INSIDIOUS DISEASE – Shadowcast

The debut of this supergroup has been in the talks for a few years now, and has finally come to fruition with Shadowcast. It also marks the return for old school vocalist Marc Grewe (MORGOTH) to the metal fold once again. Some heavy talent is abound with the guitar attack of Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR) and Jardar (ex-OLD MAN’S CHILD), low end and grind extraordinaire Shane Embury, and the insane drumming of Tony Laureano. On paper, this project looks very promising, and INSIDIOUS DISEASE sounds nothing like the work of any of the bands the members are involved in, but the end result is a mixed bag of average death metal.

The downtuned and dirty guitar work in “Nuclear Salvation” sounds like the album will be one furious slab of death metal. Grewe’s vocals sound like a combination of Martin Van Drunen and John Tardy, and no doubt Shane Embury’s NAPALM DEATH influence is quite prominent in these songs. Laureano blasts away as he normally does, but unfortunately, he’s limited to the basic death metal staples – double bass, a few blasts, and never has the chance to breathe and come up with his own fills and flair like he did with NILE or ANGELCORPSE. When the band is blasting with aggression, things are on the up and up, but when they try hard to slow it down on tracks like “Boundless” and “Abortion Stew,” the songs hit a wall and become dull rather quickly.

The Essence of Neglect” has glimpses of promise, but almost everything sounds like recycled riffs of death metal past, and other bands have done it better. “Rituals of Bloodshed” gives way to a few catchy riffs, and “Facemask” definitely keeps the album afloat, but the rest of the album falls flat. The bland instrumental outro, “Abandonment,” does nothing to wash the disappointed taste out of your mouth, and for an album that lasts 40 minutes, the songs feel a lot longer than they really are.

While LOCK UP and BLOODBATH are excellent supergroups, not all supergroups are created equal. The members of INSIDIOUS DISEASE are all amazing in their respective real bands, but this creative outlet is just hype for their record label to sell albums. (Century Media Records)

ANGELCORPSE Call it Quits

American death metal band, ANGELCORPSE, have officially announced their disbandment.  In a short statement on the band’s official MySpace page, they simply stated, “due to musical differences amongst its members, it has been decided with much consideration to end ANGELCORPSE.”

The band’s last release, Of Lucifer and Lightening, was released in 2007 through Osmose/The End Records.

ANGELCORPSE – Of Lucifer and Lightning

Even though it’s been over seven years plus a band break up since ANGELCORPSE‘s previous release The Inexorable, the band picks up right where they left off and sound stronger than ever. Original ANGELCORPSE beatster John Longstreth (ex-ORIGIN, SKINLESS) has rejoined with founding members Pete Helmkamp and Gene Palubicki to form the original three-piece that stormed the world back in the 90’s. Apparently Helmkamp and Palubicki have been writing material over the past two years, and Of Lucifer and Lightning is the fruit born of their recent efforts. The new recording brings Satanic death metal to new heights, and it’s hard to believe that seven years have gone by since the previous studio album. The intro track “Credo Decimatus” slowly rolls in readying the listener for the excellent death metal to come, and the first full song “Antichrist Vanguard” starts the album off with a bang. The musicianship is flawless all around, and it’s good to hear Florida death metal as it should be. While there are some very obvious similarities to early MORBID ANGEL in both songwriting and production style, the death metal onslaught is undeniably ANGELCORPSE at their finest. Helmkamp‘s vocals are at their best, and the rest of the band play very tight. Songs such as “Machinery of the Cleansing” and “Extermination Sworn” are easily highlights on the album, although every song is great in its own right. Great solos are found all over the place, and spoken word lyrics are occasionally added for dramatics. Of Lucifer and Lightning should catch the ear of every death metalhead who enjoys old school Florida death metal, and all should prepare for ANGELCORPSE to spearhead the genre from this point forward. (Osmose Productions/The End Records)

ANGELCORPSE Frontman Provides Update on Comeback Album

ANGELCORPSE frontman Pete Helmkamp has provided the following update on the progress of ANGELCORPSE‘s comback album, Of Lucifer and Lightning:

Helmkamp here. Everything is going great for the Of Lucifer and Lightning recording. John Longstreth has created some hammering drums for us to work with, and Gene and I are hard at work tracking guitars, bass and vocals for the album. We promise that Of Lucifer and Lightning will be the most extreme ANGELCORPSE album to date. Of course this sounds cliche and what every band might say after ‘re-forming’ after several years, but we say fuck off to all of that: ANGELCORPSE has never been like those other bands and this album will certainly show that to be true. Beware: Antichrist Vanguards advance!”