Vengeful Ascension is a refinement rather than a retooling of the Goatwhore sound… there's nothing here we haven't heard out of these guys before, but the album shows a lot more versatility than the characterless, pedal-to-the-floor blur that has characterized large chunks of their last several albums.
Black Metal is better when its weird and immersive.
Being a relative large fan of stoner rock and groups from the Palm Desert scene, it has been a bit of a shame to witness the genre slowly fade. I miss the down-tuned glory days of Kyuss and Dozer. And seriously, when is the next Desert Sessions release coming out?
Even though collections such as Death Resonance are often cast aside and typically not recognized as part of a band's traditional discography, it's speaks volumes that even songs not deemed good enough for Soilwork's studio albums are of this quality. Any fan of Soilwork or melodeath in general should be able to find something to appreciate here.
Witnessing the evolution of a genre shifting to its next stylistic phase is somewhat entertaining. It's like watching paint dry off a well-crafted piece of art. The process is slow, but in the end, worth it. Deathcore has been stuck in the same trenches for quite awhile, yet are finally beginning to reach and climb its way out. Pushing through the breakdowns and blast beats mold, a majority of these acts have changed a focus towards groove and melodic dynamics. With After the Burial and Fit for an Autopsy previously making a shift towards a progressive side of the genre, Whitechapel is the next to follow suit.
A winsome collection of lilting prog and impassioned melodies, The Fall of Hearts takes us even further afield from the metal scene than usual for a latter era Katatonia effort. Relying more than ever on acoustic space and lightly amplified instrumentation, distorted guitars only occasionally pierce through the otherwise contemplative soundscape
I've said it before and I'll say it again; David Castillo is one of today's most under-rated and significant individuals in the music industry. His side project White Widows Pact established the dark and visceral side of the genre, yet that only added momentum onto an abundance of catchiness for Primitive Weapons. Never have I heard melody mixed in with hardcore, metallic music so well.
Bands such as Native Construct, Caligula's Horse, and now Moon Tooth provide a cohesive melting pot of all previous aspects of progressive metal. These present-day/up-and-coming acts seem to excel in a combo of both the 'what the fuck, this is weird' and 'damn, that's impressive' factors simultaneously.
It’s been a long, sad silence for Magrudergrind. For awhile I just assumed them dead. The announcement never came, but like a missing persons case I just figured the inevitable had happened. Last year brought joy and good news to thankfully snuff out that thought. But…now my feelings are mixed