Friday, October 14, 2011

A Quick Look at Slam Death Bands on Bandcamp

I have not done much with bandcamp.com so far. I have listened to a few bands that have requested me to do reviews of their material, but I have not explored the site much other than that. This week, I decided to do a search for Slam Week to see what kind of slam bands bandcamp has to offer. The results were fairly impressive.

AMPUTATION SPREE
Okay, this band is freaking incredible. They have two EPs available on their Bandcamp page and both of them sound great. The band is definitely influenced by Wormed, hence their kind of bizarre, sci-fi sounding slam. The atmosphere is the most impressive aspect from this band, something that is pretty lacking in most slam. This is some surprisingly good and original-sounding slam. I prefer the second EP personally, but they are both pretty damn good.

BLOODRAIN EVENING
This band has only released one song so far, but it is fairly impressive. The vocals can actually be understood and are not delivered in a completely generic style. The music is kind of a mix of slam death and Cannibal Corpse.

CARBONIZED GNAWING MANDIBLE
This one is almost morosely slow and has a mechanical quality to it that sounds surprisingly good. The production is interesting as it gives the whole album a spacey feel. The vocals echo quite a bit which gets a little annoying at times, but it adds to the spacey feel. On first listen I was not terribly impressed, but it grew on me.

EXTINCTIONIST
Extinctionist's EP is a short blast of slamming fury. There are five songs here and the whole thing clocks in at about eight minutes long. There is an old school death metal influence here, so the music is actually fairly fast while retaining a lot of the slam style.

NEUROMA
This band has a sense of humor, I'll give them that. Song titles like "Dingoes Ate My Baby" show this off. Musically it is faster-paced brutal death/slam, which sounds pretty good. After the first track, the rest of the songs on the free promo are demo and live tracks without as good of production values. But there is some talent here.

OMINOUS RUIN
I like this one quite a bit. The band does a lot to build an intense atmosphere. They sound like a mix of Devourment and Deicide, with the double layered extreme vocals and the rather impressive soloing mixed with the slams.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome. I will definitely be checking some of these out.

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