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Deathcore, which emerged in the early 2000s, is a sub-genre of metalcore that fuses elements of hardcore punk and death metal. Deathcore is similar to metalcore musically, except it is generally heavier, with a stronger emphasis on blast beats, death metal growling vocals, and more intense breakdowns. The genre has enjoyed moderate popularity in the extreme metal scene.

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RINGS OF SATURN Embryonic Anomaly

Album · 2010 · Deathcore
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Deathcore is an interesting subgenre of extreme metal that mixes death metal guitar riffs and blastbeats with metalcore breakdowns and was inspired by the ferocity of early brutal death metal bands like Suffocation and Dying Fetus but took things up a few notches. While bands like Antagony and Despised Ion got the ball rolling in the early 2000s, it was only a matter of time before these types of acts started to hybridize with other genres including progressive rock and lo and behold, it didn’t take long at all for bands like Veil of Maya and Born of Osiris to crank out some bonafide progressive deathcore however they weren’t the only game in town and there have been quite a few bands to emerge in their wake.

One such band is RINGS OF SATURN that formed in the San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose suburb of Dublin, CA in 2009 as a studio only project by Lucas Mann (guitar, bass, keyboards), Brent Silletto (drums) and Peter Pawlak on vocals who were only ages 16 to 18 and still in high school at this point. While the band would expand its lineup, it was this core trio who wrote and recorded this debut album EMBRYONIC ANOMALY which emerged the following year. This debut, the only album to feature Pawlak on vocals before his departure pretty much set the stage for the band’s growing popularity in this field of extreme metal. With lyrics based on extraterrestrial life and outer space, RINGS OF SATURN crafted a unique hybridization of deathcore and progressive metal along with the more astute virtuosic wizardry associated with technical death metal.

While many such deathcore albums can be a noisy affair which is what true metalheads like them for, more often than not many bands can also fall into the sea of mediocrity with no redeeming features to help them stand out from the excessive crowded club. No such case with RINGS OF SATURN on EMBRYONIC ANOMALY as this band found a few ways of standing out from the getgo. While the band cranks out all the expected death metal rampaging guitar riffs with incessant blastbeats bantering away along with beastly guttural growls, these guys also make ample use of silence with staccato palm muted riffing as well as technical soloing and angular time signature assaults that add a touch of brutal prog to the already caustic metal ambush. There are also moments of jazzy interludes that bring tech jazz-metal wizards like Atheist to mind at key moments but mostly these guys manage to weave a noisy tapestry of dissonant deathcore angst with enough varying elements to make this is pleasant experience for my ears.

At times this band has some seriously mathcore-ish chops and remind me of Psyopus with guitar wizardry whizzing up and down the fretboard while other times guitar stomps punctuated by silence offer brief moments of reflection on the incessant stampede of freneticism that sounds impressive considering this is a mere trio of high school kids! Many of the neoclassical guitar solos mixed with the death metal aspects reminds me a bit of Necrophagist but the metalcore breakdowns keep this from sputtering out in that direction. I’m impressed by Pawlak’s vocals as well as he manages to venture beyond the one-dimensionality of guttural growls and provides some serious screams that have some octave range. There are a few atmospheric moments that make use of the keys but mostly this is a metal moshpit inducing eruption of energetic overflow. Deathcore is one of those styles of metal that you either love or hate and by adding progressive elements may make some hate it even more but i’m quite impressed with this debut by RINGS OF SATURN as it has a dizzying display of youthful angst with the unexpected depth of more seasoned professionals.

THE BEAST REMADE Worship The Beast

Album · 2013 · Deathcore
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Female fronted deathcore from Mexico is not something you encounter every day but that’s exactly what you’ll hear with THE BEAST REMADE which comes from the northwestern city of Hermosillo comfortably located in the arid Sonoran desert near the Gulf of California. This is a five piece deathcore band that consists of Marko García (guitars), Ariel Olea (guitars), Martin Llanez (bass), Jose "Gordo" Romero (drums) and the very un-lady-like charm of Lucía Romero on vocals.

