Tag Archives: Death Metal

Embalmer

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Embalmer are Cleveland legends in their own right.  Forming back in 1989 under the name Corpsegrinder, original members Roy Stewart, Toby Wulff, Mark Davis and Duane Morris released four demos, Into the Oven, Taxidermist, Rotting Remains and There Was Blood Everywhere, as well as the compilation entitled There Was Blood Everywhere, paving a bloody path for death metal and grindcore bands to come.

After being on hiatus for nine years, Embalmer returned with a vengeance in 2005 to record their first full length album 13 Faces of Death.  Despite enduring several lineup changes, the feel of the music has changed little from the straight forward brutal death metal fans have grown to love, which is a true testament to the integrity of the band.

Embalmer is currently in the studio recording their second full length album Apocalyptic Bloodshower and touring with Vital Remains.  They have released two new tracks to the public on their 2012 compilation Collection of Carnage, entitled The Origin of Scum and Deities of Filth and Cannibalistic Future.  The aggression and brutality of yesteryear remains imminent on the new tracks, to much approval of awaiting fans.  As you may have discovered, however, this blog is dedicated to the music, so I will let you listen for yourself.  Happy Listening.  Hails!

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Kurnugia Streaming New Track

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Brian Bergeron~ Bass
Larry Kozumplik~ Guitar
Duane Morris~ Guitar/Vocals
Rick Nay~ Drums

To much anticipation, Ohio death metal act, Kurnugia has begun streaming a new track from their soon to be released demo.  The 7″ is to be released sometime this summer.  For now let’s enjoy Diseased Angels.  Happy Listening!  Hails!

http://www.reverbnation.com/kurnugia

Soulless

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Continuing my tribute to Cleveland metal I bring you C-town death/thrash legends Soulless. Blustering through Cleveland’s metal clubs and pubs with pure metal imperium since 1997, the band has released four full length LP’s to date, including the 1999 debut, The Darkening of Days, 2002’s Agony’s Lament, 2007’s Forever Defiant and the latest release from World Chaos Productions, In Death’s Grip. Not only is Soulless continuously recording original material, they also have appeared on several tribute albums such as Armageddon- A Tribute to Destruction, Overload II- A tribute to Metallica and Hellbent for Metal- A Tribute to Judas Priest, just to name a few.

The band has been known to tour relentlessly, opening for such acts as Nile, Macabre and Cleveland’s own Nunslaughter. The hard work has paid off as Soulless has developed quite the diehard, cult following amongst the local circuit. Soulless only continues to please the diehards with their 2013 release, In Death’s Grip by not veering far from the sound that we fell in love with in ’97. More of a thrash album than a death metal one, In Death’s Grip showcases blistering solos, anthemic choruses and catchy riffs and even epic interludes. From beginning to end the album flows nicely without a dull moment. Tracks like It Ends Tonight and Bury the Cross show tremendous growth in the musicianship of the band featuring masterfully crafted, almost progressive soloing.

Soulless stays true to their roots by covering Cleveland thrash pioneers, Destructor. The album is a must-have for thrashers and death metallers alike. As usual I will let you be the judge. Below is the sixth track off of In Death’s Grip, Bury the Cross. The full album is available for free streaming on Bandcamp as well. I’ve posted a link below. Happy Listening! Hails!

http://soulless.bandcamp.com/

Blood Coven

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Since I started this blog, I have wanted to do a tribute to Cleveland metal. Being a Cleveland native myself, I am no stranger to the greatness that is Cleveland’s music scene, despite its being the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The first Cleveland band I will pay homage to is the ruthless, Black/Death metal act Blood Coven.

Formed in 1993 by Dann Saladin, Blood Coven is a force to be reckoned with, terrorizing Cleveland with brutal live performances and intense new releases. Despite forming in ’93 the band only has three full length releases to date, Ashes of Autumn Burning, Battle Cult Empire and 2012’s Of Blood and Battle. The newest full length album seems to be re-mastered versions of earlier tracks compiled onto one merciless and beautifully crafted LP. The band maintains it’s distinctive sound, never watering down their unique blend of Black and Death metal for the mainstream masses. What sets Blood Coven apart form so many other Black/Death acts is their range in vocals (from shrieks to growls) and stunningly melodic, clean soloing.

While so many bands have forgotten the art of soloing, Blood Coven celebrates it, featuring a beautifully rendered solo on every track. The guitars range from melodic unmuted tones to heavy distortion and in true Black/Death adulation, the lyrics are heavily Anti-Christian. Tracks like Ashes of an Autumn Burning, An Angel’s Rage and Bloodwrath, grip the listener into a dark world of unadulterated pain, to no protestation.

The band has suffered a slew of lineup changes over the years and is currently looking for a rhythm guitarist. I am confident, however, that Blood Coven will find a guitarist soon. Until then, I welcome you into the bowels of Hell itself with Blood Coven. Happy Listening! Hails!

http://www.myspace.com/bloodcovenband

Herode

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You know a band kicks ass when you’re headbanging to their demo, sans company, in comfort of your bedroom. This was exactly the state of which I found myself whilst listening to Herode’s most recent demo Antichristus. From the bowels of Judecca, Canadian quartet Herode (side project of also unsigned Difamation), assaults listeners with classic, in your face, melodic death metal.

Thrashy riffs, perfectly timed breaks and demonic dual vocals characterize the band’s 2009 demo, Antichristus, leaving a scar-like impression on unsuspecting listeners. Reminiscent of bands like Dismember and Autopsy, death metal connoisseurs are sure to be pleased with tracks like Beast or State of Decay. The 2009 demo is a war march, beginning to end, never boring the listener with sloppy soloing or predictable breakdowns. Instead Herode provides catchy riffs, interesting interludes and solid production.

With only one full length release entitled Death of Vengeance and latest demo Antichristus, one’s left with the question of why the band has not released more material. We can only hope that freshly pressed, new Herode will soon be underway. For now, though, I invite you into Hell with Herode. Below are links to the bands Myspace page, Lastfm and even a live video. Happy listening. Hails!
http://www.last.fm/music/Herode
http://www.myspace.com/herodemetalband
http://www.myspace.com/zonemetalquebec72/videos/herode-quebec-2009/56365632