Editor’s Note: As y’all may or may not have known, Ugh Metal checked out unexpectedly. That’s life. Despite that, the Klown and the J’Ohkah didn’t necessarily stop doing their thing. Much like life, playing catch up was bound to happen at some point. So, without further ado, this is Ugh Metal’s summer choices reviewed and starting after where we left off.
Ruthless Inhumanity Release a First
Japan and metal… a very underrated love story. Although Visual Kai and anything that looks and sounds like glam and speed metal is synonymous for most people. The Klown is not like most klowns and has found a hidden gem in the form of the brutal death metal quartet known as Ruthless Inhumanity. Their first album is titled The Act of Demigod EP and was released by Disfigured Productions. This five track EP not only kicks ass but will get your blood pumping.
Don’t misconstrue the Klown’s words but not too much stood out to him. From “Defectiveness” all the way to “Leucotomized,” Saeki Imahori’s vocals hit a powerful and guttural note that had the Klown doing a double take and thought that it was ex-All Shall Perish’s Craig Bettis. This album will hit the spot and is up to par with some of those established titans of death metal and deathcore such as Despised Icon, Cattle Decapitation, Pig Destroyer and Internal Bleeding. If you feel convinced or wanna check it out anyway head on over to the label’s Bandcamp.
5.5 out of 6 A Beginning Fit for a God
Obscura Release their Fifth
The German quartet known as Obscura returned with their latest installment titled Diluvium through Relapse Records. If you are a fan of this technical death metal band then Friday the 13th was your lucky day. The album kicked off strongly with “Clandestine Stars” which had some distorted guitar, Linus Klausenitzer’s bass and Sebastian Lanser’s double kicks. Worth noting that the song really highlighted Klausenitzer’s bass. The Klown can say the same about “Mortification of the Vulgar Sun” and “The Seventh Aeon” but with Klausenitzer having to share some of his solos with a guitar solo or two.
“Emergent Evolution” featured heavy prog influences and some synths combined with technical death metal and had a real bitchin’ guitar solo trade off from both Rafael Trujillo and vox Steffen Kummerer. The album finishes just how it began, with “An Epilogue to Infinity.” The album also features a bonus track titled “A Last Farewell” which is mostly a soft instrumental that mostly featured Klausenitzer’s bass. This was pretty good and it’s definitely catered to those who enjoy technical death metal like Suffocation, Death, Necrophagist and Pestilence fans. Check it out in Relapse’s Bandcamp.
5 out of 6 Not As Obscure as it Sounds
Deafheaven Demonstrate Love with their Latest
The NorCal quintet known as Deafheaven aren’t exactly your run of the mill metal band. These guys experiment quite often. Y’know, to keep it fresh and on your toes because they are not robots! This time, the experimental train gets a bit mellow but sprinkle some aggression in. The latest installment is titled Ordinary Corrupt Human Love which was released through Anti- Records.
The album begins with some piano courtesy of vox George Clark and features some guitar, drumming and spoken word from guest musician Nadia Kury. The song sounded like a throwback to jazz, transitions to Rock and features Clark sporting very harsh vocals.
“Honeycomb,” on the other hand, goes straight into some progressive black metal territory but with faster pace. Which can also be said about the longest song of the album, “Canary Yellow” and “Glint.” Remember the mellowness that the Klown spoke about? “Near” and “Night People” are the best example of that. Fun fact about “Night People,” Chelsea Wolf lends her mesmerizing vocals to the track.
The album ended with “Worthless Animal” which also exemplified the prog black metal brand. The album was nice to listen and, definitely, one to really lend your ears to, especially if you’re a fan of Morphesia, Ghostbath, Oathbreaker and Wolves In The Throne Room. As you know the Klown gots you covered on finding this piece. On that note check out their Bandcamp if you need a nudge.
4.8 out of 6 What is Love?
Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway is Back
Okay… so… the good news is that System Of A Down’s guitarist/vox Daron Malakian has been active. In fact, as of late April, days after System Of A Down made their tour announcement, “Lives” music video premiered. Sure, it wasn’t a new System Of A Down song like a lot hoped for but most of us took it and with a slight name alteration. The, now, Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway have now released their newest installment titled Dictator through Scarred For Life.
