Diamonds in the Rough – January 2013

Before our(this website’s) virtual annihilation by a few jobless hacker pricks late last year, i had this rather unique series running. Diamonds in the Rough. If any of our old readers could recall, Diamonds in the Rough was where i visited a few songs over the internet. Mind you, that all of those songs were off albums that saw release in a particular month. I embark on this rather exciting exercise towards the end of every month. This was also how i got to find some exciting new bands and releases myself. And here today, after the site has reincarnated itself, i am obliged to kickstart the series back again. and oh boy do i love doing this !

1. Revenge


Ever wondered how a band with a pure hardcore styled vocal delivery would sound with a rather metal, old school death to be precise, sound? Well here you have Revenge. Attached below is a song from their 2nd LP titled “Hymns of Annihilation” and unsurprisingly the song is titled “Annihilation”. With pure misanthropy, as depicted in the cover art above, as their motto i guarantee that this song will slaughter every soul in sight. Huge chunky riffs coupled with a vocal attack that is relentless yet typical of ‘straight in your face’ hardcore, you have a song that can well spur global obliteration on its own.

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2.  Unburied


My respect for Selfmadegod records, have quadrupled for they seem to sign the best of the brootz. Last year’s Masachist seemed like heaven sent. It was easily my favorite death metal album of 2012, yet still it never got the attention it deserved. Come 2013 and i guess i’ve found a likely replacement in Unburied, who were signed recently to Selfmadegod. These guys have been in the fray since 1994, the glory days of death metal, and that shows. Dabbling in the ever so unholy goregrind side of things, they seem fresh and instantly catchy. Attached below is a track which is probably from the entire album that has been uploaded on bandcamp. Due to personal preference, i happen to choose a track that is more death metal than grind. Make sure you  strap yourself to a chair before clicking the play button. Caution advised.

P.S. Although the bandcamp release date cites 17th Dec, 2012 the official pushed release date is Jan 8 2012.

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3. Saille


Think Dimmu Borgir, cut out all the excess cheese and fat, you have yourself  Saille. A brilliant symphonic black metal band, that seeks to explore the more darker side of metal although not with over the top imagery, but by its sheer auditory equivalent. With a penchant for utter destruction and the miasma of melancholy that soon follows, these guys will strip darkness to its finest thread. ‘Ritu’ their second outing via Code666 Records seeks to achieve just that and i am pretty sure they might as well accomplish it. Forgive my fanboyism, but i am sure as hell digging this.

4. Ulcer

Grant Us Death Cover

This band will have you hearken back to the Entombed era OSDM in a jiffy. The song starts with what sounds like the doors to hell opening and death being unleashed through them. The title track from the Ulcer’s new album ‘Grant us Death’  released via Pulverised Records is nothing short of crushing. The trademark edged guitar tone combined with an earth shattering groove, will leave you scampering for cover. The hellish vocal delivery further elevates the quality of the song.

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5.Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult


And you here thought, that metal was sexist. Hell no! Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult is a female fronted black metal band from the pagan lands of Germany. Oneilar is one vocalist that will all other male black metal vocalists mere shadows of herself. This was a new find for me, and the music is as pure as it gets. The word ‘pure’ here refers to the direct influence that the band borrows from early Norwegian titans from Bergen, such as Darkthrone, Satyricon, early era Enslaved and the like. She belts out some of the most inhuman screams and rasps i’ve come across in a bloody long while!! And the song does not stick to the typical blast beat, tremolo line, it does include several clean passages later on in the song. Rightly titled ‘Necrocosmic vision’ , this will have you turning in your graves even after your inconsequential death. The track comes off their new album ‘Necrovision’

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