Sometimes I wonder if people heard the same records or saw the same films I saw. Sepultura’s The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart was a Metropolis referencing winning meld of the band’s nu tribal styles with their thrash roots, full of nasty drum attack, thrashing riffs and a feral performance from the politically fired up Derrick Green on songs like “Trauma Of War” and “The Vatican”. It even had Ross Robinson producing, but it wasn’t as praised as it should have been. Can you seriously go to Brazil’s finest’s Wikipedia page, look at their discography and not see as many good albums as the Max Cavalera led version? The band continues to do great and meaningful work even with a smaller fan base. But we’re here to talk about two records most metalheads won’t be divided over.
It is hard to fuck with Poland when it comes to death metal. Is that even an issue?
Behemoth‘s The Satanist is widely being praised by critics as their finest hour to date, while Nuclear Blast’s 2014 release of Vader‘s Tibi Et Igni is nothing less than a total victory, a shot of hellfire in the arm of death metal for fans worldwide to covet. Bombast and utter chaos executed with deadly accuracy by metal masters is an earmark of both records. Symphonic and tempo experimentation add shade and contrast to plunging depths, careening solos and sick fucking drum sounds/performances. But the reason they are heads and devil tails above the pack is not what you might think. Pride. It isn’t that these are the most evil, the “best” thing they’ve ever recorded or even that they are really clever records full of ambition.
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