Southern German symphonic black metal troop TOTENGEFLÜSTER are on the brink of releasing their sophomore album on October 11th via Black Lion Records. Titled The Faceless Divine, this opus is the most intense and darkest creation of the band to date.
No One Knows What the Dead Think is “the definitive ending to the piloted bullet hell grind album series started in 1992” according to the accompanying press release for their self-titled debut album. The statement refers to Discordance Axis, the underground grindcore powerhouse from East Brunswick, New Jersey, and how it essentially ends the journey vocalist Jon Chang and guitarist/bassist Rob Marton started way back in the day before the act called it a day in 2001. The two are joined by ex-Cohol drummer Kyosuke Nakano to make this finale a reality, unleashing a roughly eighteen minute long aural assault through Willowtip Records. But does it hold up to the legacy of the member’s involved, or does it fail to hold a candle to the previous works?
Timeless Haunt is a bit of a mixed bag of musicians from my neck of the woods. Within its ranks include John Jesuele, drummer for Beyond Fallen, that band’s former guitarist Steve Jasuilewicz, as well as an “unknown” vocalist who has worked with one of the members in the past [his identity will remain secret for this review given that is how they are billed in the liner notes]. Only having just come together, the act has already unleashed their debut outing Haunted Symphony, a five-song release that is meant to not really fall under any particular categorization, but more the band just writing the songs they want to. So, basically, we’re looking at a progressive mentality here, or so they would make it seem. So, what exactly does this one have in store for those lucky or unlucky enough to happen upon it?
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy’s own Ontoborg may have only formed in 2017, but right out the gate they are becoming a very strong force in the melodic death metal world. This is thanks to the group’s powerhouse line-up of ex-members of Voices of Decay, Black Abyss, as well as Graveworm (including Florian who is still an active member of that act). Basically, this is a collection of people who helped make three powerful and overlooked groups who decided to team up and create something new. Two years later and welcome to their debut full-length album Within the Depths of Oblivion, which they have released independently in late May of this year through Bandcamp. But is it going to be another solid effort that goes unnoticed, or is this just a collection of potential that ends up criminally under utilized?
German Black Metallers TOTENGEFLÜSTER announce artwork + Track list for third studio album “The Faceless Divine” to be released on, October 11th 2019 via Black Lion Records.