For some reaso, given the band name of Heirs and this album title, Fowl, it led plenty of people, myself included, to think that this were some kind of Black Metal band. That is, until the artwork caught the eyes of these individuals, being a man clad in what appears to be some kind of The Ultimate Warrior-like suit and make up, which actually is meerly paint running down the face of the man in the cover. Clearly, that’s not what this is. Instead, and more suitingly, Heirs proves to be a rather competant Ambient/Drone act that brings a sort of high end artistic vibe to their music. The Melbourne-based group stormed onto the scene back in 2009 with their debut, Alchera, which received plenty of rave reviews for the style the band plays, so anticipations were high for fans with the band’s follow-up, Fowl, and in a sense, the band didn’t really drop the ball there.
Hell Militia is a French Black Metal act that formed back in 2001. Nine years later, their discography isn’t too expansive, but given the many bands that the members are involved in, it’s understandable that the discography for this group has come up a bit empty. However, Last Station on the Road to Death marks the group’s second full-length effort, and the first piece of material released by the band in roughly five years. So, for fans of the band, as well as the style, the concern arises as to whether this time between releases has allowed the band to compose some sinister music, or if that time was dedicated to their many other projects, and this wound up being an album that wound up being rushed just to have another release under the Hell Militia name available.
Heretic Soul‘s first full-length album, Born Into This Plague is an album that treads between the whole Slam Death Metal style of music, as well as the Deathcore scene thanks mostly to the moments that seem to be more like stereotypical breakdowns for the latter, but are structured well enough to bring the more Slam style of composition into play here. But, however you want to look at the material that Heretic Soul performs, there’s no denying that this album is really good Death Metal for what it is. But, what exactly does this band bring to the table?
Breathing the Fire marks the third full-length studio effort by the mixed style Metal act Skeletonwitch, showing great musical improvement, as well as some further inspirations from the older first wave Black Metal styles. While the band’s previous efforts are good, this one seems to be a much more solid and matured release through more natural transitions and more fluid music and vocals. With the act continuing to grow, mature, and expand musically, this album is proof that the band is almost there at creating an absolutely amazing album.
At first, Dutch Folk and Viking Metal band Heidevolk‘s third full-length album Uit Oude Grond may not really appeal to you. The album seems to not be much more than some generic music from the two styles this band is categorized as, offering little to nothing really new to the scene. While this assumption is basically correct, the material on Uit Oude Grond is still very well constructed and played, coming off more as a Hard Rock outfit with some Metal inspirations here and there. Thanks to those facts, and the way the vocals are performed on this release as well, Uit Oude Grond is an album that needs time to grow on you, and when it does, it’s actually a rather pleasing experience.