Monday, April 27, 2015

Bandcamp Picks: Oshiego, Imperial Triumphant, Dead in the Manger, Irreversible Mechanism

Our friends from across the causeway Oshiego have returned with the best album of their career. Crossing The Bridge Of Siraat combines thrashing, blasting death metal with some groove and the occasional middle eastern melody for an album that's fairly unique and highly enjoyable. One of the best albums I've heard come out of the Lion City. [$6.66]

The hole Portal and Ulcerate ripped in the space/time continuum continues to allow otherworldly death metal bands to tear through our world; to wit, New York's Imperial Triumphant, featuring members of the similarly genre bending Pyrrhon. Abyssal Gods blasts with no regard for convention and plenty of (per the song title) "Black Psychedelia". This is the soundtrack to a holiday in R'lyeh. [€8]

I have many questions about the mysterious Dead In The Manger. Where are they from? Are they a real band, or one guy programming blastbeats on a computer? [Seriously, Metallum has nothing.] Cessation for the most part is somewhere between the churning death metal of Incantation and second wave black metal, then slows to the moody discordance of bands like Starkweather. They may "play music with the intention of leaving a feeling of unease and despondency", but albums like this leave me with hope for metal's future. [$6.66]

With their keyboards, acoustic interludes, and impeccable production, Belarusians Irreversible Mechanism probably epitomize what message board C.H.U.D.s hate about modern death metal. Their label is quick to compare Infinite Fields to Obscura, Beyond Creation and Fleshgod Apocalypse; but for what it's worth, I think this is better than all that. Brutality for the thinking hesher. The album is available as a "name your price" download, though there's a handy guide to how much the label wants you to donate based on your budget.