It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been four years since Suffocation weighed in with Blood Oath. Could it be that we’ve gotten to the point where we’re taking the prospect of new Suffocation for granted? The latest snarling behemoth from these death metal titans is a boot on the throat, shocking us from our lassitude and reminding us that Suffocation is as vital and essential as ever.
Suffocation has been gathering speed since its reformation roughly ten years ago and Pinnacle of Bedlam may well be the high water mark of the Read the rest of this entry →
ClawHammer PR has offered up this killer trio of Shadow Kingdom releases! Hopefully you’ve already gotten the heads up on Corsair and Deceptor from my reviews, but just in case I’ve included review links below. There are also links to stream all three albums at the Shadow Kingdom Bandcamp page.
Entering is easy. Just send an email with “ClawHammer” in the subject line to Terrible Certainty Zine AT gmaildotcom. Although not required, I also suggest liking the ClawHammer and Shadow Kingdom Facebook pages and the Clawhammer Twitter feed. Good luck!
Bolder Damn – Mourning (Reissue)
Shadow Kingdom Records is a true stronghold for yesteryear, preserving the past and unearthing old gems. But Deceptor, like new label mates Corsair, are intriguing new additions to the SK roster, as they don’t cleanly fit that mold, yet uphold the values of the label while pushing traditional styles into the contemporary. Both acts have undeniable ties to vintage metal yet are indelibly modern in their application.
Deceptor is a British three-piece that combines a handful of classic styles and then bends and Read the rest of this entry →
Sweden’s Kongh has racked up plenty of critical praise in its short career, and although it seemed as though they were on the edge of a breakthrough with 2009’s Shadows of the Shapeless, they never quite got the payoff they could have. Should have. But something tells me Sole Creation’s going to push Kongh over the brink and in front of a wider audience. And truly the band covers enough ground to appeal to a broad cross-section of fans. After all, on the first track alone Kongh channels the tumbling locomotive momentum of High on Fire crossed with the rise and fall dynamics of Cult of Luna infused with the melodic hooks of Mastodon. They’re all bands that get lumped into the doom/sludge camp, simply because they don’t really belong anywhere else, and Kongh is among their ranks.
Before I get to War of the Gargantuas from the venerable Phil Anselmo and Bruce Corbitt’s (Rigor Mortis) Warbeast, I want to take a moment to remark on the terrible loss of Rigor Mortis legend Mike Scaccia. I don’t think it’s possible for young listeners of today to truly understand the impact of Mike’s guitar playing on the self-titled Rigor debut in 1988. His blinding speed and aggressive tremolo style was unlike anything of the time and helped propel that album to its (largely uncredited) influence on the forming death and black metal movements. He was of course a part of some of Ministry’s best years, as well as Revolting Cocks, Lard and others. And no one seems to have a bad word to say about the guy. Mike Scaccia was a tremendous talent and the world will miss him. Godspeed, Mike.
One-man metal typically falls within the hateful purview of the black metal realm, but that ain’t stopping Cincinnati’s Andrew Lampe from planting a rare flag for the death metal horde. The Wakedead Gathering is all Lampe, and his second effort, Dark Circles, is a satisfying platter of old school ghoulish death metal.
The churning rumble of The Wakedead Gathering’s take on classic death metal hits the spot and demonstrates Lampe’s devotion to the classics, as Dark Circles owes a serious debt to American legends like Immolation and Incantation, but also adds ribbons of European melodies and Read the rest of this entry →
Corsair is one of those bands you root for, and they’re as deserving as any indie act of label support to further its efforts. The Charlottesville, Virginia collective has been toiling away doing the DIY thing for several years and three compelling releases. They’ve managed to turn many a head, including, it seems, the folks over at Shadow Kingdom Records, who’ve been absolutely gushing about Corsair‘s latest offering. They signed the band and promptly reissued their self-titled record.
It is a damn fine album, if not the masterstroke it’s being labeled. Corsair is a strange bird to dissect. Initially one is struck by the flagrant Thin Lizzy-isms—the twin guitar harmonies that accentuate the band’s clean vocals and rock drumming. In this way they fit in alongside the Slough Feg, Bible of the Devil, and even Argus contingent, albeit it through a more generalized rock approach. Corsair doesn’t have a retro sound mind you, so much as they display a strong vintage sensibility.
The Christmas season: the time we’re all busily making our lists and checking them twice, pouring over release dates and stacks of albums, wringing our hands over the precise ordering… That’s right, it’s end of the year list time (which seems to come earlier each year), and I’m happy to unveil Terrible Certainty’s inaugural list of the best albums and EPs of the year. So without further ado, here’s the year’s best metal. Get busy buyin’ or get busy dyin’. Read the rest of this entry →
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