THE BEAST INSIDE is a satisfying slice of melodic deathcore with all the wicked rage you would expect only kept in the accessible zone with an underlying string of melodic hooks that while often obfuscated by the core infused fury of the deathened bombast that sails at full speed, nevertheless exhibits nice breaks from the status quo with slower thrash metal riffing extravaganzas laced with difficult listening time signatures and occasional neoclassical solos. Not exactly progressive but often hints at that direction.

Perhaps the most obvious comparison will be with Arch Enemy’s most arguable death metal diva Alissa White-Gluz as Lucía Romero captures the same untamed beast qualities with her shrill higher register screams. On the musical side of the equation, THE BEAST REMADE evokes a sense of The Black Dahlia Murder with its incessant mix of death metal and metalcore sensibilities. So far THE BEAST REMADE has only released this sole album which only just extends past the 31 minute mark.

While deathcore can be a one-dimensional rage machine which gets fairly monotonous, WORSHIP THE BEAST provides a melancholic piano “Intro” and likewise a similar “Outro.” In between the core values are firmly exercised but the intermissions into slower passages and other metal styles keeps this one from stagnating however the vocals never stray into clean territory as Romero always remains in She-Hulk territory. With compelling riffs, exuberant energetic delivers and a nice mixing it up of things without losing the deathcore focus of things, WORSHIP THE BEAST is a really nice debut that points to a promising followup which i would hope will emerge at some disclosed future date.

CARNIFEX World War X

Album · 2019 · Deathcore
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For anyone who’s been listening to Carnifex since the Dead in My Arms, it’s crazy how much they’ve evolved over the years. Back in 2007, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t lump them in with either Suicide Silence or Job for a Cowboy… or basically any big deathcore band from the Myspace era. But the way the first wave of deathcore splintered off into so many offshoots is fascinating in and of itself. Job for a Cowboy now makes progressive death metal in the vein of The Faceless or Rivers of Nihil, while Suicide Silence spent their last album making “TEE-HEE”-ridden nu-metal rip-offs. Meanwhile, you have bands like Shadow of Intent bringing more credibility to the genre than ever. But Carnifex is in a bit of an interesting place as far as the deathcore scene goes.

They’re probably one of the most well-respected deathcore bands around, mostly because they’ve had such a notable evolution over the years. As every album passed, there was more of an emphasis on black metal and traditional death metal elements rather than the pure deathcore they were once known for. Sure, the deathcore is still there, but I often find that the more they stray from that genre, the better they get. So here we are at World War X, another suitably punishing and brutal effort that also experiments with a lot of the same textures and dark atmospheres that permeate the band’s later work. Not only does the finished product sound hellish and uncompromising throughout its 35-minute run, but the vibe is also incredibly depressing and hopeless as well.

For instance, you have the beautiful classical piano sections in “This Infernal Darkness,” which manage to be both unsettling and downcast at the same time. They provide a perfect contrast to the heavy riffs, which is something I can also say about Alyssa White-Gluz’s clean vocals that are scattered about “No Light Shall Save Us.” There’s something apocalyptic about the way her singing is combined with the throat-shredding growls of Scott Lewis; mix that in with some doomy melodies and chugging, and it’s all very effective in sucking you into its unique world. In general though, the melodic moments have just gotten much better than before. “Brushed by the Wings of Demons” boasts a beautiful Anata-esque harmonized guitar solo in the midst of its crushing death metal, while guest guitarist Angel Vivaldi brings a nice neoclassical touch to “All Roads Lead to Hell.”

Of course, the metal itself is still just as chaotic and intense as ever. But every album boasts more of a technical slant than the previous one, and World War X is no exception. Jordan Lockrey’s lead guitar work is getting more and more intricate - especially in regards to his solos - and Shawn Cameron continues to incorporate more elaborate tricks into his drumming. This is probably the largest amount of tempo shifts he’s ever had to plow through on a Carnifex album, and he’s absolutely up to the task. On “Eyes of the Executioner,” the musicians are called upon to switch tempos and moods almost constantly, such as immediately switching from a breakdown to an onslaught of blastbeat-ridden black metal riffs. Stuff like that is great when it comes to adding more variety into the mix. “All Roads to Hell” also taps into this nicely by getting faster and faster with every few measures to constantly ratchet up the tension before finally resorting to blast beats and thrash riffs to make their point.

