Guest article by Svennerick
Released in August of 1996, Monstrosity’s second effort Millennium is an album I personally hold in very high regards, considering I nearly spent eight months listening to it multiple times a day. This is an addictive album and each new listen made it clearer why this album stands head and shoulders above anything released under the term “technical death metal.”
Tags: analysis, death metal, millenium, monstrosity, Technical Death Metal
Even if the main part of the work was composed between 1822 and 1824, the Symphony n°9 is the fruit of a long maturation which lasted more than thirty years. Thirty years for the idea of a symphony with choir to progressively take hold in the mind of Beethoven. Thirty years during which the music and the text of the “Ode to Joy” will evolve in parallel, each one gradually taking shape over the course of Beethoven’s compositions, before finally being reunited in their last symphony.
Tags: Beethoven, Symphony no.9
Guest Article by Svennerick
Deeds Of Flesh’s music is known for breaking from the conventional, but unlike many other bands who resolve to untypical instruments or gimmicks, Deeds Of Flesh portray their own variety of death metal through the war that rages within their song structures and riffs.
Tags: death metal, deeds of flesh, Mark of the Beast
Pravin Thompson is a trained Jazz musician who has just released his debut album A Thoughtful Collapse that immediately grabs attention through a combination of technique and naivety. In many ways this is what Modern metal seeks to be but lacks any of the depth or the sentimentality this record possesses. Though meandering at times and focusing a bit too much on lesser ideas, Pravin shows an interesting take on Jazz music informed by a combination of academia and pure passion. Pravin also shows great discernment in understanding music and aspects that are for the most part closed to the metal world and contrary to the ideals espoused by Extreme metal.
Tags: analysis, interview, jazz, pravin thompson
Eucharist A Velvet Creation straddled the line between the metal of old and the “melodic death” metal that would ravage the Scandinavian scene. Intelligently the band still remained enough grit and the compositional maturity of the better genre while not being afraid to integrate an overt admiration for Iron Maiden and the occasional rhythmic tool. “Alone and Wounded” is a bonus track that manages to shape Melodic Death metal into what it should have been. The opening sequence however is so remarkable that it merits a closer look.
Tags: a velvet creation, death metal, eucharist, riff analysis, wounded and alone
In the modern metal lexicon, European metal has often been used to denote bands that relied extensively on Iron Maiden harmonies, keyboards, pseudo-classical melodies, female vocalists, tremolo picked riffs and overall less influence from Pantera and Metallica. Septic Flesh have come to epitomize this style despite adding a lot more Metalcore elements to keep with the times. Before the name change, the band were once an overlooked force and presented many ideas that metal as a whole was never fully able to capitalize on. Ophidian Wheel is the summit of the band’s creativity and pushes the romantic qualities of metal even further.
Tags: death metal, Heavy Metal, hellenic black metal, septic flesh, the ophidian wheel
Join guest writer Svennerick and I as we take a look at Finnish Death metal that takes us on a variety of topics across the Death metal spectrum.
Tags: Finnish Death Metal, podcast
Master’s Paul Speckmann is known for taking an idea and squeezing everything he can from it through repetition and then utilizing the most direct route to return to that idea. Though this mentality would fail many bands because the riffs didn’t have the necessary urgency and creativity to work. Bolt Thrower on the other hand took this approach and pushed it to the logical extreme as each individual riff became the central focus while narrative development was relegated to an afterthought despite somehow still being present. What made Bolt Thrower so intriguing was that they possessed powerful riffs that were caveman like and more often than not completely idiotic yet the band managed to soar where others failed miserably.
Tags: Bolt Thrower, death metal, Realm of Chaos, world eater
Testament, famously known for being a bay area band not in the big four rather than through their own exploits. Though their first two records are entirely respectable affairs due to the melodic sensibilities of lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. Problems not related to their music and a lack of business savvy always kept them below their peers in terms of success and it is only in recent years have the band started to find a reasonable amount of success after a long career of constant disappointments and bizarre records.
Tags: bay area, demonic, formation of damnation, low, new order, practice what you preach, testament, the gathering, titans of creation
It is commonly assumed that the most unique album in death metal is Nespithe and while there is a very strong case for such a claim, Supuration’s The Cube has a stronger claim to such a title. Demilich have a large number of failed imitators while Supuration have none at all. The first listen to Demilich immediately shows the band’s intentions and dizzying whirlwinds of ideas in elaborate riff mazes. Supuration sounds like a rock hybrid that borders on modern metal but with much depth and just as unique but requiring many more listens to dig past the highly accessible aesthetics. Here are a few tools that Supuration used to create the most unique album in Death metal.
Tags: death metal, supuration, the cube