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Learn To Slaughter With Corpse Hoarder

The stench of rotting flesh fills my nostrils as I take a bit of entrails from my blood stained teeth. Ecstasy in itself falls short as a just description for the full and flush electricity running through my skin. From your scalp to your kneecaps, the cornucopia of body parts strewn about the forest floor serves as a reminder of the massacre that had just taken place here. It was a night I shall never forget. The night I first heard Corpse Hoarder. The night I became a homicidal maniac.

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While I may not have literally ripped apart a body piece by piece, this Philadelphia based Brutal Death Metal four piece had me feeling as though I had actively and willingly joined them in the slaughter of an innocent. From their sound to their imagery, everything about Corpse Hoarder works in unison to create pure putrid perfection. Classic scooped out guitars maintain a constant toxic viscosity suited wonderfully for the three available tracks, though nothing necessarily fancy shines through. But then again, Jason Voorhees never uttered a single word and massacred the masses for decades.

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I never believed vocals to be all that important in BDM honestly. (Almost) Everything I have heard follows a formulaic mediocrity that leads to a, “how low can you go” feel and at the end of the day, you feel lucky to walk away understanding two words on the entire album. Corpse Hoarder vocalist Scruffo, (No really, look it up.), challenges this by going the extra mile and being audible while belting out intense tones. He’s essentially the creepy mortician warning you of the consequences of playing with demons only to put the demon back in it’s cage once it’s done devouring your soul.

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What pushes Corpse Hoarder over the top for me is their Bass/Drum combo. Myke (Bass) berates the ever living hell out of your eardrums and it works dangerously well with Armen‘s tactical drum assault on an effort to have you bleeding out of orifices you didn’t even know you had. It’s this final one two punch that really seals everything together and ensures that at least one person in the crowd is going to be soiling themselves from fear.

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If you have had a recent urge to pick up that kitchen knife and hockey mask, DO NOT listen to Corpse Hoarder. Frankly, the world has enough evil to deal with already. If you’re a sabre person that looks to constantly push the limits, then listen once. But only one. After that, TMF can’t ensure your safety and your soul may be lost to the depths of hell forever. Good luck!!

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4/5 Horns
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KEEP IT METAL,
\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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Seraph In Travail “Bring Forth Death”

If we are being completely honest with ourselves, the last time something new or innovative came along in the world of Black Metal, we had Bush Sr. or Clinton calling the White House home. That’s not to say there haven’t been great bands in the genre. We just see the norm never being challenged. At the end of the day, you will always find that creepy Victorian vibe with evil spewing out over rather basic rhythms and chord progressions.

 

This cold and pessimistic view is one that TMF has unfortunately had until the recent discovery of Seraph In Travail. The Pennsylvania based group is set to release their full length album, Bring Forth Death on August 7th and of course we took the opportunity to check out the first two singles available via Bandcamp.

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Does the band break the mold by doing away with keyboards and the old Victorian voice? Not even close, but then again, what kind of Black Metal band would they be if they didn’t adhere to these age old staples? Instead, the band infuses two unique elements into their sound that elevate the bands potential to break out dramatically. To start, you get ear pounded by vocals that range from Nathan Explosion lows to Danny Filth mids. That fact that there are little to no highs actually come off as a blessing in disguise, as high screeches would actually hurt the bands overall tone. Secondly, and what is probably the smartest move Seraph In Travail  made, was losing the played out habit of throttled and repetitive guitar work, and instead replaced it with trotting rhythms and haunting harmonies. This one act allows the drummer to cover a wider range of movements and it almost gives a Death Metal tone while keeping it truly Black at the same time.

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So, whether you agree that Black Metal has become stagnant over the years or you’re preparing a long and drawn out speech about just how wrong we are, Seraph In Travail‘s talent, innovation, and god given skill cannot be argued. Haters, we await your emails.

 

 

4/5 Horns

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KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/


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There are no words with “Necromancing The Stone”

The typical Modus Operandi for us here at TMF is to write a catchy intro that captures your attention and then slowly but surely lead you down a path that introduces you to whatever band we happen to be featuring that day. Unfortunately, this time around I have been assigned a band that has me completely stumped on the creative forefront. Necromancing The Stone from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which features ex and current members of ArsisThe AbsenceThe Black Dahlia Murder, and Brimstone Coven, have managed to create such a unique and over the top sound that I cant be anything but straight forward when describing their September 2014 E.P. “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead“.

“NTS” fuses ThrashPower, and Death, into a drunken long haired crusade against the beasts and demons of this world and, somehow, it makes complete sense. The guitar riffs and tones bring to mind a range somewhere between recent Trivium and Kill ‘Em All era Metallica which, when paired and complimented with the beautifully timed and constructed solos throughout the 3 track E.P., create a hook line and sinker for any Metalhead with a brain.

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While the drumming was very active and on point, I cant say with conviction that I was blown away with the performance. Am I saying it was terrible? No. But I do believe that with this style of music there was only so much the bands time keeper could have done and he did just that.

In complete and intense contrast to the drums, you have this insane vocal fluctuation that is the glue strong enough to keep both Power Metal and Death Metal fans in the same room and actually getting along. On the one hand you have this great clean ferocity that rings in similar to the male lead in Amaranthe, and on the other hand you have Lucifer turning his ugly head towards you in an effort to claim your soul for eternal damnation. It is AMAZING.

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Necromancing The Stone is just about wrapped up on their next release and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it and (hopefully) once again be absolutely stumped. Check out the links below for additional info and be sure to follow the band.

5/5 HORNS

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KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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