This is some straight-forward brutal death metal from
the cold arctic regions of Sweden. Formed in 1991, they put out their first
full-length entitled “Rated-X” which hasn't gotten much press, till this day.
But here they back are, with this utmost chilling brutality “Struck by a
Murderous Siege”. They have sort of a blues type vibe to their metal; it's cool
and rather catchy. The vocals never really change and since this is the only
album I've heard from the band, I can't compare it to how they've sounded in
the past. But I believe that this album is pretty fresh with good ideas on the
ELVENSTORM from France were born in 2008. In 2011 they
introduced themselves to us with their debut album entitled “Of Rage and War”
through Inferno Records. Three years later they released their sophomore album
entitled “Blood Leads to Glory” and in 2015 the EP “Soulreaper”. All the above
mentioned albums were released from Inferno Records and the quality of them led
LONEWOLF to add Michaël Hellström as their new guitarist. “The Conjuring” is
the band’s 4th release, their third full length album and their first to be
released through Massacre Records on July 13th.
Ugh, the production on here is too flat, that's why I
deem “Reign Supreme” (2012) to be a better sounding album mixing/sound wise.
But the riffs are about as good as on here than they are on “Reign Supreme”.
Their predecessor is probably their best that they've ever put out. But to
those who give this album a better rating, they may argue that the guitar licks
are better here. I disagree. For a band that formed in 1991, they still have
it, though most of the original line-up is gone. This trio is what remains and
yes despite the flat out appeasing comments I've thrown into this introduction,
I did like the album.
I chose to review this one of their latest because I
thought that it was catchier and sort of the essence of a better DYING FETUS-esque
vibe than their current release. Not to mention that I like the production on
here, it's solid. The vocals have never been my favorite listening moments in DYING
FETUS albums, but they want to keep it underground and I have no problem in
saying "okay, this is how you want to do it, you can change it up here and
there." John Gallagher and Sean Beasely trade off on vocals so it's
variety, at least.
The guitarist Carmelo Caltagirone discovered his love
for hard rock music in 2000’s and that motivated him to learn the guitar and
start playing the music he loves. In this release you can find 21 compositions
many of which are different mixes of the same song from 2012 until 2017.
The first time I heard this album was on Spotify I
think it was last year. I didn't think much of it, but I gave it a few more
listens to then decided to buy a physical copy. It was really worth it, as well
as their predecessor, “The Lucid Collective” (2014), which wasn't as well
reviewed as their latest. I can hear why, it was a little bit all over the
place of an album, which is typical with a technical death metal act. But!
Their latest takes more of a liking from me not because of the production, but because
of the music. Yes, it does keep your head spinning with those whirlpool guitar
frenzies. I didn't really dislike anything from this release. I thought it
stronger than the former album, so let's break it down here...