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“Desolation” delivers more of what Khemmis does so well with heavy metal infused doom

Determined to keep the train rolling Khemmis has returned with Desolation, their third LP and fourth release in two years (Hunted in 2016, a single and then a split with Spirit Adrift in 2017, and now Desolation). Not content with taking much time off they have practically spent the last year on tour, recording the new album, going right back to shows and touring again, all while working their regular Denver jobs in between. So what’s changed since 2016’s Hunted? Not a damn thing and that’s good.

If you wanted that Khemmis sound, sweet riffs from Phil Pendergast and Ben Hutcherson, galloping songs driven by Zach Coleman’s drums, and heavy metal painted doom thanks to Dan Beires, then you came back to the right place. I was immediately hooked on “Isolation” and still am. This is Khemmis at their absolute best, writing songs that just flat out rock. Phil’s vocals sound good as always and on “Isolation” is still the same guy I’ve loved since “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” on Absolution. Even Ben gets some harsh vocal featuring -I feel like more so than on Continue reading ““Desolation” delivers more of what Khemmis does so well with heavy metal infused doom”

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Denver’s Hail Satan reload and return with new EP “Rad Metal”

If you haven’t heard of Hail Satan then you should, their latest EP Rad Metal is releasing May 31 and it’s a fun listen with songs about partying (“I’m doin’ drugs, I’m getting’ laid, I’m eatin’ pi-zza everyday.” -from “Born to Win”) and getting in good with Satan, all set to thrash/speed metal. That’s what I’m talking about!

The 2014 debut EP Pit of Oblivion had a different lineup, the recording and production quality were low and there were some doom influences mixed in. Re-emerging four years later during which the lineup and direction of the band changed considerably infusing hard rock with only thrash/speed. It all makes a lot more sense now and sounds a world better.

“Born to Win” was the first song I heard from Rad Metal and it’s a rock party anthem plus the catchiest track on the five song EP. This will be a fun one live next Thursday for their release Continue reading “Denver’s Hail Satan reload and return with new EP “Rad Metal””

Wayfarer’s “World’s Blood” rides through your speakers with western flair

Praise the power of PR and it’s ability to supply my inbox with sweet promos. One album I’ve been anxiously awaiting like a starved child after it was announced is Wayfarer‘s third, World’s Blood. Their western tinged atmospheric black metal is a sweet spot for me and the new album continues to crush. Listening to it I see growth through the first two albums as they settle into their sound on this third. Wayfarer is releasing World’s Blood May 25 and I have all the early praise to heap on it.

Debuting “The Dreaming Plain” first wasn’t a bad choice at all. It drives the hardest of the entire album with Isaac Faulk’s pounding drums and Shane McCarthy roars just cascading across your speakers. It’s a good hook for World’s Blood and a solid representation of Wayfarer’s sound.

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Ask the Band: Alvino Salcedo from Of Feather and Bone

Today marks the release of Of Feather and Bone’s second LP Bestial Hymns of Perversion and I got bassist and lead vocalist Alvino Salcedo to answer some questions about deep topics like tour shit, beer and what horror movie OFAB would have their music featured in because I’m a modern day Barbara Walters.

First off, Bestial Hymns of Perversion is fucking awesome. The new album marks a pretty full change in sound, but why the shift to death metal though?

We wrote the last album so long ago. We wrote and recorded it and then sat on it for over a year before it was released. Then we toured on it for over a year. In that time we were sick of those songs and already writing and changing so many things. It wasn’t until the 2016 demo that we finally said “fuck it” and recorded and wrote what we had been sitting on for years.

***My Kvlt of Brewtality review of the new album.

So what’s next for you guys? There’s a tour coming up, part of which is with Tomb Mold (Toronto), what dates are you looking the most forward to?

I’m personally excited for the whole thing. The west coast is always great. And I’m super stoked to watch Tomb Mold every night for a couple of weeks. Those dudes are rad and an even better band.

What do you guys do for fun when you have time in-between or at stops on the road?

We all mostly just work a ton haha. We all have active lives outside of the band for sure, but I can speak on behalf of us all when I say that the band is always and the forefront of what we base our lives around. We don’t plan vacations or whatever unless we know it won’t conflict with something the band may have. We’ve made this our lives for over 6 years.

Favorite city to play in not named Denver?

