Saturday, March 30, 2013

Old Chapel - Tales from the Churchyard (2012)

Genre: Death/Doom Metal
Country: Russia

Here's some septic death/doom from Russia that reincarnates some of the lost tales of Rippikoulu and Winter. Several parallels to Coffins and Autopsy can also be drawn here. If you like your death/doom crunchy as Rice Krispies and thick as molasses, there's no reason why you shouldn't be giving this a listen. I will also note that there are some really nice solos and boiling, cavernous vocals on this thing that should satisfy anyone with a taste for this sort of thing.

Torchure - Beyond The Veil (1992)

Genre: Death Metal
Country: Germany

Maybe it's just because i'm so elite that i transcend eliteness, but it seems like all my favorite death metal albums are ones everyone forgot about.  This, in my honest opinion, is the single most overlooked death metal album ever recorded.  There aren't many death metal bands out there that mastered the genre quite as successfully as Torchure did with Beyond The Veil.  The songwriting here is better than pretty much any death metal album i can think of.  Not to mention all the riffs rule and it has the best keyboards ever on a death metal album.  This is another one of those albums that back ups my claim that if you have an instrumental keyboard track that's good enough to listen to on it's own then your album is probably fucking awesome.  This is essential listening, especially if you like your death metal with a little more direction than just riff after riff after riff.

beyond the veil