NECRO SHOCK RADIO – 4-8-2017

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APRIL 8, 2017

Not even having a massive head cold will stop Uncle NecRo from dispensing the Brutal Music Therapy!

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Music Review: DEATH THERAPY – The Storm Before The Calm

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death therapy storm before calmDEATH THERAPY
The Storm Before The Calm
Solid State Records
2017

Death Therapy is the solo-ish project of former Becoming The Archetype bassist/vocalist Jason Wisdom. He started writing and recording under Death Therapy in 2015, and released an EP demo that can be found on Bandcamp, and then released this full-length album, The Storm Before The Calm, on Solid State Records earlier this year.

There, now that I have the preliminary stuff out of the way…

Holy expletive of your choice, this album is great. I had first heard of it being a thing due to Jason Wisdom’s interview about the project on the As The Story Grows podcast, where some previews of some of the songs were played. What I had heard blew me away, and I immediately wanted to know when the album was going to be released. It wasn’t until the end of February, but I had done a pre-order (something I rarely do), and when the day it was released came around, I immediately loaded it up into my media player, and had it blaring through the speakers. And believe me when I say, the wait was well worth it.

The best I can describe the music on The Storm Before The Calm is very aggressive industrial hybrid metal. Industrial because of the electronic hooks and sampling; hybrid because the only actual instruments used are a heavily effects distorted bass and a drum set for a thick and insane rhythm base. Mix in vocals that range from intense growl shouts to dark melodic singing, and the result is an incredibly infectious brand of dark and heavy goodness that is different and completely awesome. The diversity of the styles that come together on this, especially with the EBM side of things.

Look, about the only gripe I have with this release is that it ends far too soon, and I find myself wanting more than just what’s on there. Here’s hoping there’s more in the future. For now, do yourselves a favor and grab yourselves a copy of The Storm Before The Calm and enjoy immensely.

Music Review: DEMON HUNTER – Outlive

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demon hunter outliveDEMON HUNTER
Outlive
Solid State Records
2017

After fifteen years since their self-titled debut album, it’s no denying that Demon Hunter has evolved and forged ahead with its signature sound, rather than continue on with the same-old and remain stagnant. To put it bluntly, they are a far cry from the Slipknot style of metal, complete with Good Cop/Bad Cop vocals. I joke that they have transformed into more of a HIM-style metal band, but that’s really what has happened, fifteen years later.

Outlive, the band’s newest release as of this writing, showcases the band as getting better with age. While the previous release was rather hit-or-miss for me, I found Outlive to be a more solid listening experience. While the majority of the cuts could be tagged as “radio friendly” and melodic, the songs are heavier and darker than your standard modern pop metal song. Ryan Clark does favor the melodic singing more over the angry growly shouts, and he sounds much more comfortable with that, giving the songs a texture and depth that manage to haunt you while the heaviness sticks in your head.

Make no mistake, though: Outlive is multi-layered and very textured \,,/METAL\,,/, comfortable with treading familiar ground while not being afraid to experiment with touches of death metal, groove metal, dark gothic and straight-ahead rock and a bit of industrial for some texturing. Even then, they still manage to throw in a classic deathcore aggression like “Jesus Wept” and “Cold Blood” to sandblast your face off.

Overall, while I wasn’t sure what I was going to be getting into before listening to Outlive (the pre-release video for the single “Died In My Sleep” didn’t exactly set my world afire), I still purchased the download on Amazon the day of its release. After playing it back-to-front a couple of times, I have to say that it is a very solid release, more so than the previous.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Mandatory March: LIVING SACRIFICE

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March 11, 2017

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NECRO SHOCK RADIO – January 21, 2017

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PRAISE HIM FROM THE GRAVE SPECIAL

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praise him in the graveSorry about the lack of NECRO SHOCK RADIO sessions. There’s been things happening that have commanded my attention. So, I decided, while things are getting sorted out and I can get back to free time to get back to more Brutal Music Therapy, to slap together a collection of songs from my Praise Him From The Grave playlist, and share them with you. This was unplanned, and there’s no script and no editing this time; it’s totally off-the-cuff and from the guts. Completely raw. Listen and enjoy…

(featuring cuts from: BARREN CROSS, BLOODGOOD, The CRUCIFIED, DEAD ARTIST SYNDROME, DELIVERANCE, DEMON HUNTER, DISCIPLE, ETHEREAL SCOURGE, GRAVE ROBBER, KLANK, LIVING SACRIFICE, ONE BAD PIG, RED SEA, SIX FEET DEEP, SOUL EMBRACED, STRYPER, TOURNIQUET, VENGEANCE RISING, WASP, and WHITECROSS)

Music Review: UNDERNEATH THE GUN – The Awakening

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Music Review: UNDERNEATH THE GUN - The Awakening

UNDERNEATH THE GUN
The Awakening
This City Is Burning
2006

Underneath The Gun was one of those metalcore bands that came and went without much fanfare. Well, not enough for me to notice on the interwebs. Not much can be gleaned about them, with about the only information that I could find being that they were from California, and they released an EP and two full-lengths before calling it quits. I came across the object of this review online, and thought I would give it a shot.

As a first-effort full-length recording, The Awakening is a perfect example of the kind of mediocre, serviceable-yet-generic deathcore that hit around the time of the so-called “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” emergence. Basically, this is a bunch of decent death metal riffs and scatter-shot blastbeats to make this “br00tal”, with your predictable breakdowns, some gang vocals hither and yon, “solos” that consist of squelches and lazy sweep-picking rather than actual talent, and vocals that go from squeely to growly to the dreaded Piggy Style that I find a major turn-off with this style of “metal”.

I just realized, reading that last paragraph over, that I may have hit my limit of “sarcastic quotation marks” for this review. That last bit notwithstanding.

Admittedly, there are some sparks of good ideas here and there that could have resulted in something better had it been worked on a bit longer. However, in the end, I have to point out that partway through listening to The Awakening I began checking the media player to see how much longer I had to listen, which is not a good sign. Overall, for those of you young’uns who like their metal mindlessly br00tal for br00ta1ity’s sake, then here you go. As for me, there are far better examples of talented deathcore and NWOAHM bands out there. Pass.

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