The once mysterious depressive/post-black metal group Ghost Bath is one of those units that has divided the fan base of an entire genre. Their blend of emotionally charged material, crazed wails, and bouts of anime theme song influence have left people on one side or the other with each new release. Their most recent, Moonlover, an independent effort later picked up by Nuclear Blast for distribution upon signing the five-piece from Minot, North Dakota, has actually received a fair amount of negativity across the board. However, loyal fans who appreciate what they are doing have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up album Starmourner, which is finally upon us. But have the group improved their sound to swoon the naysayers, or will the die-hards not even find this one all that engaging?
Did you know pug fronted deathcore existed? Yeah, neither did I until the other day. Pugtopsy joins the ranks of acts like Hatebeak and Caninus, though as more of an April Fools Day gag than anything else. And this is where the follow-up single Snorts of Sorrow (yes, there was one other released back in 2013) comes into play for Artery Recordings. But does the punch-line really live up to the concept?
Belgium’s Perverted Ceremony is a two-piece act that formed back in 2011. However, it wouldn’t be until 2016 that their first two demos Sabbat of Behezaël and Demo 1 would be released in that order, quickly attracting the interest of Nuclear War Now! Productions. For 2017, they have brought together some new compositions alongside the already established from the initial two efforts for a brand new LP and cassette release using the Sabbat of Behezaël title once more. But are these performances as vile and ominous as the underground is building them up to be?
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?