"Ear Hunters" - September 15th, 2020 Edition

"Be aware! Marauding metal acts with new releases have been unleashed and are ransacking the land in search of the fresh ears of new fans!"

· Narcissistic Necrosis

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta CAN

Release: The Art of Deformity (Aug. 28th, 2020)

Label: Independent

Genre: Extreme/Brutal Tech Death

For Fans of: Origin, Unmerciful, Devangelic, Cognitive, Banisher

Coming in from the cold, Canadian Cowtown of Calgary are a hot new tech death quartet known as Narcissistic Necrosis who’ve brought the brutal fire upon their independent debut LP, The Art of Deformity. Decidedly situated upon the extreme, slamming side of tech death, the ten cuts that constitute this seminal release are as refreshing as they are relentless. Straying from the accepted norm of employing “toilet bowl” vocal stylings across the entire release, Narcissistic Necrosis’s William Bigcrow instead uses a dynamic range of inflections, holds, and powerful heaves and pitch sweeps that intrinsically completes the overall package of savage ferocity that is The Art of Deformity. Totally revivifying and highly suggested. Rating: 94 / 100 (A)

· Hinayana

Hometown: Austin, Texas USA

Release: Death of the Cosmic EP (Aug. 28th, 2020)

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Melodic Death n’ Doom

For Fans of: Novembers Doom, Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Swallow the Sun

Staying relevant with a batch of five fresh compositions to please the quarantined masses are Austin, Texas’s Hinayana, who’s new EP Death of the Cosmic is available everywhere now from Napalm Records. Sometimes soaring through spinetingling, melodious anthems and sometimes sinking into the deep abyss of doomier dirges, this mini-effort packs a major punch! Joining to release new music in 2020 with their fellow Austinites in Black Vice, Dining with Dogs, Skeleton, and Expander, Hinayana aim to break out further and bring even further renown to their hometown scene. Death of the Cosmic: A wholly excellent EP. Rating: 96 / 100 (A)

· Theotoxin

Hometown: Vienna, Austria EUR

Release: Fragment: Erhabenheit (Sep. 11th, 2020)

Label: AOP Records

Genre: Black Metal

For Fans of: Mayhem, Watain, Dark Funeral, Ulvdalir, Winter Deluge

Vienna, Austria’s Theotoxin haven’t been around long, per se, but that hasn’t kept this classically influenced black metal assemblage from keeping prolific. Coming with their third full-length in only four years, Theotoxin are blatantly seeking to quickly establish themselves as one of Europe’s finest, up-and-coming metal acts, whatever the genre; and if they keep issuing gems like Fragment: Erhabenheit, then that’s precisely what they’ll achieve. Viciously menacing and facinorous, the seven cuts of Fragment: Erhabenheit come blasting out of your speakers like a screamin’ demon from the deepest depths of all Hell and damnation – and it’s a wonder to behold. Seriously, get this sinful goodness in your ears, like yesterday! Rating: 99 / 100 (A++)

· Calarook

Hometown: Winterhur, Switzerland EUR

Release: Surrender or Die (Sept. 11th, 2020)

Label: Independent

Genre: Pirate Metal

For Fans of: Alestorm, Rumahoy, Swashbuckle, The Dread Crew of Oddwood

Bringing a perfect blend of Alestorm’s folksy fun and Swashbucke’s death metal philosophy is Switzerland’s newest act to toss their tricorns into the pirate metal ring, Calarook. Using a live violinist to round out their authentic pirate sound, Calarook’s independent LP Surrender or Die is an ambitious, one-hour-and-nine-minute collection (aye, you read that right, maties) of sixteen piratical anthems done up in a melodic death metal methodology. Although maybe a song or three should’ve been saved for the next release and would’ve kept this album a little briefer and more concise, Surrender or Die should nonetheless be mighty enjoyable to all the fans out there of this niche subgenre.

Yes, pirate metal is quirky, yes, sometimes it’s silly, and yes, sometimes it’s also downright immature, but so what? It is also fun, and that’s because it is meant to be. Seriously, some of you metalheads out there take shit way too seriously, so how’s about lightening up a little and answering Calarook’s rap at your cabin door? Avast! Rating: 84 / 100 (B)

Well, that does it for another edition of Hated One's "Ear Hunters". As always, thank you for reading and for listening, and of course, please support all the bands you've enjoyed here today by visiting their sites and purchasing their merchandise! Stay metal! \m/


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