6. Memoriam – For The Fallen
Expectations were ridiculously high for Memoriam‘s full length debut…..this Bolt Thrower/Benediction bunk-up was a UK death metal supergroup of sorts and, as we all know, Bolt Thrower and Benediction are two of the greatest death metal bands to have walked this earth!
Expectations are one thing of course, meeting them is another entirely but Karl Willetts and co. did not let us down. Here was the purist death metal, delivered with absolute integrity, passion and with the kind of ferocity you’d expect from musicians of this calibre.
Sticking to simplicity over technical audacity, To The Fallen dragged its carcass through waist-deep mud and grime as it bludgeoned its way through the thickest, most viscous riffs imaginable. Hyper-speed ain’t their game. Instead, relentless battery was the aim…..and their sights were firmly set on the enemy’s frontline.
The war rages on!
5. Barrabus – Barrabus
The latest venture for UK underground legend Paul Catten (Murder One, Lazarus Blackstar, Medulla Nocte), Barrabus had been banging around since 2006 but this self-titled, genre-defying release was their debut….and what a be-suited beast it was!
Incorporating noise rock, punk, sludge and all manner of abrasive avant-garde sounds, this raw flurry of Faith No More – esque lunacy was relentless in its high energy attack. Originality is a rare breed in today’s rock/metal scene but Barrabus hold the key to open new doors and where they go from here is anyone’s guess.
4. The Darkhorse – The Carcass Of The Sun Will Sleep
Hailing from the muddy fields and pig sheds of Northamptonshire, The Darkhorse are a 4 piece metal band with the heart of doom and sludge but with the lungs of a hardcore band, drawing their influences from the likes of Sabbath, Superjoint Ritual, The Chariot and Crowbar.
A barrage of sandpaper-ravaged vocals, barrelling grooves and mammoth-fucking chords, The Carcass Of The Sun Will Sleep was a welcome punch in the chops from a band whose sludgy goodness deserved to be wallowed in.
And wallow we did!