Ghost Cult Album Of The Year 2015 – Countdown: 30 – 21

 

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Part three of the Ghost Cult Magazine countdown to our Album of 2015. 

And now the end is near, and so we face 2015’s final curtain, and once more the Ghost Cult army got together to vote for their favourites. The results? Over 20 writers pitched and voted on over 220 albums ranging from indie pop to the most horrific savage tentacle laden death metal showing the depth, breadth and class of the official Ghost Cult Album of the Year for 2015.

The countdown (to extinction) continues…

 

Tribulation30. Tribulation – ‘The Children Of The Night’ (Century Media)

The Children of the Night, save for snarled vocals and horror themed lyrics, is a classic heavy metal record, far more interested in melody and catchy songs than aggression and violence; a brave record from an exceedingly talented set of musicians who are just that more subtle when it comes to what style of darkness works best.”

Review by James Conway here

 

Windhand29. Windhand – ‘Grief’s Infernal Flower’ (Relapse)

“…something has happened here; an unsettling event or rite of passage, propelling this captivating outfit to the stars without drastically changing their identity. In doing so it has enabled the band to create its most sombre, hypnotic, emotive and supreme piece of work.”

Review by Paul Quinn here

 

sw28. Steven Wilson – ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase’ (KScope)

“Where The Raven… was mysterious and downright grave emotionally, the new album is poignant and uplifting almost all the way through. Even in somber moments, the songs have an underlying feeling of hopefulness that defies the melancholy. Wilson is a master delivering the unbridled beast of a song in a beautiful package.”

Review by Keith Chachkes here

 

maruta27. Maruta – ‘Remain Dystopian’ (Relapse)

“Seething with a fulminating ire, yet showing unexpected versatility; if you’re pissed off with parents and / or bullies, but don’t want an ignominious revenge to stick you on the front pages, exercise your frustration with these guys instead.”

Review by Paul Quinn here

 

drudkh26. Drudkh – ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ (Season of Mist)

“Like all great Drudkh releases, this is an album that reveals more with every listen, a rousing yell of defiance backed by a passionate beating heart. Tenth full-length release A Furrow Cut Short is one of their finest efforts to date.”

Review by James Conway here

 

hoac25. Heart of a Coward – ‘Deliverance’ (Century Media)

“Writing this review is a bit like trying to make conversation with a devastatingly attractive woman – all I could initially think of to write about each song was “Fucking Brilliant”. In summary, Deliverance is a stunning piece of work that can only be criticised for coming to an end. More of this please lads.”

Review by Philip Page here

 

nile24. Nile – ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’ (Nuclear Blast)

“Death jams like ‘In the Name of Amun’ and ‘Age of Famine’ give way to breadth and dizzying tempo changes, the kind of searing death metal that recalls prime Morbid AngelIf the prog fans and metal elitists can get past the death grunts and learn to love the blast beat they may just find a band fawn over other than Dream Theater.”

Review by Hansel Lopez here

 

deafheaven23. Deafheaven – ‘New Bermuda’ (Anti Records)

“A sprawling mini-opus, one that tells us much of where this band can really go musically  in the future. While not as groundbreaking or original as Sunbather, which any band would be challenged to follow, New Bermuda hits you in all the right G-spots musically and emotionally for one of 2015’s undoubtedly finest releases.”

Review by Keith Chachkes here

 

mgla22. mgla – ‘Exercises In Futility’ (Northern Heritage)

“Despite the overwhelming misanthropy that is conveyed, the seamless flow and rousing melodies are emotive and enriching. It’s an album crafted with passion and dedication, which is overtly evident in their music. Mgła have honed a pioneering sound that is now getting the recognition it so very much deserves.”

Review by Heather Blewett here

 

highonfire21. High On Fire – ‘Luminiferous’ (eOne)

Ghost Cult Album of the Month – June “The boys have put out one monster of a record. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, get yourself a gallon of Pike Juice instead and keep an eye out for an upcoming tour date near you.”

Review by Aleida la Llave here

PART 1: ALBUMS 50-41

PART 2: ALBUMS 40-31

 

 

Audio: The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal Full Album Stream

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Modern death metal masters The Black Dahlia Murder are streaming their new album Abysmal, out this Friday, in full from Metal Blade Records’ website. You can hear the album at this link:

 

Front man Trevor Strnad commented on Abysmal:

“Once the record started to come together we knew it was going to be something special,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad. “It’s more urgent, it has more dynamics, it’s a more emotive record, and it has a more raw, angry sound to it. It’s still million mile-per-hour death metal, but when you invest so much thought and emotion into what you’re creating you end up with a record that does stand out, and we can hold our heads up high and say yeah, this is our best work.”

