Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Blastomycosis

        Halfway through Saturday night, Brutal Death starts to kick in, what now? Blastomycosis are ready to hit the stage. This is a band I had actually seen previously, taking elements from Grindcore, Death Metal and Thrash Metal to create whatever you wanna class this band as, generally I would say Brutal Death Metal, but its a little hard to classify.

        Blastomycosis I have actually seen in the past, years ago though so my memory of it is pretty vague as the night had about 7 other bands on it as well. What I do remember is about 75-100 people being there and majority of them wanting to be part of the mosh pit. Going back and checking out "Covered in Flies and Afterbirth", an album I picked up about a year ago at this point, it's clicking how wicked these guys are, as brutal as their song titled are. "Battery Acid Ballcuzzi" is the standout track on the album, being the top of the top for incorporating all the elements that makes the band stand out in to one song. The song is far thrashier than anything else on the album and is probably the main one you should be listening to, to really understand Blastomycosis.

        If you need to understand the musicianship of these guys, look no further than the more Tech Death meets Thrash song "Claw Hammer Hysterectomy" which is like a toned down/more Thrash Metal inspired version of an Origin song. You can also look for more headbang worthy, less "look how fast I can play" songs like "Rape Shark" which is just fun to say because no one expects a Rape Shark.

        Blastomycosis will be bound to blow minds on Saturday night, don't tire yourself out too quick boys and girls because the pit will keep moving tonight, so grab some drinks, stay hydrated and don't forget to tip your bartenders because Ontario Death Fest is gonna be hot and heavy!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Six of Swords

        While the list of bands I've seen before on this years Ontario Death Fest is a little short, the ones I have seen have stood out for the most part. One that has stuck with me since I saw them live in 2015 with Crowbar and Battlecross is Toronto's own Six of Swords. These guys came out swinging and man was it a killer mix to the night, a bit of Melodic Death to add to the chaos, Six of Swords stunned me, but I haven't been able to catch them again for one reason or another but I see their shows get announced.

        The most recent song the band put up was "Hell's Messiah", back in 2015 and in terms of new music it seems the band has been rather dormant, the song actually shows off everything amazing the band has to offer from sludgy Doom ridden riffs to the pinnacle of Melodic Death, I really can't do much but praise these guys since I witnessed the brutality live. The band's EP "Polar Vortex", which came out in 2014, will have everything you could need to know from this band if you're a slower, heavier more Doom style of fan you might look for something like "Separation at the Seams", a track of pure devastation that shows why Six of Swords would have opened for Crowbar, with some of the grittiest of Death Metal you'll hear, while taking every chance it gets to pumble you with speed mixed in. If you're a more aggressive Death Metal fan, the title track "Polar Vortex" would be right up your alley, the song is a monster in every means, regardless of whether you're a mosher or a banger, this song will get everyone moving.
        Saturday night is already kicking off heavy, Six of Swords is a band not to miss, its a Saturday so you have no excuse to not be there early enough for these guys because they will blow your mind!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Cryophilic

       Saturday night at Ontario Death Fest, everyone will be rested up ans ready to go. It's gonna be hard to follow up what Friday night had to bring, but dammit Cryophilic are gonna try their damnedest! These up and comers from Hamilton are born to play on stage, if there's anything I learnt from my research that's it!

        Only downside is the band doesn't have much to work with, they are currently in the process of writing and recording their first album if I'm not mistaken so Saturday night sure just be a whole lot of fun ans new music for even the oldest of fans, on YouTube though you can find a few demo versions of their songs and damn are they good. "Bludgeoned" stood out the most being a Thrash/Death crossover many bands strive to release and majority fall short of. Most bands either just end up turning into a Tech Death without enough Tech to make it worth it or just start to sound sloppy, "Bludgeoned" takes into consideration speed, anger and tone and throw in a bit of shred to make it even better. The main riff is catchy, Thrashy and is bound to get a few of the hardcore fans moving in the bit while the bridge is heavy and will get hair flowing.