However, the one downside here is that there’s still not quite enough innovation here to mark the album as a huge step forward. There’s a temptation to label the album as “just another Carnifex record” despite the abundance of great music we’ve got here. Plus, the lyrics - while dark and suitably creepy - are starting to get a bit tired and played out by this point. They fit the atmosphere, yes, but a little more effort thrown into the imagery and themes wouldn’t hurt. But hey, at least it’s better than the near-constant stream of F-bombs we were greeted with on 2014’s Die Without Hope! So I suppose that’s a good thing. Anyway, I do highly recommend World War X. Is it a huge leap forward in terms of stylistic innovation? No. But it’s just an incredibly solid slab of death metal that implements its deathcore and black metal elements in all the right places. And when you get down to it, these guys are still leaving about 90% of their deathcore contemporaries in the dust, so you enjoy the genre, you shouldn’t be disappointed in any way by this record.

AWAKEN ANTAGONIST Awaken Antagonist

EP · 2013 · Deathcore
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AWAKEN ANTAGONIST is a band that formed in 2011 in Fairbanks, Alaska and has only so far released this one 2013 self-titled EP and a full-length follow up in 2017 titled “Shepherd of Plagues.” The lineup of Tyler Martin (vocals), Kris Larson (drums), Jesse Gill (guitar), Sean Pederson (guitar), Jacob Marcy (bass, vocals) and Mark Redinius (bass) has remained steady ever since.

This band skirts and often blurs the line between deathcore and melodic death metal. On the deathcore side of the equation, the bombastic focus is on the breakdowns and blastbeats and on the melodic death metal side there are beautiful guitar harmonies with melodic flows that keep the whole thing accessible. Lots of guitar chugging as well that has some thrash elements at times. Lyrics are grunted, shouted, spoken and also are growled in the typical death metal fashion.

Along with the core and death elements, there is also a groove element and an occasional atmospheric backdrop that adds some contrast. Basically AWAKEN ANTAGONIST is a little more varied than the average deathcore artist and this eponymous EP debut is quite the catchy little compilation of four tracks. The band makes use of staccato patterns, palm muting and while the melodic elements provide a hook, they are buried beneath the frenetic barbarity of the heavier aspects.

Deathcore is a style of metal that is very hit and miss for me but AWAKEN ANTAGONIST certainly found the right recipe for an interesting mix of different strains of extreme metal. While often debut EPs only serve as a mere demo for the full-album to follow, this one is a completely different set of tracks and is the perfect gateway drug into this rare example of an extreme metal band coming from the frosty northern regions of the US in the Alaskan city of Fairbanks.

ÆNIMUS Dreamcatcher

Album · 2019 · Deathcore
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This is the second album from Bay Area tech-metallers Aenimus, but from what I can see, they have had some real issues with personnel and there is only person left in the band who actually played on the independently released ‘Transcend Reality’ in 2013. But here they been picked up by the mighty Nuclear Blast and consequently are touring with Hypocrisy and Fleshgod Apocalypse. To say this is an album of multiple parts is somewhat understating it, as there are times when they come across as Meshuggah crossed with Black Dahlia Society, but there are others where the music is dreamy and reflective keyboards with nary a guitar in sight. This makes for quite a fractured listening experience, which is obviously by design, as when they come back at pace with venom then it really does hit very hard indeed due to the contrast.

The album itself is a concept which draws inspiration from horror novels and movies, such as ‘It’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Hannibal Lecter’, and ‘The Dead Zone’ (not the first band to be heavily influenced by Steven King). The album was recorded by the band while mixing and mastering were handled by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist). The album features guest appearances from Mike Semesky (Intervals, The Haarp Machine), Jamie Hanks (I Declare War), Brian James (Fallujah) Sims Cashion and Leonardo Guzman. It is the sheer intensity which makes this such a compelling album, yet if it was like this all the way through it probably would not have made such an impact, as it is the gentleness which brings the hammer back with such mighty force. Their debut may not have made much of an impact, and they have been through the wringer in terms of personnel, but this release is going to make many within the extreme metal scene stand up and pay attention. Deathcore and tech metal rarely combine with progressive tendencies to make something as powerful as this.

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