Pig Destroyer – Book Burner

So, MetalSucks is going ballistic over the impending Pig Destroyer album Book Burner, out October 22. And that’s fine. That’s awesome even. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say the commenters are fucking brain damaged idiots for thinking it’s clever to go “OLOL you’re biased bc you love Pig Destroyer!” But as much as I’m willing to go along with this, because, let’s face it, Phantom Limb is one of the best metal albums ever, I’m not super life-changingly excited about what we’ve heard of Book Burner so far.

First there is the teaser:

It’s stripped down. It’s good. It just isn’t Phantom Limb good. Here’s a full track, Burning Palm.

Ok, Burning Palm is great. But it doesn’t quite roar, and it isn’t until the close of the track that it becomes the catchy as shit stuff I’m used to. We’ll see.


Horrific – Your Worst Nightmare

Horrific Your Worst Nightmare:

It’s unusual to have the words catchy and death metal put next to each other, but this is exactly what we’re dealing with. Slasher Dave, of Acid Witch fame, has decided to make the soundtrack to a non-existent 80s horror movie. And like a pack of zombies, this cd just shreds. While the bass and drums are competent this cd is all about the riffs and solos. All of them are catchy and make yo just bob your head. The vocals are a combination of death metal gurgles and shrieks, but it fits the music. Plus the lyrics are hilariously tongue-in-rotting-cheek.. This is for any metal head or horror movie fan.

Into The Moat – The Campaign

Into The Moat The Campaign:

Into The Moat is band that a lot of people are calling the future of extreme metal. If so, Metal maybe in for some bad years. This is a World War 2 themed death metal album. Wait sorry Technical, Chaotic Death Metal album. That means the dudes have musical chops no doubt. Time signatures are changed abruptly and what not. The problem with this is that there is no real taste to it. It seems more like the band is showing off rather than composing a good song. The other problem here are the vocals. If your band is doing complex stuff, shouldn’t you change up your vocal style at least once in a while? The singer just stays with the same growl through out the songs. It works somewhat, but it also causes songs to sound the same. I hate to be so negative, but I can’t accept this as the future of Metal. You guys as a band can do better, I know you can.

The Funeral Pyre – December EP

The Funeral Pyre December EP:

Here’s a band from LA trying to combine Death and Black metal. Defiantly not the first band to do it, but still it’s a nice idea. And these guys show that when it’s done well, it’s awesome. Just look at the first track. Awesome atmosphere, great guitar part, and the screeching vocals really accent it all. Then the rest of the CD just falls miserably flat. The music is uninspired and the vocals become grating. These guys are not a bad band, rather they are a band with a good idea and no idea how to properly execute it. Hopefully their next release will have a more fully developed sound.

Poppy Seed Grinder – Humanophobia

Poppy Seed Grinder Humanophobia:

There is a song named “Fetus of Hatred” and it’s not a joke song. Awesome. The vocals are a series of stereotypical gurgles and grunts that mask what I’ll assume are just awful lyrics. The rest of the band goes through the brutal death metal motions. You’ll listen to this album, cringe at just how generic it is, and then forget you ever heard it.

Ribspreader – Opus Ribcage

Ribspreader Opus Ribcage:

Goofy death metal that sounds like outtakes from an early Cannibal Corpse recording session. Also a pointless cover of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Pop” which is neither funny or good.

Rating: 3/15 even Chris Barnes was bored by this

Death-Live in L.A.: Death and Raw

Death Live in L.A.: Death and Raw:

A killer set from the true architects of death metal. Other than the recording quality theres nothing here that isn’t exactly what I want from death metal. Vicious screaming, intricate but catchy riffs, fast solos, a strong multi-faceted rhythm section, and great lyrics. One of the best live metal albums I’ve ever come across.

Rating: 15/15 forgotten classics

August Burns Red-Lost Messengers

August Burns Red Lost Messengers:

A solid death metal album which is made up of  covers of AC/DC, Billy Joel, and traditional Christmas songs. Strong, but standard riffs make up this album, enough to get the fists pumping, but nothing new. There are, however some pretty cool transitions, where the whole band turns on a dime. The screaming is standard affair, but compliments the music well. If nothing else these guys play the songs well, and do so in a way thats funny, but musically solid at the same time. An enjoyable listen.

Rating: 11/15 Metal piano men

Ignominious Incarceration – Of Winter Born

Ignominious Incarceration Of Winter Born:

This sounds like At The Gates, much like the thousand other melodic death metal albums that sound like At The Gates.

Rating: 6/15 goofy attempts at a brutal band name

Cannibal Corpse-Evisceration Plague

Cannibal Corpse Evisceration Plague:

Not bad, but dated. Cannibal Corpse tries to mix it up a little with odd time signatures and the like, which works more often than not. Fans will not be shocked or disappointed.

Rating: 10/15 Seth Putnam beating up Chris Barnes