Archaic Decapitator- The Apothecary

Progressive Melodic Death Metal outfit Archaic Decapitator is releasing their upcoming EP “The Apothecary” on April 19th and we have our extremely invaluable opinion on that upcoming effort! The band recently added Xenosis drummer Gary Marotta to their lineup as their drummer, and didn’t hesitate at all to get familiar with this band.  If anyone in Xenosis (their album from last year was totally overlooked) has a hand in a project, I’m sure as heck going to check it out.  And here we go!

The guys have a very melodic sound on their frantic EP, but add a little bit of progressive and black metal structuring to some of their sound.  A couple of the tracks are longer, with track length not in mind as they seamlessly put together a stellar effort.  If you love mixing your metal genres without sacrificing quality, Archaic Decapitator totally fits that to a tee.


You can check out the song they JUST released this week titled “Skyward” right below!



Kyle Quintin: Vocals 
Craig Breitsprecher: Bass & Backing Vocals
Yegor Savonin: Guitar 
Gary Marotta: Drums 
Christopher Ridley: Guitar 
Marotta’s drumming is a foreseen highlight on “The Apothecary”. Craig locks down the bass, adding a lot of depth and low end to the band’s sound. I really dig the guitar duo of Yegor and Chris, blending together a heavy influence of Opeth’s first 3 albums and classic black metal like Dissection that add some melody to their raw heaviness.  Kyle’s awesome vocals really stand out on this effort. The band will most likely fly under the radar with the plethora of music that gets released, but make sure you pin this band down and highlight them so you don’t forget! You can check out the band’s two previous offerings right here and also get your preorder in! Don’t worry, you have plenty of time with about 2 months until the release date.  I would do it sooner than later, to be honest. I loved this EP and highly suggest this to you metalheads!



Hath drop “Currents” as second single from upcoming album “Of Rot And Ruin”

Blackened Death Metal group Hath premiered another song from their upcoming effort “Of Rot And Ruin” through Metal Injection today.  You already know with the link in the previous sentence that I really dig this band, and am in love with the album as much as the upcoming Ceremony Of Silence (Willowtip doing serious work signing great bands, yet again!).  The band is sonically heavy with that extra added black metal influence to their death metal style, with those prog elements here and there that pop up…..although in this case “Currents” is a straightforward blackened death headbanger for the most part.  The album as a whole is fantastic, and this single also is a testament to that notion.  Enjoy the track and don’t forget to preorder “Of Rot And Ruin” on their bandcamp or through Willowtip Records.

Ceremony Of Silence- Oútis

Ceremony Of Silence is releasing their debut album “Oútis” on April 5th, and have a great  band for you metalheads to check out.  If you’re into blackened death metal with some occasional technical flare you’ll love this band.  The drumming is absolutely bizarre and intense, probably one of my favorite things of this project.  It’s so tight and consistent….gotta love it.  If you wanna check out one song from the upcoming debut, you can right here and start to get a vision of what the band is going for.

This two man band seems to have that energy the younger Behemoth and Belphegor had…..lots of black and death metal mixed in here, not one metal genre necessarily is more prevalent a rather stellar mix.  The vocals are a great mix of both styles, with a consistent guttural but not a true black metal shriek or yelp you tend to hear in black metal.  I gotta say, this band was a KILLER find by Willowtip Records and give them all the credit in the world for this one.  Ceremony Of Silence will go under the radar, but have a great label to promote them for sure.  The guitar work is beyond stellar, with a great variety of speeds that won’t leave you bored or the band’s sound too predictable.


See, the guys even have a similar haunting aura Helmuth of Belphegor does in their promo photos! 


Vilozof – Guitars, Bass & Vocals
Svjatogor – Drums

You can check out the duo’s merch and preorder this fantastic album in different varieties here.  After listening to “Oútis” I’m extra curious on the band’s direction, and of course any more music they’ll eventually release after this smashingly brutal debut.  Will  it just be a studio project? Will they tour and find touring musicians? Will the guys recruit band members? Hopefully we get the full monte, and see this brutal band evolve into something extreme metal needs.

Ashen Horde share “Profound Darkness” new album “Fallen Cathedrals” Out March 22nd

Progressive Blackened Death Metal Band Ashen Horde have dropped a new sound titled “Profound Darkness”.  It’s a raw black metal sound, WITH SOME SINGING! I haven’t heard Steve sing, and man he actually isn’t that bad! Kinda weird hearing a guy that’s growled and then he unleashes clean singing…..euphoric and surprising in the same vein.  Steve Boiser has been in Vale Of Pnath, is currently in InferiEquipoise, Tethys and also this project Ashen Horde.  Stevie boy is a busy dude! Let’s talk about the other half of this brilliant project Trevor Portz…..dude can riff like no other, and the drums are solid.  What I really dig is this isn’t a stereotypical black metal band….there’s some prog influences to break it up, if you’re not a big black metal fan.  Freshly signed to Mandol Records, I can’t wait to see what’s up with the guys. Shows? Better reach? I’m very interested in this project and curious to see where it goes.  Love the track, good job dudes! Don’t forget to support the band and preorder the album! Cheers!

Hath- Of Rot And Ruin

Blackened Death Metal group Hath is releasing “Of Rot And Ruin” on April 12th through Willowtip Records.  The band has also been added on a sweet tour this month with Cognitive and Micawber.  If you live near any of the last 3 stops, I highly suggest you check it out.  Micawber threw down with Ahtme and Lago last year in Niagara Falls, and won’t let you down.  Hath has added some singing to their sound, to expand themselves and it fits in really well to be honest.  The vocals are a great mix of singing, some black metal shrieks here and there, and some steady death metal gutturals.  What’s really sweet, is you can understand a good portion of it! That takes serious talent in the death metal world, if you ask me.


The guitar work is absolutely splendid with all the tremolo riffing, melodic guitar solos and bone crushing riffs that’ll last years! The music also has some hints of progressive elements here and there, ever so diversifying their sound even more.  The band has only had an EP up to this point, and “Of Rot And Ruin” is one hell of a debut full length.  The rhythm is absolutely on point, and the drumming just adds to the emotional intensity Hath is bringing musically.  This album will definitely go under the radar for many metalheads, but dudes like myself are here to try to help prevent it.



Frank Albanese – Guitar/Vocals
Greg Nottis – Bass/Vocals
Peter Brown – Guitar
AJ Viana – Drums

This band just really hits home.  It’s such a solid full length debut that it may creep onto my 2019 best of list.  If you’re into a more progressive take on blackened death metal, you’ll love this record.  There’s some fun twists and turns throughout “Of Rot And Ruin” but overall the guys don’t stray away from the musical path they created.  Don’t forget to go to Willowtip’s website and preorder this album before it’s released!