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“Bestial Hymns of Perversion” sees Of Feather and Bone stretching out to death metal

Have you ever thought “Of Feather and Bone should just be a death metal band?” Because if you have then Alvino Salcedo and the boys thought the same thing. On their second LP Bestial Hymns of Perversion, OFAB goes death metal. I got a taste of the new album and how potent it would be when they played a killer set opening for Cannibal Corpse and Power Trip.

Of Feather and Bone

 

Now the new album is here and I’m impressed with what they put together. Their 2016 promo demo was the precursor to this change in sound and the two tracks -“Resounding from the Depths” and “Pious Abnormality”- are included here, plus five brand new tracks.

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Vastum and Spectral Voice split: dose of death metal for death metal people

Just like the album, this take is a quick one. San Fran’s Vastum and Denver’s Spectral Voice got together on a two-track split that came out last week and has unreleased songs with Vastum going off first.

The pairing is just right for me. I’m not very familiar with Vastum so I didn’t have much kicking around between my ears on what I figured I would hear. “Gagging on a Gash” is fucking awesome song title, that’s pretty death metal to me. Dan Butler’s vocals are also my kind of shit, I caught him with his other band Acephalix at the last Denver Black Sky (Black Sky Cinco) and they played a set that the crowd was really into. The riff throughout “Gagging on a Gash” isn’t anything I haven’t heard before, but like jerking off, some things never get old. Honestly, the gravely vocals, cool death metal riff chugging, and the soloing near the end, what’s not to Continue reading “Vastum and Spectral Voice split: dose of death metal for death metal people”

Necropanther Goes to Dune. Second album “Eyes of Blue Light” blisters.

Determined to rip start their new album, the opener “Imperium Overture” storms in with no pause. Press PLAY. DRUMS x RIFF! That song is blistering and opens up Necropanther’s second album Eyes of Blue Light at break neck speed. This is the introduction to their “Dune” centric album where we get to hear all about the gom jabbar (there’s a song about it, which kicks ass) spice, sandworms, and all the shit that goes down on Arrakis.

The second outing in Eyes of Blue Light is a growth in Necropanther’s sound. Their “Terminator” self-titled album was damn good, I’ve heard nothing but positive opinions from others. But how do you top an album where you get to shout “come with me if you want to live,”? You play faster and I guess you let Fredrik Nordstrom produce it. The result is band I’d put up against frequent comparison Skeletonwitch. I see your Adam Clemans and I raise you a guitar playing vocalist, Paul Anop. Who by the way drops one of the best “bleh,” or whatever black metal sound you call it, at two minutes into “Good as Dead.”

Eyes of Blue Light pumps up the urgency. Everybody is noticeably pushing speed throughout most of this album. So if you ever thought, “I wish Necropanther would play faster riffs and Continue reading “Necropanther Goes to Dune. Second album “Eyes of Blue Light” blisters.”

Mister Samhain’s Colorado Metal Favorites of 2017

In case you didn’t know, Colorado had a great year of metal. We had a two-day bachannal for TRVE Brewing where In the Company of Serpents played new stuff from Ain-Soph Aur, Dark Descent Records had an 8th anniversary show with an awesome lineup led off by Spectral Voice and headlined by Blood Incantation. There was Denver Black Sky V, we had a Death Fest, the bars all have shows, the music rocks, and the scene is pretty vibrant. Including a grip of awesome albums, EPs, splits, singles, and demos this year!

In no real particular order (except the first four), here’s what I thought was some of the best in Colorado metal for the soon to be departed 2017.

Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Ok, so it’s my #1 that I didn’t label as one. It was on my list and Eroded Corridors of Unbeing should sure as hell be on yours. Atmospheric death doom-doom death, whatever, its an adventure worth taking. There’s a review I wrote and it was #4 on my overall year end list. Continue reading “Mister Samhain’s Colorado Metal Favorites of 2017”

Mister Samhain’s Best Metal Albums of 2017

I’m not going to lie, 2017 wasn’t a year that new metal truly grabbed me and drug me back and forth through the ditches of every sub-genre. A lot of albums were played but outside of this list (plus the honorable mentions and some others) I can’t say 2017 -to me- was the most excellent year in metal. Lots of good shit, but not a lot that really blew me away as in past years. That’s not to diminish any of these below because they really kicked ass. I did notice a very strong American presence this year in my top albums, which is a bit unusual.

Anyway, here’s what I consider the most badass albums of 2017.

Top 10 Best Metal Albums

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