        While its hard to say much without having a whole lot to go off of besides a couple demo tracks and some cellphone quality live videos, what I can say is this is a new band to watch out for, even some of the oldest in the scene should be keeping an eye out because these guys are here for the crown and it wouldn't surprise me if after releasing a full album, claimed a headline slot on an upcoming year of Ontario Death Fest. Catch Cryophilic open up Saturday night with some wicked Death Metal and lets get the blood flowing at the Coalition! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Vesication

Last one for Friday night, Ontario Death Fest 2017's first night will be coming to an end with headliners: Vesication and needless to say, everyone will be dead tired by the end of night one. Before we all go home and rest though, one last band to sit through and this may be the hardest band of the night.

I'll make this clear nice and early, I am not a fan of "Slam"/Brutal Death Metal. To be honest, listening to these couple of Vesication albums through wasn't the best experience for me. That being said, theres a handful of tracks, specifically off the "Prepare Uranus" album that were pretty decent to listen to. Songs like "Born With Two Dicks" which is a super groovy Death Metal track was pretty damn solid. On top of that you have "Rectal Fissures" which is a Thrashy-Death Metal piece with some crazy fun riffs and its the kind of song that'll get any crowd doing "The Toxic Waltz".

For anyone wondering my issue with "Slam" is generally the overly guttural/generic vocals and the vulgar song/album titles, not to say I have anything against a some fucks and shits. The big surprise I had with Vesication were the songs that features the higher tone of harsh vocals, not quite screams but heading in that direction, those vocals saved a lot of these songs for me personally.

I've heard a lot of Brutal Death Metal albums all things considered, I've tried to get use to the vocals but never quite managed it. Most I dont listen through the whole way and with Vesication I made it through "Prepare Uranus" a few times before switching it off and writing this so take that as you will. Given the Brutal Death Metal bands that are popular and what they sound like, Vesication might be the best in the genre for fans of the style! I highly suggest you hang around Friday night of Ontario Death Fest and check out the headliner of the night, who knows maybe they'll even convert me.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Ending Tyranny

        Today is gonna be slightly different, there's a handful of bands on this years bill that I've seen in the past, which means i can do a doule coverage. Talk about the studio music and the live experience, so let's give this a shot with the main support of Friday night: Ending Tyranny. This will be the first Tech Death band to hit the stage this year and these guys do not hold back, this is gonna be fast, heavy and hard hitting and it'll kick you in the face right off the bat. My main experience with this band is having seen them multiple times at this point and practically worshipping the bands latest release "Elovultion of Deceit", anyone who's read my coverage in the past may realise this isn't the first time I've brought up this band.

        Let's start off with the studio experience, last time I saw Ending Tyranny the set consisted mostly of "Evolution of Deceit" songs. These songs are insane and some of the stand outs are "12 Palms" which is pure Death Metal bliss, solos and blasts included, this'll be the track that gets any Death Metal fan moving whether it's in the pit or upfront headbanging. "Faceless Silouhette" on the other hand, is as Tech Death as Tech Death gets, the band straight up rips solo after solo putting bands like Protest the Hero to shame. For the fans who would want somewhere in the middle of those two, you would want to check out "Epitome" a song that had the effect of Old School Death Metal, with the speed and insanity of some of the best Tech Death and even some intense mixes of Melodic Death Metal sprinkled in. Regardless of the type of Death Metal you like, Ending Tyranny have a treat for you somehwere in their music.

