Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tool - Undertow (1993)

Although Tool is not widely considered a metal band as much as  they are alternative rock, they're obscure enough to hold reverence for those fans of extreme genres thanks to the members' odd stage presence and occult, obscure, and social structure examinations; only made clear when one takes the time to study their lyrical content; that extends beyond memorizing all of the lyrics to ├ćnima. 
   Undertow deserves a spot on the blog for the being a softer version of what were active themes with metal. After all, the album embodies everything metal was at the time, without the intense musical stimulation (they saved that for their visuals and lyrical impact): in it's 20's, angsty and nihilistic. I think Tool has done an irreplaceable job of creating this visual and musical entity that either 1) Completely creeps people out and gets the band banned from your local Walmart or 2) Intrigues the listener enough to want more. And as a metal head, what else compels us to continue down this "path of destruction" for more, faster, better, raunchier metal than the fact that there is mental intrigue? Tool has cornered the market with mental intrigue. Undertow contains classic songs such as Prison Sex and Sober. It's influenced a countless amount of bands and opened a strange door between the booming grunge scene of the early 90's and metal at the time. A complete embodiment of 90's in a unique and re-released album covered album, Undertow is a hidden gem in a complicated tree of what is metal. 

Brutality - Screams of Anguish (1993)

   Even though Brutality was founded when the Tampa Florida death metal scene was about to form, their debut came out when that scene was on it's top already, and by this timing, the band evolved into it's second wave.
   It was usual at Floridan death metal that all bands had their own features that made easy to distinguish them. Brutality had a raw and powerful style which could fit nowadays to the term "ordinary death metal". "Screams of Anguish" was in the middle way compared to the others. Slower themes, mid speed, and intense aggressiveness were same common, but a frequently returning exact lead guitar theme gave the main character to the music, which often bursting out in short noisy solos. If their music have to be cathegorized, it's somewhere between Morbid Angel and Deicide, but similarly to newer bands of the genre, they showed larger diversity and wider scale in themes. An underrated band for sure, but "Screams of Anguish" took place next to the biggest classics of Floridan death metal.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Disincarnate - Dreams of the Carrion Kind (1993)

   The second wave of the Floridan death metal scene also had some interesting surprises, though it wasn't so overwhelming and influental as the first wave was.
   Disincarnate was a project of James Murphy who was known by cooperating with Cancer, so the band already had a promising reference. "Dreams of the Carrion Kind" was not only a new waved album by name, but in style it was different too. It was musically more developed, complex and includes the features of the late technical ambitions of the genre. It is clear at first hearing. that it's not an experimental project of young, low experienced musicians. Excellent themes following each other on this neatly composed album. The change has already begun that time, but not many bands joined yet to seek a new path in this style. Just like in most genres, complexity is a finishing point, shows that the exact genre starts to get exhausted. It wasn't different in death metal either. Disincarnate's one and only full-lenght album showed wider diversity than it was usual, and it's very close to the style of modern death metal.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Banished - Deliver Me unto Pain (1993)

   Banished was the same project like Baphomet was, but under a new name after they noticed the appearence of a German band with the same name.
   Except their name nothing else changed, they kept playing their haltingly intense and badass music without change. The reason why they are worthy to mention again is that their music became more mature, and they reached the maximum that could be given in their style. A song from "The Dead Shall Inherit" was recorded again on this album, which shows a very direct basis for comparsion about their progression in sound. Already their previous album could be sorted to the best events of the death metal genre, but the top of their musical achievment was probably "Deliver Me Unto Pain". Time proved that the  name change had more unfortunate consequences than advantages. Not only because this album became less known, but as Baphomet they were noted by the main audience. Later after the disappearence of the German Baphomet, they returned to their older name.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Morta Skuld - Dying Remains (1993)

    Even though Morta Skuld's name don't telling much to many people, they were one of the heaviest bands in the early '90s metal scene.
   Their music was like a different approach of the middle-slow speed bumping styled death metal on the path of Obituary and early Broken Hope. The difference was that they preferred more complex composition in their music, and sometimes almost technical style over groovy, catchier riffings. This haltingly marching impression made their music more effective and heavier, and gave another definition to brutality, that is strongly related to the toolbars of death/doom and groovy death bands. The dirty sound increased the effectiveness of their music, such as the short, but very awesome solo parts that created some contarst with the mostly simple themes. The interesting thing about the album is that though only simple and basic themes could be heard on it, their common changes giving the impression of complexity.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Morgue - Eroded Thoughts (1993)

   Morgue's one and only full-lenght album was one of the countless death metal products of the early '90s. And the band was one of the countless bands who shocked the youth and music junkies of those times with their exaggerated musickness.
   "Eroded Thoughts" inlcudes all important features that could be related to that age and the old school style why this genre could be liked. It's intense, aggressive, putrid and has the atmosphere and awesome feeling that couldn't be reproduced nowadays, and only hardly could be imitated. This elusive feature is hard to be repeated even by bands which keep playing since the early '90s. It's just a characteristic expression of that period, completely bonded to that age and it's main feeling, and as those times passed, the motivating influences were gone too. Fortunatately in the Morgue this unrepeateble act of self-expression was conserved, such as on plenty of other records too. "Eroded Thoughts" is a forgotten, but very awesome classic of the genre.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pentacrostic - The Pain Tears (1992)

   "The Pain Tears" by Pentacrostic is a less known, but cultic masterpiece, straight from the depths of the infamous Brazilian underground scene.
    Unlike most extreme bands, not the intensity was their first priority, but the heaviness of their music. While plenty of others tried themselves in this direction already in the main scene, similar ambitions were new in South America that time. But Pentacrostic still completely fits into the local scene, cause their music includes features of more styles the same time, such as most South American bands. The most interesting thing is maybe to hear with how simple things they created their own genuine style. Dark atmosphere and the cawing vocal style giving an impression that could remind to black metal, but the main feeling is far heavier by the noisy sound, the excellent bass lines that could be well heard, and the slow/mid speed that's occasionly interrupted by intense hammering. This ominous and endlessly dark impression is truelly unmatched. The synchronizing of diversive effects, like speed changes, different style features, sound and atmosphere made "The Pain Tears" an exciting album that certainly pulls down the listener into the depths of the Netherworld.