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DarkRise – Fear, Hate & Corruption

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My musical journey has been a long one and I’ve undergone quite a few changes of taste but I believe that I found my “calling” in the form of post-hardcore. Despite that, I love going back to my previous loves every now and then. Today is one of those days. DarkRise is a fairly unknown Swiss death metal band that is about to release a new album entitled Fear, Hate & Corruption, which I’ve been jamming on repeat for a couple of weeks now…so logically I want to share my impressions.

At first glance the quintet plays fairly “classic” death metal, but the more time you invest in listening to them, the more you are confronted with technical aspects and the ever-so-present groove that flow through the ten songs. Don’t get me wrong: there are far too many blast beats and double bass assaults to even start counting them, but at no point does it devolve into mindless hammering. Ferocious fast-paced riffs go hand in hand with intricate solos and playful licks, giving your ears plenty of opportunities to discover the record a bit further on every playthrough.

The vocalist delivers a fairly diverse performance, covering all the different styles that are generally present in the genre, without any problems. In terms of lyrics, I’ll let you take a wild guess by looking at the title of the album…nothing new, but it doesn’t bother me personally.

To be honest, I wasn’t too convinced by the sound of FH&C, but at the time of writing this, I wonder what kind of substances I must have been on…because everything is exactly how it’s supposed to be: the guitars spit fire, the bass is earth-shattering, the drums make your bladder lose water and the vocals will block the wind to your lungs. Add in a healthy dose of lo-…hate, I mean, and in unison they form Captain Headbang!

All in all, DarkRise certainly don’t reinvent the wheel at any point during these forty-six minutes…but they do deliver a record worthy of your attention! So be sure to listen to the song below and do the usual social media routine on their Facebook page! Fear, Hate & Corruption is out on March 19th!

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Sounds Of Fury – Mediocracy

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Before listening to today’s album, I came up with a nice little play on words to describe it, in case it was bad…however, despite regretting the lost pun, I am glad to say that Mediocracy is anything but mediocre. As a matter of fact, the new album by Sounds Of Fury actually made me feel really nostalgic and reminded me of the good old days when I enjoyed the hell out of death metal.

The Swiss quartet play classic death metal, with a strong nuance toward the technical kind, that consists of almost incessant blast beats and non-stop double bass work, coupled with truly evil riffs. The technical side is filled by erratic licks as well as crazy-sounding solos, that blend into the grand scheme of the nine tracks quite neatly, thus creating a truly challenging listening experience.

I do have to say that the non-stop barrage of brutality does at times border the monotonous. Then again, at least to me this genre isn’t about necessarily being diverse for diversity’s sake, but rather about creating a tense atmosphere…and that goal is absolutely achieved throughout the thirty-eight minutes.

The only real gripe I have is the fact that the vocals have very little variation to them. At least the one style that is present, growls, is mastered to perfection and often reminded me of a certain man with an inverted cross on his forehead. No, not Charles Manson. A couple of screeches or screams would certainly benefit the ensemble a lot and add an interesting layer to the music.

While they aren’t quite as versatile as their knife counterpart from the same country, Sounds Of Fury are definitely worth checking out, whether you are a fan of bands like Deicide or not, because they deliver where it matters: in your face! If I managed to make you curious, head over to the band’s Facebook page and keep your eyes peeled for the official release on May 25th! Sadly, no song this time since I couldn’t find anything online.

Trash Monday LXXI

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A wise man once said to me, “people always say that Austria spawned one of the most terrible people on earth… but Switzerland isn’t bad at it either.”

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