Audio Autopsy – November 2016

Audio Autopsy – November 2016

01/11/16  ||  Global Domination

Asphyx: Incoming deathasphyx-incoming_death


Habakuk: Same old Asphyx, but without a sloppy drummer who’s just in for old time’s sake. 8

Myrkrarfar: Very many death in doom’s tempo. Small boner for you. 6

Cobal Caldera: Asphyx’s reputation precedes them, but I’ll tell you this: If you like your death sinister and somewhat exhilarating, give this one a spin. 7

sly/ZIV: Asphyx has always been a one trick pony death metal act and especially as of late. Same predictable riffs, breaks and lyrics recycled ad eternum. An enjoyable band whose musical growth was stunted twenty years ago. 7

davedeath: This is another good album from Asphyx.  I don’t think any Asphyx album will ever beat “Last One on Earth”, but it is good to have them reformed and they are still writing good music.  This one is on a par with the other recent releases since the return of Martin Van Drunen.  The main thing that has changed is that drummer Bob Bagchus is gone.  Now people sometimes rubbish his playing style but it is a very distinctive aspect of their sound.  I miss his quirks…it’s a bit like when they reformed without Eric Daniels…the rough edges of those guys was part of the magic.  Still this is good death metal in the Asphyx style. It’s the more aggressive songs like “It Came From the Skies” where they sound best here. Still a good album from one of my favourite bands… 8

Ancient: Back to the land of the deadancient-back_to_the_land_of_the_dead


Habakuk: Super-straightforward yet somewhat sinister, semi-melodic death. Solid. 7

Myrkrarfar: The weirdo of the Norwegian black metal family returns with a surprisingly coherent album. Their best since “Trolltaar”? 6

Cobal Caldera: More than decent melodic black metal that strongly reminded me of Siebenbürgen’s “Darker…” 7

sly/ZIV: I always thought these guys were pretty terrible but this release caught me by surprise. Very competent second division black metal. 6

davedeath: Now this is more like it.  I can definitely dig this when I am in the mood.  This is some nice death metal with a lot of old school Bathory touches (indeed the album ends with a very nice Bathory cover), with a bit of Immortal, and in general this is very agreeable musically.  I have no idea regarding the lyrical content; in general the lyrics are hard to pick out.  The drumming is a bit more prominent and thrashy than in some black metal stuff, but is kept low enough in the mix that it doesn’t become annoying like the drums on much recent thrash. In general the mix is very tasteful.  Guitar solos cut through without being overbearing and sound organic within the mix rather than pasted-on. 8

Devin Townsend Project: Transcendencedevin_townsend_project-transcendence


Habakuk: This guy has always been completely lost on me. No idea why this gets a good rep. 4

Myrkrarfar: Devin never disappoints, delivering larger-than-life moments like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Somewhere along the way he’s apparently become a rather able lead guitarist as well. Good times. 8

Cobal Caldera: Townsend’s new releases tend to pose an interesting contradiction. You know what to expect, and you better expect to be surprised. 9

sly/ZIV: I don’t like this guy’s music and this newest one won’t change that. Transcendent for Townsend fans, competent staleness for the rest of us. 5

davedeath: I really don’t get the whole Devin Townsend thing.  That said I find it more listenable than The Agonist, and I did sit through the whole thing while I was driving without skipping songs, so I’m giving it a better score than that. 6

Opeth: Sorceressopeth-sorceress


Habakuk: Read someone else’s statement about this. 6

Myrkrarfar: Pretty uneven in quality, but the highs (“Sorceress”, “Era”) are like Viagra to the…penis. 7

Cobal Caldera: Prog rock with some old Opeth moments. I approve. 8

sly/ZIV: The title track opening up the album is its highlight. After that it’s a mix of vintage prog and modern prog metal, oscillating between sheer brilliance and Dream Theater nonsense. I like the vibe but the production is too modern and crisp, killing off the oh so essential atmosphere this type of music requires. 7

davedeath: Yuck.  Weren’t these guys a metal band once?  Very overrated. 3

Allegaeon: Proponent for sentienceallegaeon-proponent_for_sentience


Habakuk: See you later Alligaoeteaa, after a while Crocodoeenne. 6

Myrkrarfar: The flamenco bits are cool, otherwise I’m hit by a pretty mammoth bore. 6

Cobal Caldera: These people are truly doing everything at the same time. Extra point for the “habanera”! 7

sly/ZIV: One bad track, one good track, one bad track, one good track… Shave off about 35 minutes off this album and you would have one very decent modern tech death metal release. 6

davedeath: Listening to the intro for this album I figured it was some kind of nerd metal band, maybe even power metal.  Then it starts up with some kind of blend of power metal and technical death metal, maybe even a bit of old school thrash like Forbidden.  If any of these things really appeal to you, I would give this a try.  It is well done, and an original combination of different styles.  Nothing about it is especially annoying.  I wouldn’t listen to it again though. 5

