Review: Stormland – Songs of Future Wars

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Label: Self-released

Sci-fi and fantasy is practically woven in to the DNA of metal, and there are plentiful examples of it in extreme metal’s history, whether it be bands taking inspiration from the obvious culprits (see: the plethora of bands taking names from the works of J.R.R. Tolkein), to Trey Azagthoth giving praise to 80’s NIntendo games in the linear notes to Covenant and being pictured with his anime collection, to Gridlink writing songs inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion and the Culture novels of Iain Banks. One-man death metal band Stormland‘s latest album, Songs of Future Wars, is heavily inspired by the Mobile Suit Gundam metaseries, but as with those previous examples, you don’t need to know your RX-78-2 from your EVA Unit 00 to enjoy it, as this is a solid slice of death metal that pulls from multiple strands of the genre to create something crushing.

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Album of the Day: Suffocation – Pierced from Within

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Label: Relapse Records

In case you haven’t heard by name, Frank Mullen has decided to leave Suffocation. It was only a matter of time, really. He hadn’t been touring with the band much for several years now, and his next tour with the band will be his last. He’ll be much-missed. Aside from being one of the key vocalists in the development of death metal – any death metal band utilizing lots of growled vocals owes him an immense debt – he was also a genuinely funny presence on-stage. There will always be the studio albums though, and foremost amongst them is Pierced from Within.

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Review: Voracious Scourge – Our Demise

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Label: Immortal Souls Productions

Setting out to recall the old days of death metal, Our Demise does just that. The debut EP from four-piece Voracious Scourge sounds as if it could have crawled out of the late 80’s or early 90’s (albeit with a more modern production), blending technicality and brutality in impressive style. Featuring a veteran line-up – including former Suffocation drummer Mike Smith – Our Demise is a blistering 19 minutes of brutal death metal, that does what EPs are meant to do – it feels like a substantial enough record in its own right, whilst leaving the listener desperately wanting more.

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