This sophomore installment begins strongly with “Lives” and immediately changes tone and attitude with “Angry Guru and “Dictator.” The Klown really enjoyed “Fuck and Kill” because much like SOAD, and Malakian’s fellow bandmates, continued to blend Armenian folk instrumentals making the track very interesting. The same can be said about “Talkin’ Shit.” “Guns Are Loaded” slows down a bit but picks up the momentum with “Never Forget.” “Gie Mou (My Son)” is the album’s sole instrumental right before capping off strongly with “Assimilate.”
It took ten years for this gem’s appearance and the wait was worth it, it made for a pleasant surprise. With that said, check this album out on your streaming service of choice or take the plunge here.
6 out of 6 Still Keeping Them Fingers Crossed for a New SOAD Album
Skeletonwitch Will Have You Devouring their Latest
Frontman Adam Clemans has been a real busy bee lately. If you remember his other project, Wolvhammer, also came out with an album two months prior. But the Klown is not going to talk about that album again. This time it’s about the Devouring Radiant Light album which was released through Prosthetic Records. This sixth installment sees the band take a somewhat different and tamer approach.
The first track “Fen of Shadows” backs the Klown’s claim on this, as well as “Devouring Radiant Light.” The song also contains a bitchin’ solo from Nate Garnett which is also featured in the following track “When Paradise Fades.” Looking for a “traditional” Skeletonwitch song? “Temple of the Sun” and “Luminous Sky” are your best bet.
“The Vault” starts off pretty mellow but builds up as the song progresses, it was more of a melodic death metal song with a another sweet solo from Garnette. The album finishes well with “Sacred Soil” which was like the previous track but a bit more well-rounded. The last time Skeletonwitch had an album was five years ago and it was worth the wait. If you want to dispute the Klown, go for it. Check it out in your streaming service of choice or in Prosthetic’s Bandcamp.
5.5 out of 6 We Saw the Light!
Powerwolf Introduce a New Sacrament for the Sinners
After three years of studio hiatus, the quintet known as Powerwolf have returned with their seventh LP to date. The gospel to their collection is titled The Sacrament of Sin and it was released through Napalm Records. The Klown was looking forward to this release, especially their deluxe version because you never know how they end up surprising their faithful wolfpack.
The album begins “Fire & Forgive,” which in true Powerwolf fashion, reminds you that they are back. Aside from the theatrical beginning, Falk Maria Schlegel’s signature keyboards sound off which, if you’ve never listened to the Wolves before, are the sounds of piped organs. Old school B-movie horror sounds aside, the hilariously titled “Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Strossgebet” brought a tongue-in-cheek vibe to the songs. “Incense and Iron” slightly takes a pagan metal approach before they shift to “regular” power metal and feature a real killer solo from Matthew Greywolf.
The band also features a power ballad with some monastery like chorus in the form of “Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone.” The Klown was thrown just a bit off with “Nightside of Siberia” because the song sounded like something that came from Amon Amarth experimenting with the pipe organ sounds. The album makes a grand and theatrical exit with “Fist by Fist (Sacralize or Strike).”
Now… remember how the Klown brought up the deluxe version? The deluxe version of this album has other bands, fellow label mates and others like Nuclear Blast, covering Powerwolf songs such as Saltatio Mortis’s folky cover of “We Drink Your Blood,” a doom/stoner version of “The Evil Made Me Do It” by Kadavar or “Amen and Attack” by Kreator’s Mille Petrozza and Marc Gortz, just to name a few and totally worth it. Don’t believe the Klown? Check it out on your streaming service of choice or Powerwolf’s Bandcamp.
6 out of 6
Neckbeard Deathcamp Fire their First Shot
The Klown has done it again! A fresh, new independent act. Short version of this discovery happened when it appeared in his Google feed as an article by Bandcamp. He didn’t know what to make of it but he was colored surprised especially after reading it. Without further ado, the trio known as Neckbeard Deathcamp has released their humorously titled debut White Nationalism is for Basement Dwelling Losers. Did the Klown mention that they’re independent?
The short summary of this album is plain and simple: raw black metal and noise. Now, especially for those who’re going to go on about the black and white spectrum, the Deathcamp is like the Klown: an equal opportunity critic. Yes, the album title says something different but when a track is titled “The Left are the Real Fascist,” y’know nothing’s off the table. Just to let you all know not much stood out, in terms of sounds. The music, however, was pure, uncompromising adrenaline and aggression like that of Nails and Full of Hell but with humor being at the center of it all. If you’re still not convinced just check out their Bandcamp for further persuasion.
6 out of 6 Left, Right… Who Cares!