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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”

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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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Album Review: Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence

I’ll always sing the praises of the Denver metal scene and Bloodstrike‘s second album, Execution of Violence, is another reason why. If you’re looking for that old school death metal sound around the Mile High, then look no further than Bloodstrike. Holly Wedel’s vocals strike the right cords, but so do the actual cords of Jeff Alexis and Joe Piker, the guitarists. Holly bellows as the rest of the band grooves along with her.

Don’t come here for anything technical. This is just down and dirty death metal and Bloodstrike will play the hell out of it. This is beer fist music. This is headbanging, horns up metal.

The opening salvos of “Procreating for Death” and “Creeper” get you prepped for “Emptiness of Life,” my favorite of Execution of Violence. This one is heavy, has that right groove going, and is Continue reading “Album Review: Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence”

Album Review: Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Demos and splits for the last three years finally culminates in Denver’s Spectral Voice handing down their debut full length album Eroded Corridors of Unbeing. The wait for a LP was totally worth it. I’m just glad it dropped early and I got my cassette copy to jam in the garage while preparing stuff for Halloween. For the rest of you, it was “officially” released on Friday the 13th.

Comprised of Blood Incantation guys and drummer/vocalist Eli Wendler (formerly of Nekrofilth) you have a really good idea what you’re gonna get knowing that, or just reading their self labeled “necrotic doom” label. It’s fitting like a tight throwback Obituary t-shirt. Here we have five tracks of doomy death metal that’s near the Blood Incantation style. You can’t have Continue reading “Album Review: Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

Album Review: Primitive Man – Caustic

If you have any motivation at this current moment, don’t read this or listen to Caustic, the new album from Denver’s Primitive Man. It will ruin your motivation to work, talk to people, or your will to be on this dirtball of a planet. This is grimy, doomy, feedback driven noise with a thick layer of tortured, angry howls and guttural yelling. Primitive Man has kicked it all up for this one, Caustic is close to an hour and twenty minutes of auditory suffering.

“My Will” was the first taste of pain we got with the early single release. Slow bleeding out, that’s the pace of this one. The rest of what follows is varied, “Victim” opens up on a fast tempo Continue reading “Album Review: Primitive Man – Caustic”

Ask the Band: Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man

Denver’s loudest and least happiest band, Primitive Man, has dump trucked split albums on us for the last four years since Scorn, their first album. The new album Caustic comes out next Friday, I asked Ethan Lee McCarthy (vocalist and guitarist + the awesome Vermin Womb) about it and got some doomsday predictions for Denver. Seems appropriate given the source.

 

What can we expect from Caustic given the timeline of experiences since Scorn?

I think it is the heaviest and most cohesive body of music we have put together.  It is also the most focused because we wrote it over the course of about a year and a half, some of those songs while we were on tour.  So we had the opportunity to try things out in a live setting before solidifying the songs.

Being a progenitor and product of the Denver DIY scene, what’s your take on DIY’s current state in the Mile High?

Pretty fucked.  Developers with a lot of capital came in, pushed the artists out, and replaced it Continue reading “Ask the Band: Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man”

Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there

Listening to Kevin’s Mile High Metal Hour Podcast (that he does with fellow metalhead Steve Bogar), their fourth episode was about -after a long sidebar open about current albums- how they came into metal. What was interesting is how similar everyone’s story is with this common pathway to discovering heavier music and how the internet has made it infinitely more accessible.

Summarizing, Kevin sought out heavier music through a friend who gave him suggestions, including a last.fm channel. Then connected the dots with metal bands opening for the likes of GWAR and finally crossing through with power metal, Blind Guardian and Amorphis.

I feel like that is a parallel to many metalheads and their metamorphosis into one. I know it mimics my own pathway.

I grew up a metalhead and didn’t even know it, or embrace it. My dad (as I have come to know) is a pure hard rock guy. I grew up listening to QFM 96 in Columbus, Ohio, hard rock, classic rock Continue reading “Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there”

Catch up on 2017 with these four metal albums

Celebrate metal that didn’t get the big push or the internet buzz like some other albums did in 2017. Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic is great and is a personal favorite of 2017 but maybe these four bands have something for you: new metal you missed.

In no particular order, check these albums out. We got Scottish blackened speed metal, heavy metal, Iranian black metal, and sludge. Take a taste of 2017 with these, especially if you haven’t heard em yet.

Facebook and Bandcamp links included. Go follow. Go listen. Go buy.

Hellripper

Coagulating Darkness

Loving the output from James McBain’s one man blackened speed metal project. Furious Venom influences that you can hear in other bands, but why not hear it again done at lightning speed. Hellripper is worth every moment of Coagulating Darkness. Also weregoat penis on the cover. Extra points.

Satan’s Hallow

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Album Review: Augur – Shadows of the Black Cross

Augur

Popping up seemingly from nowhere, maybe a gate from Hell on Colfax, Denver gained +1 black metal bands with Augur’s debut EP Shadows of the Black Cross. Derek of Metal DP posted their album earlier in the month, with it being visibly black metal of the local variety I was clearly going to check it out.

What does Augur have to offer? Sacrificial music to sacrifice your sacrifices.

The opening of “Wolves” will beautifully lull you before the guitar and drum burst in. This is a proper opener, loud, aggressive, and harsh vocals. The intro is damn good too. “The Eleven” is a sweet spot on the album for me, if you can’t dig this track then I’m losing hope for you. It’s just about three minutes of Augur totally crushing it. Throughout this EP I could hear bits of Emperor, Behemoth, Gorgoroth, to name a few.

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