 

 

Black Dahlia Murder Indie Merch Store Tour Fall 2015

Abysmal releases this Friday. Following the release of Abysmal, The Black Dahlia Murder will headline the Indie Merch Tour with Iron Reagan, Harm’s Way and Maruta.

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates: Indie Merch Tour w/ Iron Reagan, Harms Way, Maruta
Oct 01: The Lost Horizon- Syracuse, NY
Oct 02: Foufounes Electriques- Montreal, QC
Oct 03: Mavericks- Ottawa, ON
Oct 04: Opera House- Toronto, ON
Oct 07: ON Crocks- Thunder Bay,
Oct 08: The Pyramid- Winnipeg, MB
Oct 09: Louis’ Pub- Saskatoon, SK
Oct 10: Union Hall- Edmonton, AB
Oct 11: MacEwan- Calgary, AB
Oct 13: Rickshaw- Vancouver, BC
Oct 14: Hawthorne- Portland, OR
Oct 15: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 16: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Oct 17: The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 18: The Black Sheep- Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 20: Bourbon Street- Lincoln, NE
Oct 21: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Oct 22: Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
Oct 23: Emerson Theatre- Indianapolis, IN
Oct 24: The Loving Touch- Detroit, MI

Audio: The Black Dahlia Murder Stream New Song: Receipt

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The Black Dahlia Murder streamed a new single today, ‘Receipt’, from their forthcoming album Abysmal. You can stream the track at this link at Revolver Magazine.

 

Abysmal released on September 18th from Metal Blade. Front man Trevor Strnad commented on ‘Receipt’:

 

“The song, ‘Receipt,’ is a very personal and emotional one for me. I wrote the lyrics in my darkest hour, when anxiety had bested me and self loathing had come to an ultimate head. I was alone. I felt like I couldn’t create anything, and I was about to lose all that in life that I hold dear to me to failure. The song was a cathartic release and I hope it can be some kind of help to someone out there who feels the same darkness. I truly love the song and I feel like its one of the best this band has ever written, and I thank you all for listening.”

 

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Following the release of Abysmal, The Black Dahlia Murder will headline the Indie Merch Tour with Iron Reagan, Harm’s Way and Maruta.

 

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates: Indie Merch Tour w/ Iron Reagan, Harms Way, Maruta
Oct 01: The Lost Horizon- Syracuse, NY
Oct 02: Foufounes Electriques- Montreal, QC
Oct 03: Mavericks- Ottawa, ON
Oct 04: Opera House- Toronto, ON
Oct 07: ON Crocks- Thunder Bay,
Oct 08: The Pyramid- Winnipeg, MB
Oct 09: Louis’ Pub- Saskatoon, SK
Oct 10: Union Hall- Edmonton, AB
Oct 11: MacEwan- Calgary, AB
Oct 13: Rickshaw- Vancouver, BC
Oct 14: Hawthorne- Portland, OR
Oct 15: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 16: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Oct 17: The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 18: The Black Sheep- Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 20: Bourbon Street- Lincoln, NE
Oct 21: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Oct 22: Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
Oct 23: Emerson Theatre- Indianapolis, IN
Oct 24: The Loving Touch- Detroit, MI

Maruta – Remain Dystopian

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The jury seems to be out on reunited Floridian brutalisers Maruta. First album Forward into Regression (Willowtip) split those who love the energy and crossover of Grind and Metalcore; and those holding the belief that they are a generic, wholly unoriginal band, whose infection of their sound with the latter, much-maligned sub-genre is nought shy of sinful.

In truth there’s more of a chaotic, technically infused Deathcore meets Dillinger Escape Plan about follow-up Remain Dystopian (Relapse); the ferocious staccato of opener ‘Genocide Interval’ involving feverish fretboard work and the twisting, blistering tempos of the rhythm section. The ensuing ‘Hope Smasher’ sees more frantic guitar compete for direction, with drums turning from rapid blastbeats to thunderous groove pounding, Mitchell Luna’s vocals veering between guttural growls and ‘core style screams.

Those jazzy string flurries, reminiscent of Captain Beefheart but with added ferocity, both confuse and thrill, not least in the brief, throttled lead of ‘Minimal Progress’. The sinister, teeth-rattling drops into nothingness of the Tomas Lindberg-graced ‘Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth’ is however, one of the rare departures from a delightfully angry but, in its early stages, unflinching set, whilst, of course, enabling those of us who enjoy imitating an epileptic fit when moshing to thoroughly express themselves.

