From the label that put out releases of PAGANIZER, HENRY KANE and URSINNE which upheld the brand of Swedish death metal, you have CRAWL unleashing their debut full length that sets new standards for the style. Crushing Swedeath honouring the progenitors and at the same time stepping out their shadows by concocting a vile mix with influences of punk/crust and hardcore is what's on offer here. 'Rituals' is an irreverent exercise in bombarding the classic style with fresh elements and lending to the staid style new vitality. Prepare to be shocked, annihilated and thrilled at the prospect of listening to the new masterpiece.
DJINN AND MISKATONIC is one of the most unique Doom Metal bands. Merging Doom Metal with stylings of Sludge, Stoner and even Death/Doom Metal, 'Forever in the Realm' is an exploration of all that is eldritch and dark. No two songs are same, each one crafting its own gritty tale of witchcraft, high adventures and alcoholic excesses.
'Forever in the Realm' is the first release of Transcending Obscurity India (sub-label of Transcending Obscurity).
Drug Honkey is a mind-altering drug that has its effect for days. Its hallucinogenic properties create disturbing changes in your thought patterns. Ghost in the Fire is the culmination of various experiments conducted in the sound room. It is a drug that is to be consumed one song at a time, each one exhibiting a different side-effect. From within the pitch black darkness, haunting images are projected from the buried subconscious to the cold inescapable reality. Floating musical apparitions drift seamlessly through periods of undetermined time, plodding suspenseful momentum and shrieking echoes of possessed souls colour this out-of-mind experience blood red.
Death metal legends MASTER unleash their much awaited full length album this year titled 'Vindictive Miscreant'. It's the perfect encapsulation of their trademark gritty sound backed with experience and skills. Few bands were able to continue on the path they carved in, and over three and a half decades later, Master still do it with remarkable aplomb. They've set standards for bands, old and new, to follow. There's nothing here that doesn't reek of pure integrity, passion for the art form and flawless execution in delivering what they've set out to achieve. They've been doing it for decades and they're only honing their craft. This time they're hungry. 'Vindictive Miscreant' is among Master's strongest albums and it will blow you away with its vitriolic intensity, riffing prowess and memorability. It makes death metal relevant again.