I bought this CD from Auroch forever ago at the last show they played in Edmonton. Finally gave it a spin (I’m so lazy sometimes), and here’s what I heard: awesomeness.
Ancient Obliteration play a cool death metal with extremely crunchy sound with a fast speed and a voice that reminds me a little of David Vincent. Really good.
7 out of 10.
Auroch play an odd death metal that mixes in a little bit of black metal and a ton of H.P. Lovecraft. Their cover of “Chapel of Ghouls” by Morbid Angel is just fucking great, and their live sound was grabbed perfectly with “Haunter of Darkness”.
If you get a chance to check this disc out, go for it.
7.5 out of 10.
Funeral Rain Records, as many now know, has been working on a Pay-To-Play compilation, with the working title of just SuperComp. The compilation has been officially titled, however, and Funeral Rain Records is proud to announce Into the Mouth of Hell as the title.
So far, several bands from several genres have signed onto the compilation. This is the original goal of Into the Mouth of Hell, to get several scenes exposed in other areas, to let fans of black metal, death metal, grindcore, punk, and more get a taste of something different. However, FRR is still looking for bands that want their music pushed out into different areas.
If you’re interested in being on this compilation, the following are the full details:
$100 USD (payable through PayPal or money order).
5 minutes of track time.
1000 copies pressed total.
Bands get 25 CDs.
Bands can get more at Cost +$1.
Professionally pressed CD, not CDR.
You will need to sign a release form for the song. Download it here.
Email email@example.com with the subject header SuperComp or Into the Mouth of Hell if you are interested in being on the compilation. Do NOT send tracks unannounced. If you do, your email will be deleted. Thank you for understanding.
Genres: Black Metal, Death Metal
Auroch are one of my new favorite bands. Throwing down a Morbid Angel inspired full length of Lovecraftian lyrics and the most unusual singing in death metal I’ve ever heard, this CD is going to get a lot of plays from me.
Picture this for a vocalist: gutteral death growling giving way to clean vocals, then back, then to a Judas Priest/Iron Maiden/Classic metal falsetto. The instrumentation is fairly technical too, which makes me pretty damn happy. I like hearing people that know what they are doing.
Possibly the most interesting thing about Auroch, however, is the ages of the guys in the band. I don’t think any of them are 25 yet. They’re young, and very promising. This is another band you’re going to be hearing from a lot in the near future.
8 out of 10.
Long story short, a French death metal band called The Seven Gates were going to be destroying New City with Sonorous Odium as direct support, with Titan’s Eve and Auroch from Vancouver opening the show up. Shit goes down and suddenly The Seven Gates were not able to make it. Sent back to Frace from what I understand to be a passport issue. So Sonorous Odium were given the headliner slot. Now, onwards:
Titan’s Eve took the stage and very quickly impressed me and Mrs. Blaspheme. Their overall sound reminds me of Trivium without the polish, something still thrashy and much more raw. Before and after the set we ended up talking to Brian, their singer, and he’s definitely one of the most humble musicians I’ve met, and a really cool dude too. Wait for that video to hit the intertubes soon!
If you ever get the chance to check Titan’s Eve, do it.
A short while after Titan’s Eve left the stage, their fellow Vancouverites and brothers in metal Auroch stepped up with a very different approach to death metal, one that got them a few fans around the room. Mixing clean vocals, high falsettos, and gutterals all from the same throat, they sound a lot like Morbid Angel in the music department at times. Solos fly like bats out of hell, with intricate leads and intense rhythm, and Lovecraftian lyrics. Really fucking good, they definitely made sure that Sonorous Odium were going to have to be on their A-game.
Which, well, they were. Edmonton’s own pride and joy, Sonorous Odium play melodic death metal that reminds me of Arch Enemy (whom their guitarist sported a shirt by incidentally). They also pay some tribute to black metal in some riffs, going as far as covering Behemoth’s “Demigod” as a show closer. These guys fucking kick ass, and I think you’ll be hearing a lot of them over the next couple years. If not from others, at least from me.
In all, it was a great night. My first show upstairs in Likwid Lounge and I am not disappointed in the least, despite the headliner not showing up. Oh well, maybe next time they’ll make it.