Album Review – Shuriken Cadaveric Entwinement / Constructing The Cataclysm (2022)

A demonic American duo is back in action with eight songs of fiercely implacable Death Metal bristling with riffs like lethal weapons and devilish growls, inspired by the history and mythology of the samurai.

Drawing on the complex history and vibrant mythology of the samurai, the powerful warrior caste of feudal Japan, Gastonia, North Carolina-based outfit Shuriken Cadaveric Entwinement has carved out their own kingdom of intense and characterful Death Metal, and although the demonic duo formed of multi-instrumentalist Jordan Varela (Lust Of Decay) and vocalist Jay Barnes (Cesspool Of Vermin) unveiled their second album Resuscitating The Vile almost a decade ago and may have fallen on their swords, consigning the project to the dust of ages, their third full-length opus, entitled Constructing The Cataclysm, is about to see the light of day. Recorded by Mike Clevenger at Audio Helm Studios, and displaying a fantastic samurai-inspired artwork by Andreas Christanetoff of Armaada Art, the album features eight songs of fiercely implacable Death Metal bristling with riffs like lethal weapons and devilish growls and howls, taking the duo to new levels of intensity and sheer class.

Get ready to be transported to feudal Japan before Jordan begins decimating his drums in the hellish Insurrection of the Diabolic while Jay growls and roars like a rabid beast, offering us all unrelenting and extremely vile Death Metal that goes straight to your jugular. Then blasting old school Death Metal the likes of Morbid Angel and Deicide it’s time for the duo to crush us all in Breaching the Gates of Tranquility, where Jordan is not only an evil machine behind his drums but his riffage is also caustic just the way we like it; and there’s no time to breathe as Jay and Jordan continue to hammer our heads with their Brutal Death Metal in Insidious Spiritual Incarceration, a fantastic option to slam into the pit to the wicked, demented vociferations by Jay. And Awaiting the Infinity of Oblivion doesn’t have a single moment of peace or boredom; quite the contrary, it’s an endless Death Metal onrush that will leave you completely disoriented when it’s over.

Jordan once again gives a lecture in caustic riffs and blast beats in Irrevocable Siege of the Abominable, offering Jay exactly what he needs to infernally roar the song’s dark words nonstop, being therefore perfect for some good old headbanging, whereas in Fragmenting the Profane the duo adds some welcome elements from Thrash Metal to their core sonority, resulting in another riff-fueled devastation by the duo tailored for igniting some serious circle pits at a live concert or festival. The second to last explosion of intricacy and rage by Shuriken Cadaveric Entwinement, entitled Tribunal of the Oni, keeps the album scorching hot, with Jordan sounding fantastic with both his riffs and metallic bass, followed by the title-track Constructing the Cataclysm, putting a sick ending to the album by blending traditional Japanese sounds in the background with the fury of American Death Metal, while also leaving our corpses lying in the battlefield like deceased samurais after all is said and done.

The metal samurais Jay Barnes and Jordan Varela are waiting for you to join them in the battlefront by following them on Facebook, by streaming all of their wicked compositions on Spotify, and mainly by purchasing a copy of the excellent Constructing The Cataclysm from the Comatose Music’s BandCamp page or webstore (as a regular CD or a CD + shirt + sticker bundle), as well as from Apple Music and other retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Plastic Head Megastore. Having said all that, instead o committing a seppuku or hara-kiri, use your katana for something a lot more fun such as raising it in the air while banging your head to the music blasted by Shuriken Cadaveric Entwinement in their high-octane new album, honoring all metalheads that came before us.

Best moments of the album: Insidious Spiritual Incarceration, Fragmenting the Profane and Constructing the Cataclysm.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2022 Comatose Music

Track listing
1. Insurrection of the Diabolic 4:19
2. Breaching the Gates of Tranquility 4:10
3. Insidious Spiritual Incarceration 3:43
4. Awaiting the Infinity of Oblivion 4:46
5. Irrevocable Siege of the Abominable 3:13
6. Fragmenting the Profane 4:06
7. Tribunal of the Oni 3:47
8. Constructing the Cataclysm 4:55

Band members
Jay Barnes – vocals
Jordan Varela – guitar, bass, drums

Album Review – Aborted Fetus / The Ancient Spirits Of Decay (2018)

Behold the pulverizing new album by one of the strongest names of the Russian underground Death Metal scene, turning each one of their compositions into instruments of torture, pain and gore.

For nearly two decades, Russian Death Metal force Aborted Fetus has been unflinching in their pursuit of ruthless savagery, delivering unstoppable aural punishment and standing triumphant like a warlord on the broken bodies of their defeated enemies. Now in 2018, this Perm-based squad founded in 2000 returns with another pulverizing opus titled The Ancient Spirits Of Decay, following the same ruthless path of devastation from their 2017 intimidating album The Art Of Violent Torture and being highly recommended for fans of Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Devourment, among other crushing Death Metal giants.

