EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Monte Luna – “Drowners’ Wives”

Ghost Cult kicks off today hosting the full album stream by atmospheric Doom metal band Monte Luna, Drowners’ Wives , due out on Argonauta records later this week on October 4th! The bands’ style sits at the crux of sludgey riffing and mysticism that puts them squarely in the crosshairs of metal fans and their playlists for several years. Crushing, thicc riffs and stomping beats await you, and the band definitely adds unique elements that makes this Austin, Texas crew standout from the rest of the doom/sludge pack! Musically, the new album represents a new pinnacle for them, with a growth that has been impressive to see and hear over three previous releases time. Turn it up to 11, burn a fatty, and jam out to this beast of an album right now!Continue reading

Obscene Entity – Lamentia


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By this point, it shouldn’t surprise too many people to hear that Death Metal is stronger right now than it’s been since the 90’s. The renaissance – for want of a better word – has been going on for years now, and the renewed quality and focus has spread to most pre-existing subgenres as well as made some new ones. Among the slew of Old School-, Post-, Blackened-, Progressive- and Abstract Art Tentacles-Death Metal, however, the 90’s American style of DM characterised by bands like CannibalCorpse has been largely absent.

On their debut Lamentia (Tridroid), Obscene Entity combine this currently underrepresented style with a touch of Ulcerate’s atmospheric, ambient approach. The combination of crushing, rhythmic Death Metal with more progressive passages is reminiscent of fellow Brits Ageless Oblivion, but much tighter and more focussed. Unlike some of their peers, OE understand that a short and concise album is often preferable to a longer one, and Lamentia makes it points quickly and effectively. Some thought has also gone into the structure, with an instrumental separating the more progressive tracks at the end from the more straightforwardly brutal first half.

Lamentia may not offer anything particularly original in terms of its musical elements, but they’ve been combined effectively to make an album with both instant catchiness and lasting depth. Another example that the current health of Death Metal is not entirely linked to the success of a couple of “big name” bands, and another name to add to the list of bands to watch out for.

 

7.0/10

RICHIE HR

 

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