Neurosis: Fires within firesneurosis-fires_within_fires


Habakuk: I never know anything bad to say about them, but actually I don’t know much to say to begin with. Sorry, religious followers! 6

Myrkrarfar: Over-rated bore sludge. Grab a popsicle and snap out of it, hombres! No one wants to hear more of your whining. 3

Cobal Caldera: Leonard Cohen meets sludge, and it’s good! 7

sly/ZIV: Beautiful return to form by these pioneers of sludge. Stripped down, bare boned and to the point Neurosis show why (when inspired) they can still obliterate most pretenders to their throne. 9

davedeath: I like sludge metal.  And I like albums like “The Best of Neurosis”.  But this isn’t their best and to be honest despite their flashes of brilliance I find them to be overrated. This threatened to put me to sleep. Not a good sign. 5

Airbourne: Breakin’ outta hellairbourne-breakin_outta_hell


Habakuk: I am a fan of what they’ve been doing so far, but this is a bit lackluster. 5

Myrkrarfar: Aussie Copycat / Dorky Copycat. 4

Cobal Caldera: Party hard rock I’ve got nothing against, but I can perfectly live without. 5

sly/ZIV: I really enjoyed their first album but was somewhat underwhelmed by albums two and three. Well Airbourne are back with their basic but ultra catchy AC/DC on speed formula. Nuthin’ but a good time. 7

davedeath: For fans of AC/DC, Accept, and especially WASP.  Generally addictive substances, fast vehicles, and dirty women music.  Great for driving, not as fast as say, Accept, so maybe you won’t break the speed limit so much.  Not much else to say.  Get it if you like WASP.  Contains cheesy lyrics, of course. 6

Brujeria: Pocho aztlanbrujeria-pocho_aztlan


Habakuk: I hear a bit of mid-era Napalm Death in this, which makes me be a little easier on the imbecile bullshit here and there. 6

Myrkrarfar: Brutish bulldozing brutality by brujas. Bye bye, boner. 4

Cobal Caldera: Brujeria—in good Spanglish, as the correct spelling is “Brujería”—is one of the best metal bands in history. As well, it’s definitely the worst one ever. I thank this new record for illustrating so. 8

sly/ZIV: Brujeria: sometimes brilliant, mostly stupid and after a while annoying. Nice Dead Kennedys cover at the end of the album. 5

davedeath: I was a big fan of Brujeria back in the day.  It was some of the grooviest grind around.  This to me sounds like a band that has run out of ideas though.  The best track on here is a Dead Kennedys cover. None of the songs on here would have made the cut alongside the songs on classic albums like “Matando Güeros” and “Raza Odiada”.  It’s more on a par with the forgettable “Brujerizmo” album… It’s a shame because there are a lot of talented musicians in this band.  I just think the lyrical potential of the original concept was exhausted in the first couple of albums, and the lineup changes have changed the feel of the music too much. A bit of fun but like “Brujerizmo” it doesn’t stay with you like the old stuff. 4

Suicidal Tendencies: World gone madsuicidal_tendencies-world_gone_mad


Habakuk: These guys can’t do too much wrong if the vocalist exercises some restraint with his shitty “gotta kill captain stupid” (remember?) excuse for singing. Which he does here. Decent! 7

Myrkrarfar: These fuckers should be witnessed live, not on record. As is, they sound like a caged animal, and not in a good way. 5

Cobal Caldera: I can always use a solid toopa-toopa record with a massive bass presence. The slower tracks are special. 6

sly/ZIV: Once you get over the fact that Dave Lombardo is now Suicidal’s new drummer you quickly realize that’s about it. Standard ST fair for the fans only. 5

davedeath: The first thing you will notice when listening to it is YES!  That’s Dave Lombardo on the drums!!  They have bounced back despite the tragic death of bassist Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams a couple of years ago and this is an okay post-Rocky George album from them. Never liked their slow stuff though, and the slow songs like the title track kinda suck.  And there’s more than a few of them.  4

In The Woods…: Purein_the_woods-pure


Habakuk: Lalala it’s fall. 5

Myrkrarfar: “Pure” is like a puree of things that don’t mix. No thanks. 4

Cobal Caldera: Sophisticated, passionate music that ultimately demonstrates you don’t need to play fast in order to kick ass. 8

sly/ZIV: Does dreamy avant garde emotional grungy prog metal that sounds like it was released in the late nineties sound appealing to you? If yes, go for it. If not, pass. There’s plenty of actual good music out there. 5

davedeath: Skippidy doo-dah.  Fillerama.  These guys could rename themselves the Fillermonic Orchestra.  I gave them full marks for existing and then deducted one point for every time I had to hit the skip button, but I wanted to give them at least one point just to be nice. It’s pure something. 1

