Consummation is an Italian two-piece black metal group that hails from Australia. It’s unclear when the outfit started exactly, but it is known that it shares its members with the four-piece death metal act Impetuous Ritual (though I’m not sure which one or ones it is). This entity’s first effort was a self-titled demo back in December of 2012 that was picked up by Abysmal Sounds for a limited cassette run and free digital download via the label’s Bandcamp page. After just over four years of silence to hone their sound, we are now given their official EP Ritual Severance, which is being handled by Invictus Productions. But what does this two-song offering have in stores for listeners, and is it any good?
Suicide Silence is easily one of the most prominent names in the deathcore movement, right next to the likes of Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel among many others. Much like those aforementioned groups, this five-piece decided to go ahead and change their sound, taking from their love of the same nineties-era legends I grew up with. So hearing of the imminent directional shift, I was a bit leery but still entered into the fray with an open mind. But with fan backlash and members not really taking well to the negative criticism and insulting those dedicated to the group that helped get them to where they are in the first place (i.e. long time fans), one could only wonder what lies in store on their brand new self-titled release. But was it an underrated effort, or were the fears of those devoted fully justified?
Australia’s Illimitable Dolor is one of those bands whose meer presence is one that both pleases and depresses you at the same time. Forged by members of The Slow Death, the entity exists as a “special band” meant to pay tribute to their deceased bandmate Gregg Williamson and, well, you can immediately tell that the group put their hearts into this project to emit the impact of their loss. But what lies in store for the listener who happens upon this self-titled debut through Transcending Obscurity Records?
Skeleton of God may have formed in 1993, but the colorado based act has actually been really silent ever since. In the span of fifteen years they releaseed an EP, a compilation, and two full-lengths. The first of them, titled Bleed in the Sun, dropped in 1994, and their long overdue follow-up Primordial Dominion in 2008. The latter of those two was rrecently dug out of the depths and given a proper label release through Everlasting Spew back in late 2016. But is it something finally worth experiencing all these years later?
Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Manetheren have returned with their fifth full-length album The End, a concept release about a human travelling across the lands as the world comes to its end. It’s a foreboding tone you pick up on immediately during the lengthy first track “The Sun That Bled”, heralding the coming end times between bouts of depression and madness. It establishes the coming journey nicely, capturing the imminent conclusion before “When All is Still, There is Nothing” lays on the decimated landscapes as you gaze out at the outcome of this trip.
Poland’s most infamous death thrashers Vader have returned once more under the banner of Nuclear Blast Records. After 2014’s highly successful Tibi et Igni, the band unleashed their next collection of covers in Future of the Past II – Hell in the East through Witching Hour Productions. Wasting no time, the four-piece entered the studio once again to record their thirteen full-length venture (eleventh if you don’t want to count the aforementioned cover recordings) titled The Empire. With a long-standing record of releasing quality efforts one after another without having to change much in the lines of their output, does Vader manage to destroy the listener’s ear drums once more, or is their brand of violence starting to wear thin?