Five For Friday: April 22, 2022

Greetings, Decibel readers!

It’s an exciting week for new releases, especially if you love death metal. I’m sure a lot of you know Corpsessed already, but might not have had time to get acquainted with Undeath and some of the other bands listed below. The theme is consistent today, but there’s still a lot of variety within that theme.

Happy digging:

Corpsessed – Succumb to Rot

Absolutely glorious death metal mastery. Finland’s Corpsessed have been blazing a brutal trail of sonic destruction for years now, and their latest album might be their most devastating assault yet. Succumb to Rot brings the songwriting excellence we’ve come to expect from the band, but also packs a picture-perfect production for this style of death metal. I’m not sure how they could have dialed in better snare or guitar tones on this. Among the armies of modern death metal, Corpsessed belongs in the vanguard.

Stream: Apple Music

Reaper – Viridian Inferno

But for those of you in the mood for something stripped-down, dirty, raw and nasty, Australia’s Reaper is here to pull you down. We’ve got a real “best of both worlds” situation here for fans of D-beat/82-style street punk and first-wave black metal. The echoes of The Exploited, Celtic Frost, Venom and Onslaught are all easily audible here, but channeled into this band’s own riff-powered machine.

Stream: Apple Music

Static Abyss – Labyrinth of Veins

Do you like Autopsy? Well, then you’ll probably dig this as well. All the darkness and doom you could ask for is here, all delivered through the cavernous death metal delivery you’d want from the likes of Reifert, Wilkinson, and Co.

Stream: Apple Music

THOS ÆLLA – Sempiternal Mobocracies

Do you also like to get weird? Well, here’s an album from I, Voidhanger Records, which should say enough already. But in case you don’t catch my drift, this band brings all the brutal and soaring heavy metal energy, while adding odd compositional choices and sounds to bear. There’s also a distinct note of Death‘s more progressive side present here as well. It’s fast, it’s impressive, it’ll scramble your brain in the best way possible!

Undeath – It’s Time … To Rise From the Grave

Rochester’s Undeath made a big splash among death metal fanatics with 2020’s Lesions of a Different Kind. This year, they’re issuing a clarion (or should I say, carrion?) call to all of us: It’s Time To Rise From the Dead. The band employs an excellent mix of rawness and power in that they keep the vocals and guitars super dirty, but keep the rhythm section full and crisp. It’s kind of like salty and sweet but for death metal. Dig in, friends.

Stream: Apple Music