The quartet of Vladimir (Vocals), Michal (Guitar), Luděk (Guitar) and Vitys (Drums) who form the death metal band Fleshless, from Děčín (Czech Republic), released the LP Doomed on the 15th.
An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) which finds a point of differentiation in a crowded genre by paring back the growling vocal from the spotlight to the footlights which enables the interplay of frenetic percussion to interplay with the foiling guitars to take centre stage thereby giving the music a more balanced and expressive foothold.
The black metal Czech / Chinese duo Kosmogyr released the LP Eviternity digitally on the 9th.
A nine track album (available on bandcamp as a digital version or as a CD), is an immersive roughly fifty three minutes of unremitting musical assault. As in previous music featured rather than centering on volume the powerhouse is created through an irrepressible drum-kit paired with the destructive guitar creating luxuriant distorted melodies while the vocal howls as though looming from a tomb.
The opening track Sui Generis, that lasts for only ninety two seconds, lulls the listener in to a state of calm as though a decoy prior to the ensuing tsunami crashing in to the room.
The approaching eight minutes of the closer Thalassic Lunacy being my pick of the release.
The Czech Republic / China based black-metal duo Kosmogyr released their début single on the 25th.
Quiescent (available on bandcamp) is a cement liquefying just over six minutes of roaring menace. Opening with quiet harmony the listener is lulled in to a sense of security, until suddenly, like a car suffering from turbo lag a pulverising roar hurtles in to the room careening in a menacing furious pace. As the ears become accustomed, so, the slowly paced guitar melodic structure emerges from the throbbing tumult giving the sense of running at two distinct speeds and marks the track for its ability to deliver the unexpected whilst the distorted vocal provides these two elements in Quiescent their cohesive quality.
News also arrives of an LP due for release later in the year.
Those of longer stay will perhaps recall a Czech Republic and China tie up, based in Shanghai in the form of Death To Ponies – Ivan Belcic is the common thread.
M4REKG is a Czech Republic scourge-rock solo project.
Finalising details for the début LP Singleton – That Feeling – the first track to surface from the album cleans out the speakers far better than a dusting will ever do as the vibrating bass-lines shake the foundations to the accompaniment of synthesised harmonica – yet rather than feeling estranged the listener finds themselves drawn in towards the rattling speakers as vocal breaks to distorted low note syncopation and gradually everything clears to a clarity of landscape and one finds themselves peering towards horizons afar with a partly-shaded sunlight warming the pores.
It is the ability of M4REKG to bring together disjointed ideas which flow naturally in to the ears that marks Marek out for future reference and I look forward to capturing the album and his future career.