Hateful: Epilogue Of Masquerade

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Carnivorous in sound and intent yet seductively twisted inside through psyche bred invention and enterprise, Epilogue Of Masquerade from Italian death metallers Hateful is a brutal temptation which offers much more than its surface corrosiveness suggests. It is an album which old school genre fans may find too intensively inventive and unpredictable but those with the hunger for something different and adventurous, this album easily fits the order.

Formed in 1997 by Daniele Lupidi (bass, vocals, rhythm guitar), Hateful took their inspirations from old school European death and doom metal, and becoming a serious proposition with the addition of the likes of Matteo Manfredini (vocals) and Marcello Malagoli (drums) alongside Lupidi. Many line-up changes occurred across the subsequent years to leave instability in the band though they still recorded in 2000 the well-received After the Last Breath MCD which gave them a strong presence in the underground scene. Further changes followed in personnel to slow the band as well as another fan acclaimed release in a split with Hellspawn and Impureza in 2006. Now a duo of Lupidi and Malagoli, the pair started to record debut album Coils Of a Consumed Paradise which was unleashed in 2010 alongside impressive line performances and a stable line-up with  Massimo Vezzani (lead and rhythm guitars) alongside the pair. Released via The Spew Records, Epilogue Of Masquerade is the second full length release from the band and trio, and an album which could and should see Hateful find the recognition they have sought and deserved.

Artifacts of the Damned starts things off with an initially drifting but closing in sonic twister of teasing temptation. As it is HatefulCoverseemingly departing the track explodes into a ravaging onslaught of bone crushing rhythmic provocation and corrosive riffing, all ridden by dark guttural vocal squalls. It is a heinous encounter, a debilitating tempest which as potently as it chews upon the senses ignites the imagination, especially with the jagged edge to the riffs and psychotic nature of the stance of the song. Continually twisting in on itself and the senses, the track is a monstrous piece of inventive violence, a bestial tsunami of intensity setting the release off to a staggering start.

Corrupting the Veils That Keeps the Mind Sane soon stakes its presence in the ear with another drum led entrapment, guitars and bass gnawing away at the damage with technical hostility and predatory energy. As with the first, it whips through multiple turns of imagination and enterprise leaving the listener almost bewildered but seduced by the sonic and rhythmic rapacity. As dramatic and ravenous as its predecessor the track leaves another impressive lingering mark soon matched by the equally riveting and devastating violations of A Despicable Harvest and It Once Was Light.

Such the intensity and possibly the unrelenting quick shifting of ideas there is an abrasive and raw feel to the tracks which may find distrust with some but it just adds to the creative and raptorial defilement of the senses, as the excellent likes of Breathing the Whirlwind, the groove spiralling maelstrom Stillbirth, and the insidiously venomous Celestial Purification strikingly show.

Across the album the trio leave no part of the senses and emotions unchallenged, their undeniable craft and invention honed into a synapse scything  aural toxicity which inspires the strongest satisfaction and rapture. It may not be for everyone but as songs like the savage Ravenous and the sonically predacious Walking Into a Nightmare unveil their aural mercury it is impossible to avoid being seared by the sonic animosity, and if in league with their ruinous imagination being reduced to lustful ardour.

   Epilogue Of Masquerade is an outstanding album which for a great many will be a one of the major highlight of the year and for all extreme metal fans a release to leave deeply gripping claws in their thoughts.

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9/10

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Beyond Description – An Elegy For Depletion

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    Beyond Description is a band from Japan which has been going since around 1988, though we will admit to their new album An Elegy For Depletion being the first time they have come onto the radar of The RR. Originally a pure hardcore punk band,  the quartet over the years has evolved their sound into that of a hungry thrashcore/crossover metal assault which on the evidence of their new release is well worth strong attention.

The follow-up to Proof Of The Truth of 2011, An Elegy For Depletion offers up eleven rapacious thrash/punk tracks which have the urgency of a bullet Train and the belligerent attitude of a discontented society. It is not a release offering anything particularly new to be honest but for high octane attitude soaked rock ‘n’ roll this is an album to be digested as often as possible. Released via Italian label Punishment 18 Records, it presents brawls that fans of the likes of Biohazard, Municipal Waste, and Cancer Bats will devour eagerly as well as spark investigation in for their previous albums and EPs.

As soon as opener Absurd slaps its muscular rhythms and frame around the ear you know the ride you are in for musically and BeyondDescriptionCoverenergetically, and it is a mere breath in before riffs and drums proceed to rampage mercilessly upon the senses. The vocals of Hideyuki Okahara come with a raw Hetfield like grazing to add further immediate entrapment for the passions and through it is relatively brief attack, with ease the rhythmic might of drummer  Hiroshi Yoshioka and the bass lures of Yusuke Adachi stand out  alongside the vocals, all seizing moments to cage and provoke beyond the basic fury of the song.