In The Ancient Spirits Of Decay, which features a demonic, creepy artwork by Russian artist Andrey Khrisanenkov (from Armaada Art), the horde comprised of Igor Stafeev on vocals, Alexander ‘Meatgrinder’ Andreev on the guitar, Sergey Shchapov on bass and Sergey ‘Hammer’ Kulakov on drums lives up to the legacy of old school Death Metal, turning each one of the songs in the album into instruments of torture, pain and gore. Needless to say, you better prepare your ears and minds for over 48 minutes of brutal devastation not recommended for the lighthearted, showing why Aborted Fetus are one of the strongest names in the Russian independent extreme music scene.

Rising from the scorching pits of hell with the intro The Wind of Agonizing Spirits, here come Aborted Fetus and their crushing Death Metal in Eaten by Pigs in the Trough, the first “method of torture” from the album (that by the way reminds me of the 2001 movie Hannibal) and a gruesome welcome card by this filthy squad where Igor growls deeply like a devilish creature, while Hammer is bestial with his beats and fills; followed by Drenched Eyes in Boiling Oil, with the music sounding and feeling as destructive as the song’s name. Furthermore, Meatgrinder fires old school Death Metal riffs supported by the metallic bass by Sergey, keeping the atmosphere dense, menacing and gory. And they continue their path of sheer torture and pain with a classic Death Metal tune titled Nailed to the Cross, with Meatgrinder being unstoppable with his riffs and solos and Hammer pounding his drums like a stone crusher, and Beheaded on the Guillotine, where Igor keeps vociferating like a demon, also presenting some classic guitar solos to bring more balance to the utter devastation blasted by the quartet.

Cradle of Revulsion kicks off with a soulful guitar solo supported by a pulverizing background, evolving into a piercing and menacing sonority led by Igor and his cavernous roars in what’s their most detailed and thrilling tune (with a few good breaks and variations to make the overall result even more potent), whereas total anarchy and chaos arise in a classic Death Metal chant titled Cold Lake of the Sinner, with Meatgrinder delivering pure shredding and Hammer once again bringing aggressiveness to the music, getting extremely gory just the way we like it. Then we have Flame of Death, an instrumental bridge spearheaded by Sergey and his low-tuned bass, setting the stage for Rack of Torment, another traditional, straightforward and demolishing creation by Aborted Fetus (despite falling flat after a while), with Hammer and Meatgrinder being in total sync helping Igor thrive with his deep growls, and the insanely heavy Roasted Alive in the Copper Bull’s Stomach, a short and cataclysmic extravaganza where Hammer sounds as demolishing as he can be, reminding me of the early days of Cannibal Corpse due to its rawness, which means it will certainly ignite some serious mosh pits during their live concerts.

The last batch of torturing hymns by Aborted Fetus keep decimating our senses, starting with Genital Torture by the Alligator Tongs, which not only carries a “cute” name, but the music itself is also a blast of Brutal Death Metal with Igor’s growls getting deeper and deeper, while Meatgrinder continues with his feast of devilish riffs and solos. In Iron Petals of the Blasphemer’s Pear the band offers one final explosion of their devastating Death Metal for our avid ears, with Hammer leading their sonic havoc and Meatgrinder and Sergey slashing their strings mercilessly, ending in a melancholic instrumental outro titled Follow Into the Darkness, closing the album in a pleasant (but obviously obscure) manner.

You can get more details about the brutal music crafted by these Russian metallers through their Facebook page, VKontakte profile and YouTube channel, and grab your copy of The Ancient Spirits Of Decay from their own BandCamp page, or from the Comatose Records’ BandCamp or webstore (as a special package including the album, a shirt and a sticker), as well as from iTunes, Amazon or Discogs. And after you possess such destructive album on your hands, it’s just a matter of hitting play and letting the torture begin.

Best moments of the album: Eaten by Pigs in the Trough, Cradle of Revulsion and Roasted Alive in the Copper Bull’s Stomach.

Worst moments of the album: Rack of Torment.

Released in 2018 Comatose Music

Track listing
1. The Wind of Agonizing Spirits (Intro) 2:14
2. Eaten by Pigs in the Trough 3:53
3. Drenched Eyes in Boiling Oil 3:51
4. Nailed to the Cross 3:38
5. Beheaded on the Guillotine 2:43
6. Cradle of Revulsion 6:11
7. Cold Lake of the Sinner 3:43
8. Flame of Death (Instrumental) 0:54
9. Rack of Torment 5:19
10. Roasted Alive in the Copper Bull’s Stomach 3:21
11. Genital Torture by the Alligator Tongs 5:46
12. Iron Petals of the Blasphemer’s Pear 4:43
13. Follow Into the Darkness (Instrumental) 1:58

Band members
Igor Stafeev – vocals
Alexander ‘Meatgrinder’ Andreev – guitar
Sergey Shchapov – bass
Sergey ‘Hammer’ Kulakov – drums