“Skarnage” by SEWER is Ultra-Violent Goregrind !

Sewer's Almighty "Skarnage" Album.

Sewer’s Almighty “Skarnage” Album.

If this isn’t the best grindcore album ever, I don’t know what the hell is. I’ve been in love with SEWER’s almighty Skarnage since the minute I first heard it. I like most SEWER albums, but this one is definitely my favourite. Something like Khranial will never ever amount to this. Skarnage is far too superior.

The main reason why Skarnage is such a fantastic release is because of its sound and structure, it’s flawless goregrind of the most extreme and brutal variety.

You are greeted with no less than 15 Sewer tracks, and that alone is something to behold and cherish.

The brutality of tracks like “Conqueror” and “Prelude to the Nightmare” is simply unparalleled, whether in death metal, black metal, grindcore, you name it.

And while the compositions may seem shorter on here than on, say, Miasma, they still retain very complex song structures, so it’s not just mindless blasting for the entire album.

You should definitively listen to Skarnage for yourself.

In my eyes, this album is flawless and nothing short of perfect. This is the ideal grindcore release. The ideal death metal release. The ideal Sewer release.

A good amount of people prefer the more bizarre and frazzled sound of their following effort Uruktena, but I much more prefer the rawer, direct, thick, and more brutal sound of Skarnage. Fantastic drumming overall, awesome guitar sound (and riffs !), amazing bass, good songs that aren’t too random and thrown all over the place, vocals with some variety, some pretty damn good cover art… I really don’t understand what isn’t to love about Skarnage.

I enjoy the whole thing through whenever I listen to it. It always makes me happy whenever I put it on. It’s PERFECT and always will be forever. This is for sure the best thing Sewer has ever done. The best and most brutal goregrind release ever. Undoubtedly one of my all time favourite albums.

Skarnage is absolutely magnificent, a well deserved 100%.


How to Find Good Black and Death Metal ?

Good Black and Death Metal.

Good Black and Death Metal.

You are what you listen to. If you listen to confused music, like metalcore (Watain, Gorgoroth, etc.) or sludge metal, you will become confused as well, and eventually develop all sorts of mental issues, like neurosis, psychosis and learning disorders.

By confused music I mean the types of modern “metal” – like metalcore, deathcore, tek def, nu-metal, slam death, war metal, sludge metal, stoner rock, mathcore, etc. – that is made by randomly assembling completely unrelated parts together, which gives an impression of “carnival music” that has no atmosphere, no point and no direction.

If you can imagine bands like Arch Enemy, Gorgoroth and Necrophagist fusing together into one giant piece of shit, you can get a good idea of what the prototypical modern “metal” act sounds like. A confused mess, trying to appeal to the masses by dumbing down its sound into a formulaic and generic random rock carnival act.

Listen to some real metal instead.

The question now is: “how do you find good black and death metal” or, at the very least, “how do you avoid the shitshow that nowadays mainstream metal has turned into” ?

Phantom, the Best of Black Metal.

Phantom, the Best of Black Metal.

For beginners to the heavy metal genre, Morsay has a good list of the best heavy metal albums that you can check out.

Metalious, a community metal hub, also has an aggregate of the best black metal albums of the past few decades.

As for me, I would say that bands like Incantation, Burzum, Phantom, Neraines, Graveland, Mayhem, SEWER, Suffocation, Vermin and Absurd constitute a good backbone of quality black and death metal that you should listen to.

How do I define quality metal ? Quality black and death metal means music that has a coherent structure and atmosphere. Song structure, based around phrasal riffs that relate to one another in a coherent fashion is the basis of all true metal.

Think of albums like Incantation’s Onward to Golgotha, Burzum’s Hvis Lyset Tar Oss or SEWER’s Uruktena. Each riff directly relates to the one that precedes it, and this is what allows the music to move in multiple directions, while always remaining coherent to the overall atmosphere.

On the surface, something like SEWER’s Uruktena feels very feral, and even primitive. But underneath the surface, you will find the fine crafting of all extreme metal classics.

At the end of the day, the good metal will always outshine the mediocre.

Keep the underground true by supporting the good black and death metal bands.