Bloodwrath – “The Hate Effect”

“The Hate Effect”
(Rising Records)

The problem with Death Metal is that it has a definitive sound that’s very difficult to expand. Sure, there are bands that have successfully fused in other elements to create doom death, blackened death, death n roll etc but at it’s core, it’s a small pond that only a few of the big fish like Death or Six Feet Under could successfully swim in. Anyone else runs the risk of being another clone. Continue reading

The Black Dahlia Murder – “Ritual”

The Black Dahlia Murder
(Metal Blade)
Named after the infamous unsolved LA murder, this Michigan band are equally controversial given their comparisons in sound to the Swedish melodic death scene. However, those that love them do so with a passion and “Ritual” is, in some part, dedicated to them as well as the more obvious macabre tales of black magic, the occult and human sacrifice. Continue reading