainstay, but the effect does not come off cheesy at all since they respect the roots of the genre in crafting their songs. Their cover of Venom’s “Burn the Witch” is a keeper. The only thing I have left to say is I can’t wait to hear their next album.

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– Ben

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What I’m Listening To: Week of 05/15-05/21/2016 (Ben)

My list this week became an international edition. A selection of the songs I’m listening to this week, along with accompanying album and genre information:

  • Coffin Lust, Manifestation of Inner Darkness, from the 2016 full-length debut of the same name from yet another solid Aussie Metal band  (death metal)
  • Gyze, Black Bride, the 2015 full-length release by this Japanese trio (neoclassical death metal)
  • Ihsahn, Arktis, the recent 2016 solo release from this Norwegian musician who used to front Emperor (extreme progressive metal)
  • Brendon Small, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, the 2012 full-length release from the the creator of Dethklok (progressive metal)
  • Vomitory, Blood Rapture, the 2002 full-length album by the Swedish Death Metal virtuosos (death metal)
  • Venom, At War With Satan, the 1984 full-length classic by the UK pioneers of Metal (NWOBHM/black/speed metal)

— Ben

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What I’m Listening to: Week of 05/08-05/15/2016 (Ben)

A selection of the metal I’m listening to this week, along with accompanying album and genre information:

  • Skeletonwitch, Breathing the Fire, their 2009 full-length album  (melodic death metal/thrash metal)
  • VELD, DAEMONIC: The Art Of Dantalian, their 2015 full-length release. Great minds think alike: I was listening to this album the day before Jason posted his list. The artwork for the album cover is amazing and featured to the right (blackened death metal)
  • Toxic Holocaust, An Overdose of Death…” their 2008 full-length album (speed/thrash/black metal)
  • Vektor, Terminal Redux, their 2016 full-length release that came out last week. It’s still early, but this will probably be near the top of my best picks for metal albums of the year (progressive thrash metal)
  • Jag Panzer, Ample Destruction, the 1984 debut album by the band that has been cranking out American metal for the past three decades (heavy/power metal)
  • Visigoth, The Revenent King” their debut full-length 2015 release. A solid, traditional heavy metal album (heavy/power metal)
  • Abbath, Abbath, the 2016 debut solo album from the former front man from Immortal (black metal)

— Ben

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What I’m Listening to: Week of 05/01-05/07/2016 (Ben)

A selection of the metal I’m listening to this week, along with accompanying album and genre information:

  • Vektor, “Outer Isolation,” their 2011 album. Their new LP, Terminal Redux, is due out on May 6th (progressive thrash metal)
  • Pentagram, “Relentless,” the debut 1985 full-length album from one of the original practitioners of doom metal. In fact, this album was a self-titled release in 1985, then re-released as “Relentless” in 1994.  They have been around since the early ’70s (doom metal) DES_666_UNCHAIN_COVER
  • Origin, “Antithesis,” their 2008 full-length album (technical brutal death metal)
  • Deströyer 666, “Unchain The Wolves,” their debut 1997 full-length album. (black/thrash metal)
  • Municipal Waste, “The Fatal Feast (Waste in Space),” their last full-length album from 2012 (thrash metal)
  • Tribulation, “Children of the Night“; this 2015 release from the Swedish foursome was on many top lists last year (progressive death/black metal)

— Ben

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