This is also, as the album progresses, much more memorable than many other such efforts due to the creeping influence of other areas of metal: the gravity of the Doom-laden ‘Erode’ and ‘Return to Zero’ being prime examples, the ominous feel sticking like glue to your brain. Largely a pulverising half-hour of primal scream, however, the mix of varying styles is more fully exhibited in the rapid yet resonant pulse of the head-caving ‘Psalm for the Withered’, a track surely to be exploited to the full in a live setting.

Seething with a fulminating ire, yet showing unexpected versatility, there’s enough here to suggest Maruta may stick in the minds this time. If you’re pissed off with parents and / or bullies, but don’t want an ignominious revenge to stick you on the front pages, exercise your frustration with these guys instead.

 

7.0/10

 

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PAUL QUINN

Album Stream: Maruta – Remain Dystopian

Photo Credit: Janette Valentine

Photo Credit: Janette Valentine

Florida deathgrinders Maruta is streaming their album Remain Dystopian here. It will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet via Relapse Records.

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Audio: Maruta – Genocide Interval

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Maruta is streaming “Genocide Interval” off of their third album Remain Dystopian, out June 2nd in North America, May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and elsewhere via Relapse Records here. The band has an upcoming European tour booked with dates posted below.

Jun 06: Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL (Record Release Show w/ Orbweaver, Sacridose)
Jun 25: Maguires Pizza – Liverpool (UK)
Jun 26: The Red Lion – Bristol (UK)
Jun 27: The Unicorn – London (UK)
Jun 28: The Pit’s – Kortrijk (BE)
Jun 29: Les Runes – Brodeaux (FR)
Jun 30: Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse (FR)
Jul 01: Stage Live – Bilbao (ES)
Jul 02: TBA – Madrid (ES)
Jul 03: TBA – Barcelona (ES)
Jul 04: TBA – Turin (IT)
Jul 05: Circolo Colony – Brescia (IT)
Jul 06: Dürer Kert – Budapest (HU)
Jul 07: RC Brooklyn – Brno (CZ)
Jul 08: Reil 78 – Halle (DE)
Jul 09: TBA
Jul 10: Black Fleck – Potsdam (DE)
Jul 11: Obscene Extreme – Trutnov (CZ)

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Maruta and Evisorax Confirm Upcoming European Tour

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Miami deathgrinders Maruta has a string of upcoming tour dates with Evisorax.

Jun 06: Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL (w/Orbweaver, Sacridose, Kororidia, DeValued)
Jun 25: Maguires Pizza – Liverpool (UK)
Jun 26: The Red Lion – Bristol (UK)
Jun 27: The Unicorn – London (UK)
Jun 28: The Pit’s – Kortrijik (BE)
Jun 29: Les Runes – Bordeaux (FR)
Jun 30: Les Pavillions Sauvages – Toulouse (FR)
Jul 01: Stage Live – Bilbao (ES)
Jul 05: Circolo Colony – Brescia (IT)
Jul 06: Durer Kert – Budapest (HU)
Jul 07: Rc Brooklyn – Brno (CZ)
Jul 08: Reil 78 – Halle (Saale)(DE)
Jul 10: Black Fleck – Potsdam (DE)
Jul 11: Obscene Extreme – Trutnov (CZ)

Music Video: Maruta – Hope Smasher

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Maruta is streaming their music video for “Hope Smasher,” off of their forthcoming album Remain Dystopian, out June 2nd in North America, May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and elsewhere via Relapse. The band will be throwing a record release show on June 6th at Chruchill’s Pub in Miami, FL with Orbweaver and Sacridose.

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Maruta Releasing Remain Dystopian June 2nd, Streaming “Stand In Defeat”

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Miami deathgrinders Maruta is streaming “Stand In Defeat,” off of their Relapse Records debut Remain Dystopian, out June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet, below.

Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer‘s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche‘s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer‘s J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed‘s Jay Randall, Remain Dystopian raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish! Seekers of top-tier extreme metal punishment in the tradition of Napalm Death, Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and the like should keep Remain Dystopian on their radar as tracks from the record and more are released onto the masses. While you suffer in anticipation for more, Relapse has issued the full info for the album including the cover artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn, the track listing, preorders, along with the track, “Stand In Defeat.”

Remain Dystopian Track Listing:
01: Genocide Interval
02: Hope Smasher
03: The Void Within
04: Minimal Progress
05: Protocol For Self Immolation
06: Absolutist
07: Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth
08: Submergence aka Barren Oceans Of Infinity
09: Erode
10: Stand In Defeat
11: Remnants Of Failed Utopia
12: I, Usurper
13: Durandal
14: Psalm For The Withered
15: Return To Zero
16: Slaying Jehova
17: Immune

MARUTA:
Mitchell Luna – vocals
Eduardo Borja – guitar
Mauro Cordoba – guitar
Danny Morris – drums

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