Belial – Nihil Est EP [REVIEW]

Being dark and mysterious, the band known as Belial are here to show off how they can bring something exciting and pounding to the technical deathcore genre with their upcoming EP ‘Nihil Est’. Featuring their older tracks off of the debut EP and instrumental tracks of the new EP tracks as a massive bonus towards this, we are here to see if the new tracks hold any extra levity compared to their beginning material.

Opening up with ‘In Extremis’, the brooding intro that could be used as part of a pivotal point in a movie, throws immediately into a crushing low end from the guitar that is provided from beginning to end. Whether its through simple chugs that provide something booming or the lead guitar melodies that throw your head in a circular motion, the EP is definitely not calming down on the punches already. Next comes in ‘Eon’ which brings out the lead guitar out of the gate and a bouncy low end from the rhythm structure that is fuelled even more from the drums elevating the sound. The production element on this EP is definitely a focus point on this EP as with every gloomy chug-filled section is mixed with the more reverberated lead picking and guitar solos. The progression from this band is starting to show a lot more.

The first single ‘Ø’ comes up in the middle of the record with a perfect placement that brings you everything you enjoyed about that track. Fast paced sections all rounded together with a very boisterous sound and a new flavour of picking style that highlights the bass playing a little bit more during elements of the song. ‘Odium’ mixes the playing style up a bit more with something with more of a metalcore twang laced in its walls and it one of the more enjoyable tracks produced in the new five shown, but doesn’t showcase off anything that could be deemed surprising. Closing the EP with ‘In Origin’, the band show even more of their dark and maniacal power with the track and fully captures what Belial are bringing to the genre. Something that isn’t afraid to be somewhat stand-out from its predecessors with a definite throwback to genres such as a black metal influence with the blast beat areas.

As the genre grows ever quicker, its great to see bands like this that can still make their mark and shine through some of the sea of similarity. Belial are giving you everything they have and are showing you that size doesn’t matter in the genre world.

 

Impericon Never Say Die 2016 – Live @ The Marble Factory, Bristol (9/11/16)

The time has come for Impericon to bring their year round Never Say Die tour to its final UK showing this year. Closing off with what could be considered one of the heaviest EU/UK tours this year, its time to show what culminated in the send off show before they go back into Europe once more.

Opening the night screeching onto the scene is UK homegrown lads Polar (7) who plant their feet firmly down and get their fingers in the door. Bringing that sound that could be reminiscent to bands like While She Sleeps, the band didn’t let the slow emergence of the crowd bother them as tracks like ‘Blood For Blood’ careened through the speakers. Whilst it took a while for the crowd to pick up bit by bit, their set closer brought the room together for that for that final push of crowd interaction. With the room starting to pick up a bit more, Make Them Suffer (8) burst right onto the stage with an early number to get the old school deathcore heads moving. ‘Widower’ kicking out with the piano coming straight through, the rest of the band followed suit with something hard hitting and violent in its wake. The more melodic track, as well as their latest one, ‘Ether’ got a great reception and cements their new path in the movement. Unfortunately, the drums didn’t have as much oomph as it should have took away from a very great set.

It’s surprising to think that a band with the musical style of Fallujah (6) would feel like the most stand out band on this tour, but with their focus towards the technical death metal side of things when the rest of the bands go more in your face they had a lot more style to show off and boy did they do that. With a sense of beauty hitting with their more technical lead prowess, it was a bit of a bummer that the guitars didn’t have as much noticeability as the bass pedal did throughout the set. The highlight of the set was the newer material such as ‘Amber Gaze’ pushed through and the heavier sections had a lot of ferocity to them. Then things started to really heat up with the crowd as Obey The Brave (9) just tore the room apart. Bringing out the big guns with ‘Get Real’ to a thunderous pit opening and the breakdown. One of their guitarists had a few technical difficulties for a few tracks, but it didn’t take away from the sheer force their sound had for songs old and new, especially the newer track they threw out there.

The last three bands were all rounded with one genre in mind; Deathcore. Completely obliterating their sound was Carnifex (10) who were definitely the fan favourite for the night. Starting off with their newer material, the more death metal influence comes to life and tracks like ‘Slow Death’ come through with such a gripping take on their newer and more mature material. Closing their set with the older tracks like ‘Lie To My Face’ make the more casual fan of the band power through and make the 2007 track sound that much more vibrant and special. Up next were for the main support were Australian powerhouses Thy Art Is Murder (9) and from the moment the fill in vocalist Nick Arthur (Molotov Solution) laid his first scream down, you knew that this guy was a great replacement to pick for the tour. Powering through tracks off of ‘Holy War’ to a thunderous ovation, the band knew how to hit key points with fans and bring a crushing sound throughout. The audience weren’t able to catch a breath as they smashed into songs from ‘Hate’ to a thunderous pit and headbangers galore.

