Genre: Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal
Released: January 23rd, 2014 on Doomentia Records
Barbarian is an Italian threesome formed back in 2009, and clearly play homage to Venom, Bathory, and Celtic Frost in their style. This album rocks in a style with pulverizing riffs, tight-dynamic drumming, primitive architecture, and a familiar atmosphere perfected by the aforementioned bands.
Vocalist, Borys Crossburn, has a fantastic rasp that has some old school grit that harkens to early 90s death metal.
RIYL: Celtic Frost, Venom, Toxic Holocaust
2. Inhale the Dead
4. Total Metal
7. We are the Profane
Borys Crossburn – Guitars, Vocals
D.D. Prowler – Bass
Lore Steamroller (Lorenzo Bellia) – Drums
Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Viking Metal
Released: March 11th, 2014
Alfar is the one man project of Dmitry Pinchuk (Wartha) and it is a very catchy project that he has here. There is a lot of influence from many bands and styles. There are the Amon Amarth-esque guitar riffs, the bombastic symphonics akin to Turisas, the epic atmosphere of Summoning, and the catchy melody of Forefather all combine to make a pretty unique recipe of fun melodic-viking-death metal.
RIYL: Moonsorrow, Amon Amarth, Summoning, Forefather, Turisas
2. Last Morning
3. White Horror
4. Dark Prophecy
Dmitry Pinchuk – All vocals, All instruments
Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Genre: Sludge Metal, Doom Metal
Released: January 17th, 2014 on Relapse Records
Indian formed in 2003 in Chicago, Illinois, releasing a moderately large sleuth of full-length releases before joining the ranks of Relapse Records. After the critical success of “Guiltless” in 2011, “From All Purity” their fifth full-length album, would be released into the light of day in 2014 to coat listeners in a hellish darkness
Indian aims to sound dark, repulsive, and destructive in an audio assault. For the most part, the band does succeed in this effort. The intriguing fusion between sludge, doom, and hints of black metal is carved into a compilation of songs that are slow but absolutely crushing and relentless. The unhinged, tortured vocals (mainly shrieks); thick and murky guitars; background noises, and explosive percussion all coalesce in a purposefully uncomfortable and metaphoric listen.
The album page on Relapse’s website could not have stated it better: “This is the exact opposite of easy listening.”
RIYL: Thou, Rabbits
4. Rhetoric of No
Dylan O’Toole – Vocals, Guitars
Will Lindsay – Vocals, Guitars
Ron DeFries – Bass
Bill Bumgardner – Drums
Genre: Black Metal
Released: January 27th, 2014 on Indie Recordings
Pagan black metal band Kampfar is back with their sixth full-length album, and as such it marks 20 years as a band for the Norwegians.
In Djevelmakt, the music is a pagan, progressive style of black metal. Think of a cross between Taake, Enslaved, and Windir. But, really no two songs are quite the same on this album. While they all have ample levels of aggression, they vary in pace. Tracks like Kujon thunder along at a brisk tempo while a track such as Swarm Norvecigus is slower and more ominous in approach.
All in all, this is a high quality release, which for Kampfar, is business as usual
RIYL: Primordial, Windir, Enslaved, Taake
4. Swarm Norvegicus
6. De Dødes Fane
7. Svarte Sjelers Salme
Dolk (Per-Joar Spydevold) – Vocals
Ole Hartvigsen – Guitars
Jon-Fredrik Bakker – Bass
Ask Ty Ulvhedin Bergli Arctander – Drums, Vocals