Xibalba - Diablo, Con Amor… Adios EP (Closed Casket Activities)
Release date : February 17th,
of their full length Tierra Y Libertad
last year showcased their mastery at merging Hardcore and Metal together was
well received. To some, they sounded a lot like Hatebreed. The comparison isn’t false but Xibalba has more Metal in their song structures than the
aforementioned band and less cheesy moments. One year later, they are now
releasing a three songs EP Diablo, Con
Amor… Adios with the songs ‘’Diablo’’, ‘’Con Amor’’, and ‘’Adios’’.
The first full-length from Yith, is a
cold slab of hopeless black/doom that
continues the project’s exploration of
darkness, fear and grief. With haunting
melodies and lyrical inspiration coming from
the pages of M.R. James and H.P.
Lovecraft, „Dread” tries to pull the listener
into a bleak abyss of endless horror.
Czar - Life Is No Way To Treat An Animal (Self-released)
Release date : January 20th, 2017
Of all the things that I love in my life being critical is one of those things I don’t get bored with easily. Sometimes, in album reviews, you already know how the music is going to sound and how you are going to write those few lines trying to point its better and weaker elements. Other times you get a real challenge and even genre description won’t even help you trying to make out of what you have listened. The case of Czar and their full length album Life Is No Way To Treat An Animal is of the later kind.
Ashenspire - Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary (2017, Code666)
Release date : January 20th, 2017
Lately, we have been receiving promo from the label Code666 and we have been mostly impressed by their quality and their variety of offerings; Aenaon and Terra are two of the albums we reviewed on this blog. Avant-garde Metal band Ashenspire formed in 2013 in the United Kingdom are the latest to be released on Code666. Mixing the speed of both Primordial and Ved Buens Ende with a vision that’s closer to Dodheimsgard and Arcturus, Ashenspire might have created the most theatrical record to have moved this critic for a long time.
Heavy Baby Sea Slugs - Teenage Graveyard Party EP (2017, Heavy
Release date : January 21st, 2017
Recorded as a
companion CD to their Japan/Taiwan tour in January 2017, Heavy Baby Sea Slugs’ EP Teenage
Graveyard Party sounds like a business card where the band presents itself
as a Sludge/Punk American band that isn’t afraid to get to experimental places.
Undrask - Battle Through Time (2017, Self-released)
Release date : January 27th, 2017
Metal isn’t our cup of tea around here on LMDM and the last two records we
reviewed earned each a 7.0 rating. Which is not bad at all if you look at the
rating system on your right. However, it takes a lot for the genre to wow us
especially since the golden age of Melo Death back with the early albums of In Flames, Dark Tranquility, At The
Gates, and Darkest Hour. In
fact, Melodic metal isn’t our forte but we know when an album will make history
or not. Let’s see if North Carolina’s Undrask’s first LP Battle Through Time is
two track of the same length 25 mins and 14 seconds, ‘’Waste’’ the song
and the EP is the overlaid of ‘’The One I Never Was’’ and ‘’The One I’ll Never
Be’’. So the running time of this EP of behemoth grandeur is 75
minutes and 42 seconds. Coming from Montpellier, France, Mourning Dawn is atmospheric and Doom.