Gristnam – Release2

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Let me talk to you about this album i’ ve been listening to lately. Hello, today we have some seriously heavy stuff for you. Gristnam is a five piece band from New Orleans, Louisiana. Their music is blend of sludge, metal and grindcore. On the 9th of January they released ”Release2”. Six tracks are included in this release. It begins ideally with ”Wake”. An awesome track that’s going to bring you to mind a bit from Primitive Man. But make no mistake the New Orleans sound that we all like (take Eyehategod for example) is here of course. ”Copperhead” is such a massive track. Find here insanely heavy riffs as well as awesome vocals. ”Cells” is the album’s third track and once again we come across with those blastbeats that we all love. Nice one. An alternate title for ”Riding Home” could be ”all hell breaks loose”. Really cool song with some great beatdown parts. ‘Wallow” is another nice one. This track transmits great amount of energy. In my opinion the album’s last track, which is called ”oak tunnel”, is my favorite track. This album made my day. And i believe it will make yours to. Specially recommended for fans of Eyehategod, Primitive Man, Terrorizer, Napalm Death. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Release2”:

Khariot – Esoteric

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Some death metal perhaps? Yes Sir! Khariot is a two piece, death metal band from Perth, Australia. ”Esoteric” ,which was released on the 23rd of January, is their newest release. Seven tracks are included in today’s album. Now, how would one describe such a record? Progressive death metal or technical death metal perhaps? I can’t say i’m sure. The thing is their music brought me back in the day where bands like Death, Cynic, Sadus and Atheist were huge. In a sense these bands are still huge. But let us get back to the album. The way i see it ”Esoteric” incorporates everything you like in death metal. First of all you’ ve got great death metal vocals. I liked their singer’s vocals. Even when this guy growls he does it in a great manner. This album has this cold, dark atmosphere that we first came across with old school death metal. Find in this album excellent riffage and great drumming also. Take for example ”A Guilty Conjecture”. I didn’t expect to find this jazzy rhythm there. But how awesome is that? I think it’s great that there are still bands that play this kind of stuff. Favorite track perhaps? To be honest i don’t want to single out one track here. That’s how i feel. Well, in my attempt to reach a conclusion i would have to say that ”Esoteric” is a really good record. Perhaps album of the month so far. Specially recommended for death metal fans, but not only for them. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Esoteric”:

Death Side – Bet on the Possibility

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A month ago I stumbled across a gem I couldn’t believe I have never heard of previously. After a brief research I realized Death Side are actually one of the most influential and legendary Japcore bands – a whole new universe for those thrilled by early British hardcore. Needless to say, the influence of Discharge had spread across Europe and beyond. In Japan, where the followers of all types of subculture practice it with extreme devotion, just as the Samurai followed the bushido code, hardcore punk evolved to a whole new level. Most hardcore-punk fans are with no doubt familiar with the likes of Gauze and Disclose and their emblematic raw style. Death Side, however, take their sound to another level: it is clean, fast and in-your-face brutal. That’s why they deserve wider recognition. The mixture of hardcore-punk and thrash, coupled with an outstanding d-beat drumming make Death Side sound as the Japanese – yet, in my opinion, even better version of Black Uniforms. Listeners are exposed to catchy and diverse punk riffs, followed by genial solos, driving them to replay the album again and again.
“Bet on the Possibility” is an alum I cannot stop listening to. I haven’t felt that way since 1999, when I heard Offspring’s “Smash” for the first time. The album begins with an intro, which a friend of mine compared to the soundtrack of Diablo 2. It is suddenly interrupted by the starting riff of “Meaning” – a melody I cannot stop humming for months. Actually most songs are so catchy, one memorizes the melodies by heart after a few listens. My personal favorite is “Life is only once”, an orthodoxly structured hc/punk/thrash hymn that makes you want to appreciate you are living and spring into the mosh once it is played. That’s highly unlikely to happen, though, as Death Side are not active since 1995. Another song that deserves special attention is “Fight Your Way”: with a classical-like main riff and an outro played on piano. Strange enough, most titles are in English but the lyrics sound extremely Japanese. Another weird thing I noticed is that most are grammatically incorrect – this appears to be a tradition for Japanese bands, as even albums often have English titles that do not make too much sense.