Both Fossilize and Potential keep the fervent rage and storm going, their ravaging riffs and rhythmic debilitation a torrential incitement leading to potential whiplash and greater hunger, the first of the pair with the ever darkening predatory nature of the bass and riffs and its successor through a barbaric expanse of bitch-slaps masquerading as drumming.  Three songs in and the album is already making the strongest persuasion though as Bridge takes over you do sense an overall similarity certainly across the surface assaults which detracts a little from the strong enterprise and variety parading within tracks. With a potent acidic groove making a brief lure within the rampant stance of the song, Bridge marks a run of tracks which stand out more than most on the release starting with    Arbitrage which smothers the air with a blanket of carnivorous intensity and the following Provocation which does exactly what it says on the tin, prowling basslines and barbaric rhythms coring riff blazes from the continually impressive Yasunari Honda and punk vocals, all challenging and barracking the senses for a mighty intrusion. It is a splendid mesh of thrash rabidity and punk spite honed into a fevered furnace of metallic aggression.

The likes of the voracious Shut, even with its odd midpoint drum interlude, and the rhythmic tsunami Purpose keep things burning invitingly in the ear, though to be honest every track leaves a full satisfaction behind. It all makes for an album which sets the passions in motion, though maybe not to the fullest heat the release should have, and as Drip makes its final vociferous argument before the closing instrument Depletion, there is an eager intent to find out and hear more of the band, past and future bred. As stated you will not find anything new or previously un-mined in the genre but with that replaced by a passion and enterprise which makes the songs stir up limbs and energy, An Elegy For Depletion and Beyond Description are not to be dismissed or passed over.

http://www.punishment18records.com/artist/beyond-description/

8/10

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Garth Arum – The Dawn Of A New Creation

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Though it took a few journeys to fully seduce thoughts and emotions The Dawn Of A New Creation, the debut album from Garth Arum emerged an enthralling release and experience which is intriguingly unpredictable and invigoratingly skilfully crafted. It is an adventure taking in varied melodic landscapes and diverse sceneries bred in multiple genres and refreshing flavourings.  As mentioned it takes time to totally persuade but once enamoured with its imaginative premises the album is one to linger long in the passions.

Garth Arum is the solo project of Nightmarer, the vocalist and guitarist of Spanish avant-garde black metallers As Light Dies. The project has its seeds in compositions which the musician started in 1997 and completed in 2003, The Dawn Of A New Creation, the first of possibly four proposed releases which unveils eleven of these striking and inventive songs. The tracks are vibrant pieces of avant-garde experimentalism fused and veined with the hearts of ambient sounds, classical compositions, and dreamy electronics, resulting in songs which capture the imagination whilst taking flight with thoughts and emotions through riveting and entrancing soundscapes. The album is at ease in venturing  through bright and vibrantly warm scenery or shadow drenched darker climes, often seamlessly merging both into the same breath of imagination as it traverses desolate emotive realms and evocative fantasy clad glories within moments of each other or simultaneously.

The Satanath Records released album starts with the beauty and splendour of A New Creation, the opening crystalline melodic Coverwaters of the track soon wrapped by the sinews of jagged riffs and angelic harmonies provided by guest Cecilia Tallo from On3ric4. It is a short invitation which beckons with a warm and beckoning grace skirted by harder emotive shadows and evocations. Its brief presence is soon taken by Shadows Of The Past, another song with a beauty clad start, this time provided by great piano caresses and soon after symphonic embraces. It is a mere few moments though before the muscular intensity of the track explodes to darken the skies, riffs and rhythms building up their intimidation, though again it is a swift cloud as the song evolves into a stirring mix of both extremes to feed every appetite, the vocals offering a scowling blackened breath whilst guitars bring flames of melodic invention. Incendiary to thought bred imagery and senses, the track lights up a cascade of ever shifting investigations as emotional textures steal the imagination for its own provocation.

The ferocious start of A Barrage Of Hate is soon swapped for an irresistible groove and barbed hooks which shuffle between seducing and chewing up the ear. In another scintillating rampage across the emotions the track combines a clutch of opposing styles into one inciting passage, a song which employs black and death metal as well as classical and melodic rock for what could be the first ‘extreme pop metal ‘song. It is a tantalising track which defies description but asks to be labelled with a plethora of tags, but simply it is in a class of its own, as is the album.

Through the likes of the excellent The Path To Oblivion featuring the voice of Lady Carrot from Aegri Somnialends, a song which is a combination of gothic metal and early The Cure, and Rusty Hands with Slo from Smohalla providing the vocals, the album continues to impress even if slipping below the highest plateaus set by earlier songs. The second of the two songs toys with ears and thoughts, further chilling ambiences and intrusive rhythmic enterprise drenched in rabid invention locked in with sonic discoveries and acidic melodic weaves which are brought to bear on the great vocals harmonies. It is soon surpassed though by the warm seduction of Trip (Part I), the track again witnessing the soprano grace of Lady Carrot within folk spiced metallic fascination.