        Going on to the live experience, as stated before, I have caught these guys multiple times everywhere from support to headline and they never disappoint. The first time I saw them some guy straight up passed out during their solo! Probably coincidence, but maybe not, maybe the band just over shreded him. Since then I have seen the band play the entire new album in full on a couple different occasions and even more recently, start to show off a new track which kills live. Any Death Metal fan in the area should be drawn to see Ending Tyranny and with how solid their live show is and how tight the band sound live, I'm hoping we will see some new songs at this years Ontario Death Fest!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Ruptured Birth

        Here comes another one, today we are gonna talk about Ruptured Birth and right off the bat i have to mention this bands album art, the bands first EP "Arachni Supremacy" has probably one of the best covers in the past few years taking the movie Eight Legged Freaks and making it not only true SciFi but Metal as all hell. The cover consisting of a barrend land covered in web, a monsterous spider and a dying soldier, this is the thing of arachnaphobic nightmares with a Death Metal soundtrack.

        The soundtrack however, is presented by Ruptured birth, who advertise themselves as "Brutal Slamming Deathgrind" which made me worry at first. I clicked on the lastest release and gave it a spin. "Transmutant" starts with a song called "Strogg" on the bands Bandcamp, a song thats as deadly as it is heavy, for the most part the band sacrifices technical solos for hard hitting riffs and killer vocals. The big song that caught my attaention was "Nuclear Marauders" which takes every aspect of Death Metal and cranks it up to 11, the song starts off heavy, kills off any doubt as to the bands power, but the mid point comes, the song picks up and the sweeping solo starts. A purely jaw-dropping experience as it's entirely unexpected at this point in this album.

        Ruptured Birth are not a band to miss, right at the halfway point of Friday night at Ontario Death Fest you will see Ruptured Birth hit the stage and this will not be a show to be missed. If not for the art alone, this is a band you need to watch merch for and luckily for anyone who likes what they've heard at this point, it has been a year since the relase of "Transmutant" so here's to hoping we will hear a new track or two from Ruptured Birth at Ontario Death Fest.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ontario Death Fest 2017: Serene Molestation

        Two words i never thought I would be typing side by side, even while being a Metal journalist, are "serene" and molestation", but here we are today to continue out coverage of this years Ontario Death Fest with the Brutal Death Metal band, Serene Molestation. Older underground Metal fans in the Toronto area might know these guys, the last release from the band was in 2014 and anyone who may not have been paying attention (or who only follows what they see on Facebook, which for bands could be a whole rant in itself about how Facebook is stupid) may have missed that in June, Serene Molestation announced their new EP and released a new track entitled "Mongoloid Meatmarket". With the new EP on its way, and from what I can tell mostly recorded, it seems like Ontario Death Fest couldn't have come at a better time for the band, so why not take a look at what the band has to offer and what you can expect on the first night of Ontario Death Fest.

        Right of the bat, although advertised as Brutal Death Metal (which generally implies constant cookie monster gutterals) Serene Molestation take on a much more Old School Death Metal vibe, much more along the lines of Cannibal Corpse. Listening through the bands last full release, "We're Flesh Obsessed", it became very obvious, very quickly, just what the lyrics would be about, in case the name didn't give away the sexual prowess enough already. With such holiday favourites as "The Cunt of Monte Fisto" and "In Your Mom We Thrust", Serene Molestation focus on (and I kind of cant believe I'm saying this) very believable imagery. Between the literal act of "pushing someone's shit in" in "Brown Eye for the Straight Guy" to the sadistic intentions behind "Stranger in a Strange Hand" the band has a very strong level of imagery behind it's lyrics that make some of it almost believe able from a "Memoire of Charles Manson" kind of view.

        Luckily enough, the actual music isn't too bad either, the aforementioned "Brown Eye for the Straight Guy" is a Death Metal monster, following the KISS rule of "Keep It Simple, Stupid", the songs aren't overly technical and the riffs trade in jaw dropping technicality and overly difficult riffs for more headbang friendly simple and catchy ones. The new song "Mongoloid Meatmarket" is much of the same idea, meaning you can expect the band will stick close to home and stay within their comfort zone with the new EP. Luckily old fans of the band will more than likely have a chance to check out some new tunes from the band and maybe, if ready in time even get the new EP at Ontario Death Fest on October 6th at Coalition in Toronto.