Category: Music Reviews

New on the Metal Stream: Nemost – As the Ocean Burns

Origin: FranceUntitled

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Independently Released in November 2013

The second full length release from Nemost is quite the find. High end guitar work, that is mature but still cool and dynamic enough to take you someplace else with each track. The style is definitely progressive, but still melodic enough to be catchy and hooky enough to really get into. Pretty good album.

RIYL: Be’lakor, Idensity, Fallen Joy

Recommended Tracks:

1. Pressure Nation

2. Beasts and Bullies

3. Respawned

4. Fight

6. Sandstorm

New on the Metal Stream: Prarod – Na Ceste k Zániku

coverOrigin: Slovakia

Genre: Folk Metal, Death Metal

Released in September 2013 on Metal Swamp Records

The debut full length of Prarod features a decided death metal approach with varying helpings of melody, replete with growling Croatian vocals and racing double bass drumming, mixed with folk metal; mostly a flute that will periodically flit in and out of songs.

RIYL: Arkona, Korpliklaani, Skyclad

Recommended Tracks:

1. Slovania

3. Na Ceste k Zániku

4. Prichod jari

7. Bojisko

New on the Metal Stream: Diamond Plate – Pulse

CoverOrigin: Chicago, Illinois

Genre: Thrash Metal

Released on August 19th, 2013 by Earache Records

Diamond Plate is a young group out of the Chicago area who were considered one of the premiere up and coming bands back in 2008. Back then, they had only released a couple of EPs and hype spread about. Fast forward to 2013, they now have released two full lengths. Since their debut, they have procured a new vocalist, Matt Ares, who likes to emulate Dave Mustaine. Musically, these guys are solid, mid-groove thrash. Konrad Kupiec is a pretty good guitarist and flourishes throughout.

RIYL: Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, Evile, Onslaught

Recommend Tracks:

2. All of It

4. Dance with Reality

7. Bottom of the Glass

8. Rainmaker

10. Running Dry

11. Power Thrashing Death

New on the Metal Stream: Obscure Sphinx – Void Mother

Origin: Polandcover

Genre: Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal

Independently Released on November 15th, 2013

Obscure Sphinx is a Polish five-piece who won the “New Blood Award” in 2012, an award for newcomer-bands hosted by the famous German festival “Summer Breeze Open Air”. Void Mother happens to be their sophomore release. This is an interesting album. It is quite varied and unique, with moments of sludgy thickness; lamented, despairing atmosphere; blackened doom; and sheer anger. Vocalist Zofia “Wielebna” Fraś handles every bit of it, and does a fantastic job of going from one extreme to another: wailing, shouting, to crooning, but never overdoing it. Listening to this is quite an experience.

RIYL: Cadaveria

Recommended Tracks:

1. Lunatic Calm

2. Waiting For the Bodies Down the River Floating

3. Feverish

4. Narsciturus

9. Presence of Goddess