Sunday, 30 March 2014

New Metal Review: Multinational Corporations: Jamat-al-Maut

   One of the biggest reasons why the Heavy Metal Sasquatch loves the delicious taste of metal is its ability to convey powerful messages to its listeners alongside bone crushing power. Multinational Corporations (aka MxCx) is no stranger to this concept, unleashing a hellstorm of hate and power in their debut EP "Jamat-al-Maut", which translates roughly to "University of Death". Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, Multinational Corporations' Jamat-al-Maut runs slightly over 13 minutes long and features an assault of crust infused grindcore and old school heavy metal with clear influences of bands such as Black Sabbath, Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Insect Warfare, & Doom.

   The first track off the EP sets the stage perfectly with the title "Fuck Your Patriotism", which unleashes quick brutal drumming and crusty as hell guitar riffs. Jamat-al-Maut is a killer album, merging heavy doom riffs together with old school death vocals. The instrumentals on this album are simple but wicked as hell, featuring a combination of slow doom riffs and technical groove/grindcore progressions. My favourite tracks from the album were Penniless Pride and L.P.C; which both included heavy doom guitar riffage, as well as straight to the point no nonsense drumming. Both tracks also have very respectable and absolutely killer old school guitar solos, demanding huge respect from the Yeti. /,,/ /,,/

    Jamat-al-Maut is musically unique as well as some very powerful stuff. Each song is clearly and effectively fuelled by intense emotion,  with the band claiming its inspiration from "anger accumulated over time due to the fucked up conditions of living in Pakistan". While I cannot attest directly to their strife, Multinational Corporations very successfully voices their contempt for Pakistani as well as global society.  Listen to and grab a download of Multinational Corporations' Jamat-al-Maut below. As always also make sure to check them out on facebook @ /,,/

 - I enjoyed Multinational Corporations on all levels. Musically I really dig their fusion of grindcore, doom, and old school heavy metal and politically I share their disdain for the fucked up situation our planet finds itself in. This album is absolutely worth a listen. So get angry and commence the headbang!
-My Verdict
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4/5 - Anger fuelled crust at its finest!!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

New Metal Review: Unscathed - In Command

   The local metal underground surrounding the Heavy Metal Sasquatch is full of delicious metal to browse on. And now finally one of the Yeti's all time favourite underground bands, Unscathed,  has released their first mastered song off their soon to be released 5 track EP. Unscathed makes their debut with a track entitled In Command, which sets forth a furiously paced combination of thrash metal full of technical progressive brilliance. This song does not let up for an instance, constantly delivering non-stop eruptions of galloping shreddtastic guitars, full throtle drumming, and aggressive hard hitting vocals. I absolutely love the speed and ferocity of this track. Unscathed is redefining the thrash metal genre, blending old school influences of Iron Maiden & Testament with new age technicality and ferocity of death and progressive metal. Listen to "In Command" as well as recieve as free download below! Keep and eye out for the full EP once it is released. And as always, make sure to support the band on facebook @ /,,/

- Unscathed is an entirely independent band, doing all of the writing, recording, producing, and mastering completely themselves. It is for this reason that I believe the band should be extremely proud of themselves for turning out such outstanding end product. In Command by Unscathed never lets up, inciting a riot like state on the Yeti upon every listening. I am very eager to here what else Unscathed has in store with their debut!
- My Verdict  
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4.5/5 - A relentless assault on brain and neck

Friday, 7 March 2014

Death Metal Showcase: Wretchedpain

   With a wide margin of Ontario's metal scene flooded with bands looking to break though the classic molds of metal, pure old fashion death metal is hard to come by. Thankfully for us, Wretchedpain is keeping the spirit of death metal alive, helping the masses remember the brutal awesomeness of pure unfiltered, no bullshit death metal. While Wretchedpain formed over a decade ago, they released their debut album "Conregratation" in 2010. The end result was a masterpiece professionally mixed and mastered by veteran Chris "Zeuss" Harris, producer to metal giants such as Hatebreed, Chimaira, Whitechapel, and Shadows Fall. The album was a huge success for the band, receiving considerable attention and inspiring many a head-bang along the way.  Since then Wretchedpain has toured excessively, undertaking relentless gigs and festivals through the years; playing alongside big names such as Cryptopsy, Napalm Death, Threat Signal, Suffocation, Baptized in Blood, & The Faceless.

   In the summer of 2013, Wretchedpain released their new EP "The Hell You Seek", with the help of Jean-Francois Dagenais of Kataklysm for mixing and mastering. The result is another excellent example of pure technical death metal in its finest form. Wretchedpain combines a wicked classic death metal drumming style with an intense groove and brutal heaviness on guitar and a consistent aggressive vocal track. I love every song that this band has released so far; providing me with the heart pounding aggression and power that I love the most in metal! 

   Wretchedpain is a band determined to be heard; and with the band recently returning from a two-week European tour and a plethora of gigs on the horizon, the Yeti has his money on these boys to make it huge. You can check out Wretchedpain's music live at their upcoming show at the Wacken Metal Battle in Toronto (April 4, 2014 @ the Rivoli), where they perform for a spot to play at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. As well, you can also catch them at the upcoming Chaos Fest in Hamilton (April 6, 2014 @ Club Absinthe) alongside Thy Art is Murder & Fallujah. Keep up to date with tour dates and music on the bands facebook site @ and buy their music online @ Check out their music below and make sure to give these boys the support they deserve!

- Bands like Wretchedpain are exaclty what the metal scene needs these days. A Band that delivers furious aggression and breakneck riffs, without relying on blast beats or breakdowns for mass appeal. With two killer releases under their belt already, Wretchedpain's future is bright, appealing heavily to the old school death metal crowds who are eager to embrace brutality at its best! 
- Be sure to check out the band and share them with your death metal loving friends. /,,/ As always, Keep it heavy.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Between the Buried and Me - Parallax II :Future Sequence @ the Phoenix,Toronto (2/28/14)

   Last night the Heavy Metal Sasquatch had the honour of seeing Between the Buried and Me for the 9th time; and for what was perhaps their best one yet. The band flawlessly performed the Parallax II: Future Sequence album in entirely with no interruptions, unleashing a hell storm of fury upon Toronto. After a brief break they came back out to end the gig on a high note with Son of Nothing, launching the Yeti to metal bliss. I am already counting down the days until the next time these boys swing through town! Here's a collection of pictures I took throughout the set. Cheers as per usuall to the band as well as the crazies I clashed with in the pit /,,/  

-Heavy Metal Sasquatch out! /,,/ /,,/