Insomnium: Winter’s gateinsomnium-winters_gate


Habakuk: Heavier than I thought. More Amon Amarth than In Mourning. 7

Myrkrarfar: This band is so faceless it could work as an assassin in Game of Thrones. Boring, bland, over-rated fucking non-music. Learn to write some songs you talentless fucking wannabes. 0

Cobal Caldera: Not by far as flashy as Allegaeon’s, this melodic death metal record brings a different manner of experimentation to the table. It’s epic, dreamy, and for moments there’s a black metal feel to it. 8

sly/ZIV: Ultra melodic boring Finnish death metal about sadness, winter, personal quests, saunas, meatballs in brown sauce and the whole lot of Finnish problems affecting their society. Some sort of escapist reality. 4

davedeath: Very ‘interesting’ and ‘creative’ song titles: track 1 is called “Part 1”, track 2 is called “Part 2” and so on to “Part 7″… I am guessing this makes it some kind of ‘concept album’ but I don’t have the lyric sheet or artwork to know for sure.  It’s melodic death metal with keyboards and shit, not bad really for what it is.  I guess you can tell that it didn’t overwhelm me with enthusiasm either though, yeah?  4

The Agonist: Fivethe_agonist-five


Habakuk: The special thing about this is obviously the singer – unfortunately she is also the weak point. 4

Myrkrarfar: Brats in douche jeans and neck tattoos must love this. I fart in their general direction. 3

Cobal Caldera: Ain’t no big fan of their modern metal thing, but it appears the best thing that happened to these people was “losing” White-Gluz. 6

sly/ZIV: AA should sometimes stand for Audio Agony with bands like this one. I wonder if they know that an agonist is a chemical “that binds to a receptor and activates the receptor to produce a biological response”. Probably not. Sounds way cooler though. 0

davedeath: I can see how some people would really like this.  However, I find this kind of shit to be really irritating. To be fair and save listening to the whole thing, I’m going to give it a 5.  I can’t imagine I would want to give it anything higher when I am done, and I’m not going to put myself through a whole album of this stuff just to knock off one point. 5

Evergrey: The storm withinevergrey-the_storm_within


Habakuk: No. Fuck. 3

Myrkrarfar: I don’t know about you, but I can do without a stale and predictable record filled with pop ballads disguised as “proggy” Goth metal. 4

Cobal Caldera: This kind of proggy power metal is just not for me, and yet, I can hear some quality music here and there. What if they went instrumental? 4

sly/ZIV: Dark gothic tinged power metal. But bad power metal nonetheless. 3

davedeath: This started with a really nice intro riff, but then it got kind of djenty real fast.  I don’t know what people call this shit, but I really don’t like it very much.  Plus they turned “Paranoid” into some kind of nu-metal shit.  Yuck. There’s a point lost right there. 2

Pain: Coming homepain-coming_home


Habakuk: I don’t even like Hypocrisy that much. To say that I don’t really care for Tägtgren’s more industrial stuff is an understatement. 3

Myrkrarfar: Did you know that “pain” is French for “bread”? See, something good came out of this shit record. 2

Cobal Caldera: I remember yawning at Pain’s early stuff, and yet “Coming home” really brings it home. I found it amusing, thrilling and even hilarious—the good way. 6

sly/ZIV: This shitty “band” has been around for far too long peddling its sub-par industrial shtick. But compared to Mortiis this is almost “intellectual”. 2

davedeath: This album is a pain in the ass.  For reals. 1

Lordi: Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. demonarchy)lordi-monstereophonic


Habakuk: Finland’s answer to the facepalm. 2

Myrkrarfar: Shut your fucking mouths. 2

Cobal Caldera: I enjoy a good joke as much as the next metalhead, but too much is too much. 4

sly/ZIV: They should’ve called it a day after their Eurovision moment. It’s not even remotely funny, just plain dumb. 0

davedeath: “Hug You Hardcore”…somehow I don’t think this is something to do with hardcore music.  I can’t imagine the Cro-Mags playing this kind of thing.  I dunno, maybe give this album a spin if you are some kind of dork.  I couldn’t get through very much of it, but then again I feel kind of swamped by keyboards metal this month…best thing I can say about it is that I didn’t hit the skip button as quickly as I did for In The Woods. 2

And this month’s playlist, courtesy of Cobal Caldera: click here!

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