Further highlights on what is a persistently impressive release come with the deliciously fiery almost bedlamic dance of Lucid Dreams and the caustically black atmospheric Yearned freedom which finds the vocals of Camille Giraudeau (Smohalla and Stagnant Waters) adding their strong expression to the impacting tempest. The Dawn Of A New Creation is an album which inspires the imagination to create its own narrative and emotive canvas  whilst leading thoughts into varied ventures with each listen, especially as each endeavour sees more corners and depths discovered by the listener. Fresh and truly imaginative the album is destined to leave very satisfied hearts in its wake whilst igniting hunger for the next episode of the Garth Arum project.

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8/10

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Damned Spring Fragrantia – Divergences

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There are many adjectives you can place upon Divergences, the debut album from Italian metallers Damned Spring Fragrantia, but the most accurate one is without doubt, savage. The album is primal predator, relentless, creatively skilled in the hunt and kill, and completely fearless in the lengths it will go to devour and annihilate. The ten track album is a brutal exponent of progressive metalcore/technical violence and irresistibly compelling, even as it corrupts every atom and synapse with carnivorous ingenuity.

Formed in 2006, the Parma quintet initially was a metalcore/deathcore confrontation. Line-ups changes helped shape and guide the band to the sound they were looking for and destructively lays awaiting within the album. With an invigorating technical animosity and progressive imagination to the still ravaging metalcore intent their sound is a monstrous capture of the imagination and now unleashed to consume on the world via Basick Records, Divergences takes what was started on the previous self-titled EP of 2010 on to another level. If you wanted to know what standing in the way of a tornado was like than slap this album on at the highest decibel, the only difference between the pair of viciously twisting maelstroms is that there is no merciful eye of the storm within the album.

As you can probably guess listening to Divergences is not exactly an easy or pain free experience but the damage and discomfort bred by the inventive sounds and deeply malevolent corrosion is simply delicious. For many listening to tracks singularly might be more to their liking but daring to endure the whole release in one full consumption with the songs rolling without a breath into the next brings the biggest and devastatingly impacting rewards.

Damned Spring Fragrantia, and with a name like that you have to ask if the band are hay fever sufferers as that would explain their DSF_Divergences_Covermassive musical irritability, go straight for the throat with brief opener Still Alive. Once fully unleashed it unloads towering rhythms and rapacious riffing upon the ear, their eight stringed guitars gnawing away with full voracity and drums cascading down like lead weights, it all prowled by the guttural squalling of vocalist Nicolò Carrara. It is short but impressively potent easily igniting an appetite before making way for the following A Common Tragedy. The opening melodic acid scrub is ok but soon left in the shadow of the tsunami of sonic vengeance from the guitars of Andrea Tinelli and Enrico Picari to follow, their flesh ripping riffs and searing melodic acid as intriguing and skilful as it is voracious and intrusive. Alone this impresses but with the rabidity of the rhythms from drummer Nicolò Ballabeni and the bass of Luca Marchi adding their distinctive and insatiable imagination to the continually twisted and scorching enterprise the song just ignites the fullest passion, and fears.

As the brilliant and lethally addictive The Obsidian Fate, a track with a hornet persistence and sonic sting to its venomous carvings, the excellent oppression that is D.M.Z, and the synapse condemning Pariah, featuring Charlie Holmes the vocalist of Heart In Hand, lay out their inventive and insidious presences and all with devil bred imagination and grooves to steal souls, the album just persistently rises to higher levels of impressive ingenious sonic spitefulness. Admittedly the surface of songs come in a similar hostility which can see tracks merge into one and pass by without notice if given simple mild attention, but add extra intent to your focus then the creativity and craft beneath the sonic squall is open and quite scintillating, it just demands extra work to fully discover.

The likes of Lost Shores, the rancour driven sonic toxin that is Drowned in Cyan, and the ravaging title track continue to bruise and sear the senses welcomingly whilst The Refusal Effect brings another immense highlight with its contagious melodic deception teasing whilst riffs and rhythms chew up and spit out thoughts and emotions with a technical vitriol and discord fuelled intensity. Imagine Meshuggah, Despised Icon, and the recently demised Livarkahil conspiring to leave your body devoid of hope and life and you get a sense of what Damned Spring Fragrantia staggeringly conjure.

With one final staggering inventive vendetta uncaged to close up the assault as the thrilling enmity that is Heritage, Damned Spring Fragrantia has unleashed not only one of the most exhausting and best debuts of the year so far but one of the best albums full stop. Divergences is plain nasty and strikingly intoxicating with its sonic and virulently malicious fumes.

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9/10

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