After a mini speech from Hope For The Day before the main event reaches, it was time to face the what everyone was here for and it was clear that Whitechapel (9) were not here to play any games. Opening right out of the gate with ‘Mark Of The Blade’, the newer material definitely goes down really well with the crowd and the roars of the audience blast through at the end of every song. The older era of the bands discography came through with tracks like ‘Vicer Exciser’ bringing that old school deathcore vibe alongside ‘Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation’ which no doubt made the death metal heads scream with joy. A very nice touch was hearing his cleans, albeit a bit quiet, during ‘Bring Me Home’ which showed the softer and more groove side of the band which not many people are used to. The guitars rang through proudly, the drums were on point and closing their set with the encore of ‘The Saw Is The Law’ was a great cap-off for a near-perfect set and very enjoyable evening!

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Bloodstock announce Friday headliner, other bands

In preparation for the full lineup, Bloodstock Festival have released the names of some of the bands hitting up the 2017 instalment.

Among them are Friday headliners Amon Amarth and their support Blind Guardian. The latter of the pair have the festival down as their only UK show this year, so definitely a good reason to go.

Elsewhere in the announcement were Hatebreed, TestamentPossessedHell and Whitechapel.

See the latest poster below and get tickets here.

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UNDISCOVERED – Outlines + Fangs

We know that the upcoming and just starting out bands are just as important to cover than the bands who have been around for many years, that is why we have two bands who are just starting out of two different styles you should check out!


OUTLINES

Genre: Melodic Hardcore
For Fans Of: Casey / Hundredth / Counterparts

First up we have this Midlands based group called Outlines. Providing a strong riff structure for their first song released, both guitars work really well together and the vocal line provides a chill down your spine with the emphasis and emotion produced in the track. It has the taste of something that will no doubt get better and mature of the years to come and this first track is their placeholder for what to expect in the future from these guys.


FANGS

Genre: Metalcore / Deathcore
For Fans Of: The Ghost Inside / Thy Art Is Murder / Whitechapel

After their average release of their EP, they felt like something was missing from their whole musical piece as a whole. Now they have downtuned their guitars and brought something out of the woodwork that might be a surprise to those who are fans of the EP. This new single brings a medley of guitar riffs, powerful low screams and a few breakdowns for the easily pleased. Whilst the clean vocals waver between good and bad, this is definitely an enjoyable start and something different for the group.


Give these guys a check out on their Facebook/Bandcamp links below:

https://www.facebook.com/FANGSUKband/

http://fangsuk.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/outlinesuk/?fref=ts

http://outlinesuk.bandcamp.com/track/absence

Whitechapel release music video for ‘Bring Me Home’

Nobody really expected for Whitechapel to ever hit a cleaner side of their music when they started over ten years ago, but now with their ‘Mark Of The Blade‘ album they hit something that was exciting and a step in a different direction for them. The music video for ‘Bring Me Home‘ has a very dark story behind it, reliving the moment where frontman Phil Bozeman lost his father at age 10. You can check out the track below.

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.

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life release new song/video ‘Little Black Line’

As the band have progressed further and further, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life seem to be hitting a very big stride now with this new album coming out on October 21st. With just over a week until release, they’ve dropped a new song titled ‘Little Black Line‘ to give you a taste of their clean vocals and groove prowess below.

They will be coming over to the EU/UK for the first time ever with Within The Ruins and more. Check out the full lineup and dates below for more information.

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Whitechapel streams new album

Whitechapel is treating their fans to be able to stream their sixth full length album Mark of the Blade before its official release on 24th June this month. The stream is available via VansWarpedTour.com where the full track listing of Mark of the Blade can be heard.

Talking about the album, guitarist Alex Wade said:  “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.

Fans will also find additional exclusive Whitechapel content on the website as part of the Warped Tour promotion leading up to their performance on the tour this summer.

See the full track listing of Mark of the Blade below and pre order the album here.

1. The Void
2. Mark of the Blade
3. Elitist Ones
4. Bring Me Home
5. Tremors
6. A Killing Industry
7. Tormented
8. Brotherhood
9. Dwell in the Shadows
10. Venomous
11. Decennium