Saturday, October 20, 2012

CD Review: October Brings Us More Heavy Metal From Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records is celebrating 30 years as a record label this year. What started out as a small, underground, heavy metal music community has grown into one of the premier metal record labels in the world. They continue to release some of the heaviest, most interesting music that has ever been created and this October finds five more releases to add the Metal Blade Records catalog.

Earlier this month saw the releases of new albums from Between the Buried and Me and Downfall of Gaia. Between the Buried and Me recently released their first concept album entitled, “The Parallax II: Future Sequence.” At first you wonder if they have taken a more progressive rock route as the opening track, “Goodbye to Everything” sound more like Rush than Slayer. But not to worry, the band brings their infamous heavy metal sound into the mix with “Astral Body.” The band extends their songs as on the ten-minute, chord changing,  riff-filled “Lay Your Ghosts To Rest.” The musicianship on this new album is outstanding as they add pieces of Rush and King Crimson into their heavy drumming and blazing guitar sound. As the storied album plays on, the band continues to mix death metal riffs (“Telos”) with progressive rock (“Bloom”) to create one of the most interesting albums of the year.

On the flipside, we have Downfall of Gaia with their feedback soaked new album, “Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes.” The 8-minute opening song is swimming in its doom metal glory. The vocals are few and far between as the drumming takes the lead in the song. The follow-up song, “In The Rivers Bleak” adds a little more in the way of guitars, but continues with its fury of feedback. The band heads into a more progressive metal sound on “I Fade Away,” before returning to the slow burn of “Giving Their Heir To The Masses.”

Both of these albums were released on October 9 through Metal Blade Records.

Also coming out soon from Metal Blade Records are new albums from Bison b.c., AntropomorphiA and Abiotic. Bison b.c. brings their doom and gloom sound to their latest release “Lovelessness.” The band worked with acclaimed producer Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Minsk) on this new album as the band find themselves stretching out their songs for a more epic feel.

AntropomorphiaA return from a ten year hiatus with a new album entitled “Evangelivm Nekromantia.” The music on this latest death metal release sounds as if the members are re-energized and out to take the throne of death metal masters. The motor-like drumming and crunching guitars along with the aggressive vocals should give AntropomorphiA one their most acclaimed albums to date.

Also rising from the death metal community is the new band, Abiotic with their full-length debut album “Symbiosis.” The power and speed are captured in every song on this new release. There is no rest when listening to this album. Abiotic mix-in some classical guitar solos, but quickly blast you back with their hard-hitting sound.

These three new albums will be released on October 23rd. For more information on these and other release, check out

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