Alcest‘s first actual offering, Le Secret, made a huge impact in the underground Black Metal world. The material offered with quite dynamic in comparison to the traditional cult/kvlt analog and raw recordings going around in the name of satan, or the sake of art. The act, while starting out as a raw Black Metal act, eventually shifted to incorporate a Shoegaze feel into the music, and it offered quite a unique experience for those lucky enough to have experienced the EP. But, outside of how different it was back when it was first released, is it an EP that actually was a good as it was unique?
In Flames has never been a band to stick to one specific sound, which has been evidenced throughout their career. Everyone has their favorite In Flames release, whether it be their debut Lunar Strain, or their latest at the time of this review, A Sense of Purpose. Despite the listener’s opinion on each album by the band, it at least allows the band to present their fans a unique experience with every album, whether it’s good or not. So, with anticipation of their 2011 album Sounds of a Playground Fading, Century Media Records has released the song “Deliver Us” as a digital single. But, is it any good?
Arsonists Get All the Girls is a Deathcore act from Santa Cruz, California. The group formed back in 2006, and since storming onto the scene have come under heavy scrutiny by the devout fans of Death Metal, especially in the U.S. by those who heavily frown on the Deathcore concept in the first place. However, through trials and tragedies, this group has persisted through it all and finds themselves unleashing Motherland, the latest full-length recording, and third to be issued through the powerhouse record label Century Media Records. But, is this going to be the album that will find the non-believers becoming fans, or will it be another album that tries too hard to be unique and ultimately just not work in their favor to anyone outside the band’s established niche fan base?
Anaal Nathrakh has existed now since 1998, forming in the United Kingdom. For the most part, the band has been shifting between record labels for their releases, and their latest at the time of this review is with Candlelight Records. Of course, the group has been maintaining their Black Metal/Grindcore sound since earlier on in their career, originally performing as a strictly Black Metal group. But, with Passion being their sixth full-length recording, does this idea still work in making some strong material for this two-piece back from the UK?
Backslider and Nimbus Terrifix are both underground “fastcase” acts signed to the underground label Give Praise Records. The label brought these two bands together to put out what is to be a punishing split vinyl release. Backslider hails from Philadelphia, PA, and Nimbus Terrifix hails from neck of the woods in the Scranton, PA. Since both bands are rather close and within playing distance, this split release immediately sparked my interest and I was very excited to see what the bands had to offer. Sadly it did not quite live up to the expectations I had going into it.