Possessed – Seven Churches

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My small tribute to death metal ends with Possessed and their debut album called ”Seven Churches”. I could not conclude this without the legendary Possessed. ”Seven Churches” is of course an emblematic album. If you like extreme metal then you must immediately listen to this album, if course you haven’t done so already. Because then you can see the strains that created so many thrash, death and black metal bands.

Today’s masterpiece was released about thirty years ago. Ten tracks are included in this album. ”Seven Churches” is considered to be the first death metal album. I don’t have any reason to disagree with that. I mean, i’m down with that. But i’ve always wondered, did they intent to play death metal? Back in the eighties did they consider themselves as a death metal band? ”Under the Sign of the Black Mark” by Bathory is considered to be a black metal album but the thing is that Quorthon never claimed to be a black metal artist. Nor Did Celtic Frost or Venom. Perhaps one could describe it as thrash metal but then again it is pretty clear that ”Seven Churches” is much more brutal than thrash metal. But as we have said so many times genres come and go. Originality is what matters. And this is definitely the case here. Here what we have is ten great tracks. Ten brutal tracks lyrically and musically. Jeff Becerra’s voice sounds of course great and hellish as fuck. Find in this album some trully incredible riffs and also excellent production. Listen to this album from top to bottom and let yourself travel to some magnificent soundscapes.

In my opinion ”Seven Churches” is a masterpiece. And still, even thirty years after, it sounds great. The problem is that it was so good that the band never managed to make a better album than that. Check out this link: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdXBJL6rMxY).

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Entombed – Wolverine Blues

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Yes, Wolverine Blues. Death Metal week is about to end and we continue with another classic album. I realize that thousands of people have written stuff about this album. Nevertheless i wanted to share with you what i think about Entombed’s third album. Well, i only have positive things to say about it.

”Wolverine Blues” was released back in 1993. As it has already been said it was the band’s third album and it also marked the return of L.G on vocals. This album is considered to be highly influential. It was significantly different than ”Clandestine”. It even sparked discussions among the fans about a new genre. ”Should we now call it death metal or death n’ roll?”. Wikipedia took it to another level and classifies this album as groove metal. You know you’ re a good band when people start to discuss such issues. But let us get back to the album. Ten tracks were originally included in it. My first interaction with this album was this video clip:

One word came quickly out of my mouth. Wow! I was about seventeen years old. I remember saying to myself: ”Look how cool Alex Helid looks”. After watching this clip i almost instantly went to the record shop and bought the album. It was a decision i never regreted. Till this day i still enjoy the album’s sharp riffs and incredible basslines. I also liked how L.G changed a bit his vocals from the ”Left Hand Path”. I was also fascinated by the fact that the band drew some much inspiration by dc comics and wolverine. Never before had i seenn something like that. In my opinion ”Wolverine Blues” is an important album for the scene. But only for that. It was an album that many people could easily relate to its music. I’m talking of course about metalheads, hardcore fans, even punk fans.

So, i really don’t anything else to say to be honest. Just get yourself a beer, turn up the volume and listen to ”Out of Hand”. As simple as that. Here’s a link where you can listen to the whole album: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GkoShU3xX4).

Therion – Of Darkness

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I realize that Therion may be a strange selection but the thing is i used to be really into their music for a significant period of time. In my opinion their first four albums are great albums. Nevertheless, to be perfectly honest when i listened to ”Theli” Lp i started to loose interest in them. I didn’t really like their new symphonic style. Another reason could be the fact that i discovered Darkthrone. I’m not sure. Anyways, today we continue this death metal week with Therion’s debut album.

”Of Darkness…” Lp was released about 24 years ago. Originally eight tracks were included in the album. The first Therion album that i ever heard was ”Ho Dragon Ho Megas” Lp. Later on a friend of mine gave me ”Of Darkness” to listen to. It was a period of time when napster was at its early stages. I remember that it had made a big impression on me. It sounded totally different than”Lepaca Kliffoth” and ”Ho Dragon Ho Megas”. The album sounded totally raw and, in a sense, a bit prinitive. At some points you can easily trace some Celtic Frost influences like those ”Ugh!” that Tom G. Warrior used to make. It could also be described as a progressive death metal album. I don’t know. To me that’s not of big importance here. The important thing is that the band combined ideally its influences and managed to put together a really good album. It is probably not their best album but it is certainly much better than their later symphonic ”lalala” albums. At least that’s my opinion. What do you think?

Death Metal was and it still huge to me. Death Metal albums that came out in the early 90’s are great albums. In my opinion ”Of Darkness…” is one of those albums. Check it out here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i19PI7mnCMs)

Napalm Death – Harmony Corruption

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Death metal week continues with Napalm Death. Maybe, o.k, that’s not the first name that comes to mind when you talk about death metal. This band has been called grindcore pioneers or one of the first grindcore bands. The band was formed in England back in 1981. Their first two albums, ”Scum” & ”From Enslavement to Obliteration”, were their two only albums with Lee Dorian on vocals.

”Harmony Corruption” Lp was released back in 1990. To me it’s quite clear that ”Harmony Corruption” is a lot different than the two previous albums. First of all this is the first Napalm Death album with Mark ”Barney” Greeenway on vocals. Also, the band incorporated too many death metal elements in their music in a way that their music could be described now as deathgrind. Ten tracks were originally included in this album. To be honest ”If the Truth be known” was the first song i heard from Napalm Death. I was amazed by how awesome it sounded. Therefore i decided to buy ”Harmony Corruption”. It was a decision i never regreted. This is my favorite Napalm Death record. What made a huge impression to me, from the beginning, was Barney’s vocals. Never before in my life had i heard a  vocalist singing like that. I still remember checking out the album’s tracklist. You could easily realise that you were about to come across some interesting lyrics. I mean it wasn’t your typical death metal lyrics, like for example ”chained and decapitated” or something like that. Apart from that one can not miss to notice that this album sounds insanely heavy and massive. In my opinion it still sounds fresh even though it was released 25 years ago. You can definitely find excellent riffs here as well as many of our beloved blastbeats.

What i’m trying to say is that ”Harmony Corruption” is a great album. It made a great impact and it is considered to be highly influential. Death metal fans who still haven’t checked out this album should immediately do it. Here’s a youtube link where you can listen to the whole album: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l3X3MgLZa0).

At the Gates – The Red in the Sky is Ours

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I decided to dedicate this week to death metal. So, what i’m going to do is present to you my favorite death metal albums. Some of these albums you may already know, some others not. We start with ”The Red in the Sky is Ours”. A friend of mine, back in high school, was kind enough to introduce me to At the Gates. I realise that most people will say that ”Slaughter of the Soul” is their best album. And perhaps it is. I don’t know. The thing is that ”The Red in the Sky is Ours” was my first At the Gates album. It is also my favorite one from them. I wish to say also that i’m a big fan of Tomba (Tomas Lindberg) and i urge you to check out all the other projects that he’s involved in (Lock Up, Disfear, The Great Deceiver, Skitsystem e.t.c).

Ten songs are included in today’s classic album. It was actually released 23 years ago. At the Gates is regarded as a highly influential band. And the thing is that ”The Red in the Sky Ours” made a great impact. At least to me it did. From the beginning it sounds a bit experimental and technical one could say. It is also totally agressive , but yet it is really melodic and atmospheric. I’ ve always wondered ”how heavy can a violin get” ? The answer lies within the album. I consider the album’s ten tracks to be all classic. I have to admit that songs like ”Kingdom Gone” and ”Windows” always gave me and give me the chills. But of course ”Neverwhere” is also a beast of a song. I think no At the Gates fan can deny that. I like to think of these ten songs as ten dark stories. Each song has a dark story of its own to tell. In this point i would like to say that their lyrics are also great. I consider them to be very differentiated from typical death metal lyrics.

We don’t have a grading scale here. If we had one this album would a 10/10. I mean i would be like ”take all the tens you want, it’s all yours”. I don’t know if i’m in a position to talk about such a huge band like At the Gates. What i want to say though is that ”The Red in the Sky is Ours” is a brilliant album and it is easily one of the best death metal albums of the 90’s. Check out this youtube link where you can also find the full album: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsIre-evoVI).

Gets Worse – Yellow Belly

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Hello. We’ re back today with another review. Actually i want to talk about this album that made an impression on me and then we’ re going to make a ten day pause. Today’s album is really fast and really heavy. It was released by a band i had never heard before in my life. The band’s name is Gets Worse. It is a three piece band from Leeds, U.K. Their music is an exciting blend of grindcore, powerviolece and hardcore punk. ”Yellow Belly”, which is the name of the album, was released on the 20th of May. Seven tracks are included in this album. I’ ve been longing for an album like ”Yellow Belly”. The last time i listened to powerviolence was some years ago. I think it was a band from Skopje called Od Vratot Nadolu (check them out, they’ re seriously good). But the thing is Gets Worse have incorporated more elements in their music like hardcore and punk and perhaps some mathcore. You should definitely turn up the volume before you press play. This is music i can easily relate to. Personally, i loved their riffs and their blastbeats. No favorite songs here. Just listen to this album from top to bottom. Specially recomended for fans of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Cult Leader e.t.c. Check out these links:

Jesus Piece – S/T ep

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Today’s post is going to be about hardcore. Let me tell you about this great ep that i’ve found. The band is called Jesus Piece and this self titled ep is their newest release. It was released on the 4th of August. The band delivers five tracks of raw, uncompromising hardcore. The first thing that made an impression on me is the band’s vocals. Their vocalist sings in a quite passionate manner and he seems to mean every word that comes out of his mouth. Apart from vocals, you’ ll find out that the band’s music is a great blend of hardcore and death metal. In my opinion they balance ideally between these two styles. Find in this ep great sharp riffs and massive basslines. And of course you’ ll find here great beatdown as well as blastbeat parts. Don’t ask me for a favorite song. Think of this album as an entity divided into five pieces and just listen to it really loud. Mosh? Yes Sir, easily. Needless to say, it’s highly recommended for hardcore fans. Here are your links: