No Zodiac – Altars Of Impurity [REVIEW]

As the band have gone through various changes, No Zodiac are looking to cement this lineup as something fully solidified as the new era of the group and for their hardcore/deathcore sound. ‘Altars Of Impurity’ is the third album from the band and its a new time to show the world what they’re bringing to the table.

The band opens with ‘Santisima Muerte’ which opens up very melodically before going balls to the wall with is heavy qualities. One thing you immediately tell is the sound has a lot more of a polished gravitas to it compared to the last few releases that has been brought to the bands discography with a move away from the gritty sound that has been present. The band still bring that aggression in spades as the record moves into tracks ‘River Of Hypocrisy’ which pushes more of the groove element of their music and ‘Sigil Of Aciel’ which goes on more of a death metal influence with the tremolo picking and drum patterns throughout the majority of the track. It definitely moves into a newer sound that the band are hitting all over the map to create something not necessarily unique, but standing out from their own crowd and having something that feels like a modernised No Zodiac record.

The band continue the onslaughts with ‘Corroded Soul’ which gives you more glimpses into the bands character and throws in a few solos for good measure over a darker element that they provide as moving into ‘The Tribulation’ gives off that classic deathcore/slam vibe with the palm muted chords and use of the ride cymbal to their advantage. Further down the list you have ‘Swine’ which goes back to the same flavour of songs like ‘Constant Decay’ with the same pounding beatdown style of aggression with a deathcore twinge that flows through the veins of the track. ‘Penance’ is most certainly the track to get your head banging with the strumming pattern being a really solid staple of the track and the low screams coming through. The second half of the track goes back into hardcore/deathcore territory with a mosh friendly instrumentation with added double bass and guest vocals from Suburban Scum’s vocalist.

This whole album is a stronger push with their sound and gives you an idea of where the band are going to be setting their sights for. ‘Altars Of Impurity’ is a great blend of deathcore and hardcore with a penchant for headbanging and whilst it might not be the band you remember before, they’ve got a few ways to make you remember them now.

[7/10]

No Zodiac release new song/video titled ‘Santisima Muerte’

It might not be what you’re used to from No Zodiac, but they’re bring a much more death metal/deathcore vibe along with their new material. With their upcoming release in April titled ‘Altars Of Impurity‘ set to be the love/hate record of their arsenal, it will no doubt have something heavy to bring to the table.

Check out their new song ‘Santisima Muerte‘ below!

UK Tech Fest drops first announcement incl. The Black Dahlia Murder

The first announcement from UK Tech Fest is here and they are not messing around! The two UK exclusive so far come in the name of Obscura and The Black Dahlia Murder who will be no doubt bringing huge sets with them.

A few other solid bands to mention on this list are Slovenian death metal/slam band Within Destruction, UK metalcore up and comers Carcer City, USA death metal crushers Aborted, Rap-djent giants Hacktivist and technical metalcore solidifiers in Oceans Ate Alaska amongst many more.

You can check out the full line up below as well as listen to one of the exclusive bands, The Black Dahlia Murder, below!

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No Zodiac drop new song ‘Penance’ ft. Karebear (Suburban Scum)

Bringing the death metal/slam style back with their new material is No Zodiac who show off what they’re bringing to the table with their third album ‘Altars Of Impurity

The head banging riffs, the Cannibal Corpse flavours and the special feature from Suburban Scum‘s own Karebear, this track is a perfect intro into what will be one of the heaviest releases of 2017.

Check out ‘Penance‘ below!

Brawl

LIVE: Fall In The Brawl Festival – Manchester 12/11/16

With the initial plan of providing 11 hours of live music (minus changeover time), Fall In The Brawl Festival looked set to be one of the most ferocious events of 2016. Despite bands dropping out last-minute and some slight technical issues, the festival was overall pretty smooth.

Revelations [6/10] started proceedings with a thunderous racket. Despite lacking a little bit of energy during their time on stage, the lads were still able to carve up ample carnage with their time allotted. After The Abduction [7/10] had no such issues with energy though, as their technical assault immediately kicks in. Impressive vocals and a technical ability to equal anyone else on the Fall In The Brawl bill aided their set in being one of high-octane action.

Carbine [8/10] were next up to the stage and what followed was a set so confidently controlled and delivered you’d be forgiven for forgetting Carbine don’t even have an EP out yet. The set hit harder than anything played previously and the crowd lapped it all up. After such a strong set, you had to feel bad for Incarcerate [5/10], as their down-tempo belligerence just wasn’t enough to follow on from such a pacey and well delivered set. Incarcerate would have fared so much better with a little bit of urgency in their music, as they are certainly stupendously heavy. Some fine-tuning would have also done them good.

With bands like Worldeater and Ingested having to pull out the day before, Clawhammer and Human Error both pulled out of their slots as well, leaving Drifted [6/10] to try and bring the energy back after an hour’s break. Their drummer suffered constant issues with his kit and the set struggled to gain traction in the beginning. By the end of the set though everyone present was headbanging and wondering what could have been, should they have had a perfect set.

Visions Of Disfigurement [9/10] could’ve headlined the festival comfortably with the performance they put on. The four-piece immediately turned the entire floor into a warzone and refused to let any of the pressure off throughout their set. The vocal delivery was putrid, and the chaos unleashed when the slams kicked in was at times verging on biblical. Visions of Disfigurement exemplified a growing trend of fantastic slam and death metal bands coming out of the UK and by the time their final song kicked in, the rooms erupted into a violent display of carnage of admiration. A fantastic set from a fantastic band.

Unfortunately, that was the end of Fall In The Brawl. Big shout out to Chamber of Malice for stepping in at such short notice to cover the gap left by Ingested, and also all the other bands that played. From the performances seen, it’s a fair suggestion to think that they collectively tore the house down!

Tech Fest announces ‘Techabilitation 2016’ ft. Martyr Defiled

If you were hoping for a post-UK Tech Fest show to calm your blues, its been announced! Dubbed Techabilitation 2016, the post show will be featuring many of your favourite heavy acts like Martyr Defiled and Aliases as your headliners. Further down the list you have OsiahAbhorrent DecimationThe Parallax Method and Dieties alongside an album release show for Hieroglyph! You can check out the full poster below whilst listening to one of the headliners as well!

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Walking Dead On Broadway release new song ‘Haunted’

It’s time for some very angry deathcore/death metal with Walking Dead On Broadway. Hailing from Leipzig, Germany,  they unleash a torrent of aggressive and downright heavy in this new song ‘Haunted‘. The music video also fits very well with the music video and will definitely get you excited for their new record next month. Check out the new single/video below!

They have announced a new album, titled ‘Slaves‘ which will be released on November